Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Little Secrets

Little Secrets is the latest novel of domestic suspense from author Jennifer Hillier, and I was blown away by its twistiness. On the surface, it's another in a very long line of thrillers centered around a missing child, but once you start reading, it doesn't take long to realize that Hillier has do ...

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This Is How I Lied

Heather Gudenkauf has done it again! With This Is How I Lied, she reminds readers why she's one of the most popular writers of domestic thrillers around. Her latest novel is full of all the twists and turns a mystery lover could want without sacrificing plausibility. Twenty-five years earlier, th ...

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Hideaway

Hideaway is the latest standalone novel from powerhouse author Nora Roberts. It focuses on two families and how one violent act shapes their futures for years to come. While not as dark as some of Ms. Roberts' previous books, I wouldn't say this one is for the faint of heart, especially if child cru ...

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Summer Longing

I don't consider myself to be an overly sentimental person, but every once in a while, I feel the need to get lost in a frothy story where absolutely everything will turn out perfectly. Summer Longing, the latest novel from Jamie Brenner, is just such a book, and though I struggled with certain aspe ...

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The Bright Side of Going Dark

If you love light-hearted women's fiction with a deeper underlying message, Kelly Harms' latest novel is the perfect book for you. The Bright Side of Going Dark is the story of two troubled women, each attempting to do what she considers the right thing in a complex and often unforgiving world. It's ...

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Valentine: A Novel

In her debut novel Valentine, author Elizabeth Wetmore examines the far-reaching consequences of a violent crime on a small Texas town. Set in 1976, as Odessa is poised for another oil boom, a fourteen-year-old girl is raped in a secluded area on the outskirts of town. She manages to escape, but her ...

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Big Summer

Nothing signals the start of the summer season like the release of a new novel from Jennifer Weiner. Her stories of the complex relationships between women have long been some of my very favorite reading material when the weather starts warming up. With her latest novel, Big Summer, Weiner offers re ...

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Where the Lost Wander

Western romances used to be a staple of my reading life, but over the past several years, I've kind of drifted away from them. However, when I learned that Amy Harmon, one of my very favorite authors, was coming out with a new novel about a wagon train on the Overland Trail, I knew I had to read it. ...

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The Split

Mysteries can be tricky, especially if you read a lot of them. You'll come across a book with a super appealing blurb, only to start reading something that feels overly familiar and trite. Certain tropes are overused, and it takes a really good author to be able to revitalise them. Fortunately, that ...

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The Rakess

Meet the SOCIETY OF SIRENS—three radical, libertine ladies determined to weaponize their scandalous reputations to fight for justice and the love they deserve…  She's a Rakess on a quest for women's rights…  Seraphina Arden's passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-s ...