Between the struggles that already were 2020 and childcare woes and now the inundating smoke from California fires, finding some good reads has been all but mandatory for me. These reads are a fun escape mid-afternoon or (in my case) before bed. You’ll love these reviews of The Wife Who Knew Too Much, You Had me at Hola, and The Angel of the Crows.
The Wife Who Knew Too Much Review by Michele Campbell
If you need a thriller that’ll keep you guessing til this end, chec out Michele Campbell’s The Wife Who Knew Too Much. Years ago, Tabitha met Connor. She worked as a waitress where his wealthy family was vacationing. They had a summer fling that felt made to last…ended all too abruptly by his family.
Years later, Tabitha – a divorced woman still working as a waitress in the same area – knows all there is to know about Connor. His very public life is all over the news because he’s married to the exorbitantly rich Nina Levitt. He’s probably forgotten all about Tabitha…until he walks into her restaurant and sits in her section.
Their secret weekend of love is caught on film and soon Nina is planning to divorce Conner, which will leave him broke with the prenup in place. All that is until she’s found dead in her pool.
Things get more complicated with Tabitha’s pregnancy and all the questions around Nina’s supposed suicide. You’ll turn page after page wondering if Connor killed Nina, if he plans to hurt Tabitha, or if there are other forces with which to reckon. If you’re like me, you’ll hate Connor, but for Tabitha’s sake, you hope he’s as innocent as he claims.
St. Martin’s Press sent me this book to check out. All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored endorsement in any way.
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
Alexis Daria’s latest book, You Had Me At Hola, throws together Jasmine Lin Rodriguez – up and coming leading lady – and Ashton Suarez, veteran hero of many a telenovela – on the set of a new tv series that is primed to launch both of them into stardom. This one is perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin!
Jasmine, born to a large New York Puerto Rican family, is hoping to concentrate on the job and avoid the tabloids that have been obsessed with her previous relationships. Meanwhile, Puerto Rican Ashton has a reputation as a closed off actor, focused on doing his job and getting out – largely because he has secrets of his own to protect.
As the leads of a new show, there is a lot riding on their success – especially when it becomes clear that they have chemistry on screen and off.
An off-handed offer of Spanish lessons (as Jasmine is not perfectly fluent, and the tv series moves in and out of Spanish and English) from Ashton lead to them getting closer. Soon they can’t stay away from each other – even when they both truly want to.
You Had Me At Hola feels like a genuine rom-com, full of laughs and love but also cold hard reality as they each try to do the right thing.
The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
Katherine Addison’s last book, the highly beloved The Goblin Emperor, was an unexpected hit, featuring a shy, quiet distant heir to the goblin throne elevated into a world well past his own understanding. It was also a rather slow book, about character and description and world building more than plot. Her new book, The Angel of the Crows, marries that love of character study with a much faster-paced set of interconnected stories.
Welcome to late Victorian London, and a Sherlock Holmes story unlike anything you’ve read before, even as it follows several closely. This is a London full of the supernatural – vampires, werewolves, hellhounds … and angels. Every public building must have an Angel. And every Angel must have a building, or they will fall, with disastrous consequences.
Enter Dr. J.H. Doyle, recently wounded in the Afghanistan conflict and looking for housing, and one Angel, not quite fallen, known as Crow.
They are, of course, based on Watson and Holmes, and Addison carefully draws us into their world, made more familiar by the retellings of the classic stories – alongside a very careful retelling of Jack the Ripper.
The Angel of The Crows is wonderfully atmospheric, a fascinating blend of the fiction we know (the Holmes canon), pure invention (hellhounds! angels!), and history.