Book Review: Someone We Know

Someone We Know

Shari LaPena

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Solid, easy to fly through, page turner! Shari has my attention with every book she writes, and this one was no exception!

In the opening chapter someone is murdered and we experience that murder through the eyes of the killer. Then we spend the rest of the book trying to figure out who did it!

There’s a quiet neighborhood in upstate New York, but there’s a new couple, Robert and Amanda, and Amanda is very attractive and an unabashed flirt. Then she’s murdered. Did the husband, Robert, do it? Clearly, most husbands do. But did he? Or did neighbors Paul and Olivia or their 16 year old son, Raleigh, who’s been caught breaking into neighbors houses and poking around their computers? Or maybe more neighbors Glenda and Keith or their 16 year old Adam, who has recently spiraled out of control with his drinking? Could be the neighbors Larry and Becky. Robert knows Amanda was having multiple affairs, it was probably one of them, right? Detectives Webb and Moen have to figure it out.

Super easy to read. I read 80, 80, 110, and 30 pages to finish it off.

Who doesn’t love a good domestic thriller, murder mystery?

5 stars!


Book Review: Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

Angie Kim

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I made it to 50% towards my Goodreads goal with wrapping up Miracle Creek! 35/70 🤘👍

Five stars for Miracle Creek! And yes, I did like the ending @angiekimask ! Thought it was a brilliant, thought provoking, emotional book and especially the ending. Young was the MVP of the book. A strong, ethical woman, which I’m not sure a lot of women would be able to be if push came to shove and they were in Young’s situation! Which made me appreciate it more.

Great read, thank you, Angie! And amazing debut book! Wow, congratulations! 🎉

Book Review: The Arrangement

The Arrangement

By: Robyn Harding

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Netgalley for the review copy!

Absolutely compelling read from start to finish. I was never bored. I always wanted to know what was coming next.

One thing I absolutely loved was the small, easily attainable chapters! That helps a book along tremendously!

The characters and plot were very engaging.

A smoothly written book. I couldn’t find any flaws.

5 stars! Will recommend.

Book Review: All Her Secrets

All Her Secrets

Sue Watson

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I could maybe persuade myself to go to a 3.5 stars but round down to 3. It was really slow for me. And I pegged the “whodunnit” from very early on. It didn’t really flesh out one other particular part either.

I was just very underwhelmed unfortunately because I loved her first book. Oh well. Can’t win them all!

If I needed to go into more details?

I didn’t enjoy the characters. Now, I don’t think we’re supposed to necessarily, but I didn’t love to hate them, I just didn’t like them. Lucy was a frustrating pushover. Amber was a narcissist self centered shit. Matt was stupid and obvious.

I figured out the twist very fast and that’s always frustrating. I like thinking I’ve figured it out and being wrong. I like not having figured it out at all or being so engrossed as to not even have the time to figure it out. But this one felt obvious and I just waited to be right…and I was.

And above all, it was slow. Not so slow as to make me quit. But not fast enough to make me forget about other books or to NEED to know what’s happening. It was a “Ive gotten comfy in my bed and before I fall asleep I will read a few chapters.”


Book Review: Birds of Wonder

Birds of Wonder

By Cynthia Robinson

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved this book so much. The plot was rich and so intelligent. The characters were even richer and fleshed out and vivid. It all felt so real. No stereotypes or tropes. Brilliant brilliant debut novel.

The writing was sensational. You could see the maturity, experience, and intelligence of the author poured into every sentence. Incorporating so many cultures and ideas wrapped into a compelling murder mystery.

Frankly, I feel honored to have been able to read this book and to call Cynthia my friend (even if it’s just through long engaging Instagram conversations ❤️).

Current Read: Wanderers

One of my four current reads is Wanderers by Chuck Wendig.

This hardcover is SO gorgeous, I just had to take a picture in the road as the road very much pertains to at least the first 10% that I’ve read!

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This is very much a #bookstagrammademedoit post, as I live on the Main Street through town and I had to run out snap the pic and run off as people in their cars approaching down the block must have thought I was insane.

Oh, and avoid the gross flattened bird in the middle of the road.

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So far, people have discovered that their loved ones at random will just get up and walk out to the road and start walking like zombies and nothing can stop them. If someone tries to stop them they begin shaking wildly. No one knows why they’re walking or what they’re walking for/to.

It’s a gripping dystopian thriller so far! And it’s a big boy, at 782 pages, so that just automatically makes me hot under the collar! I love big novels and I cannot lie.

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This is my first @chuck_wendig novel! I have the first in the Miriam Black series, but I have not gotten to it yet. But I cannot resist a dystopian novel nor can I resist an almost 800 page novel!!

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Have you picked this up yet? If you haven’t, will you?

Book Review: In the Scrape

In The Scrape

by James Newman and Mark Steensland

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

God damn…I just read this novella in one day. I give it 5 GIANT stars!

You know when you read so fast cause you have to know what’s going to happen that you miss some of the words and then feel bad and have to go back and get those words you miss? That was this book. Over and over!

This was as close to perfection as I’ve read in a while. Wow. Just genius.

Everyone needs to read this book.

Basic plot: Jake and Matthew are brothers (13 and 9, I think?) and live with their backwoods shitty dad cause their mom ran off. He beats them and generally treats them like shit and they’re secretly saving up to run away and go find their mom in California.

They plan to do it when they get to their hunting cabin with their dad.

Things happen. I can say no more.


James Newman never fails to impress me tremendously. I believe I’ve rated every book of his 5 stars. I have Dog Days ‘O Summer and I haven’t read it yet (two editions actually) I think I might just do that!