Book Review

Book Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel- 4 Stars

For most of her young life, Rose Gold believed she was chronically ill, allergic to all kinds of food, and even wheelchair bound at times. Her mom took her to countless doctors, had numerous tests done, yet the doctors couldn’t solve Rose Gold’s problems. Until Rose Gold’s testimony in court sent her mom to prison for the crime of poisoning her child to the point of making her seriously sick!

Don’t go into this thinking it’s just another Munchausen by Proxy book because there are so many layers to unravel! Five years after she was sentenced, Patty is finally free, and of course she has no where to go. When you poison your own child your community and all of your friends shun you, apparently… So, Rose Gold agrees to let her mom stay with her and her son. Has she forgiven her mom, ready to put the past behind them, or is she ready to show her she’s not a weak, ill little girl anymore? It’s all about who wants revenge the most and who’s crazy enough to go to any length to get it!

Thank you to Berkley Pub and Netgalley for an ARC. Darling Rose Gold releases on March 17, 2020!

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Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars

This will be a pretty short review because it will be too easy to give away spoilers if I say too much!

A husband and wife need to spice up their marriage. Instead of counseling, more date nights or intimate time, they turn to murder. Scheming, plotting, messed up murders. Told from the husband’s point of view, My Lovely Wife is disturbing and thrilling. The couple themselves are so dark, one more so than the other, and I was glued to the pages pretty much all day, just waiting to see what would happen next!

There are SO many twists, and that bombshell at the end- woah! I will say I started to figure out what was really going on in this relationship but it didn’t ruin the book for me at all. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and this one was definitely unique and different from the typical thriller!

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd-4 Stars

One More Lie is a frightening psychological and criminal suspense novel that alternates between the childhood and adult lives of Sean and “Charlotte”, while focusing on a heinous crime neither can escape from.

The story starts out with a chilling newspaper headline: EVIL DUO RELEASED FROM PRISON. Now, if that didn’t catch your attention, what will?! The duo has been released, given new identities and even cosmetic surgery to help them integrate back in to society after being imprisoned for years.

As children, Sean and Charlotte (her new name after being released) were friends. Dealt with tricky home situations and coupled with the need for adventure causing them to always get in trouble, it was a rocky relationship to say the least.

One day something so terrible happens to a disabled classmate that Sean and Charlotte are both tried for the crime and sent to prison at only ten years old. Charlotte has tried to repress all the memories of that day and can’t remember what really happened. Once released from prison, she has a hard time integrating back into the real world and it doesn’t help that Sean, and memories from the past, keep worming their way in to her mind.

Sean and Charlotte were terrible, sadistic children. Did those traits follow them in to adulthood? What really happened that tragic day, who is ultimately responsible?

One More Lie will have you questioning just how evil a child can be, and if certain behaviors stay with a person for all of their life. This book was chilling and kept me on my toes almost the entire time I was reading, and the ending left me sitting here with my mouth wide open in shock! If you enjoy reading criminal thrillers and suspense don’t miss out on this one; it releases May 28th!

Thank you to Hanover Square Press/Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book!

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Book Review: Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire-4 Stars

Someone has it out for psychologist Bryce Davidson. He’s already dealing with a messy separation from his wife, now someone is sending him threatening emails, breaking in to his house, and they know EVERYTHING about his life. Working in an institution surrounded by other psychologists, psychiatrists and patients, Dr. Davidson has a pretty big suspect list to pull from, but who could possibly hate him to this extent of revenge?

This novel started out a little slow, and there were so many characters and plot lines to keep up with but once everything started coming together towards the end it was awesome! Loaded with twists and turns, I was left in the dark just like Dr. Davidson about the identity of his stalker right until the very last second. This book is definitely creepy enough to have you glancing over your shoulder as you’re reading. Besides the thriller aspect, I really enjoyed the medical/psychological aspect, like the hypnosis and therapy of one of the patients, especially since the author has a  background similar to that of Bryce’s. It looks like this will be a series and I can’t wait to follow Dr. Bryce Davidson along on his next journey.

Thank you to TCK Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book.

 

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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides- 5 Stars

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Alicia has been in a mental health facility for six years after shooting her husband in the face and refusing to speak since that fateful night. Theo, a psychotherapist, is enamored with her case, and convinced he can get her to talk. Told in chapters that alternate from past to present, with Alicia’s diary entries sprinkled throughout, readers are swept up in a story that is so shocking, confusing, and twisty, you will be at a loss of who to root for and who to hate. What happened to Alicia that has caused her to choose to be mute? Does Theo have ulterior motives or does he really just want to help her?

I love thrillers with unreliable narrators and this one doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. I didn’t have the twist figured out until it smacked me in the face and my jaw DROPPED! This book really puts you right into the mindset of the mentally ill and it’s quite frightening to experience what they are dealing with. This was a fantastic debut from the author and I highly recommend.

Do you like psychological thrillers? If you’ve read this one, what did you think?

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Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen- 4 Stars

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Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor. 

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. 

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her… 

At the persistence of her friends, Ali signs up for an online dating site, and immediately hits it off with Ewan. Yet the next morning she wakes up with injuries and no memory of what happened the night before but the most frightening thing is she doesn’t recognize her own face in the mirror, and when her brother comes by, she doesn’t know him either.

After several tests in the hospital, doctors diagnose her with Prosopagnosia, or face blindness. She can’t recognize her own face, her family, and definitely not the faces of strangers. She’s convinced her date, Ewan, hurt her, and sets out to find him once she receives threatening messages and ominous gifts on her doorstep. But how will she ever find him if she can’t remember what he looked like, nor discern who anyone is now that she’s suffered this injury?

While reading I felt this nagging in my brain that the villain was this particular person, and I definitely had them pegged, but had no idea why they were doing what they were doing until the end-and it was a crazy reveal!

Louise Jensen’s books always keep me glued to the page and on the edge of my seat! It’s almost like I can’t read them fast enough; I’ve just GOT to know what happens next! Pick this one up if you’re in the mood for a fast paced thriller!

I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris- 3.5 Stars

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Cass feels like she’s going to go crazy with guilt. After leaving a woman in her car on the side of the road in a storm, finding out she’s dead the next day, finding out she had lunch with this same woman (Jane) recently, it’s all too much. On top of that, she’s still reeling from the death of her mother, who shockingly was wealthy, and Cass had no clue. Her mother had dementia, and Cass just knows she’s losing her mind as well. She forgets everything, and even does things she has no memory of doing. Cass starts getting silent phone calls not long after this incident with the murdered woman. Is it all connected? Is she just so stressed from this woman’s death that she cannot cope? Is she struggling with early onset dementia, or is something else at play here? Between talking to her husband, her best friend Rachel, and Jane’s husband, Cass tries to understand what is going on, but she might be running out of time…

Like the first book by Paris, Behind Closed Doors, this novel kept me hooked and eager to find out the truth. The ending shocker fell a little flat for me and I would have liked to see the plot go in a different direction, but I still enjoyed the story just the same.

I’ve just picked up her latest book, Bring Me Back, to read next and I can’t wait to dive in.

Have you read any from this author? What did you think? Share with me in the comments!

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Book Review: Forget Me Not by A.M. Taylor-3 Stars

Ten years ago a seventeen year old girl named Nora goes missing. All that was found was her car, with an empty gas tank, not far from her family’s lake house. Her body was never found and she never returned either. Ten years to the exact day, her younger sister Noelle (Elle) is found murdered not far from where Nora’s car was abandoned. Maddie, one of Nora’s best friends, still deals with the grief over not having closure from Nora’s disappearance and makes it her mission to find out once and for all not only what happened to Nora but who killed Elle as well. The police aren’t necessarily convinced the two cases are connected, but all of Nora’s family and friends vehemently believe this.

This book was off to a great start. The pace and tone was perfect, and I had my suspicions of who the killer was, but I hadn’t quite figured out what became of Nora. I like being surprised in mysteries, I don’t usually enjoy figuring out the answer too early in advance as it kind of kills the book for me, so that aspect was great. What I did not like, and the reason for the 3 stars, is the fact I thought that what happened to Nora was completely absurd and unbelievable. (Spoiler down below!!!!)

 

 

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***SPOILER*** I can NOT believe the police wouldn’t have thought to dredge the lake NEAR HER LAKE HOUSE when they could not find a body!!! That baffles me.

Aside from this, this was an expertly crafted suspense that I really enjoyed for the most part!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Other Mother by Carol Goodman-5 Stars

I need to start this one off with a disclaimer. While I loved the suspenseful, thriller aspect, this book deals heavily with postpartum anxiety/depression/psychosis. I struggled with PPA and this book really hit home with me and brought back some of those fears I had when my son was really little.  I actually had nightmares over some of the scenes that occur. I give the author kudos for including a warning at the beginning of this book as well as an interview with an author who wrote a book that deals with postpartum psychosis.

Daphne is a new mom to Chloe. She becomes friends with Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, at Mom Group. They are both dealing with first time mom/new mom struggles. Laurel is everything Daphne is not- elegant, rich, polished, skinny…but not long after meeting they are acting the same, dressing the same, going to the gym together, Daphne is losing weight and changing her hair to be like Laurel’s.

When Daphne decides to flee with her baby from her controlling husband, she takes a job as an archivist, posing as Laurel, for her favorite author. Schuyler, the author, lives on the grounds near a mental hospital that her father ran. Daphne/Laurel is already dealing with psychosis, but being near this institution and going through Sky’s father’s medical records is making her start to question things even more so.

This book will really make you be suspicious of everyone! Who is who? Who did what? Is anything and anyone like it seems? Told in narrative as well as journal entries by both Laurel and Daphne as well as Edith, a patient, the plot flows quickly and sucks you in.

This book was very complex and surprising. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the author drops a bomb and completely shocks you! I would recommend but only if you are aware of the heavy subjects this book deals with. I know I would not have been able to read it in the 6 months after my son was born.

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Book Review: Lies by T.M. Logan-4 Stars

In one moment, Joe Lynch’s life changes completely. He’s driving home with this young son when they spot his wife’s car at a hotel. William wants to surprise his mommy so of course Joe obliges, only to find her in an argument with one of their friends, Ben. They bicker and Joe knocks Ben unconscious and this is only the start of Joe’s terrifying days to come.

I was completely sucked into this book from the beginning. I HAD to know what was going to happen! It was twisted, fast paced, and full of tension that left me on the edge of my seat!

Lie after lie after lie came pummeling at Joe. The poor guy couldn’t catch a break. The ending completely took me by surprise, and I knocked off a star because I wasn’t fully convinced it was plausible, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thriller!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an ARC of “Lies”; all opinions are my own.

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