Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

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Rating – 4/5 stars 

Goodreads Description

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My Review:

This book is on sale on January 8, 2019

This was a smartly written thriller about what happens when a child goes missing and how far a mother would go to protect her children.

One day when Harriet leaves her daughter in the care of her best friend Charlotte, and she disappears, both of their worlds come crashing down. Has someone taken her? Did she run off alone? This novel will have you guessing the whole way through.

Going into this novel, I thought it would just be about Alice’s disappearance and I thought the whole novel would be about the same thing and I thought that it would be boring and I said to myself “Oh please not another story about missing children.” This was far from it! It had everything I didn’t expect from a novel like this and more! All I can say is wow!

Told from Harriet and Charlotte’s point of views, switching back to before and after her disappearance, the story never gets boring. I can guarantee that you will devour this book in very little sittings because it’s just so captivating.

It’s hard to figure out what happened to Alice because you won’t know the full story unless you keep on reading till the end. I had my doubts about certain people in the novel, and as I read through, I figured out part of the plan, but I did not expect such a level of complexity from Perks!

It’s clear that Perks’ intention in this novel is to scare all the mothers and fathers out there and although I am only 18, I felt as if I was Harriet myself and it was my child who has gone missing. Perks is clearly a talented writer and although this book has many levels to it, I would 100% categorize it as a thriller.

I don’t want to spoil much about this novel but I’m very excited for everyone to read it and I can predict that it will be huge on the bookshelves!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

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The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

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Rating – 5/5 stars 

Goodreads Description

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

My Review:

This was such a crazy twisted novel and I’m so glad read it. A first by Way, but if all her books are this good, then it’s not a last one for sure.

I saw such high ratings for this book and I kept seeing it everywhere so I thought I would read and see if it lived up to all its hype. And it did. It was so good and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it that much because it does seem like a drama but it’s not even close. It’s 100% a thriller.

Told in two different time zones, one, where a mother is afraid of her daughter and her behavior, and the other is a girlfriend looking for her boyfriend who has disappeared. These two stories are somehow connected and honestly you will not figure out how. I figured part of it but the rest I was clueless.

It’s such an enjoyable book to read because it’s just full of secrets and lies and everything that makes up a great thriller. The plot for me, was the best part of the story because it kept me hooked and I just had to know what was going to happen next. I could not stop reading and I’m very glad that I got my hands on this book.

I can guarantee that is the right book for every thriller lover out there, you will not be disappointed at all!

 

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

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Rating – 3.5/5 stars 

Goodreads Description

In her engrossing new novel, Forget You Know Me, Jessica Strawser takes readers deep into an intimate friendship between two women. When one witnesses a shocking incident that should never have been caught on camera, the secrets and lies it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been close in a way that people envy. Even after Molly married Daniel, both considered Liza an honorary member of their family. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat over wine after the kids are in bed. But when Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child, a man in a mask enters, throwing Liza into a panic—then her screen goes black.

When Liza finally reaches Molly, her reply is icy and terse, insisting everything is fine. Liza is still convinced something is wrong, that her friend is in danger. But after an all-night drive to help her ends in a brutal confrontation, Liza is sure their friendship is over—completely unaware that she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either.

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Forget You Know Me exposes the wounds of people who’ve grown apart, against their will. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain. The man in the mask will change things for them all.

But who was he?

And will he be back?

My Review: 

3.5 stars

A second novel by Strawser, a good one, but not as strong as her first. Forget You Know Me is a domestic suspense novel and relationships, friendships and secrets. What would you do if you saw a stranger in your friend’s house and then rushed to her house but then she slams the door in your face and tells you it was probably just a computer glitch?

Although I enjoyed her first novel more, it certainly doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this one. It was still great but honestly anything Strawser writes is amazing. She has a way with words that once you start one of her books, I guarantee you won’t be able to stop.

When I knew that she was coming out with a new novel, I knew I had to get my hands on it and I was not disappointed at all. Although there were some times where I felt like I was getting bored, there was a bunch of suspenseful moments in the novel placed at the right time I was so hooked! I missed by stop on the bus while reading this novel. I was so intrigued!

Figuring out who the masked man was, I was so tripped up. You literally suspect everyone and I guarantee you will be guessing throughout the entire novel who it is and you will be very shocked when you find out.

I don’t want to spoil the novel but it’s a must read for all domestic fans out there!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Drowned Girl by Sara Blaedel

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Rating – 3/5 stars

Goodreads Description

Jealousy, obsession, and family honor have fatal consequences for an immigrant community on the fringes of seemingly idyllic Copenhagen society

It was clearly no ordinary drowning. Inspector Louise Rick is immediately called out to Holbraek Fjord when a young immigrant girl is found in the watery depths, a piece ofoncrete tied around her waist and two mysterious circular patches on the back of her neck. Her name was Samra, and Louise soon learns that her short life was a sad story. Her father had already been charged once with assaulting her and her mother, Sada, who makes it clear that her husband would indeed be capable of killing Samra if she brought dishonor to the family. But she maintains that Samra hadn’t done anything dishonorable. Then why was she supposed to be sent back to Jordan? Samra’s best friend Dicte thinks it was an honor killing. A few days later Dicte is discovered, bludgeoned to death, and Samra’s younger sister has gone missing. Navigating the complex web of family and community ties in Copenhagen’s tightly knit ethnic communities, Louise must find this remorseless predator, or predators, before it is too late.

My Review:

This novel is released on December 24, 2018

This was my first novel my Bleadel and to me, the mystery factor didn’t wow me very much. 

It had very intriguing storyline which is what made me want to read it, but while I was reading, I started losing interest about halfway through the novel. That being said, it was still very good. Detective Louise Rick is such an interesting character and I loved her persistence and how she never gave up on the case. It’s very rare that we got a female detective in books and that’s one thing that I liked about this novel. The fact that Louise was given a sort of small love life in the novel is very different to see in a mystery since usually the plot is simply focused on the murder. It’s nice of Bleadel to do that for Louise! 

I loved the plot of the novel but the ending was a not very good one. The killer was revealed simply out of the blue and personally, I think that it was not a very good twist. The reasoning as to why it was done was somewhat shocking since secrets were revealed and all the puzzle pieces came together. 

I do think that it could have been a little more mystery based and the killer could’ve been a little more of a shocker. I would love to see how the relationship with Louise and Mik will work out in future novels. 

Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

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Rating: 3.75/5 stars 

Goodreads Description 

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

My Review: 

Imagine breaking up with someone and you think all is good, but it’s not. This is literally Juliette. She is determined to do whatever she can to get back with Nate and she is willing to go to whatever lengths she has to, to get it done. 

A great psychological thriller that will only have you turning the pages faster than ever, but it will also make you want to sleep with one eye open just in case you find an ex that is having a hard time letting you go in your house. 

Hamilton delves deep into Juliette’s brain and lets her readers inside her mind, it’s almost as if we are actually her. Juliette is such an interesting character and this is one of those books where you will find yourself rooting for her. Throughout the novel we learn more about her past and why she is the way she is and you almost sympathize with her. With books like these, I don’t know why, but I always find myself rooting for the villain. (I guess that’s a bit of a stretch?) I can almost guarantee that you will be on her side by the end of the novel. 

It’s always interesting to read books like this evacuee it’s always enjoyable to see how far a person will go to get what they want and let me tell you that Juliette will do the impossible to be with Nate. 

The twist, for me, changed the whole way I read he novel. It will change everything for you and you finally understand why Juliette is doing what she is doing. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a must read for thriller fans and it’s a wild ride! 

Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Confession by Jo Spain

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description 

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

My Review: 

This book had a very similar plot-line to The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr, in the context that we know who the killer is, but we don’t know why he did it. I love books like these because you don’t get answer until the very last few pages and that way you can’t help but finish the novel and I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed. 

The story is told in three different point of views; Julie (Harry’s wife), JP (the killer), and Alice (the detective). Aside from different perspectives, they are also told in the present and the past and it’s very easy to distinguish which one is which. All three are very entertaining, but I found Alice’s point of view to be a little boring at times. I get that she is the detective, but there are many unimportant pages in the novel from her point of view. 

It’s very hard not to get hooked into this book. I mean the plot is intriguing enough, what more do you want? Characters were spot on, everyone had a secret and I find that secrets are what make a thriller or mystery novel stand out, because let’s face it, everyone has secrets. I love the cover of this book and it’s not until the end of the novel that you understand it. I guess you could say it’s a secret?

Spain manages to invite her readers into the luxurious but problematic world of Harry and Juliet but it’s not a picture perfect marriage. As we read along, we find out the problems that they faced and a whole lot of other secrets, but not only from them, also from JP. We learn about JP as a young boy and what struggles he overcame and by the last few pages you will learn everything you need to know about him. 

The novel had everything and I just loved the way the mystery uncovered piece by piece. By the end of the novel, you will be left shocked and Spain does an amazing job putting the little twist at the end. A job well done! 

Thank you Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

When You Find Me by P.J Vernon

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Rating: 4.25/5 stars 

Goodreads Description

Her husband is missing.

Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found.

Her life is unraveling.

When a stranger named Annie calls claiming to know Paul’s whereabouts, Gray reluctantly accepts her help. But this ally is not what she seems: soon Annie is sending frightening messages and revealing disturbing secrets only Gray could know. As Annie’s threats escalate and Gray’s grip on reality begins to slip, the life she thought she had and the dark truth she’s been living begin to merge, leaving an unsettling question: What does Annie want? And what will she do to get it?

A chilling look at marriage, madness, and the lives we think we lead, WHEN YOU FIND ME is a daring debut from a talented new voice in psychological suspense.

My Review: 

A first by Vernon, but it will not be my last. If all his books are this good, then consider me a fan!

It started off a little bit slow for me, but the pace picked up and almost immediately and I’m so glad it did. This one was full of twists and I’m proud to say that I devoured it in three sittings. Vernon has a certain style of writing where it’s hard not to love. Twist after twist, secret after secret, just amazing!

Gray is such an unreliable character which is what makes her great. There are obvious reasons to her drinking and throughout the novel, we will discover secrets from her past. Not just about her, but about her entire family and let me tell you that they’re not very pleasant.

The plot twist at the end was what really did it for me. I finished this book on the bus on my way home from school and I almost missed my stop because of how I was intrigued by it. It held its fast pace until the last page and that last line sent chills down my spine. This is how a psychological thriller is written and I’m so happy that I am introduced to the world of P.J Vernon.

If you’re looking for a great psychological thriller, then stop looking and read this one because I can guarantee that it’s one you’ll want to talk about after!

Thank you Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. 

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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Rating: 3.75/ 5 stars 

Goodreads Description 

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Review: 

It was such a coincidence that when I began reading this novel, it was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick for November! I can’t say that I was shocked, because it’s a very good read. It was very similar to a novel I read this year called The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis. Except it wasn’t. 

I’ve read many books about mother hating girlfriends and I have to say that this one was very different, but in a good way. I find novels like this very enjoyable to read because I love to read about moms who do the impossible to try and get rid of the girlfriends. There’s something slightly entertaining about a mom trying to get rid of a girlfriend, and it’s interesting to see the lengths that Pammie would go to, to get rid of Emily. 

This was a very twisty novel and it was such a thrill to read it, because once I started I did not want to put it down. The thrilling element of the novel was somewhat but I would’ve like to see Pammie go a little further to try and get rid of Emily. She did some shocking stuff, that’s no secret. but it would’ve been nice to see a much darker side to her madness. 

It’s not an ending that you would expect from a novel like this one. Plot wise you might think that it’s similar to most novels but by the last few pages, you will be shocked by a twist that you will never see coming.
The thing that scared me the most is the possibility that women like Pammie exist in real life. She is such a nightmare! 

Jones writes with cruelty that it’s almost hard not to love it. There were rare moments in the novel where I found myself getting bored, it was just so hooking from beginning to end. If you’re looking for s great thriller about a mom hating girlfriend and an unexpected twist, then this is the book for you.

Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Goodreads Description

After the shocking murder of a high-profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim’s friends and family can be trusted–and who may be the killer.

Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she’s had to make. Her new workplace is a minefield and Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet, the partner she has been assigned, is uncommunicative and often hostile. When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can’t help feeling a connection with the victim and his lonely, isolated existence.
Then Sterling Wade, an up-and-coming actor filming his breakout performance in a closed-off city street, is murdered in the middle of an action-packed shot, and Gemma and Nick have to put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor’s life and death. Who could commit such a brazen crime? Who stands to profit from it? Far too many people, and none of them can be trusted. Gemma can’t imagine a pair of victims with less in common–and yet as Gemma and Fleet soon learn, both men were keeping secrets that may have led to their deaths.
With riveting suspense, razor-sharp writing, and a fascinating cast of characters, INTO THE NIGHT proves Sarah Bailey is a major new talent to watch in the world of literary crime fiction.

My Review: 

This novel is released on December 4, 2018. 

I loved The Dark Lake so I knew I would love this pen as well. It’s no surprise that the Gemma Woodstock series is a mystery, so don’t go I expecting a thriller. 
It’s a bit of a continuation from the first novel, so if you haven’t read it, iI suggest that you do. It’s also very good. 

I knew I would enjoy this one because Gemma Woodstock was a protagonist in it. The case was also very interesting as well and it’s always fun to see how Gemma navigates her way through the case. On the other hand, Detective Fleet, I did not like at all. Near the end of the novel I can guarantee that you will hate him for obvious reason which I will not spoil. 

The story is told in the point of view of Gemma Woodstock, a character who I guess you can say is struggling to manage both her personal and professional life. It’s very realistic because I do feel that some cops struggle to do that with the hours that are given to police officers, there really isn’t time to go out or talk to people. So in a way, I sympathize for Gemma Woodstock. 

The case was enjoyable to read. I can honestly say that I didn’t expect the killer to be who it was. If you haven’t read The Dark Lake, then I recommend that you do then enjoy the second part of the series! 

I will be waiting for a third novel from Bailey and I can’t wait for this one to come and make a splash in the bookstores! 

Thank you Hachette Book Group Canada and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Her Last Move by John Marrs

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description 

She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.

He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.

Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.

Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list? 

My Review: 

Once again, Marrs is back with another addictive disturbing novel. 

I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to hook his readers from the first page to the last page. I’m never disappointed when I’m reading one of his novels because I know it’s always great. 

This novel was very dark and I’m not ashamed to say that I loved it. The story was told in 3 different perspectives, two detectives and the killer. It’s very interesting to read because although this move serves as a thriller and most of the novel is the detectives trying to find the killer, we still get a glimpse of their lives and their past.

I loved reading about each one of their lives, especially Becca. She’s such an interesting person and the life she lives and the struggles she encountered is what made me enjoy her perspective the most. I think Marrs balances the emotional and thriller aspects of this novel very well. 

We also get an answer as to why the killer is doing what they is doing and their his targets are who they are. Readers might sympathize or the might not, I think that is what makes this book a lot more interesting. It’s definitely a topic hat could discussed at a book club because if I talked about it here I wouldn’t be able to stop! 

I didn’t really like one part of the novel and how it ended, but it wrapped up quite nicely after that. Another job well done by Marrs! 

Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.