How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway

This book had its ups and downs. I enjoyed most of the mystery/suspense aspects, but there were several instances of character dialogue and thoughts that didn’t sit well with me. It simply felt unnatural. Overall, it was still worth reading if you like mysteries with a twist, and I gave it 4 stars. I felt like some of the race-related writing came across as forced rather than as a part of the story.

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Book Review: The Lights Will Never Fade by Jackson Paul Baer

TREY STONE

(As per usual, minor spoilers might be floating around down here)

Plot: 18-year old Peyton Hamilton–after a horrible family tragedy–has her entire life turned around when she’s forced to move in with Aunt Charity.

I tend to elaborate on the plots, but let’s just say there’s trauma, there’s horrible pasts, there’s beautiful futures, and the unfolding of a great relationship between (semi-estranged) aunt and niece.

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I’ve read one other book by Baer. I liked it, I really did, but there were things about it that made it difficult to get into, stylistic characteristics that (for me), made me take a while to get excited about.

But this time I came prepared. I knew about Baer, I knew about how he writes (which is bloody beautiful by the way), and I dove in head first, knowing what to expect.

Boy was I wrong.

This book was better. Let’s just get that…

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Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

I loved this book. It had such a strange beginning that I couldn’t tell the direction it was headed, Then, at the perfect time, the mystery took on a life of its own. I enjoyed the mixture of love, suspense, betrayal, and forgiveness. The characters were messy, and the ending was unexpected, leading to 4.5 stars.

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4.5stars

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Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

There were times when I couldn’t stand this book, and there were other moments when I really enjoyed the story. My biggest problem was with the main character, Ethan. His responses and actions went beyond the point of simple annoyance. He wasn’t believable, and his actions/speech took away from the mystery, which actually ended up being pretty good. I gave it 3 stars, yet I somehow still recommend it, but I’ll warn you to be prepared to become agitated.

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three-stars

The Ex by Alafair Burke

This was a surprisingly good read. I particularly enjoyed Olivia’s character, her flaws, and her passion for her job. The mystery part of the book kept me guessing while the relationship aspects were also relatable. I will admit that I sort of saw the ending coming, but I didn’t see it exactly the way that Burke wrote it. I gave it 4.5 stars and definitely recommend this one.

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4.5stars