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Liddy Bell shot her husband - or did she? In the middle of a party she's giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy's sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent. Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy's 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. Liddy Bell shot her husband - or did she? In the middle of a party she's giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy's sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent. Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy's 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. The band was loud and guests were scattered. When the police declare the crime a failed murder-suicide attempt and Liddy as their suspect, her sister Kim is devastated and insists it's a setup. Wyatt's handsome brother David and Liddy's closest friends try to help Kim investigate...but questions arise. Could Liddy have only pretended to be happy, snapped, and shot her husband? Above all, Kim's worst anguish is wondering if she ever really knew her sister... With a hurricane approaching, the police put their investigation on hold, and those closest find themselves all under one roof. Relationships unravel, and Kim thinks, "This is terrifying. We're all five of us in this house. At night in a hurricane with no power...and a terrible feeling of menace. I can't shake it."


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Liddy Bell shot her husband - or did she? In the middle of a party she's giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy's sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent. Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy's 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. Liddy Bell shot her husband - or did she? In the middle of a party she's giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy's sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent. Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy's 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. The band was loud and guests were scattered. When the police declare the crime a failed murder-suicide attempt and Liddy as their suspect, her sister Kim is devastated and insists it's a setup. Wyatt's handsome brother David and Liddy's closest friends try to help Kim investigate...but questions arise. Could Liddy have only pretended to be happy, snapped, and shot her husband? Above all, Kim's worst anguish is wondering if she ever really knew her sister... With a hurricane approaching, the police put their investigation on hold, and those closest find themselves all under one roof. Relationships unravel, and Kim thinks, "This is terrifying. We're all five of us in this house. At night in a hurricane with no power...and a terrible feeling of menace. I can't shake it."

30 review for Cry to Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    4.5 stars rounded up. Imagine yourself trapped in a country manor with a bunch of people, one of whom may or may not be a killer, when a hurricane hits! What could go wrong? This is not a locked room mystery but it IS a mystery that really sucks you in! Liddy and Wyatt Bell are to host a very swish party on a Friday night to show off the completed renovations to their monstrous new home, although some feel that it is just an excuse for Wyatt to lord it over his business rivals. Kim, Liddy’s sist 4.5 stars rounded up. Imagine yourself trapped in a country manor with a bunch of people, one of whom may or may not be a killer, when a hurricane hits! What could go wrong? This is not a locked room mystery but it IS a mystery that really sucks you in! Liddy and Wyatt Bell are to host a very swish party on a Friday night to show off the completed renovations to their monstrous new home, although some feel that it is just an excuse for Wyatt to lord it over his business rivals. Kim, Liddy’s sister, agrees (for a change) to attend for the weekend. David, Wyatt’s brother is also there (for a change). And yes, there is a spark between these two, at least initially, but that’s not the main game. The guests are kept outside until dessert is served but are getting antsy about the wind. Then Liddy gets a call and heads into the house. Intrigued, Kim follows as does David. The guests think this is the signal and stampede for the house and dessert but Kim and David head towards Wyatt’s study and find Wyatt dead, slumped over his desk and Liddy, lying in a pool of blood on the floor. A gun is in her hand with her finger still on the trigger. The scene is set! But Liddy is still alive, a shot has grazed her head and her pulse is thready, but she is rushed to hospital. The police think it is clearly a murder-suicide but Kim (who is a true crime writer) insists that Liddy hated guns and wouldn’t touch one and, in any case, if you shoot yourself like that the gun will fall out of your hand not stay there with your finger on the trigger. Kim goes into action to find alternative suspects and there are a quite few. When the hurricane hits on the Sunday they are all back at the house along with Winnie, Liddy’s friend since high school. She was at the party but petrified of her husband who she insists is trying to kill her so she is staying the house. And along comes Maddy, Wyatt’s latest fling who has been living in the guest house. She is a manipulative social climber. I did actually suspect who the killer was - but only because at one point or another I suspected everybody involved! A lot of people had a motive and the opportunity, with the house’s French doors all opened up and people streaming in, was clearly there for anyone. As the hurricane worsens the tension in the house, already high, escalates to fever pitch. We assume Kim is innocent but in this story it is not wise to assume anything. This was so well plotted and the characters were very well developed. The sense of creeping menace that pervaded the house since the shooting just kept on growing until, as I said, I suspected everybody! The hurricane was almost a character in its own right as the wind howled and trees came crashing down. As the book raced towards the conclusion I just couldn’t put it down, I had to know. I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vaishnavi

    Such a good thriller book, it kept me guessing for quite sometime, each time there is perfect amount of deceit in the authors words, that makes us think “oh I know, this is what happened, I know who the killer is”, and then Bam!!! 🤯🤯🤯There is a whirlwind of words, new evidences and then we don’t even know what is happening. Until the last moment we don’t understand, maybe some little hints, but the author made us busy thinking the other angles that it was not so subtle to guess. Whole in whole th Such a good thriller book, it kept me guessing for quite sometime, each time there is perfect amount of deceit in the authors words, that makes us think “oh I know, this is what happened, I know who the killer is”, and then Bam!!! 🤯🤯🤯There is a whirlwind of words, new evidences and then we don’t even know what is happening. Until the last moment we don’t understand, maybe some little hints, but the author made us busy thinking the other angles that it was not so subtle to guess. Whole in whole this book is action packed, with budding romance, sister’s love, infidelity and ooh!!! What not😬😅. A good read for all those loving thrillers. And for sure it is a page Turner, and the not-able-to-put-it-down 😱 is for sure 100% for me. Coming to my review : out of 5 stars. Cover : Beautiful ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Title : Good ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Story : Interesting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Writing quality : perfect ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (the tension, the thrill, the confusion, the doubt, the love, feeling we’re quite palpable through the words) Character development - good ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Originality - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall - my rating would be a 3.75 stars, so rounding it off to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars 🥳🥳🥳🥳

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    First, thank you to the author for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. What would be going through your mind if you were trapped inside a country manor with a group of people during a raging hurricane, one or more of them,may or may not be a killer? As the book raced towards the climax, I just couldn’t put it down, I had to know was I right or was I wrong about the killer. In addition to the human characters, there is the hurricane, that seemed to have its own persona, with the howl First, thank you to the author for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. What would be going through your mind if you were trapped inside a country manor with a group of people during a raging hurricane, one or more of them,may or may not be a killer? As the book raced towards the climax, I just couldn’t put it down, I had to know was I right or was I wrong about the killer. In addition to the human characters, there is the hurricane, that seemed to have its own persona, with the howled winds and rain, ripping up trees, knocking out cell towers and floods everywhere. This is not quite a locked room mystery, but it really pulls you in and holds on. As always from Ms. Schneider a great book and I can’t wait to read more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    As Kim raced toward her sister Liddy, her heart slammed in her throat with what she saw. Liddy was sprawled, covered in blood with a gun in her hand. Across the room her husband Wyatt was also lying on the floor, covered in blood. What had happened? The party was loud with the band doing their best to drown out all other sound; the guests were scattered all over and the caterers and volunteers also mingled. When the police arrived, their immediate response was that it was an open and shut case; As Kim raced toward her sister Liddy, her heart slammed in her throat with what she saw. Liddy was sprawled, covered in blood with a gun in her hand. Across the room her husband Wyatt was also lying on the floor, covered in blood. What had happened? The party was loud with the band doing their best to drown out all other sound; the guests were scattered all over and the caterers and volunteers also mingled. When the police arrived, their immediate response was that it was an open and shut case; a murder suicide gone wrong… With Liddy in hospital recovering from surgery, unable to remember what had happened and Kim desperate to prove Liddy’s innocence, the police went ahead and cautioned Liddy, including attaching a monitor to her ankle. The storm was approaching, Liddy and Wyatt’s mansion was a partial crime scene and David, Wyatt’s brother, was determined to help Kim. But the circumstantial evidence was all over the place. And as David and Kim brought Liddy home from the hospital as the hurricane hit, her memory was spasmodic. But as the power went out and the house was engulfed in darkness there were five people under its roof. Was one of them the killer? Did Liddy snap and murder her husband? And would they make it through the darkness? Cry to Me is the latest psychological thriller from the pen of author J.A. Schneider and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Intense and chilling, the author’s descriptions made the story come alive. The hurricane and the damage it was causing; the heartache and grief along with anger and betrayal – all wrapped up together to make Cry to Me another great read! Highly recommended. With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Wowza!! This author throws you right into the deep end when you open this story!! A serious situation is in progress...The sister of the wife of the house, Kim, walks into the office to see her sister, Liddy, lying on the carpet...Blood streaming from her head...And a gun in her out stretched hand...Her hubby, Wyatt, is also down...There is wind, people running everywhere as there was a big party in progress...And the Cops declare it a 'murder/suicide' right away! NO screams Kim...No way her gun Wowza!! This author throws you right into the deep end when you open this story!! A serious situation is in progress...The sister of the wife of the house, Kim, walks into the office to see her sister, Liddy, lying on the carpet...Blood streaming from her head...And a gun in her out stretched hand...Her hubby, Wyatt, is also down...There is wind, people running everywhere as there was a big party in progress...And the Cops declare it a 'murder/suicide' right away! NO screams Kim...No way her gun-fearing sister killed her husband or shot herself! Kim makes it her purpose to investigate the scene, after going to the hospital and learning Liddy will eventually be okay...She hasn't been in contact with Liddy, but believed she was well and happy...Feelings soon broken as she learns more about all that was happening from some gossipy friends...Could Liddy have really done this?! Kim gets some help from Wyatt's brother, David,but soon doesn't know Who, or What to believe!! A hurricane arrives, leaving people stranded in Liddy's home...People who do not trust or really know one another...At night, in a hurricane...With fear and loneliness inside each of them...Who killed Wyatt...A book that draws you in immediately and keeps you in the dark...Until an explosive ending you Never see coming!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.A. Comley

    What a fabulous, intriguing read this was. It starts off with a dramatic scene and never lets up until the final page. Did Liddy kill her husband and try to commit suicide after the fact? Or was there something far more sinister at play here? Kim, Liddy's sister, a true crime writer does her best to find the answers in this intriguing read. Great characters throughout, there are hints of romance interspersed here and there but predominantly it's a murder mystery that needs to be solved. Loved th What a fabulous, intriguing read this was. It starts off with a dramatic scene and never lets up until the final page. Did Liddy kill her husband and try to commit suicide after the fact? Or was there something far more sinister at play here? Kim, Liddy's sister, a true crime writer does her best to find the answers in this intriguing read. Great characters throughout, there are hints of romance interspersed here and there but predominantly it's a murder mystery that needs to be solved. Loved the ending, can't say much more about that without giving any spoilers. Great read, highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Thanks to BookSirens for a free electronic copy of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: June 1, 2021 Liddy Bell and her husband, Wyatt, are hosting a party at their estate with their family, friends, and business associates in attendance. A shot rings out and Wyatt is dead, with Liddy beside him, also shot, gun in hand. The cops immediately assume it was a murder-suicide that went wrong. But Liddy’s sister, Kim, a true crime writer, is convinced Thanks to BookSirens for a free electronic copy of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: June 1, 2021 Liddy Bell and her husband, Wyatt, are hosting a party at their estate with their family, friends, and business associates in attendance. A shot rings out and Wyatt is dead, with Liddy beside him, also shot, gun in hand. The cops immediately assume it was a murder-suicide that went wrong. But Liddy’s sister, Kim, a true crime writer, is convinced that her sister would never have killed her husband on purpose. As Liddy recovers in the hospital, Kim looks to everyone Liddy knew for a motive. If Liddy didn’t murder Wyatt, who did, and why are they framing Liddy? J.A Schneider’s premise is gripping and entertaining. A party at a glamorous estate with wealthy attendees, a shocking murder-suicide, a police investigation……..on paper, it has everything needed to make one heck of a killer novel. However, in theory, it did not live up to my expectations. The novel started off quickly, and pulled me in. Within the first few chapters, shots had been fired and the aftermath was beginning. But very soon afterward, I slowly began to lose interest. Kim began to investigate the death of her brother-in-law on her own, but almost right away it was evident who the author wanted you to THINK it was, and it was also evident who is ACTUALLY was. Fans of this genre will recognize the killer almost immediately, like I did, and it makes for a less thrilling read. I liked Kim as a character, and although David was completely unrealistic (a “too good to be true” scenario) he was likable as well. Even though Liddy was in a coma for a good part of the novel, I rooted for her, although I got really sick of Liddy and David referring to her as “fragile”. She was constantly patronized to, and treated with kid gloves, as if she was mentally challenged in some way. It angered me, and I was itching for her to stand up for herself. Something about the writing was off, too. The structure was choppy and strange and a lot of the sentences were incomplete. Perhaps this was designed to forge a deeper connection with the reader and the characters (making it appear as if the reader is experiencing the characters’ thoughts) but it just took away from the enjoyment of the book (for example, “It was also Andrew already at Wyatt’s office.” “Then see them.” “Onto the armchair I toss my duffel”.) This occurred over and over in the novel so I was unable to justify it as being a simple case of poor editing. Schneider has the beginnings of a good novel here, but the writing style is lacking. I wanted more character development, and a less predictable ending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Behring

    This book was a very good thriller. I was going back and forth the time on who the killer was. Very enjoyable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Wyatt Bell and his wife, Liddy, are hosting a party at their newly renovated mansion. The band is extremely loud .. the food is spread between two floors... caterers are everywhere. No one heard the shots that killed Wyatt and left Liddy badly wounded wyatt is slumped over his office chair ... Liddy is on the floor, gun in hand with a head wound. No one claims to have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. The police mark it up as a murder-suicide, but Wyatt's brother and Liddy's sister refus Wyatt Bell and his wife, Liddy, are hosting a party at their newly renovated mansion. The band is extremely loud .. the food is spread between two floors... caterers are everywhere. No one heard the shots that killed Wyatt and left Liddy badly wounded wyatt is slumped over his office chair ... Liddy is on the floor, gun in hand with a head wound. No one claims to have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. The police mark it up as a murder-suicide, but Wyatt's brother and Liddy's sister refuse to believe it and insist that this was a set-up. When the police refuse to listen to them, David and Kim decide to investigate themselves. But they find more questions than answers. Who would have wanted Wyatt and Liddy dead? The woman Wyatt had an affair with who co-incidentally lives in the guest house? Liddy's best friend, married to a man who is abusive and who now hated his friend, Wyatt? David, Wyatt's brother, because he may have quit funding David's clinic? Or did the cops have it right .. Liddy discovered her husband's secrets and shot him? With a hurricane approaching, the police put their investigation on hold, and those closest to the victims find themselves all under one roof, with no power...and a terrible feeling of menace. This is fast-paced suspense beginning on the first page and maintaining a high level until the very explosive unexpected conclusion. There's lots of action, a real page turner. Suspects are many with various motives. Throw in a bit of romance and it ticks off all the boxes. The characters are cleverly drawn and I really enjoyed the family dynamics. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this Romantic Suspense / Crime Fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Prather

    My first book by JA Schneider was Shoeless Child and I fell in love with her story as well as her style. Her ability to pull me into the scene so vividly that reality around me seemed to disappear. Cry To Me did that and more. It is definitely more than just a mystery. It’s also a story of the bond and love between sisters. A story where trust is stretched beyond the limits and truth seems subjective. A story of budding romance and the possibility of love. A story of death and betrayal. An intrig My first book by JA Schneider was Shoeless Child and I fell in love with her story as well as her style. Her ability to pull me into the scene so vividly that reality around me seemed to disappear. Cry To Me did that and more. It is definitely more than just a mystery. It’s also a story of the bond and love between sisters. A story where trust is stretched beyond the limits and truth seems subjective. A story of budding romance and the possibility of love. A story of death and betrayal. An intriguing psychological thriller that will have you doubting everyone and everything. The back story is cleverly weaved into the ongoing drama and shows how Kim and Liddy’s lives were shaped by their early beginnings and the tragic murder of their father. When Liddy’s husband is killed and Liddy found lying with a head wound and the gun outstretched in her hand the cops can only come to one conclusion—a murder-suicide. With a hurricane on the brink they don’t seem willing to look any further, but Kim knows Liddy would never have shot Wyatt. She was terrified of guns. With the support of Wyatt’s brother, David, Kim sets out to prove her sister’s innocence. Can she find the truth before a killer strikes again? Truly one of the best books I’ve read this year. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia King

    Cry To Me J.A. Schneider, author Can you imagine yourself in a big old house with four people following a murder and not sure which one actually was the murderer? Oh, and all this is happening during a severe hurricane and no power. Well, that 's just the position, Kim, an author of crime stories finds herself in when she receives an urgent email from her younger sister Liddy Bell. Kim arrives at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, as a party is in sue, she and David Bell, Wyatt's younger b Cry To Me J.A. Schneider, author Can you imagine yourself in a big old house with four people following a murder and not sure which one actually was the murderer? Oh, and all this is happening during a severe hurricane and no power. Well, that 's just the position, Kim, an author of crime stories finds herself in when she receives an urgent email from her younger sister Liddy Bell. Kim arrives at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, as a party is in sue, she and David Bell, Wyatt's younger brother find Wyatt dead from a gun shot to his chest and Liddy clinging to life on the floor with a gun shot to her head and the gun is inches away from her hand. An apparent murder and attempted suicide gone wrong. Was this really what happened or is Liddy being framed? Kim is determined to prove Liddy's innocence. But is Liddy really innocent or using her sister to fight her battle for her? Read this brilliantly written storyline to find the answers for yourself. There are so many twists and turns in the story and so many people with a motive to kill the powerful Wyatt Bell. I highly recommend this novel. Excellent thriller with lots of twists. turns and an eruption of uncanny romantic feelings. I was gifted an advance reader copy from the author and chose to leave this review of my own accord.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Randi Robinson

    Liddy begged her sister Kim to come to the party celebrating the restoration of Liddy and Wyatt's 1920s mansion because she need to talk to her. Kim arrived just as the party was starting so the talk would have to wait till after the party. Before it can happen Kim walks into Wyatt's study and finds him shot to death at his desk and Liddy on the floor with a gun in her hand, shot in the head. The perfect murder suicide, only Liddy wasn't quite dead. The cops think it is an open and shut case , b Liddy begged her sister Kim to come to the party celebrating the restoration of Liddy and Wyatt's 1920s mansion because she need to talk to her. Kim arrived just as the party was starting so the talk would have to wait till after the party. Before it can happen Kim walks into Wyatt's study and finds him shot to death at his desk and Liddy on the floor with a gun in her hand, shot in the head. The perfect murder suicide, only Liddy wasn't quite dead. The cops think it is an open and shut case , but Kim, a true crime writer, sees inconsistencies. Can she convince the police of this? The characters in this case are well developed and enough background information is given for us to understand the relationships. I was on the edge of my seat as this case weaves its way to an unpredictable ending. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MsSilence68

    Liddy and her husband Wyatt are hosting a lavish party at their home and act every bit the happy couple. A hurricane is coming and as the air gets cooler the guests go inside. Kim and David find Wyatt dead and Liddy barely alive. No one had heard the gunshots over the music so no one saw anything except, maybe, Kim. The two detectives that arrive give a less than stellar performance and immediately determine that Liddy had failed in her murder/suicide attempt. Although Kim (sister of Liddy) and Liddy and her husband Wyatt are hosting a lavish party at their home and act every bit the happy couple. A hurricane is coming and as the air gets cooler the guests go inside. Kim and David find Wyatt dead and Liddy barely alive. No one had heard the gunshots over the music so no one saw anything except, maybe, Kim. The two detectives that arrive give a less than stellar performance and immediately determine that Liddy had failed in her murder/suicide attempt. Although Kim (sister of Liddy) and David (brother of Wyatt) have only met a few times they are united in their opinion that Liddy did not murder her husband nor did she try and kill herself. Both are determined to figure out who set Liddy up for murder, all whilst the hurricane approaches and hits. As Kim begins piecing the clues together, she realises there are plenty of suspects as things are not what she thought and she wavers in her belief of Liddy’s innocence. Could her sister really have shot her own husband? And there’s David… An undeniable attraction between the two but Kim has to admit she doesn’t know David all that well. The book is predominantly written from Kim’s perspective but there are a few chapters, a switch from first person, that give greater insight to possible suspects and a deeper understanding of their character; things Kim knows nothing about. The book is intricately laced with subtle clues which has the reader constantly second guessing just who the guilty party is. The tension, alongside the hurricane, is a steady build and when it hits it most certainly leaves destruction in its wake. Without a doubt this is a book that has you on tenterhooks from start to finish. A cracking and gobsmacking conclusion. More please J A Schneider. I received Cry To Me as an ARC from J A Schneider.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Uvi Poznansky

    CRY TO ME opens with the last email Liddy sends to her sister Kim before the onset of a hurricane and the deadly events that happen while it is raging. That email feels like a cry for help. “I wrote this drunk. I need to be rescued.” it is too vague to decipher, especially now that Liddy can’t give answers. Since childhood, the two sisters bonded to help each other recover from the mood swings of their drunkard mother and the tragic loss of their father, who was shot through the kitchen window by CRY TO ME opens with the last email Liddy sends to her sister Kim before the onset of a hurricane and the deadly events that happen while it is raging. That email feels like a cry for help. “I wrote this drunk. I need to be rescued.” it is too vague to decipher, especially now that Liddy can’t give answers. Since childhood, the two sisters bonded to help each other recover from the mood swings of their drunkard mother and the tragic loss of their father, who was shot through the kitchen window by an unknown killer right in front of their eyes. With Liddy’s fear of guns, which started back then, could she be the one who shot her husband, Wyatt, out of a jealous rage, then turned the gun on herself? Kim, a crime writer, refuses to believe it, despite the apparent evidence—but during her own shaky moments she admits she has some doubts. Did she ever really know her sister? Can she trust Wyatt’s brother, David, with whom she is beginning to fall in love? Did he orchestrate the murder? Suspense and suspicions build up along with the fury of the storm, giving this thriller its heart-pounding beat—until the mind-blowing twist at the very end. Five stars. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    A good read....... I was instantly drawn in by the book description and overall this was a good read with an interesting plot. Not to give too much away, the book centres on the aftermath of a shooting following a party to celebrate the refurbishment of Liddy and her husband's, Warren, mansion house. Following the shooting and death of Warren, Kim, Liddy's sister, along with a few other characters, attempts to piece together the events of that evening and the reasons behind the shooting. I did enjo A good read....... I was instantly drawn in by the book description and overall this was a good read with an interesting plot. Not to give too much away, the book centres on the aftermath of a shooting following a party to celebrate the refurbishment of Liddy and her husband's, Warren, mansion house. Following the shooting and death of Warren, Kim, Liddy's sister, along with a few other characters, attempts to piece together the events of that evening and the reasons behind the shooting. I did enjoy this book on the whole, however I did feel it was a book of two halves. The start to me felt a little jumbled and found it a little hard to get into the story and the plot. I was also struggling to get a picture of the scene at first and I didn't instantly warm to any of the characters. I found it a little confusing and not very easy to follow at times. The second part of the book though, from just before halfway, did engage me a lot more and found myself wanting to discover more about what was taking place and what had happened. From this point, the story got very intriguing and rather dramatic and tense. As I read on though I did find myself drawn more and more to Kim's character as she was trying to process everything that had happened on the event and lead up to the party. Additionally, I was intrigued by David's character, and not to give too much away, he had me wondering if he was a good or bad character all the way to the end. By the end of the book I still had not guessed the culprit and there was a slight twist. In addition to this I would of liked a few more clues dotted around, a few more moments of suspense and perhaps a few more flashback or memories embedded into the story. I also felt the wrapping up of the shooting/crime could of been slightly longer and more detailed. Furthermore though, I particularly liked the build up of the hurricane and this provided an almost perfect backdrop to the storm that was brewing in the house following the shooting and the increasing volatile situation. Additionally, it helped mirror the atmosphere and tension between the two sisters, Liddy and Kim, and to the relationship of the others stuck in the house. Overall, this was a good read that I enjoyed by the end. Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book and will look forward to reading other books by this author in the future. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  16. 4 out of 5

    J.C. Fields

    CRY TO ME by J.A. Schneider, is as the author describes, an intense romantic suspense thriller. This is the second book I have read by the writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I must say this one made me a dedicated fan of her work. I am normally not thrilled by first-person narratives, but the author’s way of using this point of view made the novel. I do not think it could have told more effectively. The story is reminiscent of a locked-room-mysteries such as those by John Dickson Car CRY TO ME by J.A. Schneider, is as the author describes, an intense romantic suspense thriller. This is the second book I have read by the writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I must say this one made me a dedicated fan of her work. I am normally not thrilled by first-person narratives, but the author’s way of using this point of view made the novel. I do not think it could have told more effectively. The story is reminiscent of a locked-room-mysteries such as those by John Dickson Carr and Agatha Christie. However, the author added a modern twist, five individuals, including the real killer, are trapped in a large mansion as a hurricane bears down on the scene. No spoilers here, just plan on edge of your seat suspense, and a nap before you start this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosario Barrera

    A thriller’s thriller, most definitely. This book has so many twists and turns you need to read it very carefully or read some of it again to follow what’s going on. It’s all about the ties between siblings, and how close or separate the siblings are. Also about real friendship or lack of it. It’s an emotional story, with a punch packed into it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Terrific murder mystery. Kept me guessing, but then it became one that should have been so obvious why didn't I realize it. Great writing. Loved (or disliked) the characters. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Book Sirens. Terrific murder mystery. Kept me guessing, but then it became one that should have been so obvious why didn't I realize it. Great writing. Loved (or disliked) the characters. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Book Sirens.

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Abby Heidt

    I didn't know if I was going to like this book at first, if I'm honest. I was shocked at how I had no idea who the killer was. The author kept having me go back and forth on who I thought it was, so it kept me hooked! I couldn't put it down because I had to know! This is my first book from this author, but I may read some more if they are similar to this. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I didn't know if I was going to like this book at first, if I'm honest. I was shocked at how I had no idea who the killer was. The author kept having me go back and forth on who I thought it was, so it kept me hooked! I couldn't put it down because I had to know! This is my first book from this author, but I may read some more if they are similar to this. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Herbert

    When an apparent murder/suicide crime goes wrong the main character, Kim, is determined to protect her sister, Liddie, and prove her innocence. But . . . is Liddie really innocent of murder? The clues keep stacking up against her. Kim's job isn't easy, even for an imaginative crime writer. There is a whole slew of people who had reason to kill her brother-in-law, Wyatt, including his paramour and business associates. Then there is Wyatt's brother with whom she grows ever closer . . . but can he When an apparent murder/suicide crime goes wrong the main character, Kim, is determined to protect her sister, Liddie, and prove her innocence. But . . . is Liddie really innocent of murder? The clues keep stacking up against her. Kim's job isn't easy, even for an imaginative crime writer. There is a whole slew of people who had reason to kill her brother-in-law, Wyatt, including his paramour and business associates. Then there is Wyatt's brother with whom she grows ever closer . . . but can he really be trusted either? The menace builds as Kim, Liddie and three others are trapped in Liddie's house when a hurricane strikes and leaves them with no power. This is one of the few suspense novels I've read where I was totally wrong about the killer's identity! J.A. Schneider always presents an outstanding cast of possible suspects to keep the reader guessing, but this story is particularly brilliant. Fast-paced, well-portrayed characters and a layered plot kept me riveted and I read the entire book in one day. Don't miss this one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madelon

    J. A. Schneider doesn't ease her readers into a story. No! She drops you into the middle of the action. She uses ragged, almost staccato language to heighten your blood pressure and make you not just read the words but feel them viscerally. She unabashedly grabs your attention and never lets go. The closed door murder mystery is a time-honored form. In CRY TO ME, the tables are turned. We are presented with what is ostensibly a murder/suicide in a mansion where all the French doors are wide open. J. A. Schneider doesn't ease her readers into a story. No! She drops you into the middle of the action. She uses ragged, almost staccato language to heighten your blood pressure and make you not just read the words but feel them viscerally. She unabashedly grabs your attention and never lets go. The closed door murder mystery is a time-honored form. In CRY TO ME, the tables are turned. We are presented with what is ostensibly a murder/suicide in a mansion where all the French doors are wide open. The possible suspects comes from a large group of moneyed men and their wives and girlfriends gathered by the pool drinking, snorting coke, and doing business by the pool. And… there is a hurricane ravaging its way up the east coast at speed. The party host, Wyatt Bell is dead, his wife Liddy has a gunshot wound to her head, Liddy's sister, Kim Warner, is the first to find the victims, followed closely by David Bell, the dead man's brother. The smoking gun is in Liddy's hand. The police on scene see this as an open and shut case and are glad for it. They will have enough to do with a hurricane expected to hit the Connecticut coast in a day or so. Kim, the true-crime writer, sees something wrong with the scene. She is sure that it's murder and attempted murder. Now all she has to do is convince the cops. The character pool is whittled down to Wyatt, Liddy, Kim, and David along with Liddy's besties Winnie Holt and Zoe Martin, Liddy's husband Andrew, Liddy's personal assistant Maddy Wheeler, and, of course, the investigating officers, Detectives Miller and Petrie. Is there a killer in their midst? As if a bloody crime scene and howling hurricane aren't enough to raise the thrill level, there is also a cold case. Liddy and Kim's dad was murdered 17 years ago as they stood and watched. No one was ever caught and charged. How does it fit with the current state of affairs? If you read in bed before going to sleep, be prepared to stay up all night to find out just whodunit!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Can you imagine being trapped in a house during a hurricane with several people, including a killer? That's what happens in J.A. Schneider’s latest stunning thriller Cry To Me. Did Liddy kill her husband Wyatt during a noisy party with their guests just feet away before attempting to kill herself? The cops think she’s guilty, but Liddy’s older sister Kim, a true crime writer, vehemently disagrees. I LOVE all of Schneider’s thrillers! Her heroines are strong yet vulnerable, in fact, all her chara Can you imagine being trapped in a house during a hurricane with several people, including a killer? That's what happens in J.A. Schneider’s latest stunning thriller Cry To Me. Did Liddy kill her husband Wyatt during a noisy party with their guests just feet away before attempting to kill herself? The cops think she’s guilty, but Liddy’s older sister Kim, a true crime writer, vehemently disagrees. I LOVE all of Schneider’s thrillers! Her heroines are strong yet vulnerable, in fact, all her characters are realistic. I also enjoyed the relationships between the sisters as protective Kim fights to prove her sister’s innocence while falling for Wyatt’s younger brother David. The mystery is exciting, Kim isn’t sure who to trust as the deadly hurricane traps her in her sister's house, now a crime scene, with four other people, including the killer. Kim can’t help but wonder how well she knows her sister…

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I love a good thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat. J.A. Schneider did an excellent job of developing the characters, the storm, and the background. As I read this book, I felt like I was right there with them. This book is full of suspense and suspicions as the author builds the story leading up to the big twist. I highly recommend this book, it kept me engaged and I did not see the ultimate twist that came at the end. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this r I love a good thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat. J.A. Schneider did an excellent job of developing the characters, the storm, and the background. As I read this book, I felt like I was right there with them. This book is full of suspense and suspicions as the author builds the story leading up to the big twist. I highly recommend this book, it kept me engaged and I did not see the ultimate twist that came at the end. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Great murder mystery. I love this authors books. I was suspicious of the killer yet it kept me guessing. Great characters and just a very very tad of romance. Just how I like them. Thanks to BookSirens for the ARC

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    4.5 rounded up to 5 stars When crime writer Kim’s younger sister Liddy makes an emotional plea for a visit, Kim heads straight for her side. On the night of her arrival, Kim attends a party hosted by Liddy and her arrogant husband Wyatt to show off their restored mansion. Nobody hears the shots ring out later that night. It’s Kim who stumbles into her brother-in-law’s office to find Wyatt shot dead and her sister on the floor bleeding — with the gun in her hand. With Liddy unconscious in the hospi 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars When crime writer Kim’s younger sister Liddy makes an emotional plea for a visit, Kim heads straight for her side. On the night of her arrival, Kim attends a party hosted by Liddy and her arrogant husband Wyatt to show off their restored mansion. Nobody hears the shots ring out later that night. It’s Kim who stumbles into her brother-in-law’s office to find Wyatt shot dead and her sister on the floor bleeding — with the gun in her hand. With Liddy unconscious in the hospital and rumors about Wyatt’s infidelity blowing around as fiercely as the winds from the oncoming hurricane, police are sure Liddy was the shooter. However, Kim and Wyatt’s handsome brother David believe otherwise. With the help of Liddy’s best friend, they start their own investigation to uncover the truth. But as the hurricane descends upon them, Kim finds herself more and more attracted to David — and more and more suspicious of everyone around her, including Liddy. Fast moving, ominous, and overflowing with breathless suspense, “Cry to Me” sweeps you up on the first page and doesn’t set you back down until the hurricane has passed. The searing tension that fills the book is both atmospheric and sexual. As the hurricane barrels closer, its winds uproot trees and send projectiles slamming into the windows of Liddy’s house where the characters are hiding. Every noise makes you jump alongside Kim. The shooter’s still out there. Or worse, inside– and one of them. As Kim and David find comfort and passion in each other’s arms, a different kind of storm starts to build. The tension between those two will make you ache. A story can be told in many ways, including from many points of view. At all times, author J.A. Schneider made brilliant choices for this book at every turn. “Cry to Me” is mainly told from Kim’s point of view. Although David’s and Winnie’s make an appearance from time to time, it’s Kim’s perspective that you get to know best. That’s not to say all the characters aren’t well sketched out. They are. There’s some deep character building in the book. Not only do you get to know them from their points of view and actions, you also get to know their “character” from their behavior during the storm. Talk about riveting! That’s exactly what this book is. Typically, it takes me a few chapters to get invested in a story. But not this one. I was hooked after just a few pages. In short, “Cry to Me” is a twisty, multi-layered story that’s highly addictive and (for lack of a better phrase) just really good. You deserve to read this book. Thank you to J.A. Schneider and BookSirens for the gifted eARC.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Books 'n' All Promotions

    I just love Joyce Schneider's books there is something about the way she writes that has me pacing the floor waiting for the next book so when I was offered an advance copy of Cry to Me I was - YES, YES, YES and I wasn't disappointed far from it this book is another absolutely brilliant pageturner. Liddy and Wyatt have been renovating their house and are now ready to throw a party to show it off. The garden is teaming with guests some friends, some enemies and a lot of jealousy. Then there are gu I just love Joyce Schneider's books there is something about the way she writes that has me pacing the floor waiting for the next book so when I was offered an advance copy of Cry to Me I was - YES, YES, YES and I wasn't disappointed far from it this book is another absolutely brilliant pageturner. Liddy and Wyatt have been renovating their house and are now ready to throw a party to show it off. The garden is teaming with guests some friends, some enemies and a lot of jealousy. Then there are gun shots and first in the room are Kim, Liddy's sister, and David, Wyatt's brother. The gun is in Liddy's hand so first sight it appears that Liddy shot Wyatt before turning the gun on herself. As Kim checks for a pulse she realisies 2 things: Liddy is still breathing and everything is not as it seems. The police arrive convinced the case is cut and dried and with a hurricane on the way they have little time or inclination to investigate further. Can Kim and David find out the truth? This story has just about everything money, revenge, jealousy, love, violence, mental instability, alcohol, love, a cold case..... All play a part as the reader is forced to consider different people for the murder only to change their mind a bit further on. So many twists and turns and secrets to be uncovered that makes this a stunning read. The characters also make the story we have Liddy a fragile character who leans heavily on Kim they have been through tragedy together and have an unbreakable bond. David and Wyatt's relationship is not so strong they were estranged for a while but recently have rebuilt their relationship. Winnie has been friend to the girls for many, many years she is a strange character dependant on alcohol to get through the day but she has something lurking inside and that comes accross throughout the book adding to the story. An adrenaline pumping story with well defined, unique characters this is a brilliant book you don't want to miss. 5+ stars from me - more please, soon.

  28. 5 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    J.A. Schneider invites the reader to a party where the last thing you would expect is for it to end with your host Liddy Bell seriously wounded with a gun in her hand and her husband Wyatt dead! Did Liddy shoot her husband then try to kill herself? or is there more to it than meets the eye? These are the million dollar questions that will roll around in your head as you become entangled in this tale in search of the truth. I really enjoyed how this one played out, which for me felt like I was in J.A. Schneider invites the reader to a party where the last thing you would expect is for it to end with your host Liddy Bell seriously wounded with a gun in her hand and her husband Wyatt dead! Did Liddy shoot her husband then try to kill herself? or is there more to it than meets the eye? These are the million dollar questions that will roll around in your head as you become entangled in this tale in search of the truth. I really enjoyed how this one played out, which for me felt like I was in a real life game of Cluedo. J.A Schneider really sets the scene so well, with a raging hurricane, the guests unable to leave and the possibility that one of them could be a murderer. It had me hooked and along with Liddy’s sister, true crime writer, Kim, the idea that this was a failed murder suicide as deemed by the police, did not sit well with me. The cast of characters assembled have been well fleshed out and each becomes a suspect in your mind. I was thrown off course a number of times as questions were raised that had my mind going from maybe Liddy did do this, to no, it has to be someone else. Although for me it all clicked into place before the reveal, this in no way ruined the enjoyment of the book for me. Cry to Me is a story that hits the ground running right from the first page. You are thrown head first in the thick of it which I really liked. From there the pace never lets up and you fly through the pages, making for a quick and easy read. All up Cry to Me is a well written and thrilling mystery to curl up with. Thank you to J.A. Schneider for my gifted copy of Cry to Me, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    This was a well-written, well-paced, and exciting mystery. There were no slow sections, and I was constantly kept guessing. The culprit was a complete surprise to me until pretty far into the story. I liked that there were numerous suspects, with clues hinting to all of them at different points in time, and I also enjoyed the inclusion of the hurricane angle. The danger of nature matched the unexpected ferocity of the danger within the home. The romance subplot was also a great method of keeping This was a well-written, well-paced, and exciting mystery. There were no slow sections, and I was constantly kept guessing. The culprit was a complete surprise to me until pretty far into the story. I liked that there were numerous suspects, with clues hinting to all of them at different points in time, and I also enjoyed the inclusion of the hurricane angle. The danger of nature matched the unexpected ferocity of the danger within the home. The romance subplot was also a great method of keeping interest high throughout the novel. I do wish there had been a bit more of a conclusion. There were some things mentioned that I felt were never truly explained. Additionally, I wish we had gotten to know more about Liddy. I thought we learned a lot about all of the characters, but Liddy’s personality and inner thoughts weren’t as fully explored. And in some of the memories that Kim recalled about Liddy, the ages she mentioned didn’t match. Overall, this was a suspenseful mystery with lots of shocking twists and turns. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting mystery that won’t leave you with nightmares. *I received an ARC of this novel. This is my complete and honest review.*

  30. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Martin

    Harrowing & Suspenseful Liddy is in denial over many things, and not only does it almost get her killed, but she is the top suspect as her husband Wyatt’s killer. There are many people at the party who had a reason to kill Wyatt, and some of them were closer than Liddy or her sister Kim want to believe. Between the cold case murder of their father seventeen years ago and the murder of her brother in law, Kim tries to piece it all together with an unlikely ally, Wyatt’s brother David. The suspense Harrowing & Suspenseful Liddy is in denial over many things, and not only does it almost get her killed, but she is the top suspect as her husband Wyatt’s killer. There are many people at the party who had a reason to kill Wyatt, and some of them were closer than Liddy or her sister Kim want to believe. Between the cold case murder of their father seventeen years ago and the murder of her brother in law, Kim tries to piece it all together with an unlikely ally, Wyatt’s brother David. The suspense was palpable, and the police work perfectly balanced within the plot. The ending was crazy! I started reading this book this afternoon and couldn’t put it down!

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