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review 2018-03-20 18:55
The Friend: An emotional psychological thriller with a twist - Teresa O'Driscoll

 

 

Sophie's life was at a stand still.  She adored taking care of her family, but after having her son Ben and being a stay at home mother and housewife, the excitement and adrenaline once felt from working outside the home was sorely missed.

 

Emma and her son Theo are newcomers to Tedbury.  When she and Sophie cross paths, a budding friendship begins . Sophie admired Emma's energy and spontaneity; traits she wished she had inside her.  But what happened in Emma's past that make her secretive?  What evil has she brought with her to Tedbury?

 

The Friend by Teresa Driscoll is written in chapters of the past and present.  The story's pace was strong and engaging in the beginning, however it slowly loses steam.  The "past" chapters took too long to get to the thrill of the plot and the end of the book whizzes on by.

 

I didn't form any connections with the characters and Sophie annoyed me with her passive attitude.

 

There's a good plot in The Friend, but unfortunately it took longer than I wanted to get to the point.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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review 2018-03-01 17:01
The Girlfriend: A Novel - Sarah Naughton

Trigger Warning:  Child Abuse and Rape

 

Mags enjoys the life she has in Las Vegas.  She's a bull-dog defense attorney and firmly plays by her rules.  But when she gets the news her brother, Abe has been seriously injured in a fall, she leaves for England to be by his side.  When Mags arrive at the hospital, she meets Abe's girlfriend, Jody who seems to be the only one who witnesses Abe's accident.  

 

Jody's account of the accident doesn't set well with Mags.  There's something that Jody isn't telling and Mags conducts her own investigation since she's not getting much help from the police.

 

This book started off very slow for me.  My rule for reading a slow book is if the first fifty pages of a book doesn't grab and hold my attention, I will not complete it.  I have so many other books I need read.  However, I thought I would give it another chance, set it aside and read something light and cheerful to cleanse my reading palette.  The story did pick up its pace a little after the first fifty pages, but not by much.

 

I had a difficult time connecting with the characters.  I didn't find Mags likable throughout most of the book, but she slowly redeems herself on the last twenty-five pages of the story.  The plot is good with gripping situations, however I felt some areas in the book needed more buildup.

 

If you like a dark, psychological thriller, Sarah Naughton's The Girlfriend may be the book for you.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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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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