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And Now She’s Gone Review

Title: And Now She’s Gone
Author: Rachel Howzell Hall
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5


***Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Twists, turns and big surprises oh my! I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing the entire time! I found the storyline and plot to be clever and well thought out. It’s the kind of story that truly played out like a movie in my head.

I would love to see this story on the big screen! Isabel Lincoln is missing and Grayson Skyes is private investigator hired by Ian, Isabel’s boyfriend, to find her. As Gray investigates she starts to question why Isabel is missing in the first place and what she might be hiding. The story goes between present day, and Gray’s past. Grays story involves a troubled past with an abusive partner and a name change to escape. Isabel’s story is complex and will keep you guessing.

My only complaint is that there were a lot of characters to keep track of and I struggled a bit with that but the story was really good and I hope this isn’t the last of Grayson Skyes. I would love to read more stories with her in it. I loved loved loved her character. Please please please give me more of Grayson Skyes!

Category Archives: Thriller

Home Before Dark Review

Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 3.5/5

Maggie Holt lives in the shadow of her Father’s book, House of Horrors which details the time her family lived in Baneberry Hall 25 years ago. Her father claims the home was haunted and that is why they left in a hurry. When Maggie’s father dies and she inherits the house unexpectedly, Maggie decides to get to the bottom of the memoir which she believes to be a complete lie. She goes to Baneberry Hall to get answers. She remembers nothing from her time there and doesn’t believe in ghosts. Once she arrives, her time at Baneberry Hall as a child begins to unfold and she starts to question her everything. Is he fathers book the truth? What secrets does the house hold? Will Maggie find the answers she’s looking for?

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors and tends to suck me in right away. While this book did not disappoint me, it isn’t my favorite either. When I realized this was a ghost story, I excepted to be scared. I’ve read other books that have left me shaking and sadly, this didn’t do that. The story did keep me entertained and I loved that the story alternated between the memoir and present day. I didn’t see the final twist coming but at the same time I was a little underwhelmed with the ending. Sager is still remains one of my favorite authors though and I look forward to future books.

Category Archives: Thriller

A Good Marriage Review

Title: A Good Marriage
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5

Great thriller that definitely kept me guessing the entire time. Lizzie is asked to represent Zach who is suspected of killing his wife Amanda. Storyline goes between Amanda (in the past leading up to the day she died) and Lizzie (in the present). Lizzie has her own secrets and slowly she starts to unravel some of Zach and Amanda’s. There was a lot going on in the story which made it seem a little disjointed at times but overall a good read and it all came together in the end. I will definitely read more by this author.

Category Archives: Thriller

No One Saw Review

Title: No One Saw
Author: Beverly Long
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5

**Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity of an advanced reader in exchange for an honest review. No One Saw is out June 30th.

A.L. McKrittridge and Rena Morgan are at it again when they need to solve crime of a missing 5 year old girl named Emma Whitman. Emma’s grandmother dropped her off at daycare and left her with a teacher. At the end of the day Emma is gone and all the teachers and staff say Emma was never there. With little evidence they must try to find Emma before its to late.

I really enjoyed 10 Days Gone and was excited to see Beverly Long had a new novel. I absolutely love these two detectives. I find their friendship and banter towards each other both funny and relatable. If you are into detectives solving crimes then this novel is definitely for you. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her first novel but it was still pretty good. The storyline was not super exciting and I was underwhelmed with the ending but I like I said its a typical crime/whodunit type of story. Sometimes I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. At the end of the day it kept me engaged and I was curious to find out what happened in the end.

Category Archives: Thriller

The Patient Review

Title: The Patient
Author: Jasper DeWitt
Type: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 224
Rating: 5/5

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Miffin Harcourt for the advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Patient is out July 7th!

What the heck did I just read?! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It was definitely a fast paced book that left me feeling a little (ok a lot) creeped out. I might need to start sleeping with the light on! Parker is a psychiatrist that wants to solve the mystery of patient Joe who has been admitted for 30 years. No one has been able to diagnose Joe and many of the people that have worked with him have either committed/attempted suicide or gone mad. It’s not often I read a book that actually scares me.

Parker writes on an internet message board about a patient he treated and I feel in the age of social media that style of writing really draws the reader in. Such a clever way to write the story. Some of the sections were pretty long but it didn’t even bother me because I couldn’t put the book down. Plus the book is short so its a fast read.

This is a debut novel for Jasper and this isn’t my typical genre of choice but I look forward to more books by him. I feel he’s a new age Stephen King.

Category Archives: Thriller

The Ex-Wife Review

Title: The Ex-Wife
Author: Jess Ryder
Type: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5

This book has been on my to be read list for awhile. After not being able to find it at my library or on audio, I decided to buy it from Thriftbooks. I thought it was a pretty good thriller.

Natasha has an affair with Nick and gets pregnant. He leaves his wife, Jen, and marries Natasha. Jen keeps hanging around though and seems to be having a hard time letting go and moving on. Then one day, Natasha wakes up to find her daughter Emily and Nick gone. It seems they took off. Jen is wanting to help Natasha but can she really be trusted?

It’s not a plot you see very often and I felt like it was pretty suspenseful throughout the whole thing. This certainly had me on the edge of my seat. The story flows pretty easily, especially since you are not only going between three different points of view but also two different timelines. The ending wasn’t super exciting but at the same time I really loved the ending. I wish I could say more about why I love it without spoiling it.

I’ll end with saying that there were some really strong female characters in the novel and I love when that happens in a thriller!

Category Archives: Thriller

After Anna Review

Title: After Anna
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Type: Thriller/mystery
Pages: 388
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
Noah, a widower, and Maggie, divorced, are married. Both are excited when a surprise shows up at their doorstep. It’s Anna. Maggie’s long lost daughter, who she has not seen since her husband took off with her to Europe when Anna was just 6 months old. But Anna’s arrival changes everything and suddenly she is dead and Noah is accused of her murder. What happened to Anna and did Noah kill her?

What did I think?
I thought this was a fast past thriller. It went from past, when Anna showed up, to present where Noah is going through a trial for Anna’s murder. I thought the storyline was easy to follow and I did not see the major twist coming.

Category Archives: Thriller

Once You Go This Far Review

Title: Once You Go This Far
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Type: Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5

***Thank you NetGalley and St Martins Press for an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

What is this book about?
Rebecca was an experienced hiker who was found dead at the bottom of the ravine. It appears to be an accidental death but is it really? Maggie, Rebecca’s daughter doesn’t think so. She decides to hire Roxanne Weary, a private investigator, to investigate. The investigation takes Roxanne to Detroit, Columbus, Toledo and Windsor. She talks with many people along the way and soon realizes that it appears Rebecca’s death was no accident. Who is behind the death and what are they hiding.

What did I think?
Ahhhh Lepionka does it again. This book was great! The storyline is well developed. The characters are well developed. The twist and turns are well developed. Everything about this book was great! So much detail. So much WOW! There was so much going on in this story but it was still easy to follow. It was neat to see how everything was connected. I couldn’t put this book down! I highly recommend it you won’t be disappointed! 

Category Archives: Thriller

All the Beautiful Lies Review

Title: All the Beautiful Lies
Author: Peter Swanson
Type: Thriller/Mystery
Rating: 3/5

What is this book about?
Harry finds out that his father has died and comes home for the funeral to find that his father’s death is suspicious. While home he comes into contact with several people who all appear to be holding secrets. What are these secrets and was Harry’s father murdered?

What did I think?
This is pretty typical thriller, I guess. I didn’t find it super exciting but it wasn’t terrible either. It went between past and present and the timelines were easy to follow. I found parts to be a but predictable. This definitely isn’t my favorite Swanson novel.

Category Archives: Thriller

The Guest List Review

Title: The Guest List
Author: Lisa Foley
Type: Thriller/Myster
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
Jules Keengan writes for a magazine and Will Slater is a famous TV show star.  They seem to be perfect for each other. They decide to get married on a remote island in Ireland.  To get there, you must go by boat and cell service is spotty.  Friends and family come to celebrate.  The guest list contains about 150 people.  It’s clear from the beginning that there are secrets among the guests and before you know it someone is dead.  What are these secrets, who was killed and who is the killer?  

What did I think?
I found the story to be a little slow but the character development is really good.  It’s told from multiple points of view and the author did a wonderful job of distinguishing between them.  It was fun to see how all the characters were connected.  It also went from past to present and while the story was slow, it also flowed nicely.  I loved the ending and did not see I coming at all.  I highly recommend this one. 

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