MINI THRILLER BOOK REVIEWS

The Weekend Away – Sarah Alderson

Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.

This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?

But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…

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As soon as I started reading this one, I could not put it down and ended up finishing it within the space of four hours. The book got in to the nitty gritty story line quite quickly and within the blink of an eye, I was on the hunt to find out what happened to Kate, alongside Orla. There were so many people you could pin-point in having an involvement in Kate’s disappearance, some of them just being super sick people, some of them being genuine people you can trust.

When all was revealed, I kind of felt dissatisfied that I was reading a Thriller that wouldn’t end in closure and would always leave us hanging… well, was I wrong… Sarah did leave us on one heck of a cliffhanger but I wasn’t expecting it AT ALL. The twist came so unexpectedly, when I had finished it, I wanted to throw my phone across the room – I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!!!!

Please, Sarah, we need another book on Orla and Marlowe!

Not My Daughter – Suzy K Quinn

Lorna never told her sixteen-year-old daughter the chilling truth about her real father. But one morning, she finds Liberty missing — and realizes the teenager has left to find the man she once fled from…

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This was a fantastic, thrilling and gripping read from Suzy – it was extremely addictive and I read it within one day. Each character had such interesting backgrounds, that all connected in the most horrific of ways and it was really exciting going back and fourth between the past and the present, slowly starting to realise where everybody belongs, until it all completely clicked in to place. 

I really loved our two main girls, Lorna and Liberty – their relationship was strained in the beginning, down to the fact Lorna would not allow Liberty to know her real life, leading to Liberty to take it all in her own hands. Later on, we soon find the reason behind Lorna being so against the idea of the two meeting, that by the end, the girls had developed a bond that, despite the circumstances, they had to go through, to get to where they ended up. 

The Dead Girl Under The Bleachers – Donna M. Zadunajsky

Three girls…

Three dead bodies…

The quiet town of Craven Falls is depleting in population. One by one…

Scarlet Fitzgerald thought it would be fun to play a game on Laura Stevenson, a nobody at Craven Falls High. But what happens when the game unleashes buried secrets Scarlet doesn’t want anyone to know? Secrets that could get someone killed, including herself.

Three can play a game, but one of them ends up dead…

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I loved getting to know all three girls – Laura, Rachel and Scarlet – from their own perspectives and the story-lines woven in to each of their lives were juicy indeed – especially Laura’s and Scarlet’s. Rachel had the most average story of them all, stuck in between two girls with dark lives, but I have to say, she was my favourite, as she always knew what to do and say, she was a great friend to both, regardless of whether or not either deserved it. Laura’s story was heart-wrenching to say the least and I really sympathised for her, it was just one thing after the other. The poor girl couldn’t catch a break. I did feel somewhat of sympathies towards Scarlet in the end, but boy did Donna make it hard for me to like her. Her home life was not as perfect as it seemed on the outside, that’s for sure, but she didn’t always make life easy for herself either. There was so many times though, where you could see the good wanting to come out of her and I just wished I could have been there to help encourage it out of her.

The final chapters were painful to read, as the dead girl under the bleachers becomes a reality. It wasn’t too much of a surprise for myself as to which girl it would be under the bleachers, however, it didn’t make it any less awful and the people behind it – that was where my shock came out. One of the suspects was an absolute easy guess, however the second was completely unexpected and a great twist to finalise the story.

Sister Dear – Hannah Mary McKinnon

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by the discovery of a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t her biological dad.

With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks out the family she never knew she had, finding an infuriatingly enviable half-sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. And this gets Eleanor thinking – aren’t good sisters supposed to share?

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A fantastic read that has you thinking you’ve got the plot all figured out, only for Hannah to completely knock you off of your feet by the end. It was gripping from start to finish and the character development from Eleanor was an absolute delight. Eleanor starts off as quite an unlikeable character, always making the most rash of decisions to the point where you want to shout “WHY DID YOU JUST DO THAT!?”, however, as the book goes on, she grows so much and the sympathy towards her really does kick in, especially that ending! The book finishes with so many incredible, dark and twisted plot lines coming together as one and it is mind-blowing. Hannah really did double cross us with this one and it was pretty genius. I also love how the ending could possibly mean we see more from Eleanor in the future – at least I hope so. I would love a time jump to see what she is up to now and how she is going to end what should have ended the first time round.

The Wife Stalker – Liv Constantine

Joanna and Leo seem to have the perfect relationship. Two adorable children, a beautiful house in a chic area of Connecticut – they have the kind of life people envy.

Then Piper moves to town. Piper is young, attractive, flirtatious. It’s almost no wonder Leo is tempted away…

Devastated, Joanna starts digging into Piper’s past, and discovers some very disturbing secrets – not least that Piper’s previous two husbands ended up dead. But Piper dismisses Joanna’s fears for her family as paranoia. Who is telling the truth? Joanna? Piper? The only certainty in this web of lies is that no one is who they appear to be…and no one will escape unscathed.

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This was a definite on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of novel, that had an incredible plot twist at the end – so shocking, I had to re-read parts to make sure I was fully understanding what the heck just happened! I would say this is a great read for people who are just making a start on Thrillers, as it was tense and gripping enough with a surprise, but it didn’t entail an exaggerated amount of gore. I love that the ending also leaves you stuck on the truth behind Piper’s previous marriages – it’s clear to see she was the cause behind all that happened to them, but it’s never actually confirmed. Liv subtly confirms what we wanted to know. 

Shelby x

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