Monthly Archives: February 2017

Psychological thriller

img_0584   Grace and Charlie have been friends since they were 9 years old.  They are polar opposites and found comfort in their friendship.   Both of these girls have experienced tragedy in their young lives and have felt abandoned by a parent….it explains their closeness.

Suddenly, at the age of 24, Charlie dies.  Grace blames herself and cannot get over her death.  Charlie’s last words to her were I did something terrible, Grace, I hope that you can forgive me.  Grace is left wondering what Charlie did and why she died so suddenly…was it truly her fault?

Grace has been living with her high school boyfriend for a few years, and their relationship becomes quite unstable after Charlie’s death.  Grace begins to hide-away from everyone and everything while Dan copes in other negative ways.  Grace tries to make sense of everything and in the process befriends Anna.  Immediately, the two begin a friendship….yet there is something odd about Anna…something dangerous.  Can Grace put the pieces together of what has been happening in her small circle of friends before it is too late?

This is the debut novel of Louise Jensen, and it is definitely a page-turner.  I read it in a few hours.  Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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Revenge and the modern world

img_0451  I have read several of Holly Brown’s books, and they have offered some fresh…something original.  This is Not Over does not disappoint.  It is the story about how the ever-present Internet can truly mess with our lives.  The story goes between two women:  Miranda, an older woman who is married to a doctor and has an estranged son who is a meth addict, and Dawn who is a 25 year-old newly married woman who has a troubled past.  The two become involved through getaway.com….think airbnb.com.   Miranda has a multimillion dollar home that she rents in Santa Monica, and Dawn and her husband rent it short-term.  After they have rented it, Miranda emails and informs Dawn that she will only receive half of the deposit money because of damage to the rental.  Dawn is shocked and confused…what damage?  What follows is an angry review on getaway.com by Dawn followed by rebuttal after rebuttal.   Soon Miranda fears for her life and her son’s life while Dawn’s marriage begins to crumble….all because of one bad review.

The story moves quickly  and as it is unfolds, the reader begins to unravel the truth.  Things aren’t always what they seem, and one never knows who to trust.

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