20200427

Twisty Thrillers


Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag

Synopsis - Marissa Fordham is dead, but her daughter is found at the crime scene, injured but alive. Now sheriff's detective Tony Mendez and child advocate Anne Leone begin to peel back the layers of Marissa's life. And the shocking truth they discover puts them directly in the sights of a killer with a stunning secret to keep; because Marissa Fordham never existed.

Thoughts - This was the second book I read by Tami Hoag. They were both part of the Oak Knoll series. They were both nail biting crime thrillers not for the faint heart. I enjoyed coming back to old characters and see what was going on in their lives.. The story showcased some wonderfully strong female characters as well. It was a twisty tale and left me guessing till the end



Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks      

Synopsis -When a body is pulled out of an office fire, three women are first in line for questioning. All of them have reasons for wanting revenge against the company’s CEO.
It could be Laura, who has returned to work to find that her maternity cover isn’t leaving. The CEO insists he’s doing what’s best for the company. Laura isn’t convinced he’s telling the truth.
Or there’s Mia. Brought in as temporary cover for Laura, she has quickly made herself indispensable – and popular with her colleagues. But if people knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not welcome her so freely.
Then there’s Janie, wife to the CEO, who gave up her courtroom career to support her husband and his business. She has her own secret to protect – and will go to any length to keep it safe.

Thoughts - I have mixed feeling about this one. The chapters switched between the POV's of the three women and there were additional sections that dealt with the police officer's questioning of various characters. I didn't care all that much about the fire or the body. I was invested in Laura's story but for all the wrong reasons. She was a new mom returning to work.. she hated to leave her son but didn't want to show weakness at work and when she returns she finds herself marginalized. It was her story of a working mom trying to have it all and failing miserably that grabbed my attention and even that became overkill after a while. Definitely not a must read in my opinion.


This will be the last of the book reviews for a while.. it might just be a last post for some time..
The holy month of Ramadan has started. The masjid's have closed. Our community has come together beautifully. Our masjid made grocery care packages for every home filled with many of the goods needed for meals during this auspicious month. Our sermons are coming to us daily by the magic of the internet. Stay well everyone!

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20200413

lately - still social distancing

We are officially beginning month 2 of social distancing. The kids currently have their spring break.. so we have to try harder to keep them occupied with things other than TV and iPads.

The social distancing has had no effect to M's work.. he is working from home but his hours remain the same.. so he decided to take a few days off.

So what have we been up to? 


We are playing a lot of board games.. the kids current favorites are Monopoly Jr., Blokus, Rummikub and of course UNO. In fact given the choice between game night and movie night game night almost always comes out on top.

The weather has been either nice or rainy.. so we are trying to spend some time outside whenever a nice day comes around. I have never seen our neighborhood so full of people. Usually its a ghost town, just cars zipping here and there.. but now that everyone is home we see families biking and walking.. it is quite a smile inducing sight. 


H's teacher has been encouraging her students to learn how to tie their shoelaces. I put D to the task of teaching his little brother how to tie his shoes laces. And after just a few days of trying he learned! 


We got together with our friends on ZOOM and played some Bingo.. my little man won $10! 

I'm still reading.. D has already read everything he owns.. some books more than once.. I found the Percy Jackson series for him.. he had already read the first two books and then subsequently watched the movies.. three more are on the way. I like to use paperbackswap. And Target was having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free book sale so H used his Bingo money to buy three books from this series. D and I are also very slowly making our way through The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians. Another little gem is on Instagram. Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in partnership with NoKidHungry have celebrities and other public figures read stories online. H requests a few each night.. 
      
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20200406

A Little Mystery and a Rom Com

I am so happy I finished two more books.. this is going to be a good year for reading.. less travel -officially cancelled our spring break flight and hotels last week.. we knew it had to be done but were putting it off till the last week just in case this all turned out to be a nightmare and we just needed to wake up. Not the case :(  

       

Synopsis: Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love--but they're married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start their new lives together. Ruby, who has wanted to leave her controlling husband for a while, tells him she's leaving him and waits at the hotel where she and Harry are to meet. But Harry never shows up. Suddenly, Ruby's life has fallen apart, and she's lost everything. Harry won't answer her calls, and she's fired from her job. She finds a cheap apartment in a run-down part of town, all the while wondering what happened to Harry. Just as Ruby thinks she's hit rock bottom, strange and menacing things start to happen--someone is sneaking into her apartment, and someone is following her home late at night--and she is going to have to fight for her survival.

Thoughts: It took me a while to get into but I kept reading to find out what the hell happened to Harry. The initial chapters were written in Ruby's perspective and then a few chapters in a second character perspective is added.. and it's not Harry's. I went through the book pretty quickly.. I won't necessarily say I loved it but I did enjoy it, not to intense nor too light. 



Synopsis: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world, she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests. Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

Thoughts: This is my first Christina Lauren book, they are in fact two authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings who co write books. I have another one of theirs on my TBR - Josh and Hazels Guide to Dating. This was your typical hate each other till they love each other rom com but it was such a laugh out loud fun read. 


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