Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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4.5 disco balls

Published: June 12, 2018 by Minotaur Books
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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First things first: what a pretty book cover, it’s certainly intriguing. I am a huge fan of suspense books: the build up and the ending need to impress.

Like the book cover, the story did not disappoint.

I was addicted from the start and the chapters move so quick it wasn’t hard to keep saying “just one more chapter.”

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Book Review: Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Published: July 24, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

But were they really?

Three long time friends (Ashley, Natalie, Lauren) take a girls vacation to Mexico. Three is a crowd. Two are always competing for the leader of the pack’s attention: while loving and hating her at the same time. Make up your darn mind ladies! Anywho, Ashley goes missing after getting into major blows with Natalie and Lauren (separate fights that Natalie and Lauren don’t know all the details of…hmmm).Read More »

Audiobook Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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3 disco balls

Published: June 5, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing
Narrator: Phoebe Strole (whom I just discovered was Penny on Glee)
Length: 8 hours, 46 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Supernatural, Mystery, Thriller

Plot:  2.5 disco balls
Narrator:  4 disco balls

I recently downloaded Penguin Random House’s Volumes app on my iPhone and registered as an audiobook reviewer. I like to listen to at least 1 – 2 audiobooks a month during my short drive to the Path train, and especially while doing laundry. I hate folding laundry but audiobooks somehow make it more doable. But I digress.

My first audiobook through this program was Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, which my friend recently read and recommended. I am not sure if I would have had a different experience with the story had I chose to read it versus listen to it; there was too much going on. I found myself losing interest and it was almost a DNF had I not wanted to figure out what the heck was going on.

I will preface my review with: I typically do not read supernatural and found myself feeling the story was a bit farfetched, but still with a rather interesting concept so I was intrigued. I know I need to make up my mind.Read More »

Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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3 disco balls

Publish Date: July 17, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Category: Thriller, Psychological Suspense, and what I consider Horror

Anyone remember this 90s movie? You have no idea how fitting this reference is, but if you read Baby Teeth you will soon find out.

Long story short: Suzette thinks her 7 year-old daughter, Hanna, is straight up trying to kill her. Only thing is her husband, Alex, has a hard time believing her. Hanna is only her creepy, demonic self when with her mother – or strangers – but never Daddy. Suzette isn’t Mother Teresa – you will wonder about her a bit – but no one can hold a candle to Hanna. Read More »

Book Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

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4 disco balls

Published: June 5, 2018 by Doubleday
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

You know how most thrillers keep you on edge a bit throughout the book and typically towards the end there is that “hold your breath” moment. Well, for me this happened at the halfway point of this book and my heart and chest hurt right until the very end.

It wasn’t an overwhelming, constant pulse – but more a slow and growing build up of “how the heck is this going to play out?!” I was on the edge of my seat most of this book, not waiting for a twist: waiting for the ball to drop.Read More »

Book Review: A Double Life by Flynn Berry

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3 disco balls

Publish Date: July 31, 2018 by Viking
Category: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Want to read upcoming new releases before they hit the shelves? Join Penguin Random House’s First to Read program – its free – to gain access to a variety of books. That is how I was able to read A Double Life by Flynn Berry.

I am a huge fan of suspense novels that when I read the synopsis for A Double Life I guaranteed my spot to access it.Read More »

Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

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3.5 disco balls

Publish date: March 13, 2018 by Doubleday Books
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

I am a super fan of thriller/suspense reads and enjoy trying to be a super sleuth at the turn of each chapter. I especially enjoy those bombshells that I do not see coming: the start of this ending did just that! Why the 3.5? I can’t fully explain without giving it away, but the end of the ending – versus the start of it – left me perplexed. I do think this is still worth a read, so that we can discuss your thoughts!Read More »

Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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5 disco balls

Publish date: July 3, 2018 by Dutton Books
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Two Truths and a Lie. 1) Emma is guilty. 2) Emma is innocent. 3) Emma is going crazy.

I just couldn’t wait until July to share my review: because if you still can try to snag an eBook from Penguin Random House’s First to Read program (free!), well then you must! And, then we can discuss the book’s ending…like whoa!

The ending is what makes a thriller/suspense read; it can certainly save a story (i.e. The Woman in the Window IMO). I was not disappointed with what author, Riley Sager, cooked up for me in his latest The Last Time I LiedRead More »

Book Review: Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

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3 disco balls

Publish Date: April 17, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Ok, I could not put this book down. It was a super quick read and the chapters were short with just enough information that you need to keep on to the next one. I couldn’t really tell where it was going which is great for a suspense read in my opinion. But…Read More »

Buddy Read with BusyCollegeBookworm: Sinner by Christopher Graves

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4 disco balls

Sinner
by Christopher Graves
Check out the Book Trailer
Publish Date: April 5, 2018 by OP Media
Category: Horror, Thriller, Suspense

In 2018, I read my first horror book and probably my last. This is not at the discredit of the author, who did a fine job of invading my dreams and turning them into nightmares. I haven’t been this freaked out since Season 4 of Dexter and the Trinity Killer: holy moly my senses are on overdrive; paranoia being the top dog here. By the way, thanks a lot John Lithgow, you have officially ruined my fond memories of Harry and the Henderson’s.
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