I have The Perfect Getaway five stars- grab your copy and find out why!
Get The Perfect Getaway by Kiersten Modglin on Amazon NOW!
I have The Perfect Getaway five stars- grab your copy and find out why!
Get The Perfect Getaway by Kiersten Modglin on Amazon NOW!
Oh man. I don’t even know where to begin to unpack this book. It’s the ultimate game of clue- winner takes all. In a oddly structured, blended family, the death of the patriarch leaves both sadness, and a bizarre will, behind.
Getting to know the characters in this novel was seriously wonderful. The dynamic storytelling, and the lead-up to the twist is insane. You will seriously not be able to put this one down.
I really enjoyed the themes of self-reflection, and the grass not always being greener on the other side, and things and people not being what they seem throughout this novel. It is so well played, and it is so relatable in terms of relationships.
This is my first Rose Carlyle novel, and I can honestly say it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing. Her characters all had such depth and dimension. She dangled the plot in front of you, like a carrot on a stick, and she keeps the pages turning with her seriously devious, suspenseful, twists. I am so please with my October BOTM selection. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Find The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle on Amazon
Thank you so much, Kiersten, for giving me the absolute pleasure of reading this book early. I am so grateful for the opportunity.
This was a RIDE. Lifelong friends end up getting an amazing offer- that almost sounds too good to be true… yet under pressure, everyone agreed to go. Who would have thought that being stranded on paradise could turn into purgatory?
The character development in this book is done so carefully, and in such detail, that you literally find yourself building assumptions about who did it… only to have another little truth-bomb dropped, shattering all you thought you knew. I was getting definite Agatha Christie vibes, with this cast of characters. And I definitely appreciated the build-up, and the suspense with each turn of the page.
I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, and seeing the dynamic of the couples. I have to admit, Natasha and Jaren were my favorite couple… and I was hoping this trip would be the thing necessary to close their broken marriage. They were both the most calm, cool, rational, and honestly, the most likable couple. They were definitely the only couple who didn’t have deadly secrets, or a dirty past that could potentially come crashing down like a tidal wave.
The island imagery was beautiful. I felt like I was there (sigh), and it made me want to book a trip to an island surrounded by crystal clear water, and sunshine. The resort sounded like absolute heaven on Earth, and was a character in a way. Beautiful, and deadly; calm, but chaotic… charming but not without imperfections. Kiersten shared that her initial inspiration for this book came to her, while she was on vacation (ironically, on a secluded, beautiful island) and she ran with the concept. And run she did… this is a twisted tale.
I really liked the underlying themes Kiersten played with in this book… nothing is what is seemed, everything and everybody was like an iceberg- what you could see was just a sliver of what was hiding beneath the surface. Calm waters turn deadly, and secrets from the past start crawling out of their hiding places. The choices we make, are not always right. Sometime we choose what is easy, as opposed to what is right. Friendship is a beautiful, powerful, life changing thing. Keep your friends close… but your enemies closer… Easier said than done, when you don’t know friend, from foe.
There was a lot of information to process in a rapid manner. And much like a game of Clue, Kiersten dropped tricky hints like a trail of crumbs. It was definitely a twisted ride. The build-up for the first half of the book was full of details that helped you start thinking you knew what was going to happen next. Spoiler! You really have no idea. Getting to know the characters, and getting a glimpse into their dynamic, their current lives, and their inner dialogue… really makes you think, can we ever really know someone?
The final chapters will literally blow your mind. So many twists, turns, and deadly waves will come crashing down… and you will be left not knowing who you can trust. Friends forever, right? I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Find The Perfect Getaway by Kiersten Modglin on Amazon (official release date October 20, 2020)
Thank you, Beena, for sending me a copy of this novel. I appreciate your kindness, and generosity and your belief in my review. It has been a pleasure reading for you.
This book was really good. Much faster paced than the first book in the series. The character development was very well done. We get to see an entirely different side to Kabir, and he becomes so much more realistic in the construction of this novel.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the writing in this book over the last book. As much as I enjoyed Red… in this book she was so much more dynamic, and such a bold, empowered and functional character.
Beena writes the emotions associated with grief beautifully… and accurately. The things Kabir thinks and feels, and does, as he works through his feelings is pretty intense. It was really lovely, albeit sad, to go back and get more detail about Kabir’s past, and have him actually share the stories of his high school bullying. Beena brought such pain, and such a depth to the subject of bullying and the effects it can leave on a person. Even years later.
This book didn’t delve into drinking, but the emphasis on addiction was still there. This time it was primarily on sex and closure. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Red’s persona in this book- no spoilers- but I actually loved what she brought to this story. She completed the arc of Kabir’s past, and the things holding him back. Now that he has his closure on all levels of his life, he is able to move forward. To a brighter, happier, new life.
I loved the cultural influences throughout this story, the wedding details were my favorite. I also love the strong women Beena writes. The fact that (minor spoiler) a strong female ends up being the attending surgeon for Kabir was pleasantly refreshing. The growth the character take in this book is pretty fantastic. Their journey is so much bolder and more realistic this time. And I very much enjoyed Kabir’s story.
The writing, continuity, formatting and editing were so much better in this novel. You can definitely see the improvement Beena has made. She is clearly getting more comfortable with herself as a writer, and that is really showing through. I am really proud of her growth as a writer in this book. I have no doubts she will only get better as she continues creating.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Find The Weight on Skin by Beena Khan on Amazon
I chose my October books! What did you get?!
First, I would like to congratulate Beena on her first novel! Second, I want to thank Beena for reaching out to me and asking if I would read and review her debut novel. I greatly appreciate the opportunity, and I am grateful for the gifted PDF of your novel.
Beena Khan shares a intimate anecdote for what inspired her debut novel, at the end of the book. I have to say, I appreciate her bravery in being open about her mental health, and for turning a difficult moment into a work of art. If that isn’t incredibly empowering, I don’t know what is. I would have preferred her explanation as a foreword, instead of an afterword, simply because the characters made more sense after finding out how they came to be. And I don’t think that takes anything away from the story, or spoils anything. It’s a really beautiful moment Beena shares with her readers, and it’s so vulnerable, and that translates well into the characters.
This book is incredibly deep, and it shines a light on so many factors regarding self-care, grief, healing and mental and emotional struggles. The book opens with our leading lady, Red, getting herself dressed up and going out, with no specific destination in mind. Inclement weather thwarts her plan and she ends up finding shelter in our leading mans bar/restaurant/lounge. Honestly, I didn’t find a whole lot to genuinely like about Red in the first several chapters. She came across as shallow, closed off and kind of strange. I warmed up to Kabir much faster, though he did strike me as somewhat creepy in the beginning. The first half of the book is a lot of build up, a lot of literary references (which I did enjoy) and some intricate backstory.
I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this book. It was beautiful how the two histories unfolded, and I really appreciated learning more about all the cultural dynamics among the characters. It was really great reading about Kabir and his faith, Red and her mysterious lack of faith, and Aryan (another character with a large role within the story). I was very intrigued by the experience of reading about that characters cultural differences. It was a beautiful aspect to this novel.
The first half of the book is mainly getting to know the characters on a somewhat superficial level and seeing their internal struggles play out. We learn tidbits about the characters, nothing too heavy, but enough that they really start taking shape. For me, the first twist in the book was so well done. I did not see it coming, and it really helped me see Red as a broken soul. That was really when I started seeing that her character was much more complex than I originally thought. She has so much hurt, anger, guilt, regret, sadness, misery and emptiness inside of her… and that translates across the pages in the most heartbreaking display of vulnerability. The moment Red shares that information with Kabir was the moment I was hooked.
We get some pretty sad backstory with Kabir and Aryan as well, but neither of their twists hit me like Red’s did, and when Red and Kabir were sharing their sorrows with each other… the entire conversation where Red is saying don’t compare grief, it isn’t a competition was the moment I fell in love with who Red really is. That was when her heart, compassion, strength and wisdom really became apparent to me.
After we get through the first twist with our unconventional lovers, we have some nice and easy reading until we are slapped in the face with another, bigger, twist. Beena Khan knows how to catch you completely off guard! And in just a couple sentences, she grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go!
I really enjoyed the complexities of this story. The fact that reading was a big part of what drew our characters together, was lovely. The use of color and weather elements to help describe a scene was great as well. You take such an emotional journey throughout this book, and Beena orchestrates the ride so beautifully. Her characters have so much depth, and are described in a way that absolutely humanizes them. I found Beena’s writing to be extremely smart, and she tells a story without giving anything away, until she smacks you in the face with something so unexpected, yet still very believable, that you find yourself unable to put the book down. The last half of the book, I couldn’t flip the page fast enough. I did not see the ending coming, and I actually really enjoyed the way it ended… so much beauty, heartbreak and freedom.
If you are looking for a complex, complicated, entirely very human and truly beautiful love story, this is the book for you. This unconventional story is told in such a unique way, and you will find yourself empathizing with Red, and Kabir in the most intimate of ways.
A couple things to mention, I found several continuity issues within the story. Not enough to take away from the overall plot, but I did find myself going back to make sure I hadn’t misread something earlier. Small details that weren’t caught in editing, I suppose. There were also some awkward phrases used, and some dialogue disconnect, leaving you to make the correction in your head. I also can tell that Beena doesn’t curse much in her daily life, as I found the few swears within the story very awkward. I did some research, and Been is an indie Author, this is her first novel, so it is a learning experience. In the future, having a stronger editor (or perhaps more than one person proofing) might be ideal. I did not find these minor issues enough of a deterrent to put me off the story, and I would honestly read Beena Khan’s work again, simply to see what other stories she has to tell and to see her growth as she comes into her own as a writer. I am calling it now, Beena Khan will be one of those writers who only gets better and better with each publication, and the fact that she is actively reaching out to people for reviews says a lot. I can definitely appreciate that. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and this story is #katyapproved.
Find The Name of Red by Beena Khan on Amazon.
For more reviews from me, or to recommend a book be sure to visit me on any of my social platforms.
I was contacted by Beena Khan on Goodreads, asking me if I would read and review her new book: The Name of Red. She graciously sent me a PDF of her book and I am excited to dive in!
When four couples receive invitations to try out a luxury island resort, they are excited for a week of relaxation and reconnecting.
For some, it’s the honeymoon they never had the chance to take.
For others, it’s a last-ditch attempt to save their crumbling marriage.
But when one of the group members ends up dead on the night of a terrible storm, what was once a paradise soon becomes a prison.
Trapped on the island with no cell phone service and no means of escape, the couples fear the worst. What exactly happened to their friend? And could they be next?
Determined to learn the truth, the couples search for answers, but only discover more secrets. Friendships, loyalties, and marriages are put to the ultimate test as they grapple to decide who to trust and who could be a threat.
Will they make it off the island? Or will the perfect getaway turn into their last?
Pre-order The Perfect Getaway by Kiersten Modglin on Amazon!
Secrets are dangerous and this book makes that super clear. The twists, the turns, and the eventual revelation of truth are so beautifully written. This is a page turner, and just when you think you have figured everything out-you realize you have no idea. Can we really know someone?Kiersten Modglin writes a brutally tragic story, filled with hurt, hope and secrets… A journey that will leave you exhausted, a trip that will make you angry, sad, confused, and in the end will blow your mind. Sit down, buckle up and try to hold on. You are in for a ride. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Find My Husband’s Secret by Kiersten Modglin on Amazon.