Clare Douglas – Last Seen Alive

“Lies. There will always be lies. The little white lies we can’t bring ourselves to tell our spouses, our friends. Sometimes it’s to protect them and sometimes it’s to protect ourselves.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Published On: July 13th 2017
  • Pages: 400

Synopsis: The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?

Review: The book is divided into 3 parts which led me to being all “ohmygod what is happening” in the first part & then “woah 🤯” in the other two. Really enjoyed the book, the twists had me taking a minute to process it all before I moved forward 😄. I just wish the ending was maybe a little different? I really want to know what happens at the end? If you haven’t read Last Seen Alive by Clare Douglas, I do recommend picking it up!Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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THE TOP 5 THRILLERS OF 2017

The books mentioned in this article are not necessarily published in 2017 but are those that I read this year & LOVED. I hope you get the chance to pick them up & give them a read! Maybe you’ve even read a few (or all) of them, if you have; be sure to let me know what you thought!

There obviously are more thrillers that I loved & narrowing them down to 5 was really tough but these were ones that became really memorable to me & I really recommend you giving them a read. I had to do a Favourite thrillers post because thrillers are my absolute favourite genre & I’m always reading one or if not, it’s just so I can give myself a little break but I go back to them really fast!

1- Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough: Maaaan this book left me SHOOK. I picked it up because I saw so many people raving so highly about this book & the ending. Literally everywhere, people were like WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING!!! So, of course I had to pick it up. If you are yet to read this book, I would suggest moving this to the top of your TBR because woaaah. I suggested it to my best friend & once she read it, she was like I couldn’t sleep, it creeped me out sooo bad! The ending had me so shook that I never actually got around to posting a review but I think you guys get me now that it has made it to my favourite thrillers!

If you’re interested: Here’s the synopsis: Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here 
  3. Noon.com: click here
  4. Book Depository: click here

2- Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney: I bought this book on the suggestion of @thebooknookae who raved about it so highly that of course I had to pick it up. This is another book that had me so puzzled by the end of it that I never managed to put my thoughts together in a review but maybe soon! Loveed this book! Alice was such a unreliable narrator which is what added to the mind-boggling reaction to the book. My copy of this book is currently with my best friend & I’m really looking forward to her thoughts so I’ll keep you guys updated with what her response was!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis: My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralysed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Noon.com: click here
  4. Book Depository: click here

3- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: Clare Mackintosh has quickly become one of my favourite thriller writers & I Let You Go was written incredibly. I bought this & I See You (also by Clare Mackintosh) on the recommendation of @africaanah. I loveeed it! Really wanted to take my time with it but the twists had me on the edge of my bed. Felt so strongly about murdering a certain character & it was such an amazing read that I definitely recommend you to read it. Click here to read my review!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis: On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street …

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Noon.com: click here
  4. Book Depository: click here

4- I See You by Clare Mackintosh: Another book recommended to me by @africaanah. This book gave me goosebumps because of me just imagining something like that happening to me. Imagine you being stalked just because you’re a person of habit????? I genuinely thought that the ending was going one way but the twist at the very end, ohmygod. Really recommend picking this up! Click here to read my review!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis: Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Noon.com: click here
  4. Book Depository: click here

5- The One by John Marrs: One book that I bought because all of my favourite bookstagrammers were RAVING soooo highly about this book & always recommended it so I picked it up! Linked are their blogs if you’re interested in checking them out: theguywiththebook, sumaiyyareads, africaanah. The One was one book that I finished really quickly because it was just that good! It isn’t like your usual thrillers in terms of them messing with your head but it was just as good! I recommended it to my best friend who loved it so much & my sister picked it up randomly while having a sleepover at home & she was like I need this so yes she loved it toooo! Click here for my review!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis: How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

(Note: Previously published as A Thousand Small Explosions).

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Noon.com: click here
  4. Book Depository: click here

November Wrap Up!

Can’t believe it’s already the last month of 2017! It’s been a good year, learned quite alot & read a lot too 😄. Here are the books that I’ve read this month:

1- Ten Tiny Breaths – K. A. Tucker: 4.5/5.

2- Bring Her Home – David Bell: 4/5.

3- The Breakdown – B. A. Paris: 4/5.

4- Last Seen Alive – Claire Douglas: 4/5.

5- What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty: 3.5/5.

Haven’t read as many books but the 4 thrillers were really good! Reviews for these are coming soooon! 😄

❗️How many books have you read this month?

Chris Bohjalian – The Flight Attendant

“A smart girl is nobody’s pushover and nobody’s foe. A smart girl is both sword and smile.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Expected Publishment: March 13 2018
  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Review: Thankyou NetGalley, Chris Bojalian & DoubleDay Books for the ARC! The Flight Attendant is the second book I’ve read by Chris Bohjalian & it was definitely a good thriller read. The book was at times depressing & like horror movies in terms of when you’re screaming at the lead actress or the M.C in this case to stop making bad decisions 😂. The book switched between the POVs of: Cassandra (Cassie), Elena & case files from the FBI. I really enjoyed that Chris did his research about the laws in Dubai, I haven’t read many books that have a setting in Dubai so it was nice to read one.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

K. A. Tucker – Until It Fades

“Something good will come from the bad. It always does. That’s how life balances itself out. That’s how people keep going.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Published On: June 27 2017
  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Review: I loved the book. I finished it in just a day which is pretty rate lately considering how hectic my schedule has become. It was such a good read, super hilarious, cute as hell, gives you something to think about. It isn’t a thriller so don’t go into it thinking that it is! Loooved Brett & Cath, Brenna was imagined to be the cutest & sassiest little kid ever. The book does surround teacher-student relationships, teen pregnancy & a life lesson to take away with you:

“Nothing good in life will ever come to you if you don’t take some risks.”

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Rena Olsen – The Girl Before

“Being hit is not normal. Even when the person loves you. It’s not okay. Healthy relationships do not include physical violence.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Putnam
  • Published On: August 11 2016
  • Pages: 314

Synopsis: In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t?

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.

In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name–Diana–and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future.

Review: Wow. This book was amazing. I was shook. The book surrounds the world of human trafficking & Rena Olsen wrote it incredibly. It really showed an example of what life may be like for them, distorting memories & everything not remaining what you think it was. Switching between two points in time: the past & the present shows the abusive life & what happens next. Definitely enjoyed reading it!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Colleen Hoover – November 9!

“Sigh”

“Did you just say sigh? out loud? instead of actually sighing?

“Eye roll”

GUYS IT’S NOVEMBER 9! The story of Ben & Fallon 👉🏼 Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one-day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Review: I don’t think anyone needs me to say it again but I will anyway cause oh well, Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors. One whose books I will read multiple times & not be bored. This is the second time I’m reading November 9 (will be re-reading all her books one by one) & I love it just as much as I did the first time. The story is really good, it’s funny, it’s cute, it’s sad, it’s tear-jerking & I totally recommend it! Everybody read it, in fact read every single book that Colleen has written (wow I could be Colleen’s number 1 fan). Oh Fallon & Ben, my dear heart 💕.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Waited a long few months to post this 😂. Sooo I think you can tell how much I love @colleenhoover & how much I love November 9!

❗️What’s your favourite Colleen Hoover book?