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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena @PamelaDormanBks @sharilapena #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is available now!

Lindsay’s Review

Dripping with suspense!

Neighbourhood gossip and hidden secrets makes this an addictively gripping and thrilling story that was impossible to put down. 

In a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers. Secrets are uncovered. Then a neighbour is found dead in the trunk of her car. Could the exposed secrets uncover who is responsible for the murder? Whose secrets will be revealed and whose will be kept hidden? Is anyone in the neighbourhood safe? 

I have read and loved all of this author, Shari Lapena’s, books. There is something about her writing that keeps me on the edge of my seat with anticipation and curiosity. The suspense hit me from page one in this story and didn’t let me go until I finished the book. It is an engrossing, fast-paced novel that had me suspicious of absolutely every character. 

This was a Traveling Sister read. The ending made for a good discussion as it is a love/hate scenario.

Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC to read and review!

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Girls Like Us by Christina Alger #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Girls Like Us By Christina Alger is available now!

Lindsay’s Review

Loved the characters! Loved the atmosphere! Loved the storyline!

Twelve years after moving away, FBI agent Nell Flynn, returns to her small seaside hometown to handle closing her father’s estate.   Nell’s mother was murdered when Nell was a child and since then, she and her father, a police detective, had a rocky relationship.   When Nell was old enough to be on her own, she left her hometown and never looked back.   Now that she is backin her childhood town following her father’s death, old memories return and she is drawn to looking into some unanswered questions about her past.   Shortly after her arrival,a dead body is found and Nell finds herself helping the local police investigate.   Could the body be connected to one of her father’s old cases?

These characters were fantastic!   I ADORED Nell!   She was such a strong yet vulnerable character who I was rooting for from start to finish.

Each character carried an air of mystery which kept me curious to see how things would play out.   The atmosphere was thick and engrossing throughout this thrilling and edgy storyline which had me flipping the pages as quickly as possible.  I really enjoyed the writing – the pace and flow of the story was excellent.   I look forward to reading more from this author!

Norma’s Thoughts

An easy-breezy, entertaining and quick read!

GIRLS LIKE US by CHRISTINA ALGER was an interesting premise with a fabulous and strong female character that mildly held my interest throughout. I was immediately intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery but felt like I was never fully engaged though. I was a little disappointed with the way a few things played out in the end which lowered my overall rating.

I enjoyed it just didn’t love it as much as I would have liked. It was a much loved book by quite a few other Traveling Friends though so please don’t let my rating/review deter you from picking this one up.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Cristina Alger for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.

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Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins @Kristan_Higgins @BerkleyPub #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Norma’s Review

Affecting, emotional, & expressive!

I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mixture of emotions from me which included some laugh-out-loud ones from a few comical scenes. 

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by KRISTAN HIGGINS is a touching, impactful, powerful, insightful, and moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. I was totally immersed in these characters lives which had me smiling, laughing, happy, sad, and even shed a few tears over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

KRISTAN HIGGINS delivers a beautifully written, engaging, and heartfelt story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. With the fantastic characterizations the emotions and compassion that you feel for these characters are extremely palpable and easily be fully invested in.

The story is told mostly between the perspectives of Genevieve, Riley and Emma with a few chapters from some secondary characters. Although I totally loved each and every perspective equally, I had a fondness for Miller and thoroughly enjoyed him and his story. 

Brenda’s review

Life and Other Inconveniences is my second book I have read by Kristan Higgins and I have to admit my first was a miss for me.  Well I was completely surprised and this one was a big hit for me!

Kristan Higgins does a great job creating engaging characters using warm humor, insightful thoughts with realistic, raw emotions and actions.  For me the humor has to have some warmth to it when more affecting topics are explored in a story. I have been told I am just a little over sensitive when it comes to that.  

I was hooked right from the start with these engaging likable and unlikable characters. I loved the dynamics between the characters and I enjoyed the complicated relationships between them.  Old wounds are opened up and second chances are explored with emotional depth to the characters. Each are given a conflict and through each of their POV we see them grow. At times I did feel their inner thoughts were a bit repetitive and would have preferred to see them grow more by their actions.

There is a mystery here as well and that added some suspense to the story.  I really enjoyed how Higgins weaved that into the story line and I thought it all came together well.  The story wrapped up and I felt very satisfied after reading this one. I highly recommend. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Affecting, intriguing, heartfelt, peaceful, eye-catching, and an impactful representation to storyline. 
Title: An impactful and powerful title!!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, expressive, skilled, and proficient.
Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, insightful, perfectly-paced, amusing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. 
Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and heartwarming that definitely made me pause, reflect and contemplate. 
Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful book.

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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding @SimonSchusterCA @rhardingwriter @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookReview

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

We read The Arrangement with a few of our Traveling Sisters and after reading this one we need to know more about Sugar Bowls. Robyn Harding will be our first author in our new group Behind The Pages with The Traveling Friends to answer a few spoiler-free questions about The Arrangement. She will be popping into the group to see any positive comments our friends might have for her and joining us on Sunday, 10:00-11:00 am PST August 11 to answer a few questions I just need to know the answers too. To share the love for The Arrangement and ask Robyn question or see what she has to say you can find the group here. Or join the group.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1003230-behind-the-pages-with-the-traveling-friends

Brenda’s review

Candy Bar and Jelly Beans!! Yipee! I might be on a Tootsie Roll here with another winning thriller for me! My groove is back.

Are you ready to rumble here in this sugar bowl? Wondering what a sugar bowl is or curious to take a look into one. Well, Robyn Harding has got you covered here with her intriguing, entertaining yet unsettling fast, easy-paced story that left me wanting to talk about it. 

Things are not so sweet as sugar here between this arrangement with our main characters and Robyn Harding delivers a unique take here with the premise to the story and adds some twists and turns that had me totally entertained from start to finish. I highly recommend!

Norma’s Review

Seductive, alluring, and wickedly entertaining!

A modern day and sinister version of Pretty Woman right here folks! I didn’t even realize that this was a thing, what’s a Sugar Baby & Sugar Daddy? Well I know now and I definitely fell for this hook, line, and sinker. 

THE ARRANGEMENT by ROBYN HARDING is a fascinating, dark, twisted, and gritty tale that was such an irresistible, entertaining and fun book to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, totally intrigued by the premise, and fully absorbed in this suspenseful page-turner.

Thoughts from our Traveling Sisters and blogging Sister Its All About The Thrill

Wow! The author certainly knocked it out of the park with this one! Five flipping scandalous stars from me. This book will leave you with your mouth hanging open. I loved it! I was submersed into a world that I had no idea that existed until a recent news segment and of course this book! Up until this point sugar babies were just a candy I had enjoyed as a child. For Kim’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Arresting, intriguing, eye-catching, electrifying, and a fitting representation to storyline. I definitely love the cover art and find it aesthetically pleasing. 
Title: A perfectly perfect, suspenseful, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love how the title played so perfectly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, well-written, entertaining, engaging, and suspenseful. 
Plot: Fascinating, suspenseful, gritty, unique, riveting, brisk, engrossing, dark, thrilling, seductive, sinister, captivating, twisty, and entertaining.
Ending: Well that was an extremely satisfying end that I absolutely loved! So good!! A neat ending that wraps things up smoothly & perfectly. 
Overall: I absolutely loved this one and devoured every single page of this dark, sexy, sinister, and thrilling tale! Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Robyn Harding for our copies.

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner @DuttonBooks @LisaGardnerBks #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

LISA GARDNER has done it again with her latest installment to the Detective D.D. Warren series with Book # 10. She is an author we can always count on that never disappoints and always delivers such fantastic thrillers that are gripping, action-packed and packed full of nail-biting suspense. We are huge fans and have read all of her books to date. We highly recommend her books!

Norma’s Review

Captivating, edgy & wholly satisfying!

NEVER TELL by LISA GARDNER (Detective D.D. Warren #10) is a dark, suspenseful, emotional and intense thriller with absolutely wonderful and captivating characters. The story is told between the alternating perspectives from three fascinating and exceptionally well-developed characters. LISA GARDNER creates such compelling, fabulous and dynamic characters that you can’t help but love and be fully invested in. I absolutely love D.D. Warren and Flora Dane! There was another character that popped in to help D.D. with her investigation and I was pleasantly surprised and loved the appearance. 

The storyline’s are always intense but I thought this one was a little more complex than her previous novels which slowed down the pacing a tiny bit for me. Even though I had to pay a little more attention to the details while I was reading it, all those carefully hidden clues still stumped me until closer to the end.

Brenda’s Review

D.D. Warren is back with Flora Dane in another nail-biting installment that had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could.  I love D.D. Warren and she has been a favorite character of mine right from the very first installment with Alone. 

When D.D. Warren arrives at her new case she sees a woman from a case from the past and then soon realizes the victim has ties to Flora’s kidnapper.  Secrets start to unravel and through the well written layers we start to piece together the ties from the past to the new cases. 

When I first met Flora Dane in Find Her, Book # 8, I loved her character and she is now becoming my favorite character.  I love how kidnapped survivor Flora now turned vigilantly becomes DD’s unofficial informant and I love the dynamics between them.  SSA Kimberly Quincy makes an appearance here as well and enjoyed the dynamics between the three of them and I was reminded just how much Lisa Gardner brings humor to the character’s dynamics allowing me to love them even more. There is also another character I hope to see back in future installments. 

In this installment Flora allows herself to revisit her dark past and remember the monster who kidnapped her Jacob Ness.  Her chapters became my favorite part of the story and enjoyed learning more about her and how her past is connected to DD’s new case.

Lisa Garner knows just when to reveal those well layered twists, one right after another and wrapping up this story almost perfectly for me.  She did push it a bit there in the end and I began to question some things but in the end she is another author who can do no wrong by me and will always be a favorite of mine.  We have history!!  

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Hauntingly beautiful and fitting representation to storyline. (Paperback version which releases on August 6, 2019.)
Title: A fabulous representation that definitely depicts the storyline perfectly with all of its secrets and lies it withholds until that explosive and perfectly timed ending.
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, notable, strong, impressive, well-written, entertaining, engrossing, and prolific. 
Plot: Suspenseful, raw, complex, riveting, fast-paced, dark, thrilling, captivating, taut, twisty, and entertaining.
Ending: An action-packed, surprising, thrilling, and explosive ending!
Overall: Another stellar read from the Queen of Thrillers that had me immediately hooked and completely riveted in this tangled crime thriller. Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Dutton and Lisa Gardner for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.

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The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Norma’s Review

Hauntingly beautiful, wistful, & magical!

I do love me a good ghost story and pretty much anything in relation to things that go bump in the night then you can most definitely count me in.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by CRAIG DAVIDSON was such a fabulous, short, memorable and bittersweet coming-of-age story that packed quite the punch in such a short amount of time. The book comes in at a whopping 246 pages which is brimming with so many wonderful attributes that definitely stirred up this readers emotions and memories.

I absolutely loved how irresistible, nostalgic, magical, and emotional this story was. The supernatural, ghost stories, and urban legends was so intriguing and I thought it ingenious in its relation to the whole story in general. I felt such warmth and love towards these characters and this book.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: #coverlove I absolutely love the cover of this book and attributed solely to me needing to read this book.
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and absolutely loved how meaningfully the title plays so fittingly into storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and readable.
Plot: Suspenseful, emotive, gripping, perfectly-paced, nostalgic, ghostly, magical, memorable, thought-provoking, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: A bittersweet and satisfying ending that filled me with such warmth and love.
Overall: An irresistible, unforgettable, enjoyable, entertaining, suspenseful, and fabulous read! It was an absolutely magical book brimming with pure nostalgia! Would highly recommend!

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