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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Killers · suspense · thriller

Dead Head – C.J. Skuse ★★★★

Blurb; Can a serial killer ever lose their taste for murder?

Since confessing to her bloody murder spree Rhiannon Lewis, the now-notorious Sweetpea killer, has been feeling out-of-sorts.

Having fled the UK on a cruise ship to start her new life, Rhiannon should be feeling happy. But it’s hard to turn over a new leaf when she’s stuck in an oversized floating tin can with the Gammonati and screaming kids. Especially when they remind her of Ivy – the baby she gave up for a life carrying on killing.

Rhiannon is all at sea. She’s lost her taste for blood but is it really gone for good? Maybe Rhiannon is realising that there’s more to life than death…

My Review; This is book three in the sweetpea trilogy. I adored the previous two books but for me book one was the best. This was still a brilliant read but also very different from the previous two books as Rhiannon is on the run in this story. This isn’t as dark as the previous books but still a brilliant ending to the trilogy… Is she still a psycho? Did she get away with it all? So many questions.

Easy, fast paced read with short chapters. Going to miss Rhiannons character. An ending that could split readers. Highly recommend the whole trilogy. A well deserved four stars from me.

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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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