4 star reviews, thriller

Lies by T.M. Logan

4/5 stars

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My Review:

Riveting, enthralling, captivating, fast moving thriller

I liked Joe Lynch, he was a nice guy, if a little meek and mild, but he is a good dad and and a nice guy.

The whole story was crazy and kept me up late and had me thinking about the book during the day, anxious to get back to it and find out what happened.

Joe thinks his wife is at work, but he and his young son spot her car in traffic, then see her turn into a hotel parking lot.  They follow and Joe gets into an altercation with their family friend, Ben just as his son has an asthma attack.  When Joe returns to see if Ben is ok, Ben is gone.

Ben’s wife reports Ben missing.  But Ben starts sending Joe shocking messages that he is going to take everything from Joe.  But, since Ben is missing, Joe becomes the suspect behind Ben’s disappearance because of the altercation at the hotel.

My heart went out to Ben and I was rooting for him the whole time, but could not predict what would happen in this book.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers.

I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for my review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

From the Publisher:

When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.

And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .


4 star reviews, Book reviews, Cookbooks, outdoors

The Campout Cookbook by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson

4/5 stars


I live close to the beach and one of my families’ favorite things to do is go to the beach late in the day, make a fire and have dinner and stay until late in the evening.  We normally roast hot dogs over the fire (veggie hot dogs for my younger daughter and I), eat chips and make s’mores later.  When I saw this book, I was excited to get some other recipes and not just rely on hot dogs every time we do this.  Because, you know, hot dogs…

I appreciate the forager’s guide to pernicious plants, even though I would be using this book more on the beach than in the woods, I still thought it was a really cool addition to the book.

I wish there were more recipes that you did not have to prepare at home, but there were several fish recipes that could be prepared completely on site around the fire and since we would be at the beach and I do eat fish, I was pretty stoked for those!

I thought the campfire cookery toolkit was a GREAT idea and my husband was so excited by it that he has already started putting one together.

Excellent takes on the traditional s’mores recipes that we are excited to try!  Also, a recipe for homemade marshmallows — if you have never made marshmallows, they are freaking killer and well worth the effort to make them!

My husband appreciated the thermos cocktail recipes.

I thought the drawings were really cute and overall this was an interesting book.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Artisan books for my copy in exchange for my honest review.



4 star reviews, Book reviews, contemporary fiction, race relations

Odd Child Out

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A look at race relations from across the pond.  I found it interesting that the UK is having the same issues as America, although I guess I should not be, these are the situations facing the world.  I think this is an important book for anyone to read and confront their own ideas about refugees, society, class and where we all fit in.

Noah and Abdi are best friends attending a private school.  Noah is from a well-off family.  Abdi is a scholarship student whose parents are Somali immigrants.  When Noah is found floating in a canal in an industrial part of the city and Abdi goes missing people jump to conclusions.

I loved this book and I give it 4/5 stars.  My favorite character was Abdi’s mother because I feel that I learned the most from her, from her experience and her strength.  I work with the general public as a librarian, I see many people every day, some immigrants, some possibly refugees.  I don’t have a chance to get to know them when they are asking for information or help finding something or about ESL classes, but would I if I had the chance.  I would like to think that I would.