Category Archives: thriller

Consumed by J.R. Ward

display-6bc9c690f06159b45838926ea270557bI have heard great things about J.R. Ward prior to this book, but never had the pleasure of reading her books. . . until now.

Consumed is everything a thriller and mystery should be and more. The mystery of the fire starter and Danny and Anne’s search for the fire starter is what kicks this book off to a whirlwind of a start, but when the fire starter begins to target Anna when they’re hot on the arsonist’s trail, this is where the suspense of the novel picks up and grabs you, not letting you go until the very last page.

The writing in this book is wonderful and captivating, thrusting you into the character’s world. It is all-consuming and leaves you thinking about what will happen next. If you’re not reading the book, you’re thinking about the book.

Release Date: October 9, 2018


The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

40388996.jpgI have been highly anticipating this book since June. I missed out on a Kindle one-day-only deal, so I had to wait until it became available at the library. Good thing, too, because I sped through it.

The writing is captivating, putting you right into the story. This is definitely a book for veteran moms, new moms, and soon-to-be moms. I’m not sure where I fit on the scale (new/vet because mine’s almost 5), but I FELT these women so much! This also tackles something that is not spoken on often but should be. There is so much shame and judgment brought down on mothers, new or veteran, for having a night out, or god forbid, having a beer or a cocktail at a bar. YOU’RE A MOM, WHY ARE YOU HAVING FUN??? I mean, seriously. I enjoy fun just as much as the next person, and no, it doesn’t make you a bad parent for wanting to have fun without the children. You are you’re own person other than being a mom, and that’s okay. The whole idea that women should stay inside and raise kids 24/7 is absurd, but those same people that seem to preach that think that SAHMs are lazy. Just proves that you can’t win and you’ll always piss someone off.

I digress. This book just goes to show that you will never really know anybody, even your friends, and that people are capable of anything. The twist at the end, I’ll admit, I didn’t see coming. Well, I saw it coming, just not with the character it came with. There, that’s it, if I keep going on, I’m gonna spoil it, and trust me when I say this is a quick and captivating read, so go now, get it from the library/store/etc. (I know by my read date it seems like it took me over 10 days to read it, but it was really only like 3 because I read the entire last half of the book in one day.)

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

display-d39b6c6f4b4a74c4fc87915004a25977.jpgI LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. The writing, first and foremost, was captivating and thrilling, well put together, flowed extremely well, and made me not want to miss one second of reading this book.

I am a big fan of psychological thrillers and this one certainly falls within my ‘Top 20’ list for gripping thrillers. A man, getting married, loves his wife. His mother, however, isn’t prepared to let him go. As irritating as this sounds, it is a REALITY, though only partly, because Pammie (a.k.a. mother) is a piece of work, I tell you. I’m sure you’ve known someone like her in your life. The closeness of reality and the thrilling addition of being a work of fiction is what made this book enjoyable, it was a quick read, and it engulfed me.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

July TBR


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1. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

  • ARC provided by Edelweiss and I’m screaming omg I cannot WAIT to read this!!!

2. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

  • Via the library, Reese Witherspoon’s June Bookclub pick. This is a mystery/thriller and the author is also an actress, well known for her role as Mable Lane Fox (Tony Gillingham’s beau/wife) in Downton Abbey.

3. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins with 12 stories from 12 YA authors (Cassandra Claire, Becky Albertalli, Leigh Bardugo, Stephanie Perkins, and Veronica Roth are among them).

  • Via the library and my “Summer Read” before the summer is over. I’m not a fan of summer at all, but reading about it in stories may put me in a better mood for it as the summer is coming (thankfully) to a close.

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4. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

  • This is a thriller and an ARC, provided by BookishFirst and it’s not a super long read and I’ve already read some in it when I got it, but wanted to hold off until closer to its release date (August).

5. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

  • Via personal collection. Very short read and I got this from Book Depository ages ago but wanted to read it this year. I know Sharp Objects is on my TBR for August, simply because I want to watch the HBO show, so this will hopefully get me into the mood to read it.

Do you want to read any of these? Have you read any of these? 


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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40389527Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Let me just start off by saying, even though it took me a full week to finish reading this book, I actually read it in about two day’s reading time. As you all know, one of my favorite genres is thrillers. I love the suspense of not knowing where the book is headed, twists that I anticipate, or twists I expect and then am floored by my wrong assumptions. This book had all of that. The writing was incredible and made this book so enjoyable.

*semi-spoilers, but nothing too deep*

     Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, suffers from agoraphobia after a terrible accident with her husband and daughter, unable to leave her house beyond the backyard. She spies on her neighbors through the windows of her home, most notably through her bedroom window. On Halloween night, Jane Russell, the new neighbor, saves Anna from the nasty teens who throw eggs at her house.

A few days later, Jane pops by again. This time, she stays awhile, and Anna and Jane become friends, bonding over wine, old movies, and chess. Jane gets a little drunk and slips up, mentioning that Alistair, her husband, is controlling and loses his temper.

A few days later, Anna hears a scream from the Russell’s home. She looks over and sees Jane with a sharp silver thing sticking out of her chest, bleeding. After she calls for help, she ventures outside – the first time in almost a year – and across the street to help Jane. She collapses on the way and then wakes up in a hospital room to a nurse and a detective.

After the detective takes her home when she recovers, he and another detective survey the house. Their most troubling find is the table left littered with pills and wine, both recently used.

Perhaps she imagined the whole thing? That’s what the detective thinks, anyway. And then the doorbell rings and Alistair walks in with Jane in tow…

…and Anna’s never seen this woman in her life.

When I tell you I’ve never been in love with a thriller book until this one, I am telling the TRUTH. The writing from A.J. Finn makes this book stand out above the rest, and the twists and turns just gripped me throughout its entirety. I was questioning everyone, every reality, and every possibility I could, but I was still floored with the last twist near the end.

If you enjoy thrillers and suspense, read this book, you won’t regret it! As a matter of fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read this book. The way the chapters are set up makes it a quick read, but the writing sucks you into this world.

I’m so excited for this book!

lies you never told me“A compulsive page-turner with a shocking twist–get ready to stay up all night!” –Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can’t believe it when she’s cast as the lead in her Portland high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn’t sure she’s up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye–someone she knows she absolutely shouldn’t be with–she can’t help but be pulled into the spotlight.

Austin native Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable–breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She’s not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever.

Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

I won this book from BookishFirst during a raffle a couple of weeks ago and I just received this today! I almost squealed when the UPS rang my doorbell today! I can’t wait to dive into this one.

Release Date: May 29, 2018

Notes from the Upside Down – A Review

st.jpgSince one of my most favorite shows is Stranger Things, this was a must-read. Not to mention, I’ve been waiting on this book at the library since November 1st. As soon as season 2 hit Netflix, I went to find any reading material I could find on ST, and here we are.

This book is so in depth, it’s scary. I honestly wasn’t expecting so much detail, but I am glad it was there. I loved the first part where it talks about the Duffer Bros., how they came to be in the film/tv making art and the journey ST took before being snatched up by Netflix less than 24 hours after its pitch to the company.

This is a great book and one that I also want to buy the print copy of just to have in my collection and as a reference. It is well written and holds attention well for how it is written and its content.