{Review} Behind Her Eyes

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about the book

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts

Everyone is talking about the ending to this book, and rightfully so. It’s pretty crazy. As in so crazy that it’s hard to believe. It’s surprising and bizarre and if you read this book you’ll have to suspend all disbelief to enjoy it. Thankfully I was able to do that, and I did enjoy it. I know that’s not easy for everyone to do, but I think it’s definitely worth reading.

Bottom Line

Suspenseful page-turner that will leave you speechless at the end.

4 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller

Standalone

Published January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books

Length: 320 pages

{Mini Review} Find Her

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About the book

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

My Thoughts

This book was getting a lot of buzz around it’s release, which made me curious enough to preorder it (which I rarely do). As most of you know, I love this genre of books, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed! This was a twisted psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. When I thought I had the outcome figured out, the author managed to throw in another twist to prove me wrong. The content of this book is definitely hard to stomach – if you have issues with rape and abduction, this book may not be for you. The author does a really great job of making the reader understand the mind of Flora and the trauma that she suffered, and continues to suffer. I really didn’t know how I should feel about her until the end – I love how the author made me second guess myself over and over. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author and in this series!

Bottom Line

Gardner has proven why she is a go-to author in the suspense genre.

4 Stars

Genre: Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Series Standalone

Published: February 2nd 2016 by Dutton

Length: 400 Pages

{Mini Review} All the Missing Girls

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About the book

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

My Thoughts

That was one of the most interesting, twisted thrillers I’ve ever read. I will be honest and say that I almost gave up on it. It was a slow starter, and I wasn’t thrilled with any of the characters. It wasn’t until the story started being told backwards that I got sucked in and decided to keep reading. Now I’m really glad I didn’t give up on it – lots of twists and it kept me guessing until the end! I still wasn’t a fan of any character in the story, but this is a book where you don’t have to like anyone. The suspense and plot is what keeps you reading and wanting more.

Bottom Line

A twisted thriller worth reading, once you push past the slow beginning.

4 Stars

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Standalone

Expected Publication: June 28, 2016 by Simon & Schuster

Length: 384 Pages

{Review} Behind Closed Doors

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About the book

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

My Thoughts

I’ll start by saying this story is fucked up. Everyone looks at situations and plots differently, but I was deeply disturbed by the path this story went down. And maybe I just have certain triggers, like some readers who hate reading about love triangles or other readers (myself being one) who hate reading about rape. The twist this book took definitely appalled me, and I will admit that I almost quit reading. It was early enough in the book that I wasn’t too invested and considered just DNFing it. I didn’t think I could stomach the rest. But some twisted part of me had to know the outcome.

The book goes back and forth between the present day and the before/early stages of the couples marriage. At first I had no clue which way the story was going, and then the author made it very clear how twisted and sick in the head someone can be, and from that point on I was scrambling to finish.

Am I glad I finished it? Yes. I was happy (for lack of a better word) with the ending. Did I like the story? Hell no. It was one of the most twisted plots I’ve ever read, and it disturbed me quite a bit. In fact, I’m still thinking about the story days after finishing it, that’s how much it affected me. Is it worth reading? YES. Because the test of a great book is how it makes you feel, right? And even if I hated the characters and the story, it made me think and feel and bitch about it days later. I can’t say I loved the book, I didn’t even like the book. But I couldn’t put it down, and I want all my friends to read it now so we can talk about how twisted it is. There’s so much I want to say that would give away important plot lines and ruin the story, so if you read this book, please come back and tell me what you thought!

Bottom Line

A twisted psychological thriller definitely worth reading.

4 Stars

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Standalone

Published: February 11, 2016 by MIRA

Length: 352 Pages