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

Review of The Other Wife

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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Review: The Present by D.S. Devlin

Review of The Present 

Rating:  ⭐ ⭐ 

Synopsis:

This book can also be read with The Present by Charlotte Phillips. Two books, one unforgettable Christmas…

12 deadly gifts, one killer on a Christmas countdown…

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… this is one deadly Christmas that you can’t forget.

The police are baffled by the ‘Santa’ killer, who sends his intended victims gruesome presents based on the twelve days of Christmas. When a young journalist receives a mutilated bird in the post, it’s a race against time to find the killer…


Review:   

This is a Christmas thriller, quite easy to read but lacks the mystery component!

The story starts off with a good premise but

I tend to like stories that are peppered with thought-provoking twists and turns and this story, unfortunately, has none; guessing the culprit was basically a walk in the park.

If you’re looking for an easy ready, revolving around some incredibly gruesome crimes and you’re not bothered by the lack of mystery then you should definitely give this book a read.

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Review: I Dare You by Sam Carrington

Review of I Dare You

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS.

Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Now…
Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?


Review:   

Who’s the killer? What’s their motive? And what everybody’s hiding and why?

So many questions and the answers turned out to be far more intriguing than I anticipated!

The story is told from various perspectives and as it alternates between timelines, we get to uncover the many facets of the well-developed characters.

Moreover, in the middle, I felt the plot did drag on a little and most of the twists were  somewhat predictable but still thought-provoking.  

Infused with twists, turns, and a lot of secrets, this gripping mystery is definitely worth a read!

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Review: Broken Flowers by Kate McQuaile


Review of Broken Flowers 

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  

Synopsis: 

Your mother. The one person you trust. What if you’re wrong?

Widowed Nan is on her way to her beloved son’s wedding. She should be excited, but she is dreading her return to Paradise Place – a small area of Notting Hill that she hasn’t dared set foot on for decades. Nan had arrived there as a young girl in the late seventies, desperate for freedom and a career as an artist. But, drawn into a dark obsession that spun out of control, Nan was forced to flee.

And while the only thing seemingly connecting her son’s wedding and her old secret life is Paradise Place, Nan quickly gets the impression that someone is watching her every move . . . someone she thought was dead.


Review:   

Don’t they say revenge is a dish best served cold?

If you’re a fan of slow-burning thrillers where tension meets suspense in a whirlwind of lies, secrets, and bloody cold revenge? Then this book might be for you!

For me, this was a slow-burner that didn’t pick up speed till about the last quarter of the book and when it did, the twists were either predictable or far-fetched. I did, However, enjoy the writing and the premise of the book and would still recommend it.

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Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Review of What Lies Between Us 

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 

Synopsis: 

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.


Review:   

A disturbing tale of love and hate and everything in between!

A mother and daughter, two utterly dysfunctional characters, trapped in a twisted game of life and death. Who’s done who wrong? And who’s to blame?

I did manage to figure out all the major twists and yet, the impeccable writing kept me turning the pages, begging for more.

I would definitely recommend.

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Review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Review of The Guest List 

Rating: ⭐ ⭐   


Synopsis: 

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Review:   

A slow burner that failed to hold my interest.

I liked the premise of this book and even though the writing was quite good, I still struggled to get invested in the characters, which made it all the more difficult to care about who did what and for what reason. Most of the twists were rather predictable and the finale was a bit too hasty for my liking.

This book was not my cup of tea but I’m sure a lot of people will find it quite entertaining!

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Review: Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Review of Dear Child

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  

 


Synopsis: 

Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.


Review:   

Dark, enthralling, and full of unsettling twists and turns that kept me turning the pages, desperate to uncover the truth.

This is a well-written story with a clever plot that kept on giving till the very last pages…

And the very well-developed characters, all have an unreliable tinge to them, made it all the more difficult to foresee the twists, let alone the explosive finale.

I would definitely recommend this to all psychological thrillers’ readers!

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Review: Strangers by C.L. Taylor

Review of Strangers

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.


Review:   

1. Unputdownable!

Three main very-well-developed characters come together in an action-packed suspense that left me wondering, where the hell is this going?

2. Treacherous waters

From the very first chapter, this book managed to pull me straight into its treacherous waters and even though I tried to take a break in between and have a KitKat, it simply refused to let me go till the very last chapter.

3. Denouement

Although I quite enjoyed the ride, somehow the denouement did not live up to my expectations but I believe that’s what happens when you read too many Psychological Thrillers.

4. Those twists and turns

Even though I was not the biggest fan of how everything came together at the end, I still enjoyed the wild ride with its highs and lows, twists and turns.

5. The Final Verdict

I would definitely recommend this book and will also be on the lookout for this author’s future work!

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Review: The Vow by Debbie Howells

Review of The Vow

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

Everything was perfect. And then her fiance disappeared…

Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.

Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her. He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.

Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met.

The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.


Review:   

1. One for Sorrow…

This fast-paced read tells the story of manipulation, revenge, and sorrow.

2. The Unreliable Narrator

The suspense kept me turning the pages and along the way, I lost trust in all characters as their unreliability became quite palpable.

3. In Style

I also quite enjoyed the author’s writing style and how the story progressed almost effortlessly.

4. Don’t let me down

The last revelation was a bit of a let-down but the way everything came together, at the end, was rather satisfying.

5. The Final Verdict

All in all, I enjoyed the writing style, the characters, and the storyline and will definitely recommend!

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