Missing Molly – a good read!

Missing Molly – Natalie Barelli

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Rachel Holloway is living an idyllic life in England – she has a beautiful daughter, Grace, and a sweet man by her side that she hopes to one day marry. She is employed as a book keeper for a small newspaper and seems very content with her life.

But, Rachel has a secret. She once was known as Molly Forester, before a monster came and killed her entire family, with her barely escaping the killer’s clutches. Alone, and afraid for her safety, she took to the streets and learned the tricks of survival. And she learned how to gain a new identity.

Now, the newspaper is in dire straits financially, and the small group of employees seek to find a way to regain notoriety, and to save their fledgling newspaper. To Rachel’s horror, her colleagues decide to create a podcast based on Molly Forrester and the fact that she remains missing after the slaughter of her family. Rachel attempts to dissuade her colleagues, but to no avail. As the podcast progresses, Rachel/Molly once again finds her life in upheaval as old wounds are re-opened and new details emerge. Her old nemesis returns, she suffers a breakdown. and once again finds herself in the fight for her life…and the life of her daughter.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and found it hard to put down. As the story progresses, you catch glimpses into the past and learn what really happened to Molly and her family all those years ago. I would highly recommend for those looking for a cozy afternoon read, and I will definitely seek out other novels by this author!

Some ramblings, another ARC book, another review…

A huge thank you to those bloggers out there who so kindly posted hints for obtaining ARC (advance reader copies )books. One site has been particularly generous about releasing books to me, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to provide feedback for those who may (someday, perhaps) find my blog.

As far as blogging goes, I still have much to learn. I’m a fairly introverted person, so it’s hard for me to put myself out there, so to speak. I don’t want to even post this for friends to read. I’d prefer that people just don’t know who I am in ‘real life’. How absurd is that?? My real life is (thankfully) pretty boring, my posts are relatively boring (although I’m hoping as I write more, my creativity will flow a bit more), I don’t plan to write anything to ever deliberately anger people, although I’m sure at some point in my life I will…it’s just not me to put myself out there like that. Maybe I fear that my writing isn’t good enough – maybe I fear that topics I choose may become too inflammatory for some – I really don’t know… Or maybe I’m just weird…yeah, that MUST be it!! Haha!

Yes, I’ve posted quite a bit these last few days. Honestly, it’s only because I’ve had a few days off from work. I had planned to travel out of state to visit my parents and a close friend, but the weather all up and down the Eastern Seaboard precluded that! So, after today, these crazy posts and book reviews will subside for a bit.

There’s so much I need to be doing, but I’m having a hard time getting motivated in this New Year of ours. I suffered the loss of a very cherished dog recently (45 days today, but really, who’s counting…) and I think that has caused the little spiral down and struggle that I’m having getting back out of a hole, so to speak. I did go and adopt a new dog from the local animal shelter very quickly thereafter, not out of disrespect for my Sophie, but just because I couldn’t stand the quiet. You know, the collar jangling when she walked around the house or ate her meals, the head always bumping my arms or hands, wanting to be loved. She’s a sweet little girl who was terrified of everything (which was why I chose her) and she’s really coming out of her shell, but Soph’s loss has just been so damn hard for me. I have a collage of pictures of her just above the desk I sit at to type…and my vision is blurred at the moment. We had such great times, my Sophie and I… But SOMETHING compelled me to visit the shelter that day – I’d like to think Sophie was guiding me to a pup in desperate need of rescuing. ♥

Anyway, enough of that maudlin stuff. I really need to get motivated and get some stuff done – like grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, you know… So off I go to try and get all of that accomplished. Perhaps I’ll be back to ramble later…never know!!

Anyway, because reading is my escape from reality, I’ve done a ton of that these past few days, so here’s yet another review for you…

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The Last Thing She Ever Did – Gregg Olsen

What would you do?

That was the thought that was running through my head for virtually the entirety of this novel. Liz and Owen live an idyllic life in Bend, OR with close neighbors David & Carole. Owens business is thriving, Liz is on the verge of recognizing her dream of becoming an attorney, and they are on the cusp of having everything their hearts desire when, in an instant, an unforeseeable event occurs, which will alter their lives forever.

As Liz – running late in a panic to re-take her law boards – climbs into her vehicle, she begins to back out of her garage, and encounters a nightmare she never could have conceived. Fueled by desperation, she makes a decision in a split second that will alter all their lives forever. As tensions mount, and questions are asked, lie upon lie is told to protect decisions made, and we are helpless to watch (read) as two families disintegrate under the pressure of the event, giving us a glimpse into the hidden depths of each individual and their defects, all while time passes, questions remain, new questions arise, and the story rushes to a conclusion you may (or may not!) have predicted…

As psychological thrillers go, this one is another masterpiece by author Gregg Olsen, and is well worth the read!

Brian Freeman

This was my first ARC book ever – and I loved it!! Yes, it’s another book review. Apparently I’ve had too much time off from work…

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The Voice Inside – Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman’s newest novel was un-put-downable for me! After making his debut appearance in The Night Bird, Frost Easton is back in The Voice Within, now as a homicide inspector for the San Francisco PD, a position he took years ago after the death of his sister – a seemingly anomalous killing – in a string of serial murders in The Golden Gate City. The killer was caught and imprisoned, but many questions remain for Frost, but most puzzling, how did Katie, his sister, become a victim of the killer?
As the story begins, Frost is sound asleep on his couch when he is awakened by a strange thump one night and awakens to investigate only to find multiple audible alarms going off in his home, all set to 3:42AM, and an address on a card pinned to his door via a butcher knife. So begins the next installment of the Frost Easton series as he follows a twisted path left for him, and learns that a trusted partner had planted evidence in the prior investigation, and that a serial killer will now go free. A killer who wants revenge against those who wrongly imprisoned him, and an incomplete agenda he feels compelled to finish. As Frost and the SFPD search for their newly-freed killer, they always seem to be one step behind… Will they re-capture him before it’s too late??
Freeman offers page-turning action, plenty of twists and turns and, as always, an ending you might not quite anticipate…I was hooked from page one and could NOT put this book down!! If you love Sandford, Slaughter, Kava & Stelljes, you’ll LOVE Brian Freeman!!

Not much else to do in this crazy cold weather than to read…

Yep – it’s Florida, and it’s cold!! So, not much else to do in chilly gray day weather than to curl up with a good book! So, for all you mystery/suspense readers out there, here’s another one for you!!

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Pretty Girls Dancing – Kylie Brant
Kylie Brant’s newest thriller takes place in small town Ohio, where a young teenage girl has just been kidnapped. The story is told from a multitude of points of view – You are with Whitney as she sneaks out of her home late at night to meet the teen that she’s become close to via social media, and then experience her kidnapping and subsequent treatment through her eyes. You meet the parents and sister of Kelsey, who vanished under similar circumstances many years before, and you meet the law enforcement team that’s called into investigate Whitney’s disappearance. Each chapter focuses on a different character, and the secrets each persona holds as investigators race to rescue Whitney before it’s too late.
I have to admit, while I was initially put off by the way the story was told from the purview of each character, as the story progresses and events are revealed, it all comes together quite nicely. And while some readers always claim to be able to see the protagonist well before he/she is revealed, this book had me guessing until the end – and I was still wrong. If you like a great mystery/police procedural, then this novel is for you!! Looking forward to more from Kylie Brant!