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I really loved this book. Campbell pulled me in from the start, and I enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of the different characters. Some, okay most, were frustrating, but the book was written in a believable way. I liked where the story went and the struggles of the women. If you’re looking for a different type of suspense/mystery, this one is definitely for you.
This book wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible either. I found myself confused at times, and some of the author’s language choices felt out of place. With that being said, there were nice twists, and she kept me guessing what would happen next. I gave it 3.5 stars, and if you enjoy psychological thrillers, you’ll probably like this one. To be honest, I’m still not sure what to think about this novel.
This is my second book by Olsen, and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Last Thing She Ever Did, it was still pretty good. Olsen is a talented writer who weaves a compelling tale. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn’t reading it, and that’s typically a sign of a good novel. Having read two of Olsen’s novels, I’m not the biggest fan of his endings. With that being said, I’ll be picking up another one of his books soon.
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one, Stillhouse Lake. I listened to the audiobook, so some of that may have been on the narrators. I didn’t like how she switched between the different characters throughout the novel. Also, the storyline wasn’t nearly as believable as in the first book. I think it would have been better if she just stuck with the first book, yet the story was still interesting, just not great or all that memorable.
I enjoyed this book, but I found myself confused at times. I liked that it had so many different layers, yet I finished the novel feeling incomplete. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the ending did not provide me with the answers I was looking for. Still, this was an intriguing and well-written novel that is worth reading. I gave it four stars, but I still feel like I need to know more about the main characters.
Enjoy getting to know, April Moran:
Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.
Steamy. Romantic. Intense.
Your book, Taming Ivy. was released August 10, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.
Ivy did not seem prepared for war after all. One little skirmish and she folded with astonishing haste. Her wide eyes reminded him of a panicked doe, a wounded shimmer in the aqua depths. Her bottom lip visibly trembled. Incredibly, infuriatingly, Sebastian wanted to press his mouth to hers to tame its lush quiver. Damn, he’d forfeit his soul to taste the skin of that delicate collarbone, the nape of her neck, the soft underside of her breast…soothing the hurt he just inflicted.
You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a best seller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?
Write forever and never have a best seller, but in doing so, give readers an escape they love.
If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?
Oh, the small town and travel option for sure! I love to travel but coming home is always awesome.
Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?
Amusement park. My favorite place to visit is Disney World!
And how about Ireland or Australia?
Ireland! Planning on going there in 2019…it’s my dream vacation!
Who is your favorite band from the 90s (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?
Stone Temple Pilots
Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?
Foo Fighters, Van Halen are old favorites, but I’m liking Kaleo (they are new band from Iceland) and Highly Suspect from the East Coast. Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather)- the man is unappreciated genius. And I believe we will always talk about The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?
The Goldbergs. I love it because of the 80’s themes they incorporated into every episode. And I watch and rewatch Seinfeld all the time.
Is there anything you’re currently working on?
Two books, actually. One is the second book in the Taming Series which is Nicholas and Grace’s story. And working on a contemporary romance too that begins with the heroine and the hero falling into love when they are in high school, separated by circumstances and clashing with one another again years later.
Who is your favorite author, and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?
Oh gosh…I have so many favorites. But I think I would love to ask Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, how many rewrites of that famous scene did it take before she finally decided “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” was perfect?
Ocean or mountains? Mountains–but that’s because I live near the beach and see it all the time.
Yogurt or ice cream? Ice cream (butter pecan)
Chocolate or Sour Candy? Chocolate
Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Um, can neither be my answer? Lol
Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happily Ever Afters are the best!
Beer or wine? Wine. And I’m not picky about it! Red, white, merlot, pinot, zin…it’s all good.
Flying or driving? Flying
Hemingway or Twain? Twain
You’re stranded on a desert island, and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?
Sunscreen and books. And my husband and our dog, Blue. I would bring my daughter too, but her own husband would be so sad without her and she would miss him lol.
You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?
Queen Elizabeth I. We’d share a decanter of wine at the Royal Palace. I’d ask her, if she could change one thing, would she change her decision to behead the Earl of Essex for treason or grant him a pardon since she loved him so much?
You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?
The end of animal abuse and cruelty.
April has been writing stories since she was in elementary school. She still has those old notebooks, and for a giggle might let you read them. Her style has evolved since then, but a belief in the power of romance never changed. Her fans will always find a happy ending at the end of her novels – after their favorite characters endure great angst, of course! April lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Married for 30 years to her high school sweetheart, they have one beautiful daughter and an awesome son-in-law. April is adored by a goofy German Shepherd, tolerated by a sassy Quarter Horse and suffers a rock-n-roll addiction. When not writing about romance, she and her husband attend concerts and plan entirely too many trips to Disney World with the family.
So, I didn’t actually to mean to read this type of a book; I thought it was a regular mystery. I did not enjoy this book, but I will review it based on the writing and the story. For fans of the sci-fi genre, I think it’s probably okay. The writing was good enough, but the story just didn’t connect with me at all. I gave it three stars as I managed to get through the entire thing, but I’ve learned that this genre is not for me.