Chrysalis – Angie Martin

ChrysalisI had no idea what to expect from this book. So i was gladly surprised with this one. It is a thriller with some witchcraft and a touch romance thrown in. All make for a great combination!

This is my first Angie Martin book and definitely not my last.  I absolutely loved her writing style.  You are completely spellbound from the first chapter.

I don’t like to get into details about the book in my review because I want fellow readers to get the full experience of surprise. But please do yourself a favor and give Angie Martin’s Chrysalis a try. You won’t be sorry!

BREAKING NEWS…. Amazon and Angie Martin are running a $0.99 Kindle Countdown Deal.  Starting July 13th – 19th.  So don’t delay!  Get yours today!


The Vanished Bride of Northfield House by Phyllis M. Newman

img_0431.jpgI was approached by the author, Phyllis Newman, to read and give an honest review. I am always intrigued by a good ghost story. This book is so much more than a ghost story. Honesty, the time period is not usually what I prefer but the author did such an excellent job with the characters and plot that I didn’t even notice.

Amazon’s summary:

England, 1922. Times are hard. Anne Chatham is a clever, modest young woman with little money, no prospects for marriage, and a never-shared secret—she can see spirits. Anne finds employment as a typist at Northfield House, the grand country manor of the Wellington family. Her employer, the wheelchair-bound Mr. Wellington, is kindly. His haughty wife is not. He has two handsome sons, the wry and dashing Thomas and the dark and somber Owen. Anne feels sure her prayers have been heard. Until the terrifying night she stumbles upon a tortured spirit roaming the dark halls of Northfield, a spirit that only she can see. In a search for answers, she finds herself drawn to Owen as they unearth a tragic story from the Wellington family’s past—a beautiful young bride gone missing on her wedding day. Then tragedy strikes again on the night of a glittering masquerade ball…


If you are looking for a good ghost story with lots of mystery and twists this book is for you. I highly recommend. Thank you Phyllis Newman and PageSpring Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.

Kill Creek – Scott Thomas

killcreekContinuing on my Creepy course…..

So I just found out that Kill Creek is Scott Thomas’s first book.  What the wha??  This guy really has a promising future and I look forward to reading his future novels.

Ok, that aside.  Did you ever read the classic creeper The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson??  You either loved it or you didn’t.  I am sure I am one of the minority that did not think that was all that great.  Sorry Shirley Jackson enthusiasts.  Well, Kill Creek has some great similarities to The Haunting of Hill House but BETTER!

GoodReads Summary:
At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown–but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests.
When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won’t be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt soon becomes a fight for survival–the entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

My review:
Shirley Jackson fan or not.  You WILL be a Scott Thomas fan!  The characters are all so different yet so alike and each one has a way of getting under your skin.  There are some really great twists and turns and a few jumpy moments.  If you like creepy, you should spend the night in the house at Kill Creek!


The Winter People – Jennifer McMahon

winterThis book is for all you people who like to be creeped out!  That would be me!!  This book is a whirlwind of creepiness.  I am talking the kind of creepiness that gets under your skin and works on you even when you aren’t reading the book.  THAT is the makings of an excellent creepy book.  The Winter People is just that.  Under your skin creepy.

GoodReads Summary:
West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter.

Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

My Review:
This was my first Jennifer McMahon but definitely not my last.  I highly recommend this book.  The way the story unravels is amazing.  You are drawn into the past to see what has caused the events of the present.  You will never look into a dark closet the same again!!!

Burying Leo – Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

burying leoI absolutely loved this book.  Helga did a fabulous job of really creating a character that is so relatable.  You feel for all of her ups and downs.  Ingrid is the main character in this book.  Ingrid is from Germany but came to America to escape some horrible demons.  She meets Joe and soon becomes his wife.  They run a business together and Ingrid soon forgets that her passion really lies in being a singer.  She becomes the lead vocalist in a local band and this gives her the confidence to face her demons and bury them once and for all.
This book is about finding the strength within to face anything that is holding you back.  Please do yourself a favor and read this book.  You will not regret it.

5 Stars!!


Book Blog Tour – Best Friends by Carys Jones

BEST FRIENDS jacket_previewLet me start by thanking NetGalley and Aria Publishing for letting me read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Now.  How have I not heard of any books by Carys Jones!!!  After reading Best Friends, I will be adding her other books to my TBR listv

Book description
Four friends, a terrible secret, and one week to stay alive…
Grace doesn’t have a family. That was taken away one dreadful day when she was just six, and her twin brother Peter was killed. Instead she has her best friends and flatmates Jasper, Franklin and Aaron and nothing can tear them apart.

Living in London, and trying desperately to make a living, the four friends are rapidly running out of money and hope. So, when they find a discarded suitcase in a skip, they can’t believe their eyes when its contents seem to answer all their prayers.  But then there is a knock on their door, and a very disgruntled thug with revenge on his mind gives them one week to return his belongings, or they will pay with their lives. Soon the fractures in their friendships begin to show, and when one of them ends up fighting for his life, the stakes are raised even higher.

Will any of them get to the end of the week alive, or will the best of friends become the deadliest of enemies…

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The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor

Chalk ManThe Chalk Man is C.J. Tudor’s debut novel.  Usually debut novels are like the “test pancake”.  You make a small pancake to make sure the griddle is hot enough and then the next pancakes are perfect.  Well, not for C.J. Tudor.  She starts off with the perfect pancake right off the bat!!

Goodreads summary:
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

This book had just the right formula of creepy and mystery. It reminded me a little of The Long Walk by Stephen King. It does flash back and forth but the author does a great job with this so you aren’t confused. This is a quick read and is hard to put down. The ending is soooo worth it!!

I would like to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing group for letting me read an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.

If You Only Knew – Cynthia Clark

If you only knewI would like to thank NetGalley and Aria Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

What extent would you go to to keep a dark secret??  Would be truth just be better??  Or the consequences too hard to face?  This is what Elizabeth Perkins faces in If You Only Knew.

I really loved the concept of this book.  However, I just couldn’t get into it.  I did finish it but it took me way longer than normal.  It just didn’t grip me where I couldn’t put it down.


The Good Mother – Karen Osman

the good motherI consider myself an avid reader.  Mostly Mystery and Thrillers with some Stephen King or Joe Hill thrown in for fun.  I have read some really good Thrillers.   Some that still haunt me.  The Good Mother by Karen Osman will be on the list of books that haunt me.

About the author

Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel and now has a three-book deal with Head of Zeus. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

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About the book

How far would you go to protect your children?

A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…

Kate has no time for herself.  Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

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The characters in this book pull you in from the start.  You feel for Catherine, the mom who fills her time keeping a nice home for her husband and older daughter and volunteering in her spare time.  You sympathize with Kate who is a young married mother of two young kids with a husband who is unemployed.  You want to take Allison under your wing to help guide the young college student through her ups and downs.  And Michael, the inmate that Catherine befriends as a good volunteer to help ease him back into the real world if he is paroled.

The twists and turns of this book will keep you intrigued right until the last page.

So make a pot of coffee and get read for a thrill ride!!

Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck

cicada summerGoodreads Synopsis:

People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she’s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She’s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home. 

Her newest project is a dilapidated, century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with. 

Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures- pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex’s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she’s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance . . .

My Review:

I completely adored this book.  It was stepping out of my usual genre type but it was so worth it!  Being a single mom, this book hit home for me.  From her dating trials to her love for her daughter, I could really relate to the single mom, Alex.  The symbolism you find in her passion to renovate the century-old house is heart-warming.  She is able to see the beauty beneath and doesn’t let anything stop her.

I highly recommend this book!