If you've read anything by Clare Macintosh (I See You, Let You Go, Let Me Lie), you immediately associate her writing with the mystery and thriller genre. I have loved all three of these books and highly recommend them. Her books are captivating page-turning, and stay-up-all-night kind of reads. After the End was a surprisingly emotional read, that explores love, marriage, and commitment. This is the perfect Book Club choice, because this book encourages discussion from an ethics/morality standpoint, the challenges of marriage, and how each person encounters and deals with grief. I LOVED how this book is written in two parts. I found the first half depressing, and actually took a break before starting the second part, probably due to the fact that I recently had a child, and the content really hit home for me. The second part however, gets all the stars, and it is so uniquely written, with an incredible take on the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken'. One defining moment, and the path you choose to take... Highly recommend this one!
I am so excited to share the cover reveal for Matthew Farrell's newest book 'I Know Everything.' Farrell's previous book was part of the Winter Reading Challenge hosted through Booksparks. My photo was featured in a blog post by Katherine Heigl on her blog 'Those Heavenly Days.' I can't wait to read his newest book!
I Know Everything:
A psychologist grapples with his own sanity as murder evidence mounts against him.
Police investigator Susan Adler is ready to close the book on a deadly car accident, but after the medical examiner discovers evidence of foul play, she knows she has a murder on her hands. The victim was the wealthy wife of Randall Brock, a renowned psychologist who treats patients with disturbing, brutal fantasies. And just like that, Susan’s got a suspect.
Randall has a violent past but knows he didn’t kill his wife. In the midst of his crushing grief, Randall receives a visit from a stranger with information to share about his wife’s death. But there’s a catch: in exchange for the stranger’s information, Randall must reveal dark secrets he’s kept hidden for years. As this shady figure applies more pressure and Susan closes in, Randall begins to doubt himself, clinging desperately to the pieces of his sanity.
Revelations and suspicious coincidences send shock waves through the investigation, and circumstances spin out of control. Susan must race to put it all together before it’s too late—before the next murder strikes too close to home.
Matthew Farrell lives just outside of New York City in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two daughters. Get caught up on the progress of his next thriller along with his general musings by following him on Twitter @mfarrellwriter or liking his page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mfarrellwriter2. You can also visit his website at www.mfarrellwriter.com for news, events, and other information.
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This is unmistakably not my favourite book by Liane Moriarty. My favourite's are Truly Madly Guilty and Big Little Lies. They're actually a couple of books I highly recommend because they're addictive, compulsive and fiendishly clever. To be completely honest, I kind of hated Nine Perfect Strangers at times, and on the other hand I also loved it. The plot gave me severe anxiety, and spoke to my deepest fears (hello claustrophobia!). Nevertheless, Moriarty effortlessly shares from 10 or 11 points of view, and although I couldn't relate to any of the characters who happened upon Tranquillum House for self-improvement, I did root for one specific family, and they are the sole reason I finished this book. All of the reviews I've read from fellow book bloggers were remarkably positive, raving, giving 5 stars, and stating this is 'her best yet,' so I am apparently in the minority. It's definitely a wild ride, it just wasn't as entertaining as I'd hoped.
Last summer I read The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle and fell in love with her writing style, reminiscent of Lifetime movies that are surprisingly good. Three Days Missing is her newest book, which is part of the July line-up for Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (#SRC2018). I really enjoyed the premise of this book about a child who goes missing on a school overnight field trip, and two mothers' lives that collide as they search for the missing boy. Lots of twists and turns, suspicious characters, and a plot that didn't run dry. I love books that hook you from the first page, and Belle has a way of reeling you in with her strong female characters and exposition. Her novels include all the necessities of a successful thriller: rising action. crises, and a powerful resolution. The perfect summer read!
If you're still looking for last minute gifts, or looking for some books to add to your TBR pile, here is a list of my favourite books of 2017. I can't wait to hear what you think!
My favourite books of 2017:
2. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.
Deeply moving, with a truly terrific set of characters. Tension and twists lead you to an ending you didn’t see coming. I highly recommend this story.
3. The Good Daughter by Karin SlaughterKarin.
Slaughter is by far one of my favourite authors. She is one of the only authors who literally brings me to tears. Her writing is vivid, exciting, and deeply moving. Her fast-paced novels are full of exciting twists. I cannot recommend her more.
4. Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave.
Unputdownable. How can you not love Sunshine Mackenzie? Relevant, thought-provoking and a redeeming character that is emotionally honest as she discovers what it means to live an authentic public life.
5. It’s Always the Husband.
A gripping murder mystery that makes us question the relationships in our lives. I love the Ivy League setting, the dysfunctional group of friends, and the secrets we keep. It reminded me of an adult version of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, with frenemies, murder, and twists right up to the last page.
6. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.
An incredible storyline with intricate characters. Fast-paced, questionable characters, and a story-line that is rehashed from different viewpoints. A tale of obsession, murder, and espionage.
7. Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia.
Hands down, one of my favourite books of all time. I always recommend this one. This was one of our book club selections this year and it did not disappoint. For fans of American Beauty and Macbeth, this story is beautiful, devastating, and mesmerizing. A well-written psychological thriller that will have you questioning yourself over and over. Who is the real Hattie Hoffman, and how often do we pretend to be someone we’re not?
8. The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe.
Another book club choice this year. One word: exceptional. Ever since I read Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, I have been searching for a book that would provide the same adrenaline rush and page-turning experience. A psychological thriller that includes rich character development, a clever plot line, and a multi-layered mystery. This is highly recommended for those that loved Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.
9. Final Girls by Riley Sager.
Slasher-film meets psychological thriller. This one is twisted, entertaining, and suspenseful. I was apprehensive about reading this one after one glance of the cover, assuming it was a horror story. However, this one is packed full of character development, in a real-world setting. The lone survivor of a grisly mass murder, coined as one of the ‘Final Girls’, Quincy must re-live this horrifying nightmare in order to remember what happened ten years before.
10. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.
My favourite of Ruth Ware’s books. For fans of Pretty Little Liars comes The Lying Game, a psychological thriller about four friends from boarding school, who become bound together by lies. This book delves into the intricacies of friendship, deceit, and loyalty.
I officially joined the #bookstagram community at the end of 2015. Since then, I've read upwards of 150 books, met a community of amazing people, and became a part-time blogger. Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform, and I spend a ton of my free time scrolling through different bookstagrammers accounts to see what they're reading and discussing. I have come across hundreds of amazing handles, but my favourites are those with aesthetic material, honest reviews, and who make connections with their readers. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the accounts you need to be following.
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