Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Long Bright River

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about ...

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The Majesties

According to the blurb, The Majesties is what readers could expect if Crazy Rich Asians had been written by Gillian Flynn, and since I loved both of those things, I was excited to pick it up. Author Tiffany Tsao has created a complex story of extreme wealth, dysfunctional family relationships, and t ...

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The Whispers of War

The Whispers of War is Julia Kelly's second novel, a deftly plotted story of female friendship set against the backdrop of the early days of World War II. Its well-drawn characters and strong sense of place make it a book that is sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction everywhere. Nora, Haze ...

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The Better Liar

Tanen Jones' The Better Liar is one of those début novels that feels far too polished to be someone's first book. Everything about it is pitch perfect, and I sped through it in a single sitting. It's been years since Leslie last laid eyes on her younger sister Robin. After their mother's death w ...

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The Prized Girl

The Prized Girl is Amy K. Green's début novel, an exceedingly dark and gritty story of one woman's search for the truth about the death of her younger sister. It's a novel that doesn't pull punches as it digs into the lives of what most people would consider to be the perfect family so be wary if d ...

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris' Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing read ...

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Nameless Queen

I love reading series of all types, but sometimes, I find myself in the mood for something that stands on its own. If this is what you're looking for, and if you're a fan of young adult fantasy, look no further than Rebecca McLaughlin's Nameless Queen. It's a fast, absorbing read that wraps things u ...

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If She Were Dead

Obsession is one of my favorite themes when it comes to novels of psychological suspense, so If She Were Dead, the latest offering from author J.P. Smith, really piqued my interest. It's the story of two women who happen to be in love with the same man, and how far one or both of them might go in or ...

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Clear My Name

My best friend has been urging me to pick up a Paula Daly book for the past couple of years, but it wasn't until I read the blurb for Clear My Name, her latest novel of psychological suspense, that I actually took the plunge. Now, I'm excited to check out her back list since this novel was utterly e ...

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City of Scoundrels

In this third installment in her Counterfeit Lady series, Victoria Thompson continues the story of con-woman-turned-society-lady Elizabeth Miles, a self-reliant young woman determined to right some of the wrongs society has done to others of her sex. This is not my favorite book in the series, but i ...