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A Version of the Truth | B.P. Walter | Avon Books UK | Pub : February 7, 2019 | Pages : 368 TW: Pedophilia, Physical abuse, Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual violence, and Trafficking I thought this was going to be a typical mystery/thriller read due to the cover, but the cover was totally misleading and has absolutely no relation to the book (I think the cover might have changed now). I would consider this book as more general fiction with a tiny hint of a psychological thriller. I do admit that the writing was excellent! This book is told in different POVs and different timelines. At first, I was confused as to why I was reading the background character development of a random character, but it eventually made sense and I loved how those two storylines intertwined. Speaking of POVs, the story was mostly character development (especially Holly’s character) and contained not much action. I would consider this a medium-paced book. In addition, most of the characters were despicable, as th...
Stolen Things | R.H. Herron | Dutton Books | Pub : August 20, 2019 | Pages : 368 I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and I quite enjoyed it! The story is about Laurie, who works as a 911 dispatcher. One day, Laurie answered the 911 line and it’s Jojo, her daughter! She’s drugged, disoriented and doesn’t know where she is. Laurie will stop at nothing to find her daughter! This is a fast-paced story that will leave you at the edge of your seat! There are some gruesome scenes and many twists and turns along the way! I was immediately drawn to this story, and it left me guessing! I was 100% invested and wanted to know what would happen next! I would have given it a five-star rating if the ending hadn't been rushed and there had been a bit more closure, but I still recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller! Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and ...
Date Night | Samantha Hayes | Bookouture | Pub : August 20, 2019 | Pages : 330 What an ending! I did not see that coming! If you want a book that is unexpected and contains jaw-dropping twists, this one is for you! Overall, I really enjoyed this book, Samantha Hayes is really good at writing great domestic thrillers/mysteries. She is an excellent writer that includes many unexpected twists and turns that are gripping. Every time I thought I had things figured out, a new twist took me down a different path to a new theory! I will keep reading Samantha Hayes's books! Highly recommend. If you want to start with a 5-star Samantha Hayes book, start with The Liar’s Wife ! Thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Synopsis Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside,...
The Shadows | Alex North | Celadon Books |  Pub : July 7, 2020|  Pages : 336 I really wanted to love this book, but I was left disappointed. I ended up listening to the audiobook version of this book, and I do admit the production was pretty good! The narration mixed with the suspenseful music they included really made this book feel creepy. However, the plot of the story felt underwhelming. Maybe it’s because I was not interested in the lucid dreaming aspect of this book. I’m also not a huge supernatural, paranormal fan so that could also be why I didn’t enjoy this plotline. Also, maybe it’s due to the audiobook version, but I found myself confused by the dual timeline and the many characters. I was also disappointed at the ending; it was very rushed and I still had questions left to be answered. I do really want to read The Whisper Man , so I’m definitely willing to read other books from this author. This one just wasn’t for me. Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing ...
The Stranger Inside | Lisa Unger | Park Row Books |  Pub : September 17, 2019|  Pages : 374 The only book I’ve read from Lisa Unger is Confessions on the 7:45 and I absolutely loved that book! This one was pretty good! I am definitely a Lisa Unger fan and will continue to pick up her books. Rain, who used to be a journalist, is now a stay-at-home mom. She misses her work deeply, so she is lured back into a case when a suspected killer is found dead. Is this the work of a vigilante killer?! To make matters even more complicated, the new murder is eerily similar to the murder of the man to which Rain had a personal connection. This leads Rain to become obsessed with the case. This was quite an addictive thriller! Bonus, I am a huge fan of revenge stories, so this one got me! It was dark, gripping, engrossing! Thank you to HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Sy...
The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell | Atria Books |  Pub : November 5, 2019|  Pages : 340 This was actually my first Lisa Jewell book, and I’m not mad at this book! There were so many mixed reviews for this book, I truly didn’t know what to expect! But I was pleasantly surprised. I think the ending really up the star rating for me though! This book is told in three different POVs and goes back and forth from the past to the present. The chapters were pretty short which made it a quick read. The scary atmosphere and odd, unlikable personalities appealed to me. The satisfying ending was the cherry on top! Overall, it was a pretty good book. I’ll definitely add more of Lisa Jewell’s book on my TBR. Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Synopsis An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from...
Poison Lilies | Katie Tallo | HarperCollins | Pub : May 24, 2022 | Pages : 368 This is book #2 in the Gus Monet Series. I really enjoyed this book, but it took me forever to get into it. The pace was so slow it took me days to try to power through the first half of the book. However, the last half did not disappoint! Gus is really starting to grow on me, and I loved the addition of some characters (no spoilers!) Gus is such a strong independent character, I just love her character so much, and her sidekick Levi! It makes the story so much better to have Gus and Levi attached at the hip. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series! I recommend reading Dark August prior to this one though! Otherwise, you are missing a lot of background information and events. In addition, I’ve lived in Ottawa for four years, so I absolutely loved the setting of this story! It was nice knowing where the locations in a book were for once! Great Canadian author, and great story! I h...
I'll Be Gone in the Dark | Michelle McNamara | HarperCollins |  Pub : February 27, 2018 |  Pages : 352 I listened to this as an audiobook, and I think that was the best decision because I felt like it made the atmosphere creepier in a way. It’s an incredibly unbelievable and fascinating story and it was very interesting the way it all played out. It’s just so hard to review True Crime, but I think everyone should read this book regardless of the reviews. It’s such an important story and the fact that Michelle passed away before they caught the Golden State Killer is just so sad. She is a brilliant writer and a great storyteller! I am amazed at all the research she completed on these crimes. I gravitate more towards fictional mystery & thrillers, but this makes me want to venture outside the box more and pick up true crime novels! Synopsis "You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark." For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator commit...
The Silent Wife | Karin Slaughter |  William Morrow |  Pub : August 4, 2020 |  Pages : 496 I really want to love Karin Slaughter’s book, but so far, I’ve rated them mostly lower than expected and that bums me out! However, Karin knows how to deliver dark, disturbing and brutal novels! She is an exceptional writer! This book delivered on those aspects! This is Book #10 in the Will Trent series , they can be read as standalones, but I think I’m missing out on a lot of the back story but just reading random Will Trent books. I think I’ll have to go back and start at #1. The whole series is exceptionally highly rated on Goodreads! Karin also included many plot twists, that I did not see coming! Overall, I enjoyed this book. I just honestly think I need to start at #1, and then I’ll truly be invested in this series! Highly recommend starting at Book #1. Synopsis When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother's baffling suicide, she makes a...
The Marriage Trap | Sheryl Browne | Bookouture | Pub : July 30, 2019 | Pages : 300 I’ve loved every book I’ve read by Sheryl Browne! They are always entertaining and quick reads! Sheryl is a master it is writing psychological/domestic thrillers and this one falls in the same category. However, having said that, this book is my least favorite from Sheryl. I was quite underwhelmed. This book was repetitious, and monotonous for the first 75% which made me almost DNF this book, but I powered through. Sometimes books can redeem themselves with the ending, but it wasn’t the case with this one. In addition, the character was absolutely unlovable and vile, they were getting on my nerves at some point. Usually, you can empathize or root for at least one of the characters, but I wasn’t in this case. There are many twists and turns, but I ended up predicting most of them before they occurred. I still recommend reading Sheryl Browne books, maybe just not this one. Thank you to Bookouture for pro...