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One of Us is Next Review

Title: One of Us is Next
Author: Karen McManus
Type: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 377
Rating: 3/5

You can’t change the past. All you can do is try harder next time.

This was a pretty good story. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. It’s worth a read I think. The story is told in multiple points of view and reads very much like a young adult novel, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I think it’s necessary when your characters are young, in this case high school. The author knows her audience for sure. I also felt like this story really made me feel like I was within the story. I kind of felt like I was walking the halls of my own high school. haha! Overall I really enjoyed the storyline and I didn’t find this book to be as predicable as One of Us is Lying. While I physically read this one, I feel like this would have been even better on audio because it has multiple narrators.

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The Swap Review

Title: The Swap
Author: Robyn Harding
Type: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thriller  
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5

“How had one night of fun and debauchery upended our lives?” ⁣

A story about obsession, toxic relationships and one crazy psychopath. It can’t get much better than that. Swallow (Low) Morrison lives on an island with her hippie polygamous parents and is set to graduate soon but she becomes entranced with a Freya, a woman new to the island. Low starts taking pottery classes with Freya and becomes even more infatuated with her. Enter Jamie, who also befriends Freya and you end up with jealously and somewhat stalkerish behaviors. There is also a dinner party gone wrong and deep dark secrets that will change the life of everyone involved.

This was a pretty good book. It is told in multiple view points but was easy to keep track of the different points of view. It was dark and twisty and full of surprises. I feel like the author did a really good job of developing the story and characters, especially the female characters. If you are looking for a dark and somewhat disturbing read then this might be right up your alley.

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Survivor Song Review

Title: Survivor Song
Author: Paul Tremblay
Type: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5

“Do you become a rose tree, and I the rose upon it? When the terrible men arrived only a rose tree and one rose on it”

Massachusetts has been infested with a virus that is spread by bites and saliva. The infection is like rabies but has a shorter incubation period. Natalie and her husband Paul are expecting a baby when tragedy occurs. Paul is killed and Natalie bitten. Natalie races to Ramola, a doctor and friend, for help. They race to the hospital to get the vaccine, hopefully in time and then they attempt to make it to another hospital so Natalie can have her baby. Did the vaccine work? Will they be able to deliver the baby in time? What kind of trouble will they run into?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, books with strong female characters are a huge win in my book! I loved both Natalie and Ramola’s character. They are some strong ladies. The story takes place over one night and is full of action, heartache and drama. It explores a realistic view of a zombie-like apocalypse through a pandemic. Crazy the similarities between our current pandemic and this fictional on regards to crazy conspiracy theories, lack of PPE etc. This was my first novel by Paul Tremblay and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to checking out his other works.

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Ghosts of Harvard Review

Title: Ghost of Harvard
Author: Francesca Serritella
Type: Thriller/Mystery, Mental Health
Pages: 480
Rating: 5/5

Just because it’s my choice to go doesn’t mean I’m not heartbroken to leave you.

Let’s take a minute to acknowledge this cover. It’s stunning and appealing! I love it! I had first heard some buzz about this book a few months ago when people were thinking it could be a pick for Book of the Month. When it wasn’t a pick, I immediately reserved it at my library and was excited when it was my turn!

The story follows Cady as she ventures off to college at the prestigious Harvard, the school where her brother Eric, attended. Cady is searching for answers as to why her brother, who was paranoid schizophrenic, took his own life at the end of his junior year. All she has is one of his old notebooks and as she begins to try to decipher his scribbling and incoherent descriptions she begins to hear voice in her own head. Are these voices real or fake? Will they destroy her? Will she find out what really happened to Eric?

This book was pretty incredible for a lot of reasons. It did start a little slow for me but once it got going I couldn’t put it down. The thing that I loved most about this book is how accurate the portrayal of survivals guilt when a loved one has lost their battle to mental illness. I could feel all the emotions each member felt as they tried to come to terms with loss of their loved one. You could see each person on their own journey in how they dealt with the loss. Anyone who has lost a loved one in this way, can relate to these characters. I feel the author also did a fantastic job of showing how mental illness can effect a person and those closes to them. Not only that, but you have the mystery of the voices Cady is hearing and the investigation of Eric, her brother. I highly recommend this book! This might be the first time I cried during a thriller.

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Alex Six Review

Title: Alex Six
Author: Vince Taplin
Type: Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 283
Rating: 4/5

This debut novel by Vince Taplin was a page turner and difficult to put down. It was thrilling, suspenseful and quite creepy. Alex is grieving the loss of her husband when she meets Victor who appears to be an identical twin of her late husband. She approaches Victor with a proposition, to help her have a baby that would look like her dead husband. What we find as we read is that she’s obsessive and a little (ok a lot) crazy.

There was a lot I loved about this book. It was a fast read, the chapters were short, the way the author choose to distinguish between points of view was clever. Overall the plot was well thought out and kept the reader engaged. I did not see the ending coming either which is a huge plus. There were times I set the novel down and found myself thinking about the story and what I thought would happen next. I would have liked to see more character development in some of the characters. Certain parts of the story weren’t necessary in my opinion and the jump in the timeline throughout the book could be confusing at times. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and look forward to more books by this author in the future.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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