Pub Day REVIEW: What Lies in the Woods

Twenty two years ago, three eleven year old best friends used to play imaginary games in the woods. But on one horrible afternoon they were attacked, with Naomi’s testimony a serial killer was arrested. Now a podcaster is looking into the truth of their story and the girls are forced to confront what really happenedContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: What Lies in the Woods”

Pub Day REVIEW: Night Wherever We Go

It’s the late 1850s in Texas on a plantation and the family is struggling financially. They decide to bring in a breeding male negro to impregnate their female slaves, more babies means more income long term. The women are understandably angry and will do anything to thwart these efforts. This was another one of thoseContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Night Wherever We Go”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Villa

Emily and Chess are childhood friends and successful writers. Emily has a more steady career with a backlist of cozy mysteries while Chess is a no holds barred non-fiction, self-help guru. Both are looking to get started on their next project but are a bit stalled. Emily is also going through a divorce so ChessContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Villa”

Pub Day REVIEW: Throwing Shadows

This is my third Jerry Roth book, like with his other books the characters all well fleshed out and nuanced even in short form. My challenge with short stories is always wanting more or being left to assume what happened. In this collection we get creepy tales that give us everything you want in a horrorContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Throwing Shadows”

Pub Day REVIEW: Hester

Hester tells us the story of Isobel, a red haired Scot who has synesthesia – an ability to associate colors with letters and sounds. She is from a long line of women descended from a witch who escaped her trial. When Isobel emigrates to Salem, Massachusetts their history with witch trials has her senses heightened andContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Hester”

Pub Day REVIEW: ‘Til All These Things Be Done

Leola is a hard working woman with dreams in the 1910’s living in East Texas. Her family are surviving until her father loses his arm in a work accident. His ability to provide for and support his family disappears and his mental health suffers. He gets an opportunity to work in Houston and he leavesContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: ‘Til All These Things Be Done”

Pub Day REVIEW: Dead Flip

What a love letter to the 90’s this book is! From page one we are dripping in TGIF, arcade and Huey Lewis references. We get great 2020s rep though, our main character is Iranian and one of his best friends is queer. Maz, Cori and Sam are pre-teen besties until Sam goes missing one Halloween.Continue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Dead Flip”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

This is such a fun, witchy romp with great representation with characters of all ages, races and LGBTQIA+ categories.  The Witches of Moonshyne Manor are a fabulous found family of senior witches who are about to lose their home. Several spoilery circumstances leave them scrambling for a lost treasure, one that cost them quite aContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor”

Pub Day REVIEW: Upgrade

Blake Crouch does it again! He and Andy Weir are my go-to sci-fi authors that always promise me a thrill ride along with an education. In this story, Logan Ramsay is an agent in the Gene Protection Agency and he is working to alleviate the guilt he has for his mother’s crimes. Both are brilliantContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Upgrade”

Pub Day REVIEW: Joan

“‘I believe God crafted the sound of a woman’s scream,’ she says, ‘to pierce the heart and test our humanity, whether we still have it or whether we have left it behind.’” ————————— Joan of Arc is one of the great feminist icons and holy figures in all of humanity. Katherine Chen tells us herContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Joan”