The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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January 13, 2015
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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This book was FANTASTIC !  I rated it 5 stars ***** because from the very first page it grabbed me and held my interest all the way through.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Rachel in the beginning but as the story progresses you wonder if maybe she didn’t bring on the problems herself, then at the end you learn  the truth.
I had the audio version of the book and almost listened to it in one sitting but the routine of life got in the way, but that’s okay because it just made it last longer.
If you’re a Alfred Hitchcock fan or just a lover of a good mystery, this is the book for you!!!!
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Death By A Honeybee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #1)by Abigail Keam

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Published:March 23, 2010

Death By A HoneyBee is a Gold Medal winner from Readers’ Favorite and a Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011

Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass, Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets well.

Review –

I have discovered another great, easy-reading series and I fell in love with all the characters so fast that after I finished the first book I HAD to read the next and the next and the next. You get the picture.

Poor Josiah almost dies toward the end of the book and I knew she would survive but I never dreamed how damaged she would be.  The author makes fiction very realistic and that’s another reason that I love the series.  If you enjoy cozy-mysteries add this series to your “to be read” list.

 

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Arnco by Ben Muse

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Published: March 29, 2014

Jake Brigham, a wildly successful first time author is drowning in the undertow of his newfound success. After years of “winning,” he realizes he has only lost–a beloved mother, a marriage, even his ability to create. Eventually, he leaves the demands of New York and returns to a place once close to his heart: Arnco, a dying Georgia mill village. He rebuilds his life, and his passion returns, for words, and for a childhood friend.

Allie Tanner, a widowed, single mother, has been fighting demons since the day she was born. Her entire life has been a struggle– with an alcoholic father, her own health problems, the death of her husband, and the constant worry that she may never be able to protect the one thing that means the most: her daughter Grace.
Jake ignites the spark of hope within her, and she within him. And each for very different reasons. When circumstances from their past collide with their present, will their hopes survive? Will tragedy cause a horrific breakdown or an inspirational destiny?

 

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This was a wonderful book and would make a perfect movie on the Lifetime Movies Network or the “Women’s Channel” as my husband calls it. The story held my interest for the first few pages and the more I read the harder I found I couldn’t put it down.

There is a saying that “you can never go home again” but that’s just what Jake Brigham does and he finds a childhood friend, Allie Tanner, whose life has been anything but a bed of roses and together they bring to each other what is needed and I won’t tell you the ending but it’s good. 

In the story there are family dynamics,childhood friends,marriage,divorce,love found,love lost romance,humor and tears.

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Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things by

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Release date: May 12, 1997
Carrie Carlin is trying to juggle single life in the suburbs, two frisky children, and a full-time career. Through it all she’s got to stand by while her estranged husband flaunts his new, young, gorgeous fiancee, Erica. When Erica turns up dead, Carrie–the jealous ex-wife– becomes a prime suspect. But with the help of the fine Detective Ted Brodsky, Carrie will uncover the truth–and prevail
Review –
I  choose this book because the author was new to me and the storyline fit into
the line of books I like such as, cozy mysteries,humorous crime fiction and fast
reads.
The storyline held my interest and was hard to put down.
The book was full of humor but not overdone and Carrie is kind of like the  Lucille Ball character in I Love Lucy, always sticking her nose in places it doesn’t belong and then getting in dangerous trouble.
A very pleasant read and I love the cover.
I’m looking
forward to reading more of this series.
 

Now You See Her by Joy Fielding

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Release date: January 31, 2012
New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding tells an unforgettable story of a newly divorced woman attempting to heal her heartache, only to find herself on a desperate search for her daughter.Fifty-year-old Marcy Taggart’s life is in shambles. Two years ago, her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Devon, perished in a canoeing accident. Her body was never found in the icy waters of Georgian Bay, and as a result Marcy has never fully accepted her death. She continues to see the young woman’s face in crowds and has even stopped strangers on the street, certain she has finally discovered her long lost daughter.Now in Ireland, on what was originally intended to be a celebration of her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary—if, that is, her husband had not left her for another woman—Marcy yet again thinks she sees her daughter, casually strolling past her on the sidewalk. So begins Marcy’s desperate search to find Devon, to find herself, and to find the disturbing truth that might, in the end, be her only salvation.

Now You See Her vividly displays Fielding’s rare talent for creating the kind of tension, suspense, and compelling heroines readers crave. Riveting from start to finish, it’s one fans won’t want to miss.

Review –

I chose the audio version of this story because I found it for a good price and I knew right away that I have made a good decision.

The story takes place in Ireland and the narrator,Justine Eyer, had a delightful musical quality to her voice and her accent was beautiful l and she made the story come alive.

If you enjoy a good mystery, a thrilling turn of events and scenic descriptions of faraway lands I highly recommend this book in audio.

 

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Publisher’s Summary

“Tell the story of your marriage,” my young friend Niki says to me. “Write down how it is you have a happy marriage” But the story of my marriage, which is the great joy and astonishment of my life, is too much like a fairy tale, the German kind, unsweetened by Disney.

 This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination. Chock full of beauty, truth, and humor, and, in trademark Ann Patchett style, possessing an uncanny ability to feel both surprising and familiar at the same time, this essay is a perfect, if unconventional, holiday listen. 

Review –

This was a short story that was offered free by Audible.  It was pleasant to listen to but I probably will not read or listen to anything by this author again because I’m more into the horror,crime fiction and young adult  genres with a occasional love story throw in for good measure.