The Shadows by Alex North- Book Review

Thank you to #partner @celadonbooks for gifting me this book. Let me start by saying this book is creepy, sinister and murderous all rolled into one. I can’t just pick one word to describe this one because I don’t think one word would do it justice. This book started with a bang on page one and continued with so many great and atmospheric twist and turns along the way. The build up was a little slow but so intense that it was hard for me to put down. It’s definitely a book that you are going to want to read with the lights on at night. This book will be published July 7th and I highly recommend it! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Synopsis: You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and suffering from dementia, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’s something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.It wasn’t just the murder.It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier- Book Review

I’m late to the game on this one but definitely better late then never. This is a 5⭐ read for me! It was the perfect mystery/suspense/thrill that I wanted. The story was intriguing and the characters were both flawed and real. This book is so we’ll written, the storyline never slowed down, it was powerful and hits you hard from the beginning to the end. Bookstagram made me read this one because I was seeing it every where and I’m so glad I read it. I have been craving the rawness and darkness of a good thriller and this was it. This really is the perfect mystery thriller and it’s an absolute must read!

Synopsis: Five years ago, Geo’s first love was revealed as a terrifying serial killer.But he escaped custody and went on the run.Now, bodies have started turning up, killed in exactly the same way as before.The message is clear: he’s making his way to her, one murder at a time…

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker- Book Review

This book was so good! I couldn’t put it down and read it in two nights. I loved all the crazy twist and turns that were in this story. I enjoyed the characters and felt they were extremely relatable which made me love it even more. I couldn’t imagine everything the main character Molly had do endure. Plus the twist at the end had me on the edge of my seat! The story was so well written and the author left no stone unturned. It was a roller coast of emotions to say the least. This is a must read so definitely put it on your tbr list! Thank you to MacMillan Book and St Martin’s press for this ARC. This book will be published September 15th. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Synopsis: The car abandoned miles from home.The note found at a nearby hotel.The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.They called it a “walk away.”It happens all the time.Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

Home Before Dark by Riley Sagers – Book Review

Riley Sager does it again! I have loved all of Riley Sager books although my favorite is Final Girls but that may be because it’s the first I read by him. I’m so excited that this book is out for everyone to read. Sagers knows how to write a fantastic novel that allows you to connect with the characters. This book has a little bit of haunting/ghost in it but don’t be fooled it’s so much deeper than that. I couldn’t put this book down and reading it in the dark was hard but I didn’t want to put it down. This book takes on a roll coaster of dark secrets and family drama. Also, the ending is so great because it’s a complete surprise (I seriously didn’t see it coming). I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫.

Synopsis: Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism. Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

The World of Stephen King

I don’t know why I hadn’t read a Stephen King novel before this year. Maybe it’s because I always felt intimidated by this books because he is the STEPHEN KING. I read this The Outsider (my first book by him) in early February and absolutely loved. I have know read 12 of his novels and I can’t name one that I didn’t enjoy. Once of my favorites that I read by him back in March is The Bill Hodges Trilogy. I loved Holly in The Oustider and was recommended the Mr Mercedes books because she plays a huge roll in them. I of course couldn’t just read the first one without reading all three. I loved them and I loved the characters Holly, Bill, and Jerome.

Mr. Mercedes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Finders Keepers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

End of Watch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Outside by Stephen King- Book Review

This is my first Stephen King read and whoa! I was completely hooked from page one. This was definitely a page turner and I couldn’t put this book down. It had me guess the whole way through and I loved the twist int he story. I also really loved the characters especially Holly. This book had my emotions going in every which way. I finished this book a few days ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Synopsis:

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories. 

An 11-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. 

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

Don’t Look Down by Hilary Davidson- Book Review

This was an enjoyable suspence/thriller read and also very fast paced. This is the second book in the Shadows of New York series. I was given the ARC for this book by the author to read and review. Although I haven’t read the first book in the series, I felt this book was still very easy to get into without missing too much from the previous book. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza who are the two main cops. I felt like their friendship/work relationship was relatable and had a wittiness about it that showed through. I also enjoyed the twist in the story that held my attention and continued to have me guessing. I would give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 but more if I had read the previous book so I knew more details about the characters and what they had been through.

Synopsis:

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?

Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James- Book Review

I can already tell you that this book will be in my top 10 this year. I absolutely loved it! I loved both the female leads, Viv and Carly and it felt easy to connect with them. The story haunted me every time I put it down and still haunts me since I finished it. If you read one thriller/suspense book this year then this one should be it. Thank you to @netgalley and @berkleypub for the ARC. This book will be published February 18th and you should definitely get it! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Synopsis:

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

The Silent Ones by K.L. Slate- Book Review

I’m not going to lie. This book started off strong but was quite slow during the middle and then picked back up in the end. There was a family dynamic that had to be explained and while it was interesting, I kind of got bored a little. I also felt like a few of the character fell a little flat which made it hard for me to really connect with them. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️. There wasa twist at the end that I did enjoy and left me feeling happy about the ending but it took me a while to get to there.

Synopsis:

When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?  

As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed?

Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again…

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus- Book Review

If you are looking for a fast pace suspense book than look no further. I finished this book in two nights because it completely grabbed my attention from the first page until the last page. I had seen this book everywhere and kept putting off until last week. I can’t believe it took me so long to give in to it. I know the second book in the series was just published this week so I’m not putting it off this time. 😂 I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I’m hoping the second book in this series is just as good as the first since I enjoyed it so much.

Synopsis:
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.