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review 2017-09-04 17:46
The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psycholo... The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psychological thriller that will have you gripped - Jess Ryder

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

Jess Ryder hit the ground running earlier this year with her debut novel Lie To Me.  I am so glad I was given the chance to read her second book The Good Sister.

 

Jerome Macauliffe had been receiving malicious texts from someone threatening to reveal a secret.  He decided to go out for a night time run on his motorbike but lost control and drove into a tree killing him instantly.

 

Jerome worked in Manchester as a teacher during the week and returned home to London during the weekends.  When Jerome's daughter Josie went to clear his house in Manchester he discovered Jerome had another daughter called Valentina.  Josie and Valentina look similar and Josie is only 5 days older than Valentina.  But that is where the similarity ends, Josie is responsible, has a good job and is living with her boyfriend Arun.  Valentina on the other hand is unemployed, had dubious friends and takes drugs.

 

Josie is devastated that her father had two families one in London and one in Manchester.  Josie's mother is grief stricken over Jerome and she decides not tell her about Valentina.  Valentina is manipulative and Josie is warned by Arun to keep away from her.

 

However Josie is drawn to Valentina and refuses to listen.  Slowly Valentina inveigles her way into Josie and Arun's life destroying Josie in the process.

 

The Good Sister is only 230 pages but a lot happens in those pages.  This book was a true psychological thriller that messed with my mind.  The second part of this book was fantastic.  I was hit by so many revelations it gave me concussion.  This book was told from the POV of Josie and Valentina.  If I had one criticism the chapters were not headed so you were not intially sure whose voice you were reading but you could easily tell the characters apart.

 

Brilliant storytelling, well done.

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review 2017-03-31 19:32
Don't Wake Up...
Don't Wake Up: A shocking and compelling new thriller that you will not be able to put down! - Liz Lawler

This was a fast read for me, in many ways your typical psychological thriller but it was superbly menacing and I give it extra points for being quite unpredictable - not necessarily on the "whodunnit" level, although Liz Lawler does a great job of obfuscating things - but more because it didn't feel at all like things would necessarily work out for our main protagonist. Did all come good in the end? Well you'll have to read to find out.

It has that addictive quality that I look for in this genre, certainly a page turner, also intensely creepy at times. Imagine you are assaulted but nobody believes you. Imagine then that at every turn you are looking more and more unbalanced but you know that you are not. That is an intriguing layer to Don't Wake Up, I also give points for the fact that the characters mostly behaved reasonably given the circumstances. If I had one bugbear it was one police officer character that was way too caricature but I won't say more because everyone reads differently

Overall Don't Wake Up is a great read, especially as a book to sit down with when you just need to read totally in the comfort zone - I have no problem recommending it to fans of this genre, whilst it may not offer anything unique, it is accomplished writing and a banging good story.

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review 2017-02-13 18:09
Annoyed me to death
Thrill Me to Death - Roxanne St. Claire

I read this for the Wedding Bells square for Romance Bingo and for my Series Headway selection.

The blindness of the heroine towards seeing the truth about people and facts just about killed me to death on this one. I mean, come on! The willful blindness was aggravating and only made the flaws in the murder mystery stand out more, instead of elongating the sense of danger and mystery. From the contrived anger that caused the heroine to break off her engagement with the hero to the convoluted mess that sprung from her husband's death, this felt messily plotted out.
The villain was painfully obvious and painfully ignored by heroine, the step-son drama was made a big deal of and then dropped off the face of the earth, and the connection of the bad guys was Lifetime worthy.
I liked the hero but he wasn't given much of a story to shine in. The chemistry with the heroine is definitely felt and the alone scenes they have are pretty good but the madness surrounding them put me off the story as a whole.

 

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review 2017-02-01 00:00
Thrill of the Chase (City Shifters: the Pride Book 1)
Thrill of the Chase (City Shifters: the Pride Book 1) - Layla Nash Weak characters, but a fun enough quickie. Shifting sounds fucking awful in this "world" and it doesn't really play much of a role in this story. It's just used as a reason for the h to refuse the H for a while.
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review 2017-01-01 00:00
Treat Me, Thrill Me: One Night with Sole Regret Anthology
Treat Me, Thrill Me: One Night with Sole... Treat Me, Thrill Me: One Night with Sole Regret Anthology - Olivia Cunning,Justine O Keef My first book by Cunning and damn is she awesome! How ever now I need to go back a read the rest because I'm the time that needs to read all of a series. Back to Treat Me, Thrill Me they are awesome. I love Rockers and better than that I love rockers with real life problems. Cunning got this one just right and I can't wait to read the rest this week! Great job! Oh Yea, make sure and check out Cunning's other books.
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