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#The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith–Review-4.5 Stars #NetGalley

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The Dutch Wife is a well-crafted, riveting, and haunting novel. It held me captive from the very first page. There are two stories which run parallel in this book, with different timelines. The first story takes place in Germany during WWII, and involves, a political prisoner, Marijke, and the Schutzhaftagerfuhrer for Buchenwald, Karl Muller. And, the second timeline, is in Argentina, during the Dirty War, involving, a University student, Luciano Wagner.

In Amsterdam, Marijke de Graaf, and her husband, Theo, were arrested for taking part in the resistance against the Third Reich. The two of them were considered political prisoners and sent to different camps. Because Marijke was beautiful, she was given the choice of working in a brothel at Buchenwald, or staying where she was, and possibly not surviving the work camp. She chose the brothel. Initially, she was hoping to see her husband at Buchenwald. But as time went on, Marijke felt more and more ashamed, for prostituting herself, and for her growing attachment to Karl Muller, the Schuzhaftagerfuhrer. 

 The parallel story in this book, takes place in Argentina, during the 1970s. Anyone in Argentina who was discovered, speaking out, against the government, disappeared. Luciano Wagner, a University student, was arrested for attending a resistance rally. He became one of many students who were kidnapped by the military and tortured. I didn’t know much about the Dirty War, so the details shocked me. The torture that took place was hideous, heartbreaking and haunting. 

Although I was totally engrossed in this novel, and highly recommend reading it; switching back and forth, between Germany, 1943, and Argentina, 1977, in my opinion, took away from the book. The two parallel stories do come together, however, in the end. The Dutch Wife is a compelling read, realistically graphic, engrossing, and well-researched.

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, Ellen Keith is a Canadian writer and a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New Quarterly and the Globe and Mail. She currently lives in Amsterdam.

 

Today’s New Releases—#Saving Beck & #Baby Teeth

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Don’t Miss Today’s Outstanding New Releases!

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/30/saving-beck-by-courtney-cole-review-5-stars-netgalley

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/05/01/baby-teeth-by-zoje-stage-review-4-5-stars

 

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#Trafficked by Sophie Hayes–Review-4 stars

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Trafficked is a disturbing memoir about a young, educated woman who was tricked into a life of prostitution. 

Sophie was brought up in an abusive home. Although, her mother was a loving parent, her father was a tyrant. His emotional and verbal abuse in the home was a constant. Sophie’s issues were mostly with men. It took years to trust Kas, even though, she considered him her best friend. When she finally agreed to join him in Italy for a week, he was ecstatic. So was Sophie. It was in Italy, however, where her relationship with Kas changed forever. Kas had become someone, Sophie didn’t even recognize. He was controlling, cruel, and violent. She was told in no uncertain terms that she’d be working the streets for him. Prostitution was to be her life now.

This book is emotionally raw and disturbing to read, but the message is clear. The need to raise awareness about human trafficking is paramount. Sophie was from a British middle-class home. She was educated, worked, had her own apartment and yet, unbeknownst to her; she was being groomed for a life of prostitution. Kas was her confidant and friend. She had shared information about her life and family with him. She later discovered that the intimate details that she revealed about herself were used to manipulate and control her. She thought Kas loved her. He didn’t. 

Although the book could have been written with less repetition, the story itself is unforgettable.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN.The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie’s return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery.For more information please visit:www.sophiehayesfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/SophieHayesFoundationwww.twitter.com/SophieHayesFndn

 

Murder Is Invisible by Giacomo Giammatteo-Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Giacomo Giammatteo’s New Crime-Thriller Release-Murder Is Invisible!

 

Nicky Fusco is known to be a brutal and ruthless killer. He also has a kind and compassionate heart and believes in God. Nicky defends the innocent against evil. He has tried, however, to change his ways, because he knows, if he doesn’t, he’ll lose everything. Nicky loves his new life with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Rosa. He doesn’t want to lose them.

When Rosa’s friend is kidnapped, Nicky calls Detective Donavan for assistance. He tries to convince his daughter that the authorities will do everything in their power to find her friend. But after viewing a DVD starring several girls, including Rosa’s friend, as sex slaves, Nicky’s temper flared. He knew right then and there that whoever touched and kidnapped those girls would die. And they would die, the slow, brutal, Nicky Fusco way.

Murder Is Invisible is a compelling crime-thriller. Giacomo Giammatteo is a great storyteller and writer. I’ll look forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you, Giacomo Giammatteo, for my complimentary copy of Murder Is Invisible.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

Today’s New Releases by Amanda Quick, Mary Kay Andrews & Dean Koontz

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                                 Check out These New Fab Releases

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/19/the-high-tide-club-by-mary-kay-andrews-review-4-5-stars

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/30/the-other-lady-vanishes-by-amanda-quick-review-4-stars

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz
https://write-escape.com/2018/04/25/the-crooked-staircase-by-dean-koontz-4-stars

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage–Review-4.5 Stars

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Baby Teeth–Coming 7/17/18–A Fascinating and Shocking Novel.

 

Wow, Baby Teeth is one of the darkest, creepiest horror books that I’ve read in a long time. It was a fascinating story, in a shocking-horror-type of way. I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in one sitting. 

 By all outward appearances, Suzette and Alex had it all. They were financially comfortable, had a loving, passionate relationship, and a beautiful daughter.  But, appearances can be deceiving. 

Seven-year-old Hanna was cunning. She knew how to get her way, whether she was at home, in school or just out with Suzette, her mother. Hanna was sweet and loving when she wanted to be. With her mother, however, Hanna was cold, calculating and manipulative. Hanna wanted her father for herself and was determined to do whatever was necessary to make that happen. 

Suzette loved her daughter and wanted only the best for her. And, even though Hanna’s hostile behavior towards her, hurt, she showered Hanna with love. Suzette made mistakes along the way but sincerely tried to give Hanna a better childhood than she had for herself. Alex was oblivious to Hanna’s manipulations. He couldn’t believe that his sweet daughter was capable of the evil deeds being reported to him. Suzette’s life became a hellish power-struggle with her daughter, even dangerous, whenever her husband was not in sight.

Kudos to the author for creating such an unforgettable debut novel. Whether you like the book or not, it’s bound to stir up strong emotions. If you can handle reading about twisted minds, even in a child, then this book might be for you. I rated this book down from 5 stars to 4.5, because Hanna’s behavior to me, seemed too advanced for her age. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 stars out of 5~ Review by Peg Glover

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