Thriller Thoughts…

The Thriller genre isn’t where you’d typically find me but this year has already started off oddly and we’re just going with it at the moment. I have found Thrillers to be easier to digest as audiobooks while I’m multi-tasking indoors and outdoors. Funny observation, I run faster on the treadmill when I think someone is chasing me while listening to ANY thriller smh. No idea how this looks but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s possible my Pheobe Buffay style of running keeps anyone from coming up behind me ๐Ÿ˜‚ย  it’s a work in progress. I listened to the audiobook for each of the thrillers down below, and they’re listed in order of enjoyment.

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (5 STARS) Did I stay up until 2am finishing this book? Yesโ€ฆyes I did and although I payed for it dearly the next morning, I had zero regrets while living in the moment. Hands down a compulsive read that is equal parts character and plot driven, this is one you canโ€™t put down for long. Some reviewers say this has Riverdale Vibes and Iโ€™d have to agree. We have an academic setting with seven characters whoโ€™ve gravitated towards each other and have a complex friend group. Itโ€™s told in past and present timelines from mostly Jessicaโ€™s point of view, she is an unreliable character with one hell of a narcissistic personality and fits the bill as far as unlikeable characters go. We get to slip into some of the other characters points of view as they recount their version of events. Ten years ago, one of the friends was murdered on campus and most walked away ready to leave that all behind. Someone decides to make Homecoming the time to lure out the killer to carry out overdue justice which triggers the unraveling of secrets, lies and betrayals within their friend circle. This was fast paced with the first half reading a bit lighthearted (when compared to the latter half this almost seemed like the โ€œgood timesโ€) as we see these characters living their best college lives, dating, and dealing with baggage that stems from unhealthy/toxic relationships with their parents. The second half was like watching the domino effect set off, at which point there is no turning away. Dark & filled with obsession, greed, vanity, violence and narcissismโ€ฆI donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever read something so wrong yet also satisfying that I couldn’t stop thinking about the way it ended.ย  Also, other than Coop I canโ€™t really say I liked any of these characters but I found myself 100% invested in all of their lives. In any case, this author is now on my radar for future reads.

A Flicker In The Dark (4.5 STARS) – Iโ€™m not well read with thrillers like I am with Fantasy but as Iโ€™ve been reading more from this genre, Iโ€™m beginning to spot the red herrings. We follow Chloe who is a psychologist in a small Louisiana town where her father is serving time for having killed 6 young girls twenty years ago. Like many children of killers in small towns, your last name haunts and shames you. Sheโ€™s trying to create a new life detached from her dad but when girls begin to go missing again, sheโ€™s thrust back in time to the days leading up to his arrest. This doesnโ€™t read like a debut at all, the writing is engrossing and almost plays out like a movie. I say this while also acknowledging the fact that it wasn’t too difficult to piece together certain things. I still ate it up and appreciated the whole cinematic vibes it was giving as we flash back and forth between Chloe’s childhood and present timelines. Our MC is addicted to prescription medication and with her easy access to them, it makes for moments where you start feeling as paranoid as she’s acting half the time. I lost count of the times I thought to myself “but what if” or “but then that can’t be” safe to say there was an abundance of plot twists. I also wasnโ€™t surprised at all to see that it has already been picked up by HBOMAX, my true joy kicked in when I saw Emma Stone tapped in for the lead ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ we Stan Emma in this corner ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

The Collective (4 STARS) – โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐„๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ฅ๐ญ-๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž. ๐๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ.โ€

Ever find yourself reading a book where youโ€™re just as conflicted as the protagonist? The premise of this book lured me in possibly because as a mom myself, the thought of a group of anonymous women (whoโ€™ve all lost a child) working together to deliver justice is hard NOT to get behind.ย The MC Camille has been grieving the death of her 15 year old for the past 5 years and there isnโ€™t a day that goes by that she isnโ€™t angry and obsessed with the killer. Her marriage has come to an end and sheโ€™s left to live in this big colonial style house where the memories of her daughter haunt her. Camille follows the life of her daughterโ€™s killer via social media and ends up showing up at an event where her actions grab the attention of this secret group of women. This is a trip down the dark side of justice that had me back & forth with my feelings but I believe that to be the intent here. Camille at some point finds herself trying to figure out whether the group is strictly operating in the name of avenging these children or if they too are like the monsters they seek to eliminate in the name of justice. Iโ€™m very curious to see how this all ends, in many ways the MC disregards logic and comes more from an emotional headspace. I canโ€™t say I blame her for it but things snowball rather quickly once she acts upon her darkest fantasy. If you can read from the POV of someone who in an obsessive cycle and very angry, this is worth a go.


Spoiler Free Mini Reviews: The Faithless Hawk and His & Hers


THE FAITHLESS HAWK (THE MERCIFUL CROW #2) BY MARGARET OWEN

โœจย 5 STARSโœจย 

GOODREADS | BARNES & NOBLE | AMAZON

The Faithless Hawk is absolutely making my Top 20 of 2020 list at the end of the year! I had for some reason thought this was a trilogy but in fact it’s the conclusion to a duology. The Merciful Crow (Spoiler free review) was one of the best new Fantasy books I picked up last year leaving me wanting more. The first book was more character driven whereas the conclusion expanded on world building & the magic system. We got a comprehensive look at the caste system this world is ruled by which further highlighted the issues with how the Crows have been mistreated. We also get more interaction from the villainous Queen Rhussana who takes the cake for EVIL, she could give Levana from the Lunar Chronicles a run for her money. If you’re someone who enjoys Fantasy that leans more towards the adult spectrum then this is one I HIGHLY recommend. It’s a dark world filled with the stench of death while our Crows deliver mercy as best they can while watching their own backs. One thing I can honestly say balanced out all that death was the humor Margaret Owen gave us in the second half of this book. Court politics, scheming, infiltration & CATS! yes, Barf is back and has managed to acquire some friends haha! the crew is focused on removing Rhusanna from the throne and crowning Jasimir as the rightful heir/ruler. Fie + Jasimir showed the MOST character development in this book and their friendship is unrivaled. Satisfying conclusion that left me bawling in tears! it’s pretty safe to say I’ll read anything Owen writes in the future


HIS & HERS BY ALICE FEENEY

โœจย 4 STARSโœจย 

โœจย ALC received from Libro.fm in exchange for an honest reviewโœจย 

GOODREADS | BARNES & NOBLE | LIBRO.FMย 

“There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.”

I’ll preface this by saying, If you plan on reading this book then audiobook should be seriously considered. The sampler gives you a taste of what’s to come with one of the narrators giving a bone chilling performance. Told in multiple POV we follow Anna Andrews a TV presenter, DCI Jack Harper working the case, and the third narrator whose identity is undisclosed. This web was thick & I had a hard time trying to even place a bet on who the actual killer is. A murder has gone down in Anna’s hometown of Blackdown in London & it just so happens to be a childhood friend. ย A Toxic friend who left behind a trail of frenemies from their younger years in school. Jack also knows the victim and pretty soon realizes he has become a suspect in his own case. Both Anna & jack know something but they’re holding their cards close to their chest. This is one of those books you just have to go in blindly to truly experience very twist & turn as intended. I listened to this audiobook every waking hour & finished it in 2 days. Every time I started a chapter with the unknown person of interest, I felt a bit of fear…enough to not want to read this one alone. Both Anna & Jack are not what you’d call honorable people, they are self centered and indulge in just about anything to dull whatever pain they’ve experienced. This is another author I hope to be reading more from in the near future.

CW: death of a child, alcohol/drugs, cheating, parent w/Dementia, domestic violence, fat shaming, eating disorders, grooming, rape, bullying


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