BELIEVE ME BY JP DELANEY

Believe Me

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Timesbestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

After a disastrous on set affair with her leading man, Claire is not exactly in high demand. She is in the country from England without a green card and no one to hire her as an actress.

When she is approached by a law firm who specialize in divorce to become a decoy, hired to find out if husbands are cheating or at least thinking about it. The job is fairly easy. Use your acting skills and tape everything but under no circumstances sleep with them or proposition them first. Just get the evidence and sneak out.

But when the wife of the target is violently killed in her hotel room, it seems the husband is a good candidate for murder. When they come to Claire with a plan to get him to confess and a part for her to play that earns actual money, Claire jumps in with both feet!

And this is where it all goes insane! Claire’s mind is really a stage with her voicing all of the characters. Or are they real people? Who exactly is the bad guy here? Is she insane?

This was what I’ve come to expect from this author. The ultimate mental maze that leaves you exhausted and asking What???    Great Job.

Netgalley/ July 24th 2018 by Random House

 

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her pretty face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face

The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda—returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.

Meet Frances Metcalfe. A mom of a special needs child, which has become her full-time position. After a shaky start at the snobby Forrester Academy, he’s made a friend. Unlike Frances, who is riddled with guilt she can’t share and looked down on by the snooty moms at the school and has not one friend.

Meet Kate Randolph. Beautiful, confident with a son she also adores and who becomes Marcus’s best friend and a good influence on his behavior issues. And miracle of miracles Kate doesn’t want to be friends with the upper crust at school. She wants to be friends with Frances.

But there is something off about the Randolph’s. While Kate dotes on her son, her daughter is pretty much forgotten. Until she needs Frances to bail her out of some trouble and that is when Frances finds out Kate is not who she says she is and is keeping an awful secret of her own. Not just from the world, but from her own daughter.

Asking the questions, Can people really ever change who they are at their core? And if so, can they be forgiven for the sins they committed? After reading this one, I’m not so sure anymore!

Great Read. And just twisty enough!

Netgalley/July 10th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

 

THE FIFTH TO DIE BY J.D.BARKER

The Fifth To Die (4MK Thriller, #2)

From the author of The Fourth Monkey comes the newest thriller from J.D.Barker.

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

Oh my yes! I have been waiting on this since I finished The Fourth Monkey.

Sam is still trying to find Bishop, the 4MK. And people are still being killed. Parents, children, it would seem this killer has no intention of stopping until he is caught.

As Sam sets out to find Bishop’s mother, he sees just how far Bishop’s reach is. And if you thought Bishop was bad, just wait until you try to wrap your head around his parents! These were some seriously disturbed characters. With all of the horror you could ask for. The book is full of twists, subplots and just down right delicious horror!

That ending though! Talk about a cliff hanger. If you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one. But be warned, this is a very descriptive book. And I loved it!

Netgalley/July 10th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

THE SANDMAN by LARS KEPLER

The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.

The fourth in a series, this one is also perfect as a stand alone read. I have been reading more and more Scandi Noir and this one does not disappoint.

It is terrifying. Disturbing. Dark and intense and I loved every horrible minute of it. The pace is fast with very short chapters. The characters are well written and the plot is scary as heck!

The portions in the asylum were gruesome and straight up terrifying. One of the best bad guys ever. Seriously sick. But I personally enjoy that and will be going back and reading the others in the series.

I belong to a crime writers group and had asked for recommendations in the Nordic Noir genre and this was one of the authors that kept coming up. So thanks y’all!

Available for sale or at your library!

SOMETIMES I LIE BY ALICE FEENEY

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 paralyzed 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?

Amber may not be able to communicate with live people while she lays in a coma, but she is taking in everything that is said and done to her. Her mind is fuzzy and she isn’t quite sure she’s not dead, but she knows she is in danger, she just can’t remember from what or from who.

Most of the story takes place with Amber in a hospital bed over the course of about a week. She didn’t have the best childhood and she relived a lot of that in her dream state but nothing prepares us for the truth. For the absolute horror she has been through.

We only know the characters through her version of them and we already heard her say she lies so we really don’t know what is true and what isn’t. But that ending!

A really good psychological thriller that in the end I wasn’t sure it will actually be the end.

Well Done!

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

The Guilty Wife

If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?

I’m not guilty of murder.

But that doesn’t make me innocent.

When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.

But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.

With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.

An incredibly taut, tense game of cat and mouse – with a twist you’ll never see coming.

Another psychological thriller debut. Featuring a supposedly smart woman having an affair with a man who ends up dead. Bethany knows she is innocent but someone is sending her messages and warnings not to go to the police.

My problem with the book was the lack of information about the characters. It felt like we came in to an ongoing story and never quite caught up. I didn’t care about any of them. I figured out the who immediately. It just did not have the depth of a psychological thriller. Or any type of thriller.

Sorry but this one wasn’t my favorite.

Netgalley/Orion

BRING ME BACK by B.A.Paris

Bring Me Back

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again. 

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

My first issue with this book is that blurb above. That’s not what happened. They stopped at a rest area to go to the bathroom, had an argument and when he came out of the toilet she was gone and there was only a small Russian nesting doll on the ground.

My first thoughts were this was going to be a kidnapping and probably something much worse. When Finn is allowed to leave France, he is lost. And confused. Where did Layla go? Is she alive or dead? As the years go by he keeps their cottage just in case and moves to a small village near by.

Move forward 10 years or so and he is living with and engaged to Ellen, Layla’s sister. Then odd things begin to happen. Nesting dolls left or mailed to the house. Finn trying to keep them from Ellen and wondering if he is losing his mind or if Layla is really alive and playing with his head.

I kept yelling Danger! at him, but he wasn’t listening and that ending was like, What??? Even though towards the end you kind of wondered if someone here was seriously disturbed, you weren’t sure who it was until the very end.

At first I was going to give this a few stars, but then it just stayed with me for a couple of days and that for me is the sign of a good read!

NetGalley Reviews/ HQ