Tips for Living

Tips for Living

On the day Nora discovered that her husband, Hugh, had gotten another woman pregnant, she made a vow: I will come back to life no matter how long it takes…It’s taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life....

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Title:Tips for Living
Author:Renee Shafransky
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  • Linda Zagon

    Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Tips For Living” by Renee Shafransky

    By Linda Zagon

    Kudos to debut author Renee Shafransky for a suspenseful, captivating, and intriguing novel “Tips For Living” :A Novel Of Suspense.(Lake Union Publishing: February 1,2018).

    The genres for “Tips For Living” are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller,and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present, and told only in the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The

    Story takes place in Pequod,a small town

    Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Tips For Living” by Renee Shafransky

    By Linda Zagon

    Kudos to debut author Renee Shafransky for a suspenseful, captivating, and intriguing novel “Tips For Living” :A Novel Of Suspense.(Lake Union Publishing: February 1,2018).

    The genres for “Tips For Living” are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller,and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present, and told only in the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The

    Story takes place in Pequod,a small town that attracts many summer tourists that live in expensive summer homes.

    The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Nora Glasser is a resident and writes a news column in the Pequod Paper, for “Tips on Living”. Nora has been betrayed by her famous ex- husband who is a renowned artist, when he not only had an affair, but got his mistress pregnant. Hoping to leave her humiliation, anger, hurt, and resentment behind, she has moved from New York City to Pequod. She becomes angered when she finds that her ex-husband and wife have bought an expensive home in Pequod, where she lives.

    In the past when Nora gets stressed, she has been known to sleepwalk. Nora also has the responsibility and expense of taking care of her beloved elder aunt.

    Trouble starts when both Nora’s ex-husband High Walker and his present wife are found dead in their house. Who would be angry enough to kill them?

    There is a colorful cast of characters and there are some that could be suspect. Unfortunately, the police are looking at Nora as the prime suspect. As a writer for a newspaper, Nora usually has the gut instincts in certain matters. What is troubling, is Nora doesn’t remember where she was at the time of the murders. Has Nora started sleep-walking? Why is Nora all scratched up? What can Nora do to protect herself, if she doubts her memories?

    There are twists and turns and highs and lows in this novel. I was so engrossed I finished this novel in one sitting. I didn’t want to stop reading. Several major characters seem to have dark secrets and motivations to be the killer. What about Nora? I found this book to be entertaining, full of mystery, thrilling, full of suspense, intense and mesmerizing. I would highly recommend this novel for those readers that appreciate a suspenseful, and thrilling mystery. I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and Author Renee Shafransky for an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review. I really have to say I was surprised who the killer is. Happy Reading!

  • Danielle

    This was a very fast-paced read with interesting characters. Nora was incredibly relatable, and my heart went out to her as she tried over and over again to keep her life on track. Tips for Living gives the reader a window into what life is like in a small town and how hard it is to move on when your past won't leave you alone. With a bit of suspense thrown in, this was a perfect book to spend the day reading.

  • Erin Clemence

    “Tips for Living” by Renee Shafransky caught me off guard, in a good way. This unexpected novel is full of suspense, intrigue, murder and romance, and it had me hooked from the very first page. Nora is a character we can all relate to, someone with hurt in her heart that is trying to start anew in spite of the odds she is facing. Her anger for her ex-husband and new wife is completely understandable, and these characters are in fact, so despicable, that I did not experience any love lost when they were murdered.

    This novel has many supporting characters so it is difficult to try and figure out who the murderer is until it is actually revealed

    , which contributes to the story’s addictive plot. When the murderer is revealed, the story continues to grab and hold your full attention, until a final, just ending is delivered.

    The small town, supporting characters are plentiful, and they are hard to keep track of

    . This is likely done to add more choice to the “whodunit” cast of characters but it can get overwhelming and confusing at times. The many players involved in Hugh’s art world gum up the mix as well, but for those of us who are not particularly well versed in the art world

    , I appreciated Shafranksy’s excluding of the pretentious, haughty language of the art world and instead choosing a more laymen vernacular.

    “Living” delivers a surprising punch, with twists and turns on every page. Shafransky’s debut novel is both creative and entertaining, with strong character development and a page-turning, addictive plot. I truly hope Shafransky continues to deliver more novels like this in the future.

  • Caryn

    3.5 Stars.

    This book started out with a bang and took off at a frenetic pace, which I loved. Nora lives in Pequod, New York, a tourist town, as a newspaper columnist trying to get her life back on track after her husband left her for another woman who got pregnant with his child. She’s trying to piece her life back together when her ex and his new wife are found brutally murdered in their bed. This beginning had me flipping pages quickly.

    I felt the middle slowed down as Nora is trying to determin

    3.5 Stars.

    This book started out with a bang and took off at a frenetic pace, which I loved. Nora lives in Pequod, New York, a tourist town, as a newspaper columnist trying to get her life back on track after her husband left her for another woman who got pregnant with his child. She’s trying to piece her life back together when her ex and his new wife are found brutally murdered in their bed. This beginning had me flipping pages quickly.

    I felt the middle slowed down as Nora is trying to determine who is responsible while also trying to stay out of the spotlight herself. There are a lot of characters and it does get a tad repetitive but the pacing is good. Not a lot of huge surprises and an ending I felt was a tad predictable.

    Overall, a solid first effort by Renee Shafransky and is definitely read more by her in the future.

    My thanks to the publisher and her street team for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melki

    Here we have a plucky heroine whose lying, cheating ex-hubby is found dead. She quickly becomes a

    prime suspect in his murder. But don't worry too much - her newfound love interest, and determined best friend will help her prove her innocence, though it will be up to the heroine, and NOT the police to solve the crime. Oh, and of course, there's a cute, full-of-wisdom, elderly relative on hand to lend advice and comfort. Need I even mention that the villain will explain

    Here we have a plucky heroine whose lying, cheating ex-hubby is found dead. She quickly becomes a

    prime suspect in his murder. But don't worry too much - her newfound love interest, and determined best friend will help her prove her innocence, though it will be up to the heroine, and NOT the police to solve the crime. Oh, and of course, there's a cute, full-of-wisdom, elderly relative on hand to lend advice and comfort. Need I even mention that the villain will explain

    to neatly tie up loose ends, AND allow the heroine to escape?

    And . . . yeah.

    I've read this all before, and unless you're brand new to the world of reading books, you've probably read it, too. The cover proclaims that this is "a novel of suspense", but don't let that fool you -

    , and I should know as I used to read them by the bushelful before giving them up as too formulaic.

    On the other hand, if you're

    , you could do far worse than this one. Shafransky

    write some decent dialogue, so I'm giving this one three stars instead of two. Here's hoping her next go-round will offer something new, and not just this book's heroine deciding to solve crimes in

    whatever the heck the name of the town was.

  • Amber Myott

    Despite glowing reviews from other “good readers” I gave this 3 stars. While the first 100 pages hooked me in I found the middle quite slow and the thoughts of the main character very repetitive.

    There were many red herrings but it was all eventually revealed in a somewhat convoluted ending .

    For me it was an OK holiday read .

  • Bam

    *3-3.5 stars.

    From the title, you might think this is a self-help book with advice for living a good life, right? But no, it's a cozy mystery set in Pequod, New York. Forty-one-year-old Nora Walker works for the Pequod Courier and writes a snarky, humorous column for the paper that is entitled Tips for Living (in a seaside town where rich people spend their summers and drive the prices and property taxes up for the local townspeople.) Nora's father once said to her: "Here's a tip, kiddo. A tip f

    *3-3.5 stars.

    From the title, you might think this is a self-help book with advice for living a good life, right? But no, it's a cozy mystery set in Pequod, New York. Forty-one-year-old Nora Walker works for the Pequod Courier and writes a snarky, humorous column for the paper that is entitled Tips for Living (in a seaside town where rich people spend their summers and drive the prices and property taxes up for the local townspeople.) Nora's father once said to her: "Here's a tip, kiddo. A tip for living. This world is rough, and it's going to keep throwing things at you. Don't let them break your heart."

    In the heart-breaking category, Nora had been in a long-term relationship with the famous artist, Hugh Walker; he called her his muse. They were married for just thirteen months when Nora learned he'd found another 'muse' and the woman was pregnant with his child.

    After a nasty divorce, Nora moved out to Pequod to be near her college friend Grace and started to build a new life for herself, working for the local paper. But just three years later, she was shocked to learn that Hugh had bought a mansion on Pequod Point and was moving in with his wife and daughter. How could they be so heartless?

    Nora had fainting episodes as a child, along with some sleepwalking, but she thought she'd outgrown it all...until the morning she wakes up with twigs in her hair and a cut on her face, then learns that Hugh and Helene have been murdered in their king-sized bed, with a nude painting of the couple slashed. Could she have??? Would she have??? Even Nora is not completely sure.

    This is well-written with a trail of clues that lead the reader astray until the final act. I found myself wishing the author had kept a bit more of the snarky humor throughout the story, even with the law breathing down poor Nora's neck, but she does throw in some titillating romance into the mix. Fun read that kept me guessing.

    *Kindle-First-Reads-January, 2018.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Nora and Hugh, an up and coming artist, have been together for twelve years though married for only one. Nora finds out that no only had Hugh cheated on her but he is going to have a child with that woman, something Nora had badly wanted for herself. She moves away, works at a small town new paper writing a column called Tips for Living. A big tourist town, the population swells in the summer, she is gutted when Hugh, his new wife and young daughter a!so move to this town that she calls home

    3.5 Nora and Hugh, an up and coming artist, have been together for twelve years though married for only one. Nora finds out that no only had Hugh cheated on her but he is going to have a child with that woman, something Nora had badly wanted for herself. She moves away, works at a small town new paper writing a column called Tips for Living. A big tourist town, the population swells in the summer, she is gutted when Hugh, his new wife and young daughter a!so move to this town that she calls home. When husband and wife are brutally murdered, Nora becomes the prime suspect.

    There is a friendly, familiar tone to this mystery. It is inviting, easy to read. One can't help but like and feel for Nora. There is also that small town flavor, everyone knowing each others business, reminded me a little of the town in which I live. It is not edge of your seat suspenseful, no big flashy scenes, just a slow unraveling of the secrets some are keeping, including Nora herself. I enjoyed this, it was refreshingly simple and different.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Brooke

    I was able to read to the end even after feeling it was too obvious who the killer was... This was forgivable. However, the abrupt and lazy descriptions of people, such as "Latina woman" "African-American owner," "Asian man," "Jamaican attendant," and "Indian Doctor" descriptions pulled me out of the story. And the Irish lady drinks and tends bar...There were no depth to the characters the author chose to call out for their ethnicity or origin. It read very "Hey look a

    I was able to read to the end even after feeling it was too obvious who the killer was... This was forgivable. However, the abrupt and lazy descriptions of people, such as "Latina woman" "African-American owner," "Asian man," "Jamaican attendant," and "Indian Doctor" descriptions pulled me out of the story. And the Irish lady drinks and tends bar...There were no depth to the characters the author chose to call out for their ethnicity or origin. It read very "Hey look at me! I'm putting in people of other backgrounds!" Major eye-rolls ensued. And then Tobias' character felt trite and tired. A man posing as Christian who was really a big scam. How did politics and the idea of Christian religious political agendas fit into this story? Maybe because she was press? How would our heroine know that Lizzie was wearing a boiled wool hat from Afghanistan from looking at her from across a street? I didn't feel like I was getting to know the heroine, but more like I was being preached at about political correctness which wasn't so politically correct and felt highly stereotyped. Yanked me right out of the story every time. I was reading for pleasure and "suspense," but came away feeling like I watched the women from The View talking over one another and telling a story where I guessed the ending halfway through.

    Signed,

    Mad As Hell (wink wink).

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