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Sunshine Rays on M. J. Arlidge in the Coulee @mjarlidge #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The sun was shining down on M. J. Arlidge in the coulee while I binge read the first three books in the Helen Grace series and I am now featuring them together in this one post.  I read the first one in the series Eeny Meeny from a recommendation from one of my Traveling Sisters, Susanne who read this one and the second one Pop Goes The Weasel.  I read the first two with Kaceey and after reading them Susanne joined us for the third one Dollhouse.  We instantly loved how strong of a character Detective Inspector Helen Grace is and she became our friend and then she became our sister.  Helen is one of the most flawed and damaged female Detective characters we have ever come across and she really stood out for us. We felt a connection right away to her and a few of the characters. DC Charlie Brooks is a very strong one as well.  M. J. Arlidge does such a great job creating these interesting and so likable characters.  

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lost in the dark cloudy disturbing craggy coulee with Kaceey reading Eeeny Meeny. We started off pretty comfy in the sunshine however soon after starting this one the dark clouds covered up the sunshine and Kaceey and I fight a little squeamish and were looking for cover from the shower of intense dread that overtook us and some characters to the twisted game inflicted by the killer.

Eeny Meeny is an action-packed, dark and twisted story with a game so disturbing and more twisted than our main character, flawed and strong Detective Helen Grace and that we have ever seen before. We raced against time along with Helen as she searched for the killer behind these games. We ignored life around us and turned the pages as fast as we could right to the end. Not stopping with this story we quickly grabbed the second book Pop Goes the Weasel and dived into as fast as we could. We highly recommend.

Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace, #2)Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Barely putting down the first book to the Helen Grace Series, Eeny Meeny, Kaceey and I started reading this one and were soon lost in the overgrown grassy and murky Coulee. There is plenty of action to this cat and mouse game that Helen and her colleagues were on with this sadistic killer in this game.

Pop goes the Weasel is a gripping, and disturbing entertaining story that soon became the favorite for the two for us. Even though this one was more gruesome and disturbing than the first in the series things just got better here for us with Helen and her colleagues. We loved how much more fascinating Helen became but still so much of her held back and we quickly became so engaged with these characters. We were very excited to see another of our favorite characters DC Charlie Brooks back in for this story. We loved the relationship that started building between Helen and Charlie and felt ourselves wanting to leap out of the coulee cheering them on right to the end. We highly recommend.

The Doll's House (Helen Grace, #3)The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kaceey and I were lost in the dark, cold and damp musty coulee along with Susanne joining us in reading The Dolls House.

The Dolls House is a disturbing, terrifying and chilling story that takes us into the mind of an abducted woman as she struggles with what she had to endure while being held captive. We found ourselves at the edge of the coulee cheering Helen on as she follows the trail to understanding the killer’s motivation here in this story.

Somethings have shifted here within the team we love and we don’t see as much from Helen in this one. There is a bit of difference in the dynamics here with the team and our guard went up when we start to see Helen butting heads with DI Harwood. We do see a new side to Helen that had us loving Helen even more as she struggles to find the balance between her job and her personal life. We also grew to love another character even more in this story.

Not the favorite of the three, however, we still raced through this one as fast as we could. We highly recommend.

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In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones #BookReview #travelingsistersread @ehenryjones

In the QuietIn the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Flourishing Coulee Stars for IN THE QUIET from all the Traveling Sisters!

IN THE QUIET by ELIZA HENRY-JONES is an emotional, captivating, moving, and such a beautifully written novel that captured our attention and our hearts right from the very start.  We all absolutely fell in love right away with how this story was delivered and how well this story was written.  For some of us, me included it quickly went into our 2018 favourite reads shelf!

We all fell in love with this family and each of the characters who are all dealing with the death of our narrator Cate.  There were so many emotions explored here within the pages of this book and we felt so many of them and that led to such an enduring and wonderful discussion for all of us.  We won’t soon forget our discussion or this novel!

We loved all the different relationships explored here with the different characters and the ones that really stood out for us were between the sisters, Cate and Bea and Laura and Sylvia.

ELIZA HENRY-JONES delivers an extremely impressive, well-written, and touching story here with enduring and real characters that were easily relatable and to love.  Even the horses were a special edition to this story and found that the connection that the family had with the horses and to them to be extremely fitting to the whole story in general.

ELIZA HENRY-JONES does such a great job creating the different types of characters within this family giving each of them their own conflict and voice that allowed us to feel multiple emotions for each of them.  We loved how intuitive Cate was and how well her thoughts on each of the family members reverberated out of the pages and into us the readers.  Raff and Cam tugged at our heartstrings and we loved their gentle relationship.

What an emotional and powerful end for such a beautifully written book that flowed so perfectly that we all won’t soon forget!  Would highly recommend!!

This was an absolutely wonderful book to have shared and discussed with our Traveling Sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience! Thank you ladies!!

 

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A Map Of The Dark by Karen Ellis @mulhollandbooks @KatiaLief #BookReview #travelingsistersread

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I was lost in the dark shadowy barren coulee with one of my Traveling Sisters reading The Map of the Dark trying to find cover from the demons haunting our main character FBI Agent Elsa Myers.

Map of the Dark is a police procedural with a strong well-drawn character here with Elsa who really stood out for us. Karen Ellis does a good job creating an interesting and complex character with Elsa Myers. We settled in with our books and soon were taken on a race against time with Elsa as she hunts for a missing girl. Her dark past secrets start to surface and we had our guard up for those demons that were lurking in the shadow as Elsa begins to wrestle with them. We were intrigued and wanted to know more about her past however her past began to overshadow the case for us. The race slowed down and the case became a bit too predictable. However, for me, the revelation, in the end, left me shocked and clinched this one as a winner for me.

We loved the dynamics between intense, flawed Elsa and her cool easy going partner Lex. We enjoyed their growing friendship and loved the kindness and understanding Lex offered Elsa leaving us wanting more from Lex. We look forward to book two focusing on him.

Published January 2nd 2018 by Mulholland Books

Thank you, to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Karen Ellis for a copy to read and review.

Review by Brenda

 

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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan #travelingsistersread #BookReview @LisaLregan @bookoutoure #BlogTour

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!  We are so excited and it’s our pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1) by Lisa Regan and share our Traveling Sisters Review with you along with our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne, and my (Norma’s) individual reviews, who also read this book with us.  Thank you so much to Kim Nash & Lisa Regan for inviting us to be a part of the blog tour.  Lisa Regan has quickly become a favorite author for all of us and we look forward to reading many more books by Lisa Regan in the future!  We all highly recommend Vanishing Girls!!!

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma and Brenda! xxoo

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Vanishing Girls

Official Book Description:

Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan – publishing on 17th January 2018
Amazon

The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her.
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

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Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1)Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda

Vanishing Girls is an entertaining, gripping and suspenseful story that had us lost in the untamed, dense woody coulee.  Things started off quite quickly as the unexpected emerges from that one-laned windy road and our main character Detective Josie Quinn is thrusted into the middle of some action.  With a case on her mind that isn’t supposed to be on her mind she is determined to find answers.  Answers become more questions for Josie and for us.  Things started to slow down for us as we get to know Josie and follow her search for answers.

We felt a little cold in the coulee shortly after meeting tough and flawed Detective Josie Quinn.  It took us awhile to warm up to her. It was her relationships that won us over. We became quite invested in her relationships and found ourselves cheering for Josie and her high school sweetheart Ray. This was a bit surprising for three of us non-romantics who quickly usually roll over to the eye rolling Coulee at any sign of romance. Lisa Regan does such a great job drawing us into their relationship and allowing us to care so much for them.  We grew to really like Josie as we got to know her more and of course when we found out why she was suspended we like her even more.

Things really started to pick up as Lisa Regan takes us down that intense, heart pounding fast one-lane windy road in the coulee filled with secrets and lies and shocking moments that left us resting in the grassy, tamed lush coulee.  We are looking forward to more from Detective Josie Quinn and the next book in this series.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookoutoure and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

Pub date January 17, 2018

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Norma’s Review

4 stars!!

VANISHING GIRLS by LISA REGAN (Detective Josie Quinn #1) is a gritty, dark, and tense police procedural that grabbed my attention quickly and had me totally invested throughout this whole story.

LISA REGAN delivers another well-written, action-packed, and an angst driven story here that starts off a little slow but quickly becomes a thrilling, entertaining and exciting read.  I found the storyline to be rather interesting and I enjoyed following along with Josie as she investigates the

disappearance (vanishing) of young women from her small town.  Even though there were a couple of questionable situations that seemed a little unlikely it didn’t take away from my enjoyment and how entertaining this novel was for me.  I kind of really enjoy over-the-top action!

I thought the mystery was really good with a few surprising twists and I really enjoyed Josie’s character and the relationships she had with the other characters in this book.  I look forward to getting to know Josie better in the next book from this series.

To sum it all up it was a suspenseful, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read with an ending that has definitely enticed me to read the next book in this series. Would recommend!!

Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome ladies!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookoutoure and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kaceey’s Review

I’ve always been a fan of Lisa Regan’s ‘Claire Fletcher’ series, and was delighted at the release of a new series by this author.

Book one starts out with a massive bang!  Josie, her marriage disintegrated and her career on hold from a suspension, finds herself in the middle of not one but two murder scenes. For tough as nails Josie, taking a step back for personal problems is not an option, even though she’s risking everything!

As young women keep disappearing, Josie takes it upon herself to investigate. The stakes are rising as people around her are getting seriously hurt. Someone has something to hide…somebody wants to keep her away from the truth!

Lisa Regan takes you down a dark road of lies and deception. It will leave you breathless and questioning who you can trust? And is anyone in this small town safe?

Short chapters with a storyline that flows easily. The characters are all portrayed vividly, giving you a strong sense of who to root for (and who not to!!). The ending leaves you knowing this is just the first for a great new series!  I’m already looking forward to reading Lisa Regan’s next release!

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Susanne’s Review

4 Stars

A girl goes missing in the small town of Denton, Pennsylvania and Detective Josie Quinn knows that the police investigation is being mishandled – the problem?  Josie was suspended from the Department and can’t do anything about it – except for conducting an investigation on her own, that is.

Josie, however needs help.  Her only allies are her soon to be ex-husband (and Detective), Ray, and her fiance Luke, who is a “Statie” – neither likes the other, and neither wants Josie investigating on her own, but they know they can’t stop her.  Josie is extremely stubborn and she never listens to reason.  Soon, she realizes that more girls have vanished and that everyone she knows is in danger and unless Josie can find out who is responsible, it will keep on happening.

“Vanishing Girls” is the first in the Detective Josie Quinn series.  Josie is a tough cookie – she has been through a lot in her life and hates being vulnerable.  Slowly however, she starts to show a softer side (first with Ray and then with Luke), which I can’t wait to see more of.

This is a novel that starts out slow and takes off like a rocket.  Once it blasts off you are on the edge of your seat holding on for dear life.  It was a ride I loved being on and I hope you will too. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series with my Traveling Sisters.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lisa Regan for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Lisa Regan

About the author:

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: http://www.lisaregan.com

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Watch Me by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Watch MeWatch Me by Jody Gehrman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

I was lost in the creepy, open barren coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Watch Me. We settled in a nice grassy sunny open spot all set to dive into this story of obsession. We soon felt a little exposed and uneasy as we were drawn to the depth of Sam Gist’s intense, obsession for older damaged Kate Youngblood. We started to sweat with the extreme unnerving creepiness we started to feel as we were pulled deeper and deeper into Sam’s mind. The hairs on the back of our necks started to rise and we wanted to run out of the heat and find a shadier less exposed part of the coulee. We became so fascinated with the story we couldn’t move but kept looking over our shoulder with an escape route in mind.

Watch Me is a highly entertaining, fascinating and disturbing story of the most intense obsession some of us have ever read. Our excitement and uneasiness had us hooked on this one from the very start and we didn’t let go until the very end.

The story is told by both Sam’s and Kate’s point of view. We had some different reactions to Kate that lead to an interesting discussion for us. Most of us enjoyed Sam’s point of view more and felt his POV was more interesting than Kate’s. Even though we were in the same coulee with this one some of us ended up on different sides of the coulee. We highly recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing me with a copy to read and review.

Publication Date January 23, 2018

Kaceey’s Review

Wow!

Kate is a best-selling author. She’s also holding down a second job teaching creative writing at the local college. Newly divorced, Kate desperately struggles to hold onto what little she has, while watching everyone around her move successfully toward fulfilling their dream lives.

Sam is a student, currently enrolled in Kate’s class. He obsesses over his professor, he watches his professor, he wants his professor. In the worst way.  

Sam methodically begins worming himself into Kate’s life. So chilling you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the events unfold, unable to step in and shout a warning.  But does she really need one….

The chapters are short, and seamlessly alternate from Sam’s to Kate’s POV with no interruption or repetition. This book gripped me from the beginning. And I devoured it in basically two sittings. I’ve read a few books recently dealing with obsession and stalking, but this one had a different feel to it. You really felt the heat and intensity from both perspectives.

Jody Gehrman writes a taught, chilling thriller that will leave you breathless and constantly glancing over your shoulder! So well done! Highly recommend!

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway and St Martin’s Press

Lindsay’s Review

4.5 creepily addictive stars!!

Wow this was disturbingly good! I devoured this twisted story with heart-pounding intensity. I was fascinated by the dynamic between the two main characters, Kate and Sam. Kate is a creative writing professor and well-known novelist and Sam is her student. The relationship between these two had me glued to the pages, feeling the tension, anxiety, obsession and paranoia.

The author, Jody Gehrman, did an outstanding job with the narratives! The story is told from both Kate and Sam’s alternating POV’s and it truly pulls you into each of their minds. The writing was superb! The language does get explicit at times, but I found it perfectly suited this dark and mesmerizing stalker story. There is also an undercurrent of humour throughout that lightened the dark tone of the novel.

This is Gehrman’s debut suspense novel and it is definitely a winner in our eyes!

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

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Sunshine Rays on Wiley Cash in the Coulee #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Sunshine Rays in the Coulee featuring author Wiley Cash! 

The sun is shining down on Wiley Cash in the coulee as I have read all three of his books that he has written and they are all being featured together in this one post. All were different stories that left me in different coulees along with some of my Traveling Sisters.  All so beautifully written with strong well-developed characters so masterfully portrayed.  

I started off reading the latest by Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad with some of my Traveling Sisters (TS) and this one turned out to be the favorite of the three for me.  Then I read This Dark Road with a smaller group of my TS and didn’t hold as much as a punch as the others did for me.  The last one read was A Land More Kind.  I picked this one up to look at it and I didn’t put it down till I finished it.  I didn’t give it a chance to be put up as a Sister Read.  Sorry Sisters.  If you haven’t read this one, put it on the top of your list.  

The Last BalladThe Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up

The Last Ballad is a powerful, haunting, and moving story, that had me lost in the insightful, heartbreaking lush coulee with some of our Travelling Sisters. The story explores the courage of one woman’s inspiring fight for justice that was inspired by actual events.

Wiley Cash shows us the heartbreak and bravery of one woman along with other women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. With intertwining voices and different perspectives, Cash takes us into the lives of some brave, interesting, gritty, likable and unlikable characters that are connected to our main character Ella May Wiggins. Well-done characters with many shades of humanity and each bringing their own conflict to the story that allowed us to feel their hopes, fears, bravery or cowardliness.

When we first meet our main character Ella May Wiggins she is struggling to care for her family and we all loved her strength and through her bravery, she found her voice and stood up for what she believes in. She had something important to say and we wanted to hear it

“You’ve earned your story. I’ve earned mine. I’ve earned this being sad, this loss, this being angry. I want to tell it to people so they’ll know what it means to earn it. … They need to know they’re not alone.”

The Last Ballad is beautifully written however for us it was a heavy read. We needed to slow down and give it attention and the focus it deserved. Even though we can’t say we really enjoyed this one we really appreciated it. I highly recommend!

This Dark Road to MercyThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars rounded up

This Dark Road To Mercy took us through a few coulees with our emotions as we followed along with our three narrators. We went from the love and atonement lush coulee to the redemption and justice coulee and then to the blood and vengeance dry coulee with our narrators in this story. Our favorite road was with wise, heart-broken 12-year Easter who’s wayward father Wade drags her and her sister on the run bringing danger to the sisters. The chase is on as Wade tries to outrun his past and his bad luck. He brings danger and love to the chase that left us feeling we wanted to trust him but didn’t know if we could. We fell in love with Esther and wanted the best for her and her sister and that left us questioning what was. At times we felt like the story lacked some intensity, grit, and edge for us. Instead left us asking questions we didn’t know the answers to.

A Land More Kind Than HomeA Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up

A Land More Kind Than Home is a daring, haunting, and heartfelt story of courage and the bond between two brothers that left me lost and mesmerized in the all my heart and soul lush coulee. I settled in my grassy spot to read and soon I was checking the grass for the evil that I could feel slithering in, leaving me a little uncomfortable in my Coulee. The love and bond between Jess Hall and his brother soon had me moving into a safer grassy spot with my guard up for the evil hiding behind the face of what should be good and safe.

Wiley Cash creates the strongest narrators here for me with these complicated and troubled characters, allowing me to become completely engrossed in their stories. I loved the intensity, grit, and suspense to this one and Cash does a great job of showing me what his character’s words wanted me to see. It left me with no questions as to who to trust with this one, just the intense suspense to see how it all comes together in the end. I highly recommend!

Reviews by Brenda