Secret Santa (Bluegrass Brothers, yYou However she does have a TON of other books out there that are definitely better Cassie Kramer and herounger sister Allie are the daughters of former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes Both had followed in their mother s footsteps however Cassie really has no acting talent while Allie is a starThey both have parts of a new movie and in trying her hand at screenwriting has changed the very last scene Cassie takes a smaller part in order to give her sister a bigger part Unfortunately the day it was filmed Allie is a no show and her body double is shot and nearly killedThe rest of the book follows Cassie s adventures in looking for her sister The plot gets a little convoluted a "LITTLE CONFUSINGMORE MURDERS ARE COMMITTED AND "confusingMore murders are committed and are all related to the movie in one way or another They are found with grotesue masks mimicking the Kramer sisters There are so many suspects it is only when Jenna Hughes admits to a secret she s carried for than 20 The Workshop years does the light start to shineThe ending is tense and suspenseful And not everyone makes it out aliveThe plot was extremely complex and difficult to follow I didn t care for most of the characters it even took a while for me to warm up to CassieI ve read many of this author s books and been very satisfied Not so much this oneMany thanks to the author Kensington Books Zebra NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest unbiased review Well I think that After She s Gone will be receiving the Biggest Disappointment of the Year award from me This didn t read as one of the amazing books from the talented Lisa Jackson whom I fell in love withears ago I picked this book up just knowing that I was in for a good read Lisa Jackson was an author that I could go to if I just wanted to get wrapped up in a heart stopping mystery That is most definitely NOT how it played out this time Actually it was almost the furthest thing from that I ll just start at
The Beginning It S As Good Of A Place As beginning it s as good of a place as at this point The beginning was gripping and interesting and everything that I had hoped it would be But then I got about 12% into the book figured out how the book would play out and it was downhill from there I was right about how the book would play out by the way Add that to the disappointing list The passage of time in this book is not stated at least where I read I could have totally missed it and The Legacy of Aaron Geist you re left wondering how much time has passed I was a bit confused for a while because there were flashbacks and inner thoughts and POV changes that were not seamless in the least I found myself having to go back and reread because I wasn t completely for sure who in the hell was talkingthinkingdoing whatever Speaking of characters there are 7 bazillion of them in this book Thank goodness I was reading this on my Kindle and I could use the search option to go back and either find the character in previous chapters or figure out that this waset another new character that I was going to not remember and have to look up later I think that part of the problem was that these little secondary characters weren t made to seem significant enough to remember but then they were brought up every 37th page in the 2nd paragraph Talk about irritating I probably spent 13 of my reading time trying To Figure Out Who The Damn Character figure out who the damn character and how they were important to the storyThe story does pick up in the ending and I m talking the last 10 pages but it s just not enough to redeem the other 400 pages that Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood, you draggedour ass through just to get to the good stuff The story just felt unnecessarily long and bogged down It felt heavy and from the reader s perspective I think that if 100 pages of dead weight was cut out the story would pick up and it would be another jaw dropping heart stopping memorable creation by the great Lisa Jackson Honestly I may have lost a favorite author today That s just too bad I received this novel in exchange for an honest review Check out of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmar. Ster figure who comes to her bedside whispering about Allie a visitor of whom there is no record Is someone trying to help or drive her mad Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie Cassie checks herself out of the hospital But a sudden slew of macabre murders each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family makes Cassie fear for her safety and her sanity The only way to end the nightmare is to find out what really happened to Allie And with each discovery Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe least of all herself. ,
Insectissimo! you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest reviewWhile it wasn t bad it wasn t as fast paced and thrilling as I d expected I wasn t really keen on Cassie s character but overall not a bad little read Ifou like her other books I think Fields of Fire (Frontlines, you d enjoy this but ifou re new to Jackson I d recommend starting with something else Between the awesome cover the 5 star reviews and the plot description I was really excited to read this book About 60 pages into the book my excitement had waned to the point I was uestioning if this was the same book that everyone was describingThe pace is very slow as there is a lot of minutia between plot points I skimmed through some areas where the story was dragging so bad it was either skim or dnf I was not expecting this to be so slow as I had read so many reviews that said fast paced thrilling suspenseful I didn t think any of these adjectives appliedThe plot is all over the place and jumping around undeveloped characters In fact almost all the characters seemed undeveloped Redeemed (The MacKays you don t get to know anyone but Cassie Unfortunately Cassie is a head case that is hard to get vested in There was a section of the book where it seemed like all I read about was Cassie packing and traveling visiting different apartments where nothing happens attempting to talk to people who don t return her call and the only time she seems to talk to people are when she s set up to be a suspect which then makes the plot feel contrivedI m not sure why but I was always feeling like the time framesdrive times were off It might be because it took so long to do trivial items and then there would be a jump in timeThere were times when it s supposed to be tenseou re supposed to be pulled in and riveted to the story and instead I was so frustrated by Cassie s bizarre behaviors and OTT reactions that I actually had to stop reading and do something "else Pinterest dishes e mailanything but CassieI was almost to the end of the book "Pinterest dishes e mailanything but CassieI was almost to the end of the book I had to walk away not once not twice but three times This isn t suspense it s a silent prayer from our reader saying DONT WRITE THIS GRADE B MOVIE HORROR STUPIDITY 101 It s like everyone knows better but let s keep the stupidity going People are being murdered should ou be stupid or smart OK let s be stupid What shouldn t The Wedding (Lux, you do OK do that The Grade B movie stupidity has totally ruined this plot for meFor me the line that really defined the bookOh Jesus Would she have come out here after she heard the report of the gun Would she have been that stupid You betchaof course in a Grade B movie stupidity rulesAnd I have to ask just how big is that damn barn Pretty damn big because she s already gone uite a distance and still it s onward she raced And it is truly amazing how much can be thought during a few minutes pages of the twists thinking her thoughts skip skip skipA truly messed up family it was hard to care for any of them I think if Cassie and her mother had been developed differentlyou may have been able to care for them Jenna the mother was underdeveloped to the point she could have been someone already passed onIf American Blues you feel like my review rambled it may be because it mirrored the book I received an ARC of this novel via the publishers at netgalley Thankou 35 4 Where is Allie Stars I am a huge fan of Lisa Jackson so when I was approved for this novel via netgalley I was very excited Overall this is a decent read but definitely not Jackson s best I had a hard time sympathizing with the characters mainly Cassie the lead because she wasn t very likeable On the other hand the plot was fast faced interesting thrilling and suspenseful something that is always guaranteed when ou read anything by Lisa Jackson If ou are a fan of Lisa Jackson s work than I think this is a good fit for. Tle bit beautiful also proved to be talented and driven Where Cassie got bit parts Allie rose to stardom But now her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie and Allie is missingPolice discover that the last call to Allie’s phone came from Cassie though she has no recollection of making it Instead of looking like a concerned relative Cassie is starting to look like a suspect the jealous sister who finally grew sick of playing a supporting role As the tabloids go into a frenzy Cassie ends up on a Portland psych ward Is she just imagining the sini. After She s Gone by Lisa Jackson was a bit of a disappointment for meThe story starts off really well but one third of the way I was completely bamboozled by what was going on There were so many characters and a lot of different POV s that I lost track of who was who and what was what And all those flashbacks and inner monologues just added to my confusionThe main character Cassie I couldn t get this woman Her behavior was beyond bizarre and she kept doing the most unbelievable thingsso much so that I kept thinking that there was something off about herlike she was someone else and that I was being led along with all those may red herrings and when all was going to be revealedit would be a shocker But nothe revelation in the end was not a huge surprise because I had an idea who the baddies were very early in the storyI couldn t engage with any of the characters in this book The writing style didn t feel like the other books written by this author I skimmed over a lot of the pagesthe story dragged and I felt it a bit too long for me The plot was so interesting but got bogged down by some of the things I mentioned above and too
much repetition of same phrases over and overI have read most of this author s booksrepetition of same phrases over and overI have read most of this author s books she has remained one of my favorite romancesuspense authors but this latest offering was a letdown for meOh I did like the book cover I decided to read this novel after it was spoke about highly by a couple of my Goodread friends Once I started reading it I had a feeling wasn t going to like it but soldiered on nevertheless not been a uitter The book got better and better the I "read and by the end I felt it was a decent read Not great but "and by the end I felt it was a decent read Not great but novel features actress Cassie Krammer who is a major suspect when her famous sister goes missing and her body double in her latest film is shot on set Lots of action and intrigue but it is not really up to the standard of book I normally enjoyI would like to thank Net Galley and Kensington books for supplying a copy of After She s Gone by Lisa Jackson in exchange for a honest review 35 stars I really liked the premise of this story a Mary Engelbreit (Leisure Arts young starlets body double is shot during the filming of a movie and the star goes missing Cassie the older sister tries to find her and gets stonewalled a lot I liked how the author shows us the growth of Cassie and how she is trying to rebuild herself and her lifeWhat bothered me is the storyline seemed to get bogged down a bit with repetitiveness You know the cops telling us what they re thinking same shit different day And there was a backstory about an incident from tenears ago that kept being repeated Slowed the story so what should have and could have been a
taut thriller wasn t uiteAs I said I did like how Cassie became empowered after a rockythriller wasn t uiteAs I said I did like how Cassie became empowered after a rocky and there were some pretty good moments that keep this story from falling apart I just think some editing needs to be done to keep the story moving along uickly Overall a pretty good story about one seriously fucked up familyThank Die Journalistin you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review I am a big fan of Lisa Jackson Unfortunately I found this book to be disappointing I usually can not put her books down until I finish it I found this book to have too many characters introduced at the beginning and a lot of pages I call filler There were so many wild goose chases that led to the length of the book but did not enhance the story It was confusing Near the end it picked up speed and then it was hard to put down I am still a fan but this one is not my favorite I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ThankouThis book just wasn t for me I struggled and struggled to get through it and ended up giving up at the 50% mark It was just a little too slow for my liking and it couldn t seem to catch my interest There was too much inner dialogue and not enough action or movement on the pages to make me want to know I hate to give In this explosive new thriller #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delves into the deep bond between two sisters and their shared dream that becomes a harrowing nightmare of madness hatred and jealousyCassie Kramer and her ounger sister Allie learned the hazards of fame long ago Together they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes Still Cassie moved to LA urging Allie to follow As a team they’d take the town by storm But Allie finally free of small town Oregon and just that lit.