S. D. Monaghan- The Family At Number 13

“You can’t force yourself to forget. But you can force yourself to fantasise, to play make-believe.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Bookoture

  • Published On: April 27 2018

  • Pages: 310

Synopsis: The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

Review: Thankyou NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for a honest review. The book was a good one, although for some reason I was quite confused with what was happening but it smoothed out later on. Chapters weren’t too long & switched between different POVs & different point in times from just before, present day & after the event. The ending revelations reminded me of when I studied about memory back in Alevel psychology 😄.

Rating: 💎💎💎

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Chevy Stevens – Never Let You Go

“You can’t force me to stay with you. Love doesn’t work like that.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

  • Published On: March 14 2017

  • Pages: 406

Synopsis: Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

Review: The book switches between the POVs of Lindsey & her daughter & also between past & present. It was a good read that I really enjoyed & the twist, I probably could’ve guessed but it was shocking all on its own 😄.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

May Wrap Up!

I broke my record of reading 20 books by reading 25 books in May!!! Here’s my round up:

  1. The British Knight by Louise Bay: 4/5.
  2. The Social Affair by Britney King: 3/5.
  3. It Takes One by Kate Kessler: 5/5.
  4. Two Can Play by Kate & Kessler: 5/5.
  5. Three Strikes by Kate Kessler: 4/5.
  6. Four Of A Kind by Kate Kessler: 4/5.
  7. The Foxe & The Hound by R. S. Grey: 5/5.
  8. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando: 3/5.
  9. Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia: 5/5.
  10. Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair: 5/5.
  11. The Lies They Tell by Gillian French: 4/5.
  12. The Defense by Steve Cavanagh: 5/5.
  13. The Plea by Steve Cavanagh: 5/5.
  14. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh: 5/5.
  15. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: 4/5.
  16. The Old You by Louise Voss: 4/5.
  17. Viral by Helen Fitzgerald: 3/5.
  18. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris: 3/5.
  19. The Good Twin by Marti Green: 4/5.
  20. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison: 5/5.
  21. The Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison: 5/5.
  22. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman: DNF
  23. Don’t Wake Up – Liz Lawler: 4/5.
  24. The Summer Children – Dot Hutchison: 4/5.
  25. The Liar – Steve Cavanagh: 5/5.

I’ve discovered so many amazing new books & some authors that have become new favorites! I’m so happy about this month’s progress towards my reading challenge of 200 in 2018!

Meg Gardiner – Into The Black Nowhere (UNSUB #2)

“Why would anyone miss them? This nation was full of women. They fell out of sight all the time. Runaways, prostitutes, mothers bolting on their kids. There shouldn’t have been such a fuss, not in this crowded, teeming stretch of Texas. Nobody should have wondered where they went.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Dutton

  • Published On: January 30 2018

  • Pages: 355

Synopsis: Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

Review: Man, this book was AMAZING! Was hooked since chapter 1 & I finally finished it on my way back home from a road trip! Loved every bit of it. Was intense as ever! This book played in my head like episodes of Criminal Mind, now that I think about it; how amazing would be a season of episodes based on this book! I definitely liked book 2 better than book 1 😂.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Meg Gardiner – UNSUB (#1)

“An UNSUB: the unknown subject who would come to be called the Prophet. He made women stay home instead of going out alone. He made parents bring their children in before it got dark, and keep them inside.

For five years, one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country lived in fear, dreading the next news bulletin. Waiting for the Prophet’s next victim.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Dutton

  • Published On: June 27 2017

  • Pages: 366

Synopsis: Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

Review: I have heard SUCH high praises for this book that I’ve been wanting to read this book since it’s publication. Incredibly written, has you on the edge of your seat or bed or whatever 😆. This book is a mixture of Criminal Minds & Dexter! Since I’ve been watching Criminal Minds: BAU lately, the entire thing played in my head like it was an episode in the show. I absolutely loveeed it!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎.5

Hannah Mary McKinnon – The Neighbors

“Six years had passed, and at times, the inner workings of my wife’s brain were still a complete mystery to me. She said she loved me, and I believed she did, in her own way. But after a few years of being together I’d accepted there would always be a part of her heart and a part of her mind that were out of bounds, completely closed off to everyone, including me.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Mira Books

  • Published On: March 13 2018

  • Pages: 384

Synopsis: In 1992, a car accident kills a young man and forever changes the lives of three people… Now, twenty years later, they’ll all come to regret the choices they made that day, as the secrets and lies they’ve told to protect each other become the very things that tear their lives apart.

After a night of fun, Abby was responsible for the car crash that killed her beloved brother. It is a sin she can never forgive herself for, so she pushes away the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames, the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam (her old lover—possibly her true soulmate) moves in with his own family next door, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the dark secrets they’ve both been carrying…

Review: I loved the book. What happens if an ex-boyfriend moved in next door?? Chapters switched between the characters giving a 360 degree angle to the story & emotions of each character. Nothing pure evol like most domestic thrillers but a great storytelling!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎.5

Mons Kallentoft & Markus Lutteman – Zack

“Has there always been so much hate? Maybe the hate itself has always been constant, just not as visible. What’s new about the digital world, he thinks, is that we can see each other’s unfiltered thoughts.

Is humanity really ready for the kind of psychological challenge inherent in constantly being able to give voice to its very worst sides? Like an endless traffic jam in which everyone is blowing their car horn.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Atria Books

  • Published On: January 23 2018

  • Pages: 480

Synopsis: Zack Herry is the golden boy who has stumbled into a career in the Stockholm police force. At night, he hangs out at the clubs, partying with the people he should really be arresting. He knows that it won’t last, but he can’t help himself, even as he starts being investigated by internal affairs. But when four Thai women from a massage parlor in Stockholm are found brutally executed and a fifth badly mutilated and dumped outside a nearby hospital, Zack must get his act together and try to figure out the motives behind the vicious murders, together with his partner, Deniz. Only one thing is for sure: more women will die unless they find the killer.

Review: I wanted to pick this book up for its synopsis & it was a good read, really interesting storyline & unfolding. Some names of areas or people would be hard to pronounce & I probably butchered how it should have been said but oh well, made it through 😂. Different theories are followed, most shot down so you can get the whole “oh my god who is behind this!!” Feel in the book 😂. It wasn’t a “I need to stay up all night & get to the bottom of this!” Kind of a thriller though 😬.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5