Sunday, May 21, 2017

SPOILERS for IT'S ALWAYS the HUSBAND by Michele Campbell





It really was the husband.  Kate's husband, Griff.  He had been so devoted to Kate through it all and was genuinely destroyed by her death.   The author leads you down the path of thinking that it might have been Aubrey's husband (who was having an affair with Kate) and even Jenny's husband (who was on the bridge that night all those years ago) - but nope.   It was Griff.


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

SPOILERS for THE RED HUNTER by Lisa Unger



Zoey's father, Chad Drake, had racked up a lot of debt due to his gambling addiction. His salary as a cop wasn't putting a dent in the debt.  His brother, Paul, plotted to steal the million dollars from the drug dealer and hired a couple of local thugs to help.  The thugs got paid to commit the crime but wanted more and went to the Drake farm to get what they felt they were owed.   Zoey killed one of those thugs and the other just got out of jail and was eager to find the money - no matter what the cost.    In the end, it was Zoey's martial arts mentor who was pulling the strings this time and was pushing the recently released thug to go after the money.  Paul arose from his deathbed and killed Mike.


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

SPOILERS for One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline



Chris Brennan was actually an undercover ATF agent trying to infiltrate the school because they had suspicions that a plot was going down on the anniversary of Oklahoma City (and Columbine).   After one of the teachers died in a questionable suicide, Chris is confident that something is about to go down, but he isn't sure which member of the baseball team is involved.  Turned out it was Evan. He was getting involved with one of his teachers, who is a member of an anti-government family that is plotting to blow up the courthouse in Philidelphia.   Chris saves the day.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

SPOILERS for The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur



When Linnett and Myrna were kids they stumbled across a car accident.  They recognized the accident victim as their mother's lover.  She was going to leave her family for this man that night.  Rather than call the police and rescue people who could help, they did nothing.  The man died and their mother killed herself in her anguish. The sister's relationship was pretty much destroyed because of those events.  The man was the father of the reporter who shows up at the B&B all those years later to cover the dead snow geese. It turns out that the groundskeeper was the one who killed the scientist from the university.

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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

SPOILERS for Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough



It turns out that right before Rob (Adele's friend) died that mysterious death he had switched bodies with Adele.  He had met Adele's husband,  David at the psychiatric facility where he and Adele were getting treatment.  Rob became obsessed with David and right after he switched bodies with Adele, he killed her (himself?)  Then when he killed himself (as Adele) he switched bodies with Louise right before Adele died.  So really it was Louise who died and not the soul inhabiting Adele.

The book ends with Louise and David getting married and "Louise" plotting ways to kill her son so he doesn't give it away.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

SPOILERS for THE DRY by JANE HARPER



It wasn't Luke that was the reason why he and his family were killed, it was his wife, Karen.  Karen was an in the Administration at the local school and had found something suspicious.  A $50,000 grant had been awarded the school, but they money had never turned up.  The principal, a newcomer, had a gambling addiction and had used the money to pay debts.  He decided to frame Luke and make it look like murder/suicide to keep his secret.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

SPOILERS for Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian





It turns out that sleepwalking is inherited.  Paige was sleepwalking and got out of the house in the middle of the night and took her parents car.  Annalee realized what was happening and went looking for her.  Paige was sleep-driving and hit and killed her mother.

Oh and Annalee's parasomnia manifested itself in having sex in her sleep.  As long as Warren was home she had sleep-sex with him and had no need to go looking (sleepwalking) for anybody else.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SPOILERS for EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mu



Hattie and Peter Lund connected on an NYC message board.  They struck up an anonymous cyber relationship until they both figured out who the other was and their cyber relationship converted to an "IRL" relationship.   It isn't until the very end that it is revealed that the killer was Hattie's boyfriend, the boyfriend she kept around to keep people from guessing about her and Peter Lund.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

SPOILERS for THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR



Marco's business was failing, but he didn't want to borrow money from his wealthy in-laws again.  A stranger approached him at the park one day and suggested this kidnapping scheme to get ransom money from his in-laws and they would split the money.  The guy who approached him turned out to have been sent from his father-in-law.   When the man turns up dead and the baby is still missing, Marco realizes that he has made a horrible mistake.  In yet another twist, Marco's father-in-law concocted the scheme in order to ruin Marco and get money from his wife before leaving her for his mistress.  Who is his mistress?  Marco and Anne's next door neighbor.   In a fit of blind rage, after getting the baby back, Anne kills her.  Proving that the mental health issues were definitely real.