Posted in Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan @SeanMonaghan16 @bookouture #BookReview

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Today I am bringing you my review of a book filled with characters that put the DYS in DYSFUNCTIONAL🤯

So if you are like me and you enjoy books with characters Who are a hot mess… you will like this book!

The Family at No. 13

The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan

3.75 Dysfunctional Stars 🌟🌟🌟.75

Synopsis

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

Review

3.75 Dysfunctional Stars 🌟🌟🌟.75

Well, this is the week of unlikable characters…. another book filled with people I would not want to spend the day with or probably even an hour with, but somehow I found them quite compelling… and what I have learned this week from this book and another I read that was slightly similar… is if you cannot afford to live in a house and they are happy to give it to you… something is wrong! So yes if things are too good to be true, they probably are….

Connor needs to find a new place to live, and quickly…. so when a lovely bungalow in an elite neighborhood becomes available, he cannot believe how lucky he is to have snapped it up…. Connor is a therapist and intends on seeing his patients in the perfect office in his new home…. and everything is perfect until his first patient arrives and the neighbor kid starts jumping on his trampoline and creating quite the ruckus, causing that session to end prematurely…. turns out the neighbor kid is a teenager with some serious issues, most of them loud…. also turns out that one of his ex patients with a grudge is now one of his new neighbors… coincidence?

Everyone in this book was a serious hot mess…. they all needed some serious therapy and not from Connor…. not even sure how I would classify this book, perhaps as a family drama with a few twists… admittedly it took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did I was hooked…. really wanted to figure out what made these people tick…. and why was everyone so hostile towards one another….

I do recognize this book will not be for everybody… there is a very dark undercurrent to it…. it really shows the ugly side of humanity, and the consequences of that…. if you are looking for an uplifting feel good book, this is not your book… but if you are in the mood for a compelling read with some pretty gritty characters, I’d recommend….

*** thank you too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

PS: this really has nothing to do with the book, but it was something that bothered me for some unknown reason… The author referred to a few things as being North American, such as a North American facial expression…. I live about two hours away from the border between the US and Mexico, and I can tell you they’re probably very few facial expressions we share…. I almost felt as though Mexico was forgot to be part of North America…. when some of these statements were made…. but this could just be because I am someone in America who lives close to Mexico and knows there is a pretty big difference….. no biggie it was just something I noticed and really have never heard before….🇺🇸🇲🇽🇨🇦

Que pases un buen dia 🌻 Berit

Posted in Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Neighbor by Joseph Souza @josephsouzafans @KensingtonBooks #BookReview #NewRelease

Happy Tuesday all! Wow this was quite the crazy ride of a book…Not a likable character in the entire book, however it was quite the compelling read….

The book is available today for purchase and you can find my complete review below…📚

The Neighbor

The Neighbor by Joseph Souza

Synopsis

It all seems so promising at the start . . .

When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighborhood packed with families–playmates for her twins, new friends she can confide in and bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants are aloof and standoffish.

Bored and adrift, Leah finds herself watching Clarissa and Russell Gaines next door, envying their stylishly decorated home and their university careers. But Leah’s obsession with the intriguing, elegant Clarissa grows until she’s not just spying from afar but sneaking into their house, taking small objects . . . reading Clarissa’s diary. It contains clues to a hidden turmoil Leah never guessed at–and a connection to a local college girl who’s disappeared.

The more Leah learns about Clarissa, the more questions emerge. Because behind every neighbor’s door there are secrets that could shatter lives forever . . .

Review

4WTH Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Two houses… four adults… four extremely screwed up people…. I can’t remember a book with a group of more unlikable characters… with no morals or scruples or the capability to think things through…. I wanted to swoop in and take their kids out of this extremely unhealthy situation…. not sure how all these people had all this time for all the shenanigans when both couples had two kids? Going to be completely honest there were a lot of things that happened in this book that I’m not sure about… you really have to suspend belief quite a bit…. but these people really were so whacked out that it kept me so engrossed… that I just let some things go… and enjoyed the crazy ride!

This book also addressed the racial tensions in our country… not really sure if this was the ideal platform for this, but that’s not for me to judge…. and I’m not going to lie it did make me uncomfortable at times…. as someone who lives on the complete opposite side of the country in a very liberal Southern California I sometimes forget that there are still racial tensions… additionally I have absolutely no idea what the situation is like in the state of Maine…. I just know that where I live nobody would look twice if a mixed couple were dining at a restaurant, it probably wouldn’t even register with me at all…. I think this book would have been just fine without the discussion of race, but if that is something that will make you uncomfortable you are forewarned….

Now back to this crazy plot… first we have Leah… Leah is so bored with her life that she is breaking into her neighbors house taking items and reading her journal…. Leah here’s an idea talk to your 11-year-old son about what is going on with him, because believe me something is going on…. Clay you are a disaster, go check yourself into rehab or attend some AA meetings already…. Clarissa are you brillian and super manipulative or what… and you shocked me more than anybody…. WowwowWow….. Russell I don’t even know what to think, but anything you get you definitely deserve….

See what I’m saying a whole cluster of unlikable characters…. doing all kinds of things they shouldn’t be doing… but for me it worked, it kept me engrossed throughout the entire book… I just could not wait to see what was going to happen next!

Strongly recommend two fans of psychological thrillers… but be sure you are able to suspend belief for this one and enjoy the crazy ride…

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

Who are the people in your neighborhood??? Berit 💛

Sunday Swaps: Bird Box by Josh Malerman ~ Including a Double Review ~ #bookreview #SundaySwap

Bird Box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Synopsis

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Vicci’s Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ That is some creepy sh*t stars!

This was a reread for me, but it was on our Goodreads group (A Million More Pages, you should totally join, it’s awesome!) as a Book of the Month, so ya know…points!

Anyhoo….

This little Dystopian cracker is a creepy little mind fu*k because you don’t really know why you are scared, I mean how could you while you are wearing a blindfold?

It all starts when seemingly normal people start to loose their sh*t and go mad, not in the “He’s crazy” type thing, i mean totally bat shit crazy, they are normal one second, and the next they are killing their husband/wife/kids, and then turning the weapon on themselves.

When i say weapon i mean anything they have at hand, knives, guns, hammers, even their own teeth!!

This is happening quite far away in a different county, and it is being reported on the TV so it isn’t anything to get really worried about…..

Until it starts happening closer to the U.S.A…

Then in your state, then in your home town!

People start to cover their windows/doors and are scared to look outside, as it seems to be that something out there is causing all of this, but the thing is, if you look…..you die!!

So Malorie is there…

In the house……

All alone……

She can’t go outside…..

She can’t look outside…..

She WON’T look outside…………

Oh yes, i forgot to say that she is a few months pregnant!!!!

Because you are with Malorie throughout this creepy little read you start to feel the claustrophobia as you are not really sure what is out there, especially when you have to eventually open that door and go outside…………

🎧🎧Audio narration for this book was perfect, Katharine Mangold really managed to make me believe that *I* was Malorie, and i was scared out of my pants!! 😱

Berit’s Review

Don’t Open Your Eyes!

What the **** did I just read? This book was NOT what I was expecting… at all! It was disturbing, creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time…. just going to put it out there if I were in this situation, in this post apocalyptic world, I would so be gone in the first day…. just saying….

Something is out there, something that makes you go mad if you lay your eyes on it…. mad to the point you will kill others, yourself, or both…. mad to the point of no return…. so how do you survive? You board up your house with cardboard and cloth, you never go outside unless completely necessary, and then you wear a blindfold…. sounds fun, right? Oh yes and I forgot to mention sometimes when you’re outside you will feel or sense whatever is out there around you…… creepy!

Mallory the protagonist in this book was a quietly strong woman…. when things started going completely sideways not only did she find her way to a safe place, but she was also pregnant…. The story is told in alternating time periods… Mallory on a river trip trying to find her way to an even safer place… and Malory‘s backstory…. I have to give it to Mallory… not only did she have herself to take care of but two young children who she needed to train to escape and survive….

I’d recommend if you like postapocalyptic books, creepy books, or are just in the mood to be freaked out….

🎧🎧🎧5 huge stars for the audiobook narration by Cassandra Campbell… I absolutely 100% enjoyed this book more because of her fantastic narration, she made me feel as though I was there on that rowboat with her going down that river….

*** thank you so much to my amazing blog partner V, this is a Sunday Swap read and I probably would have never picked it up otherwise ***

Enjoy the creepiness,

Vicci and Berit