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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!

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.

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 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 Splendor of Fear by Ambrose Ibsen

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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.

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.

“The Girl on the Porch” by Richard Chizmar

Description

“Chizmar’s great gift is that he knows the people on your block—and he knows their darkest secrets. This guy is gold.” —Stephen King 

“For some, the impulse lives closer to the surface and instead of fighting it, they embrace it. The worst of them, the truly evil, listen for it…that tantalizing, deceitful voice from somewhere underneath it all.”

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar, author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and The Long Way Home, comes a thriller that will forever change the way you look at your neighbors and best friends…

When the Tuckers’ next door neighbor mentions someone rang their doorbell late the previous night, Sarah and Kenny Tucker check their home’s security camera and discover something shocking: the doorbell ringer also visited their house and it wasn’t a teenager playing a prank, but instead a terrified young woman with a shackle hanging from her right wrist. She anxiously pressed the doorbell again and again, glancing over her shoulder as if someone was coming for her, before giving up and taking off into the dark.

Almost overnight, she becomes known as The Girl on the Porch—and she’s everywhere. There are updates on all the local networks, national coverage on CNN and Fox News, and the video goes viral on social media. Before long, everyone has seen the harrowing security camera footage.

Kenny and Sarah figure it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes the woman, but as the days pass and no one comes forward, odd things begin to transpire around the Tucker family: a man intensely watches them at a restaurant and then vanishes, fresh footprints appear in the garden next to their house where no one should have been, a neighbor’s pet is viciously killed and mutilated, and a mysterious man has started following their daughter Natalie…

A rollercoaster ride of compelling twists and turns, The Girl on the Porch demonstrates why Stephen King says Richard Chizmar’s writing is “powerful” and Robert McCammon calls his work “hard-hitting, spooky, suspenseful, harrowing, and heartbreaking.”

Advance Praise

From Kirkus Reviews:
“A late-night visitor disturbs the peace in this spine-chilling novella from horror writer Chizmar (The Long Way Home, 2018, etc.)… Chizmar delivers some genuinely creepy moments, cleverly capitalizing on readers’ domestic insecurities…”

From Ridley Pearson:
“Chizmar’s The Girl on the Porch packs a punch. Doorbell videos. Teens. Spooky neighbors. And a mystery not boiling under the surface but blazing in front of your eyes. I read it in one sitting with sweaty palms—just like one of the suspects in the novel. This guy can write! I felt like I was sitting around a campfire hearing a story. One that wouldn’t let me sleep. One that would leave me pacing for hours afraid of the sound of my own footfalls.”

From Michael Koryta:
The Girl on the Porch is a thrilling, page-turning delight. Richard Chizmar’s voice is the magic; he pulls you in with the storytelling touch of an old friend, and this old friend takes you to some dark places. An all-too-plausible setup leads to an all-American nightmare. Don’t miss this one!”

From Caroline Kepnes, bestselling author of You:
The Girl on the Porch had me hooked on page one—I devoured it. Chizmar peels the band-aid so slowly that it hurts…taut, deftly paced …we are all potentially guilty and anyone might die at any moment.”

From Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls:
“Creepy as hell! A tense and twisty read that poses this unsettling question: How well do we know our friends and neighbors? In Richard Chizmar’s world, the answer is more complicated—and frightening—than you think.”

From Linwood Barclay:
“If Chizmar’s goal here is to make you suspicious—and fearful—of everyone you know, including those closest to you, mission accomplished.”

From Bentley Little:
“With a pinch of Blue Velvet and a dash of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, Chizmar’s short sharp story of a terrified suburban neighborhood insightfully illuminates the fears and anxieties lying just beneath the surface of modern American life. The Girl on the Porch is a pitch perfect illustration of Hannah Arendt’s maxim about the banality of evil.” 

My Review

A not-to-missed read as stated by the writing God himself, Stephen King. Of course, I couldn’t stay away from this one even though it’s a novella, which I typically don’t pick up, it had all the psychological elements needed to make it a great read. It was just over really quick!

Thank you to Netgalley, author Richard Chizmar and Subterranean Press for the advanced reader copy! It was a great addition to my #TBR stack for the long Labor Day Weekend!

Abduction by Gillian Jackson

Description

What do you do when the unthinkable happens? 

8 August, 2000 

A carefree birthday party goes horribly wrong. The children scatter to play hide and seek. 

But one little girl never returns. 

Three-year-old Grace has vanished without a trace.

Fourteen years later 

With the case long-since gone cold, Grace’s family have done their best to move on. But her sister, Elise, has never given up hope. 

And now Elise thinks she may have found her… Is Elise going crazy?

Could Grace really have returned? And if she has, where was she taken…? 

ABDUCTION is a page-turning kidnapping mystery which confronts every parent’s worst nightmare. This emotional psychological thriller will stay with you long after the pages have turned.

My Review

Aside from the poor editing the plot was fantastic, telling the story of an abduction and how it affects the family members who suffer in the aftermath for years and sometimes for the rest of their life.

With no closure the family, especially the siblings are on a constant hunt for their lost sister. No matter what the event, holiday party, business meeting with new colleagues, schools and even on TV, they’re always scanning for a glimpse of someone that could look like the missing child.

The story is heart-wrenching but with a happy ending that I won’t spoil, if not for the editing, I would have give this read 5 stars.

I AM Elle by Ditter Kellen

Description

An abused girl’s desperate fight for survival and a silent killer determined to destroy her. 

Born on a small farm in Alabama, Elenore Griffin spends her days in a Hell of her father’s making. 
The system has failed her, leaving her trapped in a world of unimaginable torture and pain. 
Sold to the highest bidder, Elenore finds her nightmares have only just begun. And those responsible for her abuse begin disappearing around her without a trace, while the local authorities seem to be at the center of it all. 

Step inside the world of a young girl who suffered the most heinous acts imaginable. And survived. 
This is her life. This is her story… 

*****WARNING***** This book contains major triggers that some might find offensive. If you have abuse triggers, please do not purchase this book. It is not for the faint of heart. 

****Note from the author**** If you are gracious enough to leave a review, I ask that you please not leave spoilers that will ruin it for others.

My Review

Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you that if you suffer from a weak stomach, this may not be the book for you.

I had a hard time with some of the details but the story pulled me in enough to where I needed to find out what happened and what was going to happen.

Elle, an abused woman finds friendship and a protector in the new detective in town. While investigating her father, Evan tried his best to do the right thing by Elle and tried to protect her as much as he could all while searching for an evil man with a group of powerful and wicked men behind him.

I wish that there was a little more detail given about some of Elle’s history but enough was revealed to divulge important tidbits along the way. There’s even a second book on the way which should open the door to more reveals later on.

I will definitely be picking the next one up and can’t to find out what happens to Evan and Elle… there’s sure to be some big twists ahead!

My Thoughts on Deserve to Die by Miranda Rijks

from Inkubator Books

Description

Dom and Stacey have the perfect life. Until they meet Tamara. Brilliant, beautiful, she hides a horrifying secret. One that may destroy them all. 

Happily married with two wonderful children, Dom and Stacey are living the dream. He runs a successful design agency, she is finding fame as an author of children’s books. 

Everything is perfect. But then they meet the mesmerizing Tamara and their lives are changed forever. 

Because Tamara is a woman with a plan. She executes it step by step – patient, systematic, methodical. 

And as her plan unfolds, Dom and Stacey find their lives slipping out of control. Taking them from heaven into the deepest, darkest hell… 

Deserve to Die is a compelling psychological thriller with a heart-stopping ending that will keep you gripped until the early hours. Perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll, and Andrew Hart.

Advance Praise

“An awesome psychological thriller, full of white-knuckle twists and turns”

“A beautifully paced story, an absolute page-turner from start to finish” 

My Review

I LOVED this book!

The perfect family with everything going for them has no idea there’s someone who recently entered their circle that’s out to hurt them. And it’s not murder as the end goal, it’s suffering!

This read was well thought out, sharing the details only as needed to keep you hooked and turning the page!

Find out what happens to this picture perfect family yourself, the book was just released!

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Description

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .

“Dynamic, razor-sharp, and thought-provoking . . . a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you’ve read before.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science. 

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins to question her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

THE PERFECT WIFE

Advance praise for The Perfect Wife

“A twisty, completely original psychological thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end.”—Karen Cleveland, New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know

“Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant . . . speculative fiction mixed up with a mind-bendingly twisty psycho thriller! I devoured it.”—C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

“A tour de force . . . The Perfect Wife is a chilling and uniquely disturbing twenty-first-century twist on the unreliable narrator that makes for a compulsive and deeply thought-provoking book. It asks troubling questions about selfhood and ‘souls’ and what makes us human, and plays them out in a compelling psychological thriller.”—Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

My Review

Disturbing in all the right ways! JP seems to capture the perfect amount of mystery, scary and down right chilling in one book! Immediately drawn in, I read this one ins 2 sittings and had a hard time when it ended.

It’s so rare to find a book that’s original. Of course stories are told over and over again without the retelling loosing the reader, but it’s not very often that you come across one that has totally new ideas! I got all the chills!

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke – #BOOKREVIEW #ARC @netgalley #REVIEWATHON

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Description

“One fateful decision. Two unexpected endings. A perfect summer read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.

In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.

Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.

A Note From the Publisher

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years and survived high school and college together. They’ve coauthored five novels, including Girls’ Night Out and the Amazon Charts bestseller The Good Widow. In their former lives, Fenton worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and Steinke was a talk show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.

Advance Praise

The Two Lila Bennetts is heart-pounding action from start to finish. It’s Sliding Doors with a killer twist. I couldn’t put it down!” —Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author

“One fateful decision. Two unexpected endings. A perfect summer read! The Two Lila Bennetts cleverly weaves together two sides of one story in an engaging thrill ride that keeps readers on their toes—and turning pages. Thoroughly enjoyable!” —Wendy Walker, author of The Night Before

“Liz and Lisa have done it again. The Two Lila Bennetts is a deliciously dark tale of regret and retribution, of new beginnings and the road not taken. Sharp, clever, and insidious, this one shines all the way to the pitch-perfect ending.” —Kimberly Belle, author of The Marriage Lie

The Two Lila Bennetts, by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, begins with one of the most intriguing premises that I’ve encountered in a novel and ends with two jaw-dropping conclusions. In Lila Bennett, Fenton and Steinke have created a tough, complicated character whose life splinters into two very different directions the moment she makes a life-altering choice. Toggling back and forth between each of Lila’s fates, Fenton and Steinke masterfully blend both threads together, propelling the stories forward with hand-wringing tension. Clever, unpredictable, and obsessively unputdownable, The Two Lila Bennetts is psychological suspense at its finest.” —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

My Review

Summer reading at it’s best – this is a must for your TBR stack if you love a fast paced thriller!

This book did not disappoint one bit! I prefer to read the reviews prior to picking up a book but for this one I held off simply because the title hooked me instantly and I’m glad I didn’t have any knowledge going into it, it made It all that more interesting to pick up!

Thank you Netgalley and both Liz and Lisa for the ARC of this read!

The Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

Description

Jake Buchannan knows the woman sitting next to him on his business flight to Denver—he just can’t figure out how he knows her. Clara Stowe isn’t in Jake’s line of work and didn’t go to college with him. They have nearly nothing in common apart from a deep and shared certainty that they’ve met before. Despite their best efforts over a probing conversation, both struggle to figure out what circumstances could possibly have brought them together. Then, in a revelation that sends Jake reeling, Clara admits she’s traveling to the Colorado mountains to kill herself, and disappears into the crowded airport immediately after landing. 

The Dead Girl in 2A is the story of what happens to Jake and Clara after they get off that plane, and the manipulative figure who has brought them together decades after they first met. Intensely creepy, beautifully written, and full of Carter Wilson’s signature whom-can-you-trust paranoia, this is a psychological thriller unlike any you’ve read before.

My Review

This was the first book I’ve read of Carter Wilson’s work and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of twists and suprises it had!

Although it wasn’t quite what I had in mind, I am glad I picked it up! Aside from wanting a little more umph from it, I thought it was a good story that unfolded naturally.
Thank you Netgalley, Carter, and Poisoned Press for the ARC of this fantastic book!

The Killing Girl by Summer Prescott

This one grabbed me right from the first page. On the run for murder, Susanna leaves bodies in her wake as she sets off to find her awkward husband, Tim who claimed to know nothing of his wife’s extracurricular activities wants nothing more than to put as much distance between them as possible.

I was truly enthralled with this graphic novel, if you’re not into gore and extra bloody details, this might not be the one for you.

Description

‘Til death do us part…

Obsession can be a dangerous thing. 

Susannah dabbles in darkness, finding sadistic solace in the death of those who deserve it. But now she wants something more. Or, more to the point…someone. 

She’s on a manhunt. She will possess him, one way or another, whether in life, or death. She hasn’t made up her mind yet. 

He’s the only one who ever accepted her. Who even maybe loved her, in his own strange way. And then, he left her, which could turn out to be a deadly mistake. 

Her husband Tim, a mild-mannered mortician, has packed his bags and fled, a fugitive from his homicidal wife. She wants him, and what Susannah wants, she gets. 

Will Tim continue to elude his murderous mate? If he doesn’t, will he survive her peculiar form of love? 

This journey through the mind of a stone-cold killer will leave you on the edge of your seat. Close the doors, lock the windows, and get ready for a bloodcurdling ride. 

The Killing Girl is available for purchase in print and ebook formats. 

A Beautiful Corpse (Harper McClain #2) by Christi Daugherty – #BOOKREVIEW

Being the 2nd book in the series, this was a great stand-alone read. Although knowing the backstory to some of the characters does come in handy, you won’t be left on the ledge without it should you decide to start here.

You can’t hold me back from a book that includes an Antebellum house from the old south. There’s nothing quite like the vivid descriptions of the lush landscape and unique architecture. Add murder and well, you’ve got the perfect story!

I enjoyed this one for all the reasons list above and more. It kept me guessing and wanting to pick up the rest of the series to continue the plot!

Christi Daugherty has done a fabulous job and I thank her, Netgalley, and Harper Collins for the advanced copy!

Description

From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Someone who told her to run before it’s too late…

More about Christi Daugherty

As a newspaper reporter, Christi Daugherty first began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. The Echo Killing is her first crime novel. She has also written seven young adult novels under the name CJ Daugherty.

Find out more and win signed books by visiting her website: www.ChristiDaugherty.com.

You can also follow Christi on Twitter @CJ_Daugherty and Facebook CJAuthor

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – #BOOKREVIEW #BeautifulBad

Thank you Netgalley, Annie Ward, and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for the advanced copy! I kept hearing about this title previous to release and was so excited to get an ARC to review, I was even happier when I learned that I was right to be excited! This has all the unexpected turns you would hope for in a thriller, but the ending was what had sealed the deal! Five Stars all day long!

Recounting Maddie’s experience after an accident believed to be domestic violence, she tries to find herself and learn what really happened. If told from Maddies’s POV only, I think this would have been a more intriguing read. The other 2 personalities had left me expecting and hoping for more. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a domestic mystery/thriller! You will not expect what’s coming!

Description

“Filled with unexpected twists, Beautiful Bad is a riveting read.” —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Anonymous Girl

“The ending will leave you staggered.” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.

There are two sides to every story… And every person.

Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

The Drowning by JP Smith – #BOOKREVIEW

This book reminded me a lot of “Friend Request” which I also loved. The idea that someone you’ve wronged has come back to exact revenge upon you when they should be dead is beyond creepy.

It all went wrong when Joey went missing and presumably drowned during summer twenty years ago, except for Alex who had nothing but success  in his life. That is until now, can Joey be alive and responsible for what’s happening to Alex or does someone else know and has decided to seek out vengeance for Joey?

Description 

Every seven years, a boy disappears from Camp Waukeelo.Who will be next?

It doesn’t take long for a little boy to disappear. Joey Proctor can’t swim, but that doesn’t stop camp counselor Alex Mason from leaving him out on a raft in the middle of the lake in a fit of rage. Alex only meant to scare the kid, teach him a lesson. He didn’t mean to forget about him. But now Joey is gone… and his body is never found.

More than twenty years later, Alex is a success. The proof is there for anyone to see, in the millions of dollars he makes, his lavish house, his beautiful wife and daughters. And no one knows what happened that summer at camp. At least, no one should know. But it looks like Joey Proctor may be back to take his revenge…

“Alex Mason has it all: a lavish lifestyle, a beautiful family, a thriving career. He’s built his life around the certainty that no one would discover what really happened twenty years ago at an idyllic summer camp. He’s wrong. The Drowning is an edge-of-your-seat read.”

—Kaira Rouda, bestselling author of Best Day Ever and What Comes Around

About JP

J.P. Smith

Born New York City, The United States 

Website – http://www.jpsmith.org

Twitter – jpsmith8

J.P. Smith was born in New York City and began his writing career in England, where he lived for several years with his wife and daughter, and where his first novel was published. As a screenwriter, he was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist in 2014. The Drowning, a psychological thriller to be published in January 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark, will be his seventh novel.

His eighth, If She Were Dead, will be published in 2020.

 

Tuesday Review – The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

Well played, Mark Edwards… WELL PLAYED!

There were so many layers to this novel and I loved it, couldn’t put it down. However, being that there was SO much unraveling and left to unpack that I lost some key points to the plot. Or at least I felt that I did. I got to the end and had some questions that I think were pretty important to answer. Then again, I made it to the end satisfied and happy! 

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realizes she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorizing his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 Kindle bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Devil’s Work.

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn #2) by  Lisa Regan – BOOK REVIEW 

Action-packed and full of mystery.
I have to admit that this one kept me guessing the entire way though, it’s hard for me to admit that! I usually pick up on who the bad seed is, early on in any book but Lisa Regan held out until the very end.
Not only did we have to wait for that but the question of “why” wasn’t answered until the last bit either.
Following Josie, the Police Chief on a hunt to find a newborn baby and her fiancé as she uncovers a situation that no one saw coming, all tied to the same man.
There’s a lot going on in this book but I never felt that I missing something. Sometimes when a story gets complicated, interweaving characters and storylines the reader often feels like the loose ends won’t get tied up. Not with this book, at the end everything had a nice little bow that wrapped it all together quite nicely.

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn Book 2)

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn #2)

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way? 

The Girl with No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love griping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked.

What readers are saying about Lisa Regan:
Wow this book blew my mind!… Utterly fantastic, I loved it. It kept me hanging on the edge of my seat unable to put it down. A huge 5 stars.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

Brilliant just absolutely brilliant!! From the minute you turn the first page you’re hooked!! Such twists and turns that keep on coming right to the last page!!! Definitely a must read!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Anyone who knows me gets that I really like a strong, female, kickass main character and that’s exactly what I got in Josie Quinn… The plot motors along at breakneck speed often leaving me holding my breath. I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next instalment.’ Angela Marsons, no. 1 bestselling author of Silent Scream

5 BIG Stars!!!!… This book is brilliantly paced… had me from the very first page and I could not put this book down.’ Open Book Post, 5 stars

Superb!! would give more than 5 stars if I could!… An action-packed, rollercoaster of a read that is thoroughly enjoyable and one you just can’t put down!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘An adrenaline pumping action thriller! It gripped me from page one and didn’t let up… hard hitting, full of suspense and literally had me holding my breath… The twist in the book was fantastic… This book left me wanting more.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

I loved this book. The plot, the main protagonist, the setting, everything… This book is brilliant. The story had me hooked from the start and kept me engrossed throughout.’ Nigel Adams Book Worm, 5 stars

Outstanding debut!… I didn’t want it to finish. I was gripped from page one and followed the protagonist Josie Quinn through every twist and turn of the story.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘It keeps you gripped page by page. It is a riveting read, I completed it in 3 days, totally absorbed…. I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

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Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. 

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