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Sleepless

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Synopsis: 

It’s been years since Nadja was convicted of a cruel crime. After her release from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life. But then a murder occurs and a remote house in the woods becomes the scene of a bizarre game – because Nadja’s past makes her the perfect victim. And the perfect murderer…


Review:   

1. Patience Is A Virtue

I wouldn’t describe this book as a slow burner but it does require a substantial amount of patience, especially at the beginning when nothing seems to connect, making it a tad hard to follow the different storylines. Fortunately, the intricate plot gets clearer along the way as the author keeps feeding us, slowly but surely, bits and pieces of her cleverly-done-puzzle.

2. Let’s Talk About The Characters

It takes talent to make the reader care about unlikeable characters and the author manages to do just that.

3. Gives Me the Creeps

This is a very dark and twisted psychological thriller with a bunch of vicious characters so needless to say, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

4. Those Twisty-Twists

There is an avalanche of twists and turns in this book, to the point where, on multiple occasions throughout this chilling reading journey, I had to stop and think about what I had just read; it was fun!

5. The Final Verdict

This is a very well-written thriller, creepy and intricate and full of twists and turns that will leave your head spinning, only if you have the patience to get through the first chapters; so read at your own risk 😉

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

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Author Bio

Romy Hausmann,  was born in the former GDR in 1981. At the age of twenty-four she became chief editor at a film production company in Munich. Since the birth of her son, Romy has been working as a freelancer in TV. DEAR CHILD is her thriller debut, and her second mind-bending thriller SLEEPLESS publishes in 2021. She lives with her family in a remote house in the woods near Stuttgart.

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Book Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ 


Synopsis: 

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?


Review:   

1. The Hype is Real

I know this book is hyped for a reason and I know I’m in the minority here and I get it, I get why this book is hitting the mark for so many readers, but these are my reasons why it completely missed it for me…

2. Make me Believe 

Neither the characters nor their actions are believable and usually, I’m ok with this to a certain extent, especially if the book has other qualities to redeem it; this was not the case in this one.

3. Surprise Me

When I pick up a thriller, I look forward to a thrilling ride with twist and turns that keep me on my toes. The main twist of this book is crystal clear from the very beginning and it sets the scene for a series of predictably underwhelming twists.

4. Ridiculous

You know what’s worse than predictable twists? A ridiculous ending and this book managed to have both!

5. The Final Verdict

Not my cup of tea but it’s so many readers’ cup of coffee and as I said before, I get it!

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: 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!

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: 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.

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: 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!

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: The Power of Comparison by Robert Prior

Review of The Power of Comparison 

Rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Synopsis:

We’re all products of our comparisons. What we think of ourselves, the way we feel and how we behave are affected by the comparisons we make. The comparison-generating properties of social media mean this is more relevant than ever before. Our comparisons also influence the everyday decisions we reach, often to our disadvantage. From eating to investing, driving to buying and working to dating, we can use them far better than we do. In “The Power of Comparison” you’ll learn how to tackle the mental health problems comparisons can cause as well as ways to turn them to your psychological, physical and financial advantage. It’s a manual for better living in this exciting, yet challenging, new era.


Review:   

This book was quite informative!

“Where there’s social interaction there will be comparisons and where there are comparisons there will be effects on our psychological well-being.”

From how social media accentuates the comparison syndrome to the art of constructive thinking and self worth, this book delves into our current reality, shedding light on a number of relevant topics.

I would definitely recommend it!

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Book 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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