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Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty-3 Stars

The Chain was a diabolical thriller involving a chain of kidnappings. One parent must kidnap another child after they discover their own child has been taken. They will not get their child back until the parents of their victim takes a child. This was definitely a unique read with a well thought out plot, but it seemed a little slow moving and unbelievable. The ending was crazy and part two moved a lot faster than part one which was good.

As a mother, this whole premise was horrifying but ultimately I was left feeling a little let down with this one. It just started out slow, and it eventually ended with a big bang that seemed to come out of nowhere and seemed odd and far-fetched.

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Book Review: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones-4.5 Stars

Sandie Jones has once again given me a suspenseful thriller full of twists and surprises that made me desperate to read this every spare second I had! I loved her debut, The Other Woman, so much I immediately requested this from NetGalley the instant I saw it.

 

Alice runs a successful company with her second husband, Nathan. After tragically losing her first husband, Nathan seemed like the perfect man, showing up right when Alice needed someone the most.  She also has a best friend named Beth that she can always count on, and two wonderful daughters. Life is pretty good for Alice, until she finds something that makes her start to question everything she thought she knew about those around her.

The twist took me by surprise and I’m glad I didn’t see it coming because man, was it insane! This is definitely a quick read but there are quite a few characters to keep up with.

If you’re looking for a thriller chock full of twisty revenge and suspicion, make sure to pick this one up!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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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: The Night Before by Wendy Walker-4 Stars

Laura has been through a lot. A rough childhood with divorced and neglectful parents coupled witha traumatic event in high school that haunts her on in to adulthood, she starts meeting with a therapist to sort through her thoughts. When a sudden breakup causes her to leave her job and come back to her hometown, her sister Rosie gladly takes her in, but she’s wary. What has happened to cause Laura to come back after so long? She’s always gone for the wrong men, desperate for one to love her, so she turns to online dating and finds someone she really connects with and agrees to go out with. Anxiously Laura puts on cherry red lipstick and a black dress as she gets ready for her date with Jonathan Fields-forty, good career, divorced, with a black BMW.

But when she doesn’t return the next morning after the blind datex Rosie is in full blown panic mode. But it’s not because she’s afraid of what Jonathan Fields did to Laura, she’s more afraid of what Laura could have done to him…

Told from Rosie and Laura’s point of view in the hours after the date as well as leading up to it, with some of Laura’s therapy sessions sprinkled throughout, you’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to help Rosie find Laura, but what you find out will shock you! I’m still thinking about the crazy ending!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for my advance copy. The Night Before releases May 14th!

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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 Lies We Told by Camilla Way- 5 Stars

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This novel follows two stories, one present day and one set in the 80’s that eventually collide and at the root of it all is a girl named Hannah.

In the late 80’s a couple desperately wants to have a baby. So when their dream finally comes true, they don’t want to believe that something is wrong with Hannah. Even as a little girl, she found joy in hurting people. Her parents want to get her help but it might be too late…

In present day, a man named Luke is missing. His girlfriend Clara can’t help but think something terrible has happened. Everyone else seems to think he’s just off drunk somewhere and will show up sooner or later, but Clara knows Luke, and this isn’t right. So when Clara begins to talk to people from Luke’s past she realizes she might not have known her boyfriend that well after all…

These two stories are told in alternating chapters but once it becomes clear how they are connected my jaw dropped! This book is FULL of twists and surprises. Many of the characters are unreliable and dysfunctional so it’s hard to distinguish what might really be going on and who is being honest.

The Lies We Told is chilling and fast paced making for a quick read! Definitely pick this one up if you’re a lover of thrillers!

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Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier- 4 Stars

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Trigger warning: rape, abuse

 

Wow, this was a really twisted and depraved story.

Sixteen year old Angela Wong and Georgina (Geo) Shaw are best friends, attached at the hip, until a man five years their senior comes in between them. Geo and Calvin are inseparable, but it’s a tumultuous relationship. Calvin is abusive and controlling, but Geo can’t let him go, until one night when everything changes and Angela goes missing.

For fourteen years, Angela’s family wondered what happened to her, and only two people know the truth, so when it’s brought to light that Calvin is the Sweetbay Strangler and Geo was a witness the night Angela died, Geo is sent to prison for five years. But, is what’s revealed the full story, or is Calvin and Angela still harboring chilling secrets?

When more bodies are found murdered and dismembered just like Angela’s, police are convinced the Sweetbay Strangler has struck again after escaping prison, and only one person can help solve this case, and she’s not telling the whole story.

This story was definitely sick and twisted, and begs the question, are addictions and behaviors hereditary or learned? There is so many shocking moments in this story you won’t be able to put it down! This novel isn’t for the squeamish as it’s pretty dark and graphic, and I found myself at times wanting to stop reading because of that fact, but the story-line was so compelling I made myself keep reading as I just HAD to know the ending!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, the author, and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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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: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris- 4 Stars

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Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

I’ve become a huge fan of B.A. Paris in the past few months and I think this is my favorite of hers! Twelve years after the love of his life Layla disappears, Finn has moved on. He’s dating Ellen, who Layla’s sister, actually- and is very successful in his job, but not a day passes that he doesn’t wonder about Layla. Layla and Ellen are complete opposites- Layla is wild and outgoing, Ellen is more placid and reserved. Finn loves them both, but who does his heart belong to more?

When objects start turning up and emails begin pouring in, he has to face the truth that maybe Layla has come back. But why would Layla wait so long to reach out if she was alive all this time? Could it be so simple that she’s ready to come back to Finn, or is something more sinister at play here?

The ending was WILD and all of the clues that stacked up to the penultimate moment were shocking! It’s clever, creepy, and gripping to the point I could NOT put it down! Another one I highly recommend if you love thrillers.