Sunday, October 25, 2020

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
P.S. I Love You #1


Title: P.S. I Love You
Series: P.S. I Love You #1
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: January 5, 2005




A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.
Now in paperback, the endearing novel that captured readers' hearts and introduced a fresh new voice in women's fiction Cecelia Ahern.

Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!









What a terrible thing to lose your soulmate!

Holly has found love with her best friend. A person she can share everything with. A person she can laugh with. A person that understands her and makes her happy. Gerry was this for Holly.

A decade after their marriage, Gerry develops a headache. He goes to the doctor and the news is devastating. He has brain cancer and his prognostic is terminal. 

At the beginning of P.S. I Love You, Gerry is already dead. It has been two months since he passed away. Holly is immersed in a grief so profound that nothing can make her leave her house. Her family tries, her friends Sharon and Denise try. All is in vain.

Then her mother tells her she has found a letter addressed to Holly with the name List on it. Holly can't believe it. During her marriage and before they knew Gerry was sick, they had a running joke about a list. The list entails things Holly should abstain from doing, like wearing a white dress to a gala or things she should do in case Gerry dies and he is not around to help her. 

Now, months after his death, the List has become real. He has left a letter for Holly and a note for each month left of the year. Every time, Holly opens a note, she can feel Gerry around her which brings her some happiness.

Holly will embark on a ride of self-discovery and much-needed healing. Simple and some difficult things are all part of Gerry's big plan to make Holly live again. 

Losing a loved one is NEVER easy. Grief manifests in different ways. It can eat us alive. It can improve over time or become unresolved. It can destroy us. Destroy our happiness. Destroy the will to continue living. Thankfully, Holly had Gerry (from the grave) to help her out. She also had great friends and family who had her back.

I enjoyed P. S. I Love You but I'm going to say something that I never say. I like the movie more. I liked the movie so much that when I went to Ireland, I went to all the special places Holly went with Gerry. 

One guess as to what I did after finishing the book? 

Yep, watch the movie (again) with hubby this time.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

 


Title: Goodnight Beautiful
Author: Aimee Molloy 
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: October 13th, 2020





Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York and start a life together in Sam's sleepy hometown in upstate New York. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele.

Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, every word of his sessions can be heard from the room upstairs. The pharmacist's wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed. Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam decides to go to work and not come home, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie's happily ever after.










Goodnight Beautiful brought a few twists with it. Two of them took me completely by surprise. I had a couple of What-The-Heck-Just-Happened moments.

I was glued to the pages. I couldn't turn them fast enough. I was thinking did I miss something? Do I need to read the last couple of pages again? And guess what? I did. I went back and made sure that what I read was right. 

A psychologist, Sam Statler, and his beautiful new wife, Annie Potter, have left New York City and are relocating to his hometown to take care of his mother who suffers from dementia. Annie soon learns that her husband had a reputation when he was in high-school. His nickname was Stats which gives you an idea of the type of guy he was. 

Shortly thereafter, Sam sets up a new practice on the lower floor of the house not knowing that all his confidential conversations with his patients are being overheard through a vent. Then, during a storm, Sam disappears. No one knows what happened to him. Not Annie, not the neighbor, and certainly not the police.

Good golly Miss Molloy, you did well! I was entertained by this unreliable narrator with a twist. 

Was it perfect? Close. Almost. 

Two things that made me not give it a five-star rating. First, the portrayal of the detectives. They dismissed Sam's disappearance way too easily. No real police work was involved. Second, the ending. It was too predictable and cookie-cutter for me. 

And now to check my amazon rating....... 😊

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson


Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson 
Publisher:  William Morrow
Release Date:  February 3, 2015





From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014”—a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train.

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.











I have to be honest here, when I invest in a fictional psychopath killer, I’m rooting for her or him (think Joe, think Dexter). I want them to succeed. 

I became very invested with the one in The Kind Worth Killing.

Ted Severson is a millionaire guy who recently learned his beautiful wife, Miranda is cheating with his new home building contractor. He's at the airport awaiting his flight from London to Boston and feeling angry, hurt,  and drowning his sorrows in his martini when he meets Lily Kintner. 

After a few drinks and a delay in their flight, he reveals to Lily that his wife is cheating and he wishes she was dead. Lily says that it could be arranged if he really wanted it. He only needs to plan it well and she can help him. She doesn’t see anything wrong with helping him murder his wife. After all, she deserves it for being a horrible person.

Don't you think Lily was super nice in offering to help Ted? Oh, Lily, you were brilliant! You didn't even bat an eyelash. 

After learning more about Miranda, the more I had to agree with Lily, Miranda deserved to be whacked.

Of course, the more I read the Lily parts, in retrospect, it makes sense that she can do something like this. Lily has secrets. Big ones.

The Kind Worth Killing had a great twist but one that left me heartbroken. I also didn't particularly enjoy the ending. I know, some might think it was overdue but not this reader. My hope was crushed.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

 


Title: The Night Swim
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Release Date:  August 4, 2020





After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?











Rachel is a true-crime podcast reporter. The first two seasons of her show, Guilty or Not Guilty, have been a huge success. As part of her third season, she has decided to cover a current rape trial.

A young man, Scott is allegedly accused of raping and assaulting a teenager. If found guilty, he can face up to a decade in prison. 

While driving towards the town's trial in Neapolis, Rachel makes a quick stop to get something to eat. When she gets back in her car, she realizes someone has left her a letter on her windshield wiper and it's addressed to her and signed by "Hannah". This bothers her because no one should know the way she looks and she wasn't planning on stopping. Is someone following her?

Going back to the letter, Hannah Stills explains that she needs Rachel's help. Hannah believes her sister, Jenny was murdered over two decades ago and she begs Rachel to look into it. 

Rachel’s curiosity is peaked and with the tidbits of memories she gets from Hannah’s other letters and following her own instincts, she begins to unravel the thread of deceit left untouched for twenty-five years. 

The Night Swim was a well-written novel with excellent characters! I felt horrible for Jenny and what she had to endure. What a terribly short life! Same with Kelley. Her future turned grim in the blink of an eye. Her spirit was forever broken.

I did love inquisitive Rachel. If she was real I would be a true fan of her podcast series. She knew how to keep her audience interested. I want a season 4 of her show. 

Can we get one?

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Return by Nicholas Sparks


Title: The Return
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 29, 2020




In the romantic tradition of Dear John and The Lucky One, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor -- and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, NC. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives while gearing up for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . and yet, from their very first encounter, his connection with Natalie Masterson can't be ignored. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road from his grandfather's cabin. Claiming to be 19, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. When he discovers she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues -- until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have anticipated.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.










The book centers around Trevor Benson, a Navy doctor. 

During a tour in Afghanistan, Trevor suffered multiple injuries, including losing a few fingers terminating his career as an orthopedic surgeon. He is suffering from PTSD but he's in therapy to help him deal with it. 

Trevor recently lost his grandfather whom he loved and while waiting to begin his second residency as a psychiatrist, he moves back to his grandfather's town in North Carolina. Here he meets two women. 

One is a young girl by the name of Callie. No one really knows much about her except that she works at a local store and lives in a trailer park close to Trevor grandparent's property. Yet, Trevor believes she knew her grandfather and he cared for her. 

The other woman is Natalie Masterson. She is a local sheriff and someone Trevor starts developing feelings for. 

I wish I could say that I loved this romance but I just can't. The insta-love killed it for me. They met a couple of times and Trevor was in love with Natalie already. 

Now, the mystery surrounding who Callie  is and why it was important to find out was much more interesting to me. 

I loved learning about beehives. Keeping bees alive is primal to our survival. So I was very interested in them.

I also thought the PTSD angle was important since so many live with it and The Return gives you some idea on how those affected by it can be treated.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Pub in exchange for an honest review.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Villains #1


Title: Vicious
Series: Villains #1
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: September 24, 2013




A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism and a time when allegiances are called into question.










The question is: In a world of EO's (Extra Ordinaries), Is the person trying to eradicate them the HERO and the person seeking revenge the EVIL one?

Who's right? 

I’m inclined to believe that the one collecting strays is the least wicked one.

So how are EO's made?

This is what Eli and Victor are trying to find out.

Eliot Cardale (later on Eli Ever) and Victor Vale are college roommates and although they look like friends, jealousy, selfishness, and ambition separates them. This only gets worse once becoming an EO is on the plate. A race to be one and to outsmart the other one commences. Then a death and a betrayal will lead to ten years in prison with revenge as the only fuel through time. 

Well, I like Victor Hale. There I said it. Does he make terrible mistakes? Yes. Yet, he has Mitch, Sydney and Dol on his side. That has to count for something. 

Eli was never the one I was rooting for. His self-righteousness and arrogance was a turn-off. 

Serena was scary. Her power was a dangerous one. So was Sidney's for that matter.

Mitch was great. He cared for Victor and Sidney. A good guy with very bad luck.

Onto the next one soon.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

Monday, October 12, 2020

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren


Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: October 6, 2020




One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays. 










Let's start by saying that one of my favorite movies is Groundhog day. (Bill Murray dying many times until becoming a selfless version of himself is too much fun to forget). It's a movie I can rewatch over and over and still enjoy.  I didn’t read the blurb so I didn’t know that In A Holidaze was loosely based on it.

So what happens when you have been in love with Andrew since the age of thirteen but make a mistake and kiss his brother, Theo on December 25th instead?  Naturally, you wish for a chance to find some happiness and erase the last few days, right? Wishful thinking...maybe for us plain humans but for Maelyn Jones this exactly what happens. She revisits the beginning of her Christmas holiday to find out what makes her happy. A Christmas full of family and friends. Maelyn's parents and her college friends have been meeting for Christmas since she can remember. It's a tradition that everyone makes time for.

Maelyn has been in love with Andrew since she was thirteen but she has never told him how she feels. Everyone has assumed Maelyn and Theo who are both twenty-six will be an item someday. Regardless of what they want, this time she is going to go for it. What does she have to lose since she probably will end up redoing the day anyway?

This was a fun, heartwarming story. I love the traditions they had of meeting at the cabin playing games throughout the days. It was quite endearing. Even Maelyn's parents who were now divorced, still continue with the tradition. 

I didn't like Theo on the first version and thought Andrew took things too lightly. I love Benny in all the versions and the pet names with Mae were all too cute. 

Kisses, debating about white chocolate vs real chocolate (of course dark chocolate. I'm a chocolate purist), a torn sweater, snowball fights are all reasons why I liked this book, and why Christina Lauren's duo is a success for me.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Gallery Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli

Title: Unfaithful
Author: Natalie Barelli
Publisher: Bookouture
Release Date: November 27, 2020




“Thank you,” I say sweetly when she tells me I’m lucky to have such a beautiful family. But I want to tell her it’s not just luck. A family is like a fortress you have to defend all the time. You can’t relax because there’s always someone looking for a breach, always someone trying to get in. Someone just like her…

When I arrive unannounced at my husband’s studio in need of a shoulder to cry on after hearing that my best student, Alex, has died, I see a pair of wineglasses drying by the sink and my deepest fear is confirmed: my husband is having an affair.

Most women would fall to their knees in tears and throw him out of the house—but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Instead, I go home and cook a healthy dinner for our children, walk the dog and unload the dishwasher without complaint. I will make him see that I’m still the woman he married; attractive, successful, the glue that holds our perfect family together. I need this marriage to work to protect a terrible secret of my own, something that would destroy everything I’ve already sacrificed so much for.

But when the police arrive at my door asking questions about Alex’s death that I can’t answer, and threatening text messages start appearing on my phone, I know that someone close has been watching me very carefully.

The truth is, there are three people in my marriage, but only one of them is deadly… 










Wow just wow!! Nail-bitting and suspenseful in the best way possible!

What a ride!  Thank you so much Natalie Barelli for writing this dark thriller. 

I devoured this book in one sitting. From the first page, I knew it was going to be good. Then I started getting worried about how the author was going to end the tale. I was thinking there was no way I was going to be surprised by it. 

BUT. I. WAS. 

I could feel my adrenaline surging through my veins the closer I got to the end. I was having palpitations with every twist and new discovery. Where is a beta blocker when you need one? 

Sorry, I seem to be digressing. 

Unfaithful....The name of the book fits perfectly. There is a marriage. There is a betrayal but there is so much more happening around the life of Anna Sanchez. 

Let’s meet her. 

Anna Sanchez is a married woman. She has two kids she adores and a husband she is obsessed with. She's also a math professor and is helping Alex with his thesis. A thesis that can change her life and his. Then Alex dies and she also finds out her husband is cheating. 

Does she give up or fight for her family?

Read it now to find out.

Cliffhanger: No

4.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Publisher: Celadon Books
Release Date: February 5th 2019 





Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....










I know a good twist when I see one, and this one was outstanding!

Alicia Berenson is accused of shooting her husband Gabriel and killing him. No one knows why she does this or why she becomes mute after it. Was she unstable before she shot him? Or did someone else do the deed and she became so traumatized by the experience that she was not able to speak again?

This is exactly what psychotherapist Theo Faber wants to know. He has waited six years for the opportunity to work with Alicia. He applies for a job at the Grove, the place were Alicia is a patient and thankfully, he gets it. He begins right away trying to get Alicia to open up to him. Theo hopes he can help her although everyone thinks it's a waste of time. Many have tried and they have all have failed. 

Can Theo be the one to break the cycle?

The Silent Patient was everything I thought it was going to be for me. A page-turner, good writing, interesting characters, and an end with a good twist. 

Did I see it coming? My answer is a resounding yes. Yet, in a way, it took me completely by surprise. Hard to explain without spoilers. 

I do hope to see this one on the big screen. It would be fun to watch Alicia and Theo's battle of wits.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Happily This Christmas: A Novel by Susan Mallery
Happily Inc #6



Title: Happily This Christma
Series: Happily Inc #6
Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: September 29, 2020





Susan Mallery, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances, proves there’s no place like Happily Inc for the holidays…

There’s no place like Happily Inc for the holidays…

Wynn Beauchene has a thriving business, a great kid and a mildly embarrassing crush on the guy next door—local cop Garrick McCabe. She’s a strong, independent woman who can’t help dreaming what-if about a man she barely knows. Until he needs her help…

Garrick’s pregnant daughter will be home for Christmas, and his house needs a woman’s touch. Garrick and his little girl were tight once and he’s hoping a small-town Christmas will bring her back to him. But thawing his daughter’s frosty attitude will take more than a few twinkle lights. Maybe sharing the holiday with Wynn and her son will remind her of the joy of family.

As the season works its magic on these wounded souls, Wynn realizes it’s time to stop punishing herself for a painful secret, while Garrick remains haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. Will he allow Wynn to open the only gift she truly wants—his heart?










Happily This Christmas is the sixth book in the Happily Inc series. However, this is the first book in this series that I have read. I believe you can still enjoy it despite not recognizing the other characters.

Wynn Beauchene is a single mother. Her son is fourteen. Lately, she has been thinking that it might be a good time to start dating again. The last time she dated was before she conceived her son. Her sexy cop neighbor fits the bill and she might need to finally make a move to get his attention. Just as she is thinking of this, her doorbell rings and Mr. Cop is at her front door. 

GarrickMcCabe is in need of help, his very pregnant estranged daughter is coming to stay with him and he wants to make his house homier. Enlisting the help of Wynn is a no-brainer. More so, once he starts getting to know her, he begins thinking that they could make a good couple. Her humor, her relationship with her son, her dedication to her work are all things he admires in her. It doesn't hurt that he also likes the way she looks.

Can Garrick patch the problems with his daughter? Do Garrick and Wynn want to take the next step to become more? Well, maybe the Christmas spirit can help this couple.


This is a perfect romance to read during the Christmas season!

Susan Mallery's novels are always charming and sweet. They are set in small towns. Every time I read one of her books, I think how lovely it would be to live in a small town where everyone knows each other and people are helpful to their neighbors. Of course, who knows if this type of town actually does exist. I hope it does.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by HQN via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.