Category: Mysteries and Thrillers

Book Review: The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

**3.5 stars** See my Goodreads review of this here. For some reason, the spoiler tag doesn’t work with my WordPress template, so I’m just going to give you a blanket spoiler alert here. Read at your own risk! This was both predictable and entertaining. I loved Behind Closed Doors and when I heard B. A. Paris had another novel coming out, I got excited. I was hoping that The Breakdown would be the same type of psychological thriller without being formulaic. Well, I read early reviews and discovered the answer to my question, but I decided that I didn’t care...

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Review: The Girl Before

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Girl Before is an entertaining, yet predictable psychological thriller involving the fates of two women who move into an elaborately designed home, owned by an eccentric owner who enforces over two hundred rules. The list of rules includes no books, no pets, no children, no personal effects, and no throw pillows among many others. I would never move into a house that didn’t allow books, pets, or children. However, two women choose to live there, three years apart, one dies (not a secret), and the other becomes...

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Review: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris My rating: 4 of 5 stars Behind Closed Doors, is an intense psychological thriller that completely toys with your emotions. Its addictive nature makes this unputdownable and a must-read. It’s not Gone Girl, but I understand why there’s a comparison. The reason is that (view spoiler)[both novels involve a twisted marriage where one person is a psychopath (hide spoiler)], but that’s not enough reason to call it the next Gone Girl. By the way, I think this is better than Gone Girl. That book was so overrated. Jack is a movie-star handsome lawyer and...

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Review: Before the Fall

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley My rating: 2 of 5 stars DNF at 50% Many people loved Before the Fall but it just didn’t click with me. I realize that this is on the New York Times bestseller list, but frankly, I found it boring. Sometimes I’m just not on-board with the consensus and this is one of those times. This book gave me a serious case of who-cares-itis. The characters aren’t necessarily memorable, although Scott Burroughs, the painter, isn’t so bad. From what I read, I didn’t find it the least bit suspenseful. It has a great synopsis,...

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Review: Untouchable

Untouchable by Sibel Hodge My rating: 4 of 5 stars Untouchable by Sibel Hodge is the best psychological thriller that I’ve read this year. Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres, so I’m always super excited when I find a new author who knows how to write a page-turner like this one. The synopsis describes this novel as “chillingly dark”, which I think is the perfect description. Maya and her boyfriend Jamie are about to celebrate their second year anniversary. Jamie is several hours late returning home for their anniversary celebration. The police arrive at their home and deliver...

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Review: You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’d never heard of Megan Abbott until I started seeing reviews of You Will Know Me popping up everywhere. Wow, I’ve been missing out! I can see why people love her novels so much and become devoted readers. This was quite entertaining right from the start. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Lauren Fortgang. I’ve always loved gymnastics, especially on an Olympic level. As a kid, I wanted to learn gymnastics, but I never had the opportunity. This novel puts you front and center into the life...

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Review: The Smaller Evil

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn My rating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed Stephanie Kuehn’s Delicate Monsters so much that I couldn’t wait to read her latest book The Smaller Evil. However, I was a little concerned when I read some early reviews from several people who said they didn’t understand the ending. After reading it, I’m not sure what the ending means either. Arman is a seventeen-year-old who has anxiety issues and hates himself, so he goes to this weeklong retreat in Big Sur with two of his friends, Dale and Kira. Beau is the leader and Arman...

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Woman in Cabin 10 is a captivating psychological thriller that’s reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, but set on a luxury cruise ship traveling the North Sea. This is such a compulsive, suspenseful read that you’ll want to set everything else aside until you’ve reached the end of the book. Ruth Ware is a skilled writer who knows how to grab your attention from the very beginning. Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine who’s sent on the luxury cruise ship “Aurora”. In...

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Review: Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ink and Bone is a fantastic page-turner that made me a new Lisa Unger fan. I can’t believe that I haven’t read her novels until now! This book keeps you reading from start to finish. It has those amazing ups and downs. It has those moments when you think the big resolution is about to happen, but then it’s quickly taken away from you. I love those teasers! There is so much going on in this story that I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s one of...

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Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

You by Caroline Kepnes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wow, this was one of the most entertaining audiobooks I’ve ever heard. This audiobook has everything — great storytelling, great narration, and fascinating unreliable characters. I was hooked to this book from the first sentence to the very last. I highly recommend this book to psychological thriller fans and if you choose to read it, listen to the audiobook. View all my reviews

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Review: VOID

VOID by David M. Staniforth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Void is a must-read psychological thriller by David Staniforth. This book got me out of a reading slump that I’d been stuck in for the past month. I had been trying to read a new release from one of my favorite authors and it took me a month to read the first 50 pages. That put me eight books behind my personal reading schedule, which doesn’t make me a happy camper. So, I tossed the other book aside and picked up this one since I had just bought it...

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Review: The Beauty of the End

The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells My rating: 2 of 5 stars DNF at 51% The synopsis of The Beauty of the End sounded great and I absolutely love psychological thrillers, but this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It took me three weeks to get halfway through this novel and typically in that timeframe I read three to six books. I kept putting this book down because I wanted to read something more engaging. Since I received this via NetGalley, I felt obligated to read more of it so I kept trying to force my way through...

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