No One Knows Us Here-Rebecca Kelley

As a single woman in her 20s , Rosemary was not prepared for her teenage sister Wendy to show up at her door looking for a place to live. Rosemary feels stuck, she feels like she’s barely making it on her own, let alone trying to raise someone. So when billionaire CEO Leo Glass propositions her to be his contracted girlfriend, she feels like this is the only option to provide a safe place for Wendy. But Leo becomes increasingly controlling and Rosemary doesn’t know if she can continue when she discovers his resources are endless and getting out of her contract will be unexpectedly dangerous.

No One Knows Us Here is 324 pages long and took me one day to read.

I enjoyed this book so much and I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! It’s suspenseful and I literally couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend if you enjoy domestic thrillers!

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, for sending me this copy!!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Nine Liars- Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell is at it again! When Stevie finagles her way into a London school trip to see her boyfriend David, she is asked by David’s friend to look into an unsolved mystery at a manor called Merryweather on a stormy night in 1995. The closer Stevie embeds herself into the case the more dangerous it becomes for herself and her friends. But Stevie isn’t known for her subtly and will do whatever she needs to to solve the murders that took place in the woodshed at Merryweather and close the cold case!

Nine Liars is 446 pages long and took me three days to read.

This was one of my favorite books I read in 2022 and am giving it a 4.5 out of 5! I love Stevie and her friends and am so invested in their well-being. I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series because they are the perfect stories to scratch the mystery genre itch!

Thank you, MB Communications, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

My Favorite Reads of 2022

I’ve read 76 books this year but these 11 made it to the top of my list of most favorite reads of 2022!

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid needs no introduction and there is a good reason why. This book had me in tears and left me an emotional wreck. I loved every single minute of it!

“Beyond The Wand” by Tom Felton had my 13 year old self swooning! Tom does an amazing job of capturing the magic from the Harry Potter films and gives us a sneak peek into his rather unusual childhood.

“Nettle & Bone” by T. Kingfisher was the fairytale I didn’t know I needed. Who doesn’t love a princess who is perfectly capable of rescuing herself and may or may not kill the prince in the process.

“Nine Liars” by Maureen Johnson is the fifth book in the Truly Devious series and I can’t get enough of the main character Stevie Bell, the mystery solving high school senior. She is truly a badass and I love her so much.

“League of Liars” by Astrid Scholte caught me off guard in the best way. Bursting with magic, moody scenery and a prison escape plan, I’m counting down the days to the follow up!

“Everybody Knows” by Jordan Harper had a lot to live up to after his book “She Rides Shotgun”. It remains one of my go to recommendations and I’m so excited to add this thriller to my list of recs! With high stakes L.A. fixers, this is a must read for those of us that are drawn to the dark side of showbiz.

“Into The Mist” by P.C. Cast was one of my most anticipated books simply for the incredible cover and I’m happy to report that the cover matches how great this story is. I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy!!!!

“Last Seen Alive” by Joanna Schaffhausen is the fifth book in the Ellery Hathaway series and she faces off with none other than Francis Coben, the man who abducted and tortured her at a young age. If you’ve been reading the series then you know it’s the battle we’ve been waiting for and Joanna delivers!

“The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James is so atmospheric, creepy and timely. Must read for true crime podcast listeners!

“The Old Woman with the Knife” by Gu Byeong-mo will forever stay with me. Hornclaw is an elderly assassin and although the book is short, it leaves a lasting impression.

“Our Crooked Hearts” by Melissa Albert is the perfect book for spooky season or if you’re in the mood for some witchy fun. One that will absolutely have you looking over your shoulder in the best way!

As 2022 comes to an end, I am once again grateful for this amazing lifestyle and love of books we share! Happy New Year and here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Den- Cara Reinard

The four Fox siblings are, at best, confrontational when together. Add in murder and you’ve got quite the group! At their mother’s birthday party, their father appears to have a heart attack which brings their family to a boiling point. One by one it seems as though the Fox family members are being picked off. Can they trust one another to sort out what is happening? Or will they burn their lives down fighting the whole way?

The Den is 320 pages long and took me two days to read.

I’m giving this book a 4 out of 5! It is so suspenseful and I really had fun trying to solve the mystery. The longer it sits with me the more I enjoy it. Highly recommend for those mystery/thriller lovers in your life!

Thank you, Thomas & Mercer, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Small Game-Blair Braverman

Mara decides to use her survival skills on the newest TV show to win $100,000 should she survive 6 weeks with four other contestants. But something unexpected happens that throws their survival up in the air. Mara is confident in her abilities but can she trust the people around her to have her back?

Small Game is 288 pages long and took me two days to read.

This book felt a little too real. I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5 purely for the fact that it made me really sad and was hard for me to read emotionally. You become invested in the characters in a short amount of time and feel hurt when they hurt. It is well written and is probably a higher score but I was genuinely not in the right headspace to take this on when I read it.

Thank you so much, Ecco, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Atlas Paradox-Olivie Blake

The second book in the Atlas Series, this book leaves off where the first ended. Libby is gone and it appears to Nico that he is the only one of the five other Alexander Society recruits that is interested in finding out what happened. While they are all feeling the loss of Libby, the other four are handling this hole in the group in their own way. As their final year approaches, they are trying to figure out their contribution to the society. Little do they know that Libby is very much alive. She just happens to have been dragged back to 1989 by her ex-boyfriend Ezra. Will she be able to find her way back to her time and if she can, what does that mean for the magical world at large?

The Atlas Paradox is 399 pages long and took me four days to read.

This series!!!!!!!!!! I need the next book asap because I need to know what happens! I’m giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 because it very much feels like the middle book. I certainly enjoyed it but it felt like it was connecting the first book which was so descriptive and heavy in the content to the third book. It’s a must read to stay in the loop of the series so don’t miss out!

Thank you, Tor, for sending me this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Hollow Kind-Andy Davidson

After receiving her grandfather’s farm and land, Nellie takes her son to the live on the thousand acre estate where she spent one summer growing up. The ghosts of Nellie’s past are not the only thing haunting Nellie as she discovers there is something sinister amongst the trees. She’ll stop at nothing to protect her son and discovers the secrets her grandfather hid away trying to protect his descendants.

The Hollow Kind is 431 pages long and took me three days to read.

This book is sooooo good and spooky! I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5! It will absolutely stay with me and I don’t know if I can look at nature the same.

Thank you, MCD/FSG, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Sinister Graves-Marcie Rendon

Cash Blackbear has a gift of what one can only describe as supernatural sight. As a single woman in the 1970s rural Minnesota, she uses her sight to help her adoptive father with his police work. When two bodies of native women appear, she knows in her bones that they are connected. As she herself fits the description of the victims, she takes it upon herself to go undercover and find out who took the lives of these women who were turning their lives around.

Sinister Graves is 225 pages long and took me two days to read.

This is the first Cash Blackbear book I’ve read and I enjoyed it so much! I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! It’s very compelling and although it’s a shorter book you get the feeling of this flawed but deep character.

Thank you, Soho Crime, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey