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Local Woman Missing

Local Woman Missing

I’m baffled. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Because I shouldn’t have liked Mary Kubica’s latest thriller, Local Woman Missing. But I did. Shelby Tebow vanishes late one night while out for a jog. Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, disappear...

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I’ve been fortunate to have read many beautifully written books over the years. But I can think of none more stunning than Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations. For this reason, I’ve put off writing my review. Partly out of fear – I’ve been afraid I’d be unable to...

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Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising

3.5 stars The Rivas sure know how to throw one heck of a party. And Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write one heck of a book. Usually. Malibu Rising, TJR’s follow-up to her bestselling novels, Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, is...

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I’m Melissa.

Welcome to Bantering Books.

A blog for book lovers. A blog for YOU.

With each review I write, I strive to help you find your next great read. I will give you the rundown – the good, the bad, and the ugly — on the hottest new releases in fiction and other familiar favorites.

My taste in books is eclectic. I review across many diverse genres, with my preferences being:

  • Literary, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Paranormal and Horror
  • Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young Adult

My reviews are boldly honest and free of spoilers. Always fair. Sometimes snarky. Hopefully, entertaining.

Thank you for visiting Bantering Books. Stop by often – your next great read awaits you.

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