I love, love, love this book. 4.5/5 ⭐️
At first it was a puzzle why there are so many characters but they have slowly came together to make the story come alive. All of them, including the not so pleasant ones are important to the plot.
The characters, their flaws, their good side and everything about them sort of grew on me like friends who started early on till a deeper relationship has been formed. I smiled a lot as well as cried with them.
I somehow knew some twists will happen like who is going to rent Carla’s extra room. I felt that Leni had been hiding something from the rest of the gang. I figured out early on who was pilfering Molly’s valuables. Harvey and his surprises were a bonus.
This is about facing your fears, believing in yourself, letting go, moving on, trusting others and loving unconditionally.
Notice the time stamp when I was done reading.
Forbidden Surrender by Carole Mortimer book review
There is less of the heartache, speculations and the drama if only people are more forthright with their feelings and situations. On the other hand, there are some things that are not and should not be readily shared to other people. Forbidden Surrender is just like that. Separated twins and agreements between the main characters as well as confused feelings are what kept the story interesting.
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
All Dressed in White started with the time that the bride, the focal point of Under Suspicion topic, was preparing for her wedding.
I wasn’t able to guess the whodunit in this book unlike the previous book, I was looking at the person closest to doer of the crime. I also like the plot of the other book because this one was less exciting and more dramatic. The love of a mother to her child is something that will touch the readers of this book. The loss of a loved one without closure, without any known reasons is one that tends to break relationships and feel an emptiness that can not be filled unless questions have been given definite answers.
All in all, 3.5 stars.
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.