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Doctors of Darkness Boxed Set by Ellery Kane

Straight from the mind of a forensic psychologist comes an addictive series of betrayal, lust, revenge, and murder. These doctors earned their degrees from the dark side.

The Doctors of Darkness e-book bundle contains the first three books in the series: Daddy Darkest, The Hanging Tree, and The First Cut.

Daddy Darkest:
Bury your secrets. Bury them deep… A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha “Sam” Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam’s letterman jacket, it doesn’t take her long to figure out she was the intended target.

Alone in a strange city, Sam’s on a run for her life–drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren’t all that’s buried and where revenge comes at the highest price. Who is Sam really–and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?

Only one thing is certain. Someone is after her. Someone who knows more about her than she does. Someone who wants to teach her a hard lesson: There are worse things than murder.

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The Hanging Tree:


What if you couldn’t remember the worst night of your life? What if you couldn’t forget it?

May 13, 1994. On her thirteenth birthday, newly orphaned Evie, witnesses a brutal attack at the hanging tree. She wakes the next morning on a bus to Los Angeles, dazed and bruised and desperate to remember. Her best friend died that night–she’s sure of it. But there’s no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses.

Twenty three years later, the whole night is still a blur. The murderer, a faceless, nameless man. Fresh out of a stint in juvie, Butch kills a girl, strangles her. Twenty three years later, he walks out of prison a free man. But a haunted one, the ghost of his past at his heels.

When another body turns up at the hanging tree–a girl, strangled–Evie is certain her lost memory holds the key. Can Butch help her find the faceless man? Or is he hiding the darkest secret of all?

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The First Cut:

There’s a thin line between love and murder.

When “Love Doctors” Ian and Kate Culpepper are brutally murdered in their Carmel mansion on Valentine’s Day, Ava knows it’s karma. Because Ian’s leaving her for perfect Kate four years ago had cut her bone deep. And then they had the nerve to show up here, on her turf. With their perfect house and their perfect daughter and their matching perfect smiles.

It’s no wonder Ava can’t stop watching. It’s no wonder she can’t let go.

But Ian is far from perfect, and Ava owes a debt too. For the unforgivable thing they’d done together. The dark deed that severed their marriage in two. When Ava’s name is found inked in blood at the crime scene, a reckoning seems inevitable. Someone knows what she’s hiding. Someone sees what she’s done. And karma is ready to collect its pound of flesh.

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About the Author

Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers. An avid short story writer as a teenager, Ellery recently began writing for enjoyment again, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Ellery’s debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category, and the Gold Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, teenage category. In 2016, Ellery was selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

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My Review

5 Stars

If you are looking for some psychological thrillers that will have you sleeping with the lights on, look no further. This series is a set of three books that could be read a standalone books, each book is about different people.

The first book Daddy Darkest is about a women who fell for the wrong man years ago. In present day her daughter narrowly avoids a kidnapping at an airport. The story bounces between the two women as both try to survive the present and the past.

The Hanging Tree has a teenager witness her best friend being murdered. A young man is sent to prison for killing a girl. But in present day he is out, the girl can’t be sure who she really saw kill her friend and the past may repeat itself.

The First Cut has a husband and wife being brutally murdered in front of their 4 year old daughter. To the side is the husbands ex-wife who thinks that its karma catching up with him for leaving her.  But when the ex’ name is found in blood at the crime scene it seems she has a bigger role to this story.

I love this series. It will give you the creeps and make you think twice about people. Ellery Kane knows how to get under your skin, burrow down deep, and leave you scared to death but wanting more. I strongly recommend checking out this series, you will not be disappointed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review of this book.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and review this series.

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This Mortal Boy

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This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman

An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.

Albert Black, known as the ‘jukebox killer’, was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.

But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society’s reaction to outsiders?

Black’s final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, ‘I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.’ This is his story.

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About the Author

Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Much of her fiction is focused on how outsiders navigate their way in narrowly conformist society. She has published a large and exciting range of fiction and poetry, and has worked as a librarian, producer and critic. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of fellowships, grants and other significant honours, as well as being a consistent advocate for New Zealand writers and literature. She is the President of Honour for the New Zealand Book Council, and has been awarded an OBE and a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature.

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My Review

4 Stars

It is the 1950’s in New Zealand and the country is struggling after World War II. Society is changing and teenagers are wrapped up in the bodgie and widgie cultures. People are looking down on them and blaming parents for not properly raising their children.

During this time, immigrant Albert “Paddy” Black has moved to New Zealand. He is wrapped up in this culture and although quiet ends up stabbing Alan Jacques in the neck beside a jukebox, thus the name the Jukebox Killer sticks.

This is a fictionalized account of Paddy’s life, the things he experienced, and so much more. We follow along with the politicians and police as he is convicted and how his case lead to Paddy being the second to last person being executed in New Zealand.

I am from the States so I had no idea about Paddy and this murder. I admit that I had to look up what a bodgie and widgie was. But it was still a fascinating read since it seemed being an immigrant had more to do with the case than the facts. It was definitely a good read and one that I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank MZPR for the opportunity to read and share this book.

The Hive

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The Hive by Jane Holland

The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …

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Author Bio

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

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My Review

5 stars

Charlotte fell into a fire when she was a child has a disfigured face. She has essential shut herself away from the world with her parents and her boyfriend Alex. But when her mother commits suicide she learns things are a lot more difficult than she first thought.

Alex is a journalist and is working on a project about the Russian mafia so this is present in the front of Charlottes’ mind. Charlotte then starts hearing the buzzing of bees in the attic. When she received a box of dead bees she starts wondering if something really is happening or if she is just losing her mind.

I have to say that part of me felt for Charlotte when I first started reading the book. But then she was so frustrating that I would have liked to hit her. But when things started to get creepy I was engrossed in the story. As Charlotte would take a timid step forward I was eager to find out what was going on and on the edge of my seat at what was going to happen next.

This was an amazingly creepy read with great bee trivia sprinkled throughout. This is my second book from Jane Holland, the first being Forget Her Name. This book was just as creepy as the first. Jane Holland has definitely cemented her place on my keep shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Code of Rainbow

Code of Rainbow by Weiqi Wang

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Soaring Flame and the Dragon-transcending Magimal (Book 1)

Some say this book has a Harry Potter feeling, but it’s a completely novel story and unique magic world. The world is beautiful because it’s full with magic elements of seven types, each in a designated color – just like the rainbow code! That said, those colors could only be seen by some special eyes, such as Soarame’s!

Many animals in this world possess magic power, so they were called “magimals.” A well-known example is dragons, and we all know how strong they are. However, they are still not the most powerful kind of magimals, because each type of magic has a king kind – and never underestimate a magimal just because it looks cute and little!

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My Review

4 Stars

Soarame has humble beginning and a special ability to see magic. When the wizard Scankeen comes to town he rents a room from Soarame’s father and learns of Soarame’s abilities. Scankeen stays with Soarame for many years training him and then sends him to the Institution of Libral. Thus beginning Soarame’s learning how to use his abilities, meeting other students and magimals, and starting his adventures.

This is a wonderful, magic filled story about Soarame. He has some serious abilities that can be used for good and just as easily corrupted for darkness. Although a bit naïve to the world he still has a good heart and an eagerness to learn.

I admit that I did have a hard time starting this story. The narration was a little clunky and made trying to sort out the information dump a little challenging. But once everything gets laid out the story started to flow. This is when I really got engrossed in the tale and wanted more.

This is the first book in the series and I am very excited to see where the story goes from here.

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Ancient Barons and the Returned Assassin (Book 2)

Two years after the MagiMax incident, everything seemed to be peaceful. Until one day, Soarame and his friends received a threat from an unknown person, who they suspected to be Max. At the same time, they realized that Rodka had been badly injured by the same person and since then missing. The friends thus must do something to help him, but they were no more than a group of school teens without enough power. What could they do to help their friend – and do it without leaving the campus?

Fortunately, there was a solution! Carrying the hope, Soarame and his friends started making their best efforts in different ways. But to their greatest astonishment, someone had been watching them all the time…

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My Review

4 Stars

It has been a couple years since the last book. Soarame and his friends have grown. Things that were alluded to in the first book are now a reality and overall Soarame’s world is progressing nicely. But then the friends receive a threatening note regarding Rodka, who has graduated. Soarame wants to go save Rodka but he also wants to finish his schooling and learn more about his family.

I liked how we see the friends a few years older. I admit a note in the story would have made this transition a lot more smoothly. I enjoyed catching up with Soarame and his friends and seeing how things have changed since we last saw them. Of course now we can dive into the story more and it is clear that this book is not as innocent as the first book with more language and bloody fighting.

I do have to say that I like the magic elements; this is a fresh take on magic. I do like the combination of science and magic although it still feels a little rough. I loved seeing the Dragons and Empires idea coming to life in this book.

This is a great continuation of the series although I recommend reading them in order. I don’t think you would have a hard time jumping into this story but there is so much more to this book when you read it as a series.

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Code of Rainbow: Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet (Book 3)

Due to a shocking discovery, Soarame now has to undertake a new dangerous journey with his friends. He must cross the largest, most deadly ocean in the world. Battling more powerful, evil wizards, he was forced to escape underwater, and stay in the bottom of the ocean for weeks. But how could a teenage boy survive underwater, especially that there were lethal creatures down there? And what further perils are waiting for him, if he really survives?

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My Review

5 Stars

Soarame is looking for Filton and learns that the Astandos group he embarrassed on his first day of school may have run across Filton. Soarame is off to find Filton and save him but is ambushed. Soarame hides at the bottom of the Azure Sea. He has been there for a while and has learned that underwater is just as dangerous as above.

I have to say that I think this is the best book of the series so far. We are finally getting to see more of this world as Soarame is on his quest. I love the various locations and the people that Soarame meets on his quest. But as Soarame searches for Filton he starts to learn more about himself and his own past.

I have come to love this world. Soarame is a great character and is determined to find Filton. His quest takes him to new lands and into confrontations with new and very dangerous creatures and people. I had a hard time putting down book three since I just had to know what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to get my hands on book four.

I received a complimentary copy of this series. I voluntarily read and chose to post honest reviews.

Weiqi Wang

A Bit About Weiqi

While people may think “magic fantasy authors” are opposite to “scientists”, Weiqi Wang preserves his own opinions. As a D. Phil graduated from Oxford University, Weiqi loves to be both. After all, philosophy is to explain the world; some choose to use scientific languages, some put it also in fantasy.

This fantasy series is aimed at bridging magic fantasy with sci-fi, as a pioneer in this unique direction. It will show an immense magic world that may seem similar to that in a “pure” magic fantasy in the beginning, but become fundamentally different as the story goes on – more and more sci-fi elements will get into play!

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I would like to thank Smith Publicity and the Author for the opportunity to read and share this series.

Mad Dog

Mad Dog

Mad Dog by Kelly Watt

It’s the summer of 1964 and the Supremes are the reigning queens of radio. Sheryl-Anne MacRae dreams of running away from her home on an apple orchard in southwestern Ontario to find her missing mother. But the teenager’s plans are put on hold when her uncle and guardian, Fergus, the local pharmacist and an amateur photographer, brings home a handsome young hitchhiker. When Sheryl-Anne meets the guitar-toting Peter Lucas Angelo, she falls in love. But life in Eden Valley is not as idyllic as it seems. As the summer progresses, Peter is pulled deeper into Fergus’s dangerous underworld–a world of sex, drugs, pornography and apocalyptic visions. Through the naive eyes of the ethereal 14-year old Sheryl-Anne, Kelly Watt explores themes of child abuse and sexual deviance, and the secrets, dissociation and denial that allow it to flourish. A Gothic tale told in vivid, often hallucinogenic prose, Mad Dog was a 2001 Globe and Mail notable book and Watt’s first novel.

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About the Author

My short fiction has been longlisted in CBC Radio’s Short Fiction Contest twice (2018/2015) and the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest (2012); and won an Honourable Mention at Grit Lit (2019) and in the Hamilton Public Library’s Short Works Prize (2017). I won first prize in Dandelion Magazine’s Contest (1991). My work has been published internationally and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Broken Plate, The Malahat Review, SOL: English Writing in Mexico and DAP: The Diverse Arts Project; and been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and She Writes. I have published two books—the novel Mad Dog (2001) and the mini travel companion Camino Meditations (2014). A revised U.S. edition of Mad Dog is forthcoming in 2019.

I attended the University of Southern California, University of Toronto, Humber College (Novel) Writers’ Program, and the Sorbonne. I had a former life as a CBC television writer, researcher and activist. I love to travel and have lived in France, India and Mexico. These days I make my home in the Ontario countryside with my husband, a miniature schnauzer and three diligent chickens.

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One Dish – Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound – All Year Round by Jordan Zucker

Jordan Zucker’s debut cookbook, One Dish – Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound – All Year Round (Home Sauce Publications, October 1, 2019), is a thoughtfully laid out family collaboration and sophisticated labor of love. Zucker (who hosts Girls Guide to Sports, appeared on Food Network’s Grill It! with Bobby Flay, and was a recurring character on the popular TV series Scrubs) takes a base recipe, and by varying seasonally available ingredients, creatively builds 4 versions of each dish: a winter, spring, summer and fall. 20 dishes x 4 seasons = 80 mouthwatering recipes plus a round of cocktails, of course! Each dish is then paired with a wine and a music album, further exploring the seasonality of the three elements of entertaining.

For example: the seasonal variations of one dish in the appetizer chapter, the Dutch Baby, include: Mushroom & Brie (fall), Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese (winter), Spinach, Leek & Gruyere (spring) and Roasted Tomato, Tarragon & Goat Cheese (summer). Jordan is joined by her expert cook mom, Betti, and ex-sommelier dad, Jim, in leading readers on a culinary tour through each of the four seasons. Enjoyable as much on a coffee table as in the kitchen, One Dish -Four Seasons features gorgeous full-color photos, correlating illustrations, easy-to-follow and humorously guided recipes, impeccable wine pairings, as well as integrative music soundtracks (with clever layers to the matches), and witty family anecdotes. This one-of-a-kind collaboration will bring families and friends together in the kitchen and inspire a creative approach using the base recipes as open canvases.

Jordan’s whimsical personality and quick-wit shine through each page of this extraordinary cookbook as she personally shares the experience of creating each dish with the laughter and passion of a true artist. The reader will be encouraged to eat local, and also enjoy regional wine maps, visual aids via color coded wines and seasons, and many more opportunities to benefit from Zucker’s myriad of tips and details.

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About the Author

Jordan Zucker is an accomplished writer, actor, host, cook, and entertainer. She loves to creatively incorporate meals into every type of celebration (and who can’t find at least one reason to celebrate a day…). She has shared her expertise as a guest star on Food Network’s Grill It! with Bobby Flay, and has entertained audiences as “Lisa the intern” on NBC’s Scrubs. She continues to educate, engage, empower, and entertain through her own comedic sports series, Girls Guide to Sports, which she writes, hosts, and produces. She combined her love of football and food in her “Monday Night Matchup Menus” series, creating meals each week based on the teams playing in Monday Night Football. She has expanded into cooking for other sports on the Girls Guide website. Jordan attends live music concerts religiously and keeps abreast of current gems and classic legends in the music world. Here, she combines three of her biggest passions, food, wine, and music, to bring you her first book.

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Author Q&A

  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I remember we talked about being a vet because I loved animals and was an equestrian. But as I grew older I gravitated more towards being an entertainer.

  1. Do you have kids and/or pets?

Hula is my French bulldog and appears in my book!

  1. Where/When do you best like to write?

I’m not a morning person. My brain and personality don’t kick in until midday. I usually write at my desk in my office but can usually get into a zone anywhere if I push myself.

  1. Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

An old family drinking superstition was that the last drop of the wine bottle couldn’t go to a woman or she’d be an old maid (likely rooted from the old maid card game and also likely created by a man). This has grown tiresome with multiple bartenders around the world and also my bare left ring finger so I’ve been known to abandon its absurdity in recent days.

  1. What inspired your book?

I subscribed to the old adage of “write what you know.”

  1. How does a new idea come to you?

Often in my sleep and then I have to remember it when I wake up which probably happens 2% of the time.

  1. What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Building the team, finding vetted resources.

  1. Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?

World ski tour (still need Alps and Andes). World Chef’s Table tour (we travel to one new restaurant for my birthday every year). Monkey tour of the world (Silverback gorillas, chimps, mandrills, orangutans). Raise a family. Sing the national anthem at a sporting event. Watch a game with Obama. Go skydiving. Learn French. Host a cooking show. Etc.

  1. What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

You will never think it’s finished.

I would like to thank PR by the Book for the opportunity to share this book.

Kult

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Kult by Stefan Malmstrom

THE PAST WILL NEVER LET YOU GO…

When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.

But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.

When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.

And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.

Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?

Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping début thriller.

NOTE: KULT is inspired by shocking and tragic real events.

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Author Bio

Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.

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My Review

5 Stars

This story starts off with Luke Bergmann discovering that his best friend Victor and his four year old daughter are dead. Everyone thinks it’s a murder suicide but Luke knows there has to be anther explanation. With other bodies start showing up Luke can see a connection and decides to find the killer. But secrets from the past are resurrected and Luke is going to have to face his own dark past.

This book is one heck of a ride from the dramatic beginning to the surprising end. Luke ahs a dark past that he rose above but with the death of Victor he teeters on the edge. But as he starts looking in to Victor’s life he discovers a cult. What follows is an insane trip through a hellish wonderland of nightmare.

But the part that really got me about this book was that it based on Stephan’s own experience with a cult. To know that he went through this and so much more just put more of an edge to this story. I admit that I have though why would people join a cult and go to the lengths that a normal person deems ridiculous. Here is a great story that will shed a little more light on cults.

This is an amazing and dark read. If you like thrillers you will enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read more from Stephan Malmstrom.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sarah at Book on the Bright Side for the opportunity to read and share this book.