Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m back with a long overdue book review post. I’m currently on the hunt for the next good read, so if you have a recommendation please leave it in the comments!
1. THE PERFECT STRANGER by Megan Miranda
If you read any book from this list – read this one!! I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It’s one of those books that you start in the morning and are so immersed in it that you can’t do anything else but read, and before you know it, it’s nighttime and the book is finished (at least, this is what happened to me 🙂 Megan Miranda is the author of one of my other favorite books, so when I heard she had a new release, I was eager to read it. It goes like this: former journalist Leah Stevens loses her career, boyfriend and life in Boston in the blink of an eye, so when she bumps into an old friend, Emmy Grey, they decide together to start over their lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. Leah begins a new job as a high school teacher and life in Pennsylvania is an adjustment, but everything seems to be going well – until a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is left for dead near their house and Emmy goes missing. This book has everything I love in a book: mystery, a little romance, and spine-tingling suspense. Like I said, ten stars!
2. RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
I actually just finished this book last night! Apparently this book is #7 in a series, but you can read it as a standalone (like I did) and it makes perfect sense. I loved this book, but it’s a little different than your typical thriller – although there is a killer and lots of suspense, there are also a lot of heartwarming scenes that tugged at my heart strings (I cried a few times!). This novel is very well written, the characters are fully developed and the family dynamics are incredibly realistic. For that reason, you can’t read it in a day – I had to read it in small chunks to be able to digest and understand the story. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that it’s pretty easy to forge a connection with the cast of characters in Right Behind You. The story begins with a flashback from eight years ago, when Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beats their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Fast forward eight years later, and both children have been placed in foster homes and kept far away from each other. Sharlah has finally found happiness and is about to be adopted by FBI profiler, Quincy, and his partner, Rainie. Then the call comes in – there’s been a double murder at a gas station and all of the signs point to Sharlah’s older brother – it looks like his killing spree has only just begun, and that he may be headed to kill Sharlah next.
3. WAIT FOR DARK by Kay Hooper
Wait for Dark is the latest book in Kay Hooper’s Bishop/SCU Series (which I’ve blogged about in the past). This series is probably my FAVORITE series of all time, each book features a different case from the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit, a department made up of men and women with unique psychic abilities. In Wait for Dark, a small town in North Carolina witnesses several deaths that all appear to be seemingly random accidents – until the sheriff realizes that all of the victims received a text message telling them to “Wait for dark” the day that they died. My favorite partners from the series, Hollis and Reese, are called in to investigate the series of deaths, and are barely there 24 hours before the killer strikes again. This novel is a really good addition to the series and is enthralling (I read it in a few days), however if this is your first Bishop/SCU novel I would recommend starting with the first one – otherwise it won’t make much sense!
4. GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen
This book is a good beach read and the perfect one to bring with you on vacation (I read it while I was traveling in Italy) and can easily be devoured in a couple of days. Hannah Monroe comes home from work one day to find that her boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house, and every call she made to him and every text she ever sent has vanished from her phone. As Hannah begins her obsessive search for Matt, the reader is forced to constantly question her sanity – did Matt even ever exist? Maybe Hannah is the crazy one? Although this novel is a pretty slow burner for the first half, stick with it – it turns into a wild and crazy ride about halfway through the story. The ending is totally unexpected and shocking (albeit a little bit unrealistic). This book will appeal heavily to the reader who doesn’t need any sense of realism in their thrillers; if you have enjoyed books in the past with lavish twists and can suspend your sense of needing a realistic explanation, then this will very likely be a five-star read for you.
5. ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
Ironically, I read this novel about a cruise ship murder while I was on a cruise ship. It actually made the story more interesting for me, because I could see it coming to life! All by Myself, Alone takes place on a brand new luxurious cruise ship, the Queen Charlotte, which commands a list of wealthy passengers, including eighty-six-year-old “Lady Em,” who intends to wear her priceless emerald necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra. Three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead, and the necklace missing. Many of the chapters are very short, as they are narrated from different points of view by the passengers and the crew, as the search unfolds to figure out who the killer is. Although the story is written on a third-grade reading level without any real depth or character development, I did find it highly entertaining, although a little predictable. This is a good one to read if you’re a beginner to the thriller genre.
If you’ve read a good book lately (especially a thriller!), I’d LOVE to know! Please let us all know in the comments. Oh and if you missed my book reviews in the past, you can catch up here: Round One, Round Two and Round Three. Each list is filled with books I read & loved!
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