Tuesday, July 27, 2021

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Stranger Behind You; Carol Goodman


Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read.  This week I selected a thriller that was released earlier this month.

                                          The Stranger Behind You; Carol Goodman
                                                        William Morrow - July 2021

Prologue

"I have noticed in my professional capacity that when someone makes a point of saying they're not lying, that usually means they are.

When the realtor brags that she hasn't lied about the view, though, I have to admit that her claim is demonstrably true: the view is spectacular.  Standing at the elegant bay window it's as if I'm perched on a cliff overlooking the river.  There's nothing between me and the Palisades but water and light.  A person who was afraid of heights would be terrified, but heights aren't what I am afraid of."

What do you think - read more of pass? I've read several books by this author so hoping this new one will be a winner. I hope to start it later in the week.

Monday, July 26, 2021

2 brief reviews - The Guncle; Steven Rowley and The Newcomer; May Kay Andrews

I was looking for a couple of light summer reads and these (2) fit the bill. They weren't perfect but, they were fun and I was happy I tried them.


TITLE/AUTHOR: The Guncle; Steven Rowley

PUBLISHER:   G.P. Putnam

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / LBGTQ / Family

FORMAT: print LENGTH: 324 pp

SOURCE:  Library

SETTING(s):  CT and CA

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  Gay uncle Patrick "The Guncle" steps up to care for his young niece and nephew just when his brother and the kids need him the most.

Patrick lives in Palm Springs, CA and once was a famous actor but his life hasn't been quite the same since someone he loved was killed by a drunk driver.  When his brother Greg, an attorney in CT loses his wife to cancer and he is struggling with his own personal crisis, he asks for  Patrick's help in caring for his two young children for a few months. The children: Maise 9, and Grant 6, love when they visit GUP (gay uncle Patrick) in Palm Springs but, living with him for several months will prove quite different for all of them.  Grant, the adorable and toothless. The 6 year-old speaks with a lisp and is super inquisitive adding much humor to the story as does, Patrick in the manner he deals with the (2) youngsters in his life.

The story is heartfelt, funny and a tad sad at times (not overly so(. It's a story of family and loss and about stepping up when others are hurting. I loved all the old-Hollywood references and all of the charming characters. Patricks relationship with his niece and nephew was special. I'm not surprised that this one has been optioned for a movie - very sweet.

I picked this one up from the library on a whim and was glad I did.

RATING - 4.5/5 stars

TITLE/AUTHOR: The Newcomer; Mary Kay Andres

PUBLISHER:   Macmillan Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Family

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 14 hours 30 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher/Library  / audio download

SETTING(s):  NYC and FL

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  One sister is dead and the other flees with her motherless 4 year old niece to Florida.

When Letty finds her sister Tanya dead in her expensive Manhattan townhouse, she heeds her sister's previous warnings that if anything were to happen to her Letty was to take her daughter Maya and flee as her ex-Evan is most likely the killer.  Letty then takes her sister's Mercedes, her to-go bag packed with $19,000 in cash and a motel clipping of a place in Florida called the Murmuring Surf Motel and heads off with Maya.  When she reaches her destination she finds a "no vacancy sign" on the run down motel.  She plays on the heartstrings of the kind owner Ava about her long drive and needing a place for her and Maya to sleep and although they are fully booked Ava agrees to help them out.  Soon Letty is working there in exchange for charging her room fees.  However, is The Murmuring Surf motel the safest place for Letty and Maya? Why did her sister have the clipping in her bag in the first place?

I felt there was a lot to like about this story, it is part mystery (Tanya had a dark past) yet overall a light summer read. I loved Letty and her relationship with Maya. I loved the run-down motel setting which was mostly inhabited by grouchy senior snowbirds who return year after year and think they set the rules, of course, they see Letty as "The Newcomer."  There is also Joe, who is Ava's daughter. He is a cop although he seems a bit unethical at times. He first gives Letty a difficult time but, before you know it there appears to be a budding romance which I felt seemed out of place.

Overall, I thought this story was entertaining with the unique cast of characters. I thought the author did a good job meshing Tanya's story with the present story as Letty tried to figure out what really happened to her sister and why.  My biggest complaint was that this story was way too long (14+ hours) on audio. A story this long is not what most would expect for a summer beach read. The audio was read by Kathleen McInerney who did a very good job.

RATING:  4/5

The audiobook was a free download provided by Macmillan Audio in exchange for my unbiased review.  Unfortunately, the download disappeared from my NetGalley shelf before I had a chance to listen to it but, I was able to download it from the library.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Week in Review - Reading and New Books

Thank You Deb@ Reader Buzz


It was a pretty good week, with better sleep and less knee pain (the shot is working and the gin soaked raisins still marinating:).  Managed to walk a couple days this week and had lunch with my daughter and granddaughters and we time spent time at another different library this week.  I've been practicing my yoga poses as yoga is resuming in August, 3x a week, after a 17 month COVID closure at the senior center in our town. I am so excited about getting back to that routine and seeing some of my yoga buddies again.

This coming week will be a busy one: I'm meeting a friend that I haven't seen since in 18 months for lunch one day, my book group meets to discuss: Ask Again, Yes; Mary Beth Keane. I read and reviewed it in 2019 and loved this one. Have you read it? I'll be curious to see what the other group members have to say. I also have a hair appointment another day and then we are going out to dinner at the end of the week.

READING

I reviewed (2) books this week (ratings and links below).












2.5/5 stars










4/5 stars

I also finished (2) other books but no reviews yet.



     







fun and heartwarming - 4/5 stars (no review yet)











I liked this a lot just way too long - 4/5 stars ( no review yet)

                                                           Currently Reading/ Listening

(enjoying this mystery)

(I love Mrs March, she's making me laugh even though she is obviously psychotic)

                                                    (NF - interesting but not for everyone)

New Book Additions

 No Touching; Ketty Rouf


 Where I Left Her; Amber Garza

 The Double Mother; Michel Bussi


Plans for theWeek
  1. catch up on reviews
  2. Blog tour post - Kill Your Darlings; David Bell
  3. new Kids books and reviews
  4. July - month in review post
How was your week?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

111- 2021 - That Summer; Jennifer Weiner

 

TITLE/AUTHOR: That Summer; Jennifer Weiner

PUBLISHER:   Simon & Schuster  Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Contemporary / Women / Family

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 13 hours 21 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher / audio download

SETTING(s):  Cape Cod, MA and PA

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  A story of two women who seem to have little in common except for a secret from the past.

BRIEF REVIEW:  When I began listening to this book, the prologue introduces us to 15 year old Diana, a young girl with her first job as a nanny and spending the summer on Cape Cod with the family she would be helping out.  It seems like the perfect summer for a young girl, away from home, meeting other teens her age and a first boyfriend named Poe.

The story soon after shifts to the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA to a woman named Daisy, wife to Hal a corporate lawyer and stay at home mother to teen Beatrice and a cooking business and volunteer work which also keeps her busy.  Daisy, however,  is clearly unsatisfied with her life and over-dependent on her husband.  When she starts receiving misdirected emails for a woman named Diana (their emails are different by one character) she's intrigued by what seems to be the glamorous life and corporate job of the mysterious Diana Starling.  Eventually an apology for the mixup leads to a meet up of the two women leading to a friendship.  The whole setup is not accidental.  What is Dianas real motive in getting close to Daisy?  

This story was not at all what I was expecting to be -  a light summer read. I actually thought the overview was a bit misleading for readers looking for something light. Readers need to know that there was a rape that took place and there is some explicit sex as well in case readers would prefer to avoid this in their fiction. That being said, this book left me disappointed. It wasn't the idyllic summer to remember story I was looking for; there was too much of the #metoo aspect to this novel. The story felt overly long and needed a bit of editing IMO. The saving grace in this one for me was daughter Beatrice who was difficult at times but, she provided a nice diversion from Diana and Daisy who were both a bit annoying in different ways.  Initially my review rating was a bit higher but, the more time passed and I thought about the story the more disappointed I was.

RATING:  2.5/5

The audiobook was a free download provided by Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for my unbiased review. I did think the audio narration that was read by Sutton Foster was good.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Dead By Dawn; Paul Doiron

 


Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read.  This week I selected a mystery that was just released last month.

                                                                Dead By Dawn; Paul Doiron
                                                                   Minotaur Books - 2021

1

The hill is steep here, and there is no guardrail above the river. I think I am being careful, keeping a light touch on the wheel, feathering the brakes. But then I come around the curve and see the spiked objects scattered across the asphalt in my headlights.  They look like barbaric versions of children's jacks. Or medieval caltrops laid on battlefields to maim horses--that these hunks of metal have been welded from box nails and placed here for the malign purpose of blowing out automobile tires.

The front wheels of the Jeep run over the first of them before I can react, and the sound is like two muskets being fired in tandem. The wolf dog in his enormous crate in the rear lets loose a strangled yelp. And now the back tires are bursting, too, and the steering wheel tugs one way, then the other, and when I pump the brake pedal nothing happens because I'm going too fast. I am over the edge before I can exhale.

What do you think, read more or pass?   This is book #12 of the mystery series featuring Mike Bowditch, a Maine Game Warden.  I've read only a few of the books in this series and enjoyed them a lot. What I liked was you really don't need to read the series in order to enjoy the stories.

Monday, July 19, 2021

110 - 2021 - Hairpin Bridge; Taylor Adams

 

TITLE/AUTHOR: Hairpin Bridge; Taylor Adams

PUBLISHER:   Harper Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Crime Thriller

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 9 hours 51 min.

SOURCE:  Library / audio download

SETTING(s):  Montana

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  A suspicious death, ruled as a suicide has her identical twin sister wanting to know more about her final day.

BRIEF REVIEW:  Cambry and Lena Nguyen were identical twin sisters. Although the sisters were estranged, when Lena learns that her 24 year old twin committed suicide, 60-miles outside of Missoula, Montana, three months earlier while driving cross country, Lena finds it hard to believe. Determined to find out more Lena travels from Seattle to Montana to ask questions. She learns that her dead sister attempted to make 16 calls to 911 and also tried to send a mysterious text about the cop who found her body below the now closed "Hairpin Bridge."  Lena believes the cop, Raymond Raycavic, is somehow involved and has something to hide as it appears he stopped Cambry on the very day she supposedly committed suicide by jumping from the bridge.  As Lena begins to ask questions while speaking to Raycevic, she finds that he initially seems willing to help yet something definitely seems off as well.  Was it suicide or was something more sinister at play here?

I read the author's previous book "No Exit" and enjoyed the fast pace and hair-raising moments, even though parts of that one were a little far-fetched, so I was pretty sure this would be a thrilling read for me.  This one definitely seemed darker, grittier and even gory in parts compared to "No Exit" but, I enjoyed the cat and mouse feel to the story.  Told from the third person POV, as well as from blog entries by Lena as well as excerpts from a book she is writing, we learn of Lena's time in Montana and also what happened on the final day of her twin sister's life.  This is one of those stories that isn't perfect but it certainly was one that is hard to put down once you begin.

RATING:  4/5

The audiobook was a free download from my library. It was read by LuluLam and Sophie Amoss who did a good job.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

109 - 2021 - Such a Quiet Place; Megan Miranda

 


TITLE/AUTHORSuch a Quiet Place; Megan Miranda

PUBLISHER:   Simon & Schuster Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Thriller

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 9 hours 33 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher / audio download

SETTING(s):  Hollows Edge (a lakeside college community)

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  A puzzling neighborhood murder and the release of the convicted individual puts a once peaceful neighborhood on edge.

BRIEF REVIEW:  Hollows Edge was once a peaceful, lakeside college community of just 10 homes, a homeowner's association with community pool. It was a place where neighbors were once civil toward others. Then Brandon and Fiona Truett were found dead and Ruby Fletcher, the 25 year old tenant of resident Harper Nash was convicted of their murders based on security clips and testimony of residents.  Now Ruby's conviction has been overturned after serving just 14 months and she's wrangled her way back into Harper's home, determined to find out who really killed the Truetts.

Naturally Harper, a quiet, non confrontational type, is not happy having Ruby in her home and, the neighbors, especially Charlotte, who heads the HOA is up in arms. She pressures Harper to get Ruby to move out but, Ruby's strength in is manipulating people and she's determined to find the killer.  Of course there are quite a few unlikeable characters and several residents who worked at the local college who knew the decreased resulting in several suspects to these crimes.

The story takes place over eleven days in the summer around the 4th of July.  It is a time when residents gathered and generally celebrated but that is not the case this year as people are pitted against each other and everyone seems to be pointing fingers. I loved the setting and although the story had a slow start, I found myself engaged and suspicious of a few characters - anxious to find out more. Ruby and Charlotte were easy to dislike and I wanted to shake Harper at times as well. I felt that the story lacked the thriller aspect I had hoped for and the twist at the end felt like a bit of a let-down to me.  Overall, it's a bit of a slow burn and it left me wanting more.

RATING:  3.5/5

Thanks go to Simon & Schuster for allowing me access to this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. The audiobook was read by Rebekkah Ross who did an okay job.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Week in Review and a few new book additions

 



I've been pretty inconsistent with these weekly posts but had a little more free time today so I thought I'd write up a post. It's been another hot and humid week with lots of brief thunderstorms and more rain. We've had 6-8" over the last 2 weeks and are very grateful for our dry basement.  The ground is saturated and like a sponge when you step on it.  I feel terrible for people who booked beach cottages in New England this week and paid 3x what they went for pre-COVID. It certainly hasn't been relaxing on the beach weather.

Monday I saw an orthopedic doctor for knee pain (right knee had been pretty good for over a year after last year's cortisone shot) but, this year it was the other knee. X-rays show pretty much bone on bone on right knee and just slightly better on the left knee that's been swelling and painful lately. I got another injection and leg strengthening exercises to do daily.  He said I'm not ready for surgery but at some point it might be necessary.

Do you have painful arthritis? My friend's brother who is a retired cardiologist recommends this recipe for arthritis pain relief.  She tried it and said she felt a little weird in the morning but was pain free after the first week????  I'm planning on buying the gin and the golden raisins today. 

Article and origins of the remedy



Gin-Soaked Raisins

Follow these steps:

  1. Place a box of golden raisins into a shallow container.
  2. Cover the raisins with gin.
  3. Let the raisins soak in the gin for a few weeks until the gin evaporates. The raisins will not dry out but will stay moist just like normal raisins.
  4. Eat nine of these "drunken raisins" a day to help your arthritis.

Happy stuff - a few weeks ago we celebrated my youngest granddaughter's 7th birthday. It was fun to all get together but since the weather didn't cooperated it was an indoors event. Where did all those years go?

a post birthday Build a Bear Unicorn visit

                                                               My other granddaughters
                                                                (sisters are now 7 and 9)

This week we checked out a gorgeous new public new 7 million dollar library in a tiny town of 5,000 people about 25 miles from here (their other library building was tiny and over 100 years old. ) This modern library is so gorgeous with so much technology perks, many separate meeting rooms, private glassed in rooms for teens, children and even a glassed in play room for younger kiddos.  Spent some time making a 100-piece puzzle then only to learn about 6 pieces were missing - why donate a puzzle with missing pieces?  Fortunately they removed it from collection to avoid future disappointment for someone. We had to whole library to ourselves for browsing except for one other mom and a small child.  Since we can borrow books from any library in the system, I came home with these books:

                                                             Unsettled Ground; Claire Fuller


                                                       Who is Maud Dixson? Alexandra Andrews

Have you read any of these?  I started The Guncle, Steven Rowley and it's been a very sweet story thus far.

This week I finished (3) books but have only reviewed one so far.

DNF


Currently Reading/Listing

New eGalley Acquisitions

                                                                 Stolen Hours; Allen Eskens

                                                                 (Mulholland Books - 9/2021)

                                                               Trust; Domenico Starnone
                                                                Europa - October - 2021

                                                  Velvet Was the Night; Silvia Moreno-Garcia

                                                                  Del Rey - August 2021

That's it for this week - hope it was a good one for all of you.

                                                                         a little cat humor

Friday, July 16, 2021

108 - 2021 - Malibu Rising; Taylor Jenkins Reid

 


TITLE/AUTHORMalibu Rising; Taylor Jenkins Reid

PUBLISHER:   Random House Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Family Saga

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 11 hours 5 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher / audio download

SETTING(s):  Malibu, CA

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  An epic party to celebrate the end of summer changes the lives of many.

BRIEF REVIEW:  Malibu Rising tells the story of the four Riva siblings: Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit and their parents June and Mick.  Mick was a famous singer who fell in love with June, the daughter of The Costas who owned fish & chips joint in town in 1956.  Through flashbacks we learn much about their rocky relationship and life together how it affected the lives of their four children through the lead up of the big end-of-summer bash on August 27, 1983, that gets out of control and ends in disaster.

A love a good family saga and think this one has that feel. This is definitely a character driven story and the author does a great job letting the reader get to know each of the Riva siblings and to and lesser degree, parents June and Mick. I loved the strong sibling ties. By far, Nina was my favorite character, a gorgeous model, fabulous surfer but someone who with a sense of responsibility to others and someone who  put the needs of others above her own. I liked June and Riva's story and that invincible feeling when young and in love that sometimes makes one overlook the obvious. I liked the Malibu beach scene and the 1980s vibes: the sun, the surf, the music and the fancy free lifestyle. My least favorite aspects of this story was the details of the rich and entitled party attendees who seemed to do everything in excess. There was plenty of booze, drugs and sex in this novel as well. Overall I liked this story even though some parts were overdone.

This is my second novel by this author, Daisy Jones and the Six was my first and one I enjoyed.  I gather that Mick Riva was one of the husbands in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but I haven't read that one yet.

RATING:  4/5

Thanks go to Random House Audio for allowing me access to this book in exchange for my unbiased review. The audiobook was read by Julia Whelan who did a great job.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Scenic Route; Binnie Kirshenbaum


Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read.  This week I selected another book from my Summer Reading ListThis book has sat on my shelf unread since 2009 when I just had to buy it. I still think it sounds pretty good.  

                                                      The Scenic Route; Binnie Kirshenbaum
                                                                Harper Perennial - 2009

1

Here is the story of Henry and me. I wish it had a different end.  It had a good beginning.

That's what I would say.  If Ruby would hear me out, I would say, "This is the story of Henry and me," and no matter that it's of the recent past, past is past, and to tell Ruby this story now would be to call one memory, to travel back, and, as it was, to be with Henry was never quite of our time but of another time better than all that.  A time before my time.  Like how it was in New York during the last days of the Automats, when there was still the Biltmore Hotel and that pink place for ice cream, the name of which escapes me, and Henry, he was not quite of our time either.  "I wish it had a different end," I would say to Ruby. "It had a good beginning."

What do you think read more of pass?

(Amazon Description)

Divorced, alone, and unexpectedly unemployed, Sylvia Landsman flees to Italy, where she meets Henry, a wistful, married, middle-aged expatriate. Taking off on a grand tour of Europe bankrolled with his wife's money, Henry and Sylvia follow a circuitous route around the continent—as Sylvia entertains Henry with stories of her peculiar family and her damaged friends, of dead ducks and Alma Mahler. Her narrative is a tapestry of remembrances and regrets...and her secret shame: a small, cowardly sin of omission. Yet when the opportunity arises for Sylvia and Henry to do something small but brave, the refrain "if only" returns to haunt her, leaving Sylvia with one more story of love lived and lost.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

107 - 2021 - Swimming Back to Trout River; Linda Rui Feng

 


TITLE/AUTHOR: Swimming Back to Trout River; Linda Rui Feng

PUBLISHER:   Simon & Schuster Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Family Saga / Asian Americans

FORMAT: 272 pages - audio download LENGTH: 8 hours 15 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher / audio download

SETTING(s):  China and a fictional US college town called Chimney Bluffs

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  A beautiful story of family that takes place around China's Cultural Revolution.

BRIEF REVIEW:  1986 - Ten year old Junie who was born without lower legs has been living with her loving grandparents near Trout River since the age of five. Her father Momo was an engineering student in Beijing but, in 1981 left for grad school in the US. Cassia stayed behind but,  she left for the US two years later.  Now in 1986 after Junie hasn't seen her parents in five years she receives a letter from her father telling her that he plans to come for her by the time she turns twelve.  Junie is determined to stay right where she is with her grandfather, her biggest advocate. He has even built her a prosthetic leg which has helped her to thrive.  One thing that Junie was not aware of was that her parents led separate lives in the US and each parent has failed to communicate separate pasts and tragedies which led to their estrangement. Momo is determined to reunite with Cassia so that their family can be together again.

I loved reading a little of China's history from 1960 through the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao. I loved that classical music and the violin played a role in the story and also reading about how superstitious the Chinese people in this story were.  Most of all, I loved Junie's special relationship with her grandfather even though Junie's story is not as in depth as the stories of Momo, Cassia and Dawn, a musician Momo had been involved with. The story was quite poignant at times and, I was not prepared for the way this story ended but, I found it satisfying and thought provoking.  If you are looking for something a little different: culture, immigration, the arts and love, I highly recommend this debut novel.  I'll definitely be looking for future books by the talented new author.

RATING:  4.5/5

This was a combo read/listen for me. Thanks go to Simon & Schuster for allowing me access to these books: eGalley (Edelweiss) and Simon & Schuster (audio) in exchange for my unbiased review. The audiobook was read by Nancy Wu who did a great job.

Friday, July 9, 2021

106 - 2021 - The Therapist; BA Paris

 

TITLE/AUTHORThe Therapist; B.A. Paris

PUBLISHER:   Macmillan Audio

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021

GENRE: Fiction / Thriller

FORMAT:  audio download LENGTH: 10 hours 2 min.

SOURCE:  Publisher / Net Galley download

SETTING(s):  A gated community near London

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  Another psychological thriller that could have been better .

BRIEF REVIEW:  Alice Dawson is a freelance translator who recently moved from her quaint cottage to a gated community and home purchased by her boyfriend Leo Curtis.  The couple had a distance, weekend relationship so this home was to enable them to spend more time together.  Little does Alice know, until a private investigator appears at their door, the previous occupant Nina Maxwell, a "therapist" was murdered there. Her husband who was suspected of the murder later committed suicide.  Leo, on the other hand, knew about the houses history but kept it from Alice.  Once she finds out she doesn't want to live there yet, she can't resist finding out more about the decreased woman Nina (same first name as Alice's dead sister.)  Leo does not want Alice getting too friendly with "The Circle" neighbors but, Alice is determined to find out more about the former occupants. He obsessiveness soon takes over her daily life and everyone including Leo seems to be a possible suspect of the murder.

Alice seemed like an easy person manipulate and quite foolish as well. I thought it seemed far-fetched that she'd get so obsessed about the previous residents of the house instead of just leaving Leo for covering up the murder and buying the place in the first place.  The first 50-60% of this book moved very slowly and because Alice comes across as so dense, I found her annoying at times. Still I was very curious to see where the story was headed and how it would end. The story finally did pick up speed and gave me that unsettling feeling that I enjoy about psych thrillers.  Don't read it before bed as at times it appears someone is hiding out in the home! Not bad overall if you don't mind the slow first half.

The audio book was read by Olivia Dowd and Thomas Judd - both did a good job.

RATING:  3.5/5

Thanks go to NetGalley, St Martins and Macmillan Audio for allowing me access to this audiobook as well as eGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Audio Book Listening Frustrations - Can Anyone Help?

 


Yesterday was one of those "why did I get out of bed" days. Lots of things went wrong and minor annoyances turned into major frustrations so much so that I went to bed at 8:30p.m. to peacefully listen to my audiobook but, the frustrations continued.

As many of you know I LOVE audiobooks and have been listening to them on my iPhone using several different APPS:  Overdrive, Libby, Audible, Volumes, Google Play and recently Glose as well.  Starting yesterday some audiobooks would stop after a few seconds once my screen went dark and now it is happening  on all of the audiobook APPS.  

I've "Googled" the issue and it seems that others have experienced this as well but, I still have not been able to correct my problem.  Right now I am in the middle of (2) different audios on (2) different apps and I want to throw my iPhone 12 out the window.   

Has anyone had this issue ?  anyone help?