The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

the lies we told

Rating
4.5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears. Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened—even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.


Review

This book wowed me! It is definitely one of the better psychological thrillers I have read. Each chapter, for the most part, switches between two completely different story lines that are equally fascinating. I kept thinking to myself, “What is going on? How are these going to come together?!” My curiosity kept me reading since I could not wait to figure out how everything would get resolved. This book is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. I had multiple theories, and none of them were accurate. By the end of it, I was just so impressed with how the author came up with such an incredible story line that fit so well together but was still far from obvious. This is a quick read, and I would suggest you pick it up ASAP!

 

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

when the lights go out

Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Thriller
Goodreads Summary

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica 

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?


Review
This was my first Mary Kubica book. I have The Good Girl sitting on my bookshelf and just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ve heard great things about Mary Kubica books but have seen mixed reviews regarding When the Lights Go Out, so I didn’t go into it with very high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This book really sucked me in right away. It was more emotional than I was expecting, pulling at my heart strings and even welling up some tears in my eyes. Yes, I’m emotional! 🙂 This was also different than most thrillers I read as it was a bit creepier. There were times while I was reading that I got a little scared and realized that if someone were to walk into the room without my realizing it, I would’ve jumped and screamed. However, I wouldn’t say it is overly terrifying by any means. The concept as a whole is quite shrewd and puzzling. My guess as to what was really going on in the story was way off, and I was shocked at the end. I always feel like a book is noteworthy when it keeps you thinking about it after you finish, which is exactly what this book did. If you are looking for a fascinatingly twisty thriller, pick Mary Kubica’s newest title up!

Author Mary Kubica’s website

Thanks to BookSparks for my free copy of this book.

Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

Rating
4.5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Thriller
Goodreads Summary
How far would you go to protect your perfect life? 

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighborhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. 

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. 

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline , gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia. 

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left. 

It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared?’ 

Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go, who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor, will love Our Little Lies. 

Review
I  really enjoyed this unique psychological thriller! I’ve read a lot of thrillers over the past few months and some of them start to blend together after awhile. But this book was a refreshing change, and I did not want to put it down! I was intrigued from the very beginning as I learned about Marianne and her life—her husband, her kids, her past and present. Everything was told from her perspective, and I could not figure out whether or not she was a trustworthy character. As I continued to read, all the other characters left me guessing as well. I went back and forth trying to figure out if my suspicions were accurate or completely off. Basically, everything that occurred took me by complete surprise! There were many times throughout this book that I thought to myself, “Wow, that was sneaky!” Everything was just so unexpected, well-thought-out, and superbly done. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of thrillers and suspense!

Author Sue Watson’s website

Thanks to NetGalley & Bookouture for my Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review.
This title is available as of October 11, 2018.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating
4.5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending. 


Review

This book is exactly what I needed to get out of a brief reading slump! Shockingly, this was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid (TJR) novel! I’ve had a few of her books on my to be read list forever, and I finally decided it was time to jump on the TJR wagon. I am so glad I did because this book was amazing!! It pulled at my heart strings in all the right ways and kept me entertained the whole way through. This book tells a captivating story of love and loss, friendship, and personal growth. You will see the main character, Elsie, walk through some really hard things. Things that would be difficult for anyone to grasp. But this story actually wasn’t a pure cry fest. It was also full of encouragement, laughter, and hope. I really appreciated finding a romance novel that contained little to no sexual content—it was refreshing. Honestly, please pick up this book if you haven’t. It really touched my heart and will stick with me. I’m looking forward to reading another book by this author in the near future!

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Rating
3/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Suspense

Goodreads Summary
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.
 

 

Review
I feel like I should preface this review by saying I’ve been on a major book hangover since reading The Light We Lost. Because of that, it was hard for me to pick up another book, and I feel like I probably didn’t enjoy this as much as I normally would have. I have heard rave reviews about The Wife Between Us and have been so excited to pick it up. It was definitely a well-written, intriguing read, but it wasn’t all that I had been hoping for. There were some good twists and things I didn’t see coming, but I kept thinking that it reminded me a lot of The Last Mrs. Parrish, which I loved; however, I was just hoping for more originality. I think this duo of authors is fantastic and do a great job writing a suspense novel. I really enjoyed An Anonymous Girl, which will be published in 2019. With all that being said, I’m probably in the minority of people who didn’t really love this book, so I would still suggest you pick it up and see what you think!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Rating
5/5 stars

Genre
Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary
He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story–their story–at the very beginning. Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated–perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.


This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

Review
This is one of the best books I’ve read! I had high expectations based off of all the recommendations, and it definitely did not disappoint! Jill Santopolo is a really gifted writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the style in which she wrote this book—from the main character Lucy’s point of view, with present occurrences as well as reminiscing the past. I was pulled into Lucy and Gabe’s love story nearly right away. Their relationship covers all the emotions you could think of, and I was fully captivated and invested in their lives. By the title, you can probably guess that this isn’t a perfect textbook love story. There are plenty of ups and downs and a fair amount of sexual content. I consider this book to be a bit of mix of All Your Perfects and The Dinner List, both of which I loved. With that being said, I highly recommend it and suggest you have an open schedule when you start this because you will not want to put it down! And if you have read this—or after you do—let’s discuss. I have lots to say! 😁