In the Light of What We See

by Sarah Painter

In the Light of What We See by Sarah Painter

 

I couldn’t put this book down. I fell in love with the story, characters and everything about this amazing book. This was one of those stories that you can’t stop reading but so sad when you come to the end, you wish it could go on forever. In The Light of What We See is so touching and really just worms it’s way in and stays with you long after you finish it. I love the 2 women it explores and really lets you see all the relationships, and their connection to each other. I would recommend adding this to your summer reading list I don’t think you will be disappointed. I plan to read more of Sarah Painters books, she is new to me and I’m so glad I found her.

 

summary: Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she’ll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees.… Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.

Eighty years later, Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital after a near-fatal car crash. She is in terrible pain but recalls nothing. She’s not even sure whom to trust. Mina too sees things that others cannot, but now, in hospital, her visions are clearer than ever.…

Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives.

thank you Lake Union Publishing, Sarah Painter and netgalley for allowing me to read In The Light of What We See. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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She’s Not There

by Joy Fielding

Shes Not There by Joy Fielding

 

You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old, I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.

She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues.  I give this one 5 stars and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence it is a great suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.

summary:  “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”

Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.

The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.

What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.

Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.

thank you Random House Publishing Group – Ballatine, netgalley and Joy Fielding for allowing me to read and review She’s Not There. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

First off I want to say the back cover description says “If you’re a fan of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train you will love The Widow” I’m not a fan of either so I went in thinking I’m not sure I’m the right reader for this book. However so many are talking about it like they talked about the other 2 books so I had figured why not give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised and I did like this creepy page turner book. I found myself catching moments here and there to read a little bit more. How that wife could stand behind her man and never leave him and expose all his gross secrets I’ll know or understand. The Widow is really all about the person who can stand behind these monsters, the why and how. She still leaves you hanging a bit but then I guess for each person the reasons would be different. For me I think Jean is just a crazy as her monster of a husband.

The Widow is a fast paced page turner and while it wasn’t a hands down absolute favorite of mine I did like it. I think the creepy factor of what the monster did is what made my skin crawl.  I found out that this is her first book and that really surprised me the writing quality is right up there with Lisa Gardner, Joy Fielding and Mary Kubica. This book stayed with me long after I finished it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really good book that leaves you thinking and with even more questions after you finish.  I know she is already an international bestseller with The Widow but I have a feeling that if her other books are as good as this book than she will be one of those go to authors when you are looking for a great book to read. I would read another book of her’s and will be on the look out for more from her.

summary: Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth–that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.

thank you so much Berkley Publishing, NAL (New American Library) and Fiona Barton for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.