Thursday, March 28, 2024

Nothing but the Bones


Author: Brian Panowich

Narrator: Brian Troxell

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release date: April 16, 2024

Author Brian Panowich’s soon to be released book Nothing but the Bones returns readers to McFalls County in rural Georgia. Everything on Bull Mountain is run by crime boss Gareth Burroughs. Nelson “Nails” McKenna has been Burroughs’ enforcer since he was a teenager. One night at a local bar, Nails goes too far defending a beautiful young woman named Dallas. Nails and Dallas go on the run to Jacksonville & become unlikely friends and partners. Jacksonville may offer the possibility of escape, but it’s a perilous journey. A rich & powerful man seeking Dallas & revenge is on their trail and Burroughs is worried Nails might spills his secrets if he’s captured by the authorities. Is freedom just a dream or will Nails and Dallas pay with their lives? 

Panowich delivers another rural noir gem of a book. This is the fourth book in the Bull Mountain series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Nails is a complex character. He’s not exactly the cliched tough guy with a heart of gold. He’s way more layered than that which makes for a great main character. I couldn’t help rooting for him. 

This is an atmospheric story filled with unforgettable characters, over the top action, and surprising twists. At its heart, it’s a story of friendship, loyalty, love, and hope. Brian Troxell provides an excellent narration of the audiobook. Nothing but the Bones releases on April 16, so make sure it’s on your tbr list. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Macmillan audio and NetGalley for the advanced listener copy. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Assassins Anonymous


Author: Rob Hart

Publisher: Putnam Books

Release date: June 11,2024

📖𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄📖

“𝘚𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘞𝘪𝘤𝘬?” 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘴. 𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘦𝘺𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭. “𝘉𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘞𝘪𝘤𝘬.”

Mark, aka the Pale Horse, is the world’s most lethal assassin, but he left that world behind. He joined a twelve step program for recovering killers. He’s about to earn his one-year-without-killing chip when he barely survives a brutal attack. Now he must figure out who & why someone wants him dead. And that is a very long list. 

Author Rob Hart’s latest offering is an action-packed fun read. Mark is a charming & funny, and main character. He’s working hard to squash his training & instincts. He’s determined to not kill anyone on his quest to find out who’s trying to take him out. Not an easy task. 

I loved Hart’s breezy writing style and humor throughout the book.  The breakneck pace, jam packed action, humor, and Mark’s sincere desire to change all combine to make this book a rollicking good time. I hope we get more of the former assassin with the heart of gold in the future. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you NetGalley and G.P Putnam’s Sons for the digital review copy. Assassins Anonymous releases on June 11. Add it to your tbr list because you’ll definitely want to binge this one. 

QOTD: Have you seen any of the John Wick movies? Are you a fan?  I like them!

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Missing White Woman

Author: Kelley Garrett

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Release date: April 39, 2024

📖𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄📖

Author Kellye Garrett follows up her 2022 bestseller Like a Sister with a new thriller that’s chock full of twists & turns. 

Breanna’s excited to spend a romantic weekend getaway in New York City with her new boyfriend Ty. It all goes wrong when she wakes up to find a dead body in their Airbnb & Ty nowhere to be found. Is the victim Janelle Beckett - the missing woman whose disappearance has gone viral? 

Janelle’s disappearance went viral because a Tik Tok influencer used her platform to amplify the disappearance. In the guise of “just asking questions” the influencer casts Breanna as a suspect. Breanna becomes the internet’s new favorite target & her life gets picked apart by online sleuths. 

I liked Breanna’s character arc. Her life has been stuck in a rut for ten years because of a drug conviction in college. She lost her scholarship & her dreams. She can’t move on because she’s burdened by the conviction. The dead body & Ty’s disappearance force her into action to clear her name and Ty’s. 

This was an intriguing mystery with plenty of twists and turns. The story also looks at racism, friendship, and the internet’s/media’s influence on public opinion. The pacing is good and Garrett once again provides an intricate story with insightful social commentary. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you NetGalley and Mulholland Books for the digital arc. Missing White Woman releases April 30. 

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

What Happened to Nina?


Title: What Happened to Nina? 

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Publisher: William Morrow

Release date: March 26, 204

We know right from the jump that something bad happened to Nina, a smart & vivacious college student. She & her boyfriend Simon were spending some time at Simon’s family’s vacation house. Simon made it home, but Nina never did. The rest of the story deals with Nina’s family’s increasing concern for her whereabouts & the search to find her. As Nina’s parents become increasingly desperate for answers, Simon’s parents use their wealth & power to protect him. Will the truth ever come to light? 

This was a gripping story that resembles the real-life Gabby Petito case. Beautiful young couple goes on vacation, only the boyfriend returns. The contrast between Nina’s mother, Leanne, & Simon’s mother Jamie is striking. Leanne is frantic with worry & scared for her daughter. She seems almost crazed at times running off halfcocked & disheveled when she’s overwhelmed with an idea & desperate for any kind of resolution. Meanwhile, Jamie usually appears calm, cool, & put together while trying to look concerned just for the sake of appearance. The story also highlights how social media plays a part in the public’s perception during an investigation. Simon’s father hires a PR firm to help bolster his reputation as an innocent victim of circumstance, while at the same time smearing Nina’s family-especially her stepfather. 

There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I wasn’t prepared for the really big twist. That one took me by surprise. I really liked this fast paced thriller that’s told from multiple points of view. Mark your calendar for its release on March 26. You won’t want to miss this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for the digital arc. 

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Listen for the Lie


Title: Listen for the Lie

Author: Amy Tintera

Narrators: January LaVoy and Will Damron

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release date: March 5, 2024

🎧𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄🎧

This one comes out tomorrow and should be at the top of your tbr. 

Lucy’s best friend, Savvy, was murdered and Lucy was the number one suspect. Just after Savvy’s body was discovered, an injured Lucy was found wandering dazed and confused, covered in Savvy’s blood, with no memory of what happened to her best friend. Five years later, Savvy’s murder becomes the subject of a popular podcast & the spotlight is once again on Lucy. Lucy’s grandmother persuades Lucy to return to her small town where just about everyone thinks she’s a murderer. Reluctantly, Lucy agrees to work with Ben, the podcast host, to unravel the mystery of Savvy’s death and discover if she really did kill her best friend. 

This is an incredibly entertaining, fast paced, and twisty thriller. The story moves from present to past as Lucy desperately tries to remember what happened the night Savvy died. There’s tons of small town secrets to keep even the best armchair detective guessing. I listened to the audio version of the book and it’s the perfect format for this story. Ben’s podcast episodes flow smoothly into the narrative and adds an extra layer to the storytelling. January LaVoy and Will Damron are excellent narrators. They really bring the story & characters to life. This is perfect for readers looking for a binge read with lots of twists and turns. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for the advance listener copy. 

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything. What’s new with y’all?

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Under Your Spell

  Author: Laura Wood Narrator: Ellie Heydon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Year: 2024 🎧𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄🎧 Many thanks...