Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst

Before I Let You InISBN-10 1472235274

ISBN-13 978-1472235275

Author Jenny Blackhurst

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Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.

And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .

What did I think?

Wow, what have I just read?! Before I Let You In was devoured in one day, I literally could not put it down. I needed to know all about Karen and Jessica and the funniest part of me saying that is I didn’t realise until I’d put the book down how invested in their story I really was!

I annoyingly thought I’d guessed the story from about 50 pages in and was slightly disappointed at that moment in time as I was expecting great things, but little did I know that Before I Let You In was deceiving me and I was led down a road I never expected.

Jenny Blackhurst has a such a great writing skill, Before I Let You In manipulates you to a place you feel comfortable and keeps a slow and steady pace throughout, you’re sat there comfortably thinking “Yeah, I know where this goes, I’ve figured it out already” and then bam! You’re left with egg on your face because I can guarantee you’ve been wrong the whole way through.

A fantastic read and potentially one of my favourite reads so far – it will take a great deal more to beat this to my favourite read of 2017! I have How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst on my TBR shelf – that will most definitely be getting bumped to the top!

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

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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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Find Her – Lisa Gardner

Find Her - Lisa Gardner

ISBN-10 1472220315

ISBN-13 978-1472220318

Author Lisa Gardner

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Flora Dane is a victim.

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless.

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realises a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

What did I think?

‘Find Her’ is the 8th(!) instalment in the D.D. Warren series written by Lisa Gardner and it didn’t disappoint! I initially started listening to this book with credits I used on Audible but shortly after was sent the book for review so carried on reading in paperback. I’m a huge fan of Lisa Gardner and have read and reviewed other books in the D.D. Warren series so I knew from the very start that ‘Find Her’ was going to be a book I loved.

Gardner keeps you on your toes the whole way through the book and ultimately never lets you fully know what’s going on right until the end. I love how she manages to intertwine more than one story in to the book and each story is just as interesting – Gardner just never drops the ball in her writing and ‘Find Her’ proves this through and through.

This is thriller/mystery writing at its finest! You really won’t be disappointed with it!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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The Second Love of My Life – Victoria Walters

The Second Love of My Life

ISBN-10 1472229320

ISBN-13 978-1472229328

Author Victoria Walters

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In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

What did I think?

‘The Second Love of My Life’ is ultimately an uplifting love story that proves you can get through anything. It is full of love and more than just the romantic kind. Walters has managed to incorporate how friends and family can be the most important thing around you when you’re in a time of need.

It was an easy book to read and get in to. It evoked lots of emotions and also something I think most people fear- losing a loved one. ‘The Second Love of My Life’ shows how you can move on and how it is possible to move on when you have nowhere else to go. It really is a heart-warming read that is sure to make you feel good when you finish reading it.

I unfortunately found it quite predictable and at times just a little too uneventful. I don’t think this is down to Victoria Walters as I do think that the whole chick-lit genre is quite predictable as a whole. That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them! However, I do think that Walters writing style needs a little work. I don’t feel that it flowed as well as it could have. I also felt that the end of every chapter ended with a sentence that could have ended the book – it was quite frustrating.

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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P.S I’ll let you in to a little secret, I will be running a giveaway for this in the very near future! Keep your eyes peeled!!

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Touch and Go – Lisa Gardner

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

ISBN-10 0755388291

ISBN-13 978-0755388295

Author Lisa Gardner

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This is my family:  Vanished without a trace…

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family.  A perfect life.

This is what I know:  Pain has a flavor…

When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire family, vanished without a trace.

This is what I fear:  The worst is yet to come…

Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets.  Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices.  Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family?  And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth:  Love, safety, family…it is all touch and go.

What did I think?

I’m a huge fan of Lisa Gardner’s and yet again she didn’t fail to disappoint me. I love her writing style and also the way she manages to get you deep in to the characters story that you believe it’s real. I’ve never read a Gardner book that has let me down and ‘Touch and Go’ is another one of her greats!

From the moment the story starts, you know you’re in for a good read (or in my case, listen!). Gardner opens the book in a way that instantly pulls you in to the lives of the Denbe’s family and doesn’t make you want to stop. The storyline is simple and easy to follow, but at the same time it’s complex and must have taken a lot of imagination.

One thing I love about this book is that Gardner gives you different aspects throughout the book. You’re mostly hearing from Tessa Leoni and Libby Denbe but other characters come in to play too. I love books that give you two sides of the story.

‘Touch and Go’ is the second book in the Tessa Leoni series. Much like ‘Crash & Burn‘ by Lisa Gardner (book #3 in the Tessa Leoni series) you are not at a disadvantage for reading the books in a different order. Obviously this is proven by the fact I read book number 3 first, then book number 2 second and haven’t even read the first book in the series yet!!

It’s worth mentioning that I listened to this book via Audible. It was narrated by Regina Reagan and Jennifer Woodward. Both performed brilliantly and their voices were really quite soothing and easy to follow.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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