His & Hers by Alice Feeney

Book Review: His & Hers by Alice Feeney

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

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BOOK INFO

Title: His & Hers
Author: Alice Feeney
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His and Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

His & Hers is a twisty, smart, psychological thriller. A gripping tale of suspense, told by expertly-drawn narrators that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney
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MY REVIEW

Anna is a news reporter, and she returns to her hometown to report on a murder. The murdered woman was a friend of Anna’s. One of the detectives on the case is Anna’s ex-husband Jack, and he also knew the murdered woman.

Told with the alternating points of view of Anna, Jack, and the killer. Anna and Jack are divorced. Anna still lives in London, but Jack moved back to Blackdown. Anna’s return to Blackdown is more involved than simply reporting on a murder. While there is a murder investigation, there is also a lot of drama going on in Anna and Jack’s personal and professional lives.

A complex mystery that kept me guessing. Flawed and unreliable characters. Lots of drama. Dark, twisted, and clever.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Book Review: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

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BOOK INFO

Title: Blacktop Wasteland
Author: S.A. Cosby
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: July 14, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
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MY REVIEW

Beauregard, aka Bug, is a former criminal who has gone straight. He owns an auto body shop, but business is down. He’s worried about how he will provide for his wife and kids, keep his business open, and pay for his mother’s nursing home care. He needs money… and he is the best wheelman around. When a former associate tracks him down, he decides to take one last job.

Bug is a complex character. He is haunted by memories of his father, who was also a wheelman, and left when Bug was a boy. Bug doesn’t know if his father is dead or alive, but he knows he wants to be the man that his father never was. He wants to be a good husband and father, and provide well for his family. Bug has tried to leave the old days as a wheelman behind him, but he is drawn back when he sees no other way to get the money he needs for his family.

While Blacktop Wasteland has wonderful character development, it also has plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader wanting more. Of course, Bug’s “one last job” isn’t as simple as that, and he is pulled in so deep that it puts his family in harms way.

A novel about one man’s struggles with family, poverty, and crime. Recommended for fans of literary fiction and crime fiction. Gritty, compelling, and authentic.

I received a digital copy of this book from Flatiron Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Girls Weekend
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

For fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley, a riveting locked-room mystery about five college friends eager to reunite after years apart–only to be ripped apart again when their host’s disappearance unearths dark secrets and old grudges.

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
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MY REVIEW

June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.

The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.

Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.

This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. Atmospheric and dramatic.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Request by David Bell

The Request by David Bell

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Request
Author: David Bell
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

The Request by David Bell
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MY REVIEW

Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman’s house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman’s home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn’t sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe.

A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in his past, and he continues to make questionable decisions throughout the novel. He isn’t the only one making mistakes though, and it makes for a fast-paced and entertaining thriller.

A fun mystery thriller. Fans of David Bell’s other novels will surely enjoy his latest book. Exciting and twisty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Girl from Widow Hills
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: July 23, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
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MY REVIEW

As a child, Arden Maynor was rescued after being caught up in a rainstorm. She was missing for days, and it was a miracle when she was found alive. Now, Arden is an adult, living far away from her home town and going by a different name. She wanted to get away from her past, but it catches up with her when a man she knew from her childhood is found dead outside her home.

Arden changed her name to Olivia and lives where no one knows about her past. As a child, she was the focus of a lot of media attention after her miracle rescue. She lived through a traumatic event in her childhood, and she wants to leave it in the past. Olivia is an intriguing character. She’s independent and determined. She’s also a little bit unreliable, since she occasionally sleepwalks and doesn’t remember things from her sleepwalking episodes. When a man from her past ends up dead outside her home, she is forced to face her past and find the truth about what really happened years earlier.

A suspenseful mystery that slowly unravels. Well-paced story with interesting characters. A good read for fans of mysteries and thrillers. Atmospheric and captivating.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

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BOOK INFO

Title: Stranger in the Lake
Author: Kimberly Belle
Publisher: Park Row
Publish Date: June 9, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

Charlotte didn’t know her greatest risk was saying, “I do.”

When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.

At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.

As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle
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MY REVIEW

Charlotte discovers a woman’s body in the lake. It brings up questions about Charlotte’s husband’s first wife, who drowned in the same lake. It seems like an unfortunate coincidence, but Charlotte soon realizes the woman isn’t really a stranger. Charlotte is no longer sure who she can trust, but she suspects the recent drowning was not an accident.

Alternating points of view tell the story in two timelines. The current timeline is from Charlotte, and deals with the drama in her marriage to Paul and the mysterious drowning of the stranger. The other point of view is Jax, a friend of Paul. Jax’s story takes place in 1999, and involves Paul and their friend Micah. The men are still in contact with one another, and Charlotte is unsure about Jax.

A slow-burning psychological thriller. This one moved a little too slowly for me, but I enjoyed the twists. A good read for fans of Kimberly Belle and domestic thrillers.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry

They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry

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BOOK INFO

Title: They Did Bad Things
Author: Lauren A. Forry
Publisher: Arcade Crimewise
Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

And Then There Were None meets The Last Time I Lied in this dark and twisty psychological thriller.

In 1995, six university students moved into the house at 215 Caldwell Street. Months later, one of them was found dead on the sofa the morning after their end-of-year party. His death was ruled an accident by the police. The remaining five all knew it wasn’t, and though they went on with their lives, the truth of what happened to their sixth housemate couldn’t stay buried forever.

Twenty years later, all five of them arrive—lured separately under various pretenses—at Wolfheather House, a crumbling, secluded mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Trapped inside with no way out and no signal to the outside world, the now forty-somethings fight each other—and the unknown mastermind behind their gathering—as they confront the role they played in their housemate’s death. They are given one choice: confess to their crimes or die.

They Did Bad Things is a deviously clever psychological thriller about the banality of evil and the human capacity for committing horror.

They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry
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MY REVIEW

Five former college housemates are reunited 20 years later at a secluded mansion. They are lured to the house under various pretenses, and are confronted with their past. When they were in college, they shared a house with another person who died. The death was ruled accidental, but the housemates know it was murder. Now, someone has lured them together to learn what really happened years earlier.

Told using various points of view. It has been many years since the characters have been together, and they have all moved on with their lives. Different jobs and relationships. They have tried to forget what happened in college, and don’t really want anything to do with one another. It’s soon clear they were brought together for sinister reasons. They have to work together to stay alive and figure out who lured them to the secluded location.

An entertaining mystery. The character development was a little weak, so I wasn’t as drawn into the story as I was hoping. Still, a fun read for fans of thrillers. Dark and twisty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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BOOK INFO

Title: Unfollow Me
Author: Charlotte Duckworth
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.

You can’t stop watching her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
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MY REVIEW

Violet is a popular social media influencer and “mom” vlogger with over a million followers. When all of her social media accounts are suddenly deleted, fans start to question what happened. Some think Violet simply decided to quit it all, while others believe something more sinister has happened.

Told from multiple points of view – Lily, Yvonne, and Henry. Lily and Yvonne are fans that have unhealthy obsessions with Violet. Henry is Violet’s husband. Everyone has secrets.

A witty psychological thriller. Unreliable narrators in a story about social media and obsession. Clever, engaging, and highly entertaining.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

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BOOK INFO

Title: Follow Me
Author: Kathleen Barber
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the author of Truth Be Told (formerly titled Are You Sleeping)—now an Apple TV series of the same name—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You.

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
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MY REVIEW

Audrey is an influencer with over a million Instagram followers. She moves to Washington, DC, for a new job, and attracts the attention of an obsessed fan. Now, she’s faced with figuring out who is her friend and who is her stalker.

Told from multiple points of view – Audrey, Cat (Audrey’s best friend), and Him (the stalker). Audrey is insecure and anxious, but she’s also somewhat shallow. Having so many followers makes her feel good about herself, and she enjoys sharing things online. Cat values Audrey’s friendship more than Audrey does. They’ve been friends since college, but are opposite in many ways. Cat stays away from social media and has something dark in her past she doesn’t want getting out. Him is an obsessed fan who follows Audrey’s every move online and in real life.

A twisty psychological thriller with plenty of suspects. Audrey seems to attract some creepy guys in her life – the neighbor, the ex-boyfriend, the co-worker, the new beau, and Cat’s crush. With alternating POVs and plenty of suspects, this is a fun read. Clever, suspenseful, and chilling.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

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BOOK INFO

Title: Pretty as a Picture
Author: Elizabeth Little
Publisher: Viking
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder–the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.

It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
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MY REVIEW

Marissa is a skilled film editor who gets sucked into a real life mystery on her latest job. The job is working with a demanding director on a set in an isolated location. The film is based on the unsolved murder of a girl that happened 20 years prior. When Marissa arrives to work, she soon learns that something is wrong on set, and everyone is on edge.

The unsolved murder had a big impact on the locals. Everyone believes they know who did it, and the director sets out to solve the case in his film. It’s not as clear as everyone would like to believe though. Marissa gets involved with a couple of teens looking to find the real killer, and things get more complicated.

A slow-burning mystery. I enjoyed Marissa, a socially awkward woman wanting to prove herself in the film industry. The teen podcasters she helps to solve the mystery are entertaining and on point. The isolated setting adds to the intriguing atmosphere. Suspenseful, clever, and witty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.