The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen

This is the best book I’ve read this year, and I really hope there’s a sequel. I’ve read three books by Olsen in 2018, and all three have been good. This novel kept me guessing, and I particularly enjoyed the realistic flaws in the characters. I liked their addictions and the mistakes they made. I gave it five stars and can’t recommend this book enough.

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Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

This was different from the books I normally read, but I really enjoyed it. The mixture of romance and mystery played out perfectly. I found myself always wanting to know what would happen next, and I was usually surprised. I gave it 4.5 stars and definitely recommend it. If you enjoy twists and turns, you’ll like this one.

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A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau

This book started out with such promise, but it failed to fulfill that promise. It’s difficult to even place it into a category as it hold elements of magical realism, adventure, supernatural, and a mystery. The more I read, the more I wanted the book to be finished. I gave it three stars because there were positives to it, but not enough to make me want to know what was going to happen. In the end, I believed very little, and was incredibly disappointed.

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Kingdom in Chains by J.W. Zulauf

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a genre I normally read. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the immediate action and compelling story. Barloc is an interesting character who finds himself stuck in the worst of circumstances. I thought about this book when I wasn’t reading it, and this is the type of book that could be turned into a movie or TV show. I give it 4.5 stars and look forward to the next one.

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A Wicked Snow by Gregg Olsen

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.

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The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olsen

This was such an interesting book for nearly the entire novel. Olsen kept me guessing and sitting on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next. I was ready to rate it at 5 stars until I reached the end. I couldn’t wait to find out how Liz would resolve the conflict, but I won’t give away any spoilers. All I can say is that this was such an enjoyable book, but it could be the worst ending I’ve ever read.

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The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

This was an interesting book. I thought that Ferencik did a nice job of mixing in the suspenseful elements while still progressing the story. I found myself wanting to know what would happen next and not being able to predict it, for the most part. If you enjoy a good mystery that’s set in the outdoors, then this one is for you. I gave it four stars instead of five due to some of the dialogue between the women lacking believability.

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