April Wrap Up

What I read last month:

  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) An Oregon author, Shea Ernshaw intricately creates a long forgotten commune in a magical forest – the wildest place of them all and a twists you will not see coming. I could not read this novel fast enough.
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) This one was highly recommended in my book community and it did not disappoint. I wanted to crawl inside the pages and see the greenhouse for myself. Warning: this is graphic and also part of a series. I can’t wait to see what the next one brings.
  • The Family Plot by Megan Collins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) I was pleasantly surprised by The Family Plot. It vaguely reminded me of Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney, giving me the warm and fuzzy feeling that I’ve been in this story before. Twisted with plenty of family drama, I recommend visiting the halls of this true crime obsessed, dysfunctional family home.
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5) I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed in this one. A PNW author, Rachel Caine was high on my TBR author list. It was a fast and thrilling read but I won’t be venturing on to the additional novels in the series.
  • The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Another Oregon author made it on my list this month! My first Kendra Elliot novel was a quick, enthralling read. Two deaths, years apart. A missing sister. Pick this up and you won’t want to put it down.
  • All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) I am becoming a big Stacy Willingham fan. Her newest work of fiction, All the Dangerous Things, made my skin crawl and my heart ache. A sleepless mother is searching for her missing son, her marriage is in pieces and the police are sure the case is cold. I couldn’t stop listening to this audiobook.
  • The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) I love a good book with a therapist point of view. The Golden Couple begins with your average infidelity that leads to couple’s therapy – until secrets are revealed and true intentions come to light. An easy, dramatic read perfect for a day in the sun.
  • Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) A sweet visit to my old friend Jennifer Hillier, Wonderland was everything I expected. I have been a tried and true Hillier fan since the Creep days and will read anything she publishes – I was ecstatic when it was announced Wonderland would be released as an audiobook and the novel would finally getting the recognition it deserves. This is a tale of a theme park with a dark past and even darker present, I was SHOCKED by the ending!
  • The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5/5) I have attempted to read The Last Housewife a few times and was glad to finally get into it to see what the hype is about. It had all of my favorite thriller things: dark, twisted, shocking and realistic. However, there was just something that didn’t do it for me. Dive into the cultish world of the housewives and see what you think for yourself.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) I am not usually a fan of books with time altering – alas I was proven wrong with Wrong Place, Wrong Time. A mother witnesses her son commit a crime and after the worst day of her life, she awakens to the previous day. A do-over. Or is it?

My favorite?

Dot Hutchison has created a villain and world you would least expect. It is both chilling and mesmerizing. I will never look at butterflies the same.

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