suspense · thriller · Young adult

This Can Never Not Be Real – Sera Milano ★★★★★


A compelling, thrilling yet heartbreaking book for fans of Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Jennifer Niven and Holly Jackson.

In the unremarkable town of Amberside, the unthinkable has happened: Terrorists have attacked a local festival. No one knows why, and no one knows who the attackers are, but that doesn’t matter. What matters first is survival. And what matters after that is survival, too.

In this brilliantly written account of hope, humour and humanity, five ordinary teenagers are caught up in a truly extraordinary situation. It’s a heart-pounding and gripping account of the fight for survival, told from multiple perspectives, as the attackers prowl the festival grounds.

A book for anyone who needs to see that behind the hate that makes the headlines, there is always love.

My Review; Wow. How do I even begin to review this? I absolutely loved it all! I feel bad that I loved it as much as I did due to the nature of the book being a terrorism attack. It is a brilliant read. Eye opening. Scary. It’s real. It happens. This is the story of how five teenagers survived and coped during and after this attack.

This book had me scared! Holding my breathe I felt like I was right there with them the whole time. When you think its quiet and the shooting has stopped there’s always something else and something bigger. Theres no escape they’re surrounded. They’ve seen the dead. They’ve seen the injured and theyve seen the shooters. It’s a real page turner which I devoured. A story told through each of the characters making it an easy read.

It’s a heartbreaking read but also one full of hope, love, family and friendships. It’s a survival story and the aftermath. The ending shows us how each of the characters coped, the losses of loved ones and the injuries they sustained all very different. Cannot praise this book enough! Highly recommend. A must read. A must buy. A well deserved five stars from me. This is going into my top books of the year.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

Unbury Carol – Josh Malerman ★★★★

Blurb; Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

My Review; From the author of Bird Box comes this creepy, dark read. One off my library pile. I absolutely loved it. The setting. Transported back into time through the description. The evil characters VS the good characters. I really enjoyed this one. But poor Carol.

Carol suffers from a very rare illness which makes her look and feel dead but she isn’t. Her husband takes advantage of this and is about to Bury her alive. But is anyone who knows about Carol’s illness going to stop this? Save her? With many, many obstacles along the way it won’t be easy for her to be buried. It’s a very clever story. Very dark in parts, containing fire, deaths, fights and a little bit of magic.

I was hooked. I had to know what happened to Carol! A fast paced, edge of your seat read. A race against time. I don’t think I’ve read anything similar to this either. I really liked it. Something different. I’d hate to be buried alive, I’m sure we all would! Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

Rules For Perfect Murders – Peter Swanson ★★★★

Blurb; If you want to get away with murder, play by the rules

A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.

The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled ‘My Eight Favourite Murders,’ and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list – which includes Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?

My Review; This one I had seen all over social media and hyped up. I have read this author before so was expecting something good. I actually devoured this in two sittings. I just loved it all. All over a list of books eh. It’s a very clever story. I loved the little second hand bookshop setting for the most part of the book.

I actually just lost myself into this story & I noted all the books mentioned within the story down to look up for myself. It was intriguing the whole plot kept me hooked figuring out who this person was killing people. But not just that shocking secrets emerged! Couldn’t believe any of it. Would not have guessed any of it. Far too clever. A brilliant gripping read. Fast paced. Was over before I knew it. Loved it all! Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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