mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Sadie – Courtney Summers ★★★★★

Blurb; A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

My Review; This was such a great read! It was an easy read for me and could easily be devoured in one sitting. The story is told in a podcast/interview style with chapters from Sadie inbetween making it an easy and fast paced read.

The love between Sadie and Mattie is amazing. Sisters, but more. Sadie is more the mothering type and eldest. She is ripped apart after Mattie is found dead and she’s out for revenge. Can’t say I blame her.

But warning major CLIFFHANGER AHEAD! Ouch. I honestly loved it. It turned out to be a heartbreaking, eye opening read in the end and I was beside and supporting Sadie the whole way through. A must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. I won’t be forgetting this anytime soon.

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paranormal · suspense · thriller

The Broken Girls – Simone St James ★★★★

Blurb; Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

My Review; Fiona is a journalist trying to figure out the death of her sister Deb in the past. She was found deceased on Idlewall Halls Field. Fiona turns to investigation mode and dives into the haunting past of the school and the pupils who attended, but what she uncovers is more than she ever expected. As Fiona continues investigating her personal relationships start to feel the strain. Fiona is one determined character who won’t give up until she has answers.

The story flicks from the past in the 1950s of Idlewild Hall and to the present with Fiona, this is clearly stated at the start of each chapter so there is no confusion. The story focuses on idlewood Hall which in the past was a fully functioning girls boarding school. However, now it is abandoned with the intent to be reopened and revived by an out of town buyer…

There’s a story behind how each of the girls came to be attending Idlewood Hall and some are utterly heartbreaking. Each girl has their own battles and past, alongside having an unpleasant, haunting stay and experience at Idlewild Hall.

There’s plenty of rumours and gossip about Idlewood Hall being haunted and bodies being buried on the site… But what is the real story? A brilliant read, one I enjoyed. A real mystery, gripping and haunting story that sucks you in.

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suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Friendship Pact – Alison James ★★★★

Blurb; I’m Lucy, and I have a secret.
I have a beautiful home, that I’m desperate to escape.
But that’s not my secret.
I tell my friends I’ve never wanted children, when I always have.
But that’s not my secret.
My husband is a celebrated surgeon, who tries to control me.
But that’s not my secret.

Adele knows.
Once upon a time, I knew everything about her and she knew everything about me.
Best friends forever.
But now our secret is beginning to surface.
I can trust her more than anyone. We made a pact.
And she’s never do anything to hurt me. Would she?

My Review; This is the story of Lucy… It flicks back to the past when she was only a little girl but the majority of the story is in the present. Adele is also a part of this story as one of Lucys ‘friends’ as they share a dark, hidden secret.

I was beside Lucy the whole way through this, I felt sorry for what she had to go through and experience… There is a part half way through the story that just made my jaw drop and shout “WHAT!”. But if I’m being honest I’m glad it happened. However, even after that shocker life isn’t peaceful for Lucy…

There were two characters I didn’t like in this story and surprise, surprise they were both men. Denny and Lucys husband. Both horrible, evil men. However, Lucy could have easily avoided ever meeting Denny.

A brilliantly written story, a well deserved four stars from me. I enjoyed reading this one. A real page turner you could easily read in one sitting. Highly recommend.

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