The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Thank you so much Minotaur for sending me a copy of this book.

My Thoughts: I breezed through this book in just two days. Once I sat down and got into it I was hooked! I pegged the “bad guy” early on but the author did a fantastic job of throwing me off by having so many different characters raise red flags throughout. My heart broke for Ellery – everything she went through and has learned to deal with in her adult life is never an easy thing to read about (I do applaud Schaffhausen for painting a very horrific picture of what went on during her kidnapping without emphasising gory details). I loved her character. I also loved FBI agent Reed. It was interesting to see how him rescuing  Ellery had changed his life over the years and the impact she still had on him. While this story didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat like I originally thought it would, I don’t think it was meant to. I enjoyed the characters and following along to see “whodunnit”. I am very excited to see what book Joanna Schaffhausen comes out with next!

Book Blurb: Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived. When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ago—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet all those years ago. Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he’s washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them…with a killer who can’t let go.

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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

“Grief never goes away. It just changes. At first it’s like molten-hot lava dripping from your heart and hollowing you from the inside. Over time, it settles into your bones, your skin, so that you live with it, walk with it every day. Grief isn’t the footprints in the snow. It’s the empty spaces between.”

My Thoughts: It has been awhile since I read a book that falls into the “post apocalyptic” genre so I was excited to dive in. At first glance this book reminded me of Hunger games in the sense of the strong female lead character. And a bit of Maze Runner with the agency Immunity aspect. BUT it was definitely a new story altogether than those its being compared to. I feel like it set the stage for a great series (or AT LEAST a follow up book). The main character Lynn was left in a world surrounded by men and I give her credit for holding her own. I loved imagining the cold snowy landscape and trying to think what the world would be like today if that were all that was left. As I started reading I knew that could not be all that was going on – enter a handsome stranger named Jax and the plot really kicks off! I devoured this book in two days and loved every minute of it. By the last page I was dying to know what happens next. Bravo to Johnson, I will absolutely be first in line to read whatever he comes out with next (again please tell me it is a sequel)!

Book Blurb: Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Thank you so much St Martins Press for sending me a copy of this book.

My Thoughts: I feel like this book took the phrase “unreliable narrator” to a whole new level. As a reader you have to go into this book knowing not to assume EVER that you know what is going on because just when you think you do – BAM another crazy reveal, all the way to the very end. I finished this book very quickly (mostly because I couldn’t put it down). This is a must read… the perfect book to kick off a great 2018 reading year!

Book Blurb: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing.