Category: Mystery & Thrillers

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – #Bookreview

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When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

My Review

There’s something to be said for a plot that involves another manuscript from a previous time, what’s more is one that’s recalled by a character whose memory is a bit shaky to say the least.

After reading the author’s notes I found an appreciation for the story after finishing the last page. It added more context and answered some lingering questions that were swirling around in my brain.

Overall, I loved it. I thought it was mysterious, magical, and even sentimental at times.

Mouse was tasked with the chore of cleaning out her grumpy grandmother’s house after she passed away and even though her memories were nothing but sour, she put that aside to get the job done if for nothing more than because her father asked her to.

She had no idea there was a story inside the house that would pull her in so far that in order to get out she’d have to go through it.

I enjoyed the charm of the relationships Mouse made along the way and the overall plot was wonderful, but a little confusing at times which I get can stem from there merging of multiple accounts of the manuscript that was never to be found.

It’s a twisted book that deserves a read!

Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen

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Description

Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

A Note From the Publisher

*** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCED REVIEW COPY ***

Advance Praise

Read what everyone is saying about Gregg Olsen:

‘Olsen will scare you – and you’ll love it.’ Lee Child

‘With The Last Thing She Ever Did, Gregg Olsen delivers an edgy, tension-filled, roller-coaster ride of a novel that will thrill and devastate in equal measure.’ Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author

‘Wickedly clever! Twisted.‘ Lisa Gardner

‘Lying Next to Me is a clever, chilling puzzle of a tale. A riveting, sharp-edged page-turner, it’s Gregg Olsen’s best book yet.’ A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author

‘Gregg Olsen pens brilliant, creepy, page-turning, heart-pounding novels of suspense that always keep me up at night.’ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

‘Olsen’s latest examines how a terrible, split-second decision has lingering effects, and the past echoes the present. Full of unexpected twists, The Last Thing She Ever Did will keep you guessing to the last line.’ J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Lie To Me

‘Master storyteller Gregg Olsen continues to take readers hostage with another spellbinding tale of relentless, pulse-pounding suspense.’ Rick Mofina, international bestselling author of Last Seen

‘Tense. Well-crafted. Gripping.’ Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author

My Review

This isn’t the first Gregg Olsen book I’ve read, nor do I think it will be the last. It’s one of those stories that set you out thinking you’re reading one story while wondering how the pieces will fit only to read on in shock as it all comes together perfectly.

This one had more than one villain making it hard to determine who did what and why. I can’t give anything away here but can offer this piece of advice – don’t count anybody out!

Even when you’re sure you how will unfold, I can promise you that this tale will only grab a hold tighter while keep turning the pages for more!

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

My Review

Well the punches kept coming throughout this book and I was caught off guard with each one. The revelations revealed were increasingly more smoking than the last and I loved it.

From the description I knew it would be a interesting read but once I started I was kind put off by the basic-ness of the plot with the game being played by adult women. It didn’t seem like it could get juicy at first but boy am I glad I hung in there. It didn’t take too long and POW I was hit with the first blow and then shortly after another one that almost knocked me off the sofa!!

I won’t go into how this story plays out because I SO want you to check it out for yourself, but I will say this… not only was the story believable because we all have secrets of some sort that we stuff down deep but the other plot twists fit nicely into it where it wasn’t overwhelming at all…in fact it was rather thought-provoking!

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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Description

A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.

You can’t stop watching her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences.

My Review

This book was so good, I wanted to forgo my typical layout and leave my review right at the top instead of having the description listed first.

If there was ever a book that would guide me towards totally rethinking my online social media use, it’s this one. Right from the first page I was hooked and totally contemplating my need to feel visible online, to post images of my life, my favorites and most importantly my children.

Violet, a popular mommy-blogger/ influencer with a massive following shares her daily struggles of family life, leaving out the bad and focusing on product endorsements and carefully drafted images, she doesn’t realize just how much of an impact she has on her followers, until something horrible happens and gives her the wake she so desperately needs in order to truly see the price she’s paying for showcasing her life online.

Lily and Yvonne are total fan girls of Violet’s, but not necessarily the kind you want. They’re both obsessed and try to gain access to Violet when her online presence goes dark. Compelled to find out what happened, they come up with their own ideas leading them both to spiral out of control and make decisions that affect their lives and Violet’s in ways you can’t imagine.

I loved this book! It was fresh, creepy and totally real! I can definitely imagine this plot playing out in real life and have no doubt that it has.

After this read, I have no desire to post anything personal online again!

It’s a must read for fall, giving you all the cozy Autumn vibes one needs when the weather turns cold.

Mid-October Favorites Giving all the Creeps

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**THE THIRD NAIL-BITING THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY SISTER’S BONES AND DAY OF THE ACCIDENT**

‘Gripping, poignant . . . I read it in one sitting’ Rosamund Lupton on Day of the Accident
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No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?
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‘Rivals The Girl on the Train (and beats it for style)’ Observer

‘Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!’ Claire Douglas

‘Makes you question everything you thought you knew’ Emma Kavanagh

‘You won’t see the big twist coming in this haunting thriller’ Daily Express
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NUALA ELLWOOD

*****
‘Wow! What a fantastic book that completely sucked me in. 5 stars’
Amazon reviewer

*****
‘This story absolutely blew me away’
Amazon reviewer

*****
‘A masterpiece’
Amazon Reviewer

*****
‘I cannot rate this book highly enough’
Amazon Reviewer

*****
‘What a spectacular read’
Amazon Reviewer


Description

You know everything about your husband. Don’t you?

He loves you

He loves your children

He’d never put his family in danger

One of these is a lie.

It started like any other day at the hairdressers where Sally works as a stylist… until her first client innocently shows her a family photograph; a photograph that causes Sally to collapse in shock.

In one moment, Sally discovers that Tom has been hiding an explosive secret – one that could tear apart the life they’ve built together.

Faced with an impossible dilemma – search for the truth, or keep her contented life? – Sally is about to discover that even those closest to us have secrets… and that sometimes the truth is the last thing we want to hear.

A completely gripping, suspenseful psychological thriller that fans of T.M. Logan, My Lovely Wife and K.L. Slater won’t be able to put down.


Description

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


Description

Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer. She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.

A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.

It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.

But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.

Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

The launch of a dark, gripping, completely unputdownable crime thriller series, All His Pretty Girls introduces Albuquerque detective Alyssa Wyatt. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Angela Marsons will be utterly engrossed. 


Description

Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .Kate Collins has been ghosted.
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.
Except for his mobile phone.
Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.
That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognize. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.
For more from Jason Arnopp, check out:
The Last Days of Jack Sparks


Description

In suburban Austin, Texas, Bea Crenshaw secretly prepared for apocalypse. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger. If Darkness Takes Us is loaded with resilience, humanity and heart.

Advance Praise

“There is real, identifiable humanity, subtle and sweet and sad, events utterly shattering in their intensity.”

— Pinckney Benedict, 2018 SFK Press Novel Contest Judge

“Bea Crenshaw is one of the most unique characters in modern literature; a kick-ass Grandma who is at once touch and vulnerable, and well-prepared to shepherd her extended family through an EMP disaster, or so she thinks. If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with tragedy, humor, and heart.”

— Laura Creedle, author of The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily, winner of the 2017 Writers League of Texas YA Best Novel

“If Darkness Takes Us is a riveting and powerful tale of perseverance in the aftermath of the unthinkable. I was immediately taken by the memorable characters and lyrical writing, and I fell in love with Bea’s wit and courage from the first page. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a gritty but heartfelt literary novel that subverts the usual tropes of the apocalypse.”

— Aden Polydoros, author of the Assassin Fall series

“Bea Crenshaw is the toughest grandma in Texas. But it’s the soft, hidden parts of her that will leave readers smitten. Her fight to keep her grandchildren alive—and sane—is more riveting than the chaos exploding beyond their walls. Humanity might be crumbling, but Bea’s struggle offers a glimpse into the most human parts of us all.”

— Cate Hogan, editor of Boss with Benefits and How to Capture a Duke


Description

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


  • What’s Up Next? New Releases this Week, October 13th

    October 13, 2019 by

    Description

    A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

    “A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

    Survive the year.

    No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

    In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

    Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

    With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between


    I Will Make You Pay

    by Teresa Driscoll

    Description

    Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

    It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

    Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

    With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

    A Note From the Publisher

    For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook – http://www.teresadriscoll.comhttp://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


    Good Little Liars

    by Sarah Clutton

    Description

    Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa.

    Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.

    Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?

    Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.

    A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale.


  • Join the Blogtober Challenge

    October 5, 2019 by

    This time of year always causes excitement, if not only for the sweater weather, booties and scarves then surely because it’s officially Blogtober!

    For all the bloggers out there, especially the Book Bloggers, it’s time to get busy and challenge yourselves! I don’t know about you but I tend to post more sporadically than on a schedule simply because when I’m ready to write a review after a new read, that’s what determines my blog post schedule and nothing else. However, for the month of October, I can get my writing in gear in order to at least write one post a day.

    The good news… there’s no rules so write what you want as long as you write! If your full-time job gets in the way of your posting during the week, that’s OK. Try to schedule your posts in advance.

    Why this helps – not only can you queue up several posts at one time for different days, you can also choose to post at the most effective time for maximum engagement. To do this, it does require you to do a little digging to find out when your peak times are, but it’s worth it and not to o hard to do.

    To see who’s accepted the Blogtober Challenge check out the bloggers below and get inspired!

    Alex: www.bettertogetherhome.com
    Katie: www.creativetravelguide.com
    Eliza: www.digitaltravelguru.com
    Heraa: www.hftours.com
    Noel: https://www.tenthousandstrangers.com/
    Michael: www.silversurfertraveller.com
    Aditi: www.lyfandspice.comNeha: http://www.travelquartz.com/
    Alexine: www.lexieanimetravel.com
    Teýa: www.etravelasst.com
    Tyra: www.toochineseforu.com
    Rahat: www.traveltrivago.com
    Kimberly: www.farsicknesstraveler.com

  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – #Bookreview

    December 1, 2019 by

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    When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

    When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

    Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

    Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

    From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

    My Review

    There’s something to be said for a plot that involves another manuscript from a previous time, what’s more is one that’s recalled by a character whose memory is a bit shaky to say the least.

    After reading the author’s notes I found an appreciation for the story after finishing the last page. It added more context and answered some lingering questions that were swirling around in my brain.

    Overall, I loved it. I thought it was mysterious, magical, and even sentimental at times.

    Mouse was tasked with the chore of cleaning out her grumpy grandmother’s house after she passed away and even though her memories were nothing but sour, she put that aside to get the job done if for nothing more than because her father asked her to.

    She had no idea there was a story inside the house that would pull her in so far that in order to get out she’d have to go through it.

    I enjoyed the charm of the relationships Mouse made along the way and the overall plot was wonderful, but a little confusing at times which I get can stem from there merging of multiple accounts of the manuscript that was never to be found.

    It’s a twisted book that deserves a read!

  • Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen

    November 17, 2019 by

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    Description

    Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

    Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

    So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

    Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

    Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

    Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

    But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

    Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

    Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

    From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

    A Note From the Publisher

    *** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCED REVIEW COPY ***

    Advance Praise

    Read what everyone is saying about Gregg Olsen:

    ‘Olsen will scare you – and you’ll love it.’ Lee Child

    ‘With The Last Thing She Ever Did, Gregg Olsen delivers an edgy, tension-filled, roller-coaster ride of a novel that will thrill and devastate in equal measure.’ Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author

    ‘Wickedly clever! Twisted.‘ Lisa Gardner

    ‘Lying Next to Me is a clever, chilling puzzle of a tale. A riveting, sharp-edged page-turner, it’s Gregg Olsen’s best book yet.’ A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author

    ‘Gregg Olsen pens brilliant, creepy, page-turning, heart-pounding novels of suspense that always keep me up at night.’ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

    ‘Olsen’s latest examines how a terrible, split-second decision has lingering effects, and the past echoes the present. Full of unexpected twists, The Last Thing She Ever Did will keep you guessing to the last line.’ J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Lie To Me

    ‘Master storyteller Gregg Olsen continues to take readers hostage with another spellbinding tale of relentless, pulse-pounding suspense.’ Rick Mofina, international bestselling author of Last Seen

    ‘Tense. Well-crafted. Gripping.’ Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author

    My Review

    This isn’t the first Gregg Olsen book I’ve read, nor do I think it will be the last. It’s one of those stories that set you out thinking you’re reading one story while wondering how the pieces will fit only to read on in shock as it all comes together perfectly.

    This one had more than one villain making it hard to determine who did what and why. I can’t give anything away here but can offer this piece of advice – don’t count anybody out!

    Even when you’re sure you how will unfold, I can promise you that this tale will only grab a hold tighter while keep turning the pages for more!

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    7 years! ✨It was almost exactly seven years ago today that I boarded a one-way flight from Orlando to San Francisco, marking the very first time I'd ever lived outside of Florida. It was just a couple months after Dave and I got married that we decided to take a leap of faith and move all the way across the country knowing nobody, but excited about the opportunity to try our hand at city living and West Coast life. Dave moved first to start his job, and I came two weeks later (our stuff came four weeks after that, which is a whole other story for another time). . Truthfully, there were people who didn't think it was a great decision to move so far from everyone and everything I'd ever known, especially when we had a lot of good stuff going on back in Orlando. But, deep down, I knew (we knew), that it was an adventure we wanted to say yes to, and I have no regrets about that decision and would make it again, even though there have definitely been hard times throughout the years, especially being so far from family. . If I had never moved out West, I wouldn't have started a blog that would one day become my job, I wouldn't have taken being a group fitness instructor from a side-hobby into a true passion that has led to so many other things, and we wouldn't have had some of the most fun times ever navigating a brand new world as a young married couple and eventually ending up with Brady and the life we love now too. . Here's what I've learned over the years: There's nothing wrong with staying comfortable and staying the same. But if you never dance with the unknown, and you never face off with struggle, you'll never reap the big rewards and get all the things you didn't even know you wanted. So just follow your gut. Mine has never steered me wrong.

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  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

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    Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

    Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

    When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

    To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

    A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

    My Review

    Well the punches kept coming throughout this book and I was caught off guard with each one. The revelations revealed were increasingly more smoking than the last and I loved it.

    From the description I knew it would be a interesting read but once I started I was kind put off by the basic-ness of the plot with the game being played by adult women. It didn’t seem like it could get juicy at first but boy am I glad I hung in there. It didn’t take too long and POW I was hit with the first blow and then shortly after another one that almost knocked me off the sofa!!

    I won’t go into how this story plays out because I SO want you to check it out for yourself, but I will say this… not only was the story believable because we all have secrets of some sort that we stuff down deep but the other plot twists fit nicely into it where it wasn’t overwhelming at all…in fact it was rather thought-provoking!

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  • Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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    Description

    A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.

    You can’t stop watching her.

    Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

    Until the day she’s no longer there.

    But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

    But do you really know who Violet is?

    Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences.

    My Review

    This book was so good, I wanted to forgo my typical layout and leave my review right at the top instead of having the description listed first.

    If there was ever a book that would guide me towards totally rethinking my online social media use, it’s this one. Right from the first page I was hooked and totally contemplating my need to feel visible online, to post images of my life, my favorites and most importantly my children.

    Violet, a popular mommy-blogger/ influencer with a massive following shares her daily struggles of family life, leaving out the bad and focusing on product endorsements and carefully drafted images, she doesn’t realize just how much of an impact she has on her followers, until something horrible happens and gives her the wake she so desperately needs in order to truly see the price she’s paying for showcasing her life online.

    Lily and Yvonne are total fan girls of Violet’s, but not necessarily the kind you want. They’re both obsessed and try to gain access to Violet when her online presence goes dark. Compelled to find out what happened, they come up with their own ideas leading them both to spiral out of control and make decisions that affect their lives and Violet’s in ways you can’t imagine.

    I loved this book! It was fresh, creepy and totally real! I can definitely imagine this plot playing out in real life and have no doubt that it has.

    After this read, I have no desire to post anything personal online again!

    It’s a must read for fall, giving you all the cozy Autumn vibes one needs when the weather turns cold.

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Description

A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

“A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between


I Will Make You Pay

by Teresa Driscoll

Description

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

A Note From the Publisher

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook – http://www.teresadriscoll.comhttp://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


Good Little Liars

by Sarah Clutton

Description

Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa.

Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.

Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?

Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.

A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale.


Revenge by Gaynor Torrance

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Description

Why are dead bodies appearing when no one has been reported missing…?

When mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow woodland graves it becomes apparent that a serial killer is at large.

With no one reported missing, no apparent motive and no obvious suspect the investigation proves to be far from straightforward.

As suspicion falls upon those associated with the privately-owned woodland, it soon becomes clear that there are sinister secrets they are determined to hide.

Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the case. But Jemima has dark secrets of her own…

Can Jemima lay her personal demons to rest?

Or will the case threaten to overwhelm her?

And can she catch the killer before more women turn up dead…?

My Review

A deep, dark plot that reveals secrets people keep all while the Investigator Jemima Huxley is on the case in hopes to uncover all the details.

I was drawn in rather quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the story. For some who find rape and violence too hard to stomach… and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, the book was hard to read in some areas. Written so well that avoiding the mental trauma just from the words is almost impossible.

Lock Me In by Kate Simants

Description

A debut psychological thriller from a major new talent

Whatever you do, don’t open the door…
 
By day, Ellie Power has a normal life. She has a stable home, a loving boyfriend, a future.
 
But at night, she suffers from a sleep disorder. She becomes angry, unpredictable, violent. Her mother locks Ellie in her bedroom every night, to keep them both safe.
 
Then one morning, Ellie wakes up, horrified to find the lock on her bedroom door smashed from the inside. She is covered in injuries, unable to remember anything about the night before.
 
And her boyfriend Matt is nowhere to be found…Praise for Lock Me In

‘Intricately plotted, beautifully written’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

‘This ambitious and wide-reaching novel had me hooked from the very first page’ S. E. Lynes, author of The Women

‘One of the best debuts I have ever read’ Clare Empson, author of Him

‘A flawlessly written, jaw-dropping, chilling and twisty psychological thriller’ Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie

‘A disturbing psychological thriller’ Rachel Sargeant, author of The Perfect Neighbours

‘A five star, unputdownable thriller that had me gripped from the very first page’ Caz Finlay, author of The Boss

‘The characters are fresh, the dialogue sharp’ G. D. Abson, author of Motherland

‘A stunning debut. Gripping, compelling and skilfully crafted’ N J Crosskey, author of Poster Boy


My Review

With multiple layers, Katie somehow joins them all together perfectly while still managing to keep you in the dark until the right time.
Even though a lot of clues point to the cause of Ellie’s situation, you won’t fully understand the depth of it all until to read through to the end.
The book opened the door to get a closer look and just how far people will go to quench their grief and how no matter what the intention. it almost always ends up being more painful.
A great fall read for anyone looking to get cozy next to the fire or even for that last warm day before the chilly weather hits!

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

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Description

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Bryndza is back again with the third book in the thrilling, crime series, starring Erika Foster, which has sold over 2 millions copies worldwide.When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news when she vanished twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she discovers a family harbouring secrets, a detective plagued by her failure to find Jessica, and the mysterious death of a man living by the quarry.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

My Review

I’ve shied away from books that are part of a series, either because I’d be picking up between books or I’be had a hard time getting invested in the story. By with Robert’s book Dark Water, I didn’t get any of those feels. In fact, I’d even go as far as to say that I could see myself reading books 1 & 2 and waiting patiently or not so patiently for the 4th book to get released.

With the characters feeling real it’s hard not feel like your involved in their plight and although I wouldn’t say I like them, I definitely felt invested in their fate.

The Rumor by Lesley Kara

Description

“Keeps you guessing until the final page.”—Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

“A rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.”—Fiona Barton, author of The Widow 

“Everyone will be talking about The Rumor.”—Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

When a single mother hears a shocking rumor outside her son’s school, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another . . . and now there’s no going back.

Rumor has it that a notorious killer, who committed a brutal crime as a child, has been living a new life under an assumed identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the criminal hidden in their midst? Suspicion falls on everyone.

As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to the supposedly reformed murderer—who may be ready to kill again. She will learn how dangerous one rumor can become . . . and just how far she must go to protect those she loves. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word.

Praise for The Rumor

“A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumor depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect.”—Colette McBeth, author of An Act of Silence

“This mystery has an unusual and resonant theme—how a single rumor can morph into a completely unmanageable, deadly force. . . . [There’s] psychological acuity throughout and [an] astonishing ending.”Booklist

My Review

Ah, the good old fashioned rumor mill…It’s funny that as far as we’ve come in society, we still subscribe to the local and even international gossip chain. Even when you’ve been a victim of a story gone wrong and told out of context, I bet when presented with it about someone else, you’ll take the bait.

We can’t always believe everything we hear, in fact, don’t believe unless you’ve lived it, were there and witnessed the events unfold. If we stuck to that, we wouldn’t have a chance to get involved directly or indirectly.

That’s what happens in this plot. The twists and turns are quite surprising and I found myself really feeling for Sally. Trying to make her life better and get one with things, she’s brought down by someone who doesn’t even know what’s she’s talking about.

I can’t give away any details as you’re well aware, but I can tell you that this book was not only surprising but enthralling too! I couldn’t put it down.

The Forgotten Child by D. E. White

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Description

‘You will not want to put this one down! A real page turner, full of suspense!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Eleven years ago, Holly’s brother disappeared and his girlfriend was killed.

Holly has tried her best to forget the traumatic events of her past, turning her back on her crime boss father and making a new life for herself and her son away from the notorious Seaview Estate. But when she’s involved in a car accident and regains consciousness to find a strange child on the backseat, she’s drawn back into everything she’s been trying to escape from.
 
Who is the child and where did he come from?
 
Already struggling to deal with her volatile ex-husband, Holly now finds herself haunted by long-buried secrets too. She has spent years trying to get away from the estate, but someone will stop at nothing to get her to return.
 
As events that began eleven years ago come to a head, Holly is forced once again to fight for her life… and her son’s.
 
Perfect for fans of Mel Sherratt, Jessie Keane and Martina Cole, The Forgotten Child will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!Readers LOVE The Forgotten Child!

Absolutely fantastic. Had me gripped!!! Loved it!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I so enjoyed this book… A must read… Grips you from the first page.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely fantastic. Enjoyed it from the start.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Great read!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Fast-paced, exciting, shocking and dark which is a lot of feelings for one book!… Definitely one to read!’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Right from the start I was hooked… This book had me at the edge of my seat throughout… An unputdownable book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Good book!… Really shocking twists!’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Once I started reading I could not put it down until I finished.’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

My Review

Can you imagine waking up after a car accident involving you and your child? No, how about if there was another mystery child who was also in the car on impact?

I know, right? This kind of story can’t be ignored and I was hooked right after reading the quick summary. Running from a traumatic and turbulent childhood, Holly finds happiness in her adult life with a nice husband, a job she loves and her own family where she’s not fearful of what the next day would hold or what people’s true motives are. She know the little family she’s worked so hard for is what she’s always needed. Unconditional love without schemes and crime in the mix.

I can’t give anything away, other than tell you a surprise awaits you. Does Holly get what she wants in the end? And if so, what is it that she REALLY craves.

The Cult Of Eden by Bill Halpin

Description

Newlywed Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. There, a small act of kindness draws the attention of Victor Degas, a man with an unsettling presence and deformed eyes. Unbeknownst to Will, Degas belongs to an ancient, sophisticated cult known as the Edens and believes Will to be the key to gaining otherworldly power. As the sun sets on Good Friday, Degas orchestrates a home invasion in which Will and his baby boy, Gideon, are kidnapped, leaving Shannon to join forces with an unreliable agent from the Roman Catholic Church. While Will struggles to save other innocents from the Eden parish below the city, Shannon discovers that the cult plans to use her family for an unimaginable demonic ritual, and that the Vatican may let it happen. With no one to trust but themselves, Shannon and Will must fight not only to survive, but to keep their humanity intact.

The Cult of Eden aims to bring a new angle to the canon of religious horror, exploring the motivations of villains and Catholic lore. The perfect novel for horror fans seeking depth and subtlety to balance out the scares.

Advance Praise

In the age-old struggle between Good and Evil, between Christianity and Satanism, there are heroes and there are villains. However, as The Cult of Eden reveals, in the heat of battle it is not always clear who are the good guys and who are the bad… as black and white certainties are swept away by a tide of blood-stained grey. Charles Christian, editor The Grievous Angel zine

Halpin takes a new spin on the creepy religious cult and amps the terror factor up to eleven! Not only is the Cult of Eden like no group you’ve ever seen before, but the Battese family is thrown into a bizarre and complex plan to effectively undo all of creation. This stellar freshman novel from Bill Halpin has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next instalment!  Kathleen from Belle of the Bookcase

The Cult of Eden is one of those books that tricks you into thinking it’s going one way and then, BAM! It switches gear and takes you on an even crazier journey. The things the author puts these characters through should be illegal, even in a book! I’m looking forward to seeing what else he can come up with in the future, too! Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days zombie series

The Cult of Eden is a stellar debut novel. A kaleidoscope of religious undertones and occult sprinklings not seen since The Exorcist. I’m a Bill Halpin fan! Chuck Buda, author of Curse of the Ancients and The First Cut

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My Review

Written like this was Halpin’s 20th novel, I was quite impressed to learn it was only the first! The characters were well developed and that story was beyond anything that I could imagine.

A big thank you to Netgally, John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Cosmic Egg Books, and Bill Halpin for the ARC of this read! It was truly a great find and I’m so happy to have picked it up and see such a refreshing plot.

A Twist of Oleander by Raven McKray

Description

An escape from madness leads to murder…

After a manic episode, Maddie Malone moves to a small town, where she finds romance and intrigue. Then her uncle is found dead, poisoned by oleander leaves in his tea. The police think it’s suicide. Maddie knows it’s murder. Now it’s up to her to prove it…

Advance Praise

A Kindle Scout finalist, 2018: “…the big reveal during the climax is satisfyingly unexpected and exciting.”—kindle scout editorial review.

“This is a well-plotted cozy mystery, and you do a great job casting plausible suspicion on all of the main characters so that the big reveal during the climax is satisfyingly unexpected and exciting.” -Amazon Kindle Scout Editorial Review 2018

My Review

Thanks to Netgalley, Raven McKray and BooksGoSocial, I was able to read the ARC of this book prior to release day and being that it’s the first in the series, I was eager to see what this mystery was all about in hopes I’d have a new series on my hands just in time for the chilly weather.

I wasn’t disappointed at all! With a little added romance this mystery gave me all the feels! Written like the classic crime novel of who-dun-it, I not only liked the characters but became part of the story wanting to get out my magnifying glass like Sherlock to help solve the mystery.

I’m excited for what’s next for Maddie and can’t wait to see what Raven has got in store for us!

The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth

Description

An addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you’d go to get what you want.

‘A Chilling read with a killer twist’
The Sun

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NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…

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‘Brilliant and insidious’
Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In

‘Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction’ Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door and Don’t You Cry

‘A compelling addictive read… I absolutely loved it’
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

‘A chilling and compelling debut’
Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter

Advance Praise

‘Brilliant and insidious’ Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In

‘Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction’ Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door and Don’t You Cry

‘A compelling addictive read… I absolutely loved it’ Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

‘A chilling and compelling debut’ Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter

‘A Chilling read with a killer twist’ The Sun

My Review

If you were looking for a book that you could not figure out until the end, this one is it!

I loved the writing, told from two points of view, both in the past and present times you get a real feel for both Helena and Ashley. That being said, both characters were a little less than stellar and I found it hard to like either one. Expect for the fact that Helena is a tad more likable than Ashley for obvious reasons (you have to read it to find out what I mean).

Uncovering the emotions I think all women feel at some point in their lives, feeling forced to choose between career and family, often having to sacrifice one for the other. The Rival stirs up emotions over motherhood, friendship and even family. The question that lingers is when we only see things from our perspective, how can we trust that its real? That it’s not paranoia or insecurity?

We can only do the very best we can and at the end of the day, give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt. Not always and not in every situation, but when the situation warrants, do the best you can to go easy!

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What’s Left of Me Is Yours

April,2020

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by Stephanie Scott

Description

A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, for readers of Everything I Never Told You and The Perfect NannyWhat’s Left of Me Is Yours charts a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life–and her murder.

In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the “wakaresaseya” (literally “breaker-upper”), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Satō hires Kaitarō, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Satō has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitarō’s job is to do exactly that–until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitarō fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter’s life.

Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely renders the affair and its intricate repercussions. As Rina’s daughter, Sumiko, fills in the gaps of her mother’s story and her own memory, Scott probes the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.


Like, Follow, Kill

by Carissa Ann Lynch

Description

‘Absolutely chilling’ Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle and Kill ClubThe USA Today Bestseller

‘One word of advice when reading this book—trust no one’ Wendy Heard

Badly scarred after the accident that killed her husband, Camilla Brown locks herself away from the world.  Her only friendships are online, where everyone lives picture-perfect lives. 
In private Camilla can follow anyone she likes. And Camilla likes a lot.

Especially her old school friend Valerie Hutchens.  Camilla is obsessed with Valerie’s posts, her sickening joy for life, her horribly beautiful face.  But then Camilla spots something strange in one of Valerie’s posts – a man’s face looking through her window, watching, waiting…
And then Valerie goes missing…


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The Other Wife

by Claire McGowan

Description

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


I Will Make You Pay

by Teresa Driscoll

Description

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

A Note From the Publisher

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, http://www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


Watching You by Lisa Jewell #READING #BOOKREVIEW

Description

IN THIS EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT, GET A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE LATEST HEARTPOUNDING THRILLER FROM THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbors dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.

Advance Praise

“This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.”

— A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Marketing Plan

Read the first 4 chapters of the newest novel from domestic suspense queen Lisa Jewell! Share your thoughts with us @AtriaBooks and @LisaJewellUK, and pre-order your copy at LisaJewellBooks.com. Enjoy!

My Review

I’ve been enjoying Lisa’s writing for a long time now. Each one of her stories is different than the last and if you think you’ll be able to figure things out before it’s revealed, you have another thing coming!

She has a way of joining you to her story, engrossing you and totally consuming you with her words. All so carefully chosen that I wonder how she develops a story – does it just come to her or is it planned out and outlined? The reason I ask, is because it seems like she must sculpt it from end to beginning in order top include ever single detail that ties it altogether.

If you haven’t read her writing before, I implore you to start today!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell #BOOKREVIEW

Description

“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

A Note From the Publisher

We’d love for you to share your early reviews of TFU on Goodreads. To inquire about joining the blog tour or instagram tour for THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, please contact atriapublicity@simonandschuster.com. Otherwise, we’d love for you to share your early reviews on your social platforms and then again on publication day on 11/5/19, as well as on Amazon and B&N.com when possible. Enjoy Lisa Jewell’s latest masterpiece!

Advance Praise

“Lisa Jewell has done it again—rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“Your hands quake. Your breath fades. Your heart wallops your ribs. Medical emergency or Lisa Jewell novel? Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.” —A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read. I was desperate to uncover all the twisting mysteries inside The Family Upstairs, layer by tangled layer. Eerie, suspenseful, and completely consuming.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!” —B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“I’m a big fan of Lisa’s books and had hoped to save it for my holiday next week, but failed miserably by devouring The Family Upstairs as soon as it arrived. I was hooked from the first page, I think it’s her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.” —Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

“Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.” —Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

“A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality.” —Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author

My Review

Wow, wow, WOW!

Told from three point of views weaving the past and the present together until it all comes together, makes this book one of my favorites. And I’ll be honest, when I first picked it up, it was hard to get into because every turn of the page into the next chapter brought a fresh perspective but was a little hard to understand…until it all of sudden and yet very slowly it all comes together.

I’m suffering a little bit of sadness now that it’s over. So brilliantly written by one of my favorite authors!

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant From Inkubator Books

Description

Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.

When 14 year old Brittany vanishes from her bedroom one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.

They can’t bear to think about who has done this and what might be happening to their precious girl.

Even worse, the police seem to see them as suspects, implying that they may have had a part in their own daughter’s disappearance. Only their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock. She organizes search parties, feeds the volunteers, works night and day to help them find Brittany.

But as this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.

Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….

The Good Neighbor is a gripping psychological thriller that twists and turns as it races towards its nerve-shredding climax. Perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll and Mark Edwards.

Advance Praise

“A complex and intriguing psychological thriller full of twists and turns”

“Original, smart, and packed with white-knuckle suspense – this one has it all”

Links

inkubatorbooks.com

Website http://cathryngrant.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/cathryngrant
Genre Literature & Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Influences Joyce Carol Oates, Ruth Rendell, Patricia Highsmith

My Review

You will be left wondering if doing the right thing is always best.

Sometimes playing by the rules have their own set of circumstances that don’t end well. Filled with mystery and chills and told from multiple points of view, you get a good sense for each character’s personality and are instantly drawn in.

What would you do if your child went missing in the middle of the night and how reliant do you become on your neighbors should this happen to you?

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

Description

An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.

Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family manse—a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens—that was never meant to be hers.

Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behavior—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go.

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a crazy, dark and twisted book this was! It’s not hard to get lost in the darkness that is Betty Stash.

Proving that our own perceptions shapes us and our actions, Betty creates an almost alternate dimension in which she’s convinced herself of all of the things she is not. Most importantly, that she’s not a Beloved. Luck doesn’t shine on her and or she believes.

What is it that makes her less deserving than her sister, is it something real or something that’s she’s conjured in her mind?

I can’t say I was super glued to the story, it’s hard to go that deep in one sitting and to be honest, Betty’s mind is a place no one should spend a considerable amount of time in.

Paranoia, I think affects all of us at some point during our lives. Whether the threat is real or not is debatable because as long as someone feels that way, it is real to them. I find that thoughts like this often stem from either not enough activity or simply that we think people care way more than they actually do.

What’s on my #TBR list? Find out now!

Mother Knows Best

A Novel of Suspense by Kira Peikoff

Description

A mother’s worst nightmare, a chance at redemption, and a deadly secret that haunts a family across the generations.  

There’s only room for one mother in this family.

Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor who works under the radar with Jillian Hendricks, a cunning young scientist bent on making her mark–and seducing her boss.

Claire, Robert, and Jillian work together to create the world’s first baby with three genetic parents–an unprecedented feat that could eliminate inherited disease. But when word of their illegal experiment leaks to the wrong person, Robert escapes into hiding with the now-pregnant Claire, leaving Jillian to serve out a prison sentence that destroys her future.

Ten years later, a spunky girl named Abigail begins to understand that all is not right with the reclusive man and woman she knows as her parents. But the family’s problems are only beginning. Jillian, hardened by a decade of jealousy and loss, has returned–and nothing will stop her from reuniting with the man and daughter who should have been hers. 

Past, present, and future converge in this mesmerizing psychological thriller from critically acclaimed author Kira Peikoff.


What Happened That Night

by Deanna Cameron

Description

Griffin Tomlin is dead. And Clara’s sister killed him . . . 

Four months after the murder, the entire town of Shiloh is still in shock. For Clara Porterfield, the normal world has crumbled around her in a million chaotic pieces. Now Clara lives in a new reality, where her sister awaits trial for murder, her mother obsessively digs in a dead, frozen garden, and her father lives and breathes denial. At school, Clara is haunted by her classmates’ morbid curiosity—and all of the unspoken questions they won’t ask. 

But none of them knows what she knows . . .

Now Clara’s sister wants something from her—the one thing in all of this that Clara isn’t ready to face: the truth about what really happened that night. Because this story didn’t die with Griffin Tomlin. There’s another story that needs to be told. And sometimes, the lies we’re told are nowhere near as deadly as the lies we tell ourselves . . .


What Rose Forgot

A Novel by Nevada Barr

Description

In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare  

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. 

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.


The Widow of Pale Harbor

by Hester Fox

Description

A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early-American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside Boston with her husband.

Advance Praise

Praise for THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL (September 2018):

The Witch of Willow Hall is more than a ghost story; it’s a book about empowerment and fighting back against societal expectations.” -PopSugar

“The perfect excuse to indulge in another fine work of gothic fiction.” –Bustle

“Part romance, part historical novel, part gothic suspense… and witches. Delicious!” -CrimeReads.com

“Filled my craving for spookiness and for romance.” -Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“Fox’s spins a satisfying debut yarn that includes witchcraft, tragedy, and love, set in 1821 New England… The inclusion of gothic elements adds a visceral feel that fans of historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural will enjoy.” –Publishers Weekly

“A well-executed first novel, rich in detail.” –The Toronto Star

Giveaway! – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Enter a chance to win 1 of 25 advanced copies of WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw! 

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

About the Author

Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP and WINTERWOOD. She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner and her book, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.

You can connect with her here:
www.sheaernshaw.com.
www.twitter.com/SheaErnshaw
www.instagram.com/sheaernshaw/

The Splendor of Fear by Ambrose Ibsen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Something stirs in the town of Newsom’s Landing…  
Penny hates the outdoors, but when her boyfriend, Jared, plans a romantic weekend getaway in the woods, she decides to tag along. 

The pair drive to a remote Kentucky campground with a strange and sordid history. Within the confines of the Swan Creek State Park are the ruins of a town abandoned under terrifying circumstances in the 19th century. The town of Newsom’s Landing had been the site of the last-known witch trial in US history, and the ghost of its defendant, the infamous Ellie Pomeroy, is said to still linger. 

Arriving on the anniversary of Pomeroy’s murder, the pair find they have the entire park to themselves. 

Or, nearly

Something else is stalking the woods—watching in the night, wandering through the ruins. It brings a plague of hallucinatory terror wherever it goes, and before long, Penny and Jared can’t parse reality from nightmare. 

Lost in the woods, the pair are faced with a choice: Find a way to end the century-long curse, or be consumed by it—body and soul. 

The Splendor of Fear is a full-length novel of terror by Ambrose Ibsen.

My Review

I’ve read a few books written by Ambrose Ibsen and I’m never disappointed! Somehow he makes the horror of an idyllic situation so disturbing that you’ll be sleeping with the lights on!

The Splendid Fear was fantastic in so many ways. First of all, the descriptiveness of the scenes could be felt off the page. All while Penny was running in fear, I felt like I was running along side her, experiencing the same emotions and physical reactions that she did.

I can’t give it away but I will tell you this, the story itself reminds me of a traditional ghost story, but the details that are sprinkled through-out, including the intense details that are more better than anything I’ve read previously.

That being said, there were a few details that I wondered about after finishing up that were left to hang. Like Jared’s watch; Penny found it in the destroyed camp but she never asked him about it afterwards. The fact that she picked it up made me think it was more than a hallucination and that something more should have come from that find.

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Description

#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. 

D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman—Evie Carter—from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. 

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim—a hostage—and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder. 

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

There’s a few authors out there who share their new work and I can’t stay away knowing it’s going to be good. Simply basing it off of their previous books, I know I’m not going to be let down and this is one of those times!

Complete with disturbing chills, sinister intentions and more… this is one heck of an end-of-summer read!

  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – #Bookreview
    When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen
    ‘Gregg Olsen pens brilliant, creepy, page-turning, heart-pounding novels of suspense that always keep me up at night.’ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
    A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Description

“Kubica ratchets up tension and intrigue in The Other Mrs. Her salacious, thoroughly mysterious characters bear the qualities we all crave in a thriller—seductive, seemingly unknowable, and altogether unpredictable.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Widow

Hypnotic and addictive and perfect for fans of 
You, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

“Brilliant! An utterly absorbing tale of deception and subterfuge. Kubica is a master of sleight of hand. Absolutely loved it!” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You

“In The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica weaves a labyrinth of deception and family secrets, each one more shocking than the last, with an ending that left me thunderstruck. If you have any doubts Mary Kubica is a master of the genre, this book will change your mind.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife 

THE OTHER MRS. is Mary Kubica’s best book yet—which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages.” —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl

“Brilliantly propulsive and engrossing, with characters you’ll really care about and twists you won’t see coming, THE OTHER MRS is that rare thing: a thriller with heart.” —JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

My Review

Let me start by saying that this is not going to be what you thought! Like every other mystery-reader out there, I think I have a good handle on the story, like I’ve figured it out way before anything gets uncovered, but not with this one.

I can’t give away anything or say too much because this book is one you’ll want to read for yourself. I couldn’t get it out of my head and every free chance I got, I had my kindle open to read just a few more words.

Sadie who, I promise you will grow to love while at the same time wonder why she can’t get it together enough to figure out what’s happening around her. Yes, she’s in trouble and descending quickly into the dark abyss of paranoia but you’ll root for her to come out on top even when you suspect the worst from her.

Once the plat revealed itself to me, my jaw dropped, because even though I sort of suspected what was coming, I had not idea to what extent it would be and I was pleasantly surprised at the twist. It literally took my breath away!

The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

Description

“This whodunit has broken family dynamics and a wonderfully complex and intricate mystery, plenty to engage readers looking for a new amateur detective to follow.” 
Library Journal STARRED REVIEW


“Intense…Hill is adept at building compassion for his characters in a tight-knit social web while implicating them in dark thoughts and actions. He remains a writer to watch.”
Publishers Weekly 

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.

Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .

Praise for Edwin Hill and Little Comfort

“A dark but compassionate psychological-thriller debut with great appeal for fans of Ruth Ware.” 
—Booklist (starred review)

“An increasingly tense plot and striking characters—in particular, compassionate, conflicted, loving Hester—make this a standout.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

My Review

I couldn’t put this one down!

Even though I hadn’t picked up the first book in the series, I wasn’t left wondering about details that could have been shared before. It’s easily a stand-alone novel if you choose.

Dark, mysterious and captivating you develop a kinship with Hester while she battles her own doubts all the while uncovering unsettling and murderous secrets just waiting for her to find.

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Critics agree his writing style is perfect for license plates: no spelling, no grammar, no coherence — not to mention his lawless bent.

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