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Sneak Peek Sunday on Monday: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly meme created by Kim, Christina 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 I am sharing my thoughts along with Kim @It’s All About The Thrill, for The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor to be published February 5, 2019. So pop on over and take a look at her thoughts for this one. Christina @ Recipe and A Read is sharing her thoughts into an upcoming group read for My Lovely Wife  by Samantha Downing and also taking a peek into her upcoming 2019 list of reads.

Goodreads summary 

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, CJ Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.  

Well, I am not even sure I can share my thoughts as I am not sure how I feel about this story. I feel like I was left with a few questions after reading this one. So today I am going to do a little something different with my sneak peek because I am curious about how more of you felt about this story.

A terrifying, bone-chilling atmosphere that felt creepy good or creepy bad? Where some parts used for creep factor that did or didn’t add to the atmosphere or plot? Was it really creepy good or creepy bad? Was it similar to Stephen King’s plot? If you haven’t read this one, are you now curious to find out what you think?

I read The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor with a couple of our Traveling Sisters and it really made for an interesting discussion and it was one that we had mixed feeling with. Not amongst us but with the way we felt about it. It was hard not to make comparisons to Stephen King while reading this one and maybe that had a bit to do with the way we felt about the story.

Putting that all aside it’s also hard not to compare this one to her first book The Chalk Man and I did really enjoy that one however I did have a nagging feeling about that one that I carried over to this story. After reading this one, how I felt about The Chalk Man changed a bit. I wanted darker and creepy with the supernatural. I found the supernatural elements in both stories to be confusing and didn’t really think it was balanced with the humanity and human behavior to the story. I was left asking what was supernatural and what was people just behaving badly.

I haven’t read to many books by Stephen King but what I have read I thought he masterfully balances the supernatural elements to the story to the humanity of the characters. Making his stories darker and creepier. So for me, I think that feeling that this story might be similar to Stephen King’s plots might have affected the way I felt about the story.

So I have a question for you that have read this one. Did you find it was written to be similar to Stephen King’s writing or to the plot of Pet Cemetary? As readers do you think this is something we draw conclusions too and maybe affects our expectations? Drop us a comment and let us what you think. We would love to hear from you.

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday: The Suspect by Fiona Barton #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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

Have you read this one? Adding it to your TBR list? Drop us comment! We would love to hear from you!

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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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Falling Behind and Sneak Peek Saturday #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Here we are not only falling behind on books that are scheduled group reads, we have also fallen behind on our weekly posts.  I have fallen behind on my Falling Behind Friday post and Norma missed her weekly Random Book Musing this week and won’t be posting her Keto in the coulee post today.  She has been taking every minute she can to read and catch up on that very intense reading schedule I have her on.  Anyways I am also going to get a jump on our Sneak Peek Sunday post and combine the two.  Sneak Peek Sunday is a post where we take a look into our thoughts either for an anticipating upcoming group read or we take a peek into our thoughts for a group read for a book not published yet.   It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published. So if you would like to join in either post and share the love by linking us all.  You know we are all about sharing the love.

Today Kim @It’s All About The Thrill and I are sistering up for a book we have fallen behind on and I am also taking a sneak peek into the same book from the Traveling sisters’ group read going on.  A few Sisters have finished including Norma and Christina.

Watching YouWatching You by Lisa Jewell

From Norma’s review

LISA JEWELL delivers an intriguing, character-driven, well-written and plotted story here with interesting and engaging characters. The police transcripts were a favorite and such an effective way for us to get a firsthand look into the investigation and pick up on some of those clues.

I absolutely loved that this book created so many questions and the subtle clues are perfectly interspersed in the storyline but piecing them all together was definitely making my head spin. So I decided that I was just going to read and let the story do the job for me. And, I am so glad that I did because what transpires, in the end, was absolutely stunning and so totally worth it!

Lindsay’s thoughts

It’s very early in the book for me but I was highly intrigued from page one.  The storyline and characters grabbed me right away. I can feel the suspense and tension already.  I love Lisa Jewell’s writing!

Christina’s thoughts

Watching You is my very first Lisa Jewell book and let me just say that she absolutely lives up to the hype I’ve seen in all the reviews for various books she’s written.  It starts off with an absolute bang – someone has been murdered, we don’t the who, the how or the why of the victim or the murderer. If that’s not enough to draw any reader in – I don’t know how to help you.
As the story progresses there were so many aspects that I found absolutely absorbing and refreshing. This is told from multiple POVs and that gave the idea that “someone is always watching” more depth and created a very dynamic and layered story.
This isn’t just a story that propels you to the end based on a need to figure out the “whodunnit” but has forward progression because the writing and development are just, well, totally solid.  I found this to be an incredibly captivating read that draws the reader in with a well paced, well developed and a really fun book!

Dorie’s thoughts

I really enjoyed this book, Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite thriller writers. Her mechanics are great and her characters are always well defined.

The plot was a good one with lots to think about and try to figure out, she always comes up with very unique ideas

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Sneak Peek Sunday on Monday: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray @BerkleyPub #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Monday!  Today we are sistering up with Kim @ It’s All About The Thrill and Christina @ Recipe and A Read with another Sunday Sneak Peek but on Monday where we take a peek into our thoughts for a highly anticipated group read.

We are talking about different books today, we are reading in our groups. Christina is giving a sneak peek into her current group read and Kim is given a peek into an upcoming group read.

I am taking a peek into a book not published till February 19, 2019, and sharing our thoughts for The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray.   It’s one we highly recommend adding to your TBR list and marking the pub date in your calendar if you don’t already have it.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a story to think and talk about.  It’s one you will want to talk about!

Brenda’s thoughts

I knew as soon as I received this book and read the description it was going to be a good one for me and I would love it.  It is one of those stories I love that really makes me dig deep into the character’s layers and lives and had me really think about each of them.

Anissa Gray draws us into the lives of honest real like characters and gives them each a strong voice.   We see their struggles and experiences, and what shapes the dynamics within their family.

From Norma’s review

ANISSA GRAY delivers an impressive, interesting and beautifully written read here that is told in alternating perspectives between three sisters, Althea, Viola and Lillian with letters interspersed from Proctor to Althea. The author does such a wonderful job portraying the complicated familial dynamics really allowing us to feel and see right into each of their struggles. I couldn’t help but feel strong emotions for each of these sisters stories and was definitely hoping that they would all find the strength and love they needed.

From Lindsay’s review

Raw. Emotional. Insightful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.

This is a deeply affecting novel that had me feeling the strong sense of sadness that haunted each of the character’s lives. The author, Anissa Gray, did a fantastic job pulling me into this complicated family’s struggles and relationship dynamics. I was rooting for these characters.

Thank you to Elisha from Berkley for our ARCs.

From Diane review

A story with many layers, and under the layers, many scars. Individual ways of dealing with the trauma that even as adults they do not want to face. Scars that manifest in different ways, until they threaten to spill over into the next generation. Written in a raw, honest manner, a thoroughly believable look at a terribly flawed family, but one that comes together in love to help two young girls. While doing this they face and recognize their own silent and not so silent ghosts of the past, and are forced to deal with them. A book about second chances, if one can find the strength to take them, and the strength of women to cope and change.

From Sandi’s review

Relationships – terrifying! And when they are relationships between a Mother and her daughter they become even more confusing, more highly emotional and possibly more devastating. Then add in relationships with siblings, runaways, lies and prison and you have this amazing debut novel from Anissa Gray.

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Sneak Peek Sunday: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @SimonSchusterCA @about_thethrill

Happy Sunday!  It’s that time of the week where we sister up with Kim @ It’s All About The Thrill and Christina @ Recipe and A Read with another Sunday Sneak Peek into 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.

Lately, I have been reading a few books that are not my normal and I have to say I am enjoying this stepping out of my normal.  This will be my first book by Christina Lauren.  I have seen some really great buzz for some of her previous titles and I jumped at the chance to get my hands on My Favorite Half-night Stand.  This one really is a leap into the unnormal for me.

After reading the first few pages I have to say I am intrigued and really looking forward to this Traveling Sister group read.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

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