Book Review: No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe

Title: No Truth Left to Tell

Author: Michael McAuliffe


Source: Publisher (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Content/Trigger Warnings: KKK activity, cross burnings, racism, violence, death

Rating: ★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Adrien Rush, a federal civil rights prosecutor, finds himself trying a case in Lynnwood, Louisiana after a night where five burning crosses are left around town to strike fear into the hearts of the minority community.

Favorite Quote

“Rush disliked being called counselor. Agents invoked the term using particularly clear diction and more than a hint of derision, or at least that’s how Rush saw it. Being labeled counselor was an agent’s way of emphasizing that the lawyer might have an advanced education, but the juris doctor degree didn’t come with street smarts or investigatory experience.”

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Blog Tour: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hello, reader!

Look at me posting two blog tour posts in a row! I’m making up for my lack of posts last week, lol. Today, I’ll be participating in a tour put on by Dave @ TheWriteReads for a book that fulfilled all my twists and turns needs! I’m talking about a new YA mystery called The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! This book just came out earlier this month and a lot of people have been raving about it. After reading it myself, I can see why!

Before we get into my post, I’d like the thank Dave @ TheWriteReads, as always, and the publisher, Penguin Platform, for sending my a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation on this tour and an honest review.

Now, let’s get to it!


An utterly addictive and twisty thriller, full of dark family secrets and deadly stakes. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

She came from nothing.
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.
Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.

They had everything.
Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited.
It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives –
a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.

Now there’s only one rule: winner takes all.
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?

‘A fantastic rollercoaster of a book! We Were Liars meets The Da Vinci Code. I loved it!’ Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake

‘A thrilling blend of family secrets, illicit romance and a high-stakes treasure hunt . . . The nonstop twists kept me guessing until the very last page!’ Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals

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#5OnMyTBR – Red Covers

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

It’s the beginning of another week and it’s the beginning of a new routine in the McBookNerd household. The kiddos are back to school, in a way, so the mornings are a lot more hectic around here! But it’s nice that they’ll be back on somewhat of a routine and perhaps it will help me stick to a somewhat decent sleep schedule.

Hahahaha, that’s not gonna happen 😂

ANYWAYS! Let’s move on from my terrible habits and talk about this week’s theme for #5OnMyTBR. We’ll be talking about five books on my TBR that have red covers! When I went to Goodreads to find some books on my TBR with a red cover, I honestly thought there wouldn’t be that many. I tend to gravitate towards books with blue covers, weirdly, so I thought I might have to scrounge for this one. I was unaware just how many books I want to read have red covers… it was actually quite difficult narrowing it down to just five! But, after some deliberation, I’ve arrived at the top five. Let’s dive in!

#1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out… in 2015. Look, I was pulled in by the synopsis but there are SO MANY BOOKS I want to read! But this book has remained on my radar for literal years because it just sounds so interesting. A retelling of One Thousand and One Nights where the girl telling the tales is out for revenge? Yes, please! It seems like it would be a thrilling book and, I swear, one day I will read it!

#2. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

I’ve loved every book I’ve read by Naomi Novik, so far, and this one has dragons! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this entire series. It sounds like it would be something right up my alley. It’s set during the Napoleonic Wars but… ya know… with dragons! I can only imagine that would make it, like, ten times cooler. I’m hoping to get around to this one soon!

#3. Dark Matters by Blake Crouch

This is a science fiction book that I’ve been wanting to read for aaaages! It just has such an interesting premise. A man waking up after being abducting to a life completely different from the one he remembers. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. But he is basically a famous genius. I feel like this is going to explore some topics that I will love to dive into. Now I just need to pick it up and actually read it, lol.

#4. One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

I recently read One of Us is Lying and found myself really enjoying it! Now I have to read the sequel. I’m interested to see where this one goes and what will be the new drama at Bayview High. I also want to know what happens to Maeve! Why must we harass poor Maeve?! That poor family…

Also, I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read by Karen M. McManus, so I’m sure this one will be no different!

#5. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This one has been on my TBR for a minute. I don’t even remember where I first heard of this book. Probably Booktube, if I’m being honest, lol. But it sounds like it would be a wild ride! There’s an ancient scroll, there’s a samurai, there’s destruction… seems intense! I’ve also heard some amazing things about this series, so I’m really excited to get around to this one.

What are some books on your TBR that have red covers? Have you read any of the ones I selected? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Autumn Reads

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Okay, it’s been three days, but it feels like I’ve been neglectful! I would like to blame it on working over the Labor Day weekend, but mostly it was just from staying up too late reading and being exhausted the next day 😅 So now it’s Tuesday and I’m finally getting around to writing my #5OnMyTBR post!

I suppose I could have just skipped this for the week, but the theme this time around is Autumn reads. Which, in my head, means spooky reads! Autumn is when I get in the mood for thrillers and horror, so this list will be five of the scariest/creepiest looking books that I can’t wait to read.

#1. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

I recently read Small Spaces, the first book in this series, and loved it! The creepy feel is on point in that book. From the synopsis of this one, I feel like the creepiness will be back in full force. I mean, there are ghosts! Even though this book is set during the winter time, I think it would make a perfect spooky season read. Also, just look at that cover! Chills already 😖

#2. White Fox by Sara Faring

Speaking of creepy covers, this one is putting out all the right spine-tingling vibes! This book is set on an island, so you might not think “Autumn vibes” initially. But it’s the tale of two sisters lured back to their childhood home to unravel a mystery surrounding their family. It sounds like it’s gonna have the perfect, creepy feel that I’m looking for in an Autumn read. And I won a copy in a giveaway, so I’m even more excited to read it!

#3. The Shadows by Alex North

Autumn, in my mind, is the time when thrillers shine. Something about the cooling temperatures and the slow descent into winter just fits the feel of a thriller to me. So this choice should come as no surprise! I recently read The Whisper Man by this author and that had the perfect Autumn vibe. I’m hoping that this one holds more of the same. With a murderer possibly returning after disappearing 25 years ago and a presence stalking our main character, Paul, I definitely think it’s going to deliver.

#4. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

I’ve never read anything by Simone St. James, but this book sounds like it has spooky potential. It’s set at a rundown motel where not everything is as it seems. Could their be ghosts? A murderer? I haven’t a clue! But motels freak me out every since I saw Psycho at a tender age, so I’m sure this will be nice and scary. I’m looking forward to giving this one a read, perhaps on a dark, windy night to get the atmosphere juuuust right.

#5. Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

This one feels like it’s going to be fun and frightening! What better time to read about vampires than right around Halloween, amirite? The fact that some of my faves wrote stories for this collection is definitely a bonus! I will say that vampires haven’t been my Thing for awhile, now, but I’m prepared to be brought back into the fold. Bring on the fangs, the blood, and the frights!

What genre to you gravitate towards during Autumn? Are any of these books on your Autumn TBR? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Mysteries

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

We’ve arrived at Monday yet again and it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR! I’m pretty excited about this week’s prompt, as well. Why, you may ask? Because it focuses on one of my favorite genres: mysteries! Time to talk about five twisty, creepy mysteries on my TBR that I can’t wait to pick up.

#1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

This is a mystery that has recently jumped onto my radar. Someone likened it to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I really enjoyed. And it’s set on a creepy island, which is a random thing that I love in books. It just had to go on my TBR! Also, the cover is just perfectly spooky, ugh. I’m excited to sink my teeth into this one.

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ARC Review: Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw

Title: Fire and Vengeance (Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery #3)

Author: Robert McCaw

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: September 1st, 2020 (though I believe the Kindle version was available May 26th!)

Source: Publisher (Oceanview Publishing)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, gun violence, animal death

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Chief Detective Koa Kane finds himself embroiled in a fight for justice after a volcanic vent destroys an elementary school, killing multiple children and teachers.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“[Koa] sensed a seething rage bubbling just below the surface underlining the community’s shared loss. People came to honor the dead, but Koa felt a powerful groundswell of outrage rising like a rogue wave directed at the officials who’d let this disaster happen.”

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ARC Review: Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Title: Who Did You Tell?

Author: Lesley Kara

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, suicidal ideation, alcoholism

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis:

Astrid, a recovering alcoholic who is living with her mom in a small, coastal town, starts to fear for her life when she receives threatening messages linked to her past.

Favorite Quote:

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Sometimes I think it’s like The Truman Show and all I’ve got to do is find the perimeter of the set and break out through the papery screen to the real world on the other side. The messy, chaotic world of noise and pain and sharp-faced strangers who look straight through you.”

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Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man

Author: C.J. Tudor

Genre: Thriller

Source: Bought (BotM)

Rating: ★★★★

CW: Rape, graphic violence

Book Links:


One Sentence Synopsis

Eddie and his friends discovered a body when they were young and, in 2016, now they are being haunted by the chalk men that led them to it.

Favorite Quote

“There are some things in life you can alter – your weight, your appearance, even your name – but there are others that wishing and trying and working hard can never make any difference to. Those things are the ones that shape us. Not the things we can change, but the ones we can’t.”

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Book Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Title: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Author: Kate Racculia

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:


One Sentence Synopsis

Tuesday Mooney, a loner with an interest in the macabre, becomes embroiled in a treasure hunt across Boston when a wealthy eccentric dies.

Favorite Quote

“The point of a game is the experience of playing. The obstacles and the choices you make to get to the objective. The possibility of winning, the danger of loss, shapes the game. Risk and reward give the game suspense, a plot. But winning or losing is not the whole point.”

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Book Review: The Tenant

Title: The Tenant

Author: Katrine Engberg

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Published: Jan 14th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★

Book Links:


One Sentence Synopsis

A detective duo must investigate a murder that is following the plot of a unpublished murder mystery being written by the victim’s landlord.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“It is no coincidence that the heart has become the symbol of love, because when someone loves and loses, grief sits in the chest, just to the left.”

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