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 OTHER TWIN by L. V. Hay
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.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Leigh Himes
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.

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
Berkley
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.

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 TOUCH by Courtney Maum
G.P. Putnam's Sons

4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: This is a smart, witty, and thought-provoking read.

I will be honest with you all. I was excited about this book, but didn’t know what I would think of it when I finished. I was hoping for something in the same vein as THE ASSISTANTS by Camille Perri. What I got was different, but equally as enjoyable.

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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THE HIDING PLACE by David Bell
Berkley/NAL
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A solid mystery with relatable characters and interesting twists.

In anticipation of David Bell’s newest release, BRING HER HOME, I decided to read THE HIDING PLACE as part of two month blog tour. The book was one of the few of his that immediately jumped out to me. The concept of revisiting a twenty-five year old case coupled with the possibility of a wrongful conviction and all the emotions that would be dredged up again made me want to give this book a chance.

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THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT by Samuel Bjork
Penguin Books
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark and tense follow-up to I'M TRAVELING ALONE.

THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT is a suspenseful, dark, and haunting crime mystery that will no doubt have you staying up to find out how it all ends. Bjork brings back two of my favorite detectives, Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, to solve a case that can only be described as disturbingly haunting.

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WHITE FUR by Jardine Libaire
Hogarth Press
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A gritty romance with complex characters.

WHITE FUR is a gritty, twisty-turny, and intense book about the romance between to people that by all reasoning shouldn’t be together. Elise and Jamey are polar opposites. Yet, they work so beautifully together in a completely dysfunctional manner.

 

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