ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE – Mary Higgins Clark

Celia Kilbride, in hopes of escaping public attention concerning the arrest of her husband-to-be, proceeds to lecture on a luxurious ocean liner. On the brand new cruise ship Queen Charlotte, Celia meets Lady Emily Haywood -the owner of a priceless emerald necklace.
Three days later, Lady Emily is found dead – and her necklace is missing.

If you’ve enjoyed Murder On The Orient Express, this book is the one for you. They’re almost very similar, except the latter is a modern version of the former.

Each passenger has a dark secret they’re afraid might come out. So when an accident and then a murder occur, it’s hard to pinpoint which one is the guilty party.
Alvirah is one of the passengers. She’s very good detective and a very entertaining one also. She and Willy make it their mission to find out who the killer is before they reach Southampton- hopefully alive.

The travel is very entertaining and everyone is having a good time on one part of the ocean liner, while in an another room, there are jaw-dropping conversations that go something like:

‘Then what are you going to do about it?’
‘What are you suggesting, that I throw her overboard?’
‘If you don’t, I will.’

Aside from the sinister things happening on this luxurious cruise ship, there’s also that bit of appropriate humor that the author knows how to insert in her writing.

This is one of my personal favorite thrillers this year, and I am so happy to end 2017 with it. If this plot sounds up your alley, I highly recommend it.

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SUSPENSION OF MERCY – Patricia Highsmith

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“Married, one automatically became poor, it seemed, even though one married a rather well-to-do girl. Single, poorness didn’t matter, one could do things, anyway. But a married man was a broke man, broken in spirit and pocket.”

Apart from the fact one could relate to Highsmith’s quotes, her work could never be dissapointing.

Sydney’s ideas for the book he’s currently working on keep being rejected and his work is known to not contain any plots, but in real life, Sydney is the perfect plotter.
In his mind, his agent is killed about 8 times, and the most important subject -his wife- has been murdered 20 times within his imagination. He thought it through and came up with the perfect plan for his murder. Although he needs to be careful doing so for a new neighbor, Mrs Lilybanks just moved in next door.

This fiction writer feels disrespected by his wife, Alicia, and begins to wonder if their moving into a new house was a mistake. His temper gets the better of him and he starts plotting his wife’s murder.
But it’s what happens afterwards that’s the interesting part. And when you reach the few first pages leading towards the ending, you begin to understand the meaning of the title of the book.

It’s all so engaging – the thrill of the questions the Inspector keeps on asking Sydney concerning his wife’s disappearance, the uneasiness of Mrs. Lilybanks when she confronts the husband about a missing item in their living room.

I highly recommend you read this.

BEHIND HER EYES – Sarah Pinborough

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FIVE stars don’t even do this book justice.

I have no words.

As one of the book characters said, this read will take you on a ‘mindfuck crazy’ ride.

If you’re into those stories that feature crazy things the mind can do to someone with sleep issues, night terrors and lucid dreaming; then I highly recommend you consider giving Behind Her Eyes a try.

Lately, there’s been a lot of books about the seemingly perfect couple with dark secrets behind closed doors, but this one isn’t just about the secrets. It’s something else that’s completely surreal that I never thought I’d witness while reading a thriller.

There are so many shocking discoveries all throughout the book, and two gigantic twists at the end. The second one being more jaw-dropping than the first. The kind that makes you nauseous in a WTF-just-happened kind of way. In a great way.
It’s also the kind of book you’d wanna add to your ‘to-reread’ list.
This was seriously mind blowing.

Even trying to think of books that are similar to Behind Her Eyes, I don’t think another psychological thriller would top the power this one offers.

Read. This. Book. Now!

LIE TO ME – J. T. ELLISON

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This is a gripping story about Ethan Montclair, who one morning woke up to find out his wife Sutton has disappeared from their home, leaving him a note saying not to look for her.
It’s a very engaging fast-paced thriller.
As you turn the pages, you continue to find yourself in a state of confusion. Every clue that’s uncovered leaves you even more perplexed, because nothing adds up or makes sense.
And in every few chapters, there’s a shocking discovery.
The twist at the end, concerning the guilty party, is heart-thudding.
The only thing though that kept me from giving this amazing book five stars is the last page, which brings me to my question, ‘Who the heck is Josie?’

GOOD ME BAD ME – ALI LAND

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This was a heck of a roller coaster.

This is a truly disturbing story of Milly, a young girl whose mother is a serial killer. People see her and instantly think she’s ‘the spit of her mother’ which frightens her the most, and therefore – as she lives with her new foster family – struggles to decide what she really is. Is she Bad, or is she Good?

After beginning to read Good Me Bad Me, I learned that when people say this is ‘the new The Girl On The Train’, they mean it is quite similar to Paula Hawkins’ writing in general. It is so beautifully lyrical and poetic.

I loved how, at first, the reader might deeply sympathize with Milly, the protagonist, but then at the end of every few chapters she speaks to us through her mind and says something that is completely astonishing, because apparently, the reader thinks they know all what she is about but they don’t.

Milly’s struggle to figure out who she really is is truly nerve-racking because her good side can’t help but keep being haunted by her mother Ruth’s voice, ‘Annie this, Annie that.’ And what’s more interesting is the environment that surrounds her- that being her current foster family ‘The Newmonts’ and the school she goes to- and how it affects her self-discovery in an extreme way.

You can really feel for Annie as she awaits for and counts the days until her mother’s trial.
Milly fears to be her mother but still loves her and tries to please her. Although, it doesn’t make her any weaker. It’s the most complex mother-daughter relationship.

There are a lot of terrifying scenes in the book, but what terrified me the most was the way Milly describes her mother crawling like a ribbon or a snake from under her bedroom door and into her bed…So daunting.

The reader can easily underestimate Milly and judge her personality, but she compares to no other protagonist I’ve ever read about. It’s only within the latest pages that she shocks everybody around her and also the reader, precisely at a prolonged courtroom scene I was sweating through reading it.

Afterwards, the book proceeds with shock after shock. Especially during an incident in the end where the author tests our patience as she so skillfully leads us to acknowledging what it is and how it was done, and if I could explain ‘it’ in one word, it would be: Vertigo!

Milly doesn’t cease to astonish us. Her character is addictive, like, you reach a part in the book where you care about nothing but what Milly feels, thinks or what happens to her next. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a heroine that could easily put her mark on me like she did.
I, one hundred percent, recommend reading this book!

THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE – STEPHANIE PERKINS

This book is a YA slasher revolving around a serial killer – The Osborne Killer, as dubbed by the media- who goes around brutally murdering college kids as he/she follows a certain pattern.
I’ve been searching for a halloween read, and this had been quite a promising one.
The beginning vividly reminded me of Scream, so if you’re a fan of the Scream franchise, you’ll enjoy reading this. It’s almost the same thing, except it’s THE OSBORNE SLAYER instead of GHOSTFACE.
Also, when a certain murder occurs, it is presented in almost the same way it does in The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. And the dialogue is just so smart it should turn into a script and then a movie ASAP.
Without giving too much away, I recommend you start reading this book. Incredibly satisfying. (less)

ONE OF US IS LYING – Karen McManus

One Of Us Is Lying talks about the murder of one of five students who walked into detention one Monday afternoon. The victim, Simon, is the founder of a gossip app that shattered most of other students’ personal lives. Which means that every student at Bayview High has a motive for killing Simon, especially the last ones to see him alive, who later on divulge to the reader their deepest darkest secrets.
This book is amazing. It’s the kind of the book that, if if had hundreds of other more pages, would still be thrilling to read.
Every character felt so real, it was like I was actually living their lives and grieving with them through every devastation.