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Neighborly by Ellie Monago

Severe TRIGGER WARNING for this book. This book contains sexual trauma involving minors and “swinging” among semi-consenting adults. If you are sensitive to things containing trauma or sexual exploitation, please do not read this book or my review.

Love thy neighbor…

Kat and Doug are over-the-moon when they move into their dream neighborhood. It has all of the bells and whistles they think they want and need to provide their young daughter with everything she needs to succeed in life. We quickly meet the neighbors and get to know their quirks… and their secrets.

Neighborly was written by practicing therapist Ellie Monago. She has authored two novels and is a busy wife and mother. You can read more about Ellie Monago here.

This book is filled with quite interesting characters, and we are quickly introduced to them as the novel takes off. Our main character and narrator, Kat, starts off seeming very insecure and standoffish. Her husband, Doug, seems extremely delightful and charming and quite the doting husband and father. They have a four-month-old daughter, Sadie, and have just bought their first home. This neighborhood is like a character all its own, holding secrets, twists, turns, and a deadly revelation.

There are some heavy topics within this book. And I would have greatly appreciated Ellie Monago placing a trigger warning disclaimer in the book’s introduction. The story is actually really good, and I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. The twists were well placed, and the overall writing is very smart. Monago is a practicing therapist, as she can describe emotions and feelings extremely well. She makes you really feel uncomfortable with certain instances, which work within the writing but leave you shocked as a reader. Be prepared to have your breath taken away, several times, not necessarily in a good way.

Please read this book with caution; as I mentioned at the beginning of this review, this book contains several trigger warnings.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I was taken back by how certain plot points were just dropped in my lap, but I think the “shock” factor was intentional. I would be willing to read a novel by Ellie Monago again, but this time I will go into it with a more prepared frame of mind. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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Whatever Mother Says…:A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder by Wensley Clarkson

Read 7/12/20-7/25/20

I wanted to read this book because the crime took place near my hometown. At the time this book was written the case hadn’t gone to trial… and there is no epilogue with the update. So I ended up having to Google the trial and the outcome of all the individuals involved. Which isn’t a deal breaker for me, and I enjoy researching true crime cases anyway (a weird hobby I guess), so chances are I would have still given this case a spin in the Google machine… but it would have been nice if the book had been updated with the results of the trials. This case is brutal, and definitely hard to read at times, but without having the follow up it makes it difficult to recommend. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars.

*Trigger warning: this is a true crime novel. The events that are described within this book are extremely violent and graphic, so if you are sensitive to abuse, mental health abuse, assault and verbal threats, you will probably not enjoy this book.

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Doll House by John Hunt

Trigger warning: this book deals with sexual assault, kidnapping and psychological torture.

Read 7/16/20-7/17/20

Pretty good story line. Some parts were extremely hard to read, due to the content. I was disappointed in the ending though, it just kind of stops. The resolution is minimal… and you are left with so many questions. For a story that had so much potential, even with triggering content, the ending was pathetic at best. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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Bang by Barry Lyga

Trigger warning. Guns and gun related death, infant death and suicidal contemplation.

Read 6/27/20-6/28/20

This book was very smart, and very well done. It handled extremely difficult content in a very tasteful way. You don’t know what’s going to happen until it finally does… and it grips you right in the center of your chest. Compassion and understanding are such beautiful traits. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Read on 6/26/20-6/27/20

Trigger warning with this book. If you are sensitive to domestic abuse, verbal and emotional abuse as well as abuse, this may not be the book for you.

This book was heavy. Extremely well written, fantastic plot and intense buildup. This was a hard book to put down, and at times a hard book to keep reading. The way the scenes are written will grip you by the throat and won’t let go. You are in for an extremely bumpy ride. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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