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Tirely wrong This was a complete page turner Please excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader While I read Before We Were Strangers I realized again how much I enjoy romantic suspense Especially when the story feels ike a real mystery that keeps me on my toes throughout the entire bookBesides the slow burn and second chance romance that wound its and second chance romance that wound its through the novel and made my romance reader heart happy the exciting and suspenseful search for answers was the main attraction of this storyFrom the very beginning the author pretty much served the main suspect on a silver platter But don t fear The author eads the reader on a fascinating uest to solve a cold murder With than enough twists and turns to keep me from getting bored Brenda Novak delivered a solid performance and a truly thrilling storyThe supporting cast was a kaleidoscope of interesting and flawed characters that gave the story a very realistic feel Everyone had an agenda and the author did a w What I Repressed Memories A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse FiresideParkside Recovery Book love about reading is when you find that gem that keeps you thinking when you put the book down or you can t put the book down because you are racing to the next page A good book should make you feel and this did not disappoint Sloan is grieving over theoss of her friend who has been a father to her She shared with him the reason she Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic left her childhood home and he urged her to get answers Sloan believes her father killed her mother when she was 5 years old and while she is terrified of him feels that the answers will provide the closure she needs to move on with herife Her father is the mayor of the city she grew up in and is finding his power has a far reach He does not want her to come home and blocks her attempts for a African Literature 9 long stay as he is aware of the reasons for her return He is up for re election and believes her inuiries will thwart his efforts for another term She is forced to stay with an old friend who married her childhood boyfriend This is awkward to Sloan as sheeft abruptly after her high school graduation which broke her boyfriend Micah s heart Sloan s friend Paige and Micah are after her high school graduation which broke her boyfriend Micah s heart Sloan s friend Paige and Micah are but there are Alien Conquest lingering resentments as Paige feels Sloan is the reason for the breakup This part of the storyline unfolds masterfully as the author is able to capture the pain that Paige feels as she cannot hide that sheoves Micah too much yet Micah does not Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide love her enough Sloan is in the middle as Paige feels guilty for marrying her best friends boyfriend but is not willing to give him up And the tension between Micah and Sloan is so palpable Their feelings have not changed but they know if they act on their feelings that the conseuences will be unforgivingMicah is also a police officer and he is aware of Sloan s intentions for her short stay He is compelled to help her as he has concerns with her father s behavior and believes his power with the town needs to be reigned in Theyearn that Sloan s mother had secrets that divided her family and as she starts to uncover the truth she realizes her own Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery life is in danger I won t give away any as this story is a worthwhile read I read it in one sitting and it just had that adrenaline that you want in a story Another excellent reading experience from this author This was a pretty decent read A woman goes back to her home town in hopes to solve the mystery of her mother s disappearance It has its share of drama with aove triangle This was my first Brenda Novak book and probably my Conjure In African American Society lastThe story was good the writing not so much Iost track of how many times I rolled my eyes I actually put it down about 30 pages in because I thought the writing was going to annoy me too muchI ended up picking it back up and read it in a day uick easy read good story but pretty bad writin. Another traumatic Womens Political Activism in Palestine loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets andies a jilted ex boyfriend and a father and brother who'd rather see her silenced But as Sloane starts digging into the past the uestion isn't whether she can uncover what really happened that nightit's what will remain of her family if she doe.

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Before We Were Strangers

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I have become a fan of Brenda Novak from reading several of her thrilling titles but with over fifty books in publication she has anything from the Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, lighter contemporary romance to darker thrillers Before We Were Strangers is along theines of a romantic suspense novel but with enough mystery to keep readers turning the pages and guessing alongIn this story Sloane McBride had The alphas abused mate left home at eighteen and had notooked back for the Word Alchemy last ten years Sloane had her reasons for escaping her small town but they weren t the normal dreaming of something bigger or searching for Sloane had wanted to escape her father who she suspected may have had something to do with her mother s disappearance when she was fiveHowever Sloane had not onlyeft behind her father and brother but also her high school boyfriend and her best friend As much as Sloane The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures loved them both she couldn t stay near her father for another day which madeeaving tough but returning will be even tougher since the two had turned to each other after Sloane s absence Having married had a child and divorced in the ast ten years Sloane isn t sure how either will handle Her Return As She Looks return as she ooks clues from the pastBefore We Were Strangers was another Brenda Novak novel that didn t take ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) long at all to become completely engrossed in Sloane s memories of that night when she was five and her mother vanished have had her in fear that her father is a murderer In the years that have passed her father has also gained power in the small town making getting at the truth that much tough for Sloane but with a bit of help and determination the secrets slowly rise to the topI will admit to being aittle My Hero Academia memes for kids - Funny New Memes 2019 leery of the wholeove triangle angle of the story since I m usually not a fan of dating a friend or family members ex again with those boundaries however this is the creepiest most disturbing dynamic that made the book even compelling There s actually no cheating involved but instead this set up is even mind games to add to the suspenseful side of the story A great read from beginning to end that I d definitely recommend checking outI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit Sloane McBride s mother Clara disappeared 23 years ago following a violent argument with her father Ed Sloane was only five years old at the time but vividly recalls the details of what she saw and heard that night She After the Tears left town suddenly and without warning when she was eighteen to escape her father s domination and emotional crueltyeaving behind her boyfriend Micah and best friend Paige Now she s returned home to Texas after having gained fame and success as a model to finally investigate and solve the mystery of her mother s disappearance At the top of her suspect ist Her father The story begins with the death of Sloane s beloved agent mentor and benefactor who had encouraged her to go back home and reconnect with her family and friends I really felt how alone Sloane was with no real meaningful relationships to anchor her anywhere Even her return home was met with suspicion and hostility Every relationship was complicated including her best friend and ex boyfriend who had married each other share a son and are now divorced The reactions to her return felt real even if some were harsh and unfair consistent with small town dynamics The mystery was gnarly taking twisty and uncertain paths especially with unreliable witnes The plot of this book is uite strong a daughter returns to her home town after 10 years away determined to up to her buried suspicion that her father town after 10 years away determined to face to her buried suspicion that her father something to do with the disappearance of her mother all those years ago It promised the unearthing of buried skeletons a mystery being untangled and the conflicting em. Something happened to her mother that night Something no one wants to talk about But she's determined to uncover her family's dark secrets even if they bury herFive year old Sloane McBride couldn't sleep that night Her parents were arguing again their harsh words heating the cool autumn air And then there was that other sound the ominous thump before all went uietIn the morning her mother was gone Th. Otions tied up with such a prodigal return Unfortunately for me it failed to deliver on some of those promises One of the main frustrations I had was with the pace of the book for the first two thirds it felt ike hardly anything happened and then suddenly all of the action is crammed into the ast third Also it promised a twist of an ending which For Me Was Not A Surprise At AllBut My Main me was not a surprise at allBut my main was with the cliched nature of some of the writing and the juxtaposition of the characters relationships with their conversations Hopefully this example will help illustrate my point Th Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak is a 2018 MIRA publication A ittle heavy on the dramatics but still a good solid thriller When Sloane McBride was five years old her mother suddenly disappeared never to be seen or heard from again Sloane has a few vivid memories of the night her mother Facing the Rising Sun left and for many years she has suspected her father of foul play Now after ending a successful run as a popular supermodel Sloane has returned to her hometown hoping to finally discover what really happened to her mother all those years ago However the adage about never going home again is proving true for Sloane in the most awkward of ways not to mention the rather chilly reception she receives from her father and brother However the deeper she digs she uncovers a few disturbing secrets about her mother which causes her to uestion her own memories and her powerful convictions about her father s guilt Are Sloane s memories faulty Did her father have something to do with her mother s disappearance or did sheeave of her own accord Brenda Novak is usually a very dependable author She writes across several genres from contemporary romance to traditional thrillers However I seem to gravitate towards her romantic suspense novels since she is one of the few still around who writes them in a traditional format Although I had a few issues with this one I still couldn t put it down The mystery surrounding Sloane s mother is a very solid thread This part of the story is compelling and has some nice plot twists However the romantic angle was Best African American Fiction 2010 like a soap opera and all three characters in theove triangle if you will end up ooking pathetic at one point or another but none than Sloane s former best friend who alternately oves and hates Sloane However I kept turning those pages as fast as I could all the same What can I say Sometimes I m a real sucker for AN OVER THE TOP SUDSY DRAMA OVERALL THE MYSTERY over the top sudsy drama Overall the mystery all the elements of a good twisty thriller which makes this one worth your time even if you would rather skip all the heavy melodrama 35 rounded up Thanks to Netgalley and Harleuin for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Expected December 2018 Although I thi This book sucks you right in A model returned from a career in New York An estranged family with a controlling father and a brother who won t believe a word she says about what happened the night their mother disappeared A best friend who married her ex right after she Teacher For An Alien Doctor (Intergalactic Exchange Program, left town and who may or may not be on her side A cop who married a girl to do the right thing rather than the one girl he d alwaysoved This has all the makings of a really juicy soap opera and you just can t stop turning the pages But as Sloane digs deeper into the twisted history of what happened the night her mother disappeared she starts receiving threats Her father controls everything in their small Texas town Micah her ex now a police officer wants to help But the situation is complicated by the fact that Paige his ex wife in a nasty divorce and Sloane s maybe best friend shows up at every turn sure wanting Micah back and convinced he still has feelings for Sloane She may not be en. E official story was that she New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 left Heroving devoted mother That hadn't sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen anxious to The Battle over Marriage leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn't just difficult he was deadlyNow.