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Sneak Peek Sunday: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @BerkleyPub @about_thethrill @smariedowning

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!  Today we are joining Kim @ It’s All About The Thrill and Christina @ Recipe and A Read and with this Sunday Sneak a Peek where we take a look inside a highly anticipated upcoming group read and give a little sneak peek into our thoughts and just how excited we are to read this book.

Today we are so excited to take a peek into My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.  When we first got wind of this one we knew we needed to get our hands on it.  We checked NetGalley and Edelweiss with no luck at first however, Norma was determined and kept her eye on both and was really excited to find it on Edelweiss.  There was some dancing in the coulee when we found it and we are so excited to add this title to our list of upcoming Traveling Sisters reads.

My Lovely WifeMy Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

From Goodreads

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…
 

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

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With that description I am already intrigued and want to find out more.  I took a peek into the first chapter and I have to say it starts off right away with what looks like a different and unique storyline.  I didn’t want to stop reading and I now know this will be coming up soon for The Traveling Sisters because I don’t think it’s one we want to wait to read.  This has been put on our list for one of our most anticipated upcoming reads.

Expected Publication Date March 26, 2019.

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Sneak Peek Sunday: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @lizzienugent @SimonSchusterCA

We are joining Christina @ Recipe and a Read and Kim It’s All About The Thrill with this Sunday Sneak a Peek where we take a look inside a highly anticipated upcoming group read and give a little sneak peek into our thoughts or where we take a look into one of our group discussions.  To see what other books we are excited about pop on over to Christina and Kim’s sneak peeks by following the links.

This week, we are featuring a peek into a title that hasn’t been released here in Canada until November 27, 2018. As soon as Norma received a copy of Lying in Wait from Simon & Schuster Canada she was very excited to get reading it, however, I can be a stickler when it comes to the Traveling Sisters schedule for upcoming reads and it wasn’t quite on the calendar just yet to read. After waiting long enough she accidentally started reading before it was scheduled, put up the threads and the group just took off from there and the discussion is still ongoing with Traveling Sisters joining in.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

From Goodreads

From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed.

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this novel is a “seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement, which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre” (Sunday Mirror).

Lying in Wait starts off with one the best first lines we have ever read and we were immediately drawn in right from that very first line.

On to a sneak peek into this group read.

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Oh my goodness, LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT was an absolutely fantastic and unputdownable read that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the moment I read that killer opening line. I was hooked and the suspense was so intense that I was flipping through those pages as fast as I possibly could.

LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT is an engrossing, dark, disturbing, and dramatic read here that in my opinion had all the elements to make this the perfect psychological thriller. The storyline, the characters, the suspenseful writing, and that totally shocking ending that definitely ruffled some of my feathers made this an all-around fulfilling read.

Web_L423-2_blonde_brown-eyesFrom Kristin’s review

NUGENT’s name deserves to be known. Her storytelling is top-notch, her characters deliciously demented, and the trail of her plot, seamless as it glides with a fluid grace leaving behind subtle hints like shadowy footprints that will tie everything together with expert precision.

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Nugent’s story-telling ability really shined in a way that had me rapt from the start. At every new twist or turn, there was a burning need within me to figure out how this piece would fall into place with what the reader already knows to have happened. There was a subtlety here that really spoke to me, nothing was sensationalized or needed to be. These were facts that Nugent was giving to us at a steady pace that created a heady, dark and sometimes comedic atmosphere that draws the reader into the web and traps you there.

Web_L121-2_blonde_blue-eyesFrom Rose’s review

Much like the disturbed soil on its cover, Lying in Wait is rich and layered, with the constant sense of something wicked growing from its seemingly dormant roots.

I thought the characters were brilliantly developed, and though I was struggling with it around the halfway point, I’m glad that I stuck it out. Karen was such a breath of fresh air in contrast to the dank depths of Lydia’s non-soul, and that juxtaposition had me emotionally glued. Laurence was definitely the wild card: he was problematic in his own ways, but much of that spawned from the fact he was raised by the devil incarnate. It was interesting to watch him grow and see his true intentions come to fruition. For Rose’s full review

After reading Lying in Wait we are now fans of Liz Nugent and have added Unravelling Oliver to our list for an upcoming Friends Group read.

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Sneak Peek Sunday: The Night Before by Wendy Walker #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @Wendy_Walker @StMartinsPress

We are joining Christina Recipe and a Read with this Sunday Sneak a Peek where we take a look inside a highly anticipated upcoming group read and give a little sneak peek into our thoughts from the first few pages or where we take a look into one of our group discussions.

This week, we are featuring The Night Before by Wendy Walker.  The Traveling Sisters were so thrilled to be given the opportunity to do an early group read for this one.  The group read is underway and some of the Traveling Sisters have finished leaving them cheering after reading this one.

The Night BeforeThe Night Before by Wendy Walker

Twelve hours earlier, she was…
Hopeful.
Excited.
Safe.

Now she’s gone.

 

From Norma’s review

When Brenda and I got the opportunity to do an early group read for Wendy Walker’s new book with our Traveling Sisters we were absolutely thrilled. Wendy Walker has quite a few fans in our Traveling Sisters group including myself.

THE NIGHT BEFORE by WENDY WALKER is an intense, thrilling, suspenseful and compulsive psychological thriller novel that was quite the entertaining and enjoyable read for me. I was actually quite stunned and very impressed in the end with how well a seemingly straightforward story turned into something that was so much more complex and felt nothing but new and original.

WENDY WALKER delivers an intriguing, clever and engaging read here with quite a few surprising twists and turns.  For Norma’s Full Review

A peek into our discussion

I devoured this book.  I love how the author has each chapter title so it is very clear who the chapter is about and when the chapter takes place. Debra

I’m LOVING this book too!!! Such a quick and addictive read! My mind is whirling with all my questions of what is actually going on!  Love that dynamic! I can really feel the tension in this story. This author has such an amazing ability to pull me completely into the story where I am on edge. Lindsay

I’m glued to this and can’t wait to find out what’s going on, but I do find a lot of this to be repetitive Rose

From Diane’s review

The pace is brisk, the story fluid, the characters only developed as much as the reader needs to know to keep them guessing and immersed in the story. For me, it worked.

From Debra’s review

I found the storytelling to be clever, extremely well thought out, and riveting. By the time the book concluded, I had experienced so many feelings – anticipation, dread, anxiety, happiness, hope, shock, surprise and although my theories were wrong, the Author tidied everything up so nicely that I was not only happy I was wrong but was thrilled by it. Nothing really came out of left field, one does not really need to suspend disbelief while reading. What you do need to do is find a comfortable reading spot and dive in!

This was my first book by Walker, but it will not be my last. For Debra’s full review

Highly recommend!

Expected Publication Date: May 14th, 2019

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The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @mulhollandbooks @hbgcanada @aeskens

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We are joining Christina@Recipe and a Read with this Sunday Sneak A Peek where we take a look inside a highly anticipated upcoming group read and give a little sneak peek into our thoughts from the first few pages.  We also are going to take a little sneak peek into some of our group reads we have going one.

For my Sneak Peek I am featuring The Shadows We Hide the sequel to The Life We Bury. Norma, Lindsay and I read The Life We Bury awhile back and have read a few others by Allen Eskens. I have read them all and we have to say Allen Esken has become a favorite author for us.  We did hear a while back some buzz there was going to be a sequel and I have had my eye out for it.  Well you can imagine how excited we were when we saw The Shadows We Hide was available to request on NetGalley and now thanks to a copy arriving at our doors we will be diving into this one soon. Christina will be suggesting The Life We Bury on the Friends group for an upcoming read and has requested Shadows We Hide along with a couple of other sisters.  

I read the first two pages and I am already hooked into this story.  I was soon reminded what a good guy that Joe Talbert is for taking care of his brother Jeremy and helping his girlfriend through law school.  I was really intrigued by that start to the book and already I have so many questions I am excited to get answers to.  From the description on the back of the book I am intrigued to find out more about Joe’s father and how his past and murder affects how he feel about him being a good guy.   I feel like this one is going to be one we will want to lock ourselves in our rooms and not come out till we are done.   

Norma’s first thoughts were wow I really love Allen Eskens writing and he has a way of hooking us in right from the start.  The first few sentences jumped out at her right away and she is intrigued and excited to get started reading.

Goodreads Descripton 

In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family’s past.

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town’s residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife’s inheritance after she, too, passed away–an inheritance that may now be Joe’s.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son’s life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history– before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.

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A sneak peek into our current Traveling Friends Group Read 

We have done a couple posts on how excited we are for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and it’s off to such a great start for everyone.  This is looking like a much loved one for a few of us.

From our first goal discussion

I love the descriptions of the Marsh and the resilience of Kya. Debra

This author is super talented and can draw you in not only to the human part of the story, but into the environment, the marshes, the feathers, the allure of a place where life seems to hold still. It is as if we are first hand witnesses to it all. I, too,  Marialyce

I just love this book. First off, the writing is so beautiful. I just want to savour it. I love the setting in the marsh and how beautifully she describes the environment and the scenery. Mary Beth

A Sneak Peek into our Current Traveling Sisters Group Read

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas is a book that a few of us normally wouldn’t pick up to read and is a little bit out of our comfort zones.  But we are so happy to have the support from others from the group while we are reading this one.  Right now there are some mixed feelings but a few of us are loving it!

From our first goal discussion 

My reactions are mixed on this so far.
-I like that the original time travelers were/are all females and have a specialty.
-I like that this book has mystery as well as the fantasy/time travel.
-I am intrigued about the effects of time travel on an individual. Debra
I also love that there is the fantasy/time travel and the mystery aspect. It’s created a really dynamic read that has me interested in the end. It’s certainly an incredibly unique and original story line that I really didn’t see coming when I dove in. Christina

Also totally LOVING the lady power in this…they’re kind of like…wait for it…wait for it….
TRAVELING SISTERS!!! Christina .  

I feel like this book must’ve taken a long time to write. What with the many different characters, timelines, even their slang… it’s a distinct universe which I really appreciate. A lot of work went into this. Sarah

This is not a book I would have chosen on my own so it’s fun to be outside of my comfort zone. Lindsay

I am a bit confused by with keeping everyone straight and with the back and forth. My head was spinning a bit there. Brenda

My thoughts are a little mixed with this one and I am finding myself more confused than anything. Norma

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Have you read any of these titles? Want to read them?  What do you think of our sneak peak into our group reads?  Is there something else you would like to see here is this post?  Do you have a sneak peek you would like to share with us? Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!