The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review

Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your favorite books you’ve read in the past. This week I’ll be sharing with you The Night Olivia Fell, the debut novel by author Christina McDonald.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald is a 2019 Gallery Books publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?” – Goodreads Continue reading “The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review”

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux – Book Review

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux is a 2020 Harlequin MIRA publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“After solving two murder cases in their hometown of Lachlan, Florida, Sara Medlar, her niece Kate and their friend Jack need a change of scenery. Sara arranges for them to visit an old friend of hers in England. Upon arrival at Oxley Manor, a centuries-old estate that has been converted to a luxury hotel, Kate and Jack quickly realize that Sara is up to something. They learn that Sara has also invited a number of others to join them at Oxley.

When everyone assembles, Sara lets them know why they are there. Decades earlier, two people ran off together from Oxley and haven’t been heard from since—and Sara wants to solve the case. As the people who were there the night the two went missing, the guests find themselves cast in a live mystery-theater event.

In reenacting the events of that night, it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide and no one is safe, especially when the discovery of a body makes it clear that at least one of the people who disappeared was murdered.

Sara, Jack and Kate are once again at the heart of a mysterious case that only they are able to solve. But someone is willing to continue to kill to keep the truth about Oxley Manor buried, and none of the guests are safe.” – Goodreads
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The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths – Book Review

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths is a 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication.

Rating: 4 star

Source: audio book checked out through my local library using the Overdrive app

“Brighton, 1950.

When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl.

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An Unsuitable Job For A Woman by PD James – Book Review

 

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman by PD James

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman by PD James is a 2009 Penguin Random House audio publication. It was originally published in hardback in 1972.

Rating: 4 stars

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.” – Goodreads

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Big Sky by Kate Atkinson – Book Review

Big sky by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is a 2019 Little, Brown and Company publication.

Rating: 4 star

Source: advanced egalley provided by NetGalley and the publisher

“Jackson Brodie, ex-military police, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, currently working as a private investigator, makes a highly anticipated return, nine years after the last Brodie, Started Early, Took My Dog.

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Cold Woods by Karen Katchur – Book Review

Cold Woods by Karen Katchur

Cold Woods by Karen Katchur is a 2019 Thomas & Mercer publication.

My rating: 4 star

Source: received a free copy as part of a Goodreads giveaway

“When the long-buried bones of a man turn up in the middle of December, Pennsylvania homicide detective Parker Reed knows he’s in for a cold case.

Trisha and her friends were teenagers when Trisha’s stepdad went missing. Now, thirty years later, his remains have been found in the mountains. The women have always known there was more to his disappearance than meets the eye, and they must confront their grim past. Secrets can stay secret a long time in the lonely Appalachian foothills—but not forever. Continue reading “Cold Woods by Karen Katchur – Book Review”