mystery · suspense · thriller

The First Lady – James Patterson & Brendan DuBois ★★★★

Blurb; “Sir, the First Lady … has gone rogue.”

President Tucker is caught up in a media firestorm. The scandal of his affair has sent shockwaves through his re-election campaign, and threatens to derail everything he has worked for. To win the vote, he needs the First Lady to stand by his side.

But Grace Tucker has a mind of her own.

After years of compromise, unfulfilled promises, deception and betrayal, Grace refuses to give in to her husband’s demands. Escaping the city and her Secret Service agents, she is officially off the radar.

But did the First Lady run away? Or is she in far greater danger than anyone could have imagined?

My Review; Ok. It’s official. I love James Pattersons books. This was brilliant! I don’t know what I can say without giving anything away, so this will probably be a short but sweet review.

This was different from his usual stories as this has a little politics in. We get a look into the white house, the president and the first ladies lives. But not everything is as perfect as it seems through the tv. An affair. A missing first lady. A liar. A mistress. A sniper. A hunter. One twisted man full of power. That’s all I’m going to say. A brilliant read. An easy read. Short chapters. Brilliantly written. Gripping. Thrilling.

A must read. Loved it. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend. Four stars from me.

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Bestsellers · suspense · thriller

Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton ★★★★

Blurb; Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, highly recommended by fellow readers and my first buddy read of the year with Mel from Melanie’s reads (link to her blog below the review). What a book! It’s a hard one to review…

It is about a school shooting and for a change it’s not in the US, it’s in the UK! Putting myself into those childrens and teachers shoes was terrifying. The stuff of nightmares. Petrifying. Especially for Basi and Rafi. My heart broke over it all. Some people can be so cruel, twisted and sick.

This book had me gasping for breathe. My heart was pounding. I was scared for the characters, sat on the edge of my seat. Tense. Gripping. Thrilling. It’s one of those books that you’re so into you could hear a pin drop. You’re their with the characters every step. You just want to scream at the gunmen and tell the characters what to do.

Three hours makes you realise just how powerful time is. Whether it’s three hours. An hour. Or even 10 minutes. A lot can change your life in that time. It also gave the message that love prevails all and I totally agree with that. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

As a buddy read why don’t you pop over to Mels blog and see her thoughts on Three Hours?

Melanies reads blog. ❤

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suspense · thriller · Young adult

Wilder Girls – Rory Power ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

My Review; What were the chances that the first book I pick up to read in these different and difficult times currently is about quarantine… Hmm. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant read I just wish I would have read it at an easier time for the world and myself.

The story is told through two girls Byatt and Hetty, bestfriends. Currently on an island. In a school. Under quarantine. However, one of the girls decides to break quarantine putting themselves and the whole school at risk. Sound familiar right now? BUT… Things start to turn. It’s a fight for survival. Who is on whose side within this school? Who will make it out alive?

Loved the whole concept of it and the setting, the plot, the characters. Great read. Just a little too close to home for me at the moment. But would highly recommend to you all when we make it through this lock down. A well deserved four stars from me. I also love the cover! It’s different.

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