The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – A Review

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I finally had the extreme pleasure of reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. You may remember her name from my previous review of her debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood.  This thriller was the perfect follow-up to last summer's hit novel offering the same fantastic suspense with some previous story flaws smoothed out nicely. This improvement shows Ware's growing skills as an author. This development isn't a surprise given her obvious talent. The Woman in Cabin 10 follows the story of a journalist in charge of reviewing the…

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The Born and the Made by Robert Spande: A Review

[caption id="attachment_367" align="alignleft" width="194"] Original Cover Artwork from Goodreads[/caption] Art in Book Form When I first received my copy of The Born and the Made, I was equal parts skeptical and intrigued. The skepticism came from previous negative experiences with self-published works. My cynical nature automatically (and incorrectly) assumed the worst. However, this was quickly offset by the book's presentation. As the age-old quip goes, you should never judge a book by its cover. Yet, in this case, you should go right ahead. Original art, hand bound and hand sewn, this extraordinary…

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

True to its namesake, The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon will chill you to the bone. This book was on the "must read" list for a while. The Winter People flows seamlessly through time, following the story of grieving mother Sara Harrison Shea in the early 1900s, and 19-year-old Ruthie in the present day. Both women lived in the same house at the edge of the small town of West Hall, Vermont. The property borders the mysterious Devil's Hand rock formation. In the surrounding area, townspeople often witness strange phenomenon and sometimes even return home…

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran is an unexpected pleasure to read. With vibes reminiscent of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, this novel follows the story of zany teenage misfit Johanna Morrigan. How to Build a Girl takes a no holds barred approach to the coming of age subset of fiction, with delightful writing that causes physical discomfort and obnoxious laughter. Moran's storytelling is fortified by her apparent refusal to dumb down her approach to fit all niches, sugar coat her perspective on the throes of teenage lust, and all…

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The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan

The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan is the suspenseful story of child prodigy Zoe Maisey. Several years ago Zoe was found responsible for the death of three of her peers. Zoe has since served her time, and finds herself trapped in secrecy in the “Second Chance Life” her mother, Maria, has built for them together with new stepfather Chris, stepbrother Lucas, and baby half-sister. The story starts with Zoey's first post-incarceration performance. That same night tragedy strikes, and Maria is killed. Thus begins the harrowing suspense that is The Perfect…

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door is Shari Lapena's first foray into the suspense genre. The book was extremely successful, falling into the onslaught of recent publications being compared to The Girl on the Train. The story revolves around a young family living in a duplex. The couple, Anne and Marco Conti, find themselves attending a dinner party in the house of their neighbor in said duplex. As their babysitter cancelled last minute, Anne and Marco leave their baby home alone with plans of checking on her at regular intervals. Despite Anne's…

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In A Dark, Dark Wood – By Ruth Ware

[caption id="attachment_263" align="alignleft" width="208"] Click here to purchase "In a Dark, Dark Wood"[/caption] I read In a Dark, Dark Wood on a sunny, sunny afternoon this summer. I found it quite impossible to put down and finished the book in its entirety before nightfall.  Newcomer Ruth Ware has certainly mastered the skill of captivation with her debut novel, a psychological thriller about a hen party (bachelorette) gone terribly wrong. Leading the story is protagonist Nora Shaw, a reclusive writer. Nora receives an invitation to the hen party being held for her estranged high school…

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="189"] Click here to purchase Hag-Seed on Amazon[/caption] Genre: Fiction   Canadian legend Margaret Atwood pays tribute to historical legend William Shakespeare in Hag-Seed, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood’s ingenuity is apparent as the eccentric protagonist Felix not only dares to recreate the Tempest on stage but lives a similar story line to that of the play. Atwood’s poetic use of the English language blended with some entertaining Shakespearean curse-words, create a welcoming and fun experience for readers. Hag-Seed is the fourth book in…

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Make Money as a Freelance Writer

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="167"] Click here to view on Amazon![/caption] I discovered Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook the way everyone discovers everything these days: on the Internet. Being the cynic that I am, I didn't immediately believe Gina's claims of personal success as a freelance writer, let alone the idea that she could help me become a successful writer as well. I developed an interest in her course 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. After determining that she was, in fact, a renowned freelance writer, and wasn't a scam artist or…

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Home by Harlan Coben: Book Review

[caption width="166" align="alignleft"] This post contains affiliate links[/caption] Genre: Thriller   Five long years after the last Myron Bolitar novel, Harlan Coben is revisiting the fan-favorite protagonist and his motley crew of friends in his latest thriller, Home. Myron Bolitar is a former athlete turned sports agent after a life-altering injury prematurely ended his career. Myron was originally introduced in Coben’s 1995 book, Deal Breaker, in which his client’s scandal transforms Myron from sports agent to accidental detective. Home begins with Win Horne Lockwood—Myron’s long-time best friend and former psychopathic…

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