Black Out (Dark Iceland #3) by Ragnar Jonasson

Book Description:
Published: January 1, 2011
Audio
Stars: 3

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies …

Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

Review –

Jónasson’s captivating third Ari Thór Arason whodunit to be translated into English (after 2017’s Nightblind) finds Ari Thór, a policeman in the small Icelandic town of Siglufjördur, troubled by his recent breakup with the woman he once considered the only one for him.

He’s distracted from his personal woes by a murder case; someone has killed contractor Elías Freysson by smashing him in the face with a length of timber studded with a nail. The victim was known for his charitable work, but the discovery in Freysson’s rooms of a duffel bag stuffed with cash suggests that the man was involved in something underhanded.

The police inquiry parallels that of a psychologist-turned-journalist, Ísrún, who hopes her digging will strengthen her professional standing. Meanwhile, Hlynur Ísaksson, a colleague of Ari Thór’s, has been receiving threatening emails that revive memories of a past shame. The relatively mundane murder solution doesn’t detract from Jónasson’s impressive ability to make human despair palpable. [em]Agent: David Headley, DHH Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.) [/em]”publishers weekly.com

I found this book to be a bit confusing because it had so much going on. One subplot I can handle but I found two to be too much. Also, the narrator wasn’t very good in my opinion and the characters all seemed to sound alike.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Book Description:
Published: August 14, 2018
Audio
Stars: 5

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.

Review –

A wild child’s isolated, dirt-poor upbringing in a Southern coastal wilderness fails to shield her from heartbreak or an accusation of murder.

“The Marsh Girl,” “swamp trash”—Catherine “Kya” Clark is a figure of mystery and prejudice in the remote North Carolina coastal community of Barkley Cove in the 1950s and ’60s.

Abandoned by a mother no longer able to endure her drunken husband’s beatings and then by her four siblings, Kya grows up in the careless, sometimes-savage company of her father, who eventually disappears, too.

Alone, virtually or actually, from age 6, Kya learns both to be self-sufficient and to find solace and company in her fertile natural surroundings. Owens (Secrets of the Savanna, 2006, etc.), the accomplished co-author of several nonfiction books on wildlife, is at her best reflecting Kya’s fascination with the birds, insects, dappled light, and shifting tides of the marshes.

The girl’s collections of shells and feathers, her communion with the gulls, her exploration of the wetlands are evoked in lyrical phrasing which only occasionally tips into excess. But as the child turns teenager and is befriended by local boy Tate Walker, who teaches her to read, the novel settles into a less magical, more predictable pattern.

Interspersed with Kya’s coming-of-age is the 1969 murder investigation arising from the discovery of a man’s body in the marsh. The victim is Chase Andrews, “star quarterback and town hot shot,” who was once Kya’s lover. In the eyes of a pair of semicomic local police officers, Kya will eventually become the chief suspect and must stand trial.

By now the novel’s weaknesses have become apparent: the monochromatic characterization (good boy Tate, bad boy Chase) and implausibilities (Kya evolves into a polymath—a published writer, artist, and poet), yet the closing twist is perhaps its most memorable oddity.

Despite some distractions, there’s an irresistible charm to Owens’ first foray into nature-infused romantic fiction.” Kirkus Reviews

I‘m not sure if Kirkus Reviews liked this book or not, for sure not as much as I did. I read purely for my enjoyment and don’t spend time picking a book apart. I loved the book, of which I had the audio version and the narrator was magnificent ! The ending was a mouth dropping surprise but wrapped up the story perfectly.

Highly recommend.

The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson

Book Description:
Published: May 4, 2021
Audio
Stars: 5

WINNER—2022 Colorado Book Award (Thriller)

A murderer, a victim, and a witness… but no one in this house is innocent

Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates’s small, affluent hometown… and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened.

Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead.

As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn’t as happy as she’d led everyone to believe, and worse, she’s connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won’t let her or her family escape justice this time around.

Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can’t trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her.

From USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson comes a story of deception, hereditary sin, and what we’ll do to protect our own.

Review –

A Milwaukee mystery writer recently and painfully widowed retreats to her childhood home in aptly named Bury, New Hampshire, to find even less comfort awaiting her there.

The truth is that mostly unsuccessful entrepreneur Riley McKay’s adultery had killed his wife’s love even before a dose of sleeping pills washed down with alcohol killed Riley himself.

Now Rose Yates has uprooted her son, Max, 11, from the only life he remembers and brought him into the orbit of her cruel, remote father, wealthy capital manager Logan Yates, mostly because she has nowhere else to go. Rose has been estranged from both her father and her older sister, Cora, for years.

Some of the reasons are obvious from the moment Logan Yates shakes his grandson’s hand for the first time; others await the cold-case investigation into the disappearance 22 years ago of the sisters’ 16-year-old schoolmate Caleb Benner. What provokes that investigation, and what kindles Milwaukee Detective Colin Pearson’s interest in Riley McKay’s death, is Rose’s disconcerting habit of writing fictional versions of these mysteries into the novels she publishes as J.L. Sharp—years after Caleb Benner’s disappearance but well in advance of her late husband’s death.

It’s clear that the Yateses are a memorably disturbed family, but is the root of the disturbance Rose’s writing, Cora’s bullying, or their father’s abuse? Wilson unveils each revelation of some new betrayal with surgical precision en route to a bittersweet finale. A harrowing reminder that you really can’t go home again.”Kirkus Reviews

This was a well-plotted and disturbing story with a few final twists that were unexpected but still very, very dark and horribly good. The ending wasn’t what I was hoping for, but I still gave it a solid five because of it’s “edge of the neatness”! I am looking forward to reading more of Carter Wilson’s books in the future.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Book Description:
Published: May 27, 2016
Audio
Stars: 4
Stars for Apple TV: 5

London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both. The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Review –

“The unlikely friendship between a canny widow and a scholarly vicar sets the stage for this sweeping 19th-century saga of competing belief systems.

Widow Cora Seaborne knows she should mourn the death of her husband; instead, she finally feels free. Eschewing the advice of her friends, Cora retreats from London with her lady’s maid, Martha, and strange, prescient son, Francis. The curious party decamps to muddy Essex, where Cora dons an ugly men’s coat and goes tramping in the mud, looking for fossils.

Soon she becomes captivated by the local rumor of a menacing presence that haunts the Blackwater estuary, a threat that locks children in their houses after dark and puts farmers on watch as the tide creeps in. Cora’s fascination with the fabled Essex Serpent leads her to the Rev. William Ransome, desperate to keep his flock from descending into outright hysteria.

An unlikely pair, the two develop a fast intellectual friendship, curious to many but accepted by all, including Ransome’s ailing wife, Stella. Perry (After Me Comes the Flood, 2015) pulls out all the stops in her richly detailed Victorian yarn, weaving myth and local flavor with 19th-century debates about theology and evolution, medical science and social justice for the poor.

Each of Perry’s characters receives his or her due, from the smallest Essex urchin to the devastating Stella, who suffers from tuberculosis and obsesses over the color blue throughout her decline. There are Katherine and Charles Ambrose, a good-natured but shallow society couple; the ambitious and radical Dr. Luke Garrett and his wealthier but less-talented friend George Spencer, who longs for Martha; Martha herself, who rattles off Marx with the best of them and longs to win Cora’s affection; not to mention a host of sailors, superstitious tenant farmers, and bewitched schoolgirls. 

The sumptuous twists and turns of Perry’s prose invite close reading, as deep and strange and full of narrative magic as the Blackwater itself. Fans of Sarah Waters, A.S. Byatt, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things should prepare to fall under Perry’s spell and into her very capable hands.Stuffed with smarts and storytelling sorcery, this is a work of astonishing breadth and brilliance.” Kirkus Reviews

Totally agree with Kirkus Reviews but because of the ending I could only give it four stars. However the ending in the Apple TV production was different (fun how movies and made for TV movies HAVE to change things and not present it as the author intended) and I rate it a five!

Loved both and would highly recommend.

Wild Fire (Shetland #8) by Ann Cleeves

Book Description:
Published: January 1, 2018
Audio
Stars: 4

When the Flemingsdesigner Helena and architect Danielmove into a remote community in the north of Shetland, they think it’s a fresh start for themselves and their children.

But their arrival triggers resentment, and Helena begins to receive small drawings of a gallows and a hanged man. Gossip spreads like wildfire.

A story of dysfunctional families and fractured relationships, Inspector Jimmy Perez’s eighth case will intrigue series fans and Shetland Island newcomers alike.

Review –

A long look into the dynamics of a troubled family is needed to solve several murders.

Inspector Jimmy Perez is intrigued when he gets a visit from Helena Fleming, a newcomer to the Shetland Isles who’s well-known as a designer of garments featuring Shetland wool.

The local man from whom Helena and her husband had purchased their house hanged himself in the barn after he landed in dire financial straits, causing not only consternation but a certain resentment among the locals.

Now Helena has received little images of gallows and hanged men written on bits of graph paper and is concerned about the effect they might have on her autistic son, Christopher, who’s already being taunted by some other children.

Because his dead lover, Fran, was an artist and he helps care for her daughter, Jimmy is sympathetic to Helena’s plight. But it takes the discovery of Emma Shearer, a friend’s nanny who’s found dead in the Flemings’ barn, to kick the investigation into high gear.

When Jimmy’s boss, Willow Reeves, arrives from the mainland and reveals that she’s pregnant by Jimmy, their fragile, complex relationship is shattered by his inability to come to terms with her news. Instead, he and his team focus on unearthing motives for Emma’s strangling. Emma had to deal with a boyfriend whose protective mother hated her, the not-totally-unwelcome attentions of Helena’s infatuated husband, and her problems with at least the two older Moncrieff children, whose welfare had been left almost entirely in her hands while their parents pursued their own interests.

The deeper the detectives dig into Emma’s unfortunate past and those of their suspects, the more convoluted and difficult the case becomes.

Fans disappointed to see the last of Cleeves’ hero will be happy to know that the final case in this complex, character-driven series (Cold Earth, 2017, etc.) is a tour de force.” Kirkus Reviews

I was very disappointed in the ending of thistle last in the Shetland Island series because the author spend a minute amount of time on the relationship between Jimmy and Willow. I hated how Jimmy took the news of Willow’s pregnancy, turning his back on her refusing to discuss it. Only at the end did he have a change of heart and think he might have hurtful towards Willow. YOU THINK! The book ends with nothing resolved between them so the reader or listener has to make up their own ending. I HATE IT WHEN AUTHORS DO THIS!!!!!!! I believe it’s unfair to the fans of the series and it’s characters.

Cold Earth (Shetland #7) by Ann Cleeves

Book Description:
Published: October 6, 2016
Audio
Stars: 4

n the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

Review –

“A landslide reveals a dead body and a tricky case for Shetland Islands detective Jimmy Perez (Thin Air, 2015, etc.).

The miserable winter weather has done nothing to help Jimmy get over the murder of Fran, the woman he loved.

Standing at the graveside of Magnus Tait, an old friend, Jimmy and the other mourners barely escape a sudden landslide that decimates a little croft house. Although the place is supposed to be uninhabited ever since the owner died and left it to a relative in America, a quick check reveals the body of a woman.

As soon as the autopsy reveals that the woman was strangled, Jimmy calls in Police Scotland in the person of Chief Inspector Willow Reeves. Their first task is to identify the body.

When the neighbors at the farm next door claim to know nothing, Jimmy, with the help of slow but steady assistant Sandy Wilson, expands his questioning over the entire island. The victim was seen buying champagne at a local store, having a drink at a hotel with a middle-aged man, and visiting a local counseling center. The name she gave the center was false, but it does lead them to the destroyed house’s owner and the striking victim’s true identity.

Through it all, Jimmy, who’s taking care of Fran’s daughter and still feeling guilty about her death, isn’t sure if he’s ready for love. But he and Willow, who have a more than collegial relationship, work well together. Once they know who the mysterious stranger really is, they identify a surprising number of suspects who happen to be Jimmy’s friends.” Kirkus Reviews

This was one of my favorites of the series and there is only one more book left. I wish the series didn’t have to end …

The Crow Girl(Books 1-3) by Erik Axl Sund

Book Description:
Published in English: April 6, 2017
Audio
Stars: 3
1/2

The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies? 

Review –

“Erik Axl Sund isn’t a real person. He’s the pseudonym for a Swedish writing duo who have spun out a trio of dark thrillers. Bestsellers in Europe, they are available in the United States, in one long, lurid volume called “The Crow Girl.”

The story centers on three women — Victoria, who has been abused by her father since early childhood; Jeanette, a Stockholm detective superintendent leading an investigation into the murder of several young men who have been drugged, beaten and castrated; and Sophia, a therapist treating Victoria.

These women and the serial killings that connect them provide the basis for a strong if overly gruesome plot. The sexual abuse of children is among the most despicable of crimes, and the authors deserve praise for addressing it candidly. Unfortunately, they have filled their novel with so many instances of rape, sadism, torture and murder that the reader is overwhelmed.

In addition to the two main crimes — the emasculation and murder of young men and the sex crimes against Victoria and other girls — there is also a great deal of sordid detail. We learn, for example, that Victoria’s father not only abused her but was also part of a group of men who have sex with their daughters, insist that this is an enlightened form of love and frighten their wives into silence.

But for the authors, even this is not unsettling enough. One central character has two distinct personalities — one law-abiding, one not — with both battling for control of the body they share. Victoria also has a teenage daughter — her abusive father is also her daughter’s father — who is seeking revenge. When Victoria went to boarding school, she and two other girls were forced by older girls to eat excrement, and those girls, too, want revenge.

A hunger for retribution unites just about everyone here. Victims want to punish their abusers, and some abusers scheme to kill their victims, who as adults may incriminate them.

At one point, we’re abruptly taken back to the Holocaust to meet a young woman who survives Dachau by passing herself off as a boy; decades later, as a man, she joins Victoria’s father’s circle of abusers. The prosecution of those abusers is crippled by a law-enforcement official who is secretly protecting them. Amid all these plot threads, in a very long novel, dimly remembered names keep popping up, and we struggle to recall if they are victims, abusers, police or innocent bystanders.

As if the novel needed more horrors, the authors digress on the crimes of Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin serial killer who inspired the killer called Buffalo Bill in “The Silence of the Lambs,” as well as the Russian Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov, who murdered more than 50 women and children between 1978 and 1990. Enough, enough! By then, this 758-page novel has become a mind-numbing encyclopedia of perversity.

Still, “The Crow Girl” (one of the many names that Victoria sometimes calls herself) has some fine moments. One comes after Detective Kihlberg has the wrenching experience of watching films of child pornography that police have seized:

“Jeanette knows what she’s just seen, but doesn’t want to believe it’s true. She feels unable to absorb the fact that there are people who take pleasure in this. Who pay a lot of money to get hold of this sort of film, and risk their whole lives by collecting them. Why isn’t it enough to fantasize about the perverse and forbidden? Why do they have to turn their sick fantasies into reality?

“For the first time in a very long time she feels hatred.”

The detective, mother of a young son, is the book’s moral center, and her rage is understandable. But the authors should have focused their material far more carefully so that we could read their story, however sordid, with understanding if not always with pleasure. Instead, we find ourselves slogging through an ugly, confusing underworld that eventually we only want to escape.”washingtonpost.com

Totally agree with this – the book/audio left me completely overwhelmed !

Tainted Promises (Savage Kings of St. Ivy #3) by Melinda Terranova

Book Description:
Published: June 1, 2022
Kindle
Stars: 5

In absentia lucis, tenebrae vincunt.
Betrayal and deceit spread like spilled blood. Slow and steady, saturating everything in its path.
Until it spreads no more.
I can feel my darkness overshadowing my light. The caress of it consuming me. Breaking me.
They say you can only handle a certain amount of pain in one life. That it eventually wraps its sharp claws around you and brings you to your knees.
The bond with Colton, Tyler, Hawke and Steele is the only thing that keeps me from spiraling into the vortex of pain that has managed to carve itself into my soul.
I don’t just dance around the edges of the Brotherhood anymore. I’m groomed to play their games.
Their sinister and dark world opens my eyes to the true evil that has been in front of me this whole time.

Review –

“Mel really brings the darkness in this book as we sink to new depths with the Brotherhood experiencing more of their depraved and sinister nature. We experience emotional turmoil through Peyton and Steel but they are not alone in their agony.

The author is incredible and writes with such passion and love for her characters. Her books are sooo fun and steamy. Her stories are like a puzzle, each piece fits into the next but pieces are missing so you need more of the puzzle to work out what the heck is going on. If you haven’t read this series you absolutely must!

From the first chapter in book one, I was hooked. I loved the push and pull of Peyton, Colton, Steele, Tyler and Hawke. I love how every book one character shines a little more than the others, but they are all a united front. They stand together, protect one another and even when they hate each other, they love each other hard!

That ending in Tainted Promises was a trip. Peyton being confronted with her father yet again, while her guys standing to the side of her. What doesn’t seem to be clear is are they captured too or are they in on it? Again hopefully we get these answers. Can’t wait to read in October.”GoodReads

OMG! I just want to smack the dickens out of Steele for being the biggest bully and a**hole. He care for Peyton deeply but just refuses to show it and instead acts hateful toward her. The ending was a total jaw dropper. I thought her good for nothing father was dead, but here he is again and that can only mean more painful trouble for Peyton. Can’t wait for October first!

I do recommend this series to fans of dark enemies to lovers books but please be aware of sexual triggers.

Misconception by Liv Constantine

Book Description:
Published: June 20, 2022
Audio
Stars: 3

From the bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and Audible Original The First Shot comes an edge-of-your-seat novella of two women, the shocking betrayal that drove them apart, and a sinister secret that could change everything.

Iris Thomas thought she’d never have to see Sasha Everett again after Sasha seduced her husband and broke up their marriage in a devastating betrayal. But as luck would have it, when Iris’s stepdaughter Molly and Sasha’s daughter Bailey wind up in the same second grade class at an elite private school in Los Angeles, they form an instant bond and force the two women back into each other’s lives.

Iris wants to put the past behind her and support Molly, but as time goes on, she suspects that Sasha may be guilty of something even worse than adultery–of a crime so sinister, no one besides Iris thinks it’s possible. But Sasha’s fooled Iris once before. This time, can she uncover the truth before it’s too late?

Review –

This was a story where the plot was way too easy to guess ahead of time. After all the build-up, I hated the ending. I didn’t find it at all believable or feasible. If Iris was that determined to get answers, why would she just walk away from doing anything once she had those answers? The book’s plot has been played out in different ways in real life, but was still an interesting enough story. It definitely shows what some people will do to get what they want.” Linda from Goodreads 

This book was offered as an Audible Original and was 2 hours and 45 minutes long and classified as a novella.

I found it to be just okay.

Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass

Book Description:
Published: August 10, 2021
Audio
Stars: 5

Betrayal was just the beginning…

Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin.

Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything.

When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?

Review –

Melanie Hale, the narrator of this uplifting but never saccharine psychological thriller from Glass (Someone’s Listening), has a young son on the autism spectrum and is the primary caregiver for her husband’s aging mother, who has dementia.

Melanie feels isolated in her upscale Louisiana community and understandably exhausted by her daily routines. When her husband suggests she join a writers’ group at the local bookstore, she jumps at the chance. At the store, she meets bestselling author Luke Ellison, and their mild flirtation soon develops into an affair.

Feeling guilty about lying to her faithful, forgiving husband, Melanie goes to Luke’s mansion to break things off, only to find him dead. She flees the scene, but her presence is not unnoticed. Her little white lies blossom into darker, more dangerous territory when she’s subsequently blackmailed and becomes a murder suspect.

To what lengths will she go to protect her family and herself? The pleasure of this book comes from seeing Melanie morph from mildly depressed suburban housewife into a woman who’s unafraid of fighting fire with fire. Glass remains a writer to watch. Agent: Sharon Bowers, Folio Literary Management,Aug)”publishers weekly.com

Such a Good Wife is an engaging cautionary tale that will appeal to readers who love mystery, romance, drama, and revenge encased in a single novel. The plot and sub-plot is anything but predictable because the author expertly keeps an ace up her sleeve and shows her hand at just the right moment, giving the reader a satisfying jolt of surprise and transforming Mel from a self-contrived victim into a determined heroine. Never underestimate a woman’s willingness to do almost anything to protect her family, even if she is the one responsible for potentially destroying it in the first place.

Highly recommend .