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Book Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Every Last Fear

Rating: ⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.”

So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.

The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.

When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.

Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay’s Every Last Fear is not only a page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.


Review:   

1.    That Slow Kind of Burn

The book started with a “Bang!” and I was hoping it will keep up the momentum. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too slow for my liking, to the point where I almost gave up on it.

2.    We Need to Talk About Danny

I was really looking forward to getting a glimpse into Danny’s world, his thoughts, just more of him but that didn’t happen, which was a bummer in my opinion!

3.    Too Much…

Too many characters, too many POVs, too many fillers, too much jumping back and forth, up and down, and sideways. Adding that to the slow pace of the book and you get my recipe for a 2 stars read.

4.    Keller and the Friends Circle

I only liked two things about this book, the FBI agent Sarah Keller and Matt’s friends circle, and that was it for me.

5.    The Final Verdict

This book lacked everything I like in a Thriller; no surprise element, too much going on, too slow, not very believable, and can also be considered problematic for various reasons. It just wasn’t my cup of tea and I’m fully aware, I’m in the minority so take my review with a grain of salt 🙂 !

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

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Book Review: Little Liar by Lisa Ballantyne

Little Liar

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

The accused

While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him – and that Nick’s imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him.

Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.

The accuser

When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough – she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school – she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple.

Because, once you’ve said what you’ve said, there’s no way back, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.


Review:   

1. Secrets, Lies, and Other Thorny Pathways

This book filled me with so many conflicting emotions and got me racing through the pages, looking for the truth.

Is Nick the culprit or is there more to the story? What has happened to Angela to alter her character and her life? Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying through their teeth? Who’s protecting who and why? So many questions, so much emotional distress in this roller coaster of a story.

2. Remember, There Are Always Two Sides…

There are always two sides to every story but most people, instead of seeking the truth, they prefer to sit back, judge, and ruin lives.

It’s also quite hard to trust a problematic character but that made it all the more intriguing.

3. The Undoing

As the story progressed, I began to untie the web of lies and then I genuinely hoped I was wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn’t and as it all came undone, the awe factor took form and then lingered on for a long while.

4. Yes & No

This book deals with sexual assault, an incredibly delicate concept, which the author handled rather skilfully. However, there were certain aspects, related to the medical field, that didn’t sit well with me.

5. The Final Verdict

All in all, this was a superb psychological thriller that I’d definitely recommend!

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Book Review: Escape the System by Joe Barnes

Escape the System

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

What if you could feel inspired every day of your life? What if you got to work on the projects you love and could make a positive difference to the world?

Author, coach and hypnotherapist Joe Barnes presents the journey to escaping from a purposeless life, based on society’s expectations, to finding your passion and living the life you want. Inspired by the films Fight Club and The Matrix, and based on more than four years research into how history’s mavericks like Martin Luther King, Galileo, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Schwarzenegger overcame the System, Joe Barnes reveals the formula for succeeding on your own terms.


Review:   

1. The system

What is the system?

What are the benefits of escaping it?

How to escape?

This book is full of thought-provoking bits and pieces, not all of them are pleasant but they do a good job at pushing the reader to question everything, especially the system as we know it.

2. The Matrix

I liked how the author used different examples of real-life people and fictional characters to get his point across. My favourite was the Matrix analogy, the whole blue pill, red pill dilemma.

3. Blue or Red Pill?

 If you were to choose, would you go for the  blue pill or the red pill? Would you pick a familiar and “comfortable” prison, or would you choose to awaken? Food for thoughts!

4. The escape

Many interesting examples are given as the Author develops an escape plan from the system. Some ideas I found intriguing, most of them I already knew but it was still interesting to revisit them from a different perspective.

5. The Final Verdict

In a nutshell, this book is definitely worth a read, you might not agree with everything the Author has to say but it will make you think and question your reality and that’s the whole point.

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Video Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Book Review: Who Took Eden Mulligan? by Sharon Dempsey

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Who Took Eden Mulligan?

Rating: ⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

‘They’re dead. They’re all dead. It’s my fault. I killed them.’
Those are the words of Iona Gardener, who stands bloodied and staring as she confesses to the murder of four people in a run-down cottage outside of Belfast.

Outside the cottage, five old dolls are hanging from a tree. Inside the cottage, the words “WHO TOOK EDEN MULLIGAN?” are graffitied on the wall, connecting the murder scene with the famous cold case of Eden Mulligan, a mother-of-five who went missing during The Troubles.

But this case is different. Right from the start.

Because no one in the community is willing to tell the truth, and the only thing DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey can be certain of is that Iona Gardener’s confession is false….


Review:   

  1. Good premise but…

Unfortunately, this book did not manage to live up to its intriguing premise. And boy, I really tried to get into it but in vain, perhaps it was just a tad too slow for my liking.

  1. The Setting

The setting of this story was way more interesting than the story itself, I’d go so far as to say that it was the highlight of this book.

  1. The Good and the Bad

The writing was good but repeating certain details, multiple times, was not needed and made my reading experience a little less enjoyable.

  1. The End

I had so much hope for the finale, I even thought that if it was good, it would redeem the whole book and make it worth a read. Unfortunately, the ending was a bit of a let-down as it was both, rushed and unconvincing.

5. The Final Verdict

This book was not my cup of tea but it might be your cup of coffee, who knows? Might be worth a read to find out.

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Video Review: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

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1. Climate Disaster

2. Realistic Optimism

3. Climate & Tech

4. The Good News

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Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Synopsis: 

We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.


Review:   

  1. The Getaway from Hell

How would you feel if you find yourself trapped in a secluded hotel during an ice storm with no means of escape and a killer on the loose? Sounds like the getaway from hell, doesn’t it?

  1. The Agatha Christie Vibe

This is a suspenseful whodunit mystery with a prominent ‘Agatha Christie’ vibe to it.

As the myriad characters were introduced, I feared that it might be a bit of a shore to remember each one of them with their respective secrets and backstories but fortunately, that wasn’t the case as the author made sure to give them enough substance to stand out but not enough to connect with, which I don’t mind in this kind of stories.

  1. The Cliché

I loved the writing and the creepy setting. Some of the characters were somewhat cliché and not very likeable.

  1. The Final Reveal

The story also gives you the feel that everyone is guilty till proven innocent. Therefore, I did not figure out the killer or why they did what they did till the final reveal, which I felt was a bit rushed and also a tad underwhelming but that’s probably because I had high expectations and so I was bound to feel a bit let down. Moreover, the motives of the killer weren’t very convincing in my opinion.

  1. The Final Verdict

However, I did enjoy the very last sentences of this utterly gripping book and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling mystery!

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

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