Victims (by Jonathan Kellerman) … an amazing murder puzzle

Whew! This latest installment in the Alex Delaware series has you wondering how Alex and Milo, a detective friend who calls on his help, will figure out who is responsible for such a gruesome murder. And just as you think this is a one-time murder, you’re sucked into a series of murders that has you scratching your head.

The author does a great job of bringing the investigation into a former psychiatric institution into the story as one or more pieces of the puzzle.

The Inn at Hidden Run (by Olivia Newport) … family dynamics and an interesting history lesson

I really enjoyed the historical background provided in the first book in the Tree of Life series. This historical focus continues to be related to the present day portion of this story.

I fell in love with Jillian and her father, Nolan. They have a wonderful father-daughter relationship, and the way they handle difficulties and interact with the people in their life is entertaining. This book explores the extremes of family dynamics. So while Jillian and Nolan demonstrate a healthy familial relationship, that is no the case for everyone!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Escape from Camp 14 (by Blaine Harden) … horrendous living environments in North Korea

This was recommended to me by a member of the youth group at my church. She said that she was really enjoying the book. I am so glad she told me about the book.

This was a difficult book to listen to because of the horrible living circumstances the main character experienced. The North Korean regime forces families to endure such horrendous living environments. It is an absolutely unforgivable situation!

What an eye opening experience to learn of these horrors.

A Curve in the Road (by Julianne MacLean) … one twist after another

Not only a curve in the road, this book throws one curve after another at you from the beginning to the end. This story will grab you from the first page and hold on tight until the end. This book is full of emotional surprises … and it is a realistic trip through Abbie MacIntyre’s life via the book’s pages. You will wonder how much more Abbie can take, but the twists and turns keep coming.

An easy read but not boring. I love having the opportunity to read a good book without bad language and sex scenes. Just a good story!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. I will definitely be buying all of Julianne MacLean’s books!

The Second Chance Supper Club (by Nicole Meier) … a story of forgiveness, finding a sense of self, and accepting responsibility

This is my first book by Nicole Meier, but it won’t be my last. I enjoyed the story and her writing style.

My stomach growled and my taste buds perked up reading about the delicious meals Ginny prepared. What a wonderful view of sister, mother-daughter, and romantic relationships. Each has its own difficulties, but watching each character grow and develop into a mature and responsible adult was rewarding.

This is a story of forgiveness, finding a sense of self, and accepting responsibility for each person’s role in the problems created.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author!