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Book Review: The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio

Title: The Beautiful Strangers

Author: Camille Di Maio

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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A beautifully written story about dreams coming true and a hotel’s mystery.

Kate Morgan works at her family’s restaurant bored with the everyday hustle and bustle. She dreams of one day working on a film set. Her grandfather keeps her dream alive by convincing her to take a leap of faith. He asked her to do one thing to find the beautiful stranger. Kate has no clue who that is or where to find him or her.

Kate is a character easy to care for as well as her grandfather and the Dementia he is fighting. Reading this book, I wanted Kate to succeed in finding the beautiful stranger, not for herself, but for her grandfather. It is a story that touches your heart. I enjoyed Kate going for her dream and meeting Sean who helped her.

I figured out the connection between Kate, her grandfather and the beautiful stranger early, but it was still exciting to get to those parts in the in the store. It just felt like the mystery element of the story dragged on.

My favorite parts of the book where the flashbacks told by the beautiful stranger. Having read previous books by this author, the Beautiful Stranger is now my favorite. I recommend this book to those who like historical fiction and mystery stories.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

 

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#BookTour #BookReview Friends List by Rob Watson

Friends List
by Rob Watson
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
My friends are being slaughtered one by one. Decapitated. Burned alive.
Chopped to pieces.
The hooded killer has vowed to keep murdering people I care about until
they’re all dead, their profile pics on social media replaced with
photos of their mutilated bodies. The police can’t catch him. They
have no leads.
The horror is making the visions come back—the fire that took my
parents, leaving my twin Alex and me alive, but broken.
The hooded killer won’t stop until I’m completely shattered. He’ll
eat away at my mind, heart, and soul until there’s nothing left. No
one left to love, no one left to trust, and nothing I can be sure is real.
Dr. Cross thinks a trip back to the place my parents died will stop the
visions. Alex is afraid it’s a trap.
But I know the hooded killer won’t hurt me. That’s not his game.
His game is much deeper. Much darker.
Friends list is about a hooded killer hell-bent on taking out all of Lexa Rhodes friends.
This is a suspense-thriller with horror elements that were very suspenseful. Friends list is the first book I’ve read by this author and it was a nice introduction to his work. The author created a solid plot that had twists and turns in the right parts of the book.
Even though I was able to guess who was behind all the killing, the journey was still worth it. The characters were well-developed. I could pick up their personalities and how they related to the story. Lexa and Alex’s characters were the most intriguing. I just thought they were inappropriate in their closeness until I got close to the end of the book.
The only problem I had is with the double twist at the end. I don’t believe the second one was needed and it actually turned me off a little on the book. I give Friends List 4 Stars, overall it was a good book that kept my interest, had entertaining characters, and an awesome killer. I recommend this book to horror and thriller readers.

Rob Watson was born in Santa Monica, California. He is married and is the
father of three children. He is the owner of Damaged Psyche
Productions. He is a horror/sci-fi fanatic and has been ever since
early childhood. He has been imagining and writing stories for as far
back as he can remember. Some of his idols are Rod Serling, Steven
King, David Cronenberg, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Hitchcock, John
Carpenter, Wes Craven, and Dan Curtis. Rob studied film and creative
writing at Long Beach City College and California State University,
Long Beach, after which he spent a couple of years working on movie
production crews (as set PA, second assistant director, boom, etc.).
Since then, he has written almost a dozen feature length screenplays
(mostly horror and/or sci-fi) as well as numerous short stories and
scripts. He has two original screenplays currently in pre-production
and has written several “work-for-hire” scripts.
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#BookTour #Book Review: Delusions by Amy Crandall

Delusions
by Amy Crandall
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
As she waits to give her statement in one of the interrogation rooms of
Arcata Police Department, Abigale recites the same line over and over
inside her head.
I did not kill anyone.
I did not kill anyone.
But there’s a trail of bodies, and it leads straight to her. The events
that brought her to this very moment all point to one thing…her guilt.
She must convince Detective Collins of her innocence, but how can she
explain her ties to the victims, and the evidence that has her name
written all over it?
Then there’s the mysterious Facebook profile. DarkHeart434.
Who is DarkHeart434? And why does it seem like this person has all the
answers, including the identity of the real murderer?
As pieces of the puzzle start to come together, everything about
Abigale’s life begins to unravel—her past, her present…and even
her self-proclaimed innocence.
4 Stars= Great Page Turner
Delusions’ synopsis and cover intrigued me and made me want to read the book. It is a psychological Thriller told by Abigale, who is being accused of murdering one of her friends.
The book goes back and forth from Abigale’s interrogation and flashbacks, so you’re reading everything that leads up to how she ends up in the interrogation room. I believe this was a genius thing the author did. The whole time I was reading I believed Abigale was guilty. The twist and reveal were done at the right moment and the author does a wonderful job getting you interested in the secondary characters. However, I was mainly interested in finding out if Abigale was guilty or being set up.
Overall this was a great thriller. It kept my attention, had me invested in the characters and anticipating what would happened next. There was some repetitive sections with Abigale and her friends, but it didn’t take away from the plot of the book. I recommend Delusions to those who love suspense and psychological thrillers.
*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.
Amy Crandall is an avid reader and novelist born and raised in British
Columbia, Canada. She began writing in elementary school, publishing
her first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. With the
support of her loved ones and newfound friends on the site, Amy
continued to share her thoughts and interests in the form of storytelling.
Before her Wattpad.com days, she was published in A Celebration of Poets –
Summer 2012 (Creative Communication, 2012) for her poem My Garden.
That experience only drove her desire to further pursue writing. Her
first full-length novel, “Delusions”, was a featured story
on Wattpad.com, reaching #7 in the mystery/thriller genre, and
surpassing 115,000 reads, before its publishing.
When she isn’t envisioning a new story plot, Amy can be found camping with
loved ones, getting lost in a great read, jamming to her favourite
tunes, or giving in to her craving of Timmies’ iced lemonades.
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#BookReview #BookTour Beyond The Shadows by Loree Lough

Beyond the Shadows
by Loree Lough
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Elice Glasser is a widow with three young children to raise. Cabot Murray
is an ex-cop who returns home to Freeland, Maryland, to deal with the
pain of his own tragic loss: the death of his wife and daughter in a
fiery explosion intended for him.
Grieving, their sorrow brings them together, and a friendship develops that
leads then to explore the possibility of finding love again. But
vengeful enemies and jealous rivals are determined to destroy the
peace and happiness that Elice and Cabot have found in each other’s
arms. Why are their rivals so intent on keeping Elice and Cabot
apart? Loree Lough’s latest suspenseful romance is a page-turner!
Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner 
In Beyond the Shadows, I was introduced to Elice and soon Cabot, two individuals dealing with losses in their lives. I was all in for the thriller element of the book, but the beginning of the book started off slow and didn’t keep my attention.
As I continued the story, it seemed Elice and Cabot’s relationship progressed pretty fast and then I hit the twists. I soon found out, there was someone who didn’t want these two characters together. The story picked up but I still had a hard time connecting with the characters.
I believe the author created a intriguing plot, descriptions I could imagine, but the characters were not ones I could invest in. Overall it was a decent book and I will read more of this author’s work.
*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.
At last count, best-selling author Loree Lough had 115 award-winning
books (nearly 9,000,000 copies in circulation and 7 titles that
earned book-to-movie options), 68 short stories, and 2,500+ articles
in print.
An oft-invited guest of writers’ organizations, colleges and
universities, corporate and government agencies in the U.S. and
abroad, Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the
craft and the industry.
Once upon a time, Loree (literally) sang for her supper, performing alone
and “opening” for the likes of Tom Jones, Dottie West, The
Gatlin Brothers, and more. Though she refuses to share the actual
year when she traded her Yamaha 6-string for a wedding ring, she IS
willing to admit that, every now and then, she blows the dust off her
six-string to croon a tune or two. But mostly, she just writes (and
writes).
Loree and her husband split their time between a home in the Baltimore
suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she continues
to hone her “identify the critter tracks” skills. Her
favorite pastime? Spending long, leisurely hours with her
grandchildren…all seven of them!
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