Two Reviews: Club Deception by Sarah Skilton & The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Club Deception by Sarah Skilton

Publication Date: July 25th, 2017

Rating: 4.25

Author Sarah Skilton gives readers a unique story about the lives of magicians and their secret clubs, as told by the WAGS (wives and girlfriends, or widows and girlfriends, given how you want to look at it). Rotating between a few women’s perspective (and even one up-and-coming male), readers uncover a deadly mystery in this new “whodunit” novel.

Why I Chose This Book: While the cover art nearly steered me away (it seemed a bit childish with the animation), the description sounded like nothing I had yet come across or read. Not many authors chose to write a plot line around the art of magic. I imagine even fewer chose to make such a story revolve around strong female characters.

I am constantly drawn to novels centering on female characters, particularly female characters that aren’t ultimately portrayed as “victims,” and while this book may have started out indicating a female “victim,” said female was incredibly confident and certainly not the victim in the end.

Why I Liked This Book:

  1. Strong female characters, including one that ran a successful (albeit secret club) in the shadow of her husband.
  2. A unique plot surrounding magicians – not only does this book revolve around magic, but it also shows the magicians as “sexy” rather than “nerdy” AND combines this with a murder mystery plot.
  3. Every child has experienced at least ONCE in their life the “wow” factor of magic. Whether from a magic trick they saw in person or on one of the many circulating TV shows (Criss Angel Mindfreak & David Copperfield come to mind). This book does a great job playing into this feeling and includes strong character development with some very mild sultry scenes to seal the deal on a great book surrounding the art of magic.

Why I Dislike This Book: Simply the cover art. The cover did not draw me into this book. It does not seem to fit the style or message the book should be sending. It seemed to be the “cartoony,” animated artwork that nearly caused me NOT to pick this book up.

*Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Publication Date: January 9th, 2018

Rating: 4.0

Whoa…I can’t even begin to explain the sheer number of emotions I experienced during the course of this book. I was invited to read this book by the publisher, and since reading I have been searching for a book, any book, within this genre that does a better job of throwing me on my head while causing me to feel so much emotion toward the characters, author, writing style, etc. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen make one heck of a writing team!

Part one (of three) was so woven, you seemingly navigate between two women. Then, just before you enter part two you are SHATTERED. Throughout Part two you gain more history, flipping between the past and present day. While part three wraps it all up, albeit NOT NICELY as my emotions are still recovering.

I honestly started getting mad at this book because I thought “I’ve got this figured out I don’t want to even read on, this plot is so predictable,” only to literally get RIPPED apart. I definitely did NOT guess correctly. Even the epilogue left me gasping (and I must reiterate, DO NOT SKIP THE EPILOGUE OMG, did not see that coming!!!). Despite “thinking” I knew what was coming, I was SO WRONG.

This book was such an engrossing read, I know it is cliché but I could not put it down and finished it in record time. One will not be disappointed they picked this book up if they like suspenseful, husband & wife/cat & mouse type books.

*Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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8 thoughts on “Two Reviews: Club Deception by Sarah Skilton & The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

  1. I’ll be lucky to say “I knew you when”… your reviews and writing/skills will take you places my friend. Your succinct writing is something I don’t have- hence why I’m chattynatty :). You make me want to read and write more.

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  3. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually one thing which I think I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward to your next submit, I will try to get the hold of it!

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