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The Kitty Committee : A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Susan Mowdy

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WOW! What an amazing surprise this story was. I love mystery and suspense but it’s something I rarely have been reading lately but this story totally got me back into the mood!

Grace grew up traveling with her family in South America who are missionaries. Her father sustains an injury so they head back to California where they decide to finally stay. As Grace enters school she sees just how different she is from the other students which is a hard adjustment for her. Two girls decide to take her under their wing and they form the Kitty Committee. In this group of three, only they matter, nothing gets in between them.

Carly is the gorgeous but incredibly manipulative of Maggie and Grace. She digs her claws in deep and there is no way to get out from under her. When she feels like she’s been wronged by Maggie and Grace they must prove their loyalty that haunts them for years to come.

This book was AMAZING! It’ll tangle you in its web and not let you go until the very end.

Reviewed by @listersda

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Dori Cousley

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense has all you can ask for from mystery, fear and suspense. The story grabs you in from the first page and you do not want to put it down till the last page. The story flows, is engaging and well written. Ms. Berla has a way with her words, so descriptive. The many twists and turns will leave you guessing as well as being taken on an emotional roller coaster ride. The characters are real and believable. We all know some mean girls or went to school with them. The story takes place between the past and present, but the transitions between the two are down with ease. I highly recommend The Kitty Committee.

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Sunday Barnaby

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee by Kathryn Berla
Four Stars

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense is not the first book I have read by Kathryn Berla, however it is my new favorite. This mystery had me hooked on the very first page and I just couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The secret was kept close to the vest for quite a bit of the book which had me guessing what it would be. I loved how the story jumps in time as Grace tell what is going on in her memories. It spirals around a group of girls that formed during high school and continued on. This story had me frustrated at times because I felt Grace should have known better than to stick with the Kitty Committee when things started going sideways. I have always enjoyed Kathryn’s books and I would recommend it to those that are looking for a good mystery.
Reviewed by @sunbarn

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee by Kathryn Berla is a dark coming of age story. It tells the story of Grace, a naïve girl who gets caught up in a dangerous friendship group.
The narrative switches between different points in time, so we get Grace’s experiences as a teenager and the impact it has on her as an adult side-by-side. This is very effective – we know something bad will happen and have some clues as to what but have to wait to find out what.
It reminded me a lot of Mean Girls at times. Grace’s parents are missionaries and she has spent most of her life away from America. Initially, she has a hard time adjusting to high school until she is accepted by Carly and Maggie. It also reminded me a bit of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, particularly nearer the start. I was worried at times that it was going to be too much like Mean Girls (not that I have anything against Mean Girls!) but the structure allows for the girls’ choices and actions to have much deeper and more serious consequences.
There’s a lot going on in this story – sometimes it feels like a bit too much to follow everything at once but it’s also very enjoyable. Grace spends some time travelling around Europe which was particularly fun to read about!
For me, this is a four star book. I’d recommend it to fans of high school stories like Mean Girls who are after something a bit darker.

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Debi Kircher

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla

5 Stars

I’ve read most of this authors books and she always has a way of getting me hooked early…This one took a bit and I wasn’t sure whether I understood what was going on till somewhere around the middle of the book. I knew she was building up to something I was just trying to keep myself on track to know what that was.

Even before understanding what the secret was I was pulled in and could not put this book down. Now I think back and wonder what took me so long.

This was an awesome story, and the ending floored me…I was so totally off base and had no idea who was behind the yearly reminders that someone obviously knew the secret that only 3 people should have known.

I couldn’t help but feel so very sorry for Grace through most of this book, I loved her and I really loved Maggie, although a few times throughout I just wanted to bang their heads together and wake them up.

I love this author, and she always finds a way to surprise me with her stories, you never know what your going to dive into when you pick up one of her books, Im a forever fan and will be watching for what comes next. I highly recommend this book, but pay attention and don’t give up if it takes you a bit like it did me, you won’t be sorry you hung in there.

Loved It!!

Review by @debikircher

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Heather Bahm

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kathryn Berla’s The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense is a thrilling mystery. The author does a firm job of nailing the suspense and mystery within this story. The scenes in the story are well told and the method in which the author uses to progress from now versus then is done seamlessly as if it was yourself in the present and recalling memories of the past. It’s not always easy for an author to handle storytelling within the past/present without providing too many or too few details, that was not a problem. The story easily maintained my interest and I found this to be a good read.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Angela Hayes

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla is full of secrets, suspense, mystery, manipulation, haunted memories, torment, and fear. It had a Pretty Little Liars vibe to it.
Grace has been haunted by her past, never fully ‘living, always looking back, worrying, wondering, remembering. Every year she gets a reminder that someone else out there knows what happened, too- and won’t ever let her forget. It’s 20 years on- but she’s stuck in the past. What happened you may ask? What is the burden that she’s carried for all these years? Who knows her secret and sends the yearly reminders? What, and who are The Kitty Committee? All these answers can be found in this suspenseful tale.
I have read all of Ms. Berla’s books now and was really excited to see she had written a suspenseful novel. I love a great suspense, so I quickly snatched up a copy to jump into. The story had a good pace, although it was somewhat slow to get going. The story switches back and forth from past and present perspectives. I spent a good majority of the time torn between needing to know what the secret was, thinking how the dialog didn’t really seem to suit a teenager, absolutely detesting Carly and wondering how no one saw through her, and feeling like the story just wasn’t meshing as well as I had hoped for. And when the big ‘reveal’ came, it felt rushed and wasn’t as detailed as I would have liked, or had expected from Ms. Berla.
This isn’t my most favourite read of hers, which pains me because I normally rally love her work, but I will keep a lookout for her next release.

Thank you, Ms. Berla!

Reviewed by @angelahayes
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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, so this is a difficult review for me to write because I normally adore, absolutely adore, Katheryn Berla’s novels and the words for the reviews just flow freely for me. Unfortunately, when it comes to The Kitty Committee, things just continuously fell short for me. The plot was there, and it was strong. Immediately upon reading the blurb and knowing the author I was sold and ready to dive into this novel. However, when I got a good 25% in I was so completely frustrated. I saw where Berla was going with Grace, but there was nothing about her that was connectable. I kept waiting for this big explosive event or ta-da moment and it just really wasn’t ever there for me. She really seemed like unnecessary filler to me. Then there were those lovely time jumps. Out of NOWHERE. It just completely threw me off guard, tossed me around, and then confused the holy crap out of me. Quite frankly, it lost me, made it near impossible to want to finish, yet I did, and I truly don’t know what for. What happened here??? So with that all said, Katheryn Berla usually writes with a message behind her novels. A strong plot that usually has a mission to make you think long and hard, yet you don’t even know realize that you are doing so. I will say that I can see where this was trying to go. Women are mean ya’ll. We are. We love fiercely and we can sometimes love so fierce it can cause pain unintentionally. I believe that is was she was trying to portray here. I may be wrong. Anyways, on to the next adventure, and awaiting the next one with Katheryn at the helm! Happy reading!

Review by @lizaileen
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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla is an interesting read. ​It is a story of mean girls and lifelong regrets. I found it hard to get in to the flow and rhythm of this book and the two and fro of the past and the present. I also felt that sometimes less would have been more, the story could have been told with fewer words. Having said that I could not put the book down, I had to know what happened and why and I definitely didn’t see the twist at the end coming.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jana Teppih

The Kitty Committee: A Novel of SuspenseThe Kitty Committee: A Novel of Suspense by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Kitty Committee is a suspense novel by Kathryn Berla AND it is her first novel written for adult readers. I have read her YA story “Going Places” and I absolutely fell in love with her writing so when The Kitty Committee popped up on my radar then I went … hmmm, let’s see how she is when writing to adult readers …
She did not disappoint me! Her writing was good as ever … she has given us a story that shows us what far reaching consequences might our decisions have that we take as teenagers, influenced by our friends and loyalties at the time … unfortunately, the decisions and actions of this group of girls, oh my, they have disastrous consequences and the shadow the lives of so many people …
I loved how the timeframe kept changing as it kept me sharp and on my toes … I liked that at no point did the writer fall into the ‘language’ of teenagers … I have to say though that at times I had hard time to relate/feel for Grace as I felt that she never really found her feet as a person in her own rights … on the other hand, one could really feel the lasting impact that the act of her youth had on the rest of her life … The writer forces us to think and feel and to understand why we think and feel the way we do … The story is really worth while reading …

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