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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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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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!

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REVIEW: YOU LOVE ME BY CAROLINE KEPNES (YOU #3)

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Review: You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes (You #3)

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Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 


Synopsis: 

The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show…

Joe Goldberg is back. And he’s going to start a family – even if it kills him.

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library – he does know a thing or two about books – and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kaye DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way… by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is… Mary Kaye already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s… busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kaye will do the right thing and make room for him.


Review:   

  1. Where is the Love?

Joe is out of a toxic situation and now he is ready to start fresh, what a surprise…NOT! So, hello there Mary Kaye DiMarco “MK”, you’re next! He sees her and he knows this time will be different, this time he will do it right. But…will there be a but? Knowing Joe, I went into the book waiting for all the but’s and red flags to fly in my face.

  1. The Good Guy Syndrome

Joe is adamant, this time around, to do things right; to be the good guy, whatever that means to him. So, can he get his creepy side under control? Or will he let it run wild and just blame everyone else’s for his misery? I was excited to see Joe attempting to be the good guy and I had hope that this time, things might just turn out in his favour.

  1. Kill them with Kindness

As part of his reform, Joe is trying to lower his body count, so he tries to win MK the old-fashioned way while keeping his hands clean. The struggle must be real! Being in Joe’s mind is always a conflicting experience. He is meant to be likeable but also not so likeable. In his mind, it is never his fault. He is a good guy and why all of these questionable characters making it hard for him, when all he wants is to love and be loved in return, is that too much to ask for?

  1. The End! Wait, What?

When it’s all said and done, I was left staring at the last page, not quite sure how to feel about the ending. Was it rushed? Was it too much or was it too little? There was something about that ending that bothered me but that’s probably because I had high expectations for it and so I was bound to be let down; the ending somehow failed to live up to how good the rest of the book was.

  1. The Final Verdict

In a nutshell, it was a delight to be inside Joe’s mind for the third time. The highs and lows, the twists and turns make this book worth a read, maybe two. I would definitely recommend!

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

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Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Review of The Grownup

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Synopsis: 

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.


Review:   

For a short story, this is remarkably good!

“Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually.”

Skilfully-written, suspenseful, witty, twisty, and quite hilarious at times.

This short mystery thriller kept me intrigued and entertained till the very misty end.

Will definitely recommend. 

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Review: The Other Wife by Claire McGowan

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Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.


Review:   

Unputdownable, addictive, and fast-paced Psychological Suspense!

This is a well-written plot, starring twisted and unlikable characters, all driven by different motives; greed, lies, deceit, jealousy, and all arrays of destructive emotions.

Secret upon secrets and twists upon twists, some easier to unmask than others. Moreover, there were many implausible occurrences in this story and the ending was no different but still managed to have a satisfying edge to it.

All is all, this is an enthralling read and I will definitely recommend it!

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