Hey You! Read This! (The Abduction 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.

My “Hey, You!  Read This!” feature will hone in books I have read and would recommend in different genres and subgenres.

This week, I have decided to kick off my newest feature with one of my favourite sub genres in the thriller category: abduction thrillers. Call me crazy, but I am a sucker for an abduction thriller.  Anything that involves a kidnapping, a psycho holding several people in their basement or people rising like a phoenix from the ashes to wreak havoc on their captors have me pretty much glued to the pages.

Interested?

Keep reading to see what made my top picks….

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Book Review: He Said/She Said (Erin Kelly) @MinotaurBooks #HeSaidSheSaid

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Last year, the biggest trend in the thriller genre was the unreliable narrator.

Books like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train had people wanting more people didn’t think they could believe or trust.

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly is a book with so much unreliability; I had no idea who to trust or who to turn too.

Kelly took the unreliable narrator phenomenon and wrote it on steroids.

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Book Review: The Perfect Stranger (Megan Miranda)

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 10.26.18 PM.pngLast year, I read All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda and couldn’t get into it; I felt confused and mixed up throughout the plot and it didn’t allow me to really get into the story. When #cjsreads decided to take on Megan Miranda’s newest novel, The Perfect Stranger for one of our April reads, I wanted this one to feel different; unfortunately, I consistently struggled with this one as well!

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Book Review: The Roanoke Girls (Amy Engel) @aengelwrites @CrownPublishing

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel was a book that I had been highly anticipating since late 2016. I didn’t even know much about it, I just knew that it had Roanoke in the title and I had just completed that season of American Horror Story. I didn’t necessarily feel they were related, but my interest was certainly piqued.

I picked up The Roanoke Girls last night so I could read a chapter before bed, the entire book later, I was sitting there with my mouth open and thinking to myself “what did I just read?”

Dark, disturbing and electrifying, this one moved under my skin and settled there.  I felt uneasy. I felt anxious.  I couldn’t put it down.  From the troubling family “birthright” to the incredibly messed up characters, I was sucked in.

The novel opens with Lane Roanoke, after time spent away from her family home, returning to help out after the disappearance of her cousin. Gran and Grandad welcome her back with open arms and she must confront bits of her past she had fled from years earlier. The Roanoke’s have a secret; a secret that is known but not spoke of; a secret that Lane has worked hard to avoid. Now, all of those secrets are coming back to haunt her.

Narrated in alternating sections between then and now. Then being when Lane first arrived at the farm for her grandparent’s care and now being the return to help find her cousin. Although the novel is narrated mostly through the eyes of Lane, we get a chapter thrown in every so often that gives a perspective from a dead or lost Roanoke girl. It was such an incredibly unique narrative style and I was completely gripped.

I know that people have been giving this one some mixed reviews and I could potentially understand why. The subject matter is dark. It will not be for everyone. It is not a “thriller” per say, more of a contemporary mystery surrounding one family’s dysfunction. However, for entertainment value? This one cannot be beaten.

And we also give a shoutout to Engel for her ability to throw on a new hat?  From a YA novel to this.  Wow.

I gave this one a 5/5 stars.  AND it’s out today!  So add this to your TBR lists.  It is absolutely worth the read.

 

Thanks to the publisher, Crown and the author, Amy Engel for the digital copy I obtained through Netgalley; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Book Review: Marked for Revenge (Emelie Schepp) @emelieschepp @HarlequinBooks

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When a Thai girl overdoses while smuggling drugs, all signs point to an elusive narcotics trail.   With a connection to Jana Berzelius, the mysterious prosecutor who has just started putting together bits of her past, she must work to kill the man responsible before he reveals who she really is …

Marked for Revenge, the second novel following prosecutor Jana Berzelius, by Emelie Schepp was a book I was eager to get my hands on. Having read (and enjoyed!) Schepp’s Marked For Life, I couldn’t wait to get more of Jana’s backstory. I was not disappointed. Schepp provides much more to the story in book two, of what I am assuming, will be a trilogy.

I, once again, loved the character development of Jana.   As she becomes more entrenched into discovering bits of her old lifestyle, her character became even more complex. In fact, Schepp seems to excel at developing complex characters. Even the secondary characters in this police procedural have story arcs that intertwine.   However, like I felt in the first novel, I found that there was way too much information involving the characters and I found it hard to get lost in the story.  I was too busy trying to figure out who everyone was and what everyone was doing to really lose myself in the plot.

I also found, on a technical note that the digital copy formatted strangely on my Kindle; this also disrupted my reading.  This is at no fault to the author, just making a note on where I feel I struggled!

Overall, I enjoyed the story as a follow-up but feel people would struggle to read it as a standalone. I would strongly encourage any reader to read the first book before attempting this one.   Overall, I gave this one a 3/5 stars.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Book Review: Ink and Bone (Lisa Unger) @lisaunger @TouchstoneBooks

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So mistakes were made. This was my first Lisa Unger book. What have I been doing??!! You better believe this will be rectified immediately and I will be going back to read everything by this author.

My friend Chelsea, from The Suspense is Thrilling Me, recommended this book highly and she did not steer me wrong; if you didn’t guess already, I LOVED this book.

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Book Review: The Doll Funeral (Kate Hamer) @kate_hamer @FaberBooks

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The Doll Funeral, the newest novel by Kate Hamer, was a story that was completely different from any novel I have read lately. Marketed as a mystery thriller, I would have to say this one read more like a contemporary fantasy novel with a twist. Beautiful prose, a strong narrative voice and some mystical elements had me flipping through the pages.

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Mystery Thriller Week: Book Review- Medea’s Curse (Anne Buist) @SimoneSinna #MTW

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Medea’s Curse, a mystery by Anne Buist, follows forensic psychiatrist, Natalie King, works with violent criminals. Specifically, in this novel, her clients are all women who have committed infanticide.   As she works through these women’s issues, she becomes entrenched in issues of her own as she begins receiving anonymous notes from someone. Someone who knows too much. Someone who may be putting her in danger….

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Book Review: The Possessions (Sara Flannery Murphy) @sflannerymurphy @harperbooks

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 8.57.19 PM.pngEurydice, known as Edie, works for the Elysian Society, a company that allows grieving people to connect with their dead family members and friends. Known as “a body”, Edie wears something to connect her to the deceased, swallows a lotus (a pill to summon their spirits) and becomes a vessel for the dead. She cannot remember what happens when she is possessed.   Edie is successful because she is able to stay detached, but things cross a dangerous line when she finds herself falling in love with one of her clients. A client whose wife died under mysterious circumstances. As Edie falls deeper and deeper, lines blur as her obsession deepens. Who can she trust? Who is the danger? And what can Edie do to save herself when her body is no longer her own….

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