The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

My Thoughts: A multi-layered story, Look for Me takes the reader along on a journey to find a killer and a missing girl.

Our narrators are D. D. Warren, a detective with the Boston P.D., and Flora Dane, the famously abducted woman held captive for 472 days…and who now has taken on a vigilante role. But she also helps other young women to protect themselves and move on.

The three children in the Baez family spent time in foster care, during which they were abused by other teens in the home. By the time their mother got them back again, they were broken and damaged, but hoping for a better life. Nothing worked out the way they had planned, for they were thrust, once again, into the school where their enemies from care could keep torturing them.

Who had killed the four members of a family? Why did the oldest girl, Roxanna, run? Did she have anything to do with the killings? Or had she somehow escaped, but would become the next target? Did the time in foster care have something to do with the killings? Was someone worried about possible charges being brought against the abusers in the home?

I enjoyed trying to figure out who could have killed the family, and I liked how D. D.’s mind worked in trying to eliminate suspects and zero in on the perpetrator(s).

Flora, whose first person narrative brought the reader into her mind and her thoughts, was interesting and likable, except to D. D., who mostly wished she didn’t have to keep her in line while she “helped.”

Alternating with the other POVs was a journal kept by Roxanna, which helped the reader piece together her experiences while in foster care. And at the very heart of the story, was the unexpected perpetrator who seemed the least likely one. A riveting story that earned 5 stars for me.***



Good morning!  Now that I’ve posted my Weekly Updates on my Serendipity blog, I have decided that it is time for a change.  I do love to change things up, and move my updates posts to my other blogs from time to time.

Yes, you’ve guessed it.  I’ll be hosting the event here, on An Interior Journey, starting next weekend.

The logo you see above will be featured each week here…although sometimes I change the logos after a while, too.  Let’s wait and see.

The format of these posts will remain the same…I’ll be linking to Sunday Salon, Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, and Book Date.

I hope you will join me on this journey!



Good morning!  Let’s grab some coffee and chat.  I am a big fan of coffee, and in my quest to find the perfect pot of coffee, I sometimes go astray.

The last bag of coffee that I purchased was not my favorite:  it was a milder flavor, and didn’t quite do it for me.  I accidentally picked up the wrong kind!  Then I found a rich and dark blend, and I’m enjoying the first pot of that this morning.  Yum!  Usually I only  feel this burst of flavor when I go to Barnes & Noble to read and sip their coffee, where I order it with two shots of Espresso.  But I’m too lazy to get dressed and go there on most mornings.

I might go this afternoon, though.  I’m feeling a little stir crazy. 

Last night I finished reading Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna…my third book of the week.  (Click for my review).

Next I plan to start reading one of my March NetGalley ARCs:  The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian. (Release Date – 3/13).

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

I loved The Guest Room!  It was also a NetGalley ARC…click for my review.


I’ve been waiting for this book for months!  I have loved several books by this author, and the anticipation has been palpable.

So…imagine me curling up with Pippa, my Kindle…another cup of coffee…and bliss.

How is your day shaping up for you?








Welcome to another Coffee Chat, featuring our bookish and not so bookish thoughts, hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

The week had been going pretty well here…and then I saw the news about the horrific school shooting in Florida.  The world we live in seems to grow worse by the minute.   What, if anything, will the law enforcement community and this country do to solve this problem that seems to have no end in sight?  What can we do, as individuals?

  • Okay, rant over for now.  But I did seek to change my mood a bit by going for a mani…and then having a nice dinner.  While I ate, I continued reading Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna.  I’m really enjoying it.  Two girls go missing, and the family hires a PI from California named Alice Vega, who has a unique style…and has had positive outcomes.

  • Previously this week, I finished reading and reviewing two books:  The Family Next Door, by Sally Hepworth; and Lie With Me, by Sabine Durrant. (Click for reviews).
  • Earlier today, I wrote a post about my One Word, CONNECT, and shared some upcoming review books I’ll be enjoying…
  • My two granddaughters are having their 21st birthdays this month.  Aubrey (below) celebrated her birthday on February 13…

  • And Fiona’s birthday is on the 21st…here she is, showing us another version of herself…blue hair?

  • At my dinner out, I had this delicious veggie pizza…I ate two slices, and brought the rest of it home.  I love leftover pizza…


That is my week so far…now I plan to curl up in bed and read some more.  What is your week giving you?




Is it time to chat about my One Word?  The word CONNECT always reminds me of how different my life is nowadays…and how, back in college, connecting was not something you really had to think about.  There were so many new people to meet, and classes to attend with potential new connections.

In my career as a social worker, connecting with people was a daily routine, although my role in these interactions was quite different than it was in college.  I was a listener, a guide, an advocate…and I came to relish the role.  Not something that works for me now, though.


Of course, in today’s world, we have online opportunities, and I’m not negating the value of social media.  Without it, I would  be truly isolated.  But I have to go outside my comfort zone to find real-life connections. 

Last week I had a spontaneous conversation in a neighborhood restaurant and learned about a nearby book club  that I want to explore.  And, of course, I regularly go to restaurants and bookstores, where I can strike up conversations.  Because I am “older,” nobody seems to take offense.  LOL.


Now that I’ve shared my explorations, I am truly excited about some new books approved by NetGalley lately, bringing my total unread ARCs to NINE.  With so many books to read, how much time is there to connect?  See what I did? My introversion is showing.

Today I got approval for The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews – (Release Date:  5/8/18)

Last week, I downloaded Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns (Release Date – 5/1/18)


Soon I will start reading my March books:

The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian (March 13)

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen (3/20/18)

Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser (3/27/18)


I have three ARCs that will be released in April, and three in May, two of which were mentioned at the top of the post.

I love planning out my reading.

What books are you eagerly waiting to read? 





She’s my roommate.

I know how she takes her tea, how she organizes her closet.

I know when she goes to bed each night, what she eats for breakfast, the passcode on her phone.

I know she calls her mother on Mondays, takes barre on Thursdays, and meets her friends for drinks on Fridays.

But more important than any of that … I know what she did.


My Thoughts: The Perfect Roommate is the kind of story that hints at perfection and total compatibility between the two roommates, Lauren and Meadow, but with every page, you sense that drama and darkness are just around the corner.

When Lauren starts giving Meadow some of her clothes and talks her into a hairstyle that mimics her own, I could almost hear the music from “Single White Female,” and I knew we were in for some intense moments ahead.

I wasn’t sure how it would all unfold, but I thought I had it figured out several times over before it started to come together in a way I hadn’t anticipated.

The author’s style kept me rapidly turning pages, and then, just when I thought every last lie and dramatic point had finally revealed themselves, there were teasers ahead for another tempting situation. The story ends with an epilogue that could be a happy ending…or a set-up for more drama. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, although the ending did feel a bit anti-climactic. 4.5 stars.***



Welcome to another Coffee Chat, featuring our bookish and not so bookish thoughts, hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

How is it Thursday already?  It was Monday…and then I looked up and here we are.   This week has brought lots of tears from a special TV show.  In the episode following the Superbowl, This Is Us showed how Jack died, and then Tuesday night’s episode gave us more sad moments with one of my favorite TV families.  Of course I love the show and the characters, but Jack is my favorite…followed by Kevin.  I’m not crazy about Randall’s wife, though…or even Rebecca, the matriarch…but after these two shows, I felt connected to her for the first time.

  • Do you watch the show?  What do you think?
  • My reading has been good…not a lot of books (only two so far), but they were totally engaging:  Exposed, by Lisa Scottoline (click for my review); and The Wife, by Alafair Burke (click!).
  • I am currently reading Here We Lie, by Paula Treick DeBoard

  • Does anyone subscribe to CBS All Access?  I signed up for it last season, just so I could watch The Good Fight…and I loved being able to enjoy the streaming episodes.  It is returning for another season on March 4.  I always loved The Good Wife, and some of the characters from that show are in this one.

  • Lately I am sleeping later in the mornings (7:30 or 8:00)…and taking a nap midday.  Why?  Maybe I am trying to escape something?  Do you sleep more to escape?
  • On Netflix, I finished Mindhunter...and loved it.  I want more!
  • On Amazon Prime, I watched Wonder.  I hadn’t seen it in the theater…I’m not sure why.  But it was another totally engaging movie.
  • On Tuesday, I went shopping…and then stopped at Mimi’s for the French Pot Roast…again.  Yum.  While I was there, a woman about my age was sitting at a table nearby (the restaurant was almost empty, so conversation was possible), asking what I was reading (The Wife).  She then talked about a book club she belongs to in a neighboring village, near the library, sponsored by the Sisters in Crime organization.  I took down the information.  Remember how I’ve been trying to find a book club?
  • By the way, here’s the roast again…

  • So…maybe I will try this book club.  The first two books are cozy mysteries I have not yet read.
  • Even as I’m excited at the possibilities, I already feel myself shrinking away from it.  Why do I do that?  Oh, yeah, I love how online bookish conversations are safe…and I can participate while in my PJs.  LOL.
  • But the whole point of my One Word CONNECT is to get out of my comfort zone…and into REAL LIFE connections.
  • However, I am swept back to the 1970s and a book club that turned creepy.  By the end, several of the people were moving out of the neighborhood.  Does this sound like something you might find in a mystery novel?  It’s a story I actually wrote (it is on my Authors Den site), which I embellished into something fictional, with enough truth to be a constant reminder of those times: Echoes of the Past.
  • Not something I need to worry about these days, however.  LOL


So…that’s my rather strange week.  How did yours go?





Finito!  The Bloggiesta party is over, and our blogs are improved by the process.  Check out what I’ve accomplished:

My Tasks:

  • do two mini challenges – DNF
  • change or fix one thing on your sidebar – Done!  Removed two items
  • add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc) – Added My Creations Page
  • change one thing on your layout and/or look New Header and Background
  • comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs – Ongoing process
  • change header at Curl up and Read



What did you do this time?  Come on by and share…and leave a link, please.




My Journey through my stacks includes some NetGalley e-ARCs….and as of today, I have EIGHT unread books on that mountain.

I’m not behind…but I have four that will be released in March; three in April; and one in May.  So far.  I still have some requests out there.

So…let’s take a look at those books:

The Family Next Door, by Sally Hepworth (March 6 release date)

The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian – (March 13 Release)

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen – (March 20 Release)

Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser (March 27 Release)

The Good Liar, by Catherine McKenzie (April 3 Release)

Other People’s Houses, by Abbi Waxman (April 3 Release)

After Anna, by Lisa Scottoline (April 10 Release)

Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin (May 15 Release)


I am looking forward to this journey.  Soon I will start with the March releases.  What does your journey look like?




Welcome to another Coffee Chat, featuring our bookish and not so bookish thoughts, hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

Another week with some reading, some blogging (Bloggiesta!), and a few appointments.  Those are annoying, usually, except I did have a hair appointment today and my daughter did something fun with my silvering hair.

  • I read and reviewed The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson (click for review), and I was kicking myself for letting it languish on Pippa for so many months!
  • I’m reading (and loving) Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz; I hope to finish it tomorrow…but if I don’t, no worries.  I am taking a more laid-back attitude this year.
  • However, despite that vow, I did read and review thirteen books in January, and not surprisingly, seven of them were mysteries/thrillers/cozies. 
  • I now have eight e-ARCs on my list…how did I get so many all of a sudden?  Some were offered to me without request, which is a good thing…I guess.  Luckily, the dates are spread out a little, but four of them will be released in March.
  • I hope to read Exposed, by Lisa Scottoline, in the next week or so…I have her newest book from NetGalley and want to catch up a bit.  Plus, I’ve had the book since August 2017.
  • Yesterday, my granddaughter Fiona called and asked if we could hang out…so, of course, I said yes.  We went to dinner at Mimi’s and had salmon and salad…which was delicious.

  • Has anyone read this book?  I’m eagerly waiting for it:  Release Date – April 3, 2018;  an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

  • Aubrey, my other granddaughter, is back in San Diego, after her semester in Prague.  Below, she shared one of the photos she took just before she left.  To me, it looks like a cabin you might find in a mystery novel.


So….that is my week so far.  What are you reading or blogging about?