Hey guys! I have been meaning to do a book review post for a few weeks now because I’ve read some AMAZZZZING books lately! I can’t wait to share these with you. Let me know in the comments if you have read a good book lately!
I have been highly anticipating B.A. Paris’s new novel (that was released yesterday!) because Paris is the author of one of my other favorite books. All I can say is – WOW – it did not disappoint!! It definitely joins the rankings as one of my most favorite books of all time. I wanted to tear through it as fast as possible but didn’t want to miss a second of it (I actually did tear through the book, though – I read it all in one sitting!). The premise of the novel goes like this: the protagonist, Cass, is driving along a winding rural road when she passes a woman in a parked car – she considers checking on the woman to see if she’s in need of help, but decides to keep driving since she’s almost home – the next morning, she learns that the woman was brutally murdered in her car. After the murder, Cass is terrorized and spends every second looking over her shoulder, feeling as though she is being watched by the murderer. My heart was in my throat throughout most of this book, petrified for Cass, wondering if she was in extreme danger or simply imagining everything. I am not one to get scared easily, but this book is VERY creepy – I felt a little paranoid and had a pretty fitful night of sleep after reading it! However, I think this is proof that the book did it’s job. It’s without a doubt one of the most emotional psychological thrillers I’ve read in the past year and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
*FYI, I did receive a copy of this book for free, however, all opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this 🙂
This is another AMAZING book that I would rate five stars! I’m just going to go ahead and put it out there that this book is about domestic violence, and if you are squeamish or uncomfortable with that subject then this might not be the book for you! However, this book is beautifully and wonderfully written; it has quite a different approach to the domestic abuse sub-genre, while maintaining the spine-chilling suspense that I love about psychological thrillers. Immediately from the start of the novel, you are rooting for the protagonist, Lindsey, as she escapes an abusive marriage and tries to make a new life for herself and her daughter. Not only did this book hook me on an emotional level (I really related to Lindsey and felt like she was a friend in real life), it also has one of the biggest, most shocking endings that I have ever read. I truly commend Stevens for pulling off the ending – I had NO idea it was coming, and it kept me on my toes! I also enjoyed this book because Stevens is a hardcore animal activist in real life and it is definitely portrayed in the book – I loved dog in this book, Angus! I won’t say too much about the plot because I don’t want to give it away, but this is definitely a must-read. Highly recommend!
3. BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
I really enjoyed this book by Sarah Pinborough (my first novel of hers). It’s not as suspenseful or spine-tingling as some of the other novels I’ve read, but I kept reading because I wanted to figure out how it all ended. Single mom Louise meets an enchanting man at a bar on a rare night out, and sparks fly when they share a kiss together. However, when she arrives at work on Monday she finds out that the man from the bar is actually her new boss, David. Things get a little stranger when Louise bumps into Adele, David’s wife, and establishes a friendship with her. A super weird love triangle develops between the three of them – Louise, David and Adele – and by the end of the novel, one of them is dead. The story gets a little far-fetched, but if you can suspend your belief in reality for a moment, is incredibly entertaining – and has a shocking twist at the end.
4. THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney
I decided to read “The Girl Before” because my mom read it and absolutely loved it (she finished it in a day) and we have very similar reading tastes! I did finish it quickly (it is a page-turner) however by the end of the novel I was left wanting more. The book is a cross between Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey – if you liked those two books, then you will probably love this one. My main issue with the novel was that the protagonists, both women, kept making stupid decisions. Some of their behavior was just outright ridiculous – I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake them! The book alternates between the perspectives of Emma (Before) and Jane (After) as they move into a new apartment – a very beautiful but strange apartment owned by the handsome and mysterious Edward Montford (who is very similar to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey). Overall it was very entertaining and worth the read!
I read this one thanks to some reader recommendations on my last post (so thanks, you guys!). I absolutely, hands-down LOVED it! You may recognize the name of this one because it was turned into a 7-episode miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon on HBO. I purposefully have not watched the show yet because I wanted to read the book first! The story revolves around three women, all mothers in the same town in Australia whose kids are starting kindergarten together. Madeline is funny and passionate (and also fashion-obsessed), while Celeste is beautiful and always flustered, and single-mom Jane is young and serious. On the surface, this book was about the humorous dynamics of parents acting badly. Under the surface, the author tackles many dark issues, including bullying, rape and domestic violence. It’s not your typical psychological thriller, however the characters are so believable and compelling that the story really draws you in. I devoured it in a few days. It gets five stars from me!
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