Book Review

Book Review: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena-5 Stars

Someone We Know was a great whodunit mystery!

It starts out with a woman being beaten to death with a hammer and shortly after, Robert Pierce goes to the police to report his wife Amanda is missing. It’s obvious he isn’t really worried or concerned about his missing wife. The neighborhood is on edge thinking they are living near a murderer, but that’s not the only drama that’s going on.

Every house has its secrets, and teenager Raleigh gets a thrill from breaking and entering people’s houses and snooping around on their computers. When his mom Olivia finds out, she sends anonymous letters to the two houses Raleigh admitted to entering, one being the Pierce house right around the time Amanda went missing.

Every one has something to hide it seems, but who is guilty of murder?

Shari Lapena is a must read for me. Her novels are quick reads that keep you on the edge of your seat, dying to find out the truth!

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Book Review: The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney- 4 Stars

The Perfect Wife is something I would classify as a suspenseful sci-fi mystery/thriller. Abbie wakes up in a haze and quickly learns from her creator Tim that she is a co-bot: a companion robot, that was created in the likeness of her Tim’s dead wife. She has the real Abbie’s memories and appearance. She was created so that Tim and his son Danny wouldn’t be alone. Sounds perfect, right? The perfect wife and mom, gone too soon, but thanks to scientific advances and plenty of money, your loved one can be recreated to be just like the real thing!

Abbie and Tim had a seemingly perfect marriage, but of course nothing is ever as it seems. Diving between the past and present, co-bot Abbie comes to realize something is amiss. She has to figure out what Tim is really all about and what happened to Abbie so that she won’t become just a discarded pile of technology.

This book was really creepy and unique. I can’t give too much away but this one will definitely shock you and keep you reading for hours if you enjoy sci-fi books that really mess with your mind!  Just when you think you’ve figured it out you’re hit with something crazy!

Do you like to read science fiction? It’s not one of my typical genres but I have been enjoying it lately!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!

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Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch-4 Stars

Man this book is a ride!

What if you were suddenly hit with memories of a prior life? You have a different job, spouse, children… you can sense it feels real, but what about the life you’re currently living too? What are your real memories? What life is the true, present one? Certain people are experiencing this phenomenon that has been dubbed FMS, or False Memory Syndrome, and it’s driving some people so mad they commit suicide.

Told in alternating timelines varying between Barry, an NYPD detective who witnesses a suicide due to FMS, and Helena, a neuroscientist working on a memory chair to help those with Alzheimer’s. While this book is heavy on the science fiction, it’s terrifying to think about the possibility of something like this happening in our world. The emotions and relationships of the characters are so thought out you become invested in their lives and feel a sense of dread just thinking if this was our reality.

This book is definitely unique, thought provoking, mind blowing, and confusing at times to grasp certain terms and concepts, but still enjoyable. If you liked Dark Matter by Crouch I think you’ll really love this one. I highly recommend!

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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: No Exit by Taylor Adams- 5 Stars

This book is terrifying, tense, and action packed! It’s actually more gruesome and gory than I anticipated which made it even more frightening!

Darby is traveling from college to visit her mother in the hospital who is dying. A terrible winter storm is coming through which ends up stranding her in a rest stop with four other people. Desperate to find cell service and check on her mom, she winds through the parking lot looking for a signal when she sees a young child locked in a cage in the back of a van! Obviously she can’t get a cell signal to call 911, so she sends a text with her location in hopes it will eventually go through. But who inside the rest stop is so evil they’ve kept a child locked in a cage? Who can she trust enough to share what she’s discovered and hopefully find an ally?

As the night goes on it becomes obvious the stranded travelers are in terrible danger. The snow storm is so bad, and they are in such a remote area, it will be hours before emergency services will come. Over the course of the evening the terror and gore go from 0 to 60 in one scene! I really liked Darby and while she made some stupid choices at times I applaud her for everything she did at whatever cost, to protect the kidnapped child. Don’t read this one before bed!

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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: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager-5 Stars

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If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? We’ve all heard that, but when Jules is offered a fantastic opportunity she can’t see anything but the awesomeness of it all. Recently laid off from her job and looking for a new place to live after she finds her boyfriend cheating, the perfect opportunity is literally placed right in her hands! The chance to be paid to live in a swanky apartment in the Bartholomew, a luxury building in New York. The catch? Lots of rules. Weird rules…no visitors, apartment sitters must stay in their room every night, etc. And the residents are rude and a little odd.This book starts out with Jules waking up and panicking in the hospital after escaping the Bartholomew. From there, the chapters go back in time over the course of a week from the time she first moved in.

Jules meets a couple of other apartment sitters and one of them confides in her she is getting concerned and is starting to feel freaked out living there. When she suspiciously is gone from the apartment the next day, Jules starts digging for answers. I can’t give too much away, but just know this book is so suspenseful and kept me up throughout the night because I HAD to find out what happens to Jules! It’s really dark and moves at a pretty fast pace that keeps you on your toes. This is my first book by this author but it won’t be my last!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for my advance copy. Lock Every Door will be released July 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for my advance copy. This novel will be published July 2nd!

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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!