Saturday, April 30, 2022
Weekly Book Mail: 4/24-30/2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Distorted Perception by Trish Arrowsmith (VBT: Book Review / Contest Giveaway)
Genre: Domestic Suspense / Thriller
He reached out and grabbed her hand like he used to when they were dating. “We’re moving. Next week.”
“What?” Kathleen cried. “What do you mean we’re moving?” She pulled her hand from his.
“We’re moving to the country. I bought us a house out there.”
Kathleen went from being the happiest she had been in a long time to livid in a matter of seconds. Her whole body begin to shake. “We can’t move next week, Maxwell. I own this house. I’ll need to clean it and put it up for sale. It could take months.”
“Already taken care of, beautiful. You don’t need to worry about a thing.”
She cringed at his choice of the word ‘beautiful.’ “It’s going to take me weeks just to pack everything.” She sounded like she was whining but she didn’t care, this was a huge decision he made for both of them without consulting her. He had never even mentioned a desire to move, and certainly not to the country. She had never been outside the suburbs of the city. She was already feeling lonely and now she would really be by herself.
“No need to worry. I hired movers. They’ll be here Tuesday.”
“Tuesday? Like five days from now?”
Maxwell laughed. “Well, yes. What did you think I meant when I said next week?” He continued eating his dinner like this was a normal conversation they would have on any given day.
Kathleen had lost her appetite. She slid her plate away from her and shook her head. She was upset that she hadn’t gotten to tell Maxwell her news. She wanted to make it a joyous occasion for them both and it had completely lost its appeal. At least for now. She got up and left the table without eating any more. She needed some time away to process what he told her.
She stood in the bathroom for five minutes fighting back tears before she went to stand in the doorway of the kitchen. She leaned against the frame with her arms crossed. “What do you mean it’s already taken care of? Did you sell my house? How is that even possible?”
Maxwell’s eyes rolled toward the ceiling. After all this time she still didn’t seem to get it. Her naivety both humored and annoyed him. “You seem to forget rather easily that I’m a lawyer. There are so many things that I can do, so many things that I have access to, it would make your head spin. And yes, to answer your question, I did sell it. Got a pretty penny for it, too.” He smirked at her. “Did you make any dessert?”
Kathleen was furious that he had managed to sell her house without her knowing about it. She was sure his job gave him access to information like that, but it didn’t mean he had to abuse the privilege. How did he even know she bought the house outright, maybe she had inherited it from her grandmother or bought it from someone else in her family? She didn’t, of course, and she guessed he had access to that information as well, but this was the first house she had ever owned. She was proud of her little house. And considering it was hers, she would have liked to have some say in selling it. She decided now was not the time to ask him for specific details, but eventually she wanted to know why he sold it and how much he got for it.
She dropped a plate with a slice of Boston crème cake in front of him. The fork rattled and bounced from the plate to the table. Kathleen crossed her arms over her chest again and stared at him. “I know you have access to a lot of information but how did you manage to sell my house without my consent?”
Maxwell straightened his posture, he pulled back his shoulders, puffed up his chest, and smiled so wide it made Kathleen want to slap it off his face. “As a lawyer, I should advise you to read all forms and documents thoroughly before you sign them.”
Kathleen squinted and shook her head. “But I never…”
Maxwell howled with laughter as he watched the realization hit her.
Her mouth hung open and she sighed with shame. “Our wedding day.” Her arms dropped to her sides; her head fell forward.
He nodded his head and shoved a fork full of cake into his mouth. “What’s yours’ is mine.”
Excerpt from Distorted Perception by Trish Arrowsmith. Copyright 2022 by Trish Arrowsmith. Reproduced with permission from Trish Arrowsmith. All rights reserved.
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Monday, April 25, 2022
Not Your Child by Lis Angus (VBT: Book Review / Contest Giveaway)
In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Not Your Child by author Lis Angus!
As I was putting on my coat, the doorbell rang. I looked out the window.
What the hell?
Daniel Kazan stood on my doorstep.
I went cold. How dare he? I flung open the door. “What are you doing here?” I exploded.
Confronting him, I saw that he was a few inches taller than me, and exuded a tense energy that raised my hackles. He raised his hands, palms out, a placating expression on his face. As if he were trying to calm me down or reassure me.
“I just want to talk to Hannah. I came early to catch her, before she leaves for school.”
I squared my shoulders. “Get out of here! You've been told to stay away from us!”
His face was in shadow. “I think it’s fair to want to see Hannah. I’ve waited a long time.”
The guy is nuts. “She’s not Hannah—she’s my daughter. Maddy.”
“You’re keeping her from me.” He was leaning toward me, and I had to keep from falling back. I couldn’t let myself seem weak. If he thought he’d intimidated me, what would be his next move?
My heart pounded. My hands were curled tight, my nails biting into my palms. “Damn right I’m keeping her from you. Now get off my porch before I call the police!”
What if he wouldn’t leave? I should call for help—but my phone was inside, and I didn’t want to leave him on the porch unattended.
Excerpt from Not Your Child by Lis Angus. Copyright 2022 by Lis Angus. Reproduced with permission from Lis Angus. All rights reserved.
Set in Ottowa, Canada, and told in alternating first person narrative by Susan and the third person narratives by Maddy and Daniel Kazan, the reader follows this harrowing tale as Susan is determined to prove that she is Maddy's mother, while Maddy deals with the confusion that surrounds Daniel's claim that she is his long-lost grandaughter.
This captivating tale is rich in detail and vivid descriptions, has intriguing and suspenseful twists and turns, that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions, with no other option than to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.
As a diehard fan of suspense thrillers, I must admit that this story exceeded my expectations. The dark intensity of the storyline and the complexity of Susan, Maddy and Daniel's story kept me thoroughly riveted, engrossed, and guessing as the pieces to the puzzle come together.
With a complex and realistic cast of characters, the author does a phenomenal job of delving into the tangled web of Susan's undying mother's love and Daniel's obsessive quest to find the grandaughter he lost eleven years ago. The author transports the reader into this fast-paced white-knuckle storyline with her creative interweaving of a psychological cat-n-mouse game between the characters that leaves the reader's heart palpitating until the surprise ending leaves them emotionally spent. It just doesn't get any better than this!
Not Your Child is one heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard suspense thriller junkie!
RATING: 5 STARS
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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Weekly Book Mail: 4/17-23/2022
This Week's Book Mail
April - Books & Treasures Book Box
April - The Book Drop
April - Bubbles & Books Box
May - Bubbles & Books Special Mother's Day Romance & Mystery Box
April - Harlequin Romance & Suspense Box