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01/01/18-Today’s Fab New Releases- # The Wife Between Us and # The English Wife

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Check Out These Brilliant New Thrillers!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews; The Links Are Below:

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/12/the-wife-between-us-by-greer-hendricks-sarah-pekkanen-book-review

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/10/the-english-wife-by-lauren-willig-book-review

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss The Wife Between Us, Coming 1/9/18

Synopsis

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.

My Review

The Wife Between Us is an intense psychological thriller with many twists.
Vanessa had just graduated from college when she met Richard; a man whom she thought was too good to be true. Richard was charismatic, handsome, and wealthy. He was also everything Vanessa thought she wanted in a man. So when Richard started to flirt with her, Vanessa quickly fell for his charms. What Vanessa didn’t know about Richard’s personality, though, was that he was also sneaky, manipulative, and controlling. Richard was sure that Vanessa, would make the perfect wife. She was fun, pretty and needed him. Their marriage and blissful life, however, would not last long. After a new lover entered Richard’s world, their shaky marriage became more than just troubled; it began to disintegrate.

There is much more than just a simple love triangle going on in this novel. Richard and Vanessa are playing devious, cunning games with one another. Betrayal is something that’s never welcomed in a marriage, but then again, neither is violence. Deception and trickery are the main components in this story. The Wife Between Us is a compelling, brilliant read.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Meet The Authors

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Bio
Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. Prior to her tenure in publishing, she worked at Allure magazine and obtained her master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

Intense psychological thriller
Brilliant
Twists and surprises
Well written
Slow build and twists
What I thought was happening I found out that I was wrong
I felt bad for Vanessa, Richard a couple of times and even Emma. But, the twist that took me by surprise at the end I never saw coming. Very enjoyable. Twisty psychological thriller.

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Bio
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally-bestselling author of the novels THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS, THINGS YOU WON’T SAY, CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THESE GIRLS, SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF ME.

Her upcoming novel THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a twisty psychological tale co-authored by Sarah and her former editor Greer Hendricks. It will be released in January 2018.

Sarah is the mother of three boys, which explains why she wrote part of her novel at Chuck E. Cheese. Seriously. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true.
Please visit http://www.sarahpekkanen.com
Please find Sarah on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @sarahpekkanen!

The English Wife by Lauren Willig–#Book Review

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New Murder Mystery by Lauren Willig, Coming 1/9/18!

 

The English Wife is a perfect blend of love, betrayal, and murder. Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Van Duyvil lived a quiet life in New York. Bayard was a wealthy businessman, and Annabelle was a refined woman from England.

The mystery began when Bayard was found stabbed at his mother’s home. Law enforcement was leaning towards a double murder crime investigation. The rumor was that Annabelle was having an affair, with the architect. The same architect whom Bayard had hired, to build Annabelle her dream house. All the facts were not in, but most people were of the opinion that Bayard had murdered his wife in a jealous rage, and then turned the knife on himself. Although Annabelle’s body had not yet been found, evidence suggests, that she might have been drowned. Bayard’s sister, Janie, however, could not fathom the thought of her brother killing anyone, including himself. Either Janie truly didn’t know her brother at all, or something was seriously amiss.

Janie was determined to uncover the truth about her brother’s death. And, if she had to make a deal with the devil to untangle the lies and discover the true facts of what happened, then so be it.

The English Wife is a complex mystery with numerous surprises. There are many twisted players in this book, with their true natures, and intentions, well-hidden. Although this book is compelling and intriguing, I did find it confusing at times. All in all, though, it’s a great read.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Novel by Kerry Fisher. The Secret Child, Coming 11/29/17. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking and well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I turned the last page.

Susie counted herself lucky to be married to Danny, even though as a military man, he was gone for long stretches of time. When Danny was home, though, he was a kind, loving and devoted husband. And, that was exactly why Susie couldn’t confess her infidelity to him. To make matters worse and add to her list of sins, Susie had given her son away. So every time Susie witnessed Danny with their grandson or her friend Jeanie’s son, her gut would wrench. And each time her insides twisted with guilt, Susie withdrew more into herself.

The carefree, beautiful wife Danny had left with their daughter before deploying overseas, was not the same women he came back to. Susie had become moody, withdrawn and depressed and Danny had no idea why. He tried everything he could think of to make Susie happy, without success. Danny even left the Navy and took a factory job, which he despised, just to be home more. But, Susie’s guilt over giving away her son and now losing her daughter’s affection, was tearing her up inside and stealing the very life out of her. It would be Susie’s estranged daughter, of all people, who would be the one to step-up, comfort her mother, and help her to heal.

The Secret Child is an unforgettable, moving novel. The characters are well-developed and alive. I felt their pain, their brokenness, their trials and their forgiveness. Truly a beautiful story, so well-written that even days later, I was still thinking about it. This is an outstanding novel and one that I will read again and again. Kerry Fisher is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. I will definitely be reading her next book.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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11/7/17 #Today’s New 5- Star Releases -Written In Blood by Layton Green, Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis & No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- #Edelweiss, #NetGalley, #Book Reviews

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Don’t Miss These Fab New Releases. All Of Them Are 5-Star Books!

 

Written In Blood by Layton Green-Thriller- 5-Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis- Romance- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/29/taking-a-chance-by-maggie-mcginnis-5-stars-book-review

 

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- Historical Fiction- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/11/no-other-duke-will-do-by-grace-burrowes-5-stars-book-review

 

 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor–5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Janna MacGregor’s Newest 5-Star Release, Coming 10/31/17!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written historical fiction romance. This novel explores the harsh realities of what it was like for a woman in the 1700s to be trapped in an abusive marriage. Women during this time had very few rights, and when they married, they lost what little rights they had. Emma felt guilty over her friend Lena’s death. She knew that Lena’s husband had abused her. Unfortunately, the last time Lena had asked Emma for help, she’d been busy. Lena died that night, and Emma has been shackled with guilt ever since.

Emma was convinced that Lena’s husband had murdered her friend. She tried to persuade Lena’s maid, Mary to testify against the cruel man. But since husbands held all of the rights in a marriage, people, including Mary, turned their back on Emma’s request for help; even Nick, her own husband. Emma was determined to have her life count for something. She wanted to help abused women escape their harsh fate. She was determined to help them have choices, and to even start a new life, if necessary. Emma loved her husband and hated crossing him, but avenging Lena’s death, was just too important to her, to let go.

Little did Emma know, though, that Nick was also, doing some soul searching. Forgiveness would not come easy for him, but forgiving was exactly what Nick needed to do, to heal his heart. Would Nick go against everything he based his life on, and forgive? He didn’t think that was possible, but neither was living without Emma. This was just the type of heartache Nick had always tried to guard against.

This well-written book is captivating, touching, as well as, heart-wrenching. The Bride Who Got Lucky is a story well told. I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Written In Blood by Layton Green–5 Stars–Book Review

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Layton Green’s Newest Crime Thriller is Brilliant!

 

Written In Blood— Release Date 11/7/17.
Don’t Miss It. I Loved it!

 

Synopsis

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and that one or both of them may be his next target.

 

My Review

 

Written in Blood is a meticulously crafted perfectly paced crime thriller. The author’s ability to create lifelike characters and authentic crime scenes brought this story alive for me. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked, engrossed and addicted. Written In Blood is brilliant!

Murders were adding up in Creekville, North Carolina. The killer was recreating brutal murder scenes, from books, written by Dostoevsky, Poe and Agatha Christie. But why? Creekville was just a small town where nothing ever happened; at least it was.

Joe Everson aka Preach was once a top-notch detective, but a mental breakdown in Atlanta changed all of that. Preach returned home to Creekville and was hoping to slowly ease his way back into his law enforcement career. Detective Joe Everson, however, would not get his wish. Shortly after the detective returned to his hometown, Creekville had its first murder in a decade. And, since Preach was the only detective with homicide experience, ready or not, he would have to head the investigation. This was no ordinary killer they were looking for. The only connection Preach could find, along with his friend, Ari Hale, a bibliophile, was that each murder scene was precisely recreated from a horror book.

Preach was grateful for Ari Hale’s literary expertise and although he knew that the timing was wrong for a relationship, he could feel a mutual attraction between them, growing. Their relationship, however, no matter how secret they tried to keep it, was noticed, namely by the thugs gunning for Preach. And, the closer Preach and his partner Kirby came to nailing the mastermind, behind the killings, the more dangerous, life became for them, as well as for everyone Preach and Kirby loved and cared for.

Written In Blood is a multi-layered, superbly crafted, compelling thriller. It’s a riveting twisty tale of intrigue, greed, revenge, and self-discovery; with a dash of romance, mixed in. Layton Green is a talented writer. If you haven’t discovered this author’s work yet, I would highly recommend, Written In Blood. The book is extraordinary.

Many thanks to Layton Green, Prometheus Books, and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Biography

Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW (International Thriller Writers).

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).
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