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Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson @iamcarterwilson #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Mister Tender's GirlMister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Brenda

I was lost in the creepy, wooded craggy coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading Mister Tender’s Girl and we were having quite the creep-fest as Susanne called it in our coulee. Once we started this entertaining fast-paced story we tore through it in almost a day, terrified and wanting to get out of the coulee as fast as we could but enjoying this chilling story.

Mister Tender’s Girl is a complex, dark, and intriguing suspenseful thriller with a few layers that adds some great tension and reason to find a place to hide from the dark tall towering trees and shadows that felt like they were hiding the fictional character Mister Tender and the identity of Mr. Interest. We were gripping our books tightly while holding our breath and we were constantly looking over our shoulder, not even trusting each other to move till we finished reading this story. We feared the fans to this pop-culture fiction story and couldn’t help thinking the dark brushes were hiding them.

Carter Wilson does a fantastic job creating some very interesting, damaged and complex characters that all have their own concerns to this unique clever and well-written plot-driven story. We loved the relationships that our main character Alice had with her brother and father and that added some softness to this dark story.

We highly recommend joining in on this creep-fest and grabbing a copy of this book but keep your eyes open for Mister Tender and his fans.

Published February 13, 2018

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for a copy to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5 *

I’m sure most everyone is familiar with the Slender Man attacks that took place some years ago. This book has a similar theme to that tragic event. (In fact, the author and publishers even recognize and credit the similarities.)

When Alice was growing up she was viciously attacked by two young girls. They explained to the authorities that the fictitious Mr. Tender had encouraged the attack. So…just how far are you willing to go for Mr. Tender?

Years later Alice has come across the pond to the US and is doing her best to put the past behind her and move on. Only someone doesn’t want her to move on. Someone wants to remind her of her past.

“There’s nothing in this world more trapping than one’s own mind”

I once again was fully confident I had this one pinned down from the start! Character and motive. Nope -not even close. So pleasantly surprised!! Kept me on the edge throughout and didn’t / couldn’t put it down! I think this one will be a huge success for 2018! Highly recommend!

Thank you to both NetGalley and Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for an ARC to review.

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Susanne’s Review

4 Stars.

One Shock After the Next!  Talk about a Creep Fest..

Thanks to Carter Wilson, I still can’t get Mister Tender out of my head, and after reading this, I’m betting you’ll have the same problem.

Alice Gray, (formerly Alice Hill) is a small cafe owner living in Massachusetts who thought she had escaped her past – unfortunately for her, she is very wrong.  At the age of fourteen, Alice was brutally stabbed by two girls in her class who were inspired by Mister Tender, someone they would do absolutely anything for.  The problem?  Mister Tender is a fictional character created by Alice’s father.  The girls who stabbed her went to prison for it and Alice, her mother and her brother, Thomas ran.  Alice has been in hiding ever since.  Now, a decade later, Mister Tender is back.  He is following Alice’s move, in the most horrifying and vivid of ways and get this: he’s not the only one.  As for Alice, she’s scared to death and to be frank, so was I.  

“Mister Tender’s Girl” is a mystery/suspense that had me looking behind doors and tearing open shower curtains.  My heart caught in my throat many a time.  It is a complex mystery with several storylines all of which melded together extremely well.  Never once did I figure any of them out.  Carter Wilson did a phenomenal job crafting compelling, well thought out characters whose pulse you can feel racing as if it’s your own.  This is one gripping read that I highly recommend to anyone looking to be on the edge of their seat till the very end.  

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for an advanced complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Only the Rain by Randall Silvis #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Only the RainOnly the Rain by Randall Silvis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started off lost in the rainy, grassy lush coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Only The Rain and this turned out to be quite the interesting read for me when we clearly were left lost in different coulees. Often in our sister reads we have different thoughts and views on the books we read and usually I can see both sides of the coulee however for this read I really struggled with my thoughts on this one.

Through an email from our main character Russell to his army buddy Spencer, we learn of a desperate decision referred to as a “victimless crime” from the description of this book that Russell makes, that sets off a chain of events resulting from that decision. This has me asking myself if this could really be considered a victimless crime when these types of criminals are involved. Russell remembers and shares some war stories and I did find that interesting. We all liked the flow of the book and found it an interesting way to really get into Russell’s mind however once in his thoughts things started to go sideways for me. To me, it felt like he was justifying his actions to some very serious moral decisions and explaining how bad he felt about the things he did or didn’t do. I went from enjoying this one to being annoyed.

There are some good dynamics here in this story and we all agreed we loved the tender relationship Russell had with his grandparents and that added a nice touch to the story we all enjoyed. We all loved Pop, such an interesting, strong, witty and wise character. I felt the dynamics between Russell and his wife Cindy was just too much drama there. I listened to some of this one and had to switch to reading it when this became too annoying for me.

Things did start to pick up for me with the ending and things turned exciting and I was satisfied with the ending but it didn’t save this one for me. I still recommend this one as my TS really enjoyed this one and were left in the rain in the lush coulee. For me, I was left annoyed soaking wet in the barren coulee.

Published January 1, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Randall Silvis for a copy to read and review.

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Sunshine Rays on Meg Gardiner in the Coulee @MegGardiner1 #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The sun was shining down on Meg Gardiner in the coulee while I read her UNSUB series with Susanne and Kaceey.   I read the first one UNSUB with Susanne and read In The Black Nowhere with both Susanne and Kaceey. UNSUB introduces us to a strong, compelling and empathetic character here with Narcotics Detective Caitlin Hendrix who is promoted to homicide.  I suggest starting with UNSUB first to really get to know Caitlin’s character and it really is just so good you don’t want to miss it.  Susanne and I can’t believe it took us so long to read it.  Kaceey read it awhile back and loved it too.  We highly recommend both books and in each, we see different killers, crimes and into different sides of Caitlin’s career.  In UNSUB she is green, young homicide detective learning the ropes quickly when she is drawn into the murders and in Into the Dark Nowhere she is an FBI Profiler in training.  We loved the profiling side to the story and getting into the mind of a killer as interesting as this one.   We are so excited to see what is in store for Caitlin with the next one in this series and will be looking out for it.

UNSUB (UNSUB, #1)UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lost in the sunny, jagged craggy coulee feeling a little chilly with Susanne as we read UNSUB. We settled in with a hot cup of coffee that soon turned as cold as we felt as we started reading this chilling and compelling story.

UNSUB is an intelligent, engaging, and gruesome fast-paced read that took us and Caitlin on a race against time for a killer that destroyed her father’s career and health and now the killer has his eyes set on Caitlin. Meg Gardiner does a great job balancing a crime and the personal life here with fascinating and ambitious Caitlin. She is haunted by her father’s failure to capture the killer 20 years ago and searches to stop him and to redeem herself and her father. We connected and were engaged in Caitlin personal relationships with her father and her boyfriend Sean and loved the dynamics between them.

We raced against time along with Caitlin turning those pages as fast as we could. We were taken to the top of the coulee looking for an escape from the brutal acts of this terrifying killer as the tension rises and we pulled back into the coulee and this story only stopping when life demanded our attention. As soon as we closed this one and Susanne and Kaceey could get their hands on Into The Dark Nowhere we were lost in the coulee again reading it.

Published June 27, 2017

Into the Black Nowhere (UNSUB, #2)Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lost in the sunny, jagged craggy coulee with Susanne and Kaceey reading Into The Black Nowhere feeling very excited to start reading this one. Once we settled in and opened up this book we were lost in the coulee and couldn’t be found till we were done.

Caitlin now an FBI profiler in training is on the case for a killer that turns into a cat and mouse game. The dynamics here between Caitlin and the killer is tense, interesting and engaging. Caitlin in more vulnerable and pushes herself as she goes up against this arrogant and cunning killer.

Meg Gardiner does a fantastic job creating an interesting team here with Caitlin and her colleagues who all work together to bring down this killer and we really loved the dynamics between them as we were cheering them all on in this fascinating cat and mouse game.

Meg Gardiner takes us thundering down a fast-paced road soaring along with Beyonce’s “freedom” blaring through the coulee. We could feel that black-blood sensation creeping into our veins under that violet sunset. We soared through this book in mostly one day only stopping to reach for a much-needed coffee till we got to the ending that left us all saying WOW. We highly recommend.

Published January 30, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Penguin Group and Meg Gardiner for a copy to read and review.

Reviews by Brenda

 

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Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard #BookReview #travelingsistersread @HerPlotThickens @HarlequinBooks

Here We LieHere We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard

Norma’s rating & review: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up!

Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard is an absolutely riveting, powerful, thrilling, and thought-provoking domestic suspense novel about friendship, jealousy, secrets, lies and betrayal.  I was totally engaged from start to finish and found myself mesmerized with how well this story was told and with the way it unfolded! I was extremely impressed!

Paula Treick DeBoard delivers an impressive and well-written story here that takes you on an emotional journey of the friendship between two best friends, Megan and Lauren. The story is told in an alternating dual point of view between Megan and Lauren and the timelines shift back and forth with the story opening up in 2016 and then transitions back and forth between the late 90’s, early 2000’s and then back to the present in 2016. I really enjoyed getting to know and understanding the friendship between Megan and Lauren with the way that this story was presented.  Sometimes I find that a dual timeshifting POV is distracting or I like one time period better than another but it definitely was not the case with this book.  I thought it flowed effortlessly and was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved.

The characters are well-developed, flawed, and realistic to a point where I was totally connected to the characters and to this story.  This was my first book by Paula Treick DeBoard and I will definitely be checking out her previous and upcoming books!  Highly recommend!

Published: January 30th, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin and Paula Treick DeBoard for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a review!

 

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The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin @kimmerym  @BerkleyPub #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Queen of HeartsThe Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover Love!

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by KIMMERY MARTIN is an intriguing, thought-provoking, and richly written medical drama that explores the relationship between two medical doctors with themes of friendship, betrayal and the act of forgiveness. Some of us found it quite heavy on the medical aspect and the drama within the storyline and this ultimately affected what coulee we ended up in.

KIMMERY MARTIN delivers a well-written, interesting and a compelling story here with some comedic relief interspersed within to lighten the mood of the tension and drama to this story.  We all absolutely loved cute and adorable Delaney and wanted a bit more of her involved in the storyline.  She was the most adorable and witty character of this story with the most cutest lines ever!  She had us laughing out loud with some of her witty banter with sayings like, “Hi, beloved dear!”, “I’m sorry, darling honey. I’m sorry!” or “Mommy? Are we still in love?”.

This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and this book had so many different reactions from all of us.  With a few of the sisters leaving the coulee around the halfway mark of reading this or before, a few of us that stuck with it to the end but maybe wished that they would have left the coulee, and a couple of us that quite enjoyed this story, including myself.

So with the high amount of medical jargon and procedures weaved into the storyline this is where it separated us as readers.  A few of us thought it was quite interesting and were intrigued while the rest were bored and uninterested.

To sum it all up it was a steady-paced, heartfelt, interesting, and a medically rich story that was quite entertaining and enjoyable for me to read.  Would recommend if you are looking for something different and highly recommend if you love those very popular medical TV dramas.

Published:  February 13, 2018 by Berkley

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley & Kimmery Martin for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

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Lindsay’s Review

3 stars

This was an entertaining medical suspense drama revolving around best friends and fellow doctors, Emma and Zadie.  I enjoyed it for the most part, but found the medical detail to be quite heavy and overpowering.  It had a Grey’s Anatomy feel to it which I enjoyed (I used to love watching that show!)

I really liked Emma and Zadie’s friendship.   They had a bond strong enough to last decades – through medical school, marriage, children, busy careers – they still managed to find time to dedicate to their friendship.   I felt in “awe” of them at several points being able to juggle life the way they did.

As much as I enjoyed the friendship part of this story, I had a hard time with the extreme medical detail.  I felt it went overboard to the point that I skimmed a lot of it and it took away from the story.

This was a Traveling Sister Read and we had varying opinions.  As always, it was a pleasure to discuss with my “sisters” along the way.

 

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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J Yates #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Grist Mill RoadGrist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started off lost in the brushy, woody lush coulee reading Grist Mill Road with three of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in the thorny woody rocky coulee looking for a way out.

Grist Mill Road is a dark, complex story of secrets, deceit, and misunderstandings that started off with a bang for us and shocking us with the brutal crime committed by one character Matthew towards Hannah while Patch watched and didn’t intervene. We were drawn in right away to the mystery of the crime and what really happened that day and we flew through the first part of the story as fast as we could. Then things started to slow down for us as Christopher J Yates took us down some windy and twisty roads through the coulee till we hid a ridge of blazing white rock like a wall and were left a bit confused with the ending.

Christopher J Yates skillfully and uniquely takes us back and forth in time and from one narrator to another giving us different perspectives to the day that bonds Matthew, Hannah and Patch together. We loved being drawn into their minds and seeing their perspectives however at times things started to get a little bogged down for us with some of their thoughts and things started to get a little murky for us.

Overall we enjoyed this story for it’s different and interesting characters and cleverly written perspectives. We recommend for anyone looking for a little something a little more complexed and different to their mysteries.

Review by Brenda

Published on January 9, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Macmillan-Picador and Christopher J Yates for a copy to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

3.5*

What should have been a fun outing for three young teens, quickly turns tragic. Leaving all three with lifelong scars that each need to deal with in their own way. Years later, their paths will cross one more time. Will tragedy strike twice or will they all find the truth and closure they so desperately need.

This book started off very strong. Great story…great characters, with the potential to be an amazing read.  Unfortunately, somewhere around the halfway mark it just, well…I’m not sure what happened. The storyline slowed right down and then veered off in directions that, at the time, didn’t feel relevant.

When I started this book I was so excited! Couldn’t stop thinking about it every time I had to step away. If only that excitement could have lasted throughout.

It is written in several POVs and timelines that become difficult to follow. As all the storylines and characters converged at the end, for what should have been a spectacular finale instead I was left with a fizzle. Worse yet, so many unanswered questions.

Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Picador and Christopher J. Yates for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.