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Friday, January 17, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine @amazonpub @jessmapreviews

Bitter Falls 
by Rachel Caine

Thanks so much to Thomas & Mercer for these copies.


Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: January 21, 2020
Paperback
336 Pages
Series: Stillhouse Lake #4
Genre: Thriller

She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?
 

My Review:



Sometimes you open the right book at the right time and get lost in it.  That's what happened for me with Bitter Falls.  I was SO excited to get back to Gwen Proctor, Sam and their kids.  They're trying to live a normal life while still dealing with the aftermath of EVERYTHING and it's not easy considering what they've all been through and the outside forces still coming at them for whatever reason they deem worthy.  

We, again, see the resilience of ALL of them and we're off to the races again and each short chapter compels you to continue on.  Here's the thing about series books though, when the first two books are whoppers like they were with this series, you start expecting that same level of thrill and sometimes you get disappointed.  While I still loved Wolfhunter River, it lacked that OOMPH I felt with the first two.  Maybe it's because I read back to back. Maybe it just is what it is.  Bitter Falls brings me right back to that fast paced action I love.  It's hard to replicate that first feeling you get, but this is about as close as it can get.

Now instead of being completely shocked, since I know the characters better, it's about continuing on their journeys, rooting for them and being invested.  And that I am... fully invested.  I have absolutely no idea where this series can possibly go from here but I am waiting impatiently to find out.  

★★★★

Jessica's Review:

The STILLHOUSE LAKE series started out strong and is continuing strong. Book four in the series, BITTER FALLS, reminded me why I still love this series and Gwen, Sam, and their kids. This was a stronger follow up after WOLFHUNTER RIVER and this was just perfectly timed for me - coming off a few lackluster reads and I was so needing something I could just binge!

Gwen is now a Private Investigator and back in Bitter Falls - we get multiple POVs in this story between Gwen, Same, and her two kids (Lanny and Connor). I really enjoyed seeing the events through all of the characters and getting a better insight into how the kids are handling everything. Man, this family has been through a lot in this series but Gwen is so fiercely protective and will do anything to keep her family safe.

I would highly recommend starting from the beginning with STILLHOUSE LAKE, because each book follows after the other. So for new readers starting here, you will definitely feel lost and not fully appreciate the continued growth this family faces. Not only do we get the suspense and fast pacing of the rest of the series but we get some cult elements thrown at us. I loved it all. If you've read the series I would highly recommend continuing because this one is stronger than book three and feels more like the first two books. I'm anxious to see where Caine can continue this from here!

5 stars


BLOG TOUR & Review: Kill Sleep Repeat by Britney King @britneyking_


Kill Sleep Repeat 
by Britney King

It's my stop on the Blog Tour and if you didn't already know, I'm a huge fan of Britney - not just as an author but as a person as well! 


Publish Date: January 16, 2020
Publisher: Hot Banana Press
Kindle Edition
Standalone
Genre: Psychological Thriller

GOODREADS | AMAZONUS | AMAZONCA | AMAZONUK | AMAZONAU | BOOKS2READ

Several times a week, Charlotte Jones leaves suburbia behind and boards a chartered flight to parts unknown, where she wraps her hands around the necks of marks for just as long as she has to.



Then she goes back to domestic life with a paycheck, defense wounds, and the sense that she can handle anything.

Which is good, because being a wife, mother, and sociopath, with an insatiable taste for murder, gives the term work-life balance new meaning. When one life unexpectedly bleeds into the other, leading to a secret admirer and borderline insta-fame, Charlotte is forced to ask herself if she really can have it all.

Continue below for my review and information about Britney King.

My Review:


"There are three rules.  More than that, but three main ones: Stay focused.  Remain in character.  Don't get murdered."

This is my SEVENTH book by Britney and each one has been a binge read of fast paced twisty goodness that I can never seem to put down.  If I'm turning that first page, I know I better clear the next few hours because I'm not stopping.  Nope.  Not gonna.  This was EXACTLY what I needed.  After not finishing one book and being disappointed by my last read, I just knew Britney would bring me back where I needed to be.  And so it shall be done.  

This book starts off at a sprint and never stops.  Charlotte is a FUN (albeit psychopathic) character and I adore her!  I feel like her and Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe could be besties - you know, if these types of characters actually had friends.  😉  Charlotte is just bad ass.  King did an excellent job with her character.  I think I need more Charlotte. 

It's SO hard to really talk a lot about this book without giving anything away.  Charlotte has a very dangerous job while juggling home life with her boring husband and two daughters.  There are some issues and I have questions as this book speeds along with a quickness that I had to flip back pages a couple of times to see if I missed anything.  However, it's reading with an adrenaline rush!  At one point I thought, "Ok, break after this chapter to take care of x, y and z."  And then that chapter ends with a revelation I was NOT expecting and nope, I was done.  HAD. TO. FINISH.  I'm a mixture of WHY Charlotte to HELL YEAH at the ending but either way, swiped that last page with a huge smile on my face.

Suspend a bit of reality, strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride.  Britney's done it again and I, for one, am utterly addicted to her.  OPEN READ REPEAT.

★★★★★



Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.


When she's not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.


Currently, she's writing three series and several standalone novels.


The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.


The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.


Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.


The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me.


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: Followers by Megan Angelo @harpercollins @jessmapreviews

Followers 
by Megan Angelo

Thank you Graydon House for these copies.


Publisher: Graydon House
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Hardcover
384 Pages
Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction

An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the stunning moment that changes the world as we know it forever

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

My Review:


Hasn't it already started? Where the internet famous are the royalty of the people these days?  Followers takes it to a new level where the not so distant future actually places people (the elite) right into their own stardom.  But, as always, what you see isn't always reality.  There certainly are positives and negatives on each side.  Seemingly, every one still just wants what they can't have.  The grass is always greener on the other side, but it's still grown from shit. 😉

I'm very impressed with this debut novel.  As the author takes us in dual time lines, I was a bit confused at first and actually thought the future internet stars weren't even real - that they were like SIM characters... don't ask - my brain is weird.  But once I figured it all out - PHEW.  And the fact that this is pretty damn plausible.. well, it's a bit frightening quite honestly.  While I love social media, and I do, I think if I had to choose between having my entire life constantly being filmed and scripted to having my privacy... well, as I've gotten older, I've really enjoyed keeping things closer to the vest.

I did feel the book was a bit drawn out.  Unfortunately I felt my attention ebb and flow throughout the read.  Sometimes I was really intrigued with Marlow and other times I was more intrigued with Orla.  I didn't connect with either character, but I also don't need to connect always to enjoy a book.  There was just *something* missing that I can't quite put my finger on.  The lesson is great with this read and I'm certainly glad that I read it.  However, I think that while the social construct is clear, I think I was expecting something a little different and it didn't quite resonate with me like I wish it had.  

★★★

Jessica's Review:



Talk about a debut novel! I couldn’t believe that this was Megan Angelo’s debut – it was thought-provoking, suspenseful at times, and an intriguing topic. FOLLOWERS makes the readers examine our world of social media, reliance on technology, and the world of celebrities and influencers. I loved the dual timelines and getting a glimpse into the possibilities and consequences we can have in the decades to come with how much we put into social media.
We meet Marlow, Orla, and Floss – some very unique names from the author – and their journeys with social media and all that it has to offer. The good and the bad. As we see all the time now, one wrong photo or message can spiral a person’s career and reputation, but at the same time it can propel you into celebrity status. Our story is split into two timelines – the mid-2010’s and decades into the future. Seeing the author’s thoughts on where social media can go and might go.
Overall, like I had mentioned before, this was really thought-provoking. How far IS social media going to go? What’s going to happen with our dwindling privacy from the world? Are likes and followers going to have more control over what we do? It raises so many questions and I both loved it and was scared by it. The potentials are endless and the author’s take didn’t feel entirely out of the realm of possibility.
Memorable characters – all with their own distinct personalities and wit. There’s plenty of suspense and that ending was great! The only reason I took off a little was because it took me longer than I anticipated to get into the story. Who knows, could have been me and the mood I was in or if I was distracted by other things. However, once I did get into it, it was hard to put down!
4.5 stars

#ATBR2020 Review: How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann @jessmapreviews

How Quickly She Disappeared 
by Raymond Fleischmann 

Thank you Berkley for this copy.


Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Hardcover
320 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

The Dry meets Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense set in the relentless Alaskan landscape about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family …

It’s 1941 in small-town Alaska and Elisabeth Pfautz is alone. She’s living far from home, struggling through an unhappy marriage, and she spends her days tutoring her precocious young daughter. Elisabeth’s twin sister disappeared without a trace twenty years earlier, and Elisabeth’s life has never recovered. Cryptic visions of her sister haunt her dreams, and Elisabeth’s crushing loneliness grows more intense by the day. But through it all, she clings to one belief: That her sister is still alive, and that they’ll be reunited one day.

And that day may be coming soon. Elisabeth’s world is upended when Alfred Seidel — an enigmatic German bush pilot — arrives in town and murders a local man in cold blood. Sitting in his cell in the wake of his crime, Alfred refuses to speak to anyone except for Elisabeth. He has something to tell her: He knows exactly what happened to her long-missing sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests.

Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth lets herself slip deeper into Alfred’s web. A tenuous friendship forms between them, even as Elisabeth struggles to understand Alfred’s game and what he’s after.

But if it means she’ll get answers, she’s willing to play by his rules. She’s ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to be reunited with her sister, even if it means putting herself — and her family — in mortal danger.

My Review:




Here's my thoughts - don't compare any book to the likes of Silence of the Lambs, especially a debut novel as this tends to bring about certain expectations from the readers. Admittedly it is atmospheric like The Dry with that psychological warfare/cat-mouse game of Silence of the Lambs but let's not stretch this too far, eh?


I knew from the first few pages that this was going to be a slow burn where the characters override the plot. At one point, I considered putting this down.... but then it got quite interesting and I was curious enough to see this game play out. Alfred and Elisabeth. How far will she go to find her sister and does he really have any information? Color me intrigued. While the pacing was slower than I tend to like, this back and forth really had me turning the pages regardless. But then we get to that ending.

UGH. Ok, so I can't even say anything because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who is going to read this book. There's a part of me that appreciates the subtle genius of what the author did... and yet I was mad... MAD.. when I turned the last page. I aggressively slapped the jacket cover back on the book and slammed it into my book stack of my January reads. WHY. The WHOLE TIME it was leading here and then this is how you leave me? I suppose it says something that it evoked such a strong reaction from me, so there's that.


★★

Jessica's Review:


Man, if I went into this one not seeing the comparison to the likes of THE DRY and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, then maybe I would have thought a little differently. I couldn't get that out of my mind as I was reading - hoping for some resemblance or similarities. When picking this one up, try to keep those expectations out of your mind and I think you will like it a lot more!

This debut from Raymond Fleischmann is definitely an atmospheric read - that's something I did really enjoy about the book! I love when the author can create the setting like this for us and really bring the readers into the book. This is one of the more character driven novels, so it has a slower pace. So if you're going into this hoping for something really quick and a crazy thriller, this might miss the mark for you. 

I will admit, I was very intrigued at the start but I'm not quite sure when it started to turn for me. The ending, though. I can't think of a book I've read recently that had an ending that bugged me like this one did. Maybe that was the author's intent? It almost feels like it's a set up for a series, but from what I can tell it's a standalone. I know there are many glowing reviews, so if the synopsis intrigues you, then definitely give it a chance. 

2 stars 


Saturday, January 11, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor @randomhouse @cjtudor @jessmapreviews

The Other People 
by C.J. Tudor

Thank you Ballantine Books for these copies.


Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
Kindle Edition
288 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Horror, Thriller

A gripping new thriller about a man's quest for the daughter no one else believes is still alive, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place.



Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl's face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: 'Daddy.' It's his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.


He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe's daughter.

Then, the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found, in a lake, with a body inside and Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.

His search leads him to a group called The Other People.

If you have lost a loved one, The Other People want to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.

There's just one problem . . . they want other people to know it too.


My Review:


In Tudor's The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place, we get more subtle, suspenseful burn into a dark thriller, bordering on horror, type of read. With The Other People, we get short chapters that read quickly and pulls you in by your collar and continually shakes you as you progress.

I've been seeing this tit-for-tat type of dark thriller read lately and I am here for every bit of it.  Everyone goes through pain.  Everyone wants justice and/or revenge.  Everyone has family they care about.  But not everyone gets a chance to rectify a situation they think went wrong.  For better or worse, you are married into your decision and you do NOT want to fuck with The Other People.

There seems to be a lot going on with this read.  We have many different POVs that luckily never get confusing.  Past and present timelines interweave throughout but never gets muddled.  At first you're wondering how these characters and timelines meld and make sense but once you get it, it's pretty genius.  I felt for Gabe.  I loved Fran and Alice.  I flew through the pages wanting to know exactly how their stories would collide... and collide they did.  

The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the supernatural twinge.  I didn't feel it was necessary for the story line and didn't lend itself to make this a *better* read.  It read just fine as a darker thriller without any horror necessary.  Horror is already well enough written within the people this book represents.  Despite this (which weirdly doesn't play as huge a part as it may seem), I was captivated and involved with this story... and every time I felt Tudor was going to leave me hanging, I got the answers I wanted and needed.

★★★★

Jessica's Review:


This is my third book by C.J. Tudor and I still haven't been disappointed! Her first two novels definitely had a different feel to them than this one - more of a slower burning suspense and bordering into the more horror genre. However, with THE OTHER PEOPLE, it has the shorter chapters that help kept the pacing up for me. This format, along with the multiple POVs, had more of a thriller feel than the other two.

Gabe is a man in mourning - years ago his wife and daughter were murdered. As if that isn't horrible and traumatic enough, he believes to his core that his daughter is still alive. He is determined to find her and the mysterious van he swears he saw her in that day. We get three main points of view throughout the book and go through past and present. It seems that there's no way that these three will connect, but man when they do, they come colliding together in the end. I think Tudor did a phenomenal job bringing everything together for us and still maintaining a creepy and sinister tone throughout the book.

Like other reviewers, I wasn't the biggest fan of the supernatural element in this book, but that didn't necessarily take away from the story for me. Took a little for me to get fully sucked in, but once I was then there was no putting this book down! If you're going into this expecting more of a horror book like her previous two, then you may be a little let down. This is perfect for those looking for a solid thriller! I can't wait to see what Tudor will have in store for us next.

4 stars

Friday, January 10, 2020

Review: We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk @night_worms #nightwormsaremonsters #nightwormsbookparty

We Are Monsters 
by Brian Kirk 

It's a #nightwormsbookparty!  Go get yours now at Flame Tree Press's website and use code NIGHTMONSTERS to get an early copy! Thank you to Night Worms and Flame Tree Press for a free copy to review.


Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Publish Date: January 16, 2020
Paperback
327 Pages
Standalone
Genre: Horror

The Sugar Hill mental asylum is home to the most psychotic criminals in Georgia.  None is more notorious than its most recent patient, Crosby Nelson - a paranoid schizophrenic found mentally unfit to stand trial for a string of gruesome murders.

Luckily he's in good hands.  Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls.  And his protege, Alex Drexler, is working on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, a drug that frees patients from paranoid delusions and frightening hallucinations, returning them to their former selves.

But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge.  Forcing prior traumas to the surface.  Setting inner demons free.  The drug Alex has created might heal the psychotic mind, but it also expands it, and the monsters it releases could be more dangerous than the disease.

My Review:


I'm a huge lover of asylum horror.  The methods that have been put into place can be seen as a torture of their own to help those not quite of sound mind.  We've all heard of shock therapy, lobotomies, water logging and allllll the medications.  What realities do the criminally insane live in and can they truly be helped?  Dr. Eli and Alex are determined to make this happen.  But what happens when the doctors may turn out to be bigger monsters than the ones they are helping? Or are they? It's all perspective at some point.

The book starts off strong - love the character development.  We get an insight to where these characters are going and how the story my lend itself to the horror within.  I did find certain parts a bit too dense for my taste and found my attention waning at times.  Then in the last third, it shifts so completely I almost thought I was reading a different book.  This can be a bit jarring but once I realized I was as lost as the characters, I found myself back into the read.  

Most fascinating to me was the use of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT, also known as the Spirit Molecule - a book I've read and a drug I experienced once) and the whole time I felt the same as Eli: "I question the scientific accuracy of your hypothesis, but I'm following your point."  I'm intrigued as to the author's experience and research within this subject matter.  I think due to my own research and experience I was reading certain parts with a furrowed brow.  At the same time, I was also loving the direction he took.  Who doesn't love the insanity of it all? 

I'm torn between needing more cohesiveness and less density to a read that took me from a build up of what's going to happen straight to what the fuck is going on ... and loving how the author took us on a journey where our realities are also changed and we're now feeling just as insane as the rest of them.  

★★

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Paperback Release and Giveaway! The Winters by Lisa Gabriele @penguinbooks @lisagabrieletv

The Winters
by Lisa Gabriele

The paperback version is now released and the cover is GORGEOUS!
Go to my Instagram post HERE for your change to win a copy!

Synopsis and my 5 Star review below.



A spellbindingly suspenseful new novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter--a wealthy senator and recent widower--and a life of luxury she's never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max's beautiful first wife, Rebekah, who haunts the young woman's imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman--alive or dead--to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family's dark secrets--the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family's ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
 

My Review:

A modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, set in the Hamptons of New York.  I'll be up front and say that I've yet to read Rebecca (though I do have a copy on my shelf... why do I do this to myself?!).  I now wish I had read the classic first just to see what had been changed to make this a more modern retelling.

This novel builds - starts off innocently enough and then slowly unravels as you turn each page.  I was so intrigued and consumed by the story that I didn't even realize until just now that the narrator who is the incoming Mrs. Winters, never has a first name.  Genius!  I even just fanned through the book trying to find and it and thought "Wow, that's book amnesia at its finest - I JUST turned the last page!"  I really did enjoy how she would play out a scenario in her head of how she thought something would play out.  I do this ALL the time and it never plays out the way I imagine it!

Gabriele does such a fantastic job of weaving everything together and you really get the full on WTF just happened moments right at the end.  I'm floored you guys.  I mean, I had an inkling about one part but I definitely didn't see it going in this and that direction and I LOVE it when a book does that to me!  

Secrets never stay buried... not forever anyways.  Love can make you blind. Kids can be atrocious.  Money doesn't solve anything.  Just remember to trust your instincts... especially if your instinct tells you to pick up this amazing novel.  

The hardest thing about reading review copies is not wanting to spoil anything for a reader... and not having anyone else to really discuss this with!  So please, if you plan to read this, make a note and come back and speak with me!

Lovers of domestic suspense, psychological thrillers and an atmospheric (almost gothic type) read will absolutely fall in love with this book.

★★★★★

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Gabriele is the author of two literary novels. Her writing has appeared in GlamourVice, and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She lives in Toronto, where she is an award-winning television producer.

Praise for THE WINTERS
“A stylish, highly original and completely addictive take on du Maurier's Rebecca. Read it!”
—Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door


“Dark and richly atmospheric. . . A bewitching novel about love, lies, and the ghosts that never quite leave us alone.”
—Bustle

“Creepy, atmospheric. . . Gabriele keeps the tension high up to the surprising and satisfying final twist.”
Publishers Weekly


“Gabriele’s chutzpah in reinventing a much-loved novel brings considerable risk, but the results are satisfying, both as metafiction and as a sharp exercise in psychological suspense.”
The Guardian

“Thrilling.”
Southern Living


“One of the most famous gothic thrillers has been recast for a new generation.”
—NPR


“[A] suspenseful, dark tale of love, deception, and grief . . .  from the minute you crack open The Winters until you reach its riveting conclusion, you'll be spellbound.”
—PopSugar


“[A] haunting reimagining of Daphne Du Maurier’s original thriller, Rebecca . . . Retains the allure and gothic tone of the original, while remaining a page-turner for newcomers to the story.”
Booklist


“Spellbinding and eerie. . . . a riveting, breaktaking page-turner.”
Woman's World

“[A] creepy, atmospheric homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca . . . Gabriele keeps the tension high up to the surprising and satisfying final twist. Du Maurier fans will be pleased.”
Publishers Weekly

“Gabriele torques and knots Daphne du Maurier’s gothic tale Rebecca into modern, compelling, readable domestic suspense. . . Fans of du Maurier’s book or the 1940 Hitchcock film will admire how Gabriele plays with the elements, but anyone who appreciates solid, twisty, 'whom can I trust' narratives and female empowerment stories can enjoy.”
Library Journal

“It’s as beautifully written as it is (re)plotted and the updating of the characters is superb. Fabulous—and not just for Rebecca fans.”
Daily Mail

“From the brilliant first line to the shattering conclusion, The Winters will draw you in and leave you breathless. Gorgeous prose, well-drawn characters, and a spellbinding story make this a must read.”
—Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

The Winters echoes the classic Rebecca but is a beautifully crafted, haunting thriller of its own that defies expectations at every turn. I read straight through, breathless to the killer final pages. A brilliant achievement.” 
—Sarah PinboroughNew York Times bestselling author of Cross Her Heart and Behind Her Eyes

“A slow tease that builds to a surprising and satisfying climax.”
—Joy Fielding, bestselling author of The Bad Daughter

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—Danya Kukafka, bestselling author of Girl in Snow

The Winters is a clever, tense, atmospheric story that kept me gripped throughout. I couldn’t put it down!”
—Jo Jakeman, author of Sticks and Stones

“Jaw-dropping page turner and artful homage, The Winters is the rare thriller that’s as smart as it is sexy—Lisa Gabriele’s forte. The unnamed main character will break your heart and send your spirit soaring. I loved this book.”
—Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything

The Winters is the most spellbinding book I’ve read this year! And certainly the most elegantly written. I loved it. What an exceptional, feminist piece of work.” 
—Ingrid Alexander, author of The New Girl

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Coffee Traveller 
by Fahad Ben. G



A collection of musings about travel, life, love, family, relationships, the future and growing up in Saudi Arabia, by the author and poet Fahad Ben G.

Release Date: 29th October 2019
Genre: Poetry
Page Count: 140
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing


Fahad Ben. G was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Language Translation from the College of Languages and Translation at King Said University, and a Masters in English Linguistics from Imam Mohammed Bin Said University. Having lived in France and Japan, he finally settled in London in 2017 where he now works in the diplomatic sector.



EXTRACT

Invisible lines tie me to you whether I like it or not.

No matter how much I travel away from you, no matter how far we are, and no matter how different our roads are;

No matter how distinct our stations are, and no matter how your routes and mine are different;

The invisible lines continue to tie me to you.

Constant they are… they exceed the multitude of people between you and me.

Tense they are…indifferent to the laws of the universe or the gravity of Earth.

Unaffected by the amount of rocks and dismal valleys,

That separate my icy mountain from your flaming mountain…