Review: Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture


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Release date: October 25, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Your husband didn’t kill himself.’


Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.


Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. 


Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself. 


Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?


And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?


An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page. 

I’m so excited to be one of the stops on the blog blitz for Silent Lies today!


Review:

This is my second book by Kathryn Croft, I was super impressed with While You Were Sleeping and I’ve been eager to read more of her work ever since. I loved the premise of this, the idea of not truly knowing your spouse always hooks me and knowing that Mia had zero closure after her husband’s death both saddened and fascinated me. Knowing full well that Croft would have several tricks up her sleeve just added to my anticipation and I’m happy to report that this was another amazing read!

This is told via alternating timelines, first you have Mia today and then Josie five years previously in the months leading up to her disappearance and Zach’s death. The chapters are not super short but the pacing is spot on, almost every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, then it flips to a different time period so each time you’re desperate to find out what’s next for Mia or Josie. It was a clever tactic that kept me flipping pages quickly and I found myself desperate as well to untangle the web of lies and discover the truth myself! 

This keeps you on your toes, it was a constant guessing game and I had my suspicions about every single character at some point. I kept changing my mind and second guessing everything which I always love in a psychological thriller. The ending was a total surprise and really well executed, I do love a killer twist and this one delivered.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author:


Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.


She has just completed her sixth psychological thriller, which is due for publication on 25th October 2017.


After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture, as well as foreign rights deals in thirteen different countries.


Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!


Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, their little boy and two cats.

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Review: Her Last Day by T. R. Ragan 


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Release date: October 24, 2017

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Blurb:
In this page-turner of a thriller by bestselling author T.R. Ragan, unlikely partners PI Jessie Cole and crime reporter Ben Morrison search for clues to a mystery buried in their own pasts—only to discover that sometimes the truth is better off buried.


Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives—and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare.


For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie’s daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.


For Ben, a horrific car accident resulted in scars both physical and emotional—and amnesia that has made his life a mystery. But curiously, out of his shattered memories, there’s one person he recognizes without a doubt: Jessie’s sister. He just doesn’t know why. Yet.


But Sophie isn’t the only phantom drawing Jessie and Ben together. An elusive serial murderer known as the Heartless Killer has reemerged from the shadows. His next move will cut even deeper into Jessie’s worst fears. And for Ben, what happens this time is going to be unforgettable. 

Review: 

Do you ever have mixed feelings when you pick up a book by an author you’ve heard plenty about but never actually read yourself? It’s like a blend of excitement that you may have just stumbled onto something great and apprehension that you’ll be disappointed. While the disappointment always stinks, finding a winner more than makes up for the flops and from the moment I started reading Her Last Day I knew that I had found a new favorite author!

This opens with an intense prologue that hooks you instantaneously, it’s fast and furious and that pace never lets up for one minute. It’s the beginning of a new series featuring Jessie, a PI with a troubled, complicated past who is flawed in the absolute best way. While I felt like I had a decent sense of who she is there is so much more to explore with her both in her personal life and her work life. It’s mostly told through the eyes of Jessie and Ben, a reporter that works cold cases, but there were chapters featuring the nameless serial killer that chilled me to the bone. The Heartless Killer is sadistic and twisted, there are some truly creepy moments that will make your skin crawl.

This was an effortless page turner, I absolutely flew through it, desperate to see how Ragan would weave various plot threads together. The chapters are short and snappy, the type that keep you up well past your bedtime, these type of reads are my hands down favorite. I’m so excited that Ragan has an extensive back catalogue that I can explore as the next book in this fantastic series won’t be out until next spring! 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

What I Read Last Week: 


Her Last Secret was a character driven psychological thriller that I really liked!

Seven Days of Us was about a dysfunctional family, some parts were great and others were meh.

If You Knew My Sister was another psychological thriller that was heavy on the psychological aspect and light on the thrills.

Under the Knife was an excellent medical thriller.

The Little Village Christmas was totally adorable!
Currently Reading: 


Up Next:


How was your week? Read any amazing books?

Review: The Truth About Thea by Amy Impellizzeri @AmyImpellizzeri #OwnYourTruth


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Release date: October 16, 2017

Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Will, a recovering heroin addict-turned-counselor for whom truth is a championed element to recovery, has a dark secret — shared with no one outside of his anonymous support meetings. Over twenty years ago, after an ultimatum from his pregnant ex-wife, Will was forced to assume a new identity and to fake his own death to get out from under his dealer and user-friends once and for all. 


Now Will is counseling Thea, a young woman who has been diagnosed with a pathological addiction to creating fake social media identities, and who founded a start-up company (“Alibis”) that created false internet identities for clients, many with suspect pasts. Thea’s addiction has landed her in rehab as a condition of her parole — after a plea bargain cut short a court case that would have put both Thea and Alibis on trial for a very high-profile crime. 


As Will works with Thea, the truth is put into motion on a collision course. Both Will’s, and his young client’s, secrets start to unravel … and reveal, at long last, the truth about Thea. 

Review:

This will be one hell of a tricky review to write, there is SO much I wish I could say but it would all be one gigantic spoiler and y’all know I don’t do that. Whatever you think this book will be about based on the description doesn’t even come close to what it’s actually about, it goes in many unexpected directions and just when I thought I knew where it was headed Impellizzeri would throw a huge curveball and knock the entire book on its head. It’s twisty, dark, shocking and so very satisfying! 

While Thea and Will are the two main characters this is filled with a supporting cast that all have questionable motivations as well. It’s the type of book where you should pay close attention to what’s going on and even then I really doubt you’ll be able to predict what’s coming next. The plotting is meticulous and super intricate, when things started to come together I was in awe, shock doesn’t even come close to explaining what I felt. 

One angle I absolutely loved was Thea’s addiction to social media, it was fascinating and so current. The whole thing was sharp, clever and very well executed, there were several head spinning revelations and the lies kept stacking up, when the truth about Thea (and everyone else!) was revealed I was stunned, what a surprising and memorable read. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Huge thanks to the author and the Great Thoughts Ninja review team for my copy! 

Blog Tour: The Fallen Agent by Oliver Tidy @Olivertidy @carolinebookbit


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Release date: October 10, 2017 

Genre: Thriller

Blurb: 

Jess Albion has recently started a new life on the other side of the world with a new identity. She used to be MI5. Then a job went bad, someone died and she was made an example of in the British courts. But MI5 look after their own. Or they did until rumours of a planned Al Qaeda biological terror attack on London started circulating. Now someone in the British security services is giving agents up in return for information. No price, it seems, is too high to save London from the ultimate threat.

When Jess’s fresh start is compromised she has a choice to make: run and hide and spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder or go looking for the threat and snuff it out. On her own, she’d run, but she has Nick on her side.

The Fallen Agent is a story of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of revenge and all that goes with it.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Fallen Angel! I have a character spotlight to share today. 

 | Who is Jess?
Jess is an ex MI5 officer. She is in her late twenties. She was in the job only a handful of years before finding herself at the centre of a show trial for causing the death of a civilian. She went to prison. Now she is trying to start a new life somewhere far away from all that.
 
| The Inspiration for Jess’s Character
The Fallen Agent was inspired by that finest of BBC TV dramas: Spooks, in particular Season 3 Episode 6. In Spooks, Zoe, an MI5 officer is convicted in a British court of the unlawful killing of someone unpleasant. She is sentenced to gaol time. I finished watching the episode thinking, now, what if this happened.
 
| The Creation of Jess Albion
Seeing as Jess is based on the character Zoe from Spooks, played by Keeley Hawes, I could not help but see that person every time I thought of Jess. I found it a help to have a ‘ready made’ character waiting to be manipulated.
 
| About Jess’s Character
Jess displays many of the character traits one would expect to see in a seasoned spook. She is tough, pragmatic, intelligent, capable, no nonsense, determined and resourceful, for example. But she also retains some humanity. She still cares. She can be affected emotionally by events. She has not become completely hardened to life.
 
| Does she have any similarities with anyone ‘real’?
About as close to anyone real as Jess gets is Keeley Hawes, or rather the character Zoe she played in Spooks. (Am I beginning to sound obsessed?)
 
 
 
| What do you like most about Jess?
Her strength and dedication. That she looks like Keeley Hawes. (I am obsessed!)
 
| What do you dislike about your protagonist’s character?
I can’t readily think of anything that I dislike about Keeley Hawes. Sorry, I mean Jess, of course.
 
| Would you and Jess be friends ‘in real life’?
In real life I fear that Jess (and Keeley Hawes) would both dismiss me as a bit of a dimwit, undeserving of their attention. Sad but true.
 
| What’s Next?
I am going to write another Jess Albion. But before that I need to pen the fourth installment in the Booker & Cash series.

About the Author: 


Crime writing author Oliver Tidy has had a life-long love affair with books. He dreams of one day writing something that he could find in a beautifully-jacketed hard-cover or paperback copy on a shelf in a book shop. He’d even be happy with something taking up space in the remainder bin, on a pavement, in the rain, outside The Works.

He found the time and opportunity to finally indulge his writing ambition after moving abroad to teach English as a foreign language to young learners eight years ago.  

Impatient for success and an income that would enable him to stay at home all day in his pyjamas he discovered self-publishing. He gave it go. By and large readers have been kind to him. Very kind. Kind enough that two years ago he was able to give up the day job and write full-time. Mostly in his pyjamas.

Oliver Tidy has fourteen books in three series, a couple of stand-alone novels and a couple of short story collections. All available through Amazon (clickable link to Am Author Page). Among his books are The Romney and Marsh Files (British police procedurals set in Dover) and the Booker & Cash novels, a series of private detective tales set in the south of England and published by Bloodhound Books.

Oliver is back living on Romney Marsh in the UK. His home. He still wakes in the night from time to time shouting about seeing his books on a shelf in Waterstones.

For more on Oliver Tidy and his books, check out his website: https://olivertidy.com/

Or follow him on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/olivertidy

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oliver-Tidy-467297426793288/

 

Q & A with Author Tessa Robertson @authoringtessa


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Release date: September 20, 2017

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Genre: Thriller 

Blurb: 

What would you do if the mystery to your mother’s death lay with your employer? 


After years of unanswered questions, Mishka Vald sets out to uncover the skhodka’s involvement in her past. What she doesn’t expect is to join forces with men who push her to become a double-agent and confirm her future. While hunting down leads, the ruthless assassin realizes a life in the shadows is the only way for her to protect those she loves.   


For Mishka, forbidden love is worth the pain when it comes to Eddie Harper, a military man turned cop. Her affection waivers when duty comes first and she joins forces with an elite Russian soldier, Alexei Petrovich. With a blackmailer threatening her school love, she seeks refuge with a fellow assassin, Nickolas Volkov. And when pushed too far, she’s ushered to a secure location…and straight into the arms of mysterious handyman, Dylan Kain. As the pieces fall into place, their mangled order reveals each man’s true intention. Whose deceit can she accept and whose will obliterate her? 


All roads lead back to the woman she thought dead—her mother. Now, as weddings are crashed and alliances tested, Mishka uncovers a deadly game and the players involved. Her heart, once unable to budge, is thrust into action, but which man can keep her soul intact?

Happy Saturday everyone! I have a fabulous interview with Author Tessa Robertson to share today. 
1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment. 

For me, writing happens when I least suspect it. Sometimes, it’s while I’m at my day job (shh don’t tell) and other times it’s right before I go to bed at night. My perfect environment is a light rainstorm outside while I sit on my favorite chaise by the window. Of course, writing wouldn’t be complete without my two cats and two dogs on my lap somehow.


2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved? 

I’ve always been interested in creating stories ever since I was a child. As the youngest child for six years, it wasn’t uncommon for me to play outside by myself with imaginary characters and go on great adventures. When I was seventeen, I wrote my first full length novel. I didn’t get serious about writing as a profession until a few years ago. 


3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations? 

I absolutely love Jane Austen’s works. There’s so much spirit in her works that led me to strive to write something memorable. I also love Maya Banks and her Scottish series because who doesn’t love a man in a kilt?


4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects? 

I am in the process of writing my sequel to Assassin By Day. I hope to have it completed and to the publisher by fall. I also have another book I’d like to bring to Crooked Cat, but it needs editing. Lots and lots of it.


5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process. 

Typically, I start to write what I feel. At times, the characters come from personal experience or the result of people watching. I try to include characteristics different from your normal characters so they’re more like life. Sometimes, that means pushing the envelope. For Assassin By Day, I didn’t plot much until I went back through to edit. The plot charts helped me tie the plots and relationships together and keep tabs on what I wanted the next few books to look like. 


6. Favorite character from one of your own novels? 

Definitely Mishka Vald. She’s a kickass assassin who’s been through hell, but somehow still finds room in her heart to love. 


7. Preferred method for readers to contact you? 

I’m very active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, so I would go there first. I also have a website readers can subscribe to get news about upcoming events and my blog insights. https://authortessarobertson.wordpress.com/


8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book? 

Assassin By Day took about two months to write, but much longer to edit since I changed quite a few things along the way. On average, from pen to final product, I’d estimate a good 4-5 months if I’m just working on that project. That doesn’t happen too often, though.


10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?

 I’m going to go with Mishka again. I created her to be a combination of myself and I can relate to a few situations she goes through in the book. I don’t want to give away too many details, but she’s my spirit animal in many ways. 


11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing? 

Well, right now I’m only writing part-time. I’d love to be full-time someday. When I’m not writing, I work as a paralegal at a law firm. Criminal cases are my favorite. 


12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work? 

The best compliment thus far is ‘I couldn’t put it down and lost sleep to finish the book’. 

Huge thanks to Tessa for joining me today! ❤️

#CoverReveal Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan @bookouture

Happy Friday everyone!! I’m so thrilled to be helping to reveal the cover for Vanishing Girls today! First, here’s some information about the book. 

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

 

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

 

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

 

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…  

 

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

 

Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

Oohh this sounds SO good, right?! 


I love the cover and that tag line is awesome!! It’s out January 17, 2018 but you can preorder it on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

About the Author: 


Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: http://www.lisaregan.com
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Blog Tour: The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK


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Release date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.


After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.


But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.


However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…


Settle down with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as you devour this irresistibly festive Christmas tale. The perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

I’m so delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for The Little Village Christmas today!


Review: 

What an enchanting, heartwarming read this one was! I’ve heard so many great things about Sue Moorcroft’s books from many of my blogger buddies and when I heard she was not only releasing a new book, but a Christmas one I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to try one of her novels. Delightfully fun and touching, this is the perfect read for those days where you want to cuddle up and read something that’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy. 

Alexia and Ben were both the type of characters that you form an immediate connection with, they’re both extremely likable and realistic. Both of them are at a sort of crossroads in their lives, Ben has recently separated from his wife and there’s a mystery surrounding that whole situation that intrigued me right up until the end and Alexia has plans to move out of the village and start a new life in the city. Besides being realistic Ben was also adorably quirky, he has a soft spot for animals and is helping an injured owl, there’s some really swoon worthy moments with him and the romance was tender and sweet.

The location is fabulous, I adore a quaint little English village as a setting and Middledip surely provides that. There is a strong sense of community spirit when the residents rally around Alexia and Gabe after disaster strikes and they’re conned, it had some great feel good parts that made me sigh with happiness. The bulk of the story takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas so it’s not all mistletoe and carols, you could indulge in the one at any time of the year! 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


Award winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

The Christmas Promise was a Kindle No.1 Best Seller and held the No.1 slot at Christmas!

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.

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Throwback Thursday: Under the Knife by Kelly Parsons #TBT


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Release date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Medical Thriller

Blurb:

From the author of Doing Harm, a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.


Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon, is a shy, highly intelligent but socially awkward and emotionally fragile man. It was his wife, Jenny, with whom he connected and who enabled him to connect with others. When Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney’s grief turns to rage. He vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed his wife. But first he will systematically destroy her life. Aided by a mysterious man named Sebastian, Finney uses advanced medical technology to brainwash Rita. He tricks her into ruining her reputation and brings her to the brink of madness. Alone, fighting for her sanity and life, Rita reaches out to ex-lover Dr. Spencer Cameron. Together they uncover Finney’s horrific intentions and race to stop him.

Review: 

I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!

I haven’t read many medical thrillers and I’m not sure exactly why because the few I’ve read I really enjoyed! There’s something terrifying about the plausibility of these types of books, the idea that it really could actually happen that makes for such a compelling read. 

While the initial premise for this was a bit far fetched, (crazy grieving husband turns psycho and takes extreme measures to get revenge on his wife’s surgeon) the actual medical advances seem like something that could possibly happen. It all revolves around an auto surgeon which is basically a super advanced robot that can perform an actual operation on its own. There’s also brainwashing and this totally creeped me out and made for such a sinister read. 

Parsons is a solid writer and I really liked that he clearly has a medical background, it was evident in the use of procedures and medical terminology, but it was all basic enough that it wasn’t confusing for an average reader like me. The story unfolds through four separate viewpoints; Rita the surgeon, Finney the grieving husband, Sebastian who works for Finney and Spencer another surgeon who is also Rita’s ex. The pacing was fast and very intense, as it reached the end the narratives really started to blend together seamlessly and became exciting and unbelievably tense. This would be great for fans of standard thrillers who are looking for something different!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

Review: If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams


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Release date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Blurb:

In the vein of Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood comes a novel of psychological suspense form debut author Michelle Adams, where a woman returns to her family’s home to learn the truth and escape her sister’s influence


If you knew my sister, you’d run too…


First there was the Robert Kneel incident.

Then what happened to Margot Wolfe.

And now she’s found me again.


Dr. Irini Harringford was given away by her parents just before her fourth birthday. Although she has spent her whole life trying to convince herself she doesn’t need them, deep down Irini longs to understand why she was abandoned, while her parents kept her older sister, Elle.


So when Elle gets in touch with news that their mother has died, Irini reluctantly agrees to return to the family home. But she is ill at ease. She and Elle are not close. Irini knows only too well what Elle is capable of. Inexplicably drawn to her enigmatic sister, yet terrified of the sway she holds, Irini tries to protect herself even as she is sucked back into her family’s toxic web of secrets…and soon realizes that the past is more complicated than she imagined, and that her very future rests upon discovering the truth about why she was really given away.


Review: 

Ahh sister relationships never fail to intrigue me, especially messy ones and Irini and Elle have one of the most complex relationships I’ve read about in awhile. Irini was sent to live with relatives when she was just three and she has no idea why, so when her mother dies and Elle summons her back home the idea of finally finding out some answers is too much for her to resist. Elle is toxic, manipulative and calculating but she is Irini’s sister and her hold on her is very strong. 

I was dying to learn exactly why Irini was sent away and to find out if Elle was really as crazy as Irini remembered, there was definitely that sense of uneasiness about both women throughout. Elle is clearly unbalanced but there were times that something about Irini seemed off as well. There was a heavy ominous undertone, something sinister and creepy lurking around that I really liked, it messed with my head in the best possible way. Put that together with really strong writing and I’m super impressed it was Adams debut, she has a subtle, nuanced style that worked really well for me.

There was something intoxicating about this book, it almost had me in a hypnotic state while I was reading it, I was that captivated by it. Despite it being a true psychological thriller I found it to be heavy on the psychological aspect and pretty light on the thriller part, but that did not in any way stop my enjoyment of this one. I actually think it further enhanced my experience and forced me to savor this read instead of rushing through it like I sometimes do in a twisty, fast paced thriller.  

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.