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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks @SimonSchusterCA @HeidiPerksBooks #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Happy Publication Day to Heidi Perks!

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

Norma’s Review

Riveting, thought-provoking & affecting!

This was quite the emotional psychological thriller that immediately drew me in and had me totally glued to those pages for the entirety of reading this book. The storyline is one that I seem to be always drawn to and where this book deals with every parent’s worst nightmare, a missing child there is a nice twist to this one that definitely made this a different reading experience for me. The angst and devastation that you feel for these characters along with the pacing and short chapters made this an extremely palpable, fast and unputdownable read. 

HER ONE MISTAKE by HEIDI PERKS is a compelling, chilling, suspenseful, and a compulsive read that was an easy book to escape into that didn’t have too much darkness to it. The intensity level of this book gradually builds as the story progresses and there is also this subtle undertone of unease that makes you question what you are reading.

HEIDI PERKS delivers a character-driven, intriguing and well-written read here with complex and realistic characters, a uniquely written premise and an enthralling storyline. The story is told from dual perspectives between Charlotte and Harriet in an alternating timeline of “Now” and “Before” the disappearance of Alice with excerpts from Harriet’s diary. I thoroughly enjoyed the format of this story and both perspectives and timelines equally. I’m a total sucker when an author chooses to add in different writing devices to spice up the story so the diary excerpts definitely added a little extra excitement to the story for me. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Worrisome, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline. Although I thought maybe the stuffed animal should have been a different character as was mentioned in the book a few times. Hmmm…..maybe I missed something?
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and fluid. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s writing style!
Plot: Unique, thought-provoking, suspenseful, gripping, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I found this storyline to be quite refreshing!
Ending: An absolutely perfect and plausible resolution that I was extremely satisfied with. 
Overall: An excellent read that had me totally entertained and engrossed from start to finish! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Heidi Perks for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!

Goodreads Book Blurb:

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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Sneak Peek Sunday: The Suspect by Fiona Barton #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @StMartinsPress @figbarton @about_thethrill

Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly meme created by Kim @It’s All About The Thrill, Christina @ Recipe and A Read and I where we give a peek into our thoughts for a book not yet published or we give a peek into an anticipating upcoming group read. It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published.

Today we are sharing our thoughts for The Suspect by Fiona Barton. 

We read this one in our Instagram group as well as in the Traveling Sister Group. I know we are all over the place at times with our group reads but as you all know we love our group reads and want to discuss our reads with everyone. This chat is still ongoing on Instragam and Christina will be joining in this week. So if you have this one to read before publication date, and are on Instagram pop on over to our travelingfriendsreads account and let us know if you would like to join in.

Expected Publication Date: January 22, 2019

From Goodreads

The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child – featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

Now on to our thoughts

Brenda’s thoughts

The Suspect explores one of my worst fears as a parent. That reality that we can’t keep our adult children safe and the fear of them becoming lost to us and not only by the dangers around them but also lost to us by not knowing where or how they are really doing.  I turned those pages as fast as I could and was so immersed in my own thoughts and questions those twists snuck up on me and I was left thinking wow a few times throughout this story.

Norma’s thoughts

Intriguing premise, short chapters & a suspenseful mystery!
FIONA BARTON delivers an entertaining and interesting read here that is told through multiple perspectives with chapter headings labeled “The Reporter”, “The Mother”, “The Detective” and “Bangkok Day ?” from Alex, one of the missing girls.  I really enjoy and love this format but I felt like there was something missing though to make me really connect and feel for these characters. I found Alex’s perspective the most interesting and would have liked to have read more of her story.  

Lindsay’s thoughts

An extremely addictive, twisty and fast-paced journey.
I am so sad to be finished this novel.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thrilling and suspenseful story, where I hungrily devoured every single word in extreme anticipation of what would happen next.   The characters, setting and storyline pulled me right in from page one. Each chapter left me feeling an urgent need to continue on and fit another chapter in. I loved Kate Waters and DI Sparkes!   I enjoyed their personalities and thought their personal side stories really enhanced the novel.

Dana’s thoughts

Once again Fiona Barton gives her readers a wild ride! I very much enjoyed Kate Waters character in both The Widow & The Child so was looking forward to following her journey in The Suspect. This was a fast-paced read with a great set of characters, some extremely likable, others not so much … but I’ll let the readers find out for themselves 😉 

For Kim’s Sneak Peek @It’s All About The Thrill

For Christina’s Sneak Peek @Recipe And A Read

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Ninja Camp by Sue Fliess & Illustrated by Jen Taylor @HBGCanada @SueFliess #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

STORYTIME SATURDAY WITH LINDSAY AND THE KIDS: CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEWS

Benjamin reading & loving Ninja Camp by Sue Fliess, Jen Taylor (Illustrator)
Lindsay’s Review

A fun, action-packed children’s book!

My three-year-old son, Benjamin, was thrilled when I opened my book mail to uncover this exciting story.   Through rhyming dialogue from the Ninja Master and silly scenarios scattered among the pages, this children’s book invites kids to learn the skills and secrets of how to become a ninja warrior. The pages are filled with beautiful, bright-coloured pictures which kept my children intrigued from start to finish.  Benjamin’s favourite part was the training for the ninja moves.   It’s a super cute and highly entertaining journey that I thoroughly enjoyed reading with my children.  My five-year-old daughter loved it too, so it is great for girls and boys.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for gifting me a physical copy to read and review!

EXPECTED PUBLISHING DATE: JANUARY 8, 2019

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Pack your bags and grab your gear: you’re going to Ninja Camp! Listen closely to the ninja master, who will teach you everything you need to know to become a ninja warrior-but it won’t be easy. You’ll have to be sly and swift, strong and speedy, and only then will you become a Ninja of the Night!

This fun and energetic book will delight and entertain kids and parents alike with its clever, rhyming verse and action-packed depictions of the coolest camp around. For fans of Ninja Red Riding Hood who are looking for a lesson in teamwork and cool stealth skills.

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Seven Days by Patrick Senécal #BookReview #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread @SimonSchusterCA

Seven Days by Patrick Senécal

Happy Publication Day to Patrick Senécal!

Norma’s Review

Riveting, provocative & thoroughly absorbing!

Cautionary warning: This book has extremely graphic scenes of torture.

SEVEN DAYS by PATRICK SENÉCAL is a gripping, dark, horrific, disturbing and fast-paced read that at times was even a little tough for me to read. I can usually handle quite a bit of explicit content by distancing myself from it so where the graphic scenes did make me pause a few times to catch my breath the storyline itself had me immediately hooked to fully immerse me in this tale. 

I do consider this book to be a crime thriller but it does have a high dose of horror added in though. I found that mix of genres to be highly entertaining and an exciting book to read. The intensity level and suspense of this novel increases immensely over the course of what happens over those seven days that totally frightens and intrigues the reader. I definitely needed to know the outcome and come to terms with Dr. Bruno Hamel’s attempt to seek his own retribution and justice for the horrific crime that was inflicted on his daughter. 

PATRICK SENÉCAL delivers quite the fascinating, intense, suspenseful and well-written read here with an extremely enthralling storyline. There is an aspect in this novel that haunts Dr. Hamel’s character that I am unable to elaborate on because of spoilers but I will say though that I thoroughly enjoyed the meaning and the message that it all entailed.

This novel definitely invokes some strong opinions that will have you questioning some of the actions of the characters and the subject matter. I thought the author did a great job at allowing us to come to our own opinions of how we felt about the characters and the storyline.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Patrick Senécal for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!

Brenda’s Review

Seven Days has been translated to English and was originally written in French. It was called Les Sept jours du talion – “seven days of retaliation”.

Seven Days is a story that explores the ethical questions of revenge.  Dr Bruno Hamel is a grieving and distraught father who is out for revenge towards the monster who killed his daughter.  He kidnaps and tortures him and as the story progressed we started to see how people react to knowing he is out for revenge.

Seven Days is a disturbing thriller that crosses over to horror. Patrick Senécal has been referred to as Quebec’s Stephen King.  He doesn’t hold back here with the graphic details of torture. Pushing it almost to the point I started to struggle reading it.  I started to question if there was more than one monster in this story. Just when I thought I had enough the story takes a turn and really started to get very interesting.   We start to see what shapes Hamel as revenge turns into a monster itself and we see how this all affects him.

Patrick Senécal does a good job here creating our two main characters here with Dr. Bruno Hamel and Detective Mercure who tries to stop him from killing the monster.  Mercure becomes the moral center of the story.

I was a bit worried about how this story was going to come together and I am glad I stuck with it.  I thought it was cleverly written but maybe pushed it a bit too far with the graphic details that I felt stalled the story instead of driving it forward.  In the end, I liked how it wrapped up and was very satisfied with the ending. I recommend with caution. It’s certainly not for everyone.

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Patrick Senécal for my copy to read and review.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Definitely a creepy and sinister feeling happening here with this cover which represents the storyline extremely well.
Title: The title immediately piqued and grabbed my attention. 
Writing/Prose: I enjoyed the author’s writing style.
Plot: Disturbing, provocative, emotive, thought-provoking, suspenseful, gripping, fast-paced, absorbing and extremely entertaining. Even though this book was a little tough to read it was an excellent one!
Ending: I was thoroughly impressed and completely satisfied with the way this story ended.
Overall: I thoroughly applaud the author with how the drama of this story all unfolded, making it one heck of a memorable and fantastic page-turner. Would highly recommend with caution though as some of the violence might be a little disturbing to some readers. 

Have you read this one? Are you clicking on your favourite bookstore to order it now or out the door to buy this one? Drop us a comment!

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Sneak Peek: Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant #travelingsistersread @amberjackpub @kimicgrant

Sneak Peek Sunday is a post where give a peek into our thoughts for a book not yet published or we give a peek into an anticipating upcoming group read. It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published.

Today Kim @It’s All About The Thrill  and I are sistering up and taking a peek into two different books. I hope you get a chance to travel over to her blog and check out what she is taking a peek into. I am giving a sneak peek into Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant. Norma, Lindsay and I read this one together. Christina @ Recipe and A Read hopefully will be back soon sistering up with us on our posts.

Expected Publication date: March 5th 2019

Fallen Mountains

Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant

From Goodreads

“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.

Norma’s thoughts: Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!

I was immediately intrigued by the mystery of FALLEN MOUNTAINS and found the setting to be immensely appealing.  I am a total sucker when it comes to dark and gritty tales set in a small rural town. They are by far one of my favorite types of reads and add in great writing, a suspenseful mystery full of secrets and a missing person – well then I am one happy and contented reader!

Brenda’s thoughts: Kimi Cunningham Grant does a great job creating a realistic down to earth feel through her descriptive atmospheric writing and we could feel the emotional connection the characters had to each other and their surroundings. 

Lindsay’s thoughts: I loved everything about this novel!   The characters, the writing, the storyline, the pacing, the flow, the suspense – simply perfect! Red reminded me of Walt from the TV show Longmire which I loved. I felt an immediate connection to this story from page one, instantly sympathizing with Red and his situation.  The atmosphere was thick and wrapped me up completely throughout this rugged and unforgettable tale. I will be thinking of these characters long after I have finished writing this review.  It was a book that I wished would have continued further, not because I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, but simply because I didn’t want to let the characters and storyline go.

Thank you so much to Amberjack Publishing and Kimi Cunningham Grant for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book

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The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle @rebecca_serle @flatiron_books #BookReview #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

The Dinner ListThe Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Unique, wistful & magical!

Such an imaginative premise that will have you asking yourself if you could invite five people living or dead to a dinner party who would you choose?

THE DINNER LIST by REBECCA SERLE is a wonderful, captivating, touching, fun and light-hearted tale that I was immediately drawn into and devoured rather quickly.

REBECCA SERLE delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in short alternating chapters to make this a quick and easy read. The story was filled with diverse and unique characters, an enchanting and delicious setting, and a heartfelt and insightful storyline.

Although, I really enjoyed this one and I was swept right under its spell the drama wore me down a little bit. Sabrina has some issues here that she is dealing with and a lot she is confronting from her past. Normally I welcome a lot of drama in my novels but for some reason it became a little exhausting and suspecting one of the twists was a little disheartening lessening the impact of the pivotal moment for me.

The storyline definitely had me dreaming and pondering which five guests I would choose and wouldn’t it be fun if fantasy just became reality.

* I read this book in our Traveling Friends Group *

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: That striking, bright & bold yellow cover definitely caught my eye and definitely enticed me into buying and reading this book.
Title: The title definitely intrigued me and it is a fitting and excellent representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, fluid, witty, beautiful and engaging.
Plot: Engrossing, insightful, thought-provoking, interesting, heartfelt, fast-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: Bittersweet, tearjerker and satisfying.
Overall: This was an all around fabulous book that was beautifully poignant with an absolutely wonderful message! Would recommend!

Traveling Friends Group Read
Norma’s Review

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