Review: The Best Lies

Title: The Best Lies
Author: Sarah Lyu
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Told in alternating timelines, Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl in this twisted psychological thriller about the dark side of obsessive friendship.

Review:

This was a gripping YA thriller!

There are two alternating narratives in this story. One is in the present, which is right after Jack has died. The other tells the story of Remy and Elise’s friendship. Remy seemed like an unreliable narrator, because she had to lie in her testimony. However, there were reasons for her lies.

Even though I knew how the story ends, with Jack’s death, I was still hooked on the story. There were some other twists before the end that I wasn’t expecting. Elise was a complex character, who went through a lot over the course of the story. She was classified as the “villain,” but I ended up feeling a little sorry for her.

I loved this story!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Have you read The Best Lies? What did you think of it?

Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

Review:

I was hooked on this story right from the beginning. It was so intriguing. Hal received a letter saying that she was going to receive an inheritance from her grandmother who just passed away, but her grandparents had died years ago. Since she needed money, she decided to play along with the family. However, she ended up getting tangled up in their complicated family.

The story was quite fast-paced. Everything moved quickly with new twists in every chapter. When I thought I had it all figured out, I discovered I was wrong, which kept me in suspense. I also loved that Hal was a tarot card reader. It added to the mystery of the story.

I loved this mystery! I highly recommend it!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Have you read The Death of Mrs. Westaway? What did you think of it?

Review: Dear Wife

Title: Dear Wife
Author: Kimberly Belle
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Park Row Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long. 

Review:

I loved this suspenseful thriller.

There were three different perspectives in this story: Jeffrey, Beth, and Marcus. Jeffrey’s wife, Sabine went missing. Beth has changed her name and run away from her abusive husband. Marcus is the detective on the case of Sabine’s disappearance. It was a very clever mystery.

I figured out how some of the characters were connected halfway through, but I still loved reading through until the ending. I hadn’t figured out all of the pieces to the puzzle so I had more to discover. The only parts I didn’t really like were the scenes in the church. I didn’t think they added much to the story, but I can see that they developed the character of Beth more thoroughly.

This is a fantastic, fast-paced thriller!

Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Have you read Dear Wife? What did you think of it?

Review: The Last House Guest

Title: The Last Guest House
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Thriller, Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.

Review:

This is a great new thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.

I was so excited to read this book because I love Megan Miranda’s thrillers.
Like in All the Missing Girls, this story flashes back to revisit a mysterious death of a young girl in town. Sadie’s death was ruled a suicide, but her friend Avery never felt comfortable with that conclusion. While searching for answers about Sadie’s death, Avery learned more about herself and her family.

I couldn’t figure out the solution until the end. I love it when a book surprises me, and this one definitely did. There isn’t really enough evidence given until the end to figure it out, because the reader discovers the clues along with Avery. I loved the way that the new clues she found pointed at Avery as being Sadie’s murderer. It really kept up the suspense! Though she would be an unlikely suspect, since she’s the narrator, I couldn’t rule her out with all the evidence pointing to her.

I loved this thriller!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Have you read The Last Guest House? What did you think of it?

Review: The Last Resort

Title: The Last Resort
Author: Marissa Stapley
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

We all have thirteen secrets. Five stay buried forever, but the rest will be revealed.

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second—but what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, The Last Resort is a propulsive read about all the big truths we hide, even from ourselves.

Review:

I loved this book! It was a gripping thriller that reminded me of Big Little Lies. I’ve only watched the TV adaptation of Big Little Lies, but this story had a lot of the same elements of mystery.

The story opens with the report of a character’s death, and possible murder. The mystery throughout the story was finding out who killed him. It was so difficult to figure out because most characters had a motive.

Secrets played an important part in this story. All the characters had secrets, which were slowly revealed. At the beginning, they seemed like ordinary people, but their secrets revealed dark pasts. I was pretty shocked, but looking back on hints given through the book, it all makes sense.

The setting played an important part in the story. It was descriptive, with details of the beach and villa, so I could picture the resort vividly. This will be a great beach read for the summer!

I highly recommend this shocking thriller!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

Have you read The Last Resort? What did you think of it?

Review: The Missing Season

Title: The Missing Season
Author: Gillian French
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Indigo Summer Preview
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life. 

Review:

There was some beautiful imagery in this book. The woods were described vividly. It felt like I was right there. One recurring image that stood out to me was the moths. They’re really harmless to people, yet they can be destructive to clothing if they invade. They can also seem scary when they are in large swarms. This was a great image in the story.

I thought that the missing kids would play a larger part in the story. Someone goes missing about halfway through. The first half of the story was about Clara getting to know the people in town and forming relationships with them. I was a little disappointed that the real mystery of the story started so late.

I was surprised at the ending, which was the conclusion to the mystery of the Mumbler. There was no way I could have guessed it. I wish there had been clues as to what was really happening throughout the story, so I had an opportunity to solve the mystery.

This was a good story, but not as suspenseful as I thought it would be.

Thank you Indigo for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Have you read The Missing Season? What did you think of it?

Review: Sadie

Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page. 

Review:

This audiobook was recommended to me by a friend. The story is written partly as a podcast, so it works really well as an audiobook. There are even sponsorship “ads” for MacMillan Publishers during the podcast chapters, which really made it seem like a podcast.

One of the other great things about this audiobook was that it had many different voice actors. Each character had a different voice, which made it seem like a live production. It also made it easier to keep track of the characters. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to follow an audiobook because I listen to it when I’m driving. This one was much easier to follow because it was more like a TV show or play, since it had so many different actors who put a lot of emotion into their voices.

This story was fascinating and heartbreaking. There were many horrifying subjects, such as children being sexually assaulted, which were difficult to hear. There weren’t graphic details, but they were implied. These subjects may be difficult for some readers.

I loved this story, but the ending didn’t give me the closure that I was hoping for. I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed the whole thriller up until the end, which left me with a big question. I still highly recommend this audiobook. I’ll definitely look for more Courtney Summers books!

What to read next:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Have you read Sadie? What did you think of it?