St. Martin's Press
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A compelling psychological thriller that carefully untangles the lies, deceit, and memories all the while leave you questioning everything.

After becoming addicted to BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, I was hesitant to jump into B.A. Paris’ second novel. I wanted it to be just as good as her first and hoped for it to be better. Pushing aside my crazy bookish fears, I sat down with THE BREAKDOWN and didn’t get back up until I was about halfway through. This book is everything that I wanted it to be.

BLOCK 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Roy & Castells Series, Book 1
Orenda Books
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark serial killer suspense novel with a gripping historical backstory.

BLOCK 46 is one of those disturbing, menacing thrillers that pulls you in with the crime, but keeps you reading because of the characters.  I loved the way that Johanna Gustawsson not only developed the story, but also how set set the stage with a cast that will no doubt become even more intriguing as the series progresses. Their flaws and honest depictions really rounded out the more technical aspects of the police work that is within the story.

MY SISTER'S BONES by Nuala Ellwood
William Morrow Paperbacks
5 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is packed with suspense, twists, turns, and an ending that I didn't see coming. Loved every single word.

MY SISTER’S BONES is one of my favorite books of the year so far. This debut novel checks all the boxes for a completely addictive thriller. The author has created these beautifully flawed characters that pull you into a tale of secrets, lies, and pain. The psychological suspense is built by the careful unraveling of a complex web of memories from not only Kate, but her sister as well.

A NAME UNKNOWN by Roseanna M. White
Bethany House Publishers
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A delightful historical novel with fun characters and a bit on intrigue on the side.

The first book in the Shadows Over England series is exactly what I think of when I want to read a historical fiction novel. The eloquence of the author’s writing coupled with the all the details of the time period instantly transport the reader to Edwardian Britain. White has a true gift for developing witty and charming characters that come to life within the pages of this book.

Hachette Books
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A fun and critical look at the concept of the grass is always greener.

I don’t think that there is one person out there that hasn’t thought about the road not taken or the what-ifs in life. In THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, Abbey has an accident and is thrown into the world she could have had if only she said yes to one date. Honestly, the concept of the book is not new. We have all seen the movies and read the books about this type of story. However, Himes manages to breathe new life into the trope through her honest and relatable characters.

Maestra Series by L.S. Hilton
Penguin Random House
5 star cup

If you step into the world of Judith Rashleigh, you may not make it out. In the first two books of the Maestra series, I became completely obsessed with the fast-paced, dark, and sinfully addictive story as well as the woman behind a trail of bodies and art. I didn’t know what to expect when I started MAESTRA. However, by the end of DOMINA, I was clamoring for more.

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: An intricate and tense tale of secrets, lies, and heartbreak.

Last year I read THE WIDOW, the debut novel by Fiona Barton, and was blown away by her story telling. With her second novel, THE CHILD, she continues to amaze me by giving her readers characters that are so realistic you can’t help but get sucked into the story. The eloquence of the prose combined with emotion and secrets will keep you at the edge of your seat wishing for an ending that brings closure for all involved.

Orenda Books
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A page turning thriller packed with family secrets and a look into discovering one’s true self.

THE OTHER TWIN is not your average thriller. Of course, it has the pulse pounding suspense as well as the twist and turns that we all love, but there is a strong social message carried throughout the story that makes this book even better. This book will force the reader to think beyond who a character is on face value and see into who their true identity is. The author really does play with who we think people are and what they know. This is were the thrills and chills come from for me.

I recently had the chance to read Justin Dauer’s latest book CULTIVATING A CREATIVE CULTURE. The book centers around the premise that when dealing with employees having a human first attitude is key, especially creatives. By having an environment that is more open to embracing the person with all that they offer rather than filling the position, you may be surprised at what you get in return.



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