The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry|Book Review

Synopsis:

Christopher Bauer and his wife Hannah, both work at the hospital as an orthopedic surgeon and nurse respectively. One night, a small child is admitted, in bad condition nothing short of horrifying. The child, Janie, is around 6 years old, but looks more like a toddler in size. Janie suffers from multiple ailments, physical ones due to abuse, and mental ones, due to neglect. We learn that Janie’s mother was killed, and the police found Janie bound and tied up in a trailer with chains. Janie’s recuperation is a long road ahead, but the Bauers, who had formed a connection with Janie at the hospital, takes it upon themselves to foster Janie as they may be in the perfect profession to care for someone like Janie.

Genre: Thriller

My Review:

This was a horrifyingly gripping read. Each page made me impatient to get to the next, however disturbing the details grew. Told from the POVs of Christopher Bauer and Hannah Bauer(Janie’s adoptive parents) and Piper Goldstein(Janie’s case worker), enough story was given and enough story was held back to show a brilliant case of unreliable narration. The pacing was great, not too detail-y and boring, kept me invested for sure. Short and concise chapters, just the way I like it.

At times, the adoptive parents were naive and possible stupid but i can’t fault them for that. They were first time parents who took on a situation bigger than they can handle. Right off the bat, I knew that these characters and their story wouldn’t end wrapped in a pretty little bow. Again, something i like. I read elsewhere about the abrupt ending, but i honestly can’t complain about it. Some stories need to challenge readers to interpret their own understanding of what happens.

This book gave realistic insight into the repercussions of child abuse and neglect. As much as I was disgusted and heartbroken about what happened to Janie, the author also showed how truly sinister she could be.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts| Book Review

Book Title: The Obsession

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance/Thriller/Suspense

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis – At 12 yrs old, Naomi Bowes followed her father into the woods one night and stumbled upon a shocking & disturbing truth. From that moment, life would never be the same for Naomi, her mother, and her brother, Mason. Years later, Naomi’s past follows her wherever she goes, making her develop a nomad-like attitude for her job as a photographer, bumping around from place to place. In the present order of events, Naomi is in her late twenties and decides to root herself in a small town by purchasing a huge house in need of many repairs. She befriends the town folk and even finds love in Xander Keaton, the town mechanic. While Naomi busies herself with taking pictures and bartering them for odds and ends needed around her house, and sparks fly between her and Xander, her horrific past resurfaces and she can’t help but blame herself, and want to retreat into a space where she hasn’t opened her heart and life to others.

My Review – if you’re familiar with my blog, you’d know I love most of what Nora Roberts writes, how she writes, her manner of storytelling. It’s the way I love my own stories to be. A dash of romance tied in with mysteries, suspense and thriller.

I must admit I had an inkling of the climax in this book but not because of a weak plot. I’m just an alright detective(hehe). This book was very character driven. The characters were fully explored and examined, their growth and progress added to the story. Without all of this meaningful clutter, I don’t see how the main plot would work as a whole book. Overall, I would recommend it as it doesn’t narrow in on just a romantic story. That’s just a fraction of what this book is about. Without selling the story away, I’ll say it’s a tie in of murder, mayhem, healing, strength.

*Before heading into this book you should know that there are some dark moments, mentions of rape, torture and murder by a disturbed serial killer. *

Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!

Xo Kat

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier|Book Review

*4 stars on Goodreads*

The story begins with Philip, an orphan who was raised by his older cousin, Ambrose. Philip was brought up in a household with no women, so it was odd to him that his cousin Ambrose had gotten married while he was in Italy. They exchanged letters back and forth detailing their days and feelings. Philip began to harbor jealousy in his heart towards, Rachel(also his cousin, who has married Ambrose) since he never had to share Ambrose’s affection before. He loathed the day when Ambrose would bring Rachel home and had a plan set to basically treat her like trash. This absurdity was only heightened as Ambrose’s letters came less frequent.

Philip then decides to go to Italy when he receives an alarming letter from Ambrose but not detailed enough that he knew exactly what was transpiring. He knew Ambrose’s health had declined and was shocked to learn of Ambrose’s sudden death upon his arrival to Italy. His cousin Rachel had already disappeared from the villa where she and Ambrose lived, and Philip was directed to Rachel’s trusted advisor, Ranaildi, the man who handled all of her affairs.

Philip instantly dislikes Rainaldi and goes back home, plotting to do for Rachel should he ever see her. When she finally arrives at his house, he is deeply ashamed, and also surprised by her feeble demeanor. Surely she couldn’t be the villain he had painted her out to be.

As the story progresses, Philips shows himself as a spoiled brat who has become obsessed with Rachel. He enjoys her company so much that he basically demands that she stay with him for a longer time before she moves on to another place. He busies her with decorating the house, and building things around it. His godfather who handles the estate until Philip reaches of age raises concern over how indulgent and insistent he is on gifting Rachel expensive things and allowing her financial freedom to do whatever she wishes.

As per usual I have to cut my synopsis of this book as not to give spoilers. A great, engaging read about deeply flawed characters who you may have a love/hate relationship with. The author’s language was nothing less than marvelous. And I cannot wait to see the movie!

Happy reading!

xo Kat

Book Review: Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I give this book a five out of five for sure. Despite being 500 plus pages long, it held my attention and I am a page skipper. I’m not ashamed to say it, but no pages were skipped. I think this author has some awesome topics too.
Basically it’s about a teacher named Jack St. Bride who was convicted of sexual abuse by one of his students and he did some jail time of about eight months. The book starts where he was released and ended up in a town called Salem Falls. There he tries to lead a quiet presence and blend in doing a simple job as a dishwasher at a diner. Sex offenders usually have to register so it wasn’t long before he was outed to the public and naturally it caused concern among residents. As you delve into this book, you will see many plots and twists. You will forever be questioning his innocence. As much as the evidence would lead you to believe he is guilty, you can’t help but feel sympathy for Jack. He finds love, and it is a hard journey for both him and Addie Peabody as they both have tough things from their past dragging into the present.
There are many characters in this book that tie beautifully into the whole story. Naturally the suspecting population of Salem Falls brands Jack St. Bride guilty when a 16 year old resident accuses him of assaulting her. Very gripping plot along with super suspenseful content will have you hating and loving these characters as the story unfold. There is also a little dab of Wicca which is a personal favorite to read about that makes an exciting read. This book would’ve gotten four stars from me as I hate to call anything perfection but the absolute last paragraph turned this author into a new favorite.
This book retails for about $7.99. You might be able to get it on Amazon Kindle for a bit cheaper, I am not sure, I didn’t check. It is a must read so be sure to put it on your list.
HAPPY READING!!!

December 2014 Book Review

The month isn’t over yet, still a week to go but with all that is going on, I don’t think I will get to complete another book before 2015 is upon us. Unfortunately this month was really hectic and though I had a number of books lined up to read, I only completed one.

Title: What Happens At Christmas (Millworth Manor Book 1)
Author: Victoria Alexander

This book is available on Amazon Kindle. It’s around $4.99

I must say it is a really good book. I have moments where I like certain genres and I am absolutely in love with Christmas romances. Without giving away too much, it is a Christmas romance novel, set in England in the 1800s equipped with passion and humour to make one’s soul smile. I enjoyed all aspects of the book. The characters were well written and I loved the way they were portrayed, be it in a negative or positive role. Even the ones that’s suppose to annoy you, will grow on you. What amazed me most is the little humour that some characters bring, I found myself chuckling from ear to ear. It’s rare for a book to do that to me. It’s not that writers don’t write comedy well, I am just a tough cookie. At the end of the book, I was satisfied with the story, the climax, the characters….I literally fell in love with the main male character hehehe.


Here are some other Christmas novels that I wanted to read but couldn’t: 
Winter’s Interlude, Sandy Lloyd
Married by Midnight, Julianne MacLean
The Brands who came for Christmas, Maggie Shayne
Unexpected Gifts, Elena Aitken
My Christmas Curse, Joan Gable
Married for Christmas, Noelle Adams

All are available on amazon.com for Amazon Kindle!

Enjoy!