Thursday, March 16, 2017

SPOILERS for The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood


So that summer night Sean's friends convinced Claire to let them drug the children - all of the children - so they could party uninterrupted.  That night Claire discovered that Sean was having an affair with their interior decorator.  Claire leaves the children behind and heads back to London.  She was so angry and upset she figured Sean could take care of their children for once.

The next morning those still there discovered that CoCo had died from the drug.  They decided to hide her death by faking a kidnap.  Claire never knew the truth.

The epilogue made it clear that the daughter of one of Sean's friends (and future fourth wife) actually gave the girls more of the drugs including to kill both of the little girls.  She thought with them gone, he would have no reason to stay with Claire and fall in love with her.  Even though she was just a teenager at the time.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

SPOILERS for Never Let Me Go by Chevy Stevens


I thought that Sophie's boyfriend was the one creating all of the trouble because he had an inappropriate crush on Lindsey. I was way wrong.

Marcus, the stable one of Lindsey's friends, was actually the husband of the woman that Andrew killed in the accident eleven years ago.  He was out for revenge.  He wanted to hurt Andrew and thought that he could do it by framing Andrew for stalking Lindsey and then kill Lindsey and Sophie, also framing Andrew.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPOILERS for Ill Will by Dan Chaon




First of all - there is still no real conclusion to the quadruple homicide when Dustin was a kid.  DNA proved that it was Rusty.  Some believe that it was a murder -suicide by Dustin's uncle, but it could have been Dustin who discovered the bodies and said he picked up the murder weapon - then walked out of the house in a dissociated state.

When Aaron goes missing Dustin goes to Chicago to confront Rusty, who he believes is harboring the runaway teen.   While confronting him, Dustin pulls out a pistol and kills Rusty.

Aquil was the "serial killer" in question and even went after Aaron in the end.

The book ends with Dustin's older son being summoned to Dustin's hometown to identify his body that was found in a drainage ditch.

It was all just - weird.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

SPOILERS for THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney



First of all - Emma was not the innocent she portrayed to the police when her flat was broken into that night that started it all.  She lied to the police later and said that she was raped, it was proven to be a lie.  In the end, it was her jealous boyfriend, Simon, that killed her.

Jane was interested in Emma and her death because she was starting to become interested in Edward. She reached out to Simon a few times because of that intrigue and realized - almost too late - that Simon was unbalanced and he killed Emma.

By that time Jane was pregnant with Edward's baby and desperate to keep her unborn baby safe.  Simon dies and she eventually gives birth to a little boy.  The baby is born with Down Syndrome and Edward proves to be the dick we all thought he was by insisting she give the baby up for adoption so they can try again for a "perfect" baby.  It is then revealed that Jane actually sought Edward out and intentionally became pregnant with his child because she thought genetically he would be the perfect father.  All this time the reader believed Edward to be a controlling ass (he is), but it was Jane manipulating him to get what she wanted.  A baby.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

SPOILERS for THE FIFTH PETAL by Brunonia Barry



Marta, the new wife of Callie's boyfriend, was the killer of the Goddesses.  She was the "Fifth Petal" - the descendant of Sarah Good, one of the witches executed in the early days of Salem.  Marta had spent a lifetime harboring a grudge against the Whitings and anyone else she felt slighted by.  Including the Goddesses.  It is revealed that she was the killer late in the book after she poisoned her new husband, new step-son, and tried to poison Callie.  It was Rafferty who saved her.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

SPOILERS for The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth






Alice was raped by her boss when she was young and impressionable.  Sonja is being physically abused by her older husband on a pretty consistent basis and close to the very end it is revealed that Sonja's husband is Zoe's father.   And he has "volunteered" his services as a psychiatrist at Zoe's high school. Kate struggles with infertility and the friendship she developed with Zoe helps them both.   Sadly, Alice's cancer turns terminal and she chooses Kate to parent Zoe after her death.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPOILERS for Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner




Telly didn't kill his parents or the people at the convenience store.  Sandra Duvall had a secret past. One where she left her crime boss father when she was sixteen and never looked back. When she left she took the account number for her father's secret off-shore account with $20 Million in ill-gotten funds.  When her father died of cancer - Sandra lost the one thing her father offered her - a protection of sorts from his colleagues who wanted to get their hands on that money.  They were the ones who killed the Duvall and then the one guy killed his accomplice in the gas station.  At the very end it is revealed that it was Sharlah that killed their mother, not Telly.

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