February Wrap-Up and What I’m Reading in March


February was a pretty good month for me as far as reading goes. You may notice that the books above differ from the books I thought I would read in February. I’m sure I will read Wonder Woman and The First Wife in the near future.

I liked almost all of the books I read, Refuge Cove being the exception. I’m not even quite sure why, I just didn’t gel with the story. The Wife Between Us was the standout book of the month and I can’t stop recommending it to everyone I know. Liars and Running in the Dark were suspenseful and the plots were interesting. I would caution anyone reading this who might be interested in Running in the Dark that there are several references to suicide  and these could prove to be a trigger.  Best Day Ever is in a category all by itself, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of the of a budding psychopath. I was happy to finally read one of Karen Slaughter’s books and Pretty Girls definitely gave me the creeps. I would also warn readers of a possible trigger in this book as it talks in depth about human trafficking and sexual assault often leading to grisly murder scenes.

March is going to be fun! I have already finished The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian and it was outstanding. By far the best book I have read this year. Here are some more books I am excited about in the month of March:

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

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The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian
Random House LLC
Published March 13, 2018

The Flight Attendant – goodreads
The Flight Attendant – amazon kindle edition

Book Blurb (by Goodreads):

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

My Thoughts:

The Wife Between Us has been dethroned! The Flight Attendant has taken the top spot as my favorite book of 2018 so far. I regularly watch the YouTube channel, Fly with Stella, which was created by a flight attendant named Stella who is based out of JFK. While reading, I often thought of Stella, which lead me to become cognizant of how much research Bohjalian put into developing the main character of Cassie. I have a great deal of respect for him because of the attention to detail and how it helped Cassie come to life.

Thank you to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book.

Rating: 5 doughnuts out of 5! 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩


Once in a while, you come across a book that you think about, wishing you could be reading it instead of doing whatever else it is you might be up to. This is how I felt about The Flight Attendant. I read it at work between tasks (I am a librarian, so reading at my desk is actually smiled upon which is amazing), in the doctor’s office, wherever and whenever I could get a few pages in. I cannot believe that this is the first book of Bohjalian’s I have read. I think it’s time to remedy that.

Cassie is the type of character you should not like. She is irresponsible, she takes too many risks and she is selfish, among other things. Despite all of her flaws, I found myself caring about Cassie and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, worrying about what might happen to her next. One of my favorite aspect of a book is character development. Let it be known that Bohjalian is an expert when it comes to creating characters that flourish right before your very eyes. Even minor characters are given such rich personalities that they come to life, jumping from the pages (or screen) of the story, adding dimension and mystery to the story.

At the end of the book, when everything began coming together, I found myself feeling tense and anxious- I  could not read the words fast enough, but I also wanted to savor the ending. After everything was reconciled and I thought it was safe to breathe again, an unexpected surprise was revealed!

The writing and grammar in The Flight Attendant is topnotch. It is the mark of a seasoned author who can both write well and develop gripping, suspenseful stories that please readers and exceed their expectations.

Would I Recommend this Book?

Yes! I would absolutely recommend this book.

To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?

I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy thrillers, trying to figure out the puzzle that is a well-constructed book with a solid plot and engaging characters. I would also recommend this book to readers who like surprises and plot twists. Also, the description of the life of a flight attendant was fascinating and, as I wrote previously, done so well, it truly helps the reader to become immersed in Cassie’s life. So, I suppose you could say that I recommend The Flight Attendant to all readers 🙂

I hope this review has done the book justice. Whenever I truly feel passionate about a book, I find it difficult to deliver a review. Hopefully, my humble attempt will lead you to consider reading The Flight Attendant.

Thank you for reading my review!

Book Review: Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda

best day Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Published September 2017

Book Blurb (by Goodreads):


I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book is incredibly creepy thanks to the character of Paul Strom. I chose to listen to the audio version and the narrator did a great job at bringing Paul to life and making my skin crawl. Excellent job to Graham Halstead. He captured Paul so well and I’m sure that’s not always an easy thing to do.

Rating: 4 doughnuts out of 5! 🍩🍩🍩🍩


Kudos to the author for creating one of the creepiest characters I have ever come across, a true psychopath to his very core. The entire time I was listening to Best Day Ever, I felt like Paul was speaking directly to me and as time went on, he slowly started to reveal his true nature. I can’t express enough how impressed I am by Kaira Rouda’s creation of Paul and his slow decline and loss of control.

This books takes place over the period of 24 hours and is told almost entirely from the point of view of Paul. The author also does an excellent job of creating tension between Paul and his wife Mia and the entire time I was on my tip toes, wondering when I would finally find out what Mia was up to. Tiny clues are thrown in throughout the novel, but I missed all of them and I am kind of glad I did because it made the story more suspenseful.

Another thing I thought was neat was that the story took place in my home state of Ohio and I recognized many of the cities and locations. 🙂


Would I Recommend this Book?

Yes! I would also recommend listening to it if you have the option.

To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?

To readers who are looking for something different. To those who wonder what it would be like to get inside of a psychopath’s head. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.


Thank you for reading my review!

Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 1.45.11 PM The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published January 2018

Book Blurb (by Goodreads):

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. 

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing. 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

My Thoughts:
This is my favorite book for 2018!  It’s going to take a real stunner to dethrone The Wife Between Us. It hurt to put this book down because it was so thrilling. I hope for more from Hendricks and Pekkanen because they have a fan in me and I think they are truly gifted writers.

Rating: 5 doughnuts out of 5!🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩


Where do I begin? As I previously stated, this is my favorite book of 2018 and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I am wary to write too long of a review because there is so much mystery and intrigue, I would hate to give anything away through my review.

This book is a true thriller. The authors are highly skilled at creating characters. Some are likable, some are annoying, others have an underlying personality beneath what they show to others. I found myself having real feelings for the characters in this book and the development of all of the main characters is absolutely impressive.

Another thing I loved about this book is the fact that as soon as I felt like I had a decent grasp on what was happening, the authors pulled the rug out from under me and I realized that what I thought I knew was so far from what was actually happening.

I hope this review is making sense. I am truly so afraid of ruining The Wife Between Us for others, I find myself holding back quite a bit. But please, read this book. I passed it on to my mom and she was as confused, surprised and impressed as I was. This is one of the few books where I actually gasped out loud in genuine surprise or alarm.

Would I Recommend this Book?:

Absolutely yes! Without hesitation.

To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?

Everyone. Especially those readers who enjoy being confused and not being able to figure out what is going to happen from page to page, chapter to chapter. Readers who enjoy complex characters and character development and well thought out plots. It is obvious that the authors put a great deal of thought into the storyline, developing characters, thinking of ways to keep readers interested and on their feet. If you love reading, especially thrillers and mysteries, you must read The Wife Between Us.

Thank you for reading my review!

Mental Health Matters: The Power of You

When I am feeling depressed or anxious, life becomes like a labyrinth filled with oatmeal. I feel slow, I physically hurt, and waking up is a disappointment. My mood has been in the dumps lately, but I think I’m hiding it pretty well.

Negative self-talk, social paranoia, extreme and sometimes prolonged panic attacks that can last for days, become the norm.  Sunday nights I begin to panic around 3pm and the thought of going to work the next day is enough to take my breath away and leave me reeling. I try to hide these feelings from my husband because he is so amazing. He works around 70 hours a week, never calls off, and he is fully supportive of me. Our relationship is better now than it has been ever before.We’ve been together for 18 years and one might think that our relationship would deteriorate after all of the fun my mental illnesses have had, but it only grows stronger.

The other day, Van left me a note. It was so sweet and unexpected that I felt his genuine love through this seemingly simple note. But it was so much more than that. On Monday I sat at my desk worrying about my coworkers and what they think of me and how they probably hate me when suddenly I am greeted with such a genuine “hello” by not one but four coworkers. My self-doubt began to have self-doubt.

And my mom. What can I say? She is an angel. An angel with a sophisticated biker-chic mouth. 🙂 I have it too, but I may be worse than mom. She can handle whatever I throw at her and sometimes it’s a lot. Possibly too much for one person, but my mother is special. She always knows what to say, what to do, how to get me to breathe…what would I do without you, Mom?

To everyone who has smiled at me, seemed excited to see me, made a point to say hello, sent a kind email and so much more…thank you. Mr. Rogers would be proud and  I believe his heart would soar at all of these examples of unconditional positive regard.

So if you feel compelled to say hi to someone, send them an encouraging email or card…do it. You won’t regret it and you never know when you might just change the course of someone’s life with what seems like a simple gesture.

And please be kind to yourself. You are worth it, you are unique, special, talented, and beautiful. And that is from my heart to yours…


Thank you for spending time with me,

January Wrap-Up and What I’m Looking Forward to in February

January was a pretty so-so month for the books I selected. Six Tinder Weeks was by far my favorite book.  The other books I read in January were not horrible, they just lacked a little extra something, mostly character development, that would have added that sparkle I was looking for that would reel me in and hold my attention until the very end.

I am looking forward to Linda Fairstein’s next Alex Cooper book and I also look forward to writing a stellar 5-star review to go with it. It still smarts to have given Deadfall such a low rating, but 3 doughnuts is not the worst rating and I know Linda has some exciting things ahead for Alex and the gang.

In January I discovered the app Libby. It is through Overdrive, but I prefer the look and ease of Libby. If you have a library card, this is a great way to rent audiobooks and read books on your Kindle (or you can read on your phone!). If the book you want is not available, you can place a hold on it and as soon as it’s available, the folks at Libby will automatically check the item out to you! And there’s no chance of accruing fines because when the 2 week loan period is up, the item simply disappears from your shelf! Sorry…I feel like I am at work, enthusiastically encouraging our patrons to download Libby ASAP. It is truly that neat of an app 🙂

I am excited about February! Things are looking up and I just finished one amazing book, Liars, by Frances Vick and I am almost finished with The Wife Between Us (it’s so intriguing!). Here are the books I am excited to read this month:


Thank you for taking some time to read my blog. I appreciate you and I hope you have a beautiful week.


Book Review: A Stranger in the House

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 7.33.44 PM A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena
Published August 2017

Book Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.


My Thoughts:
I don’t think there has been another book that has had me so confused when it comes to the characters. It did help me to stay engaged and observant for the duration of the book.

Rating: 3.5 doughnuts out of 5 🍩🍩🍩


This book is dominated by characters. The environments are not overly complex and they are described in enough detail for the reader to paint a sort of mental picture of what is happening on each page.

The author does a remarkable job of creating a cast of characters that I found unlikable and sometimes extremely irritating. I think that is commendable because I believe creating truly unlikable characters might possibly be more difficult than writing about likable and engaging characters. There was not one character in the entire book that I liked, most of all Tom. He was whiny, weak, lacked any sort of spine, and when he made poor and frankly, stupid decisions, he blamed others in order to seem innocent and tortured.

The book was well paced and I was unable to figure out the ending (which is always a plus!). The author also threw in several subplots that were mildly suspenseful. I found myself getting irritated often because the characters  were just so…annoying and for lack of a better word…idiotic. Especially Tom. A spineless creep who can’t think for himself. I know I’m being tough on Tom, but he truly is one of the most dreadful characters I have ever encountered.

Would I Recommend this Novel?:

To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?:
Those readers who enjoy domestic thrillers, authors who excel at making their readers truly feel something for the characters (whether negative or positive), and multiple narratives.


Thank you for reading my review!