Thriftbooks Delivery

Another day, another Thriftbooks delivery!

I replaced my copy of Act Like It – I got about 100 pages in, then our new rescue dog ate it🙈 looking forward to seeing what happens. I haven’t read many modern romances, but this one sounded really good. 

Also, I grabbed Locked In – the first book in the Jessica Daniels series. I have a rule about not jumping in in the middle of a series, because character development, so I’m looking forward to starting this one. 

Also, what’s a Thriftbooks order without adding to my Christmas book collection🙈

If you’d like to place an order, click here and we both get a coupon for our order!

#bookreview : The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pub date: January 9, 2018
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars


When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.

You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.

You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.


Engrossing and addictive, this little gem of a thriller with a major twist had me second guessing every character and I loved every moment of it!

This is one of those books that is unputdownable – you will be thinking of the characters when you’re not reading and wondering how it will all pan out. I had absolutely no idea who to trust throughout the story, my opinion changed every chapter. This was a deeply intricate plot and all the pieces came together perfectly in the end.

I wasn’t sure how a book written by two authors would work out, but they managed to seamlessly tell this tale. This is a well written, fast-paced story that will keep you guessing all the way to the epilogue. Fans of the psychological thriller – you don’t want to miss this one!

Thank you to Netgalley, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pakkanen and St. Martin’s press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Review: A Christmas Return by Anne Perry


Historical Fiction
Pub date: 
November 7th 2017
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 2. stars


As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man’s grandson, a sleuth in his own right who’s discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey’s picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.


Anne Perry is a novelist whose books I’ve been wanting to read for ages, I hear she is a master at the historical thriller, however I feel that this was not the book to begin with.

This is not a whodunnit, unfortunately, as I assumed it would be. It is the story of Mariah, an elderly woman, who returns to her hometown to assist an old friend in solving two twenty year old murders. I believe this is a continuation of a family story and therefore I did not have the background or the understanding of the character development.

There was quite a bit of repetition in the dialogue and the Christmas theme didn’t particularly work well with this story in my opinion.

I’m going to start at the beginning with The Face of a Stranger (one of these days!) and I look forward to what appears to be an exciting series. This one was just not for me. 2.5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley, Anne Perry and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Murder in the Orient Express

Almost finished with this little gem, I’ve been wanting to read it for ages and this seemed like the perfect time. I’m really looking forward to the movie release on November 10th – it’s always fun to see how they transfer the book onto film, and how it differs from how you imagined it in your mind. The casting is brilliant, so this should be a good one!

What’s your favorite Agatha Christie book? Which one should I read next?

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor


Pub date: 
January 9th 2018
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 5 stars


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.


Ghosts didn’t exist in daylight, or zombies. They only existed in that sleepy hollow between midnight and dawn, crumbling to dust at the sun’s first rays. Or so, at the age of twelve, I still believed.

Prepare for some gushing, y’all, because this is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in awhile.

This was a really fresh, unique take on a psychological thriller that didn’t follow a formula like anything else out there. It’s difficult to find a unique plot these days, and while this one has been done before, it’s never been told in this way which is why I believe it deserves all 5 stars.

This author is one to keep an eye on, mark my words. CJ Tudor (a female author) has told a coming of age story of a 12 year old boy surrounded by tragedy and mystery in a highly convincing way, and in a way like nothing I’ve seen before. There were constantly points being alluded to, but never fully spelled out for the reader – we all loved how the author “shows” rather than “tells”. She is tricky, this author, and will keep you guessing until the very end, and even then you’ll be shaking your head and uttering “what just happened.”

This was such a creepy, twisty tale, alternating between 1986 and 2016. The 80’s references were fabulous, the characters were believable, and the whodunnit aspect of the story is like nothing I’ve ever read.

The prologue will suck you in right away (super creepy!) and there is one highly uncomfortable bullying scene, but otherwise this author manages to scare you without a ton of graphic violence (though there is some, I am
sensitive to this and I got through it ok).

I am having a difficult time putting into words how unique this book is without giving away any spoilery, however I highly, highly recommend this to fans of thrillers. Read it now. And let me know what you think later.

This was my first group read with the Traveling Sisters and I’m SO glad I was able to join in on this particular book – it brought out elements that I wouldn’t have noticed without ongoing discussion and I’m so thankful to have joined this group of lovely reviewers!

Thank you to Netgalley, C.J. Tudor (you have a new fan!) and Crown Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.