Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Book Review: Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena

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Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena was published on July 25, 2023.  The story opens with William Wooler having an affair.  When his mistress ends things, William goes home early wanting some peace and quiet only to find his daughter Avery home from school early.  He loses his temper with his daughter and leaves.  Hours later, Avery is missing and presumed dead, leaving William as the suspect.  However, he isn't the only person in town hiding a secret.

Shari Lapena is one of my favorite authors, so whenever she has a new book out, I know that I'm going to read it automatically.  I was hoping that I'd be lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy from NetGalley.  Unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards for me.  However, I was one of the first people to be able to check out Everyone Here Is Lying from my local public library.

Told from multiple perspectives, the story held my attention, and I drew some conclusions on who I thought was involved in the kidnapping of Avery.  I thought the father was too obvious, and I didn't think it was anyone in the immediate family.  My mind briefly landed on the mistress and then on her son.  There were so many twists and turns that I started second guessing myself on who I thought it was.  When the author revealed what happened, I was completely shocked by it.  Looking back, she did give a really good clue as to who was involved, and I ignored it.

Although Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena is a suspense novel, it isn't fast paced at all.  It's more of a slow burn but in a good way.  I do have to say that normally there are a few likable characters throughout the story, but this isn't one of them.  The majority of the characters were unlikable in my opinion, but surprisingly, that didn't detract from the story.

Five out of five stars is what I gave Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena.  I can't wait to see what the author writes next.  Hopefully, she will eventually write a sequel to to this book.


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