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!
I really enjoyed Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Sometimes I go into a book without reading the synopsis, and this is one of those examples. With a quick glimpse at the back reviews by B.A. Paris, Riley Sager and Amy Engel (all favorites’), I had a feeling this was a psychological thriller, but had no expectations going into it. I really loved the premise and found it unexpected and unique. I don’t want to say too much in fear of giving away the mystery at the heart of the novel…which is what is ‘in the water?’ I will say that it took me about 100 pages to feel really invested in this story, but the build-up and character development is important to the narrative. As many of you know, I absolutely love morality tales, and this one is the perfect mix of bad decisions and thought-provoking scenarios. The perfect summer/beach read.
“Her Pretty Face” – Whose pretty face you may ask? I wrestled with this question throughout the novel, with many red herrings strategically placed throughout to throw me for a loop.
I absolutely loved this domestic suspense novel, and finished it in two days. Shocking, violent, and raw, this book grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.
This novel explores reinvention, grief, and retribution, and leaves you wondering if people can truly change.
This title releases in Canada on July 10, 2018!
Thank you so much @robynharding and Rebecca from @simonschusterca for sending me this ARC.
Twist, after twist, after twist! I can't stop raving about this book, and I am thrilled that Booksparks included this in their Spring Reading Challenge #src2018. I would categorize this as a domestic drama, but there is mystery and thriller woven throughout. I gave this one a solid 5 stars because of the character development, moral dilemmas, and plot development. I love that you get to see things from different points of view, making each characters decisions more and more complex. I was completely absorbed in a whirlwind of emotion. A problematic love affair, a car crash, and the rollercoaster of grief, makes life more complicated for the neighbours of this street. I highly recommend this book!
When I read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris last year, it quickly became one of my favourite thrillers of all time, as well as our book clubs. Since then, I have also read The Breakdown, and as of yesterday, her newest release: Bring Me Back. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC, as I really don't think I could have waited until it release in June 2018. After reading the premise of the book, I knew I was hooked. I spent the majority of my Saturday finishing this one. B.A. Paris is an incredible writer, her first book was intricately plotted, with a shocking revelation, and left you haunted after the conclusion. Her newest book is another one to add my to ever growing collection of Domestic Noir: a literary subgenre within crime fiction.
I really enjoyed parts of this one, however the overuse of Russian dolls (these mysterious dolls keep appearing throughout the story) made it lose its momentum, and I found myself skimming pages. The conclusion was too far fetched for me, and completely unbelievable. This one missed the mark for me in comparison to Behind Closed Doors, however it has received lots of praise, and may be the perfect twisted thriller for you.
Premise from Goodreads:
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…
Often times I catch myself requesting books based on their cover. This is one of those books. It caught my eye right away, and it's clear that using the word 'wife' or 'girl' in the title is more than a marketing trend. I love this genre that's been sweeping the literacy world since Gone Girl and Girl on the Train emerged. Domestic thrillers, unreliable narrators, psychological suspense, and what is means to be a woman living in today's society. The Wife Between Us was all of this and more. What I loved most about this book was how how the authors chose to leave the description ambiguous: "When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement... assume nothing" (Goodreads, 2018). This book is meticulously crafted. The plot-twist half-way through had me flipping backwards, as this roller-coaster ride is taken to new heights. The shocking revelation had me reading well into the night.
Thank you St. Martin's Press for this Advanced Reader Copy.
Premise from Goodreads:
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.
If you haven't read Find Her by Lisa Gardner, you need to read it prior to reading Look For Me. Look For Me can act as a stand-a-lone, however the character of Flora Danes is so unique and intense. Find Her is book # 8 in the Detective D.D. Warren series. It's one of those books that always stays with you. It truly made me question what kind of survivor I would be? Flora Danes is held captive for 472 days in a coffin-sized box. It's a terrific, fast-paced revenge thriller, that looks at what it means to find yourself again . Look For Me follows Flora Dane, as D.D. Warren's new sidekick. I loved the sarcastic banter, the community of survivors, and the mystery at the heart of this novel. I highly recommend this one! A compelling, well-written read, that makes you question, 'what does it mean to be family?'
"Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve."
One of my favourite books last year was Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. There is something addictive about domestic thrillers as of lately. The Last Mrs. Parrish isn't face-paced, but it's fuelled by suspense. The tagline for Behind Closed Doors was, "The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?", and I think this is the best way to describe this book. This is a tale of envy and greed, weaved as a psychological thriller. The reader encounters psychological manipulation, betrayal, and revenge.
What I liked:
I loved the character of Daphne Parrish, (however it takes 2/3 of the book to reach her point of view). The story is addictive. After the first chapter, I was hooked. It's jaw dropping to think what some women are willing to do in order to have the 'perfect life,' and how quickly jealousy can become obsession. I really liked how the authors presented dual perspectives, illustrating how our views can be flawed, and appearances can be deceiving.
What I didn't like:
The ending is great, don't get me wrong, but it felt rushed! The first part tended to drag on and on... we get it...you want her life, reminiscent of some slow, Lifetime movie. When it finally came time to see everything come together it fell flat, entirely artificial. I also didn't like the scenes of domestic violence. If you've read or seen Big Little Lies, you know what I'm referring to. It would make for a great movie though! I'm thinking Jon Hamm meets Kate Mara and Rachel Weisz.
The book starts with the line, "You aren't going to like me very much," and it's true. From the onset, I had major Gone Girl vibes (Gillian Flynn), which was my favourite book in 2012. A husband and wife, both writers, keeping secrets, and a marriage based on lies. Hard to not compare, until you hit the halfway point. Lately I've been reading many domestic thrillers, and I'm starting to love this genre. It keeps me on my toes. This book is binge-worthy, full of suspense, accompanied with muti-layered characters. The only thing I found distracting in this novel, is the way the author titles each chapter... Red herrings? Foreshadowing? I hated it. I've read one other book by J.T. Ellison this past summer, called No One Knows, and I really enjoyed it, however this one trumps it. I was completely absorbed in this twisty, unputdownable story.
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