Waiting For — Wednesday: THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James

A weekly post to highlight an upcoming book or new release that I’m looking forward to reading. This week’s pick is…

by Simone St. James
Release Date: Mar 15, 2022

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect—a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases—a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

How can I wait until next March for this book? I am a HUGE fan of Simone St. James. Even if I get a copy from NetGalley, I’ll still have to buy the hardcover for my shelf. Do you enjoy suspense novels with a touch of the paranormal? — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Tell Me Something Tuesday: What authors have you recently discovered and loved?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. This week’s topic is…

What authors have you recently discovered and loved?

Several! I’m going to define this question as meaning authors in the last year (July ’20 – July ’21) that I hadn’t heard of before, or that I’d heard of but hadn’t read. (I know some of them have been around for many years!) Here’s my list:

Click on the author’s name to visit their Goodreads page. Do we share any favorites?

Join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments or create your own post on your blog. Head over to That’s What I’m Talking About for more details! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

THE OTHER PASSENGER by Louise Candlish

Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 20, 2021

Self described as “hurtling towards fifty,” long-time partners Jamie and Clare befriend a younger millennial couple, Kit and Melia. I use the term friend loosely, because in reality they are simply jealous of each other, the elders’ wealth versus the younger ones’ youth.

Jamie (James) and Kit (Christopher) commute to work by ferry together, until one morning Kit isn’t on the boat. Jamie is shocked when police meet him at his stop to say that Melia has reported Kit missing. Another passenger has come forward telling police that Jamie and Kit were arguing the evening before. Based on what the witness saw, police want answers. What the heck is going on?

Unfortunately, I really struggled with this book. It moved very slowly, and I wasn’t gripped by the situation or characters. The premise was intriguing, and I enjoyed the twists at the end, but the first 70% was too dull for me. I don’t mind unlikable characters, but there has to be something that makes them compelling or makes me care what happens to them. Not the case here. Also, is there really that much animosity between Gen X and millennials? I would assume that Gen X in particular wouldn’t care. Whatever. ;-)

THE OTHER PASSENGER is the third book I’ve read by this author, and the previous two were enjoyable, twisty domestic suspense. (Check out OUR HOUSE and THOSE PEOPLE.) Even though this one was a miss, I won’t hesitate to pick up her next book. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Weekend Wrap-Up

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Hello! This week I’m also joining up with Mailbox Monday. I have four Waterhouse babes pictured, so they each need a meme. :-) This week has been fairly quiet at home, which is good.

I have several book-related projects in mind, but I haven’t been inspired to get started on any of them yet. One is to put all of my vintage gothic paperbacks in plastic book envelopes, then organize them in boxes. Another is updating my LibraryThing account. I haven’t added anything there regularly since January 2018. There’s no excuse!

Last Week on the Blog:

From Instagram:

Rattles loves reading too.

This pic is a still from my very first (and maybe only) “reel” on Instagram. Some Bookstagrammers including myself are concerned that video clips will be taking over feeds in the near future. I wanted to post one to test and see if it got more reach than a regular photo. The answer is yes, quite a bit more. I’ve decided that it’s not worth worrying about. I prefer photos, and there’s no point in constantly fighting an algorithm that can’t be beaten! Here is the LINK to my silly skeleton reel.

Currently Reading:

  • THE OTHER PASSENGER by Louise Candlish (Thriller)
  • THE GUILT TRIP by Sandie Jones (Thriller) 🎧

Recent Bookshelf Additions:

  • IN THE COMPANY OF WITCHES by Auralee Wallace (NetGalley)
  • DEATH IN CASTLE DARK by Veronica Bond (NetGalley)
  • 56 DAYS by Catherine Ryan Howard (Book of the Month Club Pick)
  • BIRDIE by Tracey Lindberg (Purchased)

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪



Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 13, 2021

After being in a long-distance relationship for a while, Alice and Leo take the plunge and move in together in an exclusive gated community in London. With only 12 houses in “The Circle,” most of the neighbors are already cozy, and Alice worries she won’t fit in.

Leo bought the house for a steal, and it’s not until after they’re settled in that Alice discovers why — a tragedy befell the previous owners. While working at home alone as a translator, Alice becomes increasingly obsessed with Nina, a therapist who lived in the house before. Alice believes the police got the details of the case all wrong, and she’s determined to find out what really happened at #6 The Circle.

I love a group of neighbors with secrets to hide. The beginning of this book hooked me right away and had some pretty creepy moments. Was someone in their house watching them at night? Or just overactive imaginations? The middle slowed down a bit with Alice visiting with neighbors but never getting much out of them. Plus she was so gullible! The great thing about this book was that anyone could have been the culprit. I didn’t have it figured out until the very end.

Even though Alice could be frustrating and her constant fixation on Nina was unusual, I found THE THERAPIST to be tense and twisty domestic suspense. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.