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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.

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Book Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones- 4 Stars

From Goodreads: A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

This debut novel from Sandie Jones was crazy! Emily is dating Adam and everything is great except for her relationship with his mother, Pammie. She is constantly throwing barbed comments around at Emily, and is ridiculously obsessive over Adam. Her husband is dead so all she has are her sons, and some times they seem a little too close for comfort.

When Emily and Adam get engaged, things go from bad to worse. The Other Woman will have you questioning everyone’s motives and sanity. Adam can’t see how Pammie is trying to manipulate Emily and tear her and Adam apart. Emily begins to really wonder if she is the problem, as Pammie seems so sweet in everyone else’s eyes.

The ending was insane and definitely shocked me! This was a fast paced, mess with your mind thriller that I definitely recommend, and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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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: 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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Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen- 4.5 Stars

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When I saw Hendricks and Pekkanen had written another book together I was so excited! I devoured “The Wife Between Us” earlier this year as it was so riveting and had such a unique premise! I’m happy to report “An Anonymous Girl” was just as riveting, if not more so! I read this in one day, and that’s saying A LOT because I have a rambunctious one year old that takes up most of my time and attention, so that’s how you know I loved this one! Every second I had to myself I was reading!

Jess, a makeup artist, sneaks her way in to a psychiatrist’s study on ethics and morality after she overhears one of her clients talking about it. Jess becomes involved in a study sitting in front of a computer answering questions and revealing her deepest secrets, all anonymously, and she gets paid. A LOT. Sounds great, and easy, right? But what is the point? What purpose is being served, where Jess must answer some really thought provoking questions about herself?

Soon, Jess finds herself not just Subject 52 in an anonymous study seated in front of a computer, but seated in the office of the psychiatrist herself, Dr. Shields. Shields has taken quite the interest in Jess, and the study becomes more personal and expands from beyond a computer survey to going places, doing different things, meeting various people.

Jess begins to question her safety and the sanity of the Dr. but her family really needs the money she’s making from this study. How far will she go to help those she loves? What REALLY is the point of this study?

“An Anonymous Girl” is loaded with twists and ‘oh my gosh’ moments that will leave your jaw hanging in shock! This psychological thriller will grab you from the first page and you will not want to stop reading once you’re sucked in to this ethical and moral study along with Jess!

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review! This does not affect my opinions of the book. “An Anonymous Girl” releases January 8th, 2019.

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Book Review: Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell-4 Stars

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One night Michael’s ex wife Erica unexpectedly shows up at his house in a panic. Her 9 year old daughter is missing and she is begging Michael to help. Michael doesn’t understand why until Erica drops the bomb that her missing daughter is also HIS daughter!

Married at a young age, Michael and Erica have been divorced for almost 10 years. Michael is happily remarried, and his wife Angela is left shocked and stunned wondering what is going on. Erica was known for being dramatic and Michael has no clue what to believe, but he’s worried for this child’s life. Through the course of one night many secrets are revealed and there are twists coming at you so fast you won’t be able to put this one down.

Almost every character has a secret in this book and you will start to suspect everyone at some point but I did not have the mystery figured out until the big reveal.

Somebody’s Daughter is a thrilling psychological suspense that will keep you on your toes!

 

I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley and Berkley Books. All opinions are my own! Somebody’s Daughter releases July 10th.

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Book Review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney-1.5 Stars

There’s not much I can say about this one that won’t give away spoilers, but I didn’t like it. It was like a weird mystery, watered down version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Edward, an architect, has designed a futuristic, minimalist house on One Folgate Street. Its renters must adhere to dozens of rules. Edward is weird, but so are the women-Emma, from the past, and Jane, who is currently living there. Nothing seemed to fit or make sense, especially the ending when the mystery is “solved.” It wasn’t scary, just a little creepy and confusing, and the storyline seemed jumbled. If you’re looking for a good thriller, skip on this one.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.