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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ~ Book Review

Book Description:

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.


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About the Author:
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her d├ębut thriller.

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Review:

I read this book as part of the Indigo book club and really enjoyed it. If you have read Girl on the Train or The Couple Next Door you will like this story also. It is dark, deep and suspenseful. Is Lo crazy or losing her mind? Was there a woman thrown overboard? Its a whole who-dun-it type of story without the real detective. Lo reports a murder on board only to feel no one believes her as no one else has seen this lady that Lo is talking about. During the story it flashes to Lo's boyfriend and her family with emails to each other about Lo's whereabouts as she hasn't returned from her trip yet. A one point I was really starting to think that Lo wasn't going to be very lucky.

The author hooked me from the first chapter and kept me on my toes about what was happening and who actually did what on board this amazing cruise ship. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more by Ruth Ware in the future.

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

Nest by Terry Goodkind ~ Book Review

Book Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the thriller with a provocative, page-turning walk among evil.

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.


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About the Author:
Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.

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Review:

I was super excited to read this book. From the synopsis I figured I would devour this book from beginning to end. In the end I felt I was let down. I did enjoy this book but I can only give it a 3 or 3.5 star rating as I found once I was just over half way through the story line to me slowed down and got repetitive.

Seeing evil in eyes of strangers would be horrifying but to be wrapped up in a run for your own life and others because these evil individuals can identify you through your eyes is even scarier. This book starts off fast, not wasting anytime on getting into the story and having it unfold quickly. There are some pretty gruesome spots that I read through quickly but all in all I liked this book because it was different than the average suspense thrillers I have been reading lately. I would have to say it is a bit paranormal like. Take a chance on it, you might just love it.

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

Bled by Eddie Slain ~ Book Review

Book Description:

Cassie is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, where the only rules are kill, or be killed…

Charleston, Illinois -
Cassie and Frank’s animalistic rutting climaxes with rage, pain, and disappointment, when he disappears, trailing burnt and bloody remains in his wake.

Rome, Italy -
A gorgeous stranger sweeps Cassie off her feet, lighting her soul with every touch, his deep, brown eyes harbouring a dark secret.

Perugia, Italy -
Cassie’s lover disappears, leaving a blood-soaked message, and the image of a familiar ghost on her phone.

…exhausted, frozen, alone, Cassie must now hunt down the killer before it's too late.


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About the Author:


Eddie Slain has been dreaming in bright red and hot pink for most of his life, fighting the urge to write what he sees whenever he closes his eyes.

Now everyone can indulge in Eddie's dark side.

Dip inside, enjoy the rush.


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Review:

I enjoy reading horror, psychological and erotica books but usually they are not all rolled into one like Bled. This book is raw, raw, raw. It gets its teeth into you from the first couple pages and hooks you along until you come to the end. This book is not my typical read but I was very interested in seeing how the novel would unfold. I knew from the beginning that it isn't your average horror or erotica novel, it does contain explicit sexual scenes. That in mind I jump in with both feet and an open mind.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Why? Because I found it hooked my attention right away, kept me picking back up the book until I was finished. I love the writing style of Slain and was fascinated with the story he was able to tell. Never would I have thought Geocaching would be so dangerous.

Cassie is  a tough girl, she won't take any crap from anyone especially not her boyfriend, who really needs emotional help and some anger management. She even has some great kicka#$ moves that will get her out of trouble. This book does have abuse emotionally and physically, so there were times that I couldn't wait to get through a certain part. All in all I think Slain did a great job on his debut novel and I can't wait to read more by him.

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

Genuine Jenn is back!

Hi readers!

It has been a long year and I have been working through some personal family things. I am now working my way back into blogging. I have missed posting my reviews and look forward to connecting with authors, readers and other bloggers. This is a new year, a new start in life and so much more. Lets connect and chat!

This year I will still be posting reviews on fiction books but I will be posting more personal development, fitness and health books as this is where my life is at the present time. I may also write more personal posts but this is still undecided. I would like to share my past experience and help others who have been through the same or going through it right now but I am not sure I am there just yet.

Keep your eyes peeled for new reviews as I have still been reading and have a stack of books that are waiting on reviews. I am starting out slow so I am aiming for two reviews each week.

If you love to read. I am still looking for other readers who are interested in being part of the Genuine Jenn review team. Shoot me an email from the Contact page.

Keep smiling! Life is Beautiful!

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.

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About the Author:

Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. 

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Review: 

I enjoyed this book because it was different from most psychological thrillers that I have read lately. Celeste's daughter becomes very ill and the next thing you know Celeste is wrapped up in this other kind of life where she is on the run after making a huge mistake. Celeste leaves her daughter and runs for her life instead of sticking it out and finding out what will happen. This was a tough read because I could never see myself running and leaving my children behind. Each page made me wonder when Celeste would stop and go back to see if her daughter is better and alive or it she will just start a new life on her own.


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars as sometimes I just couldn't like the characters as their behaviours drove me crazy.
 

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