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Promise Me by Jade Beer #BlogBlitz @JadeBRIDES @bookouture #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

PROMISE ME BY JADE BEER BLOG BLITZ

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! We are so excited and it’s our absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog blitz for Promise Me by Jade Beer and share our individual reviews with you. Thank you so much to Kim Nash & Noelle Holten of Bookouture for including us in this blog tour.

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma, Brenda & Lindsay! xxoo

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About the book:

Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager, and was left devastated. As a parting gift she left her daughter a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for the day Jenny meets the love of her life.

Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…

An absolutely unforgettable book club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.

Jade BeerAbout me by Jade Beer:

Hello!

I’m Jade. I’m a novelist, mother to two young daughters and the editor of Conde Nast Brides.

I love writing about women and all the challenges we face in our daily lives. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented women throughout my career as a journalist and editor – ones who juggle the most all-encompassing careers with family and friendships and everything else that life throws at them. They often make it look so easy. But we all know it’s not. And that need to present one version of yourself to the world, while keeping the grittier, less polished reality under wraps, is a thread that runs strongly through my debut novel, The Almost Wife.

In my day job as the editor of Conde Nast Brides, I share my working life with editors of some of the glossiest, luxury brands in the world – Vogue, Tatler, Glamour – and I have the enormous privilege of travelling the world and sitting front row at beautiful fashion shows and working with the world’s leading florists, cake makers and stylists. But I also take a daily peek into the lives of young women who are engulfed in one of the most exciting times of their lives – planning their wedding days. This, above everything else, is the really fun bit. Being on the front line if you like. Hearing their thoughts, fears, worries and ambitions for the future. This really powerful cocktail of glamour and reality dances across every page of The Almost Wife and is currently being poured into my second novel which is due out in October this year.

I’m not sure I could have written The Almost Wife without making it personal too, feeding some of my own quiet fears into the mix. I’ve sat in important meetings, dropping huge clangers that years later still make me cringe. I’ve got more than my fair share of self-doubt and suffer like many other women from the dreaded imposter syndrome. I worry constantly about my family. How much time I have left with them. Am I doing any of it right? Will I be riddled with regret in later years? Will my daughters be critical of the choices I made? Am I failing the people I love the most?

Although work places me full time in London, my heart is in the countryside where I live with my husband and our two daughters. The Cotswolds is where my husband and I used to spend romantic weekends plotting our future together long before children came along and is now where I watch them both run free, hoping I will keep them close for many years to come.

Take a peek inside my life on Instagram @jadebeerbrides &/or Twitter

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Heartwarming, touching, & delightful!

This was my first book that I have read by JADE BEER and will definitely not be my last. I hope to read her first book sometime some, The Almost Wife!

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and what an absolutely lovely read it was. Normally I would read the authors previous books beforehand because without realizing that this one features some of the same characters that were in her first book sort of makes me feel a little sad that I didn’t get to know them sooner. Well not in this case though as I didn’t realize that and this one can definitely be read as a stand-alone. It does make me even more excited to read The Almost Wife now though.

PROMISE ME by JADE BEER is a captivating, touching and beautiful read that I was immediately drawn into and had me emotionally interested in all of these ladies lives right to the very end. It took me on an emotional journey that I absolutely loved which was filled with some tears of happiness and sadness.

JADE BEER delivers an engaging and beautifully written story here that was filled with lovely characters, an interesting setting, and a heartfelt storyline. I enjoyed each of these ladies individual stories equally and they complimented each other so well. I absolutely loved how their stories connected in the end. I definitely wanted all of these ladies to have their happy ending.

There were plenty of moments throughout that had me laughing, cheering, smiling, and feeling such admiration and love for this book.

Web_L367-2_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Promise Me is not my normal type of read.  I do like to step out of my normal reads for a change of pace and Promise Me was just that change of pace that I needed.

Promise Me is a tender and emotional story that explores four very different women through their own emotional journeys. Their lives become intertwined as each woman is somehow involved in weddings.

Jade Beer does a great job exploring the emotions of the four women in this story.  Each has different conflicts and relationships that are explored. I loved the dynamics between the characters and I was drawn into each of their storylines.

There is a lot of drama going on here.  Sometimes this can cause a story to be weighted down for me however I thought the drama here was needed to move the story forward. I loved the ending and thought it all wrapped up so well for a satisfying ending. I recommend for a light yet emotionally satisfying reading experience.  

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An emotional, charming and lighthearted romp with a touch of romance.  Not my usual genre of choice, but extremely refreshing to branch out and try something different.

This novel revolves around four women who are each at a turning point in their lives.  Jenny, Nat, Betsy and Helen are four independent, hard-working women who each face a life decision/struggle that they are challenged by.  Their lives intertwine and intersect in surprising ways that lead them toward figuring out their path toward true happiness.

My favourite part of this novel was the letters from Jenny’s mom who passed away when Jenny was sixteen.  Before cancer took Jenny’s mother, she wrote several letters to Jenny with notes on the envelopes explaining when she wanted her to open and read them.  These were extremely emotional thoughts and reflections from mother to daughter that I found deeply touching.

While I enjoyed branching out and exploring a different genre, I also felt reminded of why I don’t often read lighthearted chick-lit.  A little too much drama and predictability for me.

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: That lovely cover definitely caught my eye and definitely allured me into requesting and reading this book.
  • Title: The cover and title fit so well together. They are both extremely fitting and an excellent representation to storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, fluid, beautiful and engaging.
  • Plot: Engrossing, interesting, heartwarming, gratifying, perfectly-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending: Completely satisfying, pleasing & gratifying!

Overall: This was an all around fabulous feel good story that left me feeling contented and completely satisfied! Would recommend!

Thank you so much from all of us to Bookouture, NetGalley & Jade Beer for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

If you would like to read a copy of the book for yourself, it is available now from the following retailers: 

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Kiss Her Goodbye by Susan Gee #travelingsistersread #BookReview #BlogTour @Aria_Fiction @SusanGeeWriter

KISS HER GOODBYE BY SUSAN GEE BLOG TOUR

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! We are so excited and it’s our absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for Kiss Her Goodbye by Susan Gee and share our individual reviews with you. Thank you so much to Victoria Joss from Aria for inviting us to be a part of the blog tour.

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma, Brenda & Lindsay! xxoo

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About the author
Susan Gee was a finalist in the Daily Mail Write a Bestseller Competition as well as a finalist in The Good Housekeeping fiction competition. This is her first novel.

Follow Susan
Facebook: @susangeewriter
Twitter: @SusanGeeWriter

About the book
Seventeen year old Hayley Reynolds is unwanted at home, and an outsider at school. Pushed away by her best friend Kirsten Green, she makes a deliberate, chilling decision – if Kirsten can’t belong to her, then she won’t belong to anyone….
DI Beverley Samuels has the body of a schoolgirl on her hands – a murder that brings back the hauntingly painful memories of the case she’s tried so desperately to forget.
There’s something deeply disturbing about this crime – and yet with little hard evidence it’s up to her to decide who she will believe….

Tightly-plotted, tense, and a finale with a heart-stopping twist – get ready for the biggest
thriller of 2018. Fans of Claire Mackintosh, Laura Marshall, A. J. FInn and Alice Feeny won’t be disappointed!

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Enjoyable, entertaining, and a highly compulsive read!

KISS HER GOODBYE by SUSAN GEE is a haunting, chilling, disturbing and dark psychological crime thriller novel that features quite the nasty, sinister and manipulative teenage psychopath.

The opening chapter was quite distressing and made me feel a little uncomfortable but once I got through that chapter and into the mindset of this brilliantly portrayed psychopath then I was totally consumed in this novel and couldn’t put it down.

SUSAN GEE delivers an intriguing, unsettling, and sometimes repetitive read here with one of the most disturbing main characters that I have ever read. Even the supporting cast of characters weren’t all that likeable or endearing. The whole sordid tale in general was so irresistible and totally grabbed my attention but I would say though that the tone of the novel was a little juvenile at times. Although I really think it reflected the characters well in this story though.

There were some aspects of this novel that did have me questioning what I was reading but it didn’t bother me at all though. One of the things was changing my mindset that college in the UK wasn’t how we perceive college to be in Canada. So I did have to remind myself that college in the UK starts at the age of 16 and typically ends when they are 18 so therefore some of the logistics and scenes in this novel were a little distracting but really not all that much though. Just made me pause a time or two and then continued on.

What made this novel really stand out was the manipulation and deceptive nature of the characters as well as how Susan Gee manipulated that deception into the plot. Very impressive!

Web_L365-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

First we meet Hayley Reynolds a teenager who appears to be calm and quiet on the outside but terrifyingly chilling on the inside. We get a good look inside her disturbing and manipulating mind and she makes for a fascinating psychopath. Hayley feels like an outsider and unwanted at home and that only makes her even more dangerous. I was intrigued by her and starting turning those pages as fast as I could.

Then we meet DI Beverley Samuels who is haunted by painful memories of a case where she missed some things. She is determined not to make the same mistakes again and I started to question if this affected her judgement.

At times I really enjoyed the dynamics here between the characters and the game Hayley plays here to manipulate her innocence and keep the finger from pointing to her. At times it was exciting, tense and entertaining but I did become weary with the back and forth between them and the pace slowed down a bit for me. Things did pick up for me again near the ending and I really enjoyed how it all came together. That ending was chilling and a bit unsettling and I didn’t see it coming.

I recommend this one to readers looking for something a little different here with a teenage psychopath and a DI with the case that haunts her.  Just a heads up it does have a little juvenile drama at time.

Web_L149-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Review

Hauntingly atmospheric, suspenseful and unsettling.

This dark and chilling story follows Hayley Reynolds, a teenage girl who feels unwanted.  With a highly unstable homelife, troubled childhood and very few acquaintances at school, Hayley is often left on her own, her dark and disturbing thoughts the only thing to keep her company.   One day, Hayley makes an unsettling decision that changes her life, along with everyone in her small town.

DI Beverley Samuels is on the case in Hayley’s town to find answers to a young girls’ disappearance. However, Beverley is deeply haunted by a past case.   She can’t get over the young girl’s murder – it preoccupies her every thought.   This story really opened my eyes to how damaging a past case can be on a police detective.   Beverley suffered from an extreme sense of guilt related to missing some critical pieces of information on a case – it consumed her.

This novel unfolds through Hayley and Beverley’s perspectives in alternating chapters.  I found both narratives equally intriguing. The author, Susan Gee, did an excellent job immersing us into each character’s mindset, the tension building in each chapter.   I felt chills creep up my spine at several points throughout this book.  There was such a dark and unnerving tone to this story – I felt completely drawn into the unsettling and eerie atmosphere.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Ominous, eye-catching, and intriguing. A good representation to storyline but maybe a little bit deceiving.
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and an extremely fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Straightforward, captivating, and repetitive but oh so alluring though.
Plot: Dark, disturbing, engrossing, fast-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: Shocking, disturbing, and satisfying. I was extremely pleased with the outcome even though it wasn’t necessarily a happy one.
Overall: The book was just as disturbing as the characters were which made this an exciting and gripping read! Would recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Aria, and Susan Gee for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Kiss Her Goodbye is available now!

5RcTkRggSUSAN GEE – AUTHOR Q&A

Tell us more about your new novel, Kiss Her Goodbye.
Kiss Her Goodbye follows two characters, Hayley Reynolds, a teenager who has murdered a girl from her college and DS Beverley Samuels, the detective who is trying to solve the crime. Hayley is a flawed and complex character and the story follows her as she manipulates those around her. DS Samuels is haunted by a past case and Hayley uses that to manipulate her. The story is more of a ‘will she get away with it?’ rather than a ‘who done it?’

How did you come up with the idea for this novel?
I wanted to write about a teenage girl who was a killer rather than a victim. I also wanted to explore a story from a troubled character’s perspective to see what made them tick. I was interested in trying to understand the complexity of a troubled character like Hayley.

What was the hardest part of the book to write?
Hayley’s character is dark, but I didn’t want to demonise her. I wanted to portray a flawed character with a degree of sympathy. Trying to do that against the terrible acts that she commits was a challenge, but it was an interesting journey.

Did you do any specific research for the book?
The book is set in the 1980’s so I did have to research events taking place at the time. Also as the book is set in a real place I wanted to make sure that the shops and bars were the ones that were around at that time. The main character loves New Order and so it was fun to revisit some of their music.

Can you describe Kiss Her Goodbye in 3 adjectives?
Dark, troubled and twisted.

How long did it take to write the novel and how many drafts did you write?
I finished this novel and then put it away for a couple of years while I explored new ideas. I decided to send it out to two competitions and was lucky to be the runner up in both. From this I secured an agent who suggested adding the character of the detective so I rewrote it again with the new point of view included. So it has had a few re-drafts.

Do you have a special place where you like to write?
I write in bed or on the sofa. It can be hard to find a quiet space in a busy household so I’m used to working with people around me.

What authors have inspired you in your writing journey?
Flawed characters and dark stories are the ones that I’m drawn to. I loved The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and The Long Walk by Stephen King when I first read them. Annie Proux write so concisely and truthfully, Broke Back Mountain is a brilliant short story. When I was younger I loved a wide range of books from John Irving to Jane Austen. I think inspiration comes from every book that you read. There is always something that you take away from a novel.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I have always written. I used to write short stories, but always wanted to write a novel. I realised that the only way for my novel to exist was to actually get down and do it. I was tired of hearing myself say the words, ‘I’ll write a book one day.’ I took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester University, which was very useful. It introduced to me to other writers and gave me the confidence to finish the book.

Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
The future will involve writing more words. I have started a new draft for another novel. It will be dark and there will be a dead body in it. This is inevitable.

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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
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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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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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**Blog Tour Review** The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!  We are so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and share our Traveling Sisters Review with you along with our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne, and Lindsay’s individual reviews, who also read this book with us.  For some of us Traveling Sisters this was one of our favorite books that we have read in 2017 and one of the most anticipated releases for 2018.  If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, this is not one to miss.  We all highly recommend!

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma and Brenda! xxoo

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy and blog tour spot in exchange for a review!

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Releasing January 9th, 2018)

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Book Description:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda and Norma

We read The Wife Between Us with three of our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne and Lindsay.

The Wife Between Us is an angst driven, clever, gripping, suspenseful and not your typical domestic psychological thriller novel that was an absolutely thrilling and exciting read. We went into this one thinking we were going to be prepared to look outside of the box and figure out some of those shocking twists. We had our game on and we were on the lookout for those clues that were so brilliantly executed with only Norma picking up on one right from the start. Brenda should have too!

It started off a bit slow as we were waiting to pick up on those oh so subtle clues, and the questions started building up for us. We thought we were ready and then the first shocking and unforgettable twist came and we all were left speechless with only one word to say, “WOW”. Well except for Norma who was feeling pretty proud of yourself for picking up on the clue for that one. After that initial shock we started questioning how the authors were going to pull it off with this twisty plot and we really enjoyed the discussion that brought on.

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have done such a fantastic job here with this complicated, complex and compelling storyline, creating a fascinating unreliable character here with Vanessa. We questioned her motives, her history and her husband and their relationship. We didn’t know who to trust and we tried not to make assumptions and that left us questioning everyone. The authors do such a great job with this unique and riveting novel, cleverly revealing the right pieces of the puzzle to us at the right time which were so brilliantly delivered. Allowing us to only see those pieces after reading it and leaving us discussing just how cleverly plotted this story really was.

We all found this to be a fun, fast-paced, exciting, enjoyable and a compelling read and we all absolutely loved this reading experience! That ending was absolutely phenomenal and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen we all agree that you both definitely pulled it off! Highly recommend!!

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5*
When a book can create a buzz…when my sense of anxiety notches up! I know I’ve come across a great read!

This fantastic new release by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen did just that for me! With a constant aura of anticipation and unease, (Just what we love when reading a thriller!) I breezed through the pages.

I was reminded partially through, (thank you Brenda!) that a wicked twist lay ahead. Yet even with a heads-up, I never saw it coming! Whaaat??!! And bonus…there were plenty more to come!

A fantastic, mind-bending thriller dealing with… marriage, divorce and the other woman (not necessarily in that order!). And well, I’ll just stop there! I won’t keep rattling on and risk giving anything away. Trust me, the less you know going in, the more you’ll enjoy this one!
And be forewarned – you’ll want to clear your schedule. Once you start, you won’t want to put this one down! A great collaboration from Ms. Hendricks and Ms. Pekkanen. An exciting new writing duo in the thriller arena. Can’t wait for their next release!!

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel to read and review.

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Susanne’s Review

4.5 Stars* (rounded up).

Chilling and Thrilling! It will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Take notice friends. This is the next best seller.

“The Wife Between Us” is compelling and absolutely riveting. This is the story of Vanessa, Richard and Nellie, whom you think you know oh so well, but the truth is, no one is ever who you think they are. And what I will tell you is that this book will have you looking over your shoulder, questioning everything – including yourselves.

I was freaked out from the start. Breathless, uncomfortable and a little afraid. My stomach was in knots, I was gripped in fear and yet I was unable to stop. I was like a mouse with a piece of cheese. I couldn’t get enough of the characters, especially of Vanessa, her angst, her needs and her fears. And just like the mouse, I got trapped. Trapped in the mystery. Trapped in the most idiosyncratic read ever. Loving every second of it.

“The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a phenomenal psychological thriller. It will be the must read thriller of 2018. It was addictive and completely captivating. The writing was brilliant and the fact that two authors wrote this together and did so seamlessly is one heck of a feat.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars!

This was a twisty and suspenseful thriller that had my jaw-dropping from start to finish.

The authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan, did a fantastic job creating an intriguing plot with many clever and shocking twists and turns. I loved the element of surprise that hit me a few times throughout the story – I was caught completely off guard!  Fantastic job to these authors for building up the suspense and presenting some completely unexpected and mind-blowing cliffhangers at the end of
each section!

Overall, I enjoyed this novel, but did find some parts became slightly repetitive and the pace dragged at a few points. I enjoyed and felt satisfied with the ending, though I wasn’t ‘wowed’ by it. I did find some of the dialogue and characters’ thoughts seemed unnatural.

This unique and entertaining story was a quick and easy read that I breezed through with my Traveling Sisters.

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and the authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Posted in Blog Tours, Reviews

Blog Tour: The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph @nickeljoseph ‏ @Sourcebooks

~*~ AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT ~*~

October 28, 2017 ~ We are delighted to participate in our very first blog tour for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph.  There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway for this book at the bottom of this post which is open to USA residents only.

Thanks for stopping by!  Norma & Brenda

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The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Emily Lindsey doesn’t speak when they find her. Holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own, she communicates with a single, ominous drawing.

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession.

Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, who can’t possibly know the symbol from his nightmares… unless she does.
Praise for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

“eye-opening…Joseph’s prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus

“An inventive thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. Nic Joseph weaves a delicate filament between the secrets of a tribe of childhood friends and the murderous consequences of their adulthood. Psychologically astute and full of satisfying twists.” – Kelly Simmons, author of One More Day and The Fifth of July

“Nic Joseph’s The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is an intricately plotted and downright creepy thriller about one man’s struggle to leave his past behind and the impossibility of ever being able to do so. Nic Joseph skillfully doles out the shocks and surprises, and the reader will be gasping for air as they land like perfect jabs. This book is a powerful, timely, intense treat for anyone who loves stories loaded with suspense, chills, and intrigue.” – David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

“This chilling novel from the author of Boy, 9, Missing (2016) will entice readers with its unique storytelling. Full of unexpected twists and complex characters, Joseph’s page-turner will keep readers up late into the night.” – Booklist

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About the Author:
Nic Joseph is fascinated by the very good reasons that make people do very bad things. She writes thrillers and suspense novels from her home in Chicago. As a trained journalist, Nic has written about everything from health care and business to aerospace and IT—but she feels most at home when there’s a murder to be solved on the next page. Nic holds a BS in journalism and an MA in communications, both from Northwestern University.

Visit NicJoseph.com, or follow her on Twitter: @nickeljoseph

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Our Traveling Sisters Reviews

Traveling Sisters Group Read – thank you sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

Norma’s Review:

THE LAST DAY OF EMILY LINDSEY by NIC JOSEPH is an extremely suspenseful, thrilling, and an engrossing tale with an intriguing and mysterious storyline that is filled with secrets, nightmares, and visions that I was totally fascinated with and I could not put this book down. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and had me frantically turning those pages in fascination and in anticipation of finding out the root cause behind our main characters nightmares and visions. The author also has us focusing on a date of June 2nd throughout the book which keeps you guessing and wondering what is so significant about that date.

NIC JOSEPH delivers a well-written and an absolutely unputdownable read here with well-developed characters with a storyline that is centred around Detective Steven Paul and the case of Emily Lindsey. The story is told through two timelines which alternate between past and present perspectives as each chapter progresses it connects the stories together as we learn more about Detective Steven Paul’s visions and nightmares. I found both timelines to be equally enjoyable and captivating.

Although, this book had so many twists and turns, was an extremely quick read, and I was totally wrapped up in the storyline I found myself a little bit disappointed with the ending. It was a solid 5 star read for me up until that point as there was one thing that really bothered me and had me questioning the reasoning behind it. Hence the 4 star rating.

Publishing Date: October 3, 2017

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, fun, interesting, thrilling, suspenseful, and a rapid paced read with an ending that I wasn’t totally satisfied with. I would still highly recommend this book though!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and Nic Joseph for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Brenda’s Review:

I read this along with Norma and our wonderful Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Lindsay, Susanne and Diane and I really enjoyed our discussion with this one.

The Last Day of Emily Lindsay is an enthralling, captivating and very suspenseful story that starts off with a heart stopping scene full of blood and questions that had all of us sisters turning those pages as fast as we could and not wanting to put this one down. We all became very invested in finding out about “the last day of Emily Lindsay” right from the start.

We were intrigued and fascinated with this storyline and it caught our attention from the very first page.  One of our sisters was completely fascinated with this storyline and we soon learnt she has a weird fascination with cults and this one really stood out for her.

Nic Joseph does a great job with our main character Steven and we all loved him.  We found him interesting, unique, and such a compelling character.  We want to know more about his visions and nightmares and our curiosity spiked with the suspense of the buried secrets that haunt him.  We come to know Steven’s family and I really liked the softer side his family brought to the story with the support and love he receives and thought the author does a fantastic job with that storyline and I was very satisfied with that part of the ending.

Going into the ending this story was a solid five stars for most of us however some parts didn’t quite add up for us and left us a little confused.  Don’t let this stop you from reading this completely captivating story though as you will be missing out on quite the fascinating story.  We highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

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Kaceey’s Review:

This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing and flipping pages as fast as I could. (Well, for most of it anyway).

Detective Steven Paul is tasked with investigating the strange case of a woman, Emily Lindsey, found covered in blood. But oddly enough, not a drop of it is hers. Is she a victim? Or is she the killer? In which case…where is the real victim? In Emily’s pocket is a note with Steve’s name on it. Only problem…Steven is clueless who this woman is!

Struggling with his own personal demons, Steve attempts to solve the mystery of Emily Lindsey. Dealing with bizarre nightmares and daytime hallucinations, he is determined to stay on top of the case and find the connection between him and this mystery woman.

For 90% of this book it was an absolute 5 * read for me! I could not put it down! Had multiple jaw dropping moments! Then came the final 10%….

I guessed some of the shockers early on, but that was ok – I was still expecting my wow moment!  Unfortunately the ending just left me thinking ….huh?! After such an incredible read and build up I was totally expecting fireworks and explosions! Instead all I had was a fizzle.

As always another wonderful Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, Diane and Susanne!

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review:

4.5 stars!   I loved this suspenseful, captivating and highly addictive story!

This book captured my full attention from the first chapter and didn’t let it go until the very last page.   The story revolves around solving the mystery of a woman found in her house covered in blood, holding a hunting knife with no recollection of what happened.   Was a crime committed?

Detective Steven Paul who has an unknown personal connection to this woman is assigned to the case.  I adored Detective Paul – I was rooting for him from start to finish.

This gripping story is told through “Then” and “Now” perspectives which was done extremely well.  I was completely drawn into each riveting storyline, flipping the pages as fast as possible to figure out the case.  The writing was superb – had me addicted to every chapter, page and paragraph.   The character development was excellent – I felt completely immersed in the characters’ lives and situations. 

I felt the ending wrapped up a little quick, but I felt satisfied.   There was one piece of the puzzle that didn’t quite “fit” for me at the end, but it certainly didn’t take away from my overall fantastic reading experience.   I would highly recommend this enthralling and unputdownable book!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!!

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