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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides @AlexMichaelides @CeladonBooks #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

The Sisters are joining in on the hype for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides with our glowing reviews for this one. The hype more than lived up for us and we were left cheering after reading this one. If you haven’t read this one yet put everything on hold and dive right into this one!! If you have read it let us know if the hype was real for you or not. We read this one with a few of our Traveling sisters and this one is making it on some of our favorite lists.

Norma’s review

Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here!

Loved….loved….loved! This book is exactly what I needed……a fast-paced and fully absorbing thriller that I literally could not put down or stop thinking about. This was some fantastic storytelling!

THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a dazzling, fascinating, compelling, and an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read. Right from the very beginning I knew that this book was going to be a gripping page-turner for me and I’m happy to say that it totally held my attention right to the very end, making this quite the compulsive and all-consuming read. 

ALEX MICHAELIDES delivers an impressive, clever, suspenseful, entertaining and well-written read here with an intriguing and refreshing premise, an intoxicating mystery and irresistible compelling characters. I thought this was an extremely well-crafted thriller where the author seductively guides you to the shocking and twisty conclusion. 

This book definitely appealed to this psychological thriller lover even though I wouldn’t necessarily say there is anything new here and you might have your suspicions early on like I did but it was all in the execution here that made this quite the fantastic and exhilarating read. I thought it was so cleverly and originally done. If an author can still make that ending shocking and thrilling to read even if you think you’ve figured out the outcome well then I’d say that is one heck of an accomplishment and perfect read! 

This was an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller that quickly made it into my favourite reads shelf making this my very first favourite of 2019!

Brenda’s review

A seemly perfect life, a murder, a wife who refuses to speak and a therapist obsessed made for a very intriguing read for us.

The Silent Patient is a clever, original and complex fast-paced character-based psychological thriller with one of the best gasp-worthy twists I have read. Paying attention to this character study might pay off with picking up some of those well-layered clues that lead to a very pleasing gasp-worthy twist. One even if you did pick up on some of those layered clues you might still find yourself shocked and left speechless. I highly recommend!

From Christina’s review

I guarantee this is going to be one of the top books of 2019 and if it’s on your list – pick it up, if it’s not – add it now. The prose, the pacing, the suspense and development into the story were all a complete slam dunk for me. This is absolutely the type of book that once you pick it up, you’re not going to be able to put it down until you’re done with it and know how it ends – and the ending, is quite the doozie. I’m thrilled by Alex Michaelides and really excited to see future works because this author knows how to get it done For Christina’s full review

From Debra’s review

This is a very clever tale which grabbed my attention right away. I was intrigued to learn what was going on. I had several theories and assumptions. Some were close and some were way off base – as in a mile off base. Of course, there is that shocking reveal – I did not see that coming – AT ALL. It really was the perfect “OMG, what did I just read?” moment followed by an “Aha!” moment. 

This book was a page turner for me. I kept turning the pages to learn how the book was going to unfold. The ending felt a little bit rushed and I wanted to just a tad bit more. Overall, a very enjoyable read even thought one character really annoyed me. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Intriguing, unsettling, creepy, eye-catching and an extremely fitting representation to storyline that kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies to look at. 
Title: The title of this book is an extremely fitting representation to storyline that definitely piqued my interest, totally intrigued and fascinated me. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, compelling, engaging and convincing. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and it definitely spoke to me. 
Plot: Engrossing, refreshing, suspenseful, interesting, complex, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. 
Ending: A surprising and twist ending that definitely should shock and wow the reader regardless if you’ve figured it out or not. The ending was totally satisfying and did not disappoint!! 
Overall: A fantastic and riveting read that had me totally absorbed within this story right from the very start, thoroughly enjoying every minute of this debut thriller! Would recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Celadon Books and Alex Michaelides for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

Debut of the season? We agree? Do you? Are you adding this one to your TBR list? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you

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Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook @HarperCollinsCa @AuthorLizLawler

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler is now available!

Don’t Wake Up takes dark and disturbing to a different level here when we learn the unsettling scenario our main character Alex has endured. So unbelievable that everyone starts to question Alex’s story, setting Alex up to be an interesting unreliable character. That dark and twisted part of me was drawn into Alex’s life and at times I questioned if maybe this one has gone a bit too far for me. Things start to slow down a bit there as Alex’s life spirals out of control and the dynamics between the characters become interesting however at times the story felt like it wasn’t moving forward as fast as I wanted it too. Norma who was ahead of me struggled a bit here too but told me to be patient and give it some time. Things started to pick up for me as we learn the truth.

Liz Lawler does a good job here leading us to those twists and turns as there were a few ways the story could of went. What at times felt like the story could be predictable took a different turn than I expected to keep me guessing right up to that satisfying ending.

Norma’s Review

Edgy, mysterious, & disturbing!

DON’T WAKE UP by LIZ LAWLER is an engaging, dark, suspenseful, and intense psychological thriller that I was immediately drawn into.  The subject matter is disturbingly nightmarish and terrifying to make this quite the intriguing, enjoyable and entertaining read.

This book immediately grabbed my attention but necessarily didn’t keep it all the way through though.  I did get a tiny bit impatient with some aspects of the storyline as it seemed to stall a little bit but it totally grabbed me again and in the end I was thoroughly impressed with the way certain things played out.

LIZ LAWLER delivers a character-driven, interesting, and well-written read here that had me feeling anxious as well as had me questioning and suspicious of almost everything that I was reading.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit while reading this one was something to do with the investigation and the actions of the authorities.  I have a reading pet-peeve when a character’s behaviour is questioned and not believed by the police. It definitely bugs me as a reader.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, HarperCollins Canada & Liz Lawler for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC of this book.

Lindsay’s Review

Mysterious, suspenseful and chilling!

Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up under the bright lights of an operating table, groggy and confused. She is strapped down and hooked up to an IV with no sense of what happened. Assuming she had a bad accident, she asks the doctor beside her for details. The next thing she knows, she is waking up on a gurney in the hospital she works at, surrounded by her co-workers. They tell her she was found unconscious in the parking lot. What happened between those two waking moments? Alex knows she was targeted and something happened to her in that mysterious hospital operating room. She embarks on a quest to find answers and uncover the truth behind her peculiar and puzzling situation.

The first chapter starts with a bang! It pulled me right into the story, feeling the suspense and sympathizing with Alex’s situation. I applaud the author, Liz Lawler, for creating such a powerful start to this debut novel – it was unique, captivating and suspenseful. As the novel progressed, my intrigue weakened as I couldn’t fully connect to the characters and the pace slowed. There were some surprising twists in the novel which kept me on my toes, but some of the dialogue and behaviour felt unnatural and took away from my connection to the story. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book, am glad I read it and would be interested in reading more from this author. Many readers have loved this one, so be sure to check out those several raving reviews! 

Warning: there is a scene with animal abuse that I found difficult to read.

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

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Suspenseful, intriguing, mysterious, dark, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, disturbing, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly and terrifyingly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, and captivating. 
Plot: Harrowing, dark, tension-filled, suspenseful, gripping, fast-paced, clever, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. 
Ending: An unexpected and unpredictable ending that totally took me by surprise. 
Overall: I was quite delighted that the author totally took me by surprise here and I totally missed a major clue to the “who” of the “whodunit”! Loved it!!!! Would definitely recommend!

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!


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Random Book Musings: So I’m really curious to hear what your most anticipated read is for this year? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday to you all!

So guess who came to visit me and my adorable granddaughter, Natalie?  Brenda!!!  

I am so thrilled and so happy to have had the pleasure of spending four wonderful days with Brenda. We had some great quality time together and we did lots of baby holding and hugging too.

I actually took two weeks vacation to be able to spend time with Brenda as well as help out our new mom. So I have been spending lots of time with my daughter-in-law and of course our little sweetie, Natalie.

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s Random Book Musings Question

So we are really curious to hear what your most anticipated read is for this year? I know it is early days…….but we’d love to hear if you have read any great books so far this year and have they made it into your favourite reads shelf? 

Norma’s Answer

I might have a few highly anticipated books this year so far which are My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, No Exit by Taylor Adams, The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald & The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (which I don’t have….so bummed LOL). Yes, my very first and only book that has made it into my favourite reads shelf so far this year is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I absolutely LOVED it!!!

Brenda’s Answer

The Night Olivia Fell is also one of my anticipated reads and I am really looking forward to it. I think we can say that is a highly anticipated Traveling Friends group read. Start date is around March 1. Christina MacDonald will be joining us in our discussion. If you are interested in joining you can find the group on Goodreads or drop us a comment below.

For favourites so far, Verity by Colleen Hoover took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it. I really look forward to adding more books on my favourites lists.

Lindsay’s Answer

Great question Norma! 💜 My most anticipated read would be The Night Olivia Fell by Christina MacDonald and Kelly Rimmer’s latest – The Things We Cannot Say. Really looking forward to both! No Favourite Shelf reads yet this year but hoping to change that real soon.

Enjoy that gorgeous baby and your time with Brenda! Wish I was there with you! 💗

Brenda & I heading out the door to go for a little nighttime stroll with our new books in the Coulee! 🙂

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Talent by Juliet Lapidos @HBGCanada @littlebrown @travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Talent by Juliet Lapidos

Norma’s Review

Smart, unique and clever!

TALENT by JULIET LAPIDOS was an interesting, steady-paced, and quirky story that was a little structurally & mentally challenging for me to read. The blurb states that this is a “wickedly funny debut” novel that I definitely didn’t find funny at all or it went way over my head. I kind of lack the sense of understanding the dark humour here. 

JULIET LAPIDOS delivers an intriguing and well-written read here that I really wanted to fully embrace and love. I have this need to broaden my reading horizons and one of these days I am going to thoroughly “get” these types of novels. I love the challenge of reading them even if I do find them a bit grueling to read. 

I wasn’t able to really feel any emotional connection to the characters as I couldn’t connect with the academic side to the story. I missed a lot of the dark humor here with that to thoroughly immerse myself in this storyline. I just didn’t “get” it. Although I was totally entertained and engaged with the narrative, moving this story forward to keep me turning those pages. 

Brenda’s review

I feel like Talent can best be described as an academic literary thriller and is something I have not read anything like before. Like Norma mentioned I do like to challenge myself by reading more books that require me to think differently. I do think it took on a bit of a psychological feel to it as well as some of these characters were unreliable and manipulative. At times it felt a little bit like a psychological playground with the characters. The writing took on a bit of a chaotic feel to the story. It also felt a bit eccentric. Now that can be a good thing and I think here it was, however, the whole storyline was not something I was familiar with. The longest piece of work I have ever done is probably this review and I like to stick to reading fiction and not textbooks. lol

Our main character here, Anna is a grad student struggling to write her dissertation. After an encounter with a stranger, she acquires unpublished notes by a deceased talented author. Anna delves into his notebooks and things got a little chaotic for me with the different formats used to write this story. I also should have focused more on the characters and questioned their reliability instead of trying to figure out the academic dark humor of a grad student. I am not going to say anymore as to not say too much about this story.

I recommend this one to readers who like an intelligent story that explores more of academics and delves into some dark humor around Grad students.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Eye-catching, artistic, appealing, and distinctive. I actually quite love this cover and think it’s a great representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, interesting, and wish that I was talented enough to have “gotten” this one. LOL 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, engaging and smart. 
Plot: Challenging, complex, interesting, thought-provoking, steady-paced, and entertaining. 
Ending: An ambiguous ending that I’m still not exactly sure that I interpreted correctly…..but I’m not so inclined to actually worry about not getting it though and just accepted it for what it was. 
Overall: Even though I didn’t end up loving this novel, I still appreciated and enjoyed the rugged escape that this book provided. 

Thank you so much to HBG Canada / Little, Brown Company for sending us a physical ARC of this book to read and review!

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: Just for Fun!! Guess who’s a grandma? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday to you all!

I have a very special announcement to make!!! I am so excited and proud to announce the arrival of our very first grandchild (Brenda is now a great aunt). Natalie Liann Rempel was born on January 18th, weighing 6 lbs 7 oz. We are totally in love and smitten with this adorable little girl!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s Random Book Musings Question ~*~ Just for fun!

So for my Book Musings question for this week is something that you have all probably seen done lots of times on Social Media. I have to admit that I like reading these but I have never actually “played along”. I would like to encourage everyone to please play as I think we would all love to see each others answers. I know that I do! So here we go…….

Norma’s Answer

Children: 3 & 1 grandchild! 🙂
Surgeries: 4
Tattoos: 0
Shot a Gun: Yes. (Target Practice) Didn’t like it much.
Quit a Job: Yes, when I got married and moved to the country in a different part of Alberta.
Ever been on TV: No 
Been to an Island: Yes, my parents recently moved from Prince Edward Island.
Rode in an Ambulance: No
Sang Karaoke: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Been on a Cruise: No
Rode on a Motorcycle: Yes
Rode a Horse: Yes
Almost Died: No
Stayed in a Hospital: Yes
Favourite movie: I don’t know if I actually have a favourite movie. I can’t think of one particular favourite at this moment anyway.
Update: The Sound of Music (just thought of one…LOL)
Morning or night: Night
Favourite colour: Brown
Last Phone Call: My mother
Last Text From: Brenda 
Favourite drink: Diet Pepsi 
Coffee or Tea: I’m not really a lover of hot liquids but if I were to choose it would be Coffee.
Favourite chocolate bar: Crispy Crunch (edited this to read chocolate bar LOL – or if you have a favourite bar then go ahead and add that in too)
Pizza: Hawaiian 
Cats or Dogs: Both 
Favourite Season: Summer but I think that Winter is the prettiest.
Favourite Book Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Your turn! 

Brenda’s Answer

So much fun. Here I go.

Children: 2 adult sons. I am now a great aunt and Norma a Grandma. oh my! Congrats Norma. 
Surgeries: none
Tattoos: no 
Shot a Gun: no
Quit a Job: Yes
Ever been on TV: no
Been to an Island: Yes
Rode in an Ambulance: no
Sang Karaoke: no
Ice Skating: yes
Been on a Cruise: No
Rode on a Motorcycle: Yes Husband loves to ride but I am not going near it and I am not invited either. lol 
Rode a Horse: Yes, not something I want to do again
Almost Died: No 
Stayed in a Hospital: Just when I had my boys 
Favourite movie: Not Bird Box. lol Watched with my husband he is now worried about what I read. lol 
Morning or night: Definitely a morning person. Love early mornings
Favourite colour: Orange
Last Phone Call: Norma
Last Text From: Wish I could say son but I have to text him. He was the last one I did text with but the last from was my Mother-in-law
Favourite drink: White wine
Coffee or Tea: coffee and a book are the best way to start my morning. I like tea too 
Favourite bar: anything Cadbury 
Pizza: Pineapple, green peppers and onions
Cats or Dogs: Dog 
Favourite Season: summer
Favourite Book Genre: Historical 

Lindsay”s Answer

Fun idea Norma!!

Children: 3 (2 of my own, 1 stepdaughter)
Surgeries: 2
Tattoos: 0
Shot a Gun: Yes
Quit a Job: Yes
Ever been on TV: Yes 
Been to an Island: Yes
Rode in an Ambulance: No
Sang Karaoke: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes (5 times just over the Christmas break with my kids – Santa brought them all skates)
Been on a Cruise: No – doesn’t interest me at all
Rode on a Motorcycle: No
Rode a Horse: Yes
Almost Died: No
Stayed in a Hospital: Yes
Favourite movie: don’t have one. Not into TV or movies
Morning or night: Morning
Favourite colour: Pink
Last Phone Call: My mom
Last Text From: a girlfriend
Favourite drink: coffee (red wine comes in a close second)
Coffee or Tea: I enjoy both, but would always choose coffee over tea
Favourite bar: Wonderbar
Pizza: Hawaiian 
Cats or Dogs: Cats 
Favourite Season: Fall
Favourite Book Genre: Historical Fiction

Never Ending TBR Book Stack #2 ~ Do you have any of these to read? Which ones have you read and recommend to read sooner than later? Want to help us knock some of these off of our shelves?

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: What are your Top 10 Favourite Books of 2018? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday to you all!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

We would love to know some of your absolute favourite books that you have read in 2018. Whether it be a list of your top three, top 10 or just your #1 absolute favourite. What are some of your favourite reads of 2018? They don’t necessarily have to be books that were published in 2018 just any book that you have read and was a favourite or top read.

Norma’s Answer

Here are my 13 (baker’s dozen) favourite books that I have read and loved in 2018 in no particular order.

* Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
* The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson
* The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
* The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
* One Day in December by Josie Silver
* Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
* Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
* Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
* The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
* The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
* Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
* A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
* Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 

Brenda’s Answer
  • Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
  • Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
  • The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
  • Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
  • Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
  • Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson
Lindsay’s Answer

*Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
*Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent
*The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
*The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
*The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
*The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
*The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon
*The Taster by V.S. Alexander
*Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
*Need To Know by Karen Cleveland
*The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

Never Ending TBR Book Stack #1 ~ Do you have any of these to read? Which ones have you read and recommend to read sooner than later? Want to help us knock some of these off of our shelves?

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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