26 May 2017

Review #609: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.”

----Veronica Roth

Megan Miranda, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a mildly gripping psychological thriller, The Perfect Stranger that revolves around a former journalist, whose career tanked after a story went wrong, and runs away to a rural town away from the bustling city along with her college friend to start fresh, little did the journalist knew that her teaching job and life in a small town would cost heavy upon her when this friend goes missing while the body count begins to rise up and so her ugly secrets that are threatening to unravel right before her.

25 May 2017

Review #608: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

----Maya Angelou

Eric Lindstrom, an American author, has penned a terrific debut young adult contemporary fiction called, Not If I See You First that revolves around a blind teenage girl, who recently lost her father and since then she hasn't cried at all, and she loves to play by her strict rule book, and if anyone breaks those rules, then there is no second chance for that person, but lately, this girl is finding it real hard to stop herself from falling in love with someone who once broke her heart and all her emotions are welling up on the inside upon learning some secrets from the past that she has buried.

24 May 2017

Review #607: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

----Abraham Lincoln

Renee Ahdieh, an American bestselling author, is back with another enthralling young adult dystopian-cum-fantasy series called, Flame in the Mist and the first book in the series with the same title opens with the life and challenges of a rebellious Japanese teenage heroine, who, when attempted to murder by a group of Robin Hood-styled bandits, escapes both her fate of getting married to her betrothed and her fate of getting slaughtered by a group of men, instead she breaks in into that group of bandits by cross-dressing as a man.

23 May 2017

Review #606: The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

----Alice Sebold

C.J. Skuse, an English author, has penned a tragic yet extremely riveting young adult thriller called, The Deviants that revolves around five high school teenagers whose friendship blossoms up when one of them is bullied badly, also gradually, the secrets of their lives begin spilling up, when one bad event after another challenges them to keep a hold on their friendships or their dark secrets, especially, it becomes a challenge for the couple from this group of teenagers, who seem to be drifting apart in a gradual motion.

22 May 2017

Review #605: Cold Earth (Shetland #7) by Ann Cleeves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

----Cormac McCarthy

Ann Cleeves, the award-winning British crime author, is back with yet another intriguing thriller in her popular Shetland Island crime series called, Cold Earth, where the infamous protagonist, DI Jimmy Perez, is challenged with the landslides of Shetland that destroys an abandoned house on the island, revealing the body of an unidentified woman, whose death strikes Perez with the tragic death of the love of his life, but this nerve wracking mystery of an unidentified woman's death is taking the toll out of Perez and out of all the islanders who have no clue about this woman.

Review #604: As I Descended by Robin Talley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”

----Criss Jami

Robin Talley, an American author, has penned an enthralling and chilling young adult fantasy book, As I Descended that is based on Shakespeare's popular play, Macbeth and revolves around two teenage girls fighting for a prestigious scholarship in their posh private boarding school and to get their hands on that scholarship, they are willing to go at any lengths, even to conspire with the residential ghosts of their school, to get rid of the topper of their class.

16 May 2017

Review #603: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don't dare to let out.”

----Ally Carter

Amy Gentry, an American author, pens her debut psychological thriller called, Good as Gone which is nothing close to Flynn's Gone Girl instead it has a killer plot that revolves around a daughter and a mother, whose elder daughter gets abducted from her home at the age of 13 without a trace and with an eye witness of her younger sister, but eight years later, on the homecoming day of the younger sister from her summer break in her college, someone rings the doorbell of that home, where the elder girl was abducted from.

15 May 2017

Review #602: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite”

----Cassandra Clare

Brigid Kemmerer, an American author, pens a heart breaking young adult contemporary story, Letters to the Lost that revolves around a high school female teenager writing letters and leaving them by the graveside of her dead mother, but one fine day and months after her mother's tragic death, she finds reply to one of her letters, instantly she realized, someone must have played a bad prank on her. Little did the brooding high school teenage boy ever knew that his grief would find a way to connect with another's through writing replies to an unknown girl's letters to her dead mother.

10 May 2017

Review #601: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”


B.A. Paris, an English bestselling author, pens a mind blowing psychological thriller in her new book, The Breakdown that revolves around a female recently married teacher returning back from a party, one rainy night, through a short cut road, when she suddenly stops her car to help another woman sitting motionlessly inside her car parked by the lane of the road, but she decides against helping that woman and drives by, and the next morning, she is shocked to find that particular woman has been found murdered, followed by her dementia and her immense guilt and fear about the murder of someone she could have saved.

8 May 2017

Review #600: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

----Leo Tolstoy

T.A. Cotterell, the British author, pens a mind blowing and extremely gripping psychological debut thriller, What Alice Knew that revolves around a portrait artist whose husband goes missing one night out of the blue, but when he comes back, their perfectly happy family life threatens to come apart and the portrait artist is left with no other choice but to protect her family at any cost.

PS: This is not like any other traditional pot-boiling thriller, instead it follows what happens after a crime is committed and how you need to cover that crime at any cost.