Posted in #Dark, Best of 2018, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Thriller

Verity by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover #bestof2018 #Dark #Romance #Thriller #Mystery #BookReview #aktbmbookblog

4.5 Crazy WTF Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐·5

Another late addition to my best of 2018 reads.

Well, Colleen Hoover released another book

If you don’t already know it by now CoHo is the queen of romance, her books (if you haven’t read them) always have a romance element to them, even if the story line deals with some heavy (and important) topics, and is one of my absolutely favourite authors.

But then she decides to just move away from the genre that everyone knows and loves, and self publish a psychological thriller, I mean WHO DOES THAT??

COLLEEN FREAKING HOOVER THAT’S WHO!!

This book shouldn’t work, looking at her back catalogue, you would expect to find Love, Despair and happiness, all wrapped with a kind of awkwardly placed bow.

But this book WORKS PEOPLE!!!

I’m not sure whether she popped to Tarryn Fisher’s house and they somehow managed to have some weird Seance-Ouija board party, where their minds were mixed together, but CoHo went to the dark side people!!

I was really worried about reading this book, I love a Psychological Thriller, and have read some great…and not so great ones, so for CoHo to even attempt to do this deserves a high five.

The Blurb

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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My Thoughts

4.5 Crazy WTF Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐·5

Verity follows the story of Lowen Ashleigh, an author who is hired by Jeremy Crawford, to complete the remaining books in a hugely successful series by his wife, the bestselling author Verity Crawford, who, after an accident, is unable to finish them on time.

Although Lowen is struggling financially, she doesn’t feel like she should be the one taking on this monumental task, however when the dollar signs are waved in front of her face, the idea of being able to pay off her debts is too large, and she takes the job.

She is advised to stay at Verity’s house for a few days to sort through the outlines and notes for the new books, considering she has never read any of the books by the author, it is a huge task to take on.

Finding years worth of notes and boxes of files in Verity’s office, Lowen realises what a massive task this will be…..and then she finds the autobiography!

“What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”

And that my friends is all I am going to tell you about this book, yes you could have gotten all of this from the blurb, but this is one that you need to go in blind!

I haven’t read a book that had me hating every character for a long time, I mean I LOVED them, but Gahh do they have any redeeming qualities…Nope!

You know when you are watching a thriller / horror film, and you start shouting at the TV? The music is taking a turn, and you know something is about to happen, and the BAM, your popcorn goes flying, and your heart starts racing?

THIS is the book that did that to me!

Prepare yourself for a dark, brilliant read.

Vicci

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Posted in Psychological Thriller

Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard @wendydheard @HarlequinBooks #bookreview

Happy Thursday bibliophiles! Is anyone else confused as to what day it is? I’m so thrown off by the holidays, not sure what I’m going to do next Monday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this dark twisted story that will keep you in the mind of a psychopath throughout, and I can hardly think of a better way to spend my time!😉😇😏

Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard

My Thoughts

This book will make your mind spin and your palms sweat, an edge of your seat ride into crazy town!
Oh how I love to spend time in the mind of a psychopath! Although in the case of Sean you were never quite sure if he was a psychopath or a victim? This really was what set this book a bit apart, the not knowing if you were sympathetic towards the bad guy or the good guy… but good or bad Sean was definitely an odd duck…

Sean has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital, for reasons you’re not completely sure of until later in the book… his mother and he have relocated from San Francisco to Texas, The assumption is that Sean has brought shame on the family…. Shawn’s mother is a controlling, judgemental, condescending, neurosurgeon…. so I’m guessing there weren’t a ton of hugs and kisses and complements in Sean’s past… Shawn is an artist who spends his days drawing at a local amusement park, that is where he meets Annabelle… Shawn is immediately entranced by Annabel, and Annabelle seems to be charmed by quirky Sean… while on their first date somebody kidnaps Annabelle, and Sean is determined to find her… so who took Annabel? And why? And does Sean have something to do with this?Oh the mind f***!

Sean was both off putting an endearing, someone you wanted to give a hug and run away from…. I really had no idea if he was good or bad, or innocent or guilty, until the bitter end… Annabel was complicated, I really never could get a complete handle on her character…. two characters I didn’t necessarily like, but they were so well developed flaws and all! The book completely sucks you in from the beginning, this lonely eccentric character with an artist hand, what is really going on inside him? The pace slows down a bit in the middle with the search for Annabel, although I felt every piece of this puzzle was necessary…. then that ending! Wow that was explosive an unexpected and has you thinking to yourself what the actual f*** did I just read?

A dark and twisty creepy story that will keep you on your toes throughout, absolutely recommend!

*** A huge thank you to Harlequin Mira for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle–beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle–who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the centre of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.

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Have a Fab Day! Berit📚💕

Posted in Psychological Thriller

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #bookreview

TGIF bibliophiles! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!❤️💚❤️💚

Super excited today to share with you my review for this thrilling thriller that is being re-published today by the fabulous Bookouture👯‍♀️

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland

My Thoughts

Well now… This was one crazy twisty story that kept me on the edge throughout!

with friends like this, who needs enemies?

This was a fast paced intense story that I finished in a matter of hours… and it’s a good thing I did, because I think I was holding my breath throughout this entire book! Shalini Boland you never fail to amaze me! and if I’m being honest frighten me a bit as well, I can only imagine what goes on in that brain of yours!

Luisa has a lovely life, a loving husband, an adorable son, an enjoyable writing gig… when her son Joe starts at a new posh school Louisa is desperate for her and Joe to fit in… so when Darcy befriends her, and her son Tyler quickly becomes friends with Joe, Louisa is absolutely thrilled… things seem to be going swimmingly, but things were just a little too good to be true…. slowly and subtly Louisa begins to notice things and Darcy’s facade slowly begins to peel away… but is Louisa seeing things where there is nothing to see? Is she getting paranoid? No one seems to believe her not her husband, not her sister, so is this real or is it all in Louisa’s mind?

Just like Louisa I was so tense and so frustrated during this book… how frustrating would it be for people not to believe what you believe to be true? I had so much sympathy for Luisa, I really wanted to reach through the pages and shake some sense into her husband Jared! But I must admit Darcy was one clever girl! She almost had me fooled! I just could not figure out for the life of me what someone who seemingly had it all like Darcy had against sweet Louisa?

absolutely recommend this tents and twisted story you will never look at your best friend the same way again!

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

About the Book

Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder… The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer … Wrong.

Louisa’s new best friend has it all – the house, the status, the money. But she’s also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, events take a chilling turn . .
“Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride!” 

Have a wonderful weekend! Berit☀️✨
Posted in #Dark, Crime Thriller, Psychological, Psychological Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 #AudiobookReview #Thriller @audibleuk @EKNOWELDEN

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

Ok then, who’s up for a dark, twisted thriller??

**Holds hand up**

The Blurb

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her – Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

“Good afternoon, you’ve reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?”

Laura is a soft spoken woman, she will listen to you as you discuss your problems, you will tell her what is making you feel so sad, and of course you wouldn’t be calling the End of the Line helpline, if you wasn’t contemplating ending your own life.

She will not try and talk you out of committing suicide, or tell you that there are better things, no, she is just there to listen to you, and not judge.

Laura is a very well liked colleague in the office, always bringing in her gorgeous hand-baked goods, she keeps herself to herself, and doesn’t mix much, but she always gets involved with charitable volunteering, and always raises lots of money for good causes.

What the people she works with don’t see, is that actually Laura is Bat-Shit-Crazy!

If you are feeling that you are loosing your way and are contemplating ending your life, and just needed someone to talk to, the worst possible person that you could get through to in the call centre would be Laura!

You see, Laura likes the fact that you want to end your life, in fact, she’s banking on it!

Ryan doesn’t know why his pregnant girlfriend would kill herself, and who was the man she was seen holding hands with before they both jumped? He can’t understand why she would want to do this to him and their unborn child, perhaps he needs to do a little investigating?

A cracking thriller to keep you on your toes, with a Good Ol’ Baddie you’ll hate-to-love-to-hate.

🎧🎧 – Narrated expertly by Elizabeth Knowelden, who is a new to me narrator.

Elizabeth’s voice was perfect for Laura and she made this fantastic read even better.

Buckle yourself in, it’s a bumpy ride

Vicci

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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 Psychological Thriller

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger @lisaunger @HarlequinBooks #bookreview

TGIF Bookpeople!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this addictive twisty psychological thriller!!!🖤

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

My Thoughts

This book was one WILD and CRAZY RIDE!!!

This is the kind of book you need to finish in order two truly see the brilliance… The beginning of the book was like sifting through fog… nothing was clear, I was confused as to what exactly was going on… were these Poppy’s dreams? memories? delusions?? I was as confused if not more than Poppy and her drug and grief addled brain… but once the fog cleared I realized this was done by the author by design… fully immersing you in poppy’s tragic situation…. Poppy was one spectacular unreliable narrator….

Poppy’s husband Jack was murdered while jogging at the park one day… Poppy is devastated, she also feels guilty…. soon after Jack’s funeral Poppy goes missing for a few days, and comes back with no recollection of where she was or what she did…. with Jack’s murder never being solved and certain she is being followed, Poppy is completely on edge… will she ever recover her memory? Who killed her beloved husband and why? And who in the world is following her now?

Lisa Unger takes you on one twisted ride in this book…. The uncertainty and unraveling was quite dizzying… for a large portion of this book I wasn’t quite certain if I was coming or going… Papi definitely drags you through her complicated Mays of crazy…. A brilliant thriller that ends with a twist and a bang!

Absolutely recommend to fans of of a darker twistier psychological thriller…

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

About the Book

What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts–there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened? 

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Posted in #Dark, Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse @CJSkuse #GeorgiaMcGuire #Dark #Thriller #AudioBookReview #LaughOutLoud

I am so pleased to give you a review of this cracking read, i absolutely LOVED this one, it is right up my street.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Brilliantly Dark and Funny Stars

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I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Thoughts

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Brilliantly Dark and Funny Stars

I already knew after I had finished Chapter 3 that I would be giving this book 5 stars!

The main character Rhiannon is just perfect, I laughed out loud many MANY times, she is outrageous, crude, rude and definitely a psychopath, as she proudly tells us!

Did a Buzzfeed quiz this morning – How Psychopathic Are You?
Turns out – Very. I scored 82 percent.

Look, one thing you need to know about this brilliant book, you are either going to absolutely love it, or hate it!

If you are not into inappropriate jokes, and classic put downs I would avoid this one like a dose of the clap, however if you like to have your sides split with laughter then add it straight to your TBR.
(I’ve been adding some of her put-downs in a little book to remember for when me and my husband argue)

The book is written in diary form at the beginning of every chapter, every day she makes a “Kill List” of all of the people that she wants to bump off, this can range from ALL of her work colleagues, to the bloke standing behind her in the supermarket, from her neighbour, to her boyfriend Craig.

The thing is, as funny as her kill list is, girl-next-door Rhiannon Lewis IS actually a killer, and a serial killer at that, something she is very proud of!

Also, I’m officially a serial killer now, according to Google: “a person who murders three or more people with the murders taking place over a period of time with an extended cooling off period”. I fit the bill almost perfectly.
Finally I’ve accomplished something. Finally I have a reason to go to school reunions.
‘Me?’ Pause for hair flick. ‘I’m a serial killer. Yah, I take human heads to work in my lunchbox. I keep my mother’s skull as a bedpost and use my father’s nipples as light pulls, you’re so sweet to notice!’

She hates pretty much everyone and everything, except her dog Tink, and her Sylvanian Families doll house, and makes no bones about telling you what she would like to do to anyone that pisses her off.

There is VERY strong language in this book (the C word is used quite a few times) but it is usually done in a fun jokey way……usually!

She has a lot to say about people and their problems, well if you count things like having a baby a problem!

Just had a text from Cleo – Anni had a baby boy called Samuel at 3.19 this morning. Nine pounds something and no drugs. her vagina must look like a lasagne dropped from a department store roof

The only way i can describe this book is this, it’s a cross between Dexter, YOU by Caroline Kepness, and a Sophie Kinsella / Bridget Jones book!

If those 3 types of book float your boat, and you don’t mind the odd dismembered penis and F’ bomb thrown in, with a little mix of graphic sexual descriptions, then this little gem is the book for you.

🎧🎧 Narrated by Georgia Maguire brilliantly, I laughed out loud multiple times and thought that she did an excellent job, i will certainly be looking out for her other books

There is book 2 available now, and I’ve already grabbed it because of that ending!

Prepare yourself to fall in love with Rhiannon and her literal nutty ways.

P.s, Rights to the book have been bought by a TV company and a series will be on our screens soon.

Enjoy

Vicci

Posted in Psychological Thriller

4.5 intense Stars🌟 Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison @thrillerchick @HarlequinBooks #BookReview

Happy Thursday Book lovers!

Thrilled to be sharing with you today my review for this thrilling and chilling book!⛷

Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison

My Thoughts

4.5 Intensely Engrossing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This book was no bunny slope, it was a black diamond run all the way! This was a book that left you exhilarated and a little cold… filled with twists and turns with many bumps along the way…. there were many high flying moments as well as some close crashes…. so strap on those skis fasten those goggles, and get ready for an intense ride down the slope with this book….

Mindy Wright is a skiing prodigy on the brink of Olympic glory until…. a major crash, a broken leg,and an unforeseen diagnosis, changes everything…. while in the hospital with her broken leg Mindy is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia… in need of a bone marrow transplant both her parents are tested, and when not only are they not a match they are not genetically related to Mindy…. Mindy’s perfect run at Life is now a perfect nightmare, and it isn’t only her bone that is shattered…. how is this possible? Was Mindy switched at birth? Or is the answer more dark and complicated than that? How many secrets run through this family and what have they done to protect them?

Oh what a tangled web we weave…. and the untangling of this web was quite the thrilling ride…. I was probably suspicious of every single character in this book at one time or another with the exception of Mindy…. told from the perspective of multiple characters… you really saw this scenario unfold from every angle…. I thought this was such an impactful way to tell the story it kept me completely engrossed until I reach the finish line…. secrets leading to lies, lies leading to secrets, nobody ever knowing who to believe…. and in the middle of this crazy storm a girl who is fighting for her life!

An engrossing book that will keep you turning those pages well after the ski lift closes…. with a ending that was both haunting and perfect….

Absolutely recommend to fans of thrillers with complicated characters and a compelling plot…. this was definitely a gold medal read!🥇

*** many thanks to Harlequin-Mira for my copy of this brilliant book ***

About the Book

One moment will change their lives forever…

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.

Who knows the answers?

The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.

With vivid movement through time, Tear Me Apart examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.

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Have a day filled with rules and chills and books! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Psychological Thriller

The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot @Eliot_Laura @bookouture #BookReview(

Happy weekend bookworms!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share my review with you for this dark domestic thriller! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Laura Elliot for her compelling story🖤

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One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist.

My Thoughts

4 compelling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a captivating, page turning, dark, and disturbing read….

This book starts off reading like a romance… Elena is grieving the death of her mother so when she meets Nicholas who is grieving the death of his wife she feels as though she has found a kindred spirit…. Nick is compassionate and understanding… he is exactly what Elena needs to get herself through the grieving period… they have a whirlwind romance and soon Elena has moved in with Nick… but what is up with the locked bedroom door???

Nick and this book are not as they first appear to be… Nick turns into a monster, and this book turns into a thriller filled with twists and turns and secrets… I thought this was a very impactful way to begin this book… we the Readers are lured in and fooled by Nick right along with Elena… however, if you are not a fan of romance it might put you off a little so hang in there the thrills are coming!

Told from the perspective of both Elena and Amelia(Nick’s deceased wife)… from alternating timelines of the past and present… not only do we get to see Elena struggle to survive in her abusive marriage and after… we also get to see that this is a pattern with Amelia’s story… Amelia was tremendously likable and relatable so her story really added a lot of weight to Elena’s struggles… as she was not quite as empathetic a character… not sure if this was done on purpose or not, but it was definitely impactful….

As the pieces to this puzzle were slowly revealed I became more and more connected to both of these women… as a warning to readers there is both verbal and physical abuse in this book and it is quite disturbing…. The book evoked quite a bit of emotion in me… I was frustrated, angry, sad, tents, and a little anxious…. I have to say the ending to this book although a bit predictable was absolutely perfect…

Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a dark domestic thriller with plenty of twists and turns….

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

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11794515_1016818051692415_2022291685984366897_oAbout the author:

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist who writes psychological thrillers and lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her novels are: The Wife Before Me, Guilty, Sleep Sister, The Betrayal, Fragile Lies, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

For more details check http://lauraelliotauthor.com/
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Posted in Psychological Thriller

4.5 Marvelous Stars🌟 The Other Woman by Sandie Jones @realsandiejones #BookReview

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this fabulous book that left me speechless!

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

My Thoughts

4.5 Marvelously Manipulative Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

WOW! HOT damn! Another Flippin fantastic read! With an ending that left me speechless… and anyone that knows me knows how difficult that is! This is a book best gone into blind… I’d recommend reading very few reviews, but read mind of course!😉

What do you do when the “other woman“ is your significant other’s mother? And to clarify what I mean by this is your S/O is overly emotionally tied to his mother…. I mean like he drop everything to go buy her some Tylenol, if she felt a headache coming on, and he deliver it to her even though she lives an hour away and it’s two in the morning…. And even worse what if she is a controlling, manipulative, and condescending mother? Ugh just the thought of it makes me quiver, can’t even imagine! But boy oh boy did it make for a good book… I was completely invested in the story from first page to last….

Emily thinks she has met the man of her dreams… the one… her forever… and everything is going perfectly until…. she meets… Pammie *insert scary music* Pammie was a fabulous character that you loved loved loved to hate… Emily was a really relatable and likable character, all she wanted to do was find love… and then her life got turned on its head, by this crazy lady… not sure if her boyfriend Adam was worth all this angst… but sometimes we can get fixated and not see the forest for the trees…

For me this was just an entertaining compelling character study with just the perfect dose of crazy… with a stand out villain and a bit of a helpless heroine, Who eventually finds her strength! I loved every single interaction between these ladies, I was riveted! And I loved hating Pammie right along with Emily! I seriously was talking to the book throughout, I might’ve said a few choice words🤬

What a wonderful debut! Major props to Sandie Jones and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for me next! Absolutely recommend if you enjoy a good character driven thriller with a heck of an ending!

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this fab book ***

About the Book

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

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Have a wonderful rest of your weekend! Berit☀️✨