T. A. Cotterell – What Alice Knew


“How would these people like to be pushed and shoved and turned into public property just because their husband had combined bad luck and bad attachment to an unprecedented degree?”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: TW Adult
  • Published On: May 4 2017
  • Pages: 384

Synopsis: Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Review: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell was a good read surrounding the importance of family relationships. Especially the importance of doing the right thing. I wasn’t all that impressed with what happened because I just expected a bigger, more dramatic reveal. I guess Alice didn’t want to be like her mother in terms of keeping from them what she thinks is important to know. What happened in the ending made me have only one reaction: why? 

Rating: 💎💎💎

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Peter Swanson – Her Every Fear

“I’m arresting you on suspicion of the murder of Audrey Marshall…”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Published On: January 10 2017
  • Pages: 352

Synopsis: Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.

Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.

When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves–until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment and accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself, so how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met? 

Review: The cover & the synopsis & also my liking of other works by Peter Swanson really made me want to read the book. It was really interesting to read & the way the story unfolded…it gave me goosebumps 😂. Just one question though, why..?

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

September Wrap Up!

Wrap up time! September was going good as a reading month until my university started 😂. This month I managed to read only 11 books!! Books with reviews on my blog have an * before them.

1- * I See You – Clare Mackintosh: 5/5.

2- * The Switch – Joseph Finder: 3.5/5.

3- Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn: 4/5.

4- * Final Girls – Riley Sager: 4/5.

5- Feel Me Fall – James Morris: 4/5.

6- * When You Disappeared – John Marrs: 4/5.

7- * Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land: 4/5.

8- Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson: 4/5.

9- The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson: 5/5.

10- Dark Places – Gillian Flynn: 4/5.

11- The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware: 4/5.

❗️How many books did you manage to read this month?

Clare Mackintosh – I See You

“Who among us wouldn’t take that chance, if it were handed to us?

The chance to kill someone.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Published On: August 11 2016
  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

I See You is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning psychological thriller from one of the most exciting and successful British debut talents of 2015.

Review: I really love the book. The core of the book was soooo interesting & imagining that happening gives me goosebumps but it was definitely one of the reasons that I bought it. I also bought it because I loveeeed Clare Mackintosh’s other book called “I Let You Go” & I do have a review up on my blog so click here to read it! Towards the end of the book I really thought I had figured out who was behind it all but oh noooo, it’s a whirlwind of events 😂🙌🏼. Pick it up now! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Joseph Finder – The Switch

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Dutton
  • Published On: June 13 2017
  • Pages: 384

Synopsis: Michael Tanner is heading home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong laptop from security. What he doesn’t know is that the owner is US Senator Susan Robbins, and her laptop contains top secret files that should never have been on there in the first place.
And Senator Robbins is not the only one who wants the laptop back… Suddenly, Tanner is a hunted man. On the run, terrified for the safety of his family – he is in desperate need of a plan – but who can he trust? 

Review: I really enjoyed the book & I’m glad I picked it up. The synopsis of the book really caught my eye. It definitely felt like something that could be made into a show. 

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

Blake Crouch – Dark Matter

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: July 26 2016
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Pages: 342

Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Review: When I first read @nadirasworld’s book review & she mentioned the Quantum theory was the core of the book, my very first thought was oh man, I suck at science & am I going to be able to understand what’s happening? But it was pretty easy to understand as the book was pretty simple to read through. The book definitely reminded me of The Flash because of parts of it (Spoiler maybe?). The book blew my mind, I really enjoyed it & I do recommend reading it! It was gripping & I stayed up late because I just had to know what the hell was going on.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Janice Y K Lee – The Expatriates 

“They often say that an expat life, your friends become your family. Because you don’t have mothers and fathers and siblings nearby to comment on, you draw close to the people around you.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Published On: February 9 2017
  • Pages: 432

Synopsis: Lee explores the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.

Mercy is adrift. A recent Columbia graduate without a safety net, she can’t hold down a job—or a man. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her inability to conceive a child she believes could save her floundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, ostensibly a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives crash into one another in ways that could have devastating consequences for them all. 

Review: The book switches between the POVs of Mercy, Margaret & Hilary & is divided into 4 parts. I really liked the book because it gave an insight to life of Expats in Hong Kong & the lifestyles over there. I liked how the story of the three woman was connected but 

*SPOILER*

I just wish that it gave a little more insight about G, he was just mentioned here & there or when Margaret missed his presence in their life or when Mercy lived with the guilt in her heart. I would’ve enjoyed it more if we found out where he went, does he ever come back, is he alive? 

*SPOILER ENDS*

Rating: 💎💎💎.5