Hey You! Read This! (The Domestic Thriller Edition)

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMConfession time: I am a bossy book reader.  I read books and then force people around me to read them make subtle and kind recommendations to others.

I cannot help it, I want to share the book love. I want to chat about what I’ve read.

Hence, why I started my “Hey, You!  Read This!” feature. This feature hones in on books I have read and would recommend in different genres and subgenres. Last time I did this feature, I focused on abduction thrillers.

Today, I figured I would take a look at another one of my favourite thriller subgenres: DOMESTIC THRILLERS. One of my favourite things about domestic thrillers (or marriage thrillers, as I have heard them called) is how close to home they can feel (see what I did there?). There is nothing like reading a story about the possibility of our nearest and dearest having some brutal secrets or behaviour.

Now, the classic domestic thrillers that come to mind are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.   These are sort of the “OG” domestic thrillers that rebooted the genre and got everyone in a tizzy, so, for the sake of redundancy, I am leaving them off my list.

Interested to see what I did decide to throw on my list?

Keep reading to see what made my top picks….

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BOMG Book Review: Perfectly Undone (Jamie Raintree) @jamieraintree @HarlequinBooks

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After my wedding, I had a bit of a backlog going with my review copies (oops!) so I was pretty excited to finally be able to give my full attention to Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree. This book had been on my list of highly anticipated reads for October. From the synopsis to the amazing cover, I was completely sold.

The novel surrounds Dr. Dylan Michels, a woman who is completely focused. She is has a loving long-term boyfriend, she is successful, hardworking and determined to make a difference in the lives of the women she encounters, especially after she could not help her own sister. Everything seems to be coming together until everything begins to unravel. A deeply moving novel filled with family secrets, forgiveness and finding yourself, from the first pages I was captivated by the story and Raintree’s prose.

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Blog Tour: Killing State (Judith O’Reilly) @judithoreilly #killingstate

Killing State.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Killing State by Judith O’Reilly.   I am thrilled to be able to bring you a review as part of my stop today.

Every so often, I find myself in the mood for an action thriller. Killing State, the newest (and third!) novel by Judith O’Reilly, seemed to fit this bill for me.  A perfect blend of an action thriller, political thriller and romance thriller, from the first pages, I was captivated by O’Reilly’s prose; I had to keep turning the pages.

As the novel opens, we are introduced to Michael North, a man with a bullet in his brain from his time spent in the war that has heightened his neural pathways and has made him a killing machine.   Working for a government agency (known as The Board), he is thrown off his game when he is ordered to kill a woman, Honor Jones, who cannot seem to keep herself out of trouble while trying to do the right thing.   Conflicted, North must decide what to do. Does he follow orders? Does he let her go?

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Blog Tour: Bad Sister (Sam Carrington) @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 7.51.19 PM.pngGood Morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bad Sister, the newest novel by Sam Carrington.  Sam Carrington is an author that I admire. I LOVED Saving Sophie so I cannot wait to read Bad Sister.  As part of my stop, I am thrilled to be able to bring you an extract.  But first, let’s check out a synopsis of the novel, shall we?

The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about, from the author of Saving Sophie.

 Sisters. Allies. Liars.

 Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?

Who is to blame?

Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

Doesn’t that sound absolutely brilliant?  I know that this book is moving to the top of my TBR pile!

Keep reading to check out an extract from Bad Sister!

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Book Review: The Child Finder (Rene Denfeld)

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The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld, was a novel that I had been eagerly anticipating. I had read several glowing reviews and could barely contain myself when my hold from the library finally arrived! With any highly anticipated novel, there is always that chance that your opinion will be vastly different from others around you. I am disappointed to say that I was in a completely different group from the reviews I had been reading.

This novel was not what I was expecting. Like, at all.

The novel surrounds Naomi, a woman they call “The Child Finder”; when parents become desperate, Naomi becomes their last hope to bring their children home. Three years after Madison Culver disappears, Naomi is contacted by Madison’s parents to lend a hand and her search takes her to a mysterious forest and begins to unravel the truth behind Madison’s disappearance and the truth regarding her own childhood.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Child Finder (Rene Denfeld)”

BOMG Book Review: The Trick (Emanuel Bergmann)

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After binge reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I had my sights set on reading something similar. I wanted a historical fiction novel set in the time of World War II. Browsing my bookshelves, I decided to dive into The Trick, (a novel recently translated into English) written by Emanuel Bergmann.

The story was very original and used a twist on the classic then vs. now type of narrative approach. Partially taking place in 1934, following a young Jewish man who falls in love and joins the circus as a magician and, decades later, with a young boy who seeks out the now elderly (and cynical) magician to try and bring his crumbling family back together.

I felt like this novel lacked the emotion that holocaust fiction is known for. I didn’t feel any particular connection to any of the characters. This disappointed me. Usually, I feel over-attached to characters within similar types of prose and find myself weeping by the end. The characters in this novel seemed a bit detached from the story, especially the characters within the “now” section of the narrative. I think, for me, this story would have been more successful if it had been through the eyes of the one narrative in the past. I was intrigued by the idea of the circus and the happenings during that time. Every time the switch was made into the present; I found that the author lost me.

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BOMG Book Review: The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)

The Nightingale.pngYou know that book that you purchase as soon as it comes out because you are dying to read it? You go to the bookstore, snatch it off the shelves and buckle it into your passenger seat on the way home. You head inside, you get distracted and then the book ends up on your shelf for three years? The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, was that book for me.

I had been told I would love it. I figured that I would. However, it just never was the right time and, as I began reviewing books and accepting review copies, most of my poor bookshelf babies remained unattended.

When Chelsea, from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, and I started brainstorming for books for our online book club, this book immediately came into discussion.   We wanted something that had been widely read, so a majority of people would be able to chime into our book talk, and we wanted something that would give us a break from our regularly scheduled genres.

I knew generally speaking what to expect when I began this novel, but I couldn’t get over how diverse Hannah is as a writer. When I think of Kristin Hannah, my first thought is usually “chick lit”. This novel is so much more.

The novel opens with the introduction to sisters, Vivanne and Isabelle. Both very different, yet close, the girls are thrust together at the start of the German occupation in France during the Second World War. As the war progresses, the sisters are tested and their lives change in unbelievable and horrific ways as they find themselves in the middle of the war, the center of resistance and doing their best to survive.

From the first pages, I was absolutely captivated with the story of these two sisters. Told in alternating perspectives, the reader is given two completely different views and two completely different situations.   I was completely carried away by the story and become lost in the French countryside during the WWII.

It is hard to say anything about this book that hasn’t already been said since I am truly coming late to the game but I know for sure that this book will sit with me for a long time; it was absolutely brilliant. I would highly recommend it.

5/5 stars.

Did you read this book?  Did you feel like chatting about it?  It is never too late to join in the discussion on Goodreads!

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Throwback Thursday: Kisscut (Karin Slaughter) #tbt

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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As a new Karin Slaughter addict, I have been making my way through the Grant County series. The second novel in the series, Kisscut, brought me back to Grant County and, like all of Slaughter’s writing, completely blew me away.  In fact, I think this could have potentially been my favourite novel by Karin Slaughter!

 

Truthfully, I read the synopsis of the book and I thought to myself that it really didn’t feel like it was going to keep my interest. A shooting (at a skating rink) on a Saturday night in Grant County that leaves the characters reeling. Okay. Fine. I should have known that Slaughter would have more up her sleeve than something like that. By the time I finished the first chapter, my jaw was on the floor and I was in a completely in awe at the turn the story took.

 

Looking at the teenagers in Grant County, Slaughter unravels a plot that was gritty, dark and not for the faint of heart.   As with Slaughter’s other books, she does not shy away from graphic details.   I, for one, love this layer to Slaughter’s writing.   The plot, once again, is fairly character driven as we are given more details into the personal and work lives of medical examiner Sara, her husband-turned ex-husband- turned boyfriend, Jeffrey and his partner on the police force, Lena. I loved learning more about them and seeing their characters develop further.

 

I do not want to say much more because, truly, anything I say will ruin the plot but I would absolutely recommend this book. Needless to say, I cannot wait to go back to Grant County for Book Three!

 

Book Review: The Visitors (Catherine Burns)

The VisitorsWhen I first saw the synopsis for The Visitors, the debut novel by Catherine Burns, I was so excited. I am such a sucker for a “serial killer in disguise” type thriller. From books like You to Normal to Perfect Days, I am always intrigued to read stories about the twisted things that happen in regular neighbourhoods. This one seemed like a book that would fit into that category.

Now that I have finished the book, I am a little disappointed to report that this book ended up being completely different from what I was expecting.

The novel opens with the introduction of Marion, a timid spinster, who lives with her brother, John. Marion knows that John does things in the cellar. Things that she doesn’t want to necessarily spend time thinking about. However, when John has a heart attack and is hospitalized,   Marion is forced to go down into the cellar to face what she has been avoiding and, perhaps, to discover her own dark side.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Visitors (Catherine Burns)”