The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
I may have read perhaps 90% of Mary Higgins Clark’s books starting with the first book, “Where Are the Children”. I have read some of her daughter’s books too along with a few they co-authored. This was a first time I have read her book with a different co-author, Alafair Burke. It feels odd to do so, just like it felt odd reading another author writing for Lawrence Sanders’ McNally series.
The Cinderella Murder, another whodunit from MHC is a good read. Set in California, far away from the East Coast where most of MHC’s plots were located, this book still delivers the punch one wouldn’t expect. As an avid fan of her work, I was able to guess right who the murderer was but there were two circumstances that I got wrong: about the necklace and about REACH. What’s it about? I recommend that you read the book.
I felt the authors should have given a bit more time about Susan while she was still alive for the readers to get more ideas on what she was before she was murdered. It would have provided more understanding on the reason why she was killed. Though the plot unfolded this in bits and pieces, it would have been wonderful to get to meet her.
Book is recommended to readers who like this genre.
Only because June’s Lace by Cathy Lamb made me want to put on a white lace dress, have a daisy crown, live and travel in a camper and fulfill my dream of visiting the PNW. Lisa Jackson is an author whose books I read but I didn’t really like her share here. Other authors are Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberlin and Rosalind Noonan.
A book about second chances, cutting ties from a past that has shaped how life and love are viewed and lived. A good enough read for those lazy summer afternoons at the beach.
There are books that you want to either rush reading to get to the end or not read at all because you are so upset with what is happening in the plot. This is one of those books.
I wanted to peek at the end to see how the story goes but I dared not. I also wanted to stop reading because it was affecting much that I think about it when I am doing something else. A well played plot, you have to be on your best analytical mind to be able to follow the past and present parts of the book because it was not written sequentially, which made reading it so much more interesting. How can one write a dark and intense plot with an easy flare? If there were big words used, I probably did not notice but the writing style was easy to read and follow yet the scenarios were too scary to imagine.
The relief (ok, this is clue enough) that I felt at the end of the book made me shed a few tears. It is that good.
Alexei, heir to the throne of Mecjoria, sought by Duchess Ria to return to take his reign. He proposed marriage. They used to be BFF but Lexei was exiled from the country and was doubted whether he is the true heir to the throne of not.
Fake royalty and fake kingdom, this story didn’t resonate with me was quite forgettable. If perhaps it was the circumstances were different, this would have been an enjoyable read.
Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty
My GoodReads review:
Not sure which among my shelves to put this book in, it is funny but not really funny. It comes across as a sitcom but with a sinister plot. It was written in a way that readers would want to rush through the book without skipping on the details to see what really happened.
The characters are lovable and there could be someone you know who is like one of them.
Great read! If not I wouldn’t have stayed up late then wake up early to finish the book.