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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…


Review:   

From the very first pages, I knew this was going to be one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The topics treated in this story put on display the ugly, dark side of humanity and the author does not hold back!

The story is beautifully written and I quite enjoyed how the author peppered the information, of what happened and how it happened, all over the pages, thus giving us just enough substance -at a time- to keep us hooked till the very end of the book.

Lies, guilt, twists and turns, and dark secrets. The story keeps swinging from past to present, painting a canvas and connecting the dots till the image becomes HD-clear and all the complicated questions end up having equally complicated answers; intricate but satisfying.

Some characters were quite charming, funny and just delightful, others were utterly despicable, then there were the mentally-challenged…and those who had to rebuild themselves from scratch and move forward, despite the tragedy of their past; those were the courageous.

In a nutshell, this book is a must-read and I’ll definitely recommend it to anyone who’s into thrillers, mystery, and gorgeous writing!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Good Daughter

Amazon link: The Good Daughter

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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: 

The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?


Review:   

This is a story about jealousy, revenge, and power.

“You know what they say? If it’s too good to be true…”

From the very first page, I knew this story was going to be good and there wasn’t a moment, throughout the whole book, when I had a change of heart.

“How could anything go wrong?”

The reader is launched straight into the mystery. The suspense starts as soon as the story does and then keeps building up quite nicely.

What was an accident and what wasn’t? What everyone’s hiding? What secrets are about to come to light? Is this about Libby and Jamie or is it about Thailand and Karen Fisher? Or both?

“We’ve been married for nine months. That’s all. And together four years before that. Long enough surely? But how well do you ever really know someone?”

Weird things started happening and I had all these theories about who’s doing what and why and when the truth, or should I say truths, came out? I was pleasantly surprised! There was an avalanche of twists and turns that kept me on my toes till the very end of the book.

Some characters were clearly flawed but their actions still made sense, somehow, which made it a tad easier to sympathise with them. The story was beautifully-written and I enjoyed it very much. Therefore, I’ll definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a good story with a raging storm of twists and turns that will keep them hooked till the very last page.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Last Seen Alive

Amazon link: Last Seen Alive

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Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.


Review:   

When the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, it becomes harder to tell which is which.

“I don’t invent my characters. I steal them from my surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”

The switching between the story and the story within the story was a tad intriguing and I did enjoy it quite a lot. The built-up was rather slow at the beginning and yet I found it surprisingly pleasing as the author was slowly creating the promise of a good story, which she then skilfully delivered. The characters were superbly developed and the plot was rather gripping, with twists and turns peppered at every corner.

This was definitely a good thriller with the right amount of suspense. The fact it has a story within a story might be confusing for some but it is definitely worth a read and I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a suspenseful ride with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing till the very end.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Lies She Told

Amazon link: Lies She Told

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Be My Killer by Richard Parker

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Rating: 3/5


Synopsis: You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…

A shocking, ‘just-one-more-page’ thriller with the most twisted killer you’ll ever meet. This book will hook you from the first page and keep you guessing long into the night. PERFECT for fans of James Patterson, Mo Hayder, and Chris Carter.


Review:   

This is a fast-paced, action-packed story!

The chapters were quite short and as the suspense builds up, it swiftly becomes challenging to put the book down.

I quite enjoyed the author’s writing style. The plot is very promising and the topics treated in this book are quite relevant. However, the huge turn off for me were the gory scenes and how descriptive and horrific some of them were and even though, I do enjoy a fair amount of horror, that was still too much for me.

Moreover, the various characters that were introduced into this story led to a bit of confusion and made me kind of lose interest when it came down to the characters, most of whom were not likeable or perhaps just not well developed for me to care for.

Overall, this book is not for everyone, definitely wasn’t my cup of tea but I believe, people who’re into the dark kind of horror would manage to enjoy it.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of the book.


Goodreads link: Be My Killer

Amazon link: Be My Killer

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Liar by K.L. Slater

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.


Review:   

“Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

This is a story of revenge, lies, control, possessiveness; sick and twisted people in all their glory.

The writing was utterly-beautiful, which made it easier for me to fly through the pages of this book and even though I knew exactly where the story was heading, I still enjoyed every step of the thrilling journey.

There were hints peppered all over the pages and I had so much fun assembling the missing pieces in order to uncover a canvas of lies, loss, and mental illness.

Some characters were easy to sympathise with, others were just harder to digest, doesn’t mean I did not understand where they were coming from as this was brilliantly highlighted in the book, but they were just twisted beyond beliefs and even though I felt bad for them, it was still quite challenging to look past the pain they’ve inflicted to their ‘loved ones’.

I would definitely recommend “Liar” to anyone looking for a gripping story and a hard-to-put-down-book!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Liar

Amazon link: Liar

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The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

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Rating: 2/5


Synopsis:  There’s trouble in paradise. . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?


Review:   

The story starts with the promise of a good thriller but that only lasts for a couple of pages.

The pace is painfully slow and there are a couple of things in the story that do not add up. The mystery keeps building up with an unreliable main character and then when it reaches its climax, it fails to deliver. The worst part was the twist at the end which was quite far-fetched and utterly ridiculous.

In a nutshell, I did not enjoy reading this book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, I guess!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Honeymoon

Amazon link: The Honeymoon

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My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:  Sam is seventeen, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.

Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena’s fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.

Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam’s therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she’s been hiding dark secrets from herself.


Review:   

This book surpassed all of my expectations!

The final twist is so well done that it managed to catch me off guard and when it all came crashing down, I suddenly realised that I wasn’t quite prepared for the whole truth. The subjects treated in this book are all pretty controversial which gives a dark and twisted tone to the well-executed plot.

This book will break your heart while taking you on a nerve-racking-roller-coaster where you’ll get to meet realistic characters with multiple layers to them, some of which are quite disturbing.

“My Sister and Other Liars” is absolutely and utterly brilliant and I would highly recommend you go grab a copy and get ready for a bloody good ride!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the author for sending me a digital copy of this book.


Goodreads link: My Sister and Other Liars

Amazon link: My Sister and Other Liars