Book Review: Yesterday (Felicia Yap) @FeliciaMYap @Mulhollandbooks

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As soon as I read the tagline for Yesterday, by Felicia Yap, I was hooked.

How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?

This debut thriller has a few sci-fi elements combined with a fast paced plot that had me equally confused to what is going on and intrigued enough to let myself go and become lost within the world Yap has created.

The novel opens with the discovery of a body and Hans, the cop on the scene has about 13 hours to solve the murder before his brain, and every other duo, resets. The world is made up of monos (those who has memories for 24 hours) and duos (those who have memories for 48 hours); all of these members keep detailed diaries of their discussions and whereabouts for reference.   So when the victim’s diary is discovered and a writer, turned politician, is the prime suspect, the race is on to bring justice before time (and memories) have run out. After all, how can a confession be given when no one remembers the crime?  Continue reading “Book Review: Yesterday (Felicia Yap) @FeliciaMYap @Mulhollandbooks”

Book Review: Here and Gone (Haylen Beck) @HaylenBeck @CrownPublishing

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Well, talk about a seriously intense read!

#cjsreads gave this one a read in June and since I was in my slump and barely holding on with the end of the school year, I had to throw this one on my back burner.  Now that things I have settled down, I dove into Here and Gone by Haylen Beck and held on tight. What a thrill ride this one was.

Audra, fleeing with her children from an abusive relationship, finds herself pulled over by the sheriff in a small for a traffic violation. What starts as a routine stop, soon becomes Audra’s nightmare as she is arrested for possession of drugs she has never seen and her children are picked up by the deputy to meet her at the station. However, when she arrives, her children are not there and the sheriff notes he never saw any children with her. She must have done something with them. Meanwhile, a man (Danny) across the country hears of this story and notices the events are similar to those of his past; working together, this unlikely pair must work to get to the bottom of a conspiracy even darker than they could have imagined.

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Book Review: In A Dark Dark Wood (Ruth Ware)

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 12.27.06 PM.pngIn A Dark Dark Wood, the debut novel by Ruth Ware, seemed to be a book that I had seen popping up everywhere over the last couple of years; I had purchased this book wayyyyyyy back when it had first released and it had sat on my shelf.

Poor thing.

After reading Ruth Ware’s newest release, The Lying Game and enjoying it (you can check out my review for that one HERE), I dusted off my copy and dove in!

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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: The Marsh King’s Daughter (Karen Dionne) @KarenDionne @PutnamBooks

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So many books are releasing in June that I have been highly anticipating.

The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne, was one of them!

I first saw this book back in January and knew I would have to read it immediately. The synopsis even gave me (the lover of all things skin-crawly and creepy) the “heebie jeebies”.

When a notorious child abductor, known as The Marsh King, escapes from prison, Helena knows her family is in danger.  For what no one knows, not her husband or her children, is that she has many secrets from her childhood.  No one knows that she was born in captivity.  No one knows she had no contact with the outside world until she was twelve.  No one knows she is The Marsh King’s Daughter and that he taught her how to be a killer.  And now, her target is him.

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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 White Road (Sarah Lotz) @mulhollandbooks

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Anyone who knows me well knows I have some pretty hard deal breaker rules. Things that I have forbidden anyone in my life to participate in. The first is joining a motorcycle gang. I have watched Sons of Anarchy. I know this is bad news. The next one is going to space. Nothing good happens in space. The third, and very serious deal breaker I have, is Everest. Do not climb Everest.

Needless to say, this book helped to justify all my fears and terrify me to the core.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing good happens on Everest!!

The White Road, the upcoming release by Sarah Lotz follows Simon, a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, films tragic situations and creepy places for his website Journey to the Dark Side.  After an incident in a cave goes wrong, Simon begins to struggle with some PTSD; but, after the footage recovered from his time in the cave goes viral, Simon latches on to this internet fame and makes the trip to Everest. Ignoring the signs of his mental trauma and uncovering a decade old tragedy, Simon learns the truth that will change him and anyone who views his footage…forever.

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Blog Tour: The Revelation Room (Mark Tilbury) @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook ‏

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Welcome to my stop on The Revelation Room, by Mark Tilbury, blog tour!

I had read a Mark Tilbury novel before (I LOVED The Abattoir of Dreams, you can check out my review for that one here) so I knew that this author was capable of writing a novel that would be fantastically written and chilling to the bone, a novel that would sit with you long after you have turned the final page.  I am pleased to say, The Revelation Room did just that!

The first novel in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers! Part thriller and part twist on the police procedural novel, The Revelation Room provided a dark, fast paced, tension filled plot fueled with the inner-workings of a cult, completely messed up characters (like, seriously messed up) and dynamic prose to create one stellar, unputdownable read. I devoured this in a sitting.

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Book Review: The Roses of May (Dot Hutchison)

Roses of May.pngAfter reading (and obsessing over) The Butterfly Garden earlier this year (you can check out my review of that one here), I was elated to find out that this book would be a part of a “collector” trilogy. The Roses of May, by Dot Hutchison, is the second novel in this trilogy. Not knowing whether or not this one would start where the first novel left off or if it would focus on a new set of “collections”, I was eager to find out.

The novel did have some reoccurrences of original characters from The Butterfly Garden but also has a whole new serial killer and new female lead.

The novel opens and dives right into the story. Taking place a few months where the first novel left off but in an unconventional way.  The Butterflies are awaiting the trial of the Gardener and a few of the girls, unable to handle the trauma of the garden, have completed suicide.   The police officers from the original case are dealing with this and also find themselves being pulled back into a different investigation involving a serial killer who murders girls and adorns them with flowers.  When a sister (Priya) of one of the victims’ finds herself a target, the investigators must use their knowledge of the past and what they learned from the garden to find the perpetrator before he collects around victim.

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