Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B+
The French Girl

I had high expectations for Lexie Elliott's The French Girl. It's a British thriller about a group of long-time friends, each of whom is struggling to piece together the truth about a terrible tragedy that occurred ten years before. I love novels with characters who prove difficult to trust, so this ...

C-
Sunburn

Sunburn is the latest standalone thriller from author Laura Lippman. It's a story with a lot of surprising twists, but in many ways, it failed to hold my interest. A woman calling herself Polly is just passing through the small, struggling town of Belleville, Delaware. Or at least, that's what sh ...

B
Song of a Captive Bird

One of my favorite things about historical fiction is its ability to teach me about people and places I wouldn't have otherwise known about. I'm not a huge poetry fan, so the work of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzhad wasn't even on my radar until I read the synopsis for Song of a Captive Bird, the dé ...

A-
Shatter

In the fall of 2016, I fell in love with Glitter, the first book in an exciting and unique duology by Aprilynne Pike. It's a story set in the not-too-distant future featuring a young woman who is determined not to become the next queen of Versailles. The historic palace has been bought by a corporat ...

D
The Lying Kind

I'm always on the lookout for compelling mysteries, so I was thrilled when I read the synopsis for The Lying Kind, the first book in Alison James' new series featuring Detective Rachel Prince. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to my expectations. The story opens a few months after six-year-old ...

B-
More or Less a Marchioness

More Or Less a Marchioness is the first book in Anna Bradley's Somerset Sisters series as well as my introduction to Ms. Bradley's writing. It's a sexy tale set at an English house party, and I'm really glad I picked it up for review. Iris Somerset has worked hard to keep her rebellious streak we ...

A-
The Glass Forest

Cynthia Swanson's The Glass Forest is one of those books that pretty much leapt out of nowhere and took up permanent residence in my heart. I picked it up on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. It's an examination of a family's dark secrets, filled with unforgettable characters doing their best to surviv ...

D
A Scandal by Any Other Name

I'm always looking for romances with positive portrayals of physical disabilities, so I was beyond thrilled to get a copy of A Scandal by Any Other Name for review. It's the second book in Kimberly Bell's A Tale of Two Sisters series, and is the story of a young woman with a mild form of spina bifid ...

B-
The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis has received a great deal of buzz in the months leading up to its publication. I've heard people call it addictive, spellbinding, and unputdownable, so, of course, I had to give it a try. It's a complicated story filled with extremely flawed characters, and I imagi ...

B+
Here We Lie

I'm always on the lookout for books that deal well with social issues, and Here We Lie, the latest novel from Paula Treick DeBoard, is just such a book. On the surface, it's a story not all that different from hundreds of others, the tale of two young women from startlingly different backgrounds who ...