Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – Book Review

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and really enjoyed it. the story started off with a bang and I was immediately captivated by the story. The character were enjoyable and also relatable. I like that the main character, Kate Marshall, is an independent woman with a career but also has her flaws and working to get those straight. It definitely made her character likable and relatable. This is the first book in this new series and I’m excited about other books being developed in this series. This book is also free with Kindle Unlimited. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Synopsis:

Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly turned into a nightmare. Traumatized, betrayed, and publicly vilified for the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case, Kate could only watch as her career ended in scandal. Fifteen years after those catastrophic events, Kate is still haunted by the unquiet ghosts of her troubled past. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she finally has a chance to face them. A copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol. Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. Success promises redemption, but there’s much more on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter- Book Review

Karin Slaughter does it again. I have binge read this series this month and I have loved this series. My favorite character would definitely have to be Dr. Linton. There is something empowering about a strong, smart female lead. If you are a Slaughter fan and you haven’t read this series by her than I definitely encourage you too get these books. I love following all the characters and getting tangled up in the story and thrills along the way. Karin Slaughter makes it incredibly hard to put her books down. I have stayed up way too late so many nights this month with this series and I absolutely don’t regret it. 😁 As a whole, I give this series ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I am on the third book of her Will Trent series and so far The Grant County series is my favorite. I know Dr. Linton crosses over into the Will Trent books so it will be interesting to see how that unfolds.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston- Book Review

I got this book for $5 when I bought a coffee Barnes and Noble and I’m so glad I did. I was intrigued from beginning to end. Although the main character got on my nerves with her indecisiveness the story itself held my attention the whole time. I enjoyed it enough to buy a few of her others which I have also enjoyed. It was a fast pace thriller and had some suspense in them but not nearly as detailed or gory as other thrillers I have read which may be because it’s written for younger adults. I would give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️. I love finding great books that I didn’t know we’re out there, it’s always a great surprise!

Synopsis:

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead―murdered.
With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over…

The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner- Book Review

This is the first book I’ve read by A.J. Banner but definitely won’t be the last. This book was extremely fast paced and had so many twist and turns that I had to reread a few pages to make sure I followed exactly what was going on in the story. Most of the characters were likable but not extremely in depth. My favorite thing about the book was definitely the last twist at the end that made my chin drop because I did not see it coming and I truly believe it made the book. It all came together in the end with a well powered feminist ending. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. Thank you to @NetGalley and @lakeunionpublishing for the ARC. It’s also free with Kindle Unlimited.

Synopsis:

Elise Watters seems to have it all—a blissful marriage, a gorgeous Victorian home surrounded by lush gardens, and a dream job running her late mother’s herbal boutique. But on the eve of her first wedding anniversary, Elise makes a shocking discovery that turns her life upside down and casts doubt on everything she thought she knew—about her marriage, her friends, and even herself. As she treads into dangerous territory, Elise is forced to wonder: Is her whole future at stake? Or is paranoia getting the best of her? If she is to believe what she sees, Elise has every reason to fear for her life…

Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant- Book Review

I’m loving all the thrillers I’ve been reading this month and this one is no different. I found this jewel on Kindle Unlimited and I’m so glad I did. I loved the well-molded characters and the compelling story that continuously had me guessing the whole time. There was a lot details to the story that really connected all the pieces of the story together. From the very beginning this book starts off with a twist and bring all the twist together at the end, which was great. This book is definitely worth reading and you won’t be able to put it down plus it’s free with Kindle Unlimited. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. While I really enjoyed this book it’s hard to rate when I have read so many thrillers this month that have been amazing.

Synopsis:

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.

Imaginary Friend By Stephen Chbosky- Book Review

Let me first start off by saying that yes, this book is long, and while I do think it could have been a little shorter, it’s so worth the read. This is an amazing thriller that will have your pulse racing within the first couple of chapters. It’s a race against time between good and evil that left me completely entranced with every page I turned. This book is so incredibly good, it’s literary genius. If you have time to read this in October then I highly encourage you to. It fits in perfectly for a thriller this month. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. I would probably have given it 5 stars if it was a little shorter because there are areas where is dragged on a little. I thought it was about to end until I look at how much time was left and I still had another 200 pages left. 😂

Synopsis:

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. for six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

I’ve had this book on my tbr list for a while and I don’t know why I have continued to put off reading it but I finally read it and holy hell it was completely worth it. This story was so detailed in the depth it went to explain the characters and their history. This book was creepy on a whole new level. Imagine being obsessed with an object but that obsession continues to pull you into a black whole. I kept thinking of the ring from The Lord of the Rings and everyone calling it my precious but instead of a gold item it was with young teenagers. I really enjoyed this read and will continue to read the rest of this series by Dot Hutchison which is called The Collection. It makes me look at Butterflies a whole different way. 😂 I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. This book is available for free through Kindle Unlimited.

Synopsis:

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…