Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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BOOK INFO

Title: What Lies Between Us
Author: John Marrs
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: May 15, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
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MY REVIEW

Nina keeps Maggie locked away in the attic. The reasons for their dysfunctional relationship are slowly revealed using alternating points of view and flashbacks.

A complicated and disturbed relationship between a mother and daughter. Maggie and Nina are intriguing characters. Both women have kept secrets from one another for many years. The revealing of secrets was well-paced and kept the suspense up.

A wild and twisted domestic thriller. This book had me turning the pages late into the night. A fun and fast-paced read for fans of psychological thrillers.

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

Book Review: Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes

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BOOK INFO

Title: Can You See Her?
Author: S.E. Lynes
Publisher: Bookouture
Publish Date: April 22, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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Rachel Ryder doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.

But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.

She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again?

And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…

Can You See Her? is an utterly compelling and unputdownable psychological thriller, about how far you can push a woman before she will break. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, A.J. Finn and The Silent Patient.

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
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MY REVIEW

Rachel feels that she has become invisible over the years. Her husband and children don’t seem to notice her anymore, and she’s unhappy with this new feeling. A series of violent crimes is happening in Rachel’s community, and she’s been following the news to keep up with the crimes. Rachel feels for the victims and other invisible people, but now Rachel is being questioned about the murders.

The story is told using alternating viewpoints – Rachel’s point of view and police transcripts with various characters. Rachel is depressed and suffering from some bouts of memory loss. She makes for an interesting and unreliable narrator.

A slow-burning psychological thriller. The book starts slow, but gets more interesting. Some unexpected and intriguing twists and turns along the way. Dark and clever.

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

Book Review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

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BOOK INFO

Title: Little Secrets
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: April 21, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.

Permanently.

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MY REVIEW

Marin has a happy life, until her son is kidnapped. A year has gone by, and there are no new leads on the case. Marin hires a PI to find her son, but instead, the PI learns Marin’s husband is having an affair. This prompts Marin to learn what her husband has been up, and potentially, find out what happened to her son.

Marin is depressed and lost after her son’s kidnapping. It happened so quickly, and there are no real leads on the case. When she finds out her husband is having an affair, she now has a real enemy to go after. Marin seems a little unstable, but the people in her life are not that trustworthy either. Not knowing who to trust makes for an intriguing read.

A dark and complex story. The main character is living a parent’s worst nightmare. A compelling psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages. Gripping, suspenseful, and twisted.

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

Book Review: Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

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BOOK INFO

Title: Problem Child
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: Jane Doe #2
My Rating: 4/5


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She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series—and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.


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MY REVIEW

Jane is back! She has a new job and a serious relationship. She’s trying to live a more normal life, but she’s still cold and calculating. When Jane discovers her niece is missing, she doesn’t care. Then she learns her niece may be like her… a sociopath. This intrigues Jane, so she goes in search of her.

This is the second book in the Jane Doe series. I recommend starting with the first book, Jane Doe, before reading this one. The first book is better, plus it introduces Jane and more of her story. Problem Child can be read as a standalone though.

In Jane’s work life, she’s got a coworker trying to claim her work as his own. Obviously, she needs to straighten him out. In her love life, she’s in a relationship with Luke, who’s ready to take things to the next level. Even though Jane has a lot going on, she takes a trip to her hometown to locate her missing niece, Kayla. Jane wants to help Kayla because she reminds Jane of herself.

A fast-paced domestic thriller. Jane’s not a likable character, but she is fun to read about. A gripping novel with dark humor, mystery, and revenge.

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

Book Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

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BOOK INFO

Title: Darling Rose Gold
Author: Stephanie Wrobel
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 17, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.


Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
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MY REVIEW

Rose Gold was raised by her mother, Patty, and she was seriously ill her whole life. Doctors could never figure out what was wrong with her, and Rose Gold eventually discovered that her mother was behind her illnesses. Patty went to prison, but it’s time for her release. She doesn’t have anywhere to go, and Rose Gold agrees to take her in. They say they forgive one another, but both have twisted plans.

Rose Gold was always weak due to her illnesses and missed out on experiences due to her controlling mother. Patty appeared to be a pillar of the community, and seemed a doting mother. Turns out, she secretly abused Rose Gold her entire life. Rose Gold was 18 years old when she testified against Patty in court. It’s a surprise when Rose Gold picks Patty up from prison when she is released 5 years later, and even more surprising that she lets Patty move in with her. Rose Gold is now a single mother herself, and doesn’t quite trust Patty with her two-month-old son.

Told with the alternating points of view of Rose Gold and Patty. Both are unreliable narrators, and make for unlikable characters. In fact, even the secondary characters are unlikable. It makes for an entertaining read, and one that kept me turning the pages late into the night.

A psychological thriller about a twisted mother-daughter relationship. Clever, dark, and gripping.

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

Book Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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BOOK INFO

Title: You Are Not Alone
Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


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The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.


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MY REVIEW

Shay witnesses a woman commit suicide, and becomes consumed with wanting to know more about the dead woman. She befriends some of the woman’s friends. Shay wants friends. They have darker ideas.

Told using multiple points of view – Shay and the dead woman’s friends. Shay is lonely and struggling. She’s working as a temp since getting downsized at her last job. She’s single, but wants a relationship. Her friends are busy moving on, and Shay is feeling a little left behind. Shay is a data analyst and loves statistics. After witnessing a suicide, she uses her research skills to learn about the dead woman. When she meets the woman’s friends, they seem so glamorous, and she dreams of being accepted into their circle. The dead woman’s six friends have something they are hiding though.

A fun psychological thriller. Shay is relatable and a little quirky. Fans of this writing duo will likely enjoy this latest novel by them. Suspenseful, fast-paced, and wild.

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

Book Review: The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row
Publish Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
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MY REVIEW

Sadie and her family recently moved to a small island town in Maine. Their neighbor is killed in her home, and everyone on the island is on edge. Sadie’s family is under suspicion, and she is determined to find out what happened.

An atmospheric and twisty psychological thriller. Told with alternating points of view – Sadie, Camille, and Mouse. The viewpoints are all female, but very different.

I enjoyed the writing style and eerie atmosphere of this book, but wasn’t wowed with the story. I imagine occasional readers of this genre will be highly entertained, but more seasoned readers of domestic thrillers may be a bit let down. Dark, suspenseful, and twisty.

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

Book Review: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough


BOOK INFO

Title: Dead to Her
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.57


BOOK BLURB

For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

Marriage can be murder…

SOMETHING OLD
Marcie’s affair with Jason Maddox catapulted her into the world of the elite.

Old money, old ties, old secrets. Marcie may have married into this world—

but she’ll never be part of it.

SOMETHING NEW
Then Jason’s boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London.

Young, attractive, reckless—nobody can take their eyes off Keisha.

Including Marcie’s husband.

SOMETHING YOU CAN NEVER, EVER UNDO…
Some people would kill for the life Marcie has—what will she do to keep it?



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MY REVIEW

Marcie had an affair with Jason, but now she’s his new wife. She’s married into the high society life, and she wants to keep her place in it. When Jason’s boss, William, brings home a new, young wife, Marcie feels threatened. Jason starts acting sketchy, and Marcie thinks the worst.

A fun thriller that starts off with drama that leads to murder. Told with multiple points of view – Marcie and Keisha. Marcie was the young new wife in the social circle until Keisha came along. Marcie has become accustomed to the high-class lifestyle, but everything isn’t perfect between her and Jason. Keisha is William’s new wife, and it’s pretty clear she’s in it for the money. Marcie and Keisha are second wives and trophy wives, and both have secrets from their pasts.

This novel has unlikable characters, secrets, betrayals, voodoo, and a delicious ending. The characters are unlikable, but they’re enjoyable to read about. The southern setting of Savannah is fantastic. A great read for fans of domestic thrillers.

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


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Book Review: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald


BOOK INFO

Title: Behind Every Lie
Author: Christina McDonald
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 4.13


BOOK BLURB

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell’s I Found You and Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her, Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.



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MY REVIEW

Eva is determined to clear her name when she is suspected of killing her mother. On the night of her mother’s murder, Eva was struck by lightning, and she doesn’t remember anything from that night. As Eva tries to discover what happened that night, she learns her mother had secrets.

Told with alternating points of view – Eva and Kat, Eva’s mother. Eva’s story is told in the present day, while Kat’s story tells about the past. Eva is an unreliable narrator, since she’s been struck by lightning and can’t remember what happened the night of her mother’s death. Eva does have vague memories of being with her mother, but it’s unclear what happened that night.

Every person in this book is keeping secrets and telling lies, so Behind Every Lie is an apt title for this book. There is a complicated backstory and a lot of twists and turns. An entertaining read for fans of psychological thrillers. Suspenseful, dramatic, and intense.

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


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Book Review: When I Was You by Minka Kent

When I Was You by Minka Kent


BOOK INFO

Title: When I Was You
Author: Minka Kent
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: February 1, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.97


BOOK BLURB

A stolen identity leads a woman down a dark and desperate path in a gripping novel of psychological suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.

After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.

But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.

What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.



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MY REVIEW

Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home. She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone. When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.

Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall. Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack. Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs. Of course, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and there are more layers to the story.

After discovering her identity has been stolen, Brienne is led down a complex and crazy path. This novel definitely requires some suspension of disbelief, but it’s a fun read.


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