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review 2015-10-16 17:05
Book Review: Hampton Road
Hampton Road: A Psychological Thriller for Young Adults - Michael Segedy

I won this book in a giveaway. Thank you!

I love psychological thrillers, so I was super excited to win this book. The storyline and characters are interesting, but the story dragged at times. It took me a while to get through this book because I kept putting the book down every time I got to a boring part. The ending had a nice twist and that made me glad that I finished it.

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review 2015-10-05 14:34
Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson

When I started reading this book last year, I gave up on it because the repetition got on my nerves. It sort of has a Groundhog’s Day repetition to it. I love psychological thrillers and I kept hearing about this one, so I decided to try it again. It’s not the best psychological thriller, but I’m still glad that I read it.

 

The novel is about Christine who loses her memory every time she goes to sleep. When she wakes up, she has no idea who she is, her age, what’s going on in her life or who’s in it. She knows absolutely nothing; every day is a blank slate. The people around her are telling her half-truths and lies, but she’s not sure why. She slowly puts the pieces together with the help of a doctor and the truth isn’t what she expected.

There aren’t many surprises as most of the twists are predictable. My curiosity kept me reading since the novel has such an intriguing storyline. I still wanted to know for sure why she lost her memory and why people were lying to her about it even if I guessed correctly early on. I was completely OK with having one of those “I knew it!” moments at the end.

The characters were just OK; there was nothing particularly striking about them. My biggest issue was the execution because I didn’t think it was the best way to build suspense. I rated this novel with three stars because of the plot. If you’re a psychological thriller fan, I’d still recommend it.

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review 2015-10-05 14:31
The Silent Wife
The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison

I listened to the audiobook and I actually fell asleep listening to it. To be fair, I think I lost interest because of the narration, not because of the writing. This is one of those books that I'm going to have to come back to.

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review 2015-07-13 19:38
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is a dark and disturbing novel that’s filled with creepy, mentally ill characters and fantastic psychological suspense. Gone Girl may have earned the popularity vote and a movie deal, but I think Sharp Objects is more suspenseful and better written.

This character-driven story is told in the point of view of Camille Preaker, a Chicago reporter who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the disappearances and murders of two preteen girls. Camille is reluctant to take the assignment since she’ll have to face her troubled past, a past that caused her so much emotional pain that she turned to cutting. Her mother is a “neurotic hypochondriac” and she has an equally unhinged, half-sister, Amma. The town is populated with gossipy, shallow residents, many who were Camille’s former classmates that love to blather about Camille’s promiscuity, binge drinking and send her murder investigation into a hundred different directions. The more she unravels the truth about the murders, the more mentally unraveled Camille becomes, but she won’t leave town until the murder is caught.

The characters are brilliantly developed and complex with richly descriptive personalities, especially their mental states. I love novels like Sharp Objects that have haunting, mentally disturbed characters as it’s my favorite type of novel. The characters’ behaviors are spine-chilling and they hold your mind hostage until you finish the story. Camille is a beautiful, intelligent woman, but she’s the type of character that you pity. I wanted to save her, not only from her family, but from herself. Her mother and half-sister are the type of characters that you love to hate because they’re fascinating and twisted.

This page-turner had me so engrossed in the storytelling that I wanted to read it in one sitting. It’s engaging and suspenseful throughout. I had a hunch about the ending that I dismissed because the misdirects in the plot were so convincing. My suspicions were correct, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the novel. The ending still had a shocking, unpredictable quality.

I recommend this novel to readers who love psychological thrillers.

Jenny's Book Bag Sharp Objects review.

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review 2012-07-30 23:02
Narkosemord
Narkosemord - Rainer Schmidt,Robin Cook Eine junge Frau stirbt während eines Eingriffes den der erfahrene Anästhesisten Jeffrey Rhodes vorsteht. Trotz sofort eingeleiteter Hilfemaßnahmen können die Ärzte das Herz der Patientin nicht mehr zum Schlagen bringen. Dem Arzt wird der Prozess gemacht. Zunächst wird er wegen eines Kunstfehlers angeklagt und dann auch noch wegen Todschlags. Da er sich sicher ist, keinen Kunstfehler begangen zu haben, beginnt er auf eigene Faust zu ermitteln. Ein rasantes Katz - und - Maus - Spiel beginnt. Robin Cook ist ein brillanter Thriller - Erzähler. Geschickt verbindet er medizinisches Wissen mit einer spannenden Handlung. Der Leser ist immer versucht, weiter zu lesen. Pausen gönnt er sich selten. Zu keiner Sekunde liest sich der Roman langweilig. Gut gefallen hat mir, dass Cook ein unglaubliches Fachwissen in die Handlung einfließen lässt. Der Leser bemerkt sofort, dass Cook Medizin studiert hat. Einen Punkt ziehe ich ab, da mir das Ende zu schnell und ohne Paukenschlag gekommen ist. Niemals habe ich die Lösung während des Lesens auch nur geahnt, aber etwas ausführlicher hätte es nach der langen Suche schon sein dürfen. Ich werde mit Sicherheit weitere Thriller von diesem Autor lesen.
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