ARC Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Release Date/Publisher: February 21st 2017 by Berkley Books
Finished: November 25th 2016
Pages: 384-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

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Mini-Reviews: The Masked Truth + The Girl from Everywhere

the masked truthThe Masked Truth

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher/Release Date: October 13th 2015 by Doubleday Canada
Pages: 340-Hardcover-given as a gift
Finished: February 23rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Parts of the book, especially when they were hiding, felt a little slow. I wanted more suspense. The last third of the book was super good though! A lot of stuff happened that I wouldn’t have suspected or even figured out on my own.
  • Really liked the characters. Riley was dealing with PTSD and survivors guilt, but she still managed to do so much during the book, even if she didn’t feel that way. I liked that she had knowledge thanks to her father being a cop.
  • Max had his own POV. It was done differently than Riley and I liked that it seemed to match him really well. The dictionary descriptions went well for each one, but I also liked that it helped you understand how he was thinking a bit more.

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the girl from everywhereThe Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher/Release Date: February 16th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 464-ebook ARC-given for review
Finished: February 6th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:2.5/5

Review:

  • It was interesting but I thought the story would be different based on the description. I can’t pinpoint what exactly I was expecting, but it was missing something.
  • Nix’s father had a lot of problems in this book and I had a hard time liking him, I still didn’t near the end, but if he would have communicated with his daughter more a lot of things could have gone smoother.
  • The traveling aspect was the most interesting, but some of the rules about the maps really sucked for the characters. I wanted to more about the traveling and how it worked. We do learn some crucial things but I wanted more.
  • Overall it was an ok book but not one that I loved.

Review: City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan Novels #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: January 2nd 2016 by Random House Canada
Finished: January 4th 2016
Pages: 480-Hardcover-Given from publisher
Series:
1. City of the Lost
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend’s ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she’s heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he’s more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.

What I Thought:

I was given a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date/Publisher: October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: June 2nd 2015
Pages: 384-eBook ARC-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

What I Thought:

I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

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Title: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Release Date/Publisher: July 21st 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Finished: April 7th 2015
Pages: 336-ARC Paperback-given

Synopsis from Goodreads:

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

What I Thought:

I received a copy of this to review through my local book club from the publisher.

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