Blog Tour: If You Only Knew

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Title: If You Only Knew
Author: Cynthia Clark
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

A wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most…

Review:

I enjoyed this book!

I was hooked from the beginning. It opens with Elizabeth’s confession of murder, so I knew it was going to be good. Fairly early on, I learned the circumstances of Elizabeth’s crime, and it’s hard to blame her. I was sympathetic for her. 

I liked that there were two perspectives from Elizabeth, from 1998 and 2014. I could tell that she was the same character but she was more mature in 2014. 

I had figured out what was going on with Claire’s circumstances early in the story, but I was still excited about the story. I was very intrigued to see how it all ended. 

I liked this story. It was an exciting thriller! 

About the Author:

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Cynthia Clark was born and brought up in Malta, where she graduated in Communications and went to work for a daily newspaper. She has since lived in the US, where she worked as a writer in online business journals. She and her husband now live in Philadelphia with their twin daughters.

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Website: http://ariafiction.com/author/cynthia-clark
Twitter: @cynthiaNYC

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Blog Tour: The Accident

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Title: The Accident
Author: Dawn Goodwin
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

A tragic accident, an unbearable loss and a marriage in crisis – but who can she trust or is she all alone? A gripping, debut psychological thriller that will keep you hooked. Perfect for the fans of Paula Hawkins and S.J. Watson.

Veronica Pullman’s comfortable suburban life comes to a shuddering halt when her young daughter, Grace, tragically dies in a car accident.  

Months later, unable to come to terms with her daughter’s death, detached from her husband and alienated from her friends and family, a chance encounter on a rainy street pushes her into an unlikely new friendship.

Scarlet is everything Veronica could’ve been: feisty, adventurous, unpredictable.  But as she approaches what would have been Grace’s 10th birthday, it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything.

Consumed by grief and left questioning her own sanity, is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?

Review:

This is another great thriller!

Veronica is an unreliable narrator, which makes her story all the more compelling. It’s difficult to tell when she’s telling the truth. Fairly early on, I could tell that things weren’t adding up, but I couldn’t be sure if I was wrong. There were also hints of someone else playing tricks on her, but it wasn’t clear who it was until the end. 

I had figured out everything by the end but it was still an exciting story. Even though I could predict things that needed to be told at the end, I didn’t know how they would come out. (I don’t want to give spoliers but if you read the book, you’ll know what I’m referring to.)

There were clever hints as to what was happening to Veronica. There is one particular flashback to Grace that I really liked. 

I enjoyed this story. I recommend it if you want to read a psychological thriller!

About the Author:

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Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to write about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly.  Married, she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.

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Twitter: @DGoodwinAuthor

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Blog Tour: The Good Mother

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Title: The Good Mother
Author: Karen Osman
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

How far would you go to protect your children?

A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…  

Kate has no time for herself.  Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…  

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…  

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

Review:

This book was amazing!

I don’t want to give away the ending so I won’t say too much about the plot.

I liked the characters. I was drawn right into Kate’s, Alison’s, and Catherine’s stories. Each of them had a distinct point of view so I could always tell them apart. I was a little confused at first by the time periods. Each of their stories are happening decades apart, but it took a while to figure that out.

I was going to finish this book before bed, but I’m glad I didn’t because I would have been up all night if I did. I had just figured out the ending but reading that I was right was very exciting.

This is a very cleverly woven story. It doesn’t appear to be a thriller for most of the story, but the ending definitely gives it thriller status. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an exciting story!

About the Author:

Karen_Osman_colourOriginally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel and now has a three-book deal with Head of Zeus. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

Website: https://www.karenosman.com/
Twitter: @KarenAuthor

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Review: Friend Request


Title: Friend Request
Author: Laura Marshall
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

Review:

I loved the premise for this book. It’s so spooky to imagine: someone you thought was dead sends you a friend request on Facebook. 

This book was pretty slow for me. I kept waiting for something big to happen. In the middle of the story, when Louise gets creepy messages, I was really excited. But closer to the end it fell apart. There was a lot happening and I lost interest. 

I think there was too much background given. The story spent a lot of time in the past. I would have felt more of a connection to the characters and the story if there were shorter flashbacks. 

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped. It was too long and the ending fell flat for me. 

Review: Confessions


Title: Confessions
Author: Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (translator)
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Release Date: August 5, 2008
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.

After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation.

But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge.

Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in harm’s way. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again.

Review:

This book is so amazing! 

It has an unusual beginning. The narrator in the first chapter is Moriguchi, and she is speaking directly to her class. She speaks to the reader, making it seem like you are one of the students. This brought me right into the story. For each chapter, the narrator changes. This was hard to get used to at first because it isn’t obvious who the narrator is at he beginning of the chapter. It took a couple of paragraphs to figure out who it was. But in the end, this technique gave different perspectives of the story which was very interesting. 

I like the conflicting feelings between the two students involved in the murder. One regrets that he didn’t succeed in killing the girl, while the other regrets that he did succeed in killing her. It was fascinating to see how these feelings of regret and failure play out in the young minds of the boys. 

Most of the characters are trying to get revenge for something that was done to them. Though their plan usually fails, the person does end up being damaged from the results in some way, just not the way they planned. The ultimate revenge happened at the end. It actually gave me chills. 

I’m so glad I read this book. I highly recommend it for a unique thriller! 

Dead Girls Can’t Lie


Title: Dead Girls Can’t Lie
Author: Carys Jones
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Rating: 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?

When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…

When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…

Review:

I was very excited to read this book because I love thrillers. It may be because I’ve read so many good ones recently, but this one didn’t live up to my expectations.

The concept for the story was very good. North suspects that Kelly didn’t kill herself. But at the same time, North has a history of mental problems due to insomnia, so she isn’t taken seriously. Some of the things she did in her past are explained logically, demonstrating that she wasn’t actually crazy, such as the car accident she got in as a teen. But some parts are forgotten and not explained, so her suspicions remain suspect.

There were so many red herrings as to who actually Kelly. There were a lot of possible suspects, but they weren’t really explored or given a justified solution. Also, Elijah was constantly asking North if she was okay. I wanted to shout at him “Of course she’s not okay! She just lost her last loved one!” It made me very suspicious of him and I became frustrated when he wouldn’t leave it alone.

I also don’t think there was a purpose in North’s parents being lost at sea. I’m not sure why they were just presumed dead, rather than actually killed off in the story. I think their death just kept North hanging in this in-between of wondering if they were still alive, which gave her even more pain.

While I was disappointed in the outcome of the story, I did have an emotional response to many parts which connected me to the story. I was frustrated with Elijah and I felt sorry for North. The premise for the story was good, but I wish it was executed better.

Emma in the Night

Title: Emma in the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Review:

As soon as I started this book and I saw the reference to mythology I was excited! I love Greek mythology. When I saw that the main character was named Cassandra, I guessed what was going to happen. In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the son of King Priam of Troy. She was cursed with the power to tell the future, but no one would ever believe her. Cass experiences a similar effect, though not as extreme.

This was a very exciting story. I could see some holes in Cass’s story, but I had no idea how it was going to end.

Some of the background stories became confusing after a while because they were so extensive. I kept wanting the story to move forward rather than focus on things that had happened before the girls disappeared. There was also a lot of background information on Abby that was unnecessary to the story.

I really loved this story! If you love thrillers, you should definitely read it!