Posted in Blog Tour, Thriller

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #pubday #bookbestiesforbetterandworse

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this compelling thriller! This was a group read with a couple of my besties Jennifer and Kenzie💕 Holly and Kendall had already read it and were happy to pipe in as well, this was a reed we all wanted to discuss!❄️

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

My Thoughts

How to get away with Murder! Or not?

loved it!This was a fast entertaining read that kept me engaged throughout… what would your reaction be if you were out on a first date and the topic of conversation was…. how to get away with murder? Well if I’m being honest I would probably be a little intrigued with the conversation, but never thinking it would ever come to fruition…. I don’t believe Will did either, but Natalie had other plans….

Such an intense story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… more than 10 years after the afore mentioned date Will and Natalie are married with a young son Charlie…. both are successful lawyers Natalie is a defense attorney and Will is a real estate lawyer… they have a good life although they both take one another for granted…. Natalie is pretty controlling and Will could grow a pair… although I have to admit as an outsider the argument they had over the whiteboard calendar was quite humorous! So what will this couple do when they find out someone has done the unthinkable to their child? And what will Will do when he finds out that Natalie has taken things into her own hands? Is murder ever justified?

This book definitely gave you a lot to think about… what would you do if you were put in this couple’s situation? What if somebody did the unthinkable to your child? I don’t think I could ever kill anybody, but if I could it would be because somebody hurt one of my kids… didn’t even really like Natalie or Will, but I sure wanted them to get away with this! My one little niggle with this book was the very stupid mistakes Natalie made in both the planning and execution of this crime…. seriously she is a defense attorney and my only knowledge of the law is from TV shows like Law and Order… and I knew better than her when it came to some of these little mistakes, maybe she needs to get out of the courtroom and turn on the TV! however this did add to the tension of the story, the entire time all you could think was, are they going to get away with this or not? And should they?

An enticing story that will keep you glued to those pages! And the ending… both satisfying and surprising! And a apologue that made me gasp, but just confirmed something I already figured out!

Absolutely recommend this is a quick addictive escape of a story!

*** Big thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? 

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Let Me Lie by @claremackint0sh #GemmaWhelan #Thriller #AudiobookReview @audibleuk @PenguinRHUK

Hello everyone, I am thrilled to bring you a review for the newest book by Clare Mackintosh. If you haven’t read any of her other books before, I strongly urge to you pick them up, they are a fab twisty ride!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Suspenseful Stars

The Blurb

Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives; one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter Anna is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to accept the verdict of suicide.

Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother’s presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.

Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . .

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Suspenseful Stars

My Thoughts

I was excited to read this book as the authors other 2 books have been fantastic, and this one was no different.

Be prepared for a few twists to make you go “Wait…What?”

The story revolves around Anna and the death of her parents, she is grief stricken, not only because of the fact that she has lost her parents, but because of the way they died.

Two years ago, her father sent her mother a text saying “I can’t do this anymore” a few hours later his shoes, wallet and phone were found at the top of Beachy Head, and a witness called the police to say that he had jumped off of the cliff, 6 months later, her heartbroken mother did the same!

Now for you guys not living in the UK, you may not know what Beachy Head is, so here is a picture.

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Now although beautiful and a popular tourist attraction, Beachy Head is unfortunately more famous for being a popular suicide spot, you may have seen it featured in the 70’s movie Quadrophenia, that iconic last scene was Beachy Head!

From Wikipedia

“There are an estimated 20 deaths by suicide a year at Beachy Head. The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team conducts regular day and evening patrols of the area in attempts to locate and stop potential jumpers.
Workers at the pub and taxi drivers are also on the look-out for people contemplating suicide, and there are posted signs with the telephone number of the Samaritans urging potential jumpers to call them”

Anna is now a new mother and her baby takes up most of her time, she and her partner Mark live together in Anna’s parents house, and apart from the obvious depression that Anna is suffering from, she is mostly coping quite well with life……Until the note!

“Suicide…think Again!”

A fabulous read that is bound to keep you on your toes, and the edge of your seat.

🎧🎧Narrated by Gemma Whelan, who is a new to me narrator, she did a great job with this story, and I was really impressed with her.

If you like twists and turns in a story, and you have a spare credit, you won’t go wrong with this one!!

Vicci

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Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga @barrylyga #CharlieThurston #FlashbackFriday #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult #Thriller #MurderMystery

I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 6 Just Like Cuttin’ Chicken stars!

Synopsis

What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Review

This is quite possibly one of my favourite YA series, although that does depend what day it is LOL

Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent is quite famous, well i say quite, but when your dad is the most infamous serial killer ever, everyone knows who you are.

Billy Dent is the serial killer everyone knows about, he has 123 murders under his belt, and he is currently serving 30 life sentences in jail for his crimes.

Jazz knows all about his fathers killings, One because obviously he is his son, but also, because of the fact that Billy liked to take his son with him to witness the killings!

Jazz basically is every cops wet dream, he has been able to witness crime scenes from the point of view of the killer himself.

As you can imagine with his life the way it is, Jazz isn’t exactly popular, he has a best friend called Howie who was a brilliant character, he was funny and also was someone who Jazz felt that he had to look after because he is a Haemophiliac.
He also has a girlfriend called Connie, she is a lovely girl and is also black, which doesn’t go down too well with his very outspoken and racist Grandma, who is also hilarious (not because she is racist!)

Bodies start to pile up in the town of Lobo’s Nod where Jazz lives, and it seems that Billy Dent is up to his old tricks again, but he can’t be while he is locked up in jail, so it seems that a Copy-cat killer is on the loose.

Jazz thinks that he will be the perfect person to help the police with the investigations, but the more involved he gets, the more he starts to think that he is more like his father than he thought!!

🎧🎧 Narration for this was OUTSTANDING, expertly done by Charlie Thurston, his voice for Billy sent chills down my spine!

* I would say save a credit for this one, but it looks like it is unfortunately not available to download from Audible any more!
If you would like a copy of this then please let me know and i can happily try and send you it via the ‘Send This Book’ feature on the Audible App

If you like Young Adult books then you will LOVE this one!!

Vicci

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Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers today I am sharing with you my review for this book that I absolutely loved up until about 82%; made me think how much of an impact does the ending of a book have on how much you like or dislike a book? I still really like this book I was just disappointed by the ending, but I think sometimes I am more forgiving of a mediocre book with a fantastic ending then a fantastic book with a mediocre ending?🤔

The Thinnest Air

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

My Thoughts

4 Fast Paced Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fast paced page turning psychological thriller that started with a bang and ended with a fizzle… I started this book with lowered expectations… five of my trusted book Besties read this before me, and I knew they were all disappointed…. and I want to thank all of them for lowering my expectations, because I think I enjoyed this book so much more because of that…. Truly for me up until about 82% this book was brilliant…. I thought my girls were being super unfair to this book as I quickly turned those pages to find out what the heck was going on! And then…… The reveal….. it was such a letdown and it happened really early… I spent the last 10% of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop and it is still dangling on my foot!

Meredith has gone missing… disappearing into thin air, leaving behind her purse and her phone…. did she run away or was she snatched? Why would she leave her seemingly happy marriage? And who would take her?

Loved how this story was revealed to us… we got Meredith’s perspective leading up to the kidnapping and Grier’s ( Meredith’s big sister) perspective after the kidnapping… Grier was a devoted big sister and was not going to stop until Meredith was found! Grier was my favorite character in this book strong, sassy, and determined…. we all need a sibling like her in our lives! Made me wonder what my brothers would do if I were to go missing? They would probably throw a party, LOL I always told my mom I wanted a sister… I’m sure she would be out looking for me unlike those brothers of mine! Let’s hope I never go missing! OK back to the book….

This was a well told story with plenty of suspects and secrets… and as things were slowly revealed Grier found out she did not know her little sister as well as she thought… also as things were revealed I became more and more suspicious of certain characters…. where this book fell short for me is in the ending it was just so vanilla… and I prefer Rocky Road!

I do recommend this book because it was really good up until the ending and, I think if you read it with the expectations of a lackluster ending you’ll enjoy it…Minka Kent has a very readable and smooth style about her writing making this a very quick read…

*** many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.

Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.

Hope you have a Sunday filled with fabulous books! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline @LisaScottoline – #FlashbackFriday

Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Twisty Stars

Synopsis

Jake Buckmans relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.

Powerful and dramatic, Keep Quiet will have readers and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.

Review

This book makes you think really carefully about what you would do and how far you would go to protect your family.

Jake has a good life, he has a brilliant job that he started from nothing, to the thriving business it is today, he has a beautiful wife Pam who he loves very much, and a teenage son Ryan who he doesn’t know very well at all.

Jakes relationship with Ryan is fading, he is always at work and doesn’t have any time for him, and he wants to put it right.

After a discussion about it with his wife it is decided that he will collect Ryan from the cinema that evening instead of Pam.

He turns up on time and collects Ryan as agreed, they are driving home with the usual uncomfortable silences they start to bond and actually start to chat like father and son.

When Ryan asks to drive his dads car, Jake obviously refuses as Ryan doesn’t have his drivers permit yet although he will have it in 1 month, and it was also after 11pm.

Because they are getting on so well Jake decides that it won’t hurt and pulls over on a long deserted road and lets Ryan drive.
All is well and Ryan is a good driver, they are chatting away and turn a bend and ……………

Jakes life is turned upside down ……..

This book is great, it has twists turns and then when you think you have it BAM another one pops up.

Get ready to have your mind twisted!

Vicci

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage @zooshka @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay

It is Tuesday book lovers!

Sharing with you today a review for a book I originally rated a little bit lower and six months later and on publication day I have decided to bump it up a star… this book has stuck with me and I let myself be swayed by the opinions of others and that was not fair to this book or to the author!

Baby Teeth

COMING TO SHELVES TODAY 7/17

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

4 controversial stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

About the Book

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

My Thoughts

I believe I’m going to bust out my complement sandwich for this review… as a refresher a complement sandwich is good/bad/good…. so in short the bad is sandwiched in between the good….. I also want to make it very clear that I read this with a group and I was in the true minority on this…. so the opinions in this review are absolutely my own and my review should be read with the understanding that this book is unquestionably not for everybody….

This book is about Hannah a seven-year-old who has some pretty major issues…. one of them being the fact that she wants to get rid of her mother…. for good….Suzette is an exhausted mother at the end of her rope, what has she done to deserve this child? As a mother I would love to believe that I would do all the right things in this situation, but next to Hannah, my children are absolute perfection (just don’t tell them that)….. I felt the author did a good job in the portrayal of the parents the overly stressed out mother and the oblivious father…. and the tension this would put on a relationship when Dad chooses to pretend that daughter is perfectly normal and mom wants to pull her hair out….

Now to the meat of the sandwich, the problems I had with this book…. hannah’s age was probably my biggest problem, I just found it very unbelievable that a child of her age was able to have the thought process and knowledge that she did no matter how gifted she was….. this I believe leads to the real problem if Hannah were 12(The age I believe A character who acted as she did was more apt to be) then she probably would have already been diagnosed and been in some major therapy…. however this also begs the question why was she not in major therapy at seven? Perhaps Alex and Suzette were not parents of the year, but they did take her to see several doctors and I’m not quite sure why more wasn’t done at a younger age? Although if something were done at a younger age we would not have had this book…. so perhaps that is the reason….

This was a quick page turning red that probably would be better classified as horror….. and if this is a genre you stay away from I’d definitely recommend staying away from this book…. this is a book that you can’t say you liked it, but I will say I appreciated it…. it definitely made me think, what would I do if I were this mother? And I believe sometimes it is hard not to judge in this situation, but I am a firm believer that unless you have walked in somebody’s shoes you really have no idea what is going on in their life and that’s kind of how I looked at this book….

So I’m going to take the easy way out and neither recommend this book or not recommend this book…. I’m going to leave it up to you, because this book evoked some pretty seriously strong reactions in people…. so if you choose to read it, read it knowing there is some disturbing content and it is 100% not for everybody….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have a day filled with words!

Berit

Posted in Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #BookReview #SomebodysDaughter

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you my review of this fabulous thriller!💛💜

Stay Hidden

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

My Thoughts

4 Somebody’s Missing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book pulled me in from the very first chapter and did not let go until the very end… The book is told From alternating points of view… with very short chapters that all have a bit of a cliffhanger at the end… this made this book a very quick and suspense filled read…

One quiet night at home Michael answers the door to find Erica… and his life is changed forever…. Erica‘s daughter Felicity is missing… and the kicker Felicity is also Michael’s daughter, something he is just now finding out… told from the perspective of Michael, his new wife Angela, and a police detective….

Angela was by far the most relatable character to me…. you could just put yourself in her shoes… a loving wife desperate to have a child of her own, who just found out her husband has a child with another woman, and the child is missing…. now those are some tangled emotions to sort through! And if that’s not enough Angela begins to find out more and more family secrets and deceptions… I really feel as though her story was the strength of this book… The perspective of the police detective added some information we might not otherwise no and Michael…. i’m still slightly puzzled by him and quite a few of his actions, but no judgment…

This was a fast paced enjoyable thriller and I had no idea who was guilty until the end… where this book was slightly lacking is the emotional connection between the reader and the child’s parents… I found Erica terribly unsympathetic and Michael just irritated me for some reason… I recently just finished Three Days Missing… another book involving a missing child and the main difference between these books is the emotional connection with the characters as well as a sense of urgency…. yes this book made me turn those pages quickly because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but TDM made me feel every emotion that mother was going through and I was on pins and needles The entire read…. hate to compare, but because I read these books so close together the difference was noticeable… both books were filled with suspense and kept me guessing until the very end, one was just a little more emotional…

Definitely recommend this to fans of a good suspense filled psychological thriller…

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.

But finding Felicity comes at a price–the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity’s safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

4.5 Page Turning Stars🌟 Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle @kimberlysbelle @harlequinbooks #BookReview

Hope your Monday is going well my book friends! Excited to share my review of this thrilling book with you!💕

Three Days Missing

Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle

My Thoughts

4.5 Page Turning Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

WOWZA!!! Could not get through this book quick enough! If you are a parent I’d strongly encourage you not to read this if your children are away at summer camp or even at a friends for a sleepover… you will want to make sure they’re sleeping soundly in their own bed or within ear shot… this book is about every parents worst nightmare… that phone call in the middle of the night to let you know your child is MISSING… Kimberly Belle almost did too good of a job making you feel the intense terror, the stress, the hope, and the loss, that these mothers did in this book… as a mother sometimes it was a bit excruciating and almost too real… I found myself reminding myself that this is just a book, and thank goodness!

Kat is a newly single mom and the mother of brilliant nine-year-old Ethan… Kat is a conscientious mother and a little hesitant to send her nine-year-old off to a sleepover field trip with his class especially because, Ethan has a hard time fitting in…. at first I was thinking this was a little young to go off on a sleepover field trip, but all my kids went to science camp in the fifth grade when they were around 10 years old…. Lucky for them I had not read this book right before that! Kat was tremendously relatable, just a good mom trying to give her child a good life filled with all kinds of opportunity…. i’m guessing every mom who reads this book will put themselves in her position *shutter*

Not only do we get the perspective of Kat in the book but we also get the perspective of Steph…Steph is the mother of Sam one of Ethan‘s classmates…. these two mothers stories intertwined… and even though they appear very different on the outside, they are both fierce mothers on the inside…. going to stay vague on the connection between these two ladies, because I don’t want to ruin anything, but I found both of their points of view extremely compelling….

This was a fast-paced perfectly plotted book… filled with all the twists, and turns, and reveals, you’d want from a psychological thriller….. did not see who was the bad guy coming and I really did not see that final twist! My only slight minor complaint is some things Ethan did seemed a little advanced for a nine-year-old, even a brilliant nine-year-old, but this is fiction…

Strongly recommend this to all my psychological thriller loving friends, this is one that will keep you turning the pages and up late into the night!

*** many thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

When a child goes missing, two mothers’ lives collide in a shocking way in this suspenseful novel from the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie .

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: the call that comes in the middle of the night.

When Kat Jenkins awakens to the police on her doorstep, her greatest fear is realized. Her nine-year-old son, Ethan, is missing—vanished from the cabin where he’d been on an overnight field trip with his class. Shocked and distraught, Kat rushes to the campground where he was last seen. But she’s too late; the authorities have returned from their search empty-handed after losing Ethan’s trail in the mountain forest.

Another mother from the school, Stef Huntington, seems like she has it all: money, prominence in the community, a popular son and a loving husband. She hardly knows Kat, except for the vicious gossip that swirls around Kat’s traumatic past. But as the police investigation unfolds, Ethan’s disappearance will have earth-shattering consequences in Stef’s own life—and the paths of these two mothers are about to cross in ways no one could have anticipated.

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️💋

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

Rip Current by Amanda James @akjames61 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Happy Friday y’all! Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this dark thriller! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Amanda James for her thrilling book!🖤
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Rip Current

Who can you really trust? 

DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Coll and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwaaves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.

My Thoughts

4 Dark Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Rip Current: A strong current flowing outward; presenting a hazard….

This was a dark book with plenty of “currents” pulling people away from what is right… creating many hazards in both Bryony and Imagen’s lives… this was my first book by Amanda James and I was pleasantly surprised by this dark thriller with a nice dose of romance… was not expecting the romance… and I thought it added the perfect balance to this otherwise really dark story… always love the love….

Bryony is a police detective who isn’t quite sure if that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life… Hot on the trail of her childhood BFF Imagen’s father… a despicable man involved in all kinds of horrible things…. loved the complex relationship and situation between these two strong women…. how do you come to terms with your father being a terrible man? And once you do how do you deal with his need for revenge? Parts of this book were so tense and I was furiously turning the pages to figure out what was going to happen next….

Nathan was a bit of a bright spot in the darkness of this book…. Love how Bryony and he met, so appropriate…. A subtle romance that really added some smiles to this book…. please note my romance hating friends, this will not make you roll your eyes I promise! It’s very understated….

Recommend to fans of a dark thriller with a splash of romance💕

*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

amandajamesAuthor Bio:

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

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Who can you trust? Berit☀️✨

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

6 Spectacular Stars🌟 The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager @riley_sager #BookReview

Happy hump day book lovers! Today I am so excited to share my review for the BEST book I’ve read so far in 2018!📚✨

The Last Time I Lied

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

My Thoughts

6 Strikingly Stupendous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Yes six, seis, sexe,sechs,sei…. and I’m sure whatever language you choose to read this book in the result will be the same… it was just that fabulous!

Two truths and a lie…

1 I never gush over books!

2 this was the best book I’ve read so far this year!!!

3 Riley Sager is being added to my list of authors who I will autobuy/request.

I’m sure you figured it out… I am the queen of gushing! And this is a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops! From first page to last this book had me captivated… this is going to sound odd but I felt as though I was in a forest of browns and greens every time I pick this book up…. it was so atmospheric and descriptive that I felt as though I was there at camp with these girls… The forest, the lake, the tension was all drawn so well by Sager… I could smell the trees, feel the water, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book!

Emma is a “final girl“ how appropriate is that? when she was at camp 15 years ago she was the only girl from her cabin to not disappear … my only complaint of Sager’s previous book was I would have liked the psychology of these “final girls” to have been explored more in depth , so… what a treat this book was! Emma now a well respected artist paints these girls in all her paintings… she sees Vivian everywhere… and she cannot let go of the fact that she had something to do with their disappearance… that is all I am saying about the plot, I do not want to ruin this gem of a book for you…

I am just so jealous of all of you who have not read this yet, what a treat you have in front of you! A campy book that will grab onto you and will not let go… a book filled with twists, Twists, and more twists, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out….. an ending you will not see coming!

Emphatically recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the psychological thriller genre! If you liked “Final Girls you will love “The Last Time I Lied” and that is no lie!

*** many thanks to Penguin Dutton for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Lies, lies, lies, they won’t forget you! Berit💛