Who Are You? – Megan Henley

Who Are YouISBN-10 0008144338

ISBN-13 978-0008144333

Author Megan Henley

Publisher Harper Element

 

 

From Goodreads

A dramatic and terrifying memoir of a ‘catfish’ scenario – when a woman meets a man online but nothing is what it seems.

25-year-old Megan Henley put her five-year-old daughter to bed one evening and switched on her laptop. A Facebook ‘friend request’ seemed to be genuine. There were a few common friends and very similar interests, so Megan accepted.

With that one simple act, she changed her life forever. In her words: ‘looking back on it, it was as if I had opened my front door to a stranger, as if I had thrown away every precaution I’d ever put in place, as if I had freely given access to my whole world – all because of some naïve belief that it was ‘just’ a friend request on a social media site.’ Megan is tricked into a relationship, paranoia and ultimately betrayal by the man she loved and trusted but nothing is as it seems.

What did I think?

The core of this book was intriguing and the fact that its a true story makes you want to read it even more. Social media is something that has infiltrated all of our lives, some for the better and some for the worse, unfortunately for Megan Henley she didn’t have a great experience. ‘Who Are You?’ highlights the dangers of the internet and how people are able to manipulate to their advantage, something I guess we’re all aware of but also something none of us think we’ll ever fall victim too.

‘Who Are You?’ was a relatively quick read and it didn’t take much concentration to understand what was going on. The story seemed effortless to write and in some parts I do feel like the writing quality dropped in comparison to other parts of the book.

I think ‘Who Are You?’ let me down the most because it just didn’t seem fully believable. Not saying that Megan Henley hasn’t been through this awful ordeal and maybe it’s me wanting to think that people can’t be so cruel but it just seem far-fetched at points and maybe a twist of the truth.

Either way, ‘Who Are You?’ is an eye-opener for anyone who reads it…don’t always trust the person on the other side of the keyboard and don’t set yourself up to become a victim.

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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Girls on Fire – Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire - Robin Wasserman

ISBN-10 1408707101

ISBN-13 978-1408707104

Author Robin Wasserman

Publisher Little, Brown

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.

But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…

What did I think?

‘Girls on Fire’ is a dark, dark book. When Lacey befriends Hannah ‘Dex’ Dexter she isn’t really too sure what to expect, but what she got could have never been in her ideas of how their friendship would blossom. Following two troubled teenagers who get mixed up in the Satanic cult at the height of the ‘grunge’ era can only mean trouble, but how much trouble did Dex really believe Lacey could bring her?

Wasserman has written a thrilling read that is impossible to put down. This is more than a book about teenage angst, this is a book about unthinkable acts and unthinkable consequences. It shows the darker side of what teenagers are capable of and delves in to the deepest family trauma and the tribulations of a teenager.

Wasserman kept me engrossed with ‘Girls on Fire’ the whole way through and it is quite a unique story, I’ve never read anything remotely similar and for that, I applaud Wasserman. A truly gripping read that has you on the edge of your seat experiencing a wide range of emotions throughout. Truly brilliant!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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Disclaimer – Renée Knight

Disclaimer - Renée Knight

ISBN-10 1784160229

ISBN-13 978-1784160227

Author Renée Knight

Publisher Black Swan

 

 

From Goodreads

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

What did I think?

There’s no denying that the blurb of this book pulled me in…I liked the sound of it so much that I accidentally bought two copies on different shopping trips…oops! That’s great for you though because it means I’m going to have a giveaway coming up very soon – keep your eyes peeled!

Now, the blurb may have pulled me in but the book pushed me back out a bit – I was so deflated after reading it because my hopes had been set high. I’m not saying it’s not a good read because it is, but it definitely wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be!

Knight has fantastic writing skills which is what kept me reading, I was waiting for that huge moment that was going to take me by surprise but every time I thought it was there, it flopped. That’s what frustrated me so much, I was expecting loads and got so little.

There is such a great base for a fantastic read but I don’t think Disclaimer has taken the route it possibly should have – probably quite an unpopular view of the book, I know. It’s been likened to lots of other great books so maybe it was just me?

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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Her Darkest Nightmare – Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare - Brenda Novak

ISBN-10 1472240979

ISBN-13 978-1472240972

Author Brenda Novak

Publisher Headline

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her—and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.
BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST
Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her—the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same…

What did I think?

As you probably know by now, I love my psychological thrillers and ‘Her Darkest Nightmare’ had the basis to be a fantastic book and thankfully it didn’t let me down! Firstly, it’s based around psychopaths so instantly lives up to the genre of psychological thriller!

‘Her Darkest Nightmare’ is the second book in the Hanover House/Evelyn Talbot series but that doesn’t mean you need to have read the first book to pick up the story – Novak has covered all bases and ensured that you’re not out of the loop with Evelyn’s story.

Novak has been incredibly clever in her writing, the whole time you think it’s going to be a predictable ‘whodunnit’ and if you’re anything like me, you were certain you knew who was after her from about quarter of the way through…that, refreshingly, wasn’t the case with ‘Her Darkest Nightmare’.

Evelyn Talbot has some issues of her own to deal with and if I’m honest this kind of let the book down for me, not that she had the issues to begin with because it helped create the brilliant novel but the way in which Novak wrote about them. They were very repetitive and it felt like every other page had some issue that had already been covered, it didn’t fully spoil the story for me though but it definitely left me a little deflated after I heard the same thing several times.

If I’m honest I am shocked that I haven’t read anything by Novak before! It has hints of Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen – both are up there with my favourite authors so I’ll definitely be looking in to more Novak novels to see if she can land a spot as a favourite too!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent

ISBN-10 178125544X

ISBN-13 978-1781255445

Author Sarah Perry

Publisher Serprent’s Tail

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

What did I think?

Sarah Perry blew me away with ‘The Essex Serpent’, her writing style is beautiful and delicate but is also brilliantly descriptive. She definitely gives the feel that you are reading from a different era, and whilst I am not a history buff, it felt that everything she wrote about and described was spot-on.

The work that Perry has done with ‘The Essex Serpent’ is truly magnificent. Perry has obviously put a lot of time and effort in to researching certain aspects of the book which, to me, makes a book that much more special. Not only this, but Perry has covered a lot of different themes throughout the book but has done so in such a way that at no point do they feel ‘skimmed’ over – the depth of this book is incredible.

For me, I did feel that at times the book was a little slow and not too fast-paced. It’s a brilliant read, but not the usual fast-paced page turners I am used to.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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