Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B+
That Churchill Woman

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the ...

D
The Perfect Liar

I like to think my intuition works pretty well when I'm choosing books for review. I end up enjoying about eighty-five percent of those I select, and I'd say that's pretty good, all things considered. Unfortunately, Thomas Christopher Greene's The Perfect Liar turned out to be one of the remaining f ...

A
The Paragon Hotel

Fans of books set in the 1920's will definitely want to pick up The Paragon Hotel, the latest offering from author Lyndsay Faye. It's a big book with a lot going on, but I loved every moment I spent immersed in the story, and I'm eager for the rest of the book world to embrace this fantastic novel. ...

A
Her One Mistake

There are dozens of novels of psychological suspense that center around a missing child, but few have managed to surprise and delight me the way Heidi Perks’ Her One Mistake did. It's a deftly plotted mystery with relatable characters and a surprise ending, making it something I'm very pleased to ...

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The Au Pair

Gothic novels aren't always my thing, but every once in awhile, I find myself craving a story set in a spooky old house on the English moors. Fortunately, the last time I had such a craving, The Au Pair by Emma Rous was here waiting for me, and it was everything I was hoping for and more. It's no ...

B+
The Light Over London

Fans of stories centered around the Second World War won't want to miss Julia Kelly's The Light Over London. It's a dual timeline novel that tells the story of two women living years apart, each struggling with questions of love and self-worth, and I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Cara Harg ...

A
An Anonymous Girl

Authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have teamed up to create another spellbinding, spine-tingling novel of psychological suspense. An Anonymous Girl is the second book they've written together, and I hope there are many more to come. Jess is a twenty-something makeup artist who is looking ...

C-
Nightchaser

Amanda Bouchet starts off a brand-new space opera saga with Nightchaser, the first book in the Nightchaser series. Tess Bailey is no petty thief. She’s a space age Robin Hood who’s just pulled off the greatest heist of her life: the theft of a secret lab creating super-soldiers for the Galact ...

B
The Similars

The Similars is the first book in a brand-new series from Rebecca Hanover, featuring a group of teenagers who just happen to be clones. It's set in an upper-class boarding school, which made it an obvious choice for me to pick up, since boarding school books are my catnip. Sixteen-year-old Emmali ...

D
What a Widow Wants

What a Widow Wants is the third installment in Jenna Jaxon's Widows' Club series, but the first that I've read. From what I understand, the novels in this series run parallel to one another, making it possible to read them in whatever order the reader chooses. Lady Fanny Tarkington has no problem ...