The Good Liar

By Catherine McKenzie

 

Book Blurb

Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

My Review

Catherine McKenzie can always be counted on to spin a great tale, and The Good Liar is no exception. We meet three women who were present when a large explosion rocked Chicago killing more than 500 people on October 10th at 10:00 a.m.  Theirs are stories of secrets, deceptions, and guilt.  In this character-driven story, Cecily, Kaitlyn (Kate), and Franny find themselves confronting their sins of the past year as memorials for “Triple Ten” approach.  I found them each to be believable and profoundly changed by the events of the previous year.  Were they likable characters?  Cecily was the true victim of the story and I liked her a lot, though I found myself getting frustrated with her from time to time.  Kate was so twisted that I couldn’t understand how she could leave her family thinking she had died in the explosion.  I disliked Franny from the start. She was too conniving, and I wanted to have nothing to do with her.  The story is told in the first person by Cecily and Kate giving us a deep insight into their characters, while Fanny’s story was told in interviews and thus was impersonal.

Just when you think you’ve figured it all out, the author throws another twist at you keeping you engaged in reading.  Full of the unexpected, The Good Liar is a book you should watch for.  It will be published in April 2018.

I am giving The Good Liar 4 stars because I felt it was confusing going back and forth among the three women. While I could grasp Cecily’s and Kate’s comments, I had a hard time connecting to Franny’s interview format at first.

Would I recommend The Good Liar?  Unquestionably!

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine is a partner in a litigation boutique in Montreal, where she was born and raised. Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN, SMOKE and FRACTURED, are bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. SMOKE was named one of the Top 100 Books in 2015 by Amazon and one of the Best Books of October 2015 by Goodreads. FRACTURED was named one of the Best Books of October 2016 by Goodreads.

Catherine’s first book writing as Julie Apple (the protagonist in FRACTURED), THE MURDER GAME, was released in November, 2016. SPIN has been optioned for a television series. A short film of ARRANGED was made in 2014 and won a Canadian National Screen Institute Award. Catherine was on set while they filmed it. It was one of the highlights of her writing life.

Catherine’s next novel, THE GOOD LIAR, will be published on April 3, 2018.

An avid skier and runner, Catherine climbed the Grand Teton in 2014.

And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.

Visit her online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter and Instagram at @CEMckenzie1

Due Out April 3, 2018

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Book Spotlight: Full Moon Rising

By T.M. Becker

Book Blurb

A father’s neglect…a brother’s betrayal…

Answers…that’s all Arabella ever wanted. Answers about how to vanquish the recurring nightmares that plague her…or where her mother came from and why she disappeared so many years ago.

To fifteen-year-old Arabella, the answers must lie in the books her mother left behind when she vanished.

But the books are written in an ancient language shrouded in mystery—the language of magic. And in the conquered land of Atruria, magic is forbidden.

Instead of answers, the books offer only more questions—and a death sentence when her brother discovers her secret.

Arabella is resigned to her fate, until late one night her cell door bursts open.

For though magic has been forbidden in Atruria…it has not been forgotten.

Author’s Biography

T. M. Becker, called Steph by her friends and family, is the author of the young adult fantasy, Full Moon Rising. Always a fan of second breakfasts, hobbits, and Grimm’s fairytales, she spent her childhood afternoons buried in a book or acting out scenes from her imagination in the woods beside her house. In high school, she discovered a passion for theatre and even began a recording of The Hobbit for her younger siblings, complete with different voices for each character.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and nine children in a log house full of books, soccer gear, and perpetually mismatched socks.

One of her favorite things about writing is how a single image or idea can blossom into an entire series. In her spare time, (what is that?!) she enjoys teaching, cooking, trail running, and watching her sons and daughters play soccer.

T.M. Becker Social Media Links

Visit her at www.tmbecker.com (website coming soon) and on

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Pre-order Link

https://squareup.com/store/prospective-press/item/full-moon-rising


Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Christmas #ShortStories Silent Night by @WendyClarke99

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Today’s team review is from Jenny, she blog here http://jennyworstall.wordpress.com

#RBRT Review Team

Jenny has been reading Silent Night by Wendy Clarke

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My review:

I have long been an admirer of Wendy Clarke’s short stories; she writes with great delicacy about the deep emotional truths found at the heart of seemingly everyday lives.

Christmas is a time of heightened emotion and this collection explores themes of loneliness, loss and love, all with the constant thread of the real meaning of Christmas running through.

In ‘Finding Santa’ we sympathise with a family stranded at Gatwick Airport as the festive season starts and in ‘All I Want for Christmas’ we feel for the new step-father desperately searching the shops for the elusive must-have-toy late on Christmas Eve.

The most original story of the collection in my opinion is ‘Silent Night’, but my favourite is ‘Christmas Strike’, for its humour and for the tenderness of…

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Goodreads Giveaway coming in November!

Do you love Janice Spina’s books? There is a giveaway on Goodreads and you can read about it here.

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Hi everyone! I am happy to announce that I willl be doing another Goodreads Giveaway this year. This giveaway will begin NOVEMBER 20, 2017 and end DECEMBER 20, 2017 just before Christmas. If you win, it will make a fabulous Christmas gift for someone on your list or you can keep it for yourself. I will be giving away THREE AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS! I will do my best to mail out the books as soon as I receive notification of the winners!

Drum roll please…the book I will be giving away this time is…

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 4

THE CASE OF THE BROWN SCRAGGLY DOG

BLURB:

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt…

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Remember…

A deeply heartfelt essay on the cost of war in the last century, by Sue Vincent. The price is immeasurable.

The Silent Eye

Paper poppies bloom, as fragile as the lives they represent. Every year it is the same, I try to find some way of saying what is in my heart and the words will not come.  I was not there, I have no right to speak of war and its atrocities. I have not seen it with my own eyes. I have never aimed a gun at another human being and been faced with the choice whether to kill or be killed. I have not tried to sleep in cold mud made from the earth of a foreign land mingled with the blood of my comrades. I have not lost my child to war.

I have no right to speak, but nor have I the right to remain silent when the price of my freedom to speak was so high. I have a duty to my own conscience and to all…

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Sixty-six (66) 5-Star Reviews for Award-winning Picture Book AMAZING MATILDA!

Congratulations to Bette Stevens on receiving 66 Five-Star reviews of her phenomenal children’s book AMAZING MATILDA. If you’re looking for a gift for your special 5-11-year-old, I highly recommend AMAZING MATILDA.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

MATILDA expertly as a cirus acrobat... 2016

About the book

This “Gem of a Tale” about a Monarch Butterfly teaches kids lessons in friendship, patience and persistence as AMAZING MATILDA transforms from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. (Children’s Picture Book/Ages 5-11).

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Treats only, Please

Lauren Scott of Baydreamer posted a fun Halloween poem. Please enjoy and while you are at her blog, check out some of her other wonderful poems.

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HalloweenTrickTreaters

Creepy cackles from the trees
startle their hearts as they walk
Shadows follow the echoes
as they ensue down the block

They loyally repeat to each other
it’s a night for entertainment
There’s nothing to be afraid of
as they stare down at the pavement

They know they’re not alone
many follow in their footsteps
Eager to push the door bell
but afraid of the special effects

They see goblins and witches
ghouls, pumpkins, and ghosts,
Super heroes of all different kinds
while owls hoot from their posts

Some faces seem a bit too real
one even looked like old granny
Ignore the screeches and simply focus
on taking home a load of candy

Lauren Scott © 2017
Photos: Google

Aurora Alexander is holding a Halloween poem contest, inviting all to participate. It’s been fun reading all the wonderful entries, and the competition is tough. This is my entry, and…

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Monster Ballet

Written by Curtis L. Cornell
Illustrated by Christopher Chico


Book Blurb

For the first time ever, human beings of all ages have a chance to witness the Monster Ballet. It is a rare spectacle indeed, for only one night a year do the monsters dare be so bold. Peek behind the curtain to see the Monster Ballet. It is one show you won’t want to miss!

Monster Ballet is a fun, rhyming 36-page picture book with a unique, interactive ending. It is excellent for ages 3-7 and makes for a memorable read aloud.

My Review

Monster Ballet is a delightful story about witches and goblins and all that are scary, but are they really? Once a year they hold a Monster Ballet.

The rhyming lines tell the story of the once a year ballet performed by monsters in a fun way that is sure to have children giggling. The story is well thought out and written in such a way to soothe children’s fears and give them something to laugh about. The book is beautifully illustrated depicting charming monsters on each page. This non-scary book is sure to become a favorite with both children and their parents.

I highly recommend Monster Ballet to children from three to seven years of age and to their parents and teachers.

This book was gifted to me by the author.

About the Author

Curtis L. Cornell is an elementary school teacher and founder of Generations Legacy, a nonprofit that will serve as a school to provide a high-quality education for low income families in Los Angeles. Curtis is also the author of exciting youth fantasy adventure novels that comprise the Serenium Series, and additionally has created many educational resources. You can find out more about Curtis and his works at curtislcornell.com.

To Purchase the Book

http://www.chaplainpublishing.com/product/monster-ballet/