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review 2019-02-01 04:43
NO EXIT BY: TAYLOR ADAMS
NO EXIT a gripping thriller full of heart-stopping twists - William Taylor Adams

A truly chilling page-turner! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time with this gritty thriller. LOVED IT! This book surprised me. I love the way Darby evolved in a deliciously dark knight kind of way. She was undoubtedly a hero, but she also had to become a monster, in a sense, to fight against the real monster. Some twists I saw coming, but it didn't make them any less awesome, and others blindsided me in the best way. Highly recommend this one to fans of thrills and chills. 

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review 2019-01-24 00:50
DARK MATTER BY: BLAKE CROUCH
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

I thought this was a really unique, dark & twisty read, and I loved it! Crouch has a way of talking about these huge intricate things but in a really down-to-earth way that makes it seamless to follow right along. It was really fast paced and it honestly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Surprisingly romantic in a really weird/frightening/fantastic way too lol. I definitely see why so many people were raving about this one.

 

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review 2019-01-08 16:08
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL BY: GREER HENDRICKS & SARAH PEKKANEN
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Another twisty, chilling psychological bombshell by the dangerous duo, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen!

 

Desperation is a funny thing. It can lead you to do things you never imagined before. The desperate need to survive, or find the truth, for love and money, to hold onto a secret, and for vengeance. This book is absolutely dripping with it and will keep you riveted as you try to find the answers you are looking for.

 

There's also an unsettling undertone about the risk you take when you let someone into your home, your head, or your life. As well as how powerful the secrets we keep can be. Whether it be a force that drives and shapes your life, or the leverage it could give another to shape it for you.

 

"A secret is only safe if one person holds it..."

 

An Anonymous Girl is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the very end.

 

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book! 

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review 2018-07-01 22:58
2.5 Out Of 5 "twisted af" STARS
In Her Skin - Kim Savage

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In Her Skin

Kim Savage

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Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecraft's, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine. 

 

When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecraft's welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was really weird, it had this vibe to it…that felt very un-YA, and really rather risqué.  I feel like I both disliked and liked it…well, sorta liked it.  The premise of the con didn't seem to be believable…but as the story plays out, it becomes more believable and twisted…fairly f*cking twisted.  I flew through this, thanks to the narration.  Despite listening to the last hour of the book two times, I still feel like that ending left me confused, maybe something was missing or maybe it was just me.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 2.5/5

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Book Cover~ It's eye-catching…

Narration~ 4 for Sandy Rustin…she wasn't too bad, actually.

Setting~ Boston

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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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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