Book Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

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BOOK INFO

Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

The author of the “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs returns with another taut and white-knuckled thriller following a group of people whose lives shockingly intersect when a young woman disappears.

Owen Pick’s life is falling apart.

In his thirties, a virgin, and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a computer science teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel—involuntary celibate—forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn.

Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.

Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre Maddox disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
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MY REVIEW

A series of attacks on young women, a missing teen, and plenty of secrets.

Told using multiple points of view – Saffyre, Cate, and Owen. Saffyre’s POV is told in the past, while the others are told in the present. In the present, Saffyre is missing. Saffyre is a teen girl and former patient of Roan, a therapist. Cate is married to Roan. Owen lives in the same neighborhood as Cate and Roan. The characters are well-developed and interesting to read about.

Intriguing characters and a twisty plot combine in this suspenseful psychological thriller. Great novel for fans of this genre. Complex, dark, and captivating.

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

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Book Review: Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

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BOOK INFO

Title: Until I Find You
Author: Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home.

2 floors. 55 steps to go up. 40 more to the crib.

Since Rebecca Gray was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, everything in her life consists of numbers. Each day her world grows a little darker and each step becomes a little more dangerous.

Following days of feeling like someone’s watching her, Bec awakes at home to the cries of her son in his nursery. When it’s clear he’s not going to settle, Bec goes to check on him.
She reaches in. Picks him up.
But he’s not her son.
And no one believes her.

One woman’s desperate search for her son…

In a world where seeing is believing, Bec must rely on her own conviction and a mother’s instinct to uncover the truth about what happened to her baby and bring him home for good.

Until I Find You by Rea Frey
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MY REVIEW

After a fall in the park, Rebecca (aka Bec) realizes the baby in her care is not her son. Bec suffers from a degenerative eye disease and lives as a blind woman. She finds it difficult to get the police and her friends to believe the baby isn’t hers. After all, they believe the baby looks like her son.

Bec is an intriguing character. Losing her sight is challenging enough, but Bec has also recently lost loved ones. Her husband passed away nearly a year ago and her mother passed weeks ago. She’s also become more anxious about her son. When she claims her son has been taken and another baby left in his place, no one seems to believe her. How and when could such a thing happen?

A compelling story with well-developed characters. Suspenseful, dramatic, and enjoyable.

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

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Book Review: The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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BOOK INFO

Title: The First to Lie
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Publisher: Forge Books
Publish Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan
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MY REVIEW

A big pharmaceutical company has a drug that promises to help with fertility, but the side effects are horrific and kept secret from the public. An investigative reporter wants to expose them. A sales rep with the company has her own agenda.

A story of lies and deception told using multiple points of view. The multiple POVs started off fine, but got more confusing as the story progressed. The plot was intricate and the characters were clever. In the end it was an entertaining thriller, but it took a while for me to get into this one.

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

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Book Review: The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Wife Who Knew Too Much
Author: Michele Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

Meet the first Mrs. Ford
Beautiful. Accomplished.
Wealthy beyond imagination.
Married to a much younger man.
And now, she’s dead.

Meet the second Mrs. Ford.
Waitress. Small-town girl.
Married to a man she never forgot,
From a summer romance ten years before.
And now, she’s wealthy beyond imagination.

Who is Connor Ford?
Two women loved him. And knew him as only wives can know.
Set amongst the glittering mansions of the Hamptons,
The Wife Who Knew Too Much is a decadent summer thriller about the lives of those who will do anything for love and money. Who is the victim? Who is the villain? And who will be next to die?

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
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MY REVIEW

Tabitha fell in love with Connor when she was a teenager. Their relationship only lasted one summer, but she has never felt the same way about any other man. When Connor walks back into her life, she can’t believe it. He’s married now though… to an extremely wealthy woman, who also happens to be twenty years older than him. Soon after they reconnect, Connor’s wife dies. It seems Tabitha and Connor can finally be together. Then suspicions about the first wife’s death have Tabitha questioning how well she knows her new husband, and everyone else questioning Tabitha.

The novel opens with an entry from the first wife’s diary. Otherwise, the story is told from Tabitha’s point of view. Tabitha is often naive and blinded by love. I like a strong female protagonist, so I wasn’t loving Tabitha. Later in the novel, she does show some growth and I started liking her more. The story was gripping, dramatic, and fun. A dose of romance, plenty of betrayal, and a murder mystery.

I read this in one sitting, which I hadn’t planned to do. So, that’s a sign that I definitely enjoyed it. Dark, twisty, and entertaining.

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

The End of Her by Shari Lapena

Book Review: The End of Her by Shari Lapena

The End of Her by Shari Lapena

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BOOK INFO

Title: The End of Her
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know

A long-ago accident–and a vistor from out of the blue. . .

Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she’s sure of: she has all she ever wanted.

Then Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife’s death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.

Patrick insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick–things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn’t sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie’s trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth–is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

How will it end?

The End of Her by Shari Lapena
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MY REVIEW

Stephanie and Patrick are a married couple struggling with being new parents. A woman from Patrick’s past appears, and starts raising questions about the death of Patrick’s first wife. Patrick fears the questioning will raise doubts about him and destroy his family and his career. Stephanie believes Patrick when he says it was an accidental death, but she starts to suspect there is more to the story.

Told using multiple points of view. There are a lot of characters, but the main characters are Stephanie, Patrick, and Erica. Erica is the woman from Patrick’s past. She says he killed his first wife. Patrick says it was a tragic accident. Stephanie believes her husband. In addition to these characters, there are several other characters and subplots. These include Niall (Patrick’s business partner), Nancy (Niall’s wife), Hanna (Stephanie and Patrick’s neighbor), and Cheryl (mother of Devin). There are connections between the different people and events, but some things could have been left out. With so much going on, it did seem a little chaotic at times.

A gripping domestic suspense with secrets, betrayals, and unlikable characters. Fast and fun read with plenty of twists.

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

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing

He Started It by Samantha Downing

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BOOK INFO

Title: He Started It
Author: Samantha Downing
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in…

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

He Started It by Samantha Downing
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MY REVIEW

Beth and her siblings, Portia and Eddie, are forced into a road trip to fulfill their deceased grandfather’s wishes and get their inheritance. The road trip is a repeat of one they did when they were kids. The trip includes stops at odd roadside attractions, and brings back a lot of unsettling memories.

Beth is the narrator for this dysfunctional family’s road trip. Flashbacks to the original trip are told as they follow the same route and make the same stops. The new trip includes Beth and Eddie’s spouses, so there are five adults on one crazy trip. The tension is high, everyone is keeping secrets, and nobody is happy.

An ill-fated road trip. Greedy, thieving, and lying characters. Dark humor, family drama, and shocking twists. A wickedly fun read.

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

Book Review: The Vacation by T.M. Logan

The Vacation by T.M. Logan

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Vacation
Author: T.M. Logan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

In The Vacation, a captivating thriller from T. M. Logan, the bestselling author of Lies and 29 Seconds, four best friends on a dream vacation come face-to-face with an explosive secret.

It was supposed to be the perfect getaway: Kate and her three best friends, spending a week with their families in a luxurious villa in the south of France. Through the decades they’ve stayed closer than ever, and seven days of drinking crisp French wine and laying out under the dazzling Mediterranean sun is the perfect celebration of their friendship. But soon after arriving, Kate discovers an incriminating text on her husband’s cell phone.

A text revealing that he’s having an affair.

And that the other woman is one of her best friends.

But which one?

Trapped in paradise with no one to trust, Kate is determined to find out who has put her marriage—and a lifelong friendship—in jeopardy. But as she closes in on the truth, she realizes that the stakes are higher than she ever imagined. Everyone on the trip has secrets…and someone may be prepared to kill to keep theirs hidden.

The Vacation by T.M. Logan
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MY REVIEW

A group of friends go on a vacation with their families. One of the women suspects her husband is having an affair with one of her friends.

The friends – Kate, Rowan, Jennifer, and Izzy – have known each other since college. The trip is to celebrate the women turning 40 that year. Kate is married to Sean and they have a teenage daughter and 9-year-old son, Rowan is married to Russ and they have a 5-year-old daughter, Jennifer is married to Alistair and they have two teenage sons, and Izzy is single with no children. They all have very different family dynamics.

Various points of view are used, but the main POV is Kate. Soon after arriving at the villa in France, Kate sees an incriminating text on her husband’s phone. She thinks he’s having an affair with one of her friends, but she has no idea which one. She soon realizes all of her friends seem to be hiding something. As their week together passes by, the tension between families and friends grows.

A slow-burning domestic suspense. This is an enjoyable read for fans of slower paced thrillers with lots of drama. Fantastic summer thriller.

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

Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Book Review: Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Hurry Home by Roz Nay

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BOOK INFO

Title: Hurry Home
Author: Roz Nay
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

Close to my heart you’ll be, sisters forever you and me

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

Hurry Home by Roz Nay
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MY REVIEW

Two sisters with a complicated relationship. Alexandra is the one with the perfect life – a job in child protection services, a handsome boyfriend, and a nice home. Ruth is the troubled one, and always seems to drag Alex into her messes. Alex and Ruth haven’t been in contact for ten years, but now Ruth is on the run, and she runs to Alex for help.

Told using the alternating points of view of Alex and Ruth. The sisters are both telling their versions of events, and they don’t exactly line up. They’ve got secrets from their pasts, and it effects their current places in life.

Domestic suspense about two estranged sisters. This novel is a slow burn that is heavy on family drama. Recommended for readers who enjoy family drama and unreliable narrators.

I received a copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Swap by Robyn Harding

The Swap by Robyn Harding

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Swap
Author: Robyn Harding
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publish Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.

After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging…that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.

Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.

Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.

The Swap by Robyn Harding
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MY REVIEW

Low, a teen girl, befriends Freya, a woman new to their small island in the Pacific Northwest. Low falls under Freya’s charm, but their friendship ends when Freya meets Jamie. Freya and Jamie quickly become friends, leaving Low on her own. After one drug-induced night of bad decisions, everyone’s life changes.

Told from multiple points of view – Low, Jamie, Brian, and Max. Low is a bit of a loner. She doesn’t quite fit in with others on the island, and struggles to find her place. Jamie owns a local gift shop. Brian is Jamie’s husband. Jamie and Brian want children, but have struggled with conceiving. Max is Freya’s husband. His career ended suddenly, and he and Freya relocated to the island. Freya owns a pottery studio and was once a social media influencer. The chapters from Low and Jamie’s viewpoints are good. They are both charmed by Freya, who is confident, but narcissistic. The chapters from Brian and Max’s viewpoints don’t add much to the story.

Intriguing domestic thriller full of flawed characters. It’s tough to like any of these characters, but they do make for an entertaining story. Scandalous and twisted.

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

Book Review: The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Half Sister
Author: Sandie Jones
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From Sandie Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, comes The Half Sister; a compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.

Meet the half sister, and unravel the ties that blind us.

THE TRUTH

Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE

But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE

As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
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MY REVIEW

Two sisters, Lauren and Kate, are visiting their mother when they get some interesting news. A young woman knocks on the door, and claims to be their half-sister. She has proof, a DNA test. The sisters react differently to the news, with one being more welcoming than the other.

Told using alternating points of view of Lauren and Kate. The characters are well-developed, and the different points of view work well for this story. As the story progresses, secrets from the past and present are revealed. It seems the sisters didn’t know one another as well as they thought, and they both have struggles in their lives.

A great read for fans of domestic suspense with family drama. Fast-paced, entertaining, and clever.

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