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Kristen Lepionka – The Last Place You Look : Review

Synopsis – “A beautiful blonde teenager, Sarah Cook disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. As his execution nears, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look at this cold case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane is drawn to the story of Sarah’s disappearance, especially when she suspects a link between it and one of her father’s unsolved murder cases. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that she can save Brad’s life and her own.”

Genre – Thriller / Crime

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “underneath it, another layer of rocks and mud couldn’t quiet cover a long, blue bundle”

When I picked this up I was immediately intrigued, I love anything detective and prison like so curiosity got the better of me. We’re introduced to our main character, Roxane, right away and for me she was instantly likeable. Roxane is easy to relate too and follow along, but she also has an interesting side that keeps you questioning.

It was a little bit of a slow read for me at first but once I hit that half way point things started to get good.

Overall, it was a good detective read and had some amazing twists that I couldn’t have guessed, it just took a little while for the story to start getting good.

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Caroline Kepnes – You : Review

Synopsis – “When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. 

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

Genre – thriller

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “She is supposed to be in a morgue, not a hospital.”

I watched the Netflix TV series before I read the book and absolutely loved the series, it was so intense! I read so many reviews about the book and how much better it was than the show so I just HAD to read it .. obviously. At first I was shocked by the language in the book but I love the way it portrays Joe and sets out his mind. The story is told from Joe’s perspective so you get to read all his thoughts, from good, to bad, to naughty.

Without giving to much away, I feel bad that I was rooting for Joe .. why do I like him so much! (Oops).

The book was written in a typical thriller way, short, quick sentences. I loved this. The pace was quick and shortness of the sentence kept me tense and intrigued. I was literally sat in the edge of my seat at parts.

The downfalls to this book for me is that there wasn’t enough detail in certain parts. We got told certain things that are essentially huge parts in the story, but they are over within one line with no description or detail which is a little disappointing. HOWEVER, the book does make up for that in other areas.

Overall I really enjoyed this book but I do wish I had read this first and then watched the show because I didn’t have to use my imagination, the film was already pictured in my mind when reading.

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John Marrs – The One : Review

Synopsis: “One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for. 

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

Genre: thriller | mystery

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Capturing quote: “He put the phone away and pondered what his Match might look like, before deciding it was I appropriate to be thinking about a second woman while he was still in the company of the first.

He rose to his feet and returned to the kitchen to find her where he’d left her minutes earlier, lying on her back on the cold, slate floor, the garrotte still embedded in her neck.”

This book was SOOOO GOOD! My favourite book of the year so far, along side Passengers of course. The plot was very intriguing, I absolute love the aspect of realistic plots and this plot is very realistic in our day and age. Super interesting and definitely a page turner.

The story starts and introduces us to six characters, which at first is a little confusing, but you soon come to know each one and their individual stories. The book has one main story but follows the very different lives of six characters, creating six stories from one main one which keeps it so interesting. I found my self finishing a chapter and wanting to continue that specific story so I was flying through the book. There was a twist and gasp on every page and I loved it!

The pace of the story was very fast, the chapters were short and sharp and made for a fast read.

Overall I absolutely loved this book and John Marrs has become one of my instant buy authors 🚀

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Lisa Jewell – Watching You Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“You’re back home after four years of working abroad.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brothers spare room.

And then you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinary attractive.

You find yourself watching him. All the time.

You never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you. ”

(Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I mean, doesn’t that synopsis already get your knickers in a twist?! 😱! The synopsis is intriguing enough and doesn’t even outline the main part of the story!

I just finished this and oh my 🤭! The story line is amazing and has SO many twists. I did guess one of the main plot twists but there were still so many that I had no idea about which definitely kept me wanting to read on. It was super intriguing, super sitting on the edge of your seat type read, super wanting to know what happens.

Watching You is very cleverly written and well thought out. It focuses on one small town and a small group of people within that town and the way it focuses on each person is amazing and definitely keeps it from getting boring.

… and now I wait for @lisajewelluk ‘s next 💀😂

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John Marrs – The Passengers: Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?”

Big thank you to Ebury and PenguinUK for sending me this book to review.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was amazing! The whole concept intrigued me right away, I mean, self-drive cars? SO INTERESTING! Especially since they are trialing them in the UK! Super intriguing.

The Passengers is set a few years in the future and starts out introducing us to Libby, the main character who most people can relate to. Libby is an average girl who opposes self-drive cars. The book continues to tell us about self-drive cars and how they operate as well as their different levels.

When the hacker takes over and we are introduced to the eight passengers, things get very interesting. John Marrs was very clever about how he wrote this book and it switches between each of the passengers and Libby.

This book doesn’t give you the opportunity to wonder what is going to happen because once you are told something, you read something else and your opinion changes completely!

Very cleverly written and some amazing twists throughout the book. A very enjoyable read and I would high recommend! 🚗

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Karen M McManus – Two Can Keep a Secret : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it.

It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return.

Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news.

And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death.

His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace.

His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again.

And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it?

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure.

Then another girl disappears.

As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. “

(Young Adult / Mystery/ Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: Called it.

Ok, this was amazing. I love that its a thriller but its also a teen book so its not super creepy or scary .. (yes I’m a wuss).

The book is written from two different perspectives, Ellery’s and Malcom’s, and it does not disappoint. Right from the get go this book will grab your attention and you won’t want to put it down because its so exciting. I was constantly on edge, my mind racing to keep up and try to figure on what the hell was happening, who was it, whats going on and how do i get to Echo Ridge to join Ellery and Malcom.

Karen McManus is an amazing writer and her style is so captivating. I would defiantly recommend you go and buy this book to read, especially if you kind of like mystery and thrillers but don’t like them scary, like me haha!

My two word review “called it” because theres an amazing twist but i called it from the beginning HOWEVER that is not the only twist and boy did the other twist leave me shook. YES. Go get this book!

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Lynda La Plante – Widows : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“A security van heist goes disastrously wrong and three women are left widowed.

When Dolly discovers her late husbands plans for the failed hijack, an idea starts to form…

Could she and the other widows finish the job their husbands started?”

(Mystery / Drama)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: very exciting.

Ok, this book is an amazing drama/thriller type book that puts women in the highlight. I love the fact that it’s a group of women leading this story rather than men like it usually is.

The story builds up slowly but there is action from the start and it never gets boring. The book is about a heist that a group of men tried to complete but failed, killing themselves. Their widows decide to take over and complete the heist on their own. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book, there’s so many twists and turns and I just couldn’t wait to get through it. It was such an exciting read.

I’m not sure if it’s only me but I love stories about heists, it always gives me ideas on how I could get away with robbing a bank one day 🙄😂! I loved reading about all the planning and build up of the heist and Lynda La Plante did not disappoint one bit.

I was however, a little disappointed to find out there is a sequel to this book and I’m unsure I will it because I quiet liked where the story ended but i guess there was still some unanswered questions 🤷🏼‍♀️.

🚨 ALERT: SPOILERS BELOW: ALERT 🚨

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OH MY GOD, what a twist?! Did you expect it? Did you guess what was going to happen? I must admit that I didn’t expect it until I put the pieces together and then I was like holy sh*t! HARRY RAWLINS IS ALIVE! After I figured it out I was kind of wondering whether him and Dolly where going to team up and take all the money in the end and I was so glad when the girls got to Rio in one piece.

I just loved how all of them came from different backgrounds and they all came together to pull this heist off and did it amazingly! Anyone want to team up? 😂

Even at the end of the book when they were going to Rio there was still some on edge moments, like when Dollys case was about to be search and Shirley was questioned, ahhh so much drama!

I loved this story though and would definitely recommend it if you love heist/bank robbery stuff 😝!

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Jeffery Deaver – Roadside Crosses : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“On the internet, you can never be sure who is listening.

Anyone can discover your secrets.

Your deepest fears.

And some will use them against you.

Roadside crosses are appearing along The Californian highways – memorials to deaths that have not yet occurred.

Now Kathryn Dance, Special Agent and kinesics expert, must race against the clock to find a psychopath before he can carry out his deadly plans … in the cyber world and the real.”

(Thriller / Mystery)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️1/2

Two word review: takes times.

Ok, so this book was actually a really good story but … it just took so long for me to get through it. It didn’t hook me to the point where I couldn’t put it down, I was happy to put it down for a few days and just read it when I was bored.

However, as I said, the story line was pretty amazing and really interested. I think Deaver tried to put to many stories into one which made it a long and sometimes boring bored (sorry Deaver).

It’s an interesting book but not one that I would say ‘you definitely have to read’.

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As I’ve said above, this book took me sooo long to read, like over a month! But the story line was really interesting.

Deaver dives straight into the story, which I liked, there was no build up, just straight in. And wow, was the story amazing. I mean, the case of the roadside crosses starts and instantly your putting the puzzle together, wondering who it could be. The details and cover ups were amazing, poor travis! The turn out at the end was incredible, like who guessed Chilton?! I did at first but I kind of forgot about it through and was hunting for Travis.

The whole internet and gaming side of this book was also pretty cool to read and I loved the fact that Deaver actually includes websites for readers to look at. That was a nice touch.

I think if Deaver had just kept to the one storyline, the book would have been amazing, however he included another 2-3 story lines which bulked the book odour and made it boring at points.

I loved the story line about Dance’s mom, but was it necessary? I don’t think it was, especially because she wasn’t guilty, it would have been so much more interesting if she had have killed Juan Miller!

Anyway, as I said, the story was pretty amazing but it is a hard book to get though, I contemplated just giving up at points. Has anyone else read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts .. 💭

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Sharon Bolton – Dead Woman Walking : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish bored, thirteen passengers on a hot-air balloon flight witness a brutal murder. Within the next hour, all but one of them will be dead.

Alone, scared and trusting no-one, she flees for her life, running to the one place she feels safe. But she’s seen the killers face, and he’s seen hers – and he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the last witness to his crime …”

(Thriller / Crime / Mystery)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Ok so, I found this book easy to read, despite it jumping back and fourth and between different characters. It’s a little confusing at first but once you gather what’s going on it becomes very easy to follow (but sometimes very annoying too). Bolton had me gripped from the start and I definitely wanted to continue reading to find out what happens, like hello, give me answers right?! There’s defiantly more to this story than what you get from the back cover, so many different characters that all interlink and so many scenarios that you just have to read your way through to get the answers. There were so many different stories in one story but Bolton did an excellent job of keeping them all connected. The ending was the best part of the book for me and Bolton wrapped the story up amazingly. Definitely worth a read.

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Ok so this book was crazy! There were so many different stories to follow but Bolton answered all of the questions amazingly in the ending. I mean, can you believe Jessica was actually Bella? I kind of guessed it as I was working my way through the book but then forgot about it, so it still shocked me when it came out. I think it was a great twist on the story and Bolton did a great job of keeping it under wraps until it was announced near the end.

I kind of understand the story of Bella being abused by father but I don’t think it added anything to the story? I mean, it made a great ending, finding out that it wasn’t her brother who abused her but was it needed? I don’t think it was, I think the story would have still been great without it. I feel like Bolton Just bulked the story out a bit with this mini story, what did you think?

& oh my! The Ajax / Mojo storyline was brilliant! I was not expecting Mojo to be who she was in the end, again, another amazing twist by Bolton.

I did enjoy reading this book and would definitely take a look at Bolton future books. Let me know your thoughts of it, I’d love to see what others opinions are 💭.