Foxcatcher – by Mark Schultz

Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz , according to the cover is “the true story of my brother’s murder, John du Pont’s madness, and the quest for Olympic gold.” I received an advanced reader’s edition of this book in exchange for a review. The book will be published on 11/18/14 by Dutton. Additionally, the movie will be released in November 2014, as well. Steve Carell stars in the movie as John du Pont and Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz. As always, I would recommend reading the book prior to seeing the film!

The story is interesting, and ultimately has a very sad ending, with the loss of Dave Schultz, multiple time Olympic and World champion wrestler. The author, Mark Schultz, gives great play by play detail into each and ever wrestling match he competed in during his own journey for Olympic gold and World championships. If a reader doesn’t really like sports, they may find the wrestling a bit too heavy on the description. However, I am not a sports lover and I felt the book was very well written. The relationship between Mark and his brother Dave is an example of the unbreakable bond of brotherhood. For fans of memoir, true crime, or even fiction, I would recommend this book.

Winter Street – by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Street was wonderful. I picked it up and read it cover to cover in one marathon reading session because it was so good. Elin Hilderbrand has a knack for hooking the reader with real family drama that the reader must keep reading to find out the outcomes. In years past, Starbucks lattes have been known to throw me into the Holiday spirit. However, this year, I can say for certain that it was Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand. After finishing the book, I just want to make a Christmas dinner and decorate cookies with my mother. The book had many humorous moments that left me laughing out loud. Also included was some romance, but not over the top romance. I love the way Elin weaves in a little romance without being too “Fifty Shades”-ish. Even though the plot weaves back and forth between family members, the story is seamless and intriguing the whole way through. The ending leaves us hanging quite a bit, but that simply means there is hope for a forthcoming series. That makes me happy and excited. Thank you, Elin, for writing such wonderful stories.

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

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I loved this psychological thriller. It was packed full of suspense and kept me guessing until the end. The reader can’t help but feel for the main character, despite her many flaws and turns in the wrong direction. Often compared to Gone Girl, the book does have some similarity, but I felt it was much better written with more plot twists than Gone Girl. The chapters switch back and forth between different character viewpoints, which help keep the suspense momentum going until the very last page. The story is well written and engaging. I would recommend this book without a doubt to fans of any type of novel.

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins


A fabulous fast-paced action/adventure. James Rollins never disappoints, as his novels always keep you reading furiously until the final pages. He does extensive research into all of the topics covered and provides author’s notes at the end of the novel. This is really informative and helps the reader to decipher what is or isn’t true in the story. This book hooks the reader from the very beginning and provides thrills the whole way through. I LOVE IT!

Night Blindness by Susan Strecker

Night Blindness is an emotionally gripping and at times tragic novel of lost love and family in the midst of one heartbreak after another. The main character keeps the reader guessing as to which path she will eventually choose with the ending of the story. I was up all night (literally) with my bedside lamp burning bright while my husband slept. I could not put it down. After finishing the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the story. I absolutely loved this book.

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz


This book was excellent. The reader will find everything they hope for in a suspense novel. I was biting my nails until the finish. Great job, Gregg Hurwitz!! No wonder my absolutely favorite author James Rollins gave you a shout out and recommended this book. It’s wonderful!