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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: Rock Paper Scissors

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Flatiron

Publish Date: September 7, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

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Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.


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MY REVIEW

A husband and wife win a weekend getaway. Adam and Amelia are hoping this weekend will help improve their marriage, but things do not go as planned.

Rock Paper Scissors is told from alternating points of view. Having viewpoints from both Adam and Amelia adds more to the story, plus letters written by Amelia on each of their anniversaries adds insight to their relationship. The novel starts slow, but it eventually picks up.

Rock Paper Scissors is an atmospheric and twisty domestic thriller. Fans of Alice Feeney’s other books are sure to enjoy this one too.

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

Books by Alice Feeney:
  1. Sometimes I Lie
  2. I Know Who You Are
  3. His & Hers
  4. Rock Paper Scissors
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Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier [Book Review]

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Title: Good Rich People

Author: Eliza Jane Brazier

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: January 25, 2022

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

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A destitute woman deceives her way into the guesthouse of a Hollywood Hills mansion and inadvertently becomes a target in the twisted game of the wealthy family upstairs in the next intoxicating novel from Eliza Jane Brazier.

Lyla has always believed that life is a game she is destined to win, but her husband, Graham, takes the game to dangerous levels. The wealthy couple invites self-made success stories to live in their guesthouse and then conspires to ruin their lives. After all, there is nothing worse than a bootstrapper. 

Demi has always felt like the odds were stacked against her. At the end of her rope, she seizes a risky opportunity to take over another person’s life and unwittingly becomes the subject of the upstairs couple’s wicked entertainment. But Demi has been struggling forever, and she’s not about to go down without a fight.  

In a twist that neither woman sees coming, the game quickly devolves into chaos and rockets toward an explosive conclusion. 

Because every good rich person knows: in money and in life, it’s winner take all. Even if you have to leave a few bodies behind.


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MY REVIEW

Good Rich People is a psychological thriller about a rich couple and a dark game they play. The couple rents out a guest cottage on their property. They choose people they can torment and attempt to ruin their lives. Unfortunately for them, their latest tenant is not one to go down easy.

Lyla, Graham, and Margo, Graham’s mother, are very rich. So rich they invent their own game to ruin other people’s lives. Their latest target, Demi, is tough to break though. The characters are well developed, unlikable, and fun to read about. The point of views alternate throughout the story, helping make it a more engaging read.

An over-the-top thrill ride of secrets and lies. Good Rich People is a gripping and twisty book for fans of psychological thriller.

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

Books by Eliza Jane Brazier:
  1. If I Disappear
  2. Good Rich People
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Suffer Little Children by Freda Hansburg [Book Review]

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Title: Suffer Little Children

Author: Freda Hansburg

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publish Date: January 26, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Suffer Little Children by Freda Hansburg

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Robin Perry’s life is finally on track with her dream job and a promising relationship with Ben Martin, even if his two spoiled children, Amber and Jaden, hate her. But things take a downhill turn when Gloria Reyes, an acquaintance of Ben’s, asks her to admit her young son to a cancer study meant for adults and Robin, heartbroken, must turn her down. But Gloria won’t take no for an answer and begins an insidious crusade to force the issue.

Amber Martin hates living with her crazy mother since her parents’ divorce, but she can hardly live with her dad, who’s too busy with “Miss Perfect” these days. When Amber runs into her mother’s friend Gloria, she’s glad to finally meet an adult who seems to be on her side. But as Amber becomes friends with Gloria’s sickly son, Alex, she begins to think Gloria is not as nice as she first thought, and Alex may be in trouble.

As Gloria’s threatening behavior escalates, Robin must protect the children while finding a way to save her career and her relationship with Ben. But Gloria always manages to stay one step ahead. When a secret comes to light, Robin discovers the stakes are even higher than she imagined.


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MY REVIEW

Robin has a new job working on a cancer research project. She’s also in a new relationship with Ben, which is great except for his spoiled kids hating her. Gloria, an acquaintance of Ben, asks Robin to get her son Alex into the cancer study. Unfortunately, the project is not for kids, so Robin has to say no. Meanwhile, Amber, Ben’s daughter, befriends Gloria and her son. Robin and Amber both start to realize Gloria is not as wonderful as she appears.

Suffer Little Children is told with alternating points of view. The characters are not all that likable, but are relatable. The story is captivating and kept me turning the pages.

Suffer Little Children is an intriguing novel. A dramatic and emotional read recommended for fans of psychological thrillers.

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

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A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams [Book Review]

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Title: A Dark and Secret Place

Author: Jen Williams

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publish Date: June 8, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

BOOK BLURB

When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother’s baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery–stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The “Red Wolf,” as he was dubbed by the press, has been in prison for over twenty years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn’t the only one to have cause to re-examine the murders. The body of a young woman has just been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did.

What did Heather’s mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.


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MY REVIEW

Heather returns to her childhood home after her mother’s suicide. While going through her mother’s things, she discovers letters between her mother and a notorious serial killer, Red Wolf. Not only is Heather struggling to understand why her mother would commit suicide, she is now concerned with the stack of mysterious letters. Red Wolf has been in prison for 20 years, and Heather decides to talk to him to find out about his connection to her mother. Heather wants to understand what was happening with her mother, but she is also drawn into a mystery when copycat killings start happening. With a series of new murders, people start to wonder if the police caught the real Red Wolf.

A Dark and Secret Place has a dark and eerie atmosphere. When Heather visits with Red Wolf, he uses twisted fairy tales to tell her stories. Heather is not exactly a likable character, and I had a hard time connecting with her. Still, the story was intriguing, and I wanted to know where it would lead.

A recommended read for fans of psychological thrillers and dark fairy tales. A Dark and Secret Place is atmospheric, disturbing, and haunting.

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

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Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron [Book Review]

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Title: Just One Look

Author: Lindsay Cameron

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publish Date: July 27, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron

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Eyes aren’t the windows to the soul. Emails are.

Cassie Woodson is adrift. After suffering an epic tumble down the corporate ladder, Cassie finds the only way she can pay her bills is to take a thankless temp job reviewing correspondence for a large-scale fraud suit. The daily drudgery amplifies all that her life is lacking—love, friends, stability—and leaves her with too much time on her hands, which she spends fixating on the mistakes that brought her to this point.

While sorting through a relentless deluge of emails, something catches her eye: the tender (and totally private) exchanges between a partner at the firm, Forest Watts, and his enchanting wife, Annabelle. Cassie knows she shouldn’t read them. But it’s just one look. And once that door opens, she finds she can’t look away.

Every day, twenty floors below Forest’s corner office, Cassie dissects their emails from her dingy workstation. A few clicks of her mouse and she can see every adoring word they write to each other. By peeking into their apparently perfect life, Cassie finds renewed purpose and happiness, reveling in their penchant for vintage wines, morning juice presses, and lavish dinner parties thrown in their stately Westchester home. There are no secrets from her. Or so she thinks.

Her admiration quickly escalates into all-out mimicry, because she wants this life more than anything. Maybe if she plays make-believe long enough, it will become real for her. But when Cassie orchestrates a “chance” meeting with Forest in the real world and sees something that throws the state of his marriage into question, the fantasy she’s been carefully cultivating shatters. Suddenly, she doesn’t simply admire Annabelle—she wants to take her place. And she’s armed with the tools to make that happen.


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MY REVIEW

Cassie is an attorney who suffered a public downfall at her previous job. She takes a job working as a temp at a large law firm. Her job is to read through emails for a fraud case. It’s a rather boring job, but she soon reads emails exchanged between Forrest and his wife Annabelle. Cassie becomes more and more interested in Forrest, going from reading private emails to wanting to see Forrest in person.

Cassie is an intriguing character, though she’s not very likable. As her story slowly unfolds, it also gets crazier. Just One Look isn’t the most believable story, but it is entertaining.

Just One Look is a complex thriller. A story with obsession and stalking, making it a good read for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes.

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

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The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Other Passenger

Author: Louise Candlish

Publisher: Atria Books

Publish Date: July 20, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

BOOK BLURB

It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by ferry with your charismatic neighbor Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife, Melia, has reported him missing.

When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends—ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

Aren’t you?


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MY REVIEW

Jamie and Kit ride the ferry together. One day, Kit doesn’t show up, and soon the police are questioning Jamie. Kit’s wife has reported him missing, and Jamie was last seen arguing with him. Multiple questions arise, like what happened to Kit, and did Jamie have anything to do with it?

The Other Passenger is told from Jamie’s point of view. Jamie is nearing fifty years old, suffers from agoraphobia, works at a coffee shop, and relies on his partner, Clare, to pay for everything. Jamie seems to have a pretty good life, and is enjoying taking things easy. Kit is in his late twenties, in debt, and married to Melia. Jamie and Kit ride the ferry together everyday, enjoy the occasional after work drink, and form an unlikely friendship.

Interesting and unlikable characters make for an intriguing read. The Other Passenger is a slow burning thriller with some twists along the way. Fans of Louise Candlish’s other books are likely to enjoy this novel too.

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

Books by Louise Candlish:
  1. The Swimming Pool
  2. Our House
  3. Those People
  4. Backseat Saints
  5. The Other Passenger
  6. The Heights
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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman [Book Review]

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Title: Dream Girl

Author: Laura Lippman

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Publish Date: July 1, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

BOOK BLURB

Following up on her acclaimed and wildly successful New York Times bestseller Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman returns with a dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.

In the end, has anyone really led a blameless life?

Injured in a freak fall, novelist Gerry Andersen is confined to a hospital bed in his glamorous high-rise apartment, dependent on two women he barely knows: his incurious young assistant, and a dull, slow-witted night nurse.

Then late one night, the phone rings. The caller claims to be the “real” Aubrey, the alluring title character from his most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no real Aubrey. She’s a figment born of a writer’s imagination, despite what many believe or claim to know. Could the cryptic caller be one of his three ex-wives playing a vindictive trick after all these years? Or is she Margot, an ex-girlfriend who keeps trying to insinuate her way back into Gerry’s life?

And why does no one believe that the call even happened?

Isolated from the world, drowsy from medication, Gerry slips between reality and a dreamlike state in which he is haunted by his own past: his faithless father, his devoted mother; the women who loved him, the women he loved.

And now here is Aubrey, threatening to visit him, suggesting that she is owed something. Is the threat real or is it a sign of dementia? Which scenario would he prefer? Gerry has never been so alone, so confused – and so terrified.

Chilling and compulsively readable, touching on timely issues that include power, agency, appropriation, and creation, Dream Girl is a superb blend of psychological suspense and horror that reveals the mind and soul of a writer.


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MY REVIEW

Gerry had an accident that left him confined to a hospital bed in his apartment. He is dependent on two women, his personal assistant and his night nurse. Gerry has plenty of time to reminiscence about his past, and he has many regrets. On top of all of that, he is receiving phone calls from Aubrey, a fictional character from his most successful novel. He suspects someone is messing with him, or he may be losing his mind.

Dream Girl is a multilayered novel with an unlikable main character. The timeline shifts between past and present. The past is all over the place, covering everything from Gerry’s childhood to more recent moments. While the story is slow building, it is also engrossing.

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

Books by Laura Lippman:
  1. After I’m Gone
  2. Wilde Lake
  3. Sunburn
  4. Lady in the Lake
  5. Dream Girl
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The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman [Book Review]

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Title: The Disappearing Act

Author: Catherine Steadman

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publish Date: June 8, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

BOOK BLURB

Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Every cable network and studio is looking to fill the rosters of their new shows, enticing a fresh batch of young hopefuls—anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Careers will be made, dreams will be realized, stars will be born. And some will be snuffed out.

British star Mia Eliot has landed leading roles in costume dramas in her native country, but now it’s time for Hollywood to take her to the next level. Mia flies across the Atlantic to join the horde of talent scrambling for their big breaks. She’s a fish out of water in the ruthlessly competitive arena of back-to-back auditioning. Then one day she meets Emily, another actress from out of town and a kindred spirit. Emily stands out in a conveyor-belt world of fellow auditionees. But a simple favor takes a dark twist when Emily disappears and Mia realizes she was the last person to see her. 

All Mia has to go on is the memory of a girl she met only once . . . and the suffocating feeling that something terrible has happened. Worse still, the police don’t believe her when she claims the real Emily has gone missing. So Mia is forced to risk the role of a lifetime to try to uncover the truth about Emily, a gamble that will force her to question her own sanity.

Actress and author Catherine Steadman has written a gripping thriller set in a world close to home that asks the question: In a city where dreams really do come true, how far would you go to make the unreal real?


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MY REVIEW

Mia has traveled from London to LA to audition for new roles. While at an audition, she meets Emily, another actress. Mia does a simple favor for Emily, but that favor leads to a mysterious case of a missing woman. When Mia claims Emily is missing, no one seems to believe her.

Mia is a young woman on her own in a new country. She is not completely comfortable in LA, but she’s slowly finding her place. She is smart but naive. Her caring nature sometimes put her in sketchy situations. When she meets Emily, she finds a kindred spirit. When she realizes Emily is missing, she is drawn to find her new friend. A wild and twisty mystery follows.

The Disappearing Act is a slow building psychological thriller. Atmospheric and suspenseful.

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

Books by Catherine Steadman:
  1. Something in the Water
  2. Mr. Nobody
  3. The Disappearing Act
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I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson [Book Review]

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Title: I Don’t Forgive You

Author: Aggie Blum Thompson

Publisher: Forge Books

Publish Date: June 8, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

I Don't Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

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An accomplished photographer and the devoted mom of an adorable little boy, Allie Ross has just moved to an upscale DC suburb, the kind of place where parenting feels like a competitive sport. Allie’s desperate to make a good first impression. Then she’s framed for murder.

It all starts at a neighborhood party when a local dad corners Allie and calls her by an old, forgotten nickname from her dark past. The next day, he is found dead.

Soon, the police are knocking at her door, grilling her about a supposed Tinder relationship with the man, and pulling up texts between them. She learns quickly that she’s been hacked and someone is impersonating her online. Her reputation—socially and professionally—is at stake; even her husband starts to doubt her. As the killer closes in, Allie must reach back into a past she vowed to forget in order to learn the shocking truth of who is destroying her life.


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MY REVIEW

Allie and her husband and son recently moved to their new neighborhood. At a neighbor’s party, Allie meets a man who seems to know her. When he is found dead the next day, Allie is a suspect. The catch is, Allie doesn’t know the man. As she tries to clear her name, she realizes someone from her past is out to get her.

I Don’t Forgive You has an intriguing plot. Allie is a suspect in a murder for a man she claims she doesn’t know. However, there are social media accounts that show otherwise. Allie tries to prove the accounts are fakes, but it’s not easy to do. Between being a murder suspect, cyberbullying, and local gossip, Allie’s life is slowly unraveling.

A gripping psychological thriller. I Don’t Forgive You is a fantastic debut novel, and I look forward to reading more by Aggie Blum Thompson. Atmospheric and creepy.

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

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You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes [Book Review]

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Title: You Love Me

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: April 6, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: You #3

My Rating: 4/5

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

BOOK BLURB

Joe Goldberg is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way . . . by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is . . . Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s . . . busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.


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MY REVIEW

You Love Me is the third book in the You series by Caroline Kepnes. Joe Goldberg is back! He’s left the city and moved to a quiet island in the Pacific Northwest. He’s working at a library and has focused his attention on a new woman.

Joe continues to be an intriguing character. He’s met a new woman, Mary Kay, but she’s not exactly interested in Joe. No worries though, Joe has a plan to win Mary Kay over. Joe is a stalker and psychopath, and it’s interesting to read along as his plan unfolds.

Although You Love Me is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I have read the first book, You, but haven’t read the second book, Hidden Bodies. I’ve enjoyed the two books I have read, and plan on reading Hidden Bodies soon.

You Love Me is a gripping and twisted story. I liked that the story was from Joe’s viewpoint. Getting into his mind made for a disturbing yet intriguing read.

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

Books in the You series:
  1. You
  2. Hidden Bodies
  3. You Love Me
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Possession by Katie Lowe [Book Review]

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Title: Possession

Author: Katie Lowe

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: February 9, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Possession by Katie Lowe

BOOK BLURB

The past haunts her. The present hunts her.

Conviction @ConvictionPod · 1m
The investigating officer: “I’ve seen a lot of homicides in the years since, but…that’s the one that keeps me up at night.”

The husband’s best man: “They had everybody fooled. Or at least, she did. But I always knew something was off.”

Hannah, the wife: “I told you. I don’t remember anything. I don’t know.”

That’s all to come, this season, on Conviction. Get ready for our most twisted season yet.

~~~

Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else—a stranger—and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind.

But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season. They say police framed the man who was found guilty, and that Hannah has more suspicious secrets than just her memory loss: a history of volatility; citations at the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist; dependencies on alcohol and pills; and a familicidal grandmother, locked away in a Gothic insane asylum until her death. As Hannah loses the trust of everyone she loves, the only person she feels she can confide in is a former colleague, Darcy, who’s come back into her life—but who may have motives of her own. But Hannah can’t tell even Darcy her deepest secret: that she’s still tormented by the memory of her husband and the crater he carved through her life.


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MY REVIEW

Hannah is haunted by her husband’s murder that happened ten years prior. She doesn’t remember the night he was killed, and is considered a suspect by many. However, someone else was convicted for the murder. After the conviction, Hannah and her young daughter moved away from London. Presently, a podcast has revived interest in the murder. Once again, Hannah’s life is disrupted and she’s thrust into the spotlight.

Possession is a new psychological thriller by Katie Lowe. The story is told using alternating timelines. It is hard to determine if Hannah was involved with her husband’s death. Even she is not sure how innocent she is, making her an interesting unreliable narrator.

A slow burning thriller. Possession is a suspenseful and captivating novel. Recommended to fans of psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators.

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

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The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth [Book Review]

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Title: The Perfect Father

Author: Charlotte Duckworth

Publisher: Quercus

Publish Date: December 1, 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth

BOOK BLURB

THE PERFECT HUSBAND . . .

After a difficult pregnancy, Esther is grateful that her husband Robin offers to put his career on hold so that she can return to the job she loves.

But Esther finds leaving her daughter Riley behind more challenging than she’d thought. And soon the new imbalance in her relationship with Robin brings old tensions to the surface.

OR A PERFECT LIE?

Then one day Esther arrives home from work to find Robin and Riley are missing. As the police investigate their disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing about this modern-day family is what it seems…

Is Robin the perfect father everyone thinks he is? Or was it all a perfect lie?


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MY REVIEW

Esther is married to Robin, the perfect father. He has put his career on hold while Esther returns to work and he stays home with their baby. When Esther returns home one day to discover Robin and their daughter missing, her world is turned upside down and she questions how well she knew her husband.

Told with alternating points of view and alternating timelines. Both Esther and Robin tell their story, and neither character was all that likable. Unlikable characters can work in a book, but it wasn’t working for me in this one. The plot was intriguing; however, it had some predictable moments.

This is the second book by Charlotte Duckworth that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed her novel Unfollow Me, so I was excited to read her latest book. While I enjoyed Unfollow Me more, The Perfect Father is still an enjoyable domestic thriller.

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

Books by Charlotte Duckworth:
  1. The Rival
  2. Unfollow Me
  3. The Perfect Father
  4. The Sanctuary