mystery · suspense · thriller

Rock Paper Scissors – Alice Feeney ★★★★

Blurb; Think you know the person you married? Think again…

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts – paper, cotton, pottery, tin – and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

My review; Seen this story around alot lately and the hype. So I had to see what the hype was about. I get it. A brilliant read. The majority of which I devoured in one day. Fast paced. Unexpected. Jaw dropping. The outcome in this story I would have never expected. I was hooked. I didn’t know what was going to happen.

The story is told through the two main characters husband and wife duo Adam and Amelia. Set in a remote part of Scotland during a blast of snow and a bad winter. However, there is one more character present throughout who seemed to be wierd to me from the start living in the middle of nowhere alone and we can’t forget the dog now can we? A twisted but happy ending.

A very clever story. Well thought out. Enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

What Lies Between Us – John Marrs ★★★★★

Blurb; They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

My Review; Huge John Marrs fan and have been making my way through his books. Picked this up with every intention of splitting it over the month for a group read and discussion… That did not happen. I devoured 250 pages in one night then finished it the next morning. Oops. Hooked. Page turner.

I don’t know what I expected going into this but what I read shocked me, was unexpected and dark. I bloody loved it. Every page. The story is told through mother Maggie and daughter Nina and they are both as bad as each other. I kept swaying from one to the other who I hated more but then it levelled out and I didn’t like either of them. Brilliant story though. Highly recommend.

This has also already gone into my top reads of year. Another one that’s hard to forget. Disturbing. Dark. Deadly. Psychos. A well deserved five stars from me. Another must read.

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Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

One Step Too Far – Lisa Gardner ★★★★

Blurb; From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a thrilling new novel that sends Frankie Elkin into the woods in search of a lost man–and the shocking truth about why he went missing in the first place.

Frankie Elkin, who readers first met in Before She Disappeared, learns of a young man who has gone missing in a national forest. Law enforcement has abandoned the search, but a crew of people led by the young man’s father are still looking. Sensing a father’s desperation, Frankie agrees to help–but soon sees that a missing person isn’t all that’s wrong here. And when more people start to vanish, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark–and she’s running out of time.

My Review; I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and I devoured it. This is book two in the Frankie Elkin series but I think it would read well as a Standalone. Having read book one already I was familiar with her character and it does make reference to the previous book but with no spoilers.

This is a tense, fast paced and mysterious read. Just what really happened to the missing groom in those woods? Five years later they’re back again to find some answers and they find more than they bargained for while putting themselves in harms way. Will they get answers? Will they escape alive?

Gripping. Thrilling. Edge of your seat read. Absolutely loved it. I hope to see more in the future of this series. She’s a determined, brave lady who just wants to find the lost. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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