Book Review: Follow You (Richard Parker) @bookouture @Bookwalter

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I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so, after I read numerous posts and reviews on the blog tour for Follow You by Richard Parker (previously called, Be My Killer), I knew I had to add this one to my TBR pile. I am so glad that I did.

Totally creepy, dark and twisted, Follow You is one of those books that sticks with you and gives you chills.

Making a documentary about a viral hashtag, seemingly starting as a prank, that ends up triggering vicious attacks and allows serial killers to choose their next victim.   Hazel, the film’s director, is horrified as these murders unfold but becomes especially invested after her childhood friend becomes a victim.   What starts as a documentary soon turns into a snuff film as members of her cast and crew begin ti disappear.
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Book Review: Obsession (Amanda Robson) @AvonBooksUK

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How often have you been in a relationship and asked your significant other, “Do you think she’s pretty? Are you attracted to anyone else?”   A simple question, a little game and in Obsession by Amanda Robson, this is the question that destroys many lives.    The novel surrounds two married couples. Rob and Carly share a happy life with their close friends Jenni and Craig; however, nothing is so simple. Can a woman’s husband ever be just friends with someone else’s wife? Pure friends? With no ulterior motives?  This novel calls into question the simplest blocks of relationships.

 

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Book Review: Beartown (Fredrik Backman) @SimonSchusterCA

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I don’t really care for hockey (I know, I know, I am a horrible Canadian) but I couldn’t help my curiosity surrounding Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  I had heard so many things about it! So, when I saw it in the bookstore, I added it to my cart. In typical fashion, I put it on my shelf and assumed I would get around to it in 2021, until my friend Chelsea (at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) bought the same book, so, I suggested that we do this one as a buddy read.

I am so glad I didn’t wait to read this book.

At first, I didn’t know what I was getting into. As I mentioned, I don’t really care for hockey but my extended family eats, sleeps and breathes it. They spend hours at the rink. They train all year. They do not miss a game. I don’t understand this but I understand the culture. Backman captures it brilliantly within these pages: the sacrifice, the anticipation and the hope.  I initially started this one with the intention to read it slowly and when I had some time, however, after I sat down to read this novel, it demanded my full attention and I could not put it down.

Heart-wrenching, gut twisting and fast paced, I am still thinking about this book days after I completed it.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Was Taken (Charlie Donlea) @KensingtonBooks @CharlieDonlea

The Girl Who Was Taken.pngFollowing two high school seniors, Megan and Nicole, in a small town who go missing at a beach party one summer evening. With no clues or leads, police are shocked when one of the teens, Megan, miraculously escapes and finds her way back home. A year later, Megan has written a book about her experiences and Nicole’s sister, Livia, has never given up hope that her sister could be alive. The Girl Who Was Taken, by Charlie Donlea, follows these women as their paths collide, connections are made and truths are revealed.

Sounds crazy right?

When #cjsreads decided to read this as a May pick, I was ecstatic.

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Blog Tour: Last Witness (Carys Jones) @Aria_Fiction @CarysJAuthor

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Thrilled to be welcoming you to my stop on the Last Witness blog tour. As a self-proclaimed ‘Aria Addict’, I am looking forward to sharing my review with everyone!

Last Witness, the second book in the Wrong Number series by Carys Jones, was one of my most anticipated reads this spring. I had read Wrong Number last year and was completely sucked into its fast-paced plot and easily digestible narrative. Carys Jones does not disappoint in her follow up!

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Blog Tour: Watching the Bodies (Graham Smith) @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Watching the Bodies, a Jake Boulder novel, by Graham Smith!

I have been very open on Clues and Reviews with my police procedural struggle. In general, I find them to be redundant and slow moving. However, Watching the Bodies broke all of my previous thoughts. Throughout my reading, I kept thinking to myself “this is what a police procedural style serial killer thriller is supposed to feel like!” (try saying that three times fast!).  Mind you, Boulder isn’t technically a police officer, but it was close enough.

Fast paced, suspenseful, action packed and led by a stellar, brooding protagonist (Jake Boulder), I found myself unable to put this novel down. I finished it in a single sitting.   I can tell you right now that my introduction to the work of Graham Smith will not be my last; I couldn’t get enough of Smith’s writing style!

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Book Review: What My Body Remembers (Agnete Friis) @soho_press

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Ella, a woman with a tainted past, will stop at nothing to protect her son. Struggling to remember incidents of her childhood that leave her with paralyzing panic attacks, her son is taken from her and put into a foster home. After Ella kidnaps him and flees to the small town where she was born, deeply buried family secrets force, Ella, to confront her past and finally uncover what her body has been trying to tell her all this time. What happened the night her mother was murdered? Was her father wrongfully convicted?

What My Body Remembers, a new slow burning suspense by Agnete Friis (OUT TODAY!) combines a tightly woven plot and unreliable characters to create a story that will both unnerve and compel its readers. Finally, a Nordic Noir that I can fully become consumed it! I often struggle with some of the Nordic crime stories I try to read as they usually follow a police procedural style narrative; however, What My Body Remembers breaks this mould!

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Mystery Thriller Week: Book Review- A Necessary Act (Tony Wirt) @Wirter #MTW

Can you stop a serial killer before he starts? If so, should you? How far would you go?

 In 1996, students at Lake Mills Community High School knew there was something wrong with Scott. One student, David, witnessed first hand what type of violence Scott is capable of; with the help of his best friend Matt, they set off to prove what they believe to be true. That teenage Scott is destined to be a serial killer.   Flash forward, fifteen years; Matt is back to his childhood home just as a teenage girl is found dead.  David believes it is Scott, but Scott appears to be different. Matt finds himself in the middle. As he becomes closer to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in. Can he stop the killer before he becomes the next victim?

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#cjsreads2017: Presidents’ Day (Seth Margolis) @DiversionBooks

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For our second February read, we chose a political thriller!  Presidents’ Day by Seth Margolis releases tomorrow (02/07/17)

Keep reading below for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts.

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