THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER by Julia Fierro
St. Martin's Press
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A wonderfully written coming of age story.

THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER is a charming and eloquent tale of a community with more going on than what is on the surface. It is how the author created the town as well as its inhabitants that is where the true beauty of the book lies. The interactions between characters as well as their reactions to certain situations within the book are core of this narrative.

CLUB DECEPTION by Sarah Skilton
Grand Central Publishing
4 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is a good mix of drama, duplicity, and romance all combined with the misdirection and magic of a good illusion.

CLUB DECEPTION opens up the world of magic to its readers. What is so great about this book is that the story give us all the wonder that is a magic show, but deconstructs it all at the same time. With a sleight of hand and a bit of misdirection, Sarah Skilton weaves together a character driven mystery so captivating that I wasn’t able to put this one down.

SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Atria Books
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: Classic Hollywood with a modern twist.

SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is a book that will give you the glitz, the glamor, and the scandals that make Hollywood so intriguing. Through the voice of Evelyn Hugo, the author transports us back into what it was like to be a movie star in the 1950s.

THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris
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.

ANOTHER MAN’S GROUND by Claire Booth
Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries, Book 2
Minotaur Books
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A Small town murder mystery done with humor, heart, and good balance of police work.

ANOTHER MAN’S GROUND is more than a mystery. I know it sounds cliche, but the bodies that are found are only the beginning of a story that will bring you deep into the heart of Branson, Missouri.

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.

DARK SATURDAY by Nicci French
Frieda Klein Series, Book 6
William Morrow Paperbacks
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A thriller with a good balance of police procedure and psychological suspense.

DARK SATURDAY is one of those books that slowly pulled me in through the humanity of the characters, mystery behind the murders, and tragic effect the murders had on woman convicted. I will be honest with you all, I had a little bit of a difficult time getting into the novel at first. However, once the case started to develop and all the players started interacting the book became a lot more intriguing.

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.

 

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