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Raven Lane The Truth Can Bring Out The Worst In The Best Of FriendsEsme And Benedict Werner Have An Idyllic Life In A Tight Knit Community Until An Accident In Their Cul De Sac Ends In The Tragic Sudden Death Of One Of Their Dearest Neighbors After Vindicating Eyewitness Accounts Morph Into Contradictory Memories, Suspicion, And Unaccountable Accusations, Benedict Is Arrested Esme S Life, Too, Is Changed ForeverAs The Neighborhood Largely Turns Against Her And Her Family, Esme Has Time To Think About Her Past And What To Do Next Then Her Fellow Residents Start Looking Deeper, Questioning One Another, And Themselves, About Hidden Lies And BetrayalsEsme Has Than Her Share Of Secrets And The Consequences Of What Happened On That Fateful Late Summer Evening On Raven Lane Are Far From Over When The Mask Of Civility Slips, Can Friends And Neighbors Recover From Seeing The Monstrous Truths Beneath

10 thoughts on “Raven Lane

  1. says:

    Raven Lane by Amber Cowie was a book that I had high hopes for And it started really well. As the story went along though I started to lose interest and by the end I didn t really care for any of the characters or what happened to them The idea of the book really appealed to me but the execution did not In saying that I did not hate this book, I just hoped forfrom it.Raven Lane is a tight knit community where everybody knows each other and their business Esme and Benedict appear to ha Raven Lane by Amber Cowie was a book that I had high hopes for And it started really well. As the story went along though I started to lose interest and by the end I didn t really care for any of the characters or what happened to them The idea of the book really appealed to me but the execution did not In saying that I did not hate this book, I just hoped forfrom it.Raven Lane is a tight knit community where everybody knows each other and their business Esme and Benedict appear to have a charmed life Money, a beautiful house and a smart daughter Until one night when Benedict hits one of the neighbours with his car As the police investigate the couple secrets and those of the neighbours come to light When the neighbour dies, Benedict is arrested for murder.Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

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    Raven Lane by Amber Cowie is a thriller novel with an average storyline The suspenseful ending is a bit unorthodox, but it isn t enough to revive the stereotypical plot involving rich people with their drugs, and love triangles, and whatever follows.Across the length of the book, I encountered two grave mistakes Firstly, in one of the scenes, a character picks up her phone to do something, but ends up putting back her laptop when distracted with something else Unless this was magical realism Raven Lane by Amber Cowie is a thriller novel with an average storyline The suspenseful ending is a bit unorthodox, but it isn t enough to revive the stereotypical plot involving rich people with their drugs, and love triangles, and whatever follows.Across the length of the book, I encountered two grave mistakes Firstly, in one of the scenes, a character picks up her phone to do something, but ends up putting back her laptop when distracted with something else Unless this was magical realism or some sort of fantasy that I failed to grasp, the phone should have remained as such Secondly, andimportantly, the author seems to have messed up with one of the chief character s name Head chef Anthony is introduced with a family name Cole, but he becomes a King as soon you turn a few pages A huge oversight on part of the author and the beta readers Who is to say there aren tsuch mistakes I d highly recommend a fewsessions of proofreads before the text is sent for publishing.What I really liked in this book is the prose within the prose During the course of the story, the chief character I am deliberately not calling her the protagonist, or the antagonist, if you know what I mean And that is all you re going to get from my review as far as spoilers are concerned reads a bestselling fantasy novel penned by one of her neighbors The author has done a good job to relate it to the main storyline.Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC.Verdict Read it for its ending

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I hate to be unkind about a book I couldn t finish it While the story line was interesting enough, things starting going out of control and out of my pretty vast realm of tolerance The party, the drugs, a key read partner swapEsme going along with it all.a gay man s attraction and subsequent infidelity with a straight woman I m not a prude, but it was just too much And very unbelievable I appreciate the ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, but this was just not for me.

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    RAVEN LANE is another excellent domestic suspense installment with superb storytelling by talented author Amber Cowie She wowed me and readers worldwide with her knock out thriller debut Rapid Falls and she is back Top Books of 2018 My quick thoughtsMeet the neighbors of Raven Lane, a cul de sac with five detached homes arranged in a U shape, tucked into an area just two blocks away from one of the busiest commercial areas Set in the Pacific Northwest, an exclusive neighborhood Lit RAVEN LANE is another excellent domestic suspense installment with superb storytelling by talented author Amber Cowie She wowed me and readers worldwide with her knock out thriller debut Rapid Falls and she is back Top Books of 2018 My quick thoughtsMeet the neighbors of Raven Lane, a cul de sac with five detached homes arranged in a U shape, tucked into an area just two blocks away from one of the busiest commercial areas Set in the Pacific Northwest, an exclusive neighborhood Little traffic A safe neighborhood The residents of Raven Lane are drawn into a web of secrets, lies, betrayal, scandal, and tragedy What happens behind closed doors I adored the diverse neighborhood and characters especially, the lyrical prose from Author, Torn Grace From a former model, a chef, an author, real estate agent, a former movie star, an artist, plusIf you are a fan of Big Little Lies,and especially the series The Affair, I am, and would never miss an episode you will find a lot to like here At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and budding novelist with a wife of twenty years and four children Alison is a young waitress and wife from Montauk at the end of Long Island, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy The provocative drama unfolds separately from multiple perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of each character to tell the story.The purpose of referencing the hit TV series in comparison to Raven Lane I think there are some parallels and especially if you are a fan of the show, this current Season 5 which is moody, dangerous, sexier, and edgier than previous seasons In the aftermath of horrific events, characters try to come to terms with the consequences of their choices, similar to the characters in RAVEN LANE An ideal choice for book clubs and future discussions An excellent Reader Group Guide is included The Truth Can Bring Out the Worst in the Best of Friends Get this one on your pre order list now In the meantime, head over to my Blog and check out my QA Elevator Ride with Amber and her debut novel RAPID FALLS Do not miss this one I keep calling the new book, Raven Falls, by mistakeA special thank you to Lake Union print and NetGalley digital for an advanced reading copy Stay tuned for my complete review coming closer to pub date Highly Recommend JDCMustReadBooks

  5. says:

    Meh The blurb sounds so much better than the actual story Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book I wish I had better things to say, but I just couldn t get into this story.

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    What I loved about Raven Lane was how brilliantly written it was It was absolutely mesmerizing So, this book being my first read by Amber Cowie, I am 100% looking forward to reading the author s debut As a suspense fiction addict, I went into this book with very high expectations, and I felt like the fact that I ve been reading nothing but the twistiest, most shocking thrillers this year has definitely affected my reading of this novel What I should ve known about Raven Lane, was that it isn What I loved about Raven Lane was how brilliantly written it was It was absolutely mesmerizing So, this book being my first read by Amber Cowie, I am 100% looking forward to reading the author s debut As a suspense fiction addict, I went into this book with very high expectations, and I felt like the fact that I ve been reading nothing but the twistiest, most shocking thrillers this year has definitely affected my reading of this novel What I should ve known about Raven Lane, was that it isn t really a mystery It s about family secrets coming to light due a sudden accident commited by Benedict, protagonist Esme s husband The book goes on to focus on Esme s confusion and frustration about this new life that is collapsing all around her due to her husband s wrongdoing With that said, the reader needs to be truly invested in the characters in order to enjoy the book In the end, there are moments that make you gasp Nevertheless, I think what I struggled with was the suspenseful atmosphere, which wasn t in the intensity that I was hoping forThank you to Netgalley and Lake Union for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

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    Crikey this book took a while I was determined to finish it after a promising first few chapters had me reigned in enough, but I found myself constantly distracted whilst reading. you know, have I left the tumble drier on and other such mundane things Never a good sign I d like to say this was a great read but in all honesty it was quite boring, love and sex triangles in suburbia stuff, not for me.

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    I went into Raven Lane under the impression it was a thriller I would not consider this a thriller type read, it is definitelyof a suburban drama read.The residents of Raven Lane which is a cul de sac all live in identically laid out homes, which one of the residents, Kitty, basically hand picking who is allowed to buy a home and live there She does this as a realtor and by convincing people to sell their homes privately so she screens people Um, super shady but ok.Esme is the main ch I went into Raven Lane under the impression it was a thriller I would not consider this a thriller type read, it is definitelyof a suburban drama read.The residents of Raven Lane which is a cul de sac all live in identically laid out homes, which one of the residents, Kitty, basically hand picking who is allowed to buy a home and live there She does this as a realtor and by convincing people to sell their homes privately so she screens people Um, super shady but ok.Esme is the main character of our story, and she lives on Raven Lane with her husband Benedict and their teenage daughter Zoe Honestly, I struggled with this book a lot I would have DNFed it if it weren t for the curiosity to figure out the twist at the end Actually, this book made me upset So, throughout the course of the book, we learn that Esme is having an affair with Torn which is a SUPER weird name and I don t generally get judgmental about names but it just didn t flow well for me to read it in the book Ok so Esme spends weeks feeling remorse and apologizing for her affair, but really WHY view spoiler Because the twist which I assume this is supposed to be the twist is that Benedict has been having his own affair, with Kitty s teenage daughter YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT A TEENAGER Now, Julia is the same age as Esme and Benedict s teenage daughter Zoe Zoe and Julia are starting their senior year of high school as this story starts So Julia is 17 mayyyyyyybe 18 if she s got a fall birthday like I m talking within the first week of school starting WHY IS NO ONE OUTRAGED ABOUT THIS Here s my other issue ok really one of them because I have a lot about this situation Zoe is described in the book as young, so young Always her descriptions are about how young she is But Julia s descriptions give the indication she s much older than she is The truth is, the girls are maybe a week or two apart in age.Julia s age isn t given in the book, but I don t care Can we not normalize relationships between teenagers and middle aged men please Because NOT ONE CHARACTER in this book went crazy over the fact that a potentially underage girl is having sex with a 40 year old man NOT ONE.In fact, Esme knows about Julia and Benedict s sexual encounters BEFORE all this shit goes down and Benedict finds out about his wife s affair And Esme literally sat on this information for weeks before saying something.I d also like to point out that the only reason Esme even knew about Julia and Benedict is because Torn told her because he WITNESSED it Hello, why is no one freaking out about this Multiple adults know and no one is acting like this is a big deal It s even heavily hinted throughout the book that Zoe is aware something is up between her dad and her fellow teenage neighbor hide spoiler Ok, all of that issue above aside, the story itself is clunky and was difficult to read We spend our time going back and forth between past and present a lot In fact, we spend a good portion of the book in the past reliving past events And we also spend a chunk of time reading excerpts from Torn s books, which I didn t care for and skimmed mostly.I hope that the final version is edited, because the excerpts from Torn s book are not italicized or in any way separated font wise to show it s an excerpt So the first time I got to one of his pieces I was SO confused and had to go back and re read to figure out we were reading a part of his book.While I m on the topic of editing, Esme s chef goes under two names in this book He s originally introduced as Anthony Cole and then later is referred to as Anthony King I had such high hopes for this book but I really can t get past the affair

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    Esme and Benedict Warner seem to have it all They have an intelligent teenage daughter Zoe and they live in a seemingly perfect community on Raven Lane Raven Lane is a small cul de sac populated by artistic types who often gather together as a community However, when one of their neighbors, a popular author, tragically dies and Benedict is charged with his murder, the neighbors they thought were their close friends quickly turn against them As the case goes to trial, secrets from both Benedi Esme and Benedict Warner seem to have it all They have an intelligent teenage daughter Zoe and they live in a seemingly perfect community on Raven Lane Raven Lane is a small cul de sac populated by artistic types who often gather together as a community However, when one of their neighbors, a popular author, tragically dies and Benedict is charged with his murder, the neighbors they thought were their close friends quickly turn against them As the case goes to trial, secrets from both Benedict and Esme s lives come to light Will Benedict and Esme be able to recover from the unearthing of these secrets and betrayals or will it destroy them Raven Lane started out strong but for me, it quickly derailed Esme and Benedict were really interesting characters and I enjoyed that both of them had past careers that were cut short and they had to evolve and become a new version of themselves It felt like the author tried to cram as many shocking things into the plot, instead of focusing the story on a few issues It became extremely unbelievable that murder, adultery, drug use, sexual assault and other shocking things happened all in one story The timeline also kept jumping around and it felt very disconnected.I did not enjoy the part of the story in which Esme was reading pages from the dead author s book Not only did I not enjoy the dead author s story but I also felt that it kept taking me out of the narrative While I understand why Amber Cowie included these snippets from the dead author s book, it was the weakest part of Raven Lane And the ending Normally, I can get on board with a somewhat ambiguous ending But this one just made me sigh and roll my eyes and I was happy that the story was over.Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  10. says:

    I went into Raven Lane under the impression it was a thriller I would not consider this a thriller type read, it is definitelyof a suburban drama read.The residents of Raven Lane which is a cul de sac all live in identically laid out homes, which one of the residents, Kitty, basically hand picking who is allowed to buy a home and live there She does this as a realtor and by convincing people to sell their homes privately so she screens people Um, super shady but ok.Esme is the main ch I went into Raven Lane under the impression it was a thriller I would not consider this a thriller type read, it is definitelyof a suburban drama read.The residents of Raven Lane which is a cul de sac all live in identically laid out homes, which one of the residents, Kitty, basically hand picking who is allowed to buy a home and live there She does this as a realtor and by convincing people to sell their homes privately so she screens people Um, super shady but ok.Esme is the main character of our story, and she lives on Raven Lane with her husband Benedict and their teenage daughter Zoe Honestly, I struggled with this book a lot I would have DNFed it if it weren t for the curiosity to figure out the twist at the end Actually, this book made me upset So, throughout the course of the book, we learn that Esme is having an affair with Torn which is a SUPER weird name and I don t generally get judgmental about names but it just didn t flow well for me to read it in the book Ok so Esme spends weeks feeling remorse and apologizing for her affair, but really WHY Because the twist which I assume this is supposed to be the twist is that Benedict has been having his own affair, with Kitty s teenage daughter YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT A TEENAGER Now, Julia is the same age as Esme and Benedict s teenage daughter Zoe Zoe and Julia are starting their senior year of high school as this story starts So Julia is 17 mayyyyyyybe 18 if she s got a fall birthday like I m talking within the first week of school starting WHY IS NO ONE OUTRAGED ABOUT THIS Here s my other issue ok really one of them because I have a lot about this situation Zoe is described in the book as young, so young Always her descriptions are about how young she is But Julia s descriptions give the indication she s much older than she is The truth is, the girls are maybe a week or two apart in age.Julia s age isn t given in the book, but I don t care Can we not normalize relationships between teenagers and middle aged men please Because NOT ONE CHARACTER in this book went crazy over the fact that a potentially underage girl is having sex with a 40 year old man NOT ONE.In fact, Esme knows about Julia and Benedict s sexual encounters BEFORE all this shit goes down and Benedict finds out about his wife s affair And Esme literally sat on this information for weeks before saying something.I d also like to point out that the only reason Esme even knew about Julia and Benedict is because Torn told her because he WITNESSED it Hello, why is no one freaking out about this Multiple adults know and no one is acting like this is a big deal It s even heavily hinted throughout the book that Zoe is aware something is up between her dad and her fellow teenage neighbor Ok, all of that issue above aside, the story itself is clunky and was difficult to read We spend our time going back and forth between past and present a lot In fact, we spend a good portion of the book in the past reliving past events And we also spend a chunk of time reading excerpts from Torn s books, which I didn t care for and skimmed mostly.I hope that the final version is edited, because the excerpts from Torn s book are not italicized or in any way separated font wise to show it s an excerpt So the first time I got to one of his pieces I was SO confused and had to go back and re read to figure out we were reading a part of his book.While I m on the topic of editing, Esme s chef goes under two names in this book He s originally introduced as Anthony Cole and then later is referred to as Anthony King I had such high hopes for this book but I really can t get past the affair

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