eARC Review: Murder Theory (The Naturalist #3), by Andrew Mayne

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Crime

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Murder Theory is the third book in The Naturalist series, following Dr. Theo Cray as he gets involved with another strange case… this time, a series of senseless murders apparently disconnected from each other take place not that far apart, except – all the murderers have no history of violence and no reason to commit the murders at all. They all look vacant and have no memory of what they did. What if there’s something infecting them, affecting their brains and making people attack loved ones? What if someone is spreading this infection on purpose? Continue reading

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Review: Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult Thriller

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Dry is the story of Alyssa, a teenager whose normal life gets disrupted irrevocably when the drought suddenly turns into an apocalypse: the taps go dry. There isn’t water anywhere, the markets have been emptied out and there is a promise of violence in the air. When her parents go missing, things become far worse, and now Alyssa must do whatever it take to save herself and her little brother.

I haven’t read many YA thrillers before, and this left a very good impression! The main difference to adult thrillers is definitely the main characters being teenagers and, on top of the problems caused by the lack of water, they also had to deal with crushes and thinking about school, and also the less graphic violence present on the book. Continue reading

Review: The Girl Who Was Taken, by Charlie Donlea

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller

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The Girl Who Was Taken is the story of two girls: one missing, one who came back. One night, Nicole and Megan disappeared, and two weeks later Megan escaped her captor. One year later, Nicole is still missing and Megan is now a national sensation as the book telling the gritty details of her kidnapping and brave escape.

On the surface, this is not any different from all other thrillers of girls being kidnapped, abused, killed, of which the whole genre is quite saturated. But really, I was very pleased to find out that this does not use the Dead/Missing Girl Trope as most other books do, but instead gives voice to different girls in this story, including the victim, and putting them first. Continue reading

Review: Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

sharp objects gillian flynnRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller

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Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects tells the story of Camille, a reporter who’s just back from the hospital where she was treated for cutting words into her skin. She gets the assignment to go back to the town where she grew up and cover the murders of two girls whose bodies were discovered without the teeth. As she is confronted with her past, and the family she has been trying to avoid, Camille finds herself in a darker place than she’s been before.

This was a complicated read for me.

I remember thinking that Gone Girl was brilliantly dark and that it was so unique, but Sharp Objects felt like it tried a bit too hard to be cool and dark and gritty, and the women are represented in such a negative way, whether they were a tomboy, a girly girl, a group of older women, Camille’s former classmates. They were all so mean. I also had issues with the portrayal of self-harm – I have no experience with that myself, but it felt romanticized and possibly triggering. I had to take a breather from how intense this book was and pause several times while reading. Continue reading

Review: Recursion, by Blake Crouch

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. 

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them? Continue reading

Review: Sadie, by Courtney Summers

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

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When Sadie finds out her sister Mattie has been murdered, her world falls apart. There was precious little in her life to make it worth it, and now with Mattie gone, nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who killed her. Told in a podcast style as the journalist West McCray investigates and tells the story of Sadie and Mattie, its unique story-telling is great to listen to.

Sadie was a book I had both high and low expectations on: I’d heard the audiobook was amazing, but I hadn’t heard more on the blurb than that, so I hardly knew what the book was even about when I started it. It took me a good third of the book to really get into it – while the narration IS fantastic, Sadie’s character starts out as basically nothing but anger and thinking she’s super dangerous and is going to kill a man, but nothing in her really inspired me to believe she WAS dangerous or anything more than her anger. But as the book progresses, and her character gets fleshed out a lot more, along with the complicated, imperfect people in her life telling their sides of the story, my heart started aching for her, for all she went through and all she lost. Continue reading

Mini-Review: My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing

my lovely wife samantha downingRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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I love a good cold-blooded murderess story – they’re hard enough to come by, but what My Lovely Wife does is something I hadn’t seen before, with a couple who decides to spice up their marriage by kidnapping and murdering young women.

It’s difficult to stand out among so many new thrillers coming out all the time, and by now I’ve read so many that they become predictable. But My Lovely Wife really stands out, and for good reason: it’s addictive, it’s fascinating and the main characters are so unapologetically cold and not trying to justify their actions. I am obsessed with this book and highly recommend it! I was stuck in traffic for a really long time and this got me through it without a hint of irritation. A sign of a really amazing book.

Review: An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

an anonymous girl greer hendricks sarah pekkansRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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I just posted about The Wife Between Us, and right after reading that, I picked up this one! It came out this January, and I am hoping Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen will write lots of more books.

Jessica Farris’ life has never been easy, but now it’s becoming more difficult as her father loses his job and the bills for her sister’s therapies pile on. She signs up for a psychological test for the money she will receive from it. Jess doesn’t really know anything about the test, except that it’s about ethics and morality – maybe it’s some sort of personality test. She has no idea what she’s getting into… Continue reading

Review: The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

the wife between us greer hendricks sarah pekkanenRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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This was another of the thrillers to come out in 2018 that just caused so much talk in the bookish community! And with good reason.

In The Wife Between Us, Vanessa has just received shocking news: her ex-husband, who she divorced just a few months ago, is getting married again. And very soon. Her replacement, a gorgeous, young woman, is already starting to try wedding dresses. Vanessa suddenly knows one thing: she cannot let this wedding happen. But in this story, nothing is what it seems. If you assume, you’re already wrong. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Lying in Wait, by Liz Nugent

lying in wait liz nugentRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”

This is such an interesting thriller – in the very first sentences you know who’s the murderer and who’s the victim. The rest of the story is an unnerving psychological thriller, watching the murderers get away with it, the victim’s family trying and trying to get the truth, sometimes getting closer, sometimes being drifted away. The stakes get higher as the story goes on, and there is a constant tension in the air, even when things are going “okay” (it does get a bit slow sometimes, but just you WAIT). I was very impressed by this novel, and really enjoyed seeing the point of view of the murderer and his family. I must say I do like books where you get the narration from the guilty part – Lydia was so very manipulative, psychopathic and strange, it was great. Really amazing thriller!