No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
I just finished this book and man do I have a reading hangover in the best way! This book took me some time to get into, it started off slow and I felt like maybe the narrator was just running in circles rather then finding any answers.
But then it happens….that huge moment when the book shifts from predictable to Holy Moly that was not expected at all! From there the book sped by as I tried and failed to predict what was happening! I felt like Jules that I was racing to the big finish and finding out how everything fits together in one sordid and creepy way!
Unfortunately I can’t post much without giving off or ruining the huge twists! But I will say if you are a fan of thrillers that leave you shocked or have read ‘Her’ by Britney King than this is the book for you! I suggest getting pizza and wine while reading this just like Nick and Jules do in the book!
Kate Marshall lives an enviable life. Married to handsome, charming, James, owner of a successful company, she seems to have it all.
But falling pregnant at 45 was never part of the plan. Especially as Kate’s hiding a devastating secret – one that she’s been running from for twenty years.
So when ex-boyfriend Paul comes back into her life, threatening to expose the truth about what Kate did, the clock is ticking. Can she keep her secrets and finally be the mother she always dreamed of – or will her past lies destroy her perfect life?
Wow! This book kept me guessing the whole time! Just when one secret is realized there is another one that pops up! In the beginning I felt the book was slow especially since I was not the biggest fan of the characters. However around halfway through I discovered my love for the writing and the story. I was able to connect with the characters and feel for them as one by one their secrets came out and shaped their lives. Ruby does a wonderful job of painting the picture of the various people and how they came to be how they are.
If you like books with secrets that get revealed through out or books with complex family relationships then you have to read ‘A Mother Like You!’ I would say to curl up with this book while drinking some calming camomile tea like Kate in the book!
Let me start off by saying this is the perfect book to be released on Halloween. It has the perfect amount of creepiness and suspense to keep you hooked for all 400 pages.
“I have three names: I was born Leigh-Ann. I became Cherrie. When I was a child, they called me Little Bones…My father was Mr Bones – the notorious serial killer of 25 years ago. As a child I witnessed his crimes. Everything is different now. I have a new identity. I’m a mother. I am finally free. Until that podcast. I should never have listened. They’re linking a recent disappearance to the crimes of the past. They know who I am. They’re calling me Little Bones again. They say I’m a villain but I’m not. I’m a victim. You believe me, don’t you?“
From the beginning Cherrie is a likable character whom I rooted for the whole time. She is happy and content in her life but is always on edge about someone finding out about her past and her father. Then after a podcast comes out talking all about her dad and revealing her new name for all the listeners she hopes that it will blow over. That combined with a visit to a local psychic are the perfect catalyst for her own son to be abducted. The rest of the story follows the aftermath with an ending I didn’t see coming.
A few times I thought I had figured out everyone and their secrets only to have another curveball thrown my way. Along with trying to figure out who took Robin, her son and why they did you also get to see a little more inside the mind of her father which was one of my favorite parts.
Overall N.V Peacock did an amazing job and created a story in which I loved getting lost in. She made characters that were complex and hard to figure out if they had good intentions or not. She did a wonderful job of painting a mother’s struggle to find her son and dealing with finally having he past catch up with her.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast paced thriller that leaves you guessing till the end. I recommend reading this while sipping on some Pumpkin Spice tea with a dash of milk.
“On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”
This book kept me guessing until the very end! I am not one who is able to see the twists in most books coming unlike my mother who from page ten can smell the twist coming, but even she didn’t guess certain parts. Once again Ruth Ware keeps her readers on the edge of their seats.
While I really enjoyed the character of Hal and Ezra (well for most of the book,) I found most of the other characters to be drab and whiny. However this made it even better because you are cheering for Hal the whole time. Hal is such a hard working person who is simply down on her luck and missing her mother and the life they lived.
This book really reminded me of the movies Knives Out because both feature a large heritage being given to some down on their luck person to the dismay and objections to cocky and privileged family members.
I was unable to give the book a five because there became parts when the plot seemed muddled and hard to get through. Understandably this gives to the plot because it is such a mystery who Hal is and how she is related to this family if at all, but I think there could have been a way to clear it up.
Overall this book kept me hooked and the ending was so great I had to go back and read it again to take it all in! This is an especially great fall book to curl up with by the fire and with a nice cup of Saigon Chai Tea.
Hello! My name is Katie and I am excited to have you all here! I decided to try my hand at blogging because I realized I have way too many opinions and thoughts to keep to myself. Not really sure what to expect from this whole journey but figured it would be an adventure none the less!
While here you can expect to find reviews of young adult fantasies, steamy romances, thrillers and mystery books. I love all the different worlds that these books have allowed me to explore and escape into! The inspiration for my blog name came from the saying “its in the bag!” Instead of insisting that life is easy and everything is in the bag I picked “its in the book,” because more often then not you can find answers to lifes questions in a book! Many times I have turned to books as a source of comfort or to find answers I didn’t know I needed.
I am the mother to a four year old cat named Willow Athena. She can often be found trying to close and sit on any book I have. When I am not reading I can be found crafting or finding various fall things to participate in. As for my full time job I am an infant teacher meaning I watch children 6 weeks to 2 years old. So while most of my posts will be about adult and young adult books, the occasional children’s book may find their way in!
My all time favorite book would have to be “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald!