crime · Killers · suspense · thriller

Sweetpea – C J Skuse ★★★★★

Blurb; The last person who called me Sweetpea ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years, and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whiskey. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day, her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening, she dutifully listens to her friends’ plans for marriage and babies while secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man at the grocery checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have it coming, Rhiannon is ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Review; This is book one in a series. Recommended to me by Melanie’s Reads. From page one I was hooked. It’s a short diary format story which I prefer so I devoured it. Another psychopath woman in this one… Meet Rhiannon. She gets a thrill from killing and can’t stop.

Her life is one hot mess. Relationships. Jobs. Killing. Nearly being caught several times. Slipping up. But for me the ending made it all for me. What a clever plot & woman. The definition of a cliffhanger is this book. I had to go straight into book two which follows straight on from book one. It’s dark. Descriptive. Murder. Psychopath. At the start of each day she has a kill list and I must admit some I can relate too.

Absolute brilliant read. Another five stars from me and yes this is also going into my top reads of the year. I loved it. Cannot wait to see what lies ahead in book two and three. A must read.

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crime · Killers · suspense · thriller

Psychopaths Anonymous – Will Carver ★★★★★

Blurb; Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. 

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve. 

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. 

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. 

But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

My Review; Huge fan of Will’s previous books so I knew what I was getting myself into. But I had to grab this one quick due to Melanie’s Reads review. Absolutely brilliant review and a brilliant read. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Its amazing. Highly recommend. A must read. I devoured this.

But warning… It is extremely dark, brutal, murder, death, descriptive and contains alot of sex. All part of being a psycho woman I suppose. It is not a light read and does include alot of alcohol and AA meetings. I was turning the pages for fun from the first page to the last I was hooked. Will she ever stop killing? Probably not. Will she be caught? Unlikely. Very smart woman.

One I won’t forget for a long time. One that’s going into my top ten reads of the year. A well deserved five stars from me.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The Castaways – Lucy Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; A SECRET BEACH. A HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME.
WISH YOU WERE HERE?
THINK AGAIN…

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…

My Review; Now this was meant to be a buddy read between myself and Melanie’s Reads. However, I soon found I couldn’t put it down. I kept reading. It was all I thought about. This book royally had me hooked. I was addicted and read the majority of this book in one sitting. It’s still on my mind. I know there’s a lot of similar books out there lately but this is the first one I’ve read and I think I’m in love.

Might have given me a phobia of flying but what a brilliant story. Kept me guessing throughout. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what happened. Who survived. I think the fact there’s a baby also involved ramped this story up for me. How do you even cope with a baby on a remote island? The story is told through two sisters. One whose on the island and one who is searching for answers and won’t give up. A plane can’t just disappear can it?

Absolutely brilliant. Loved the ending. This is going into my top reads of the year. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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