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BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: A Psychological Thriller ~Margot Hunt

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is indeed about a friendship that has developed over a number of years between two very different individuals. Kat Grant is a wealthy socialite who owns an art gallery in South Florida and Alice Campbell is a logic professor/mathematician who is currently a stay at home mother. The women met regularly and shore each other up over a series of crises and wine.

Howard Grant, Kat’s financier husband, is the biggest problem as of late that the women are figuring out, and it is becoming quite major. Howard is a bully, violent, a drunk, and having an affair.  Kat does not have a pre-nuptial agreement and she does not want her husband to get her money.  Alice’s husband has lost his job and is trying to start his own firm.   Lots of tension mounting in each household, and then Howard falls from the balcony to his death.   Kat goes silent.  Alice works at figuring out what has happened.

It is very hard to put down BEST FRIENDS FOREVER as you are gripped in suspense and wanting to know the answers.  Are Alice’s children in jeopardy?  How will it evolve and come to a resolution?

I very much get caught up in this kind of story and I had a hard time figuring out what was happening and I had to figure out the depth of the truth as one of the characters began to figure it out.   This is often how counseling appointments go in my past.  The client keeps revealing little truths each session and then wow, one gets the whole picture and then the work begins to make change.  There is always lying, omission and truth as people are quite complex and have interesting journeys to arrive to the present point.

This book will be very popular I am certain and I believe it will be on a few folk’s wish list.   I know that one member of my book group will be racing to read this one right away.   Oh My!  It is hard to understand what one person will do to another and yet compelling to figure it out.   I thought this was a good read, but not several in a row please, I need to catch my breath.

Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.

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THE MOON SISTERS: a Wonderful Novel ~Therese Walsh

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

I have never been hiking in West Virginia until I read THE MOON SISTERS, and yet I have encountered dreamers, sensible daughters, Polish grandmothers, handsome fathers, writer mothers, and violence against children.  THE MOON SISTERS is a Wonderful journey story of 2 sisters who are discovering their true selves, after the sudden death of their mother.  Suicide or Accident? They are sure they know the answer, the reason and they are bound up in each other’s story as they journey through the stages of death and their emotions.


I would just turn right around and read THE MOON SISTERS again; I am sure I could not capture all the symbolism and moments of truth.  My review schedule is too tight and full, I will have to reserve that pleasure for another read space.  When I do pick the book up again, I will pay more attention to references and a metaphor, such as the sun, dreaming, wanting, trees, trees of life, being stung, rail roads and highways right down to water, streams and bogs.

Olivia is 18,  partially blind, and is very spirited – “who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights” – is certain beyond a doubt that she is to go to the Cranberry Bog, see will –o- the-wisps and complete her mother’s fantasy novel.  Jazz (22) is ready to move forward in her life and is shortly starting a new job; is practical, logical and full of anger.   Olivia sets out with her bag of her Mother’s ashes and the family insists that Jazz guide her sister through this journey of acceptance and understanding.

They encounter two other “characters”, train hoppers, as the sisters learn about other painful parenting problems which have been physically abusive and must proceed through their own journey of loss and recovery.  They are all on similar paths and stumbling through the forest of emotions together.  As they reflect emotions, the sisters are taking us into their lives and perceptions and figuring out new ways to proceed; – tasting emotions, seeing ideas, and smelling tomorrow.

“If you live your whole life hoping and dreaming the wrong things, what does that mean about your whole life?”

When you read THE MOON SISTERS take the time to think about what the Sun, Trees, Bogs, Blind Spots and Biscuits might be symbolizing – make wishes and learn from your dreams – take a walk to change your perspective and let others be themselves.   Learn about photisms and will-o’-the wisps, and take a few notes about the memories which come to your mind as you enjoy a cranberry biscuit and read until the wee hours.

I found it fun that Therese Walsh took the time to ask her Facebook readers to assist her in thinking up names for towns that could be found in West Virginia.  She researched lots of new terms and railroad talk, and had great local color in this fictional tale.   The author lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.  She made this Tramp real.

tlc logoTLC Online Book Tours and The Crown Publishing Group sent me a proof copy of this delightful book and I was pleased to be on this tour – Nearly everyone I know would like reading THE MOON SISTERS.

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