Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B+
Three Hours in Paris

In the summer of 1940, Adolph Hitler visited Paris for a total of three hours before leaving abruptly, never to return. No one knows the reason for this visit, and so, author Cara Black reimagines history in Three Hours In Paris, putting forward one possible scenario. American born Kate Rees neve ...

A
Truths I Never Told You

Truths I Never Told You is the latest offering from Australian author Kelly Rimmer. It's the deeply evocative story of one woman's quest to understand not only her past but the ways in which that past affects the life she's currently living. Once I started reading, I hated putting the book down, and ...

B-
Chosen Ones

If you're a fan of young adult dystopian novels, you're probably very familiar with some of Veronica Roth's work. Her latest offering, Chosen Ones, is pretty different from her previous books, most notably, because it's aimed at an adult audience - although there's nothing I'd consider inappropriate ...

A+
House of Earth and Blood

Narrated by Elizabeth Evans Anyone who listens to or reads Fantasy novels on a regular basis is probably familiar with the work of Sarah J. Maas, but if you're not, I've got the perfect introduction to her writing for you. With House of Earth and Blood, the first book in a brand-new series intend ...

A
The Book of Lost Friends

I've been aware of Lisa Wingate's writing for many years, but it wasn't until I picked up a copy of Before We Were Yours in the summer of 2017 that I considered myself a fan. In the almost three years since that day, I've read several of her backlist titles and I'm now completely under her spell. So ...

A
The Henna Artist

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city's wealthiest women. It's a ...

A
An Heiress to Remember

Life is pretty scary right now, and diversions can feel few and far between, but don't despair! Maya Rodale's An Heiress to Remember, the third installment in her Gilded Age Girls' Club series, made me smile pretty much from start to finish. On the surface, it's a light-hearted love story, but if yo ...

A
What It Seems

I have a good friend who loves the work of author Emily Bleeker, and she's been encouraging me to pick up one of her books for quite some time now. When I read the synopsis for Ms. Bleeker's latest novel What It Seems, I knew it was the perfect book for me. I read it in a single sitting, and I have ...

C
The Boy from the Woods

I've been a fan of Harlan Coben's tightly plotted mysteries since the early 2000s. He's written a number of books, some of which are part of a series, while the rest stand alone. However, even the stand alone novels have a few supporting characters in common, though it isn't necessary to read them i ...

B-
My Dark Vanessa

(There is a great deal of controversy over this book. To learn more about that, read this.) I picked up Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa expecting a thriller about a woman's attempts to come to terms with the inappropriate relationship she had with her high school English teacher when she w ...