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Book Review: The Affliction (Maggie Detweiler & Hope Babbin #2) by Beth Gutcheon

The Affliction by Beth Gutcheon
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: William Morrow

This was a solid three star read for me until the last five chapters, which pushed it up to a four for me and I am already looking forward to another mystery with Maggie and Hope.

Book Review: The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #1) by Alastair Reynolds

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Gollancz

I came across the short story Vainglory by Alastair Reynolds in the collection Edge of Infinity and remembered that I had a few of his novels in my TBR pile and owned them in ebook and analog. He's apparently an author whose stories I've been drawn to but hadn't actually got around to reading and I was merely collecting.

Book Review: Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: 47North

Initial thoughts: Good but seriously dark for almost the whole first two-thirds of the book bordering on misery porn. It's the apocalypse but damn, I started rooting for the fever to finish off the job. The last third held the hope and is the only reason I'm interested in continuing with the series.

Book Review: City of the Lost (Rockton #1) by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Sphere

A remote town in the Yukon Territory full of people who need to disappear from the real world was the draw for me with this one. That just sounded like the best setup. And it delivered in a big way on an atmospheric setting.

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Wildfire

Juliette, known to some as Elizabeth, to others, Lily and to just about all, certifiable, has a Plan of Action (or more correctly, Attack) and she means to procure her quarry. It's not just her ex-boyfriend, Nate she's after, it's their life she's creepily dreamboard-ed and mapped out her Happily Ever After. This story is a cautionary tale from everything Facebook to Pinterest.

Book Review: The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas

The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 17, 2018)

The Tabors are converging on the family home in Palm Springs to celebrate patriarch Harry's Man of the Decade award. There's much introspection going on by each family member. Harry, who is of a mind to think of his life in titan and lionized terms. All three Tabor children bring secrets with them and matriarch Roma, intends to get some of her questions answered. But much like real life, the biggest secret and turn of events is the one no one saw coming and all are unprepared for. Harry Tabor has a secret too.

Book Review: The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Gallery Books

The summary really drew me to The Beloveds (okay, so did that cover!) but I did not (nor could I have) anticipated a narrator as sour as Betty/Lizzie. Wow. She was so thoroughly demented and unreliable a narrator that I disbelieved that none around her ever got the sense that anything was amiss. Not even her psychoanalyst sister, Gloria. My eyebrow quirked permanently from about a third of the way through the book.