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Letter from 21st Century Reviews

Hi Readers,

I want to first apologize for the delay in posting book reviews. There has been a lot going on that has caused me to put reading books on hold for a short period of time. I do have some great books in the works, including two reviews that I just need to write up. See below for my upcoming reviews and for a list of the books that I am currently reading.

Upcoming Reviews

1. The Witch Elm by Tana French
2. Notorious by Allison Brennan

Currently Reading

1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
2. I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
3. Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
4. The God Game by Danny Tobey

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Closer Than You Think by Darren O'Sullivan

The book starts with a prologue that draws the reader in and creates a fair amount of suspense as it is from the perspective of the Blackout Killer. The prologue describes the Blackout Killer, his thoughts, and one of his murders. The book then goes to start with Chapter one. The move from the prologue to the first chapter is a confusing one. There is no identification that the perspective is changing from that of the Blackout Killers to that of Claire Moore, his one and only survivor. The change between the Blackout Killers perspective and Claire Moore's is one that continues throughout the story. The chapters all identify the current date and location, but do not identify whose perspective that chapter is based off.
Once you read the prologue and move into the first few chapters of the book, it is somewhat disappointing. The prologue was filled with suspense and was fast paced, however, most of the book afterwards is slow moving and really hard to get into. The relationshi…

Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter, #2) by Kerry Wilkinson

This is the first book that I have read by Kerry Wilkinson, so I was unsure what to expect. The story starts out strong and introduces you very quickly to the background story of what will eventually become the primary case that is being investigated by Andrew Hunter. Andrew is hired pro bono by Fiona Methodist to look into her father's case. Her father is deceased, but she refuses to believe that her father was responsible for the death of two young college students who were witness to a jewelry store robbery.
In addition to Fiona Methodists' case, Andrew is also hired to look into the theft of two highly awarded Bengal cats. This case adds a bit of humor to the overall story, as Andrew does not like cats.
The complicated relationship dynamics that Kerry build into the story help to provide some airiness to what other wise is a sad story, when thinking of Fiona Methodist. There is the complicated and yet romantic relationship between Andrew and his ex-wife Keira, who he…

The Healthy Pregnancy Journal by Martha Sears RN, Hayden Sears MA

This journal is filled with a ton of information that is broken down by month and then week. It provides you information on what is currently going on with you and your baby. It has a very nice introduction that explains how they start counting, it is definitely a part of the journal you should not skip.
It is filled with multiple different activities that are related to the month/week that you are currently experiencing. It includes activities such as taking a picture of you bump, writing down your thoughts, drawing, etc.

As previously mentioned, it is a very informative book and is a great read. I highly recommend it and give it a 5 out of 5. 
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Healthy Pregnancy Journal will help you navigate the beautiful chaos of your journey into motherhood with a safe space to reflect and prepare, work through all you’re experiencing, and stay on track for a healthy pregnancy.

Highlights include: Creative and inspiring journaling prompts about everything from food…

The Keto All Day Cookbook by Martina Slajerova

This cookbook is filled with a lot of great recipes. It is easy to read and there are a ton of pictures, which I find to be very helpful. There is also a legend that is easy to read that helps you identify key factors of the keto diet in each recipe. There is an easy to follow index in the back of the of the cookbook as well. This is definitely a great cookbook to pick-up if you are on the keto diet and looking for easy meals to make.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Keto is the top-trending supportive diet. Bolstering its reputation is research that strongly suggests that a keto diet may help reverse diabetesobesitycancer, and the effects of aging. However, in order to reap the benefits, you need to stick to the keto plan at every meal. That can be challenging when eating breakfast during your commute or figuring out what to eat for dinner after a long day. And what to do about lunch? Especially when your lunch "hour" may be 10 minutes at your desk. With Keto All Day you…

The Perfect Alibi (Robin Lockwood, #2) by Philip Margolin

This book is filled with suspense. However, I found that there were too many characters, which made it difficult to keep track of. I also found that having more than two legal cases going on at once was also confusing and it was difficult to figure out how they all tied in to one another until near the end of the book.
I will definitely look for more books by this author because of the suspense that they created. I like a good suspense book.

Rating: 3 out of 5
A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes—which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new tri…

Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1) by Ellison Cooper

The same two cops are called to the same location that they had previously been called to and had found nothing suspicious outside so they dismissed it. Now they are wondering if they had missed something. Could it be that something was wrong the first time? A caged girl is found in the home, which is booby trapped. Cops and FBI agents are killed and injured. Is this the work of a serial killer? Is there a connection to the Mayan myth of the hero twins? Could there possibly be a mole in the FBI or even worse?

This the first book in the Agent Sayer Altair series, which currently consists of two books. 
One of the things that I really struggled with was the use of animals in the books. I am a huge animal lover and even though their is no direct cruelty to the animals there is indirect and it was very hard for me to read about. 

The plot is easy to follow and it is filled with lots of twists and turns. I found it quite hard to figure out who the serial killer was and when it was fina…