Review: Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger (+ 2 more releases!!)

Some of October’s most exciting releases are finally here!! A new thriller by Lisa Unger, a podcast-inspired mystery and a cracking thriller debut from a German author…if these sound like titles you’d like to check out, then down below, I’m giving a rundown on what these books are about and including a review for each! Without further ado, let’s browse through these titles…

Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger

”Wouldn’t it be nice if your problems just went away?”

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job when she meets a beautiful stranger on the train. Days later, her nanny disappears, and she suddenly finds herself pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny.

Now she can’t help but wonder, who was the stranger on the train?

In Confessions on The 7:45, Lisa Unger delves into the world of infidelity and flawed family relationships, starting off with an encounter between two women on the train, followed by a mysterious disappearance. I found myself fully absorbed from the First intriguing page, and I tremendously enjoyed the impeccable writing as the author shifts between multiple POVs, the main ones belonging to: the mother, the teenage son, the nanny and the stranger on the train.

The final chapters bring this thriller to a powerful, satisfying conclusion, making for a beautifully-intricate mystery that I’d recommend adding to your Fall TBR list!

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

“It’s been ten years since Sibby disappeared, but the memories of that day keep finding new ways to haunt me.”

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast “Radio Silent”, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

Dee Skinner witnessed the abduction of her best friend ten years ago. Today, as she still deals with the guilt of being “the girl who was not taken”, she’s the anonymous voice behind a popular true crime podcast called “Radio Silent”, and now there’s a new missing persons case seemingly connected to her best friend’s, which becomes the new subject of her podcast. Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

I Hope You’re Listening has a “Riverdale” feel to it that will definitely appeal to YA readers. It alternates between the present day and 10 years earlier, the time of the protagonist’s best friend’s disappearance, and slowly progresses to the final reveal which, while not as dark as Keep This To Yourself’s, would certainly bring satisfaction to readers of this genre!

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

“It’s not so bad, Mama. It was just a silly accident.”

Filled with twists; from the utterly shocking prologue, to the action-packed chapters.

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t quite seem to fit.

One of the most shocking aspects readers encounter in Dear Child, is the exploration of the psychology of a clever young girl with a traumatic background, in addition to the intricate, yet brilliantly-conveyed subject of maternal nurture.

Hausmann also discusses the reason behind our perpetrator’s savagery. This villain is capable of both unimaginable and realistic abusive behavior. I think that’s what’s most unsettling; how the story is extremely connected to reality, while still breaking the record for the number of twists and turns that even avid thriller readers might not ever guess.

On the other hand, this is one of the most shocking stories about survival I’ve ever read. It’s well-plotted, and the attention to detail is so precise that makes protagonists Lena, Jasmin and Hannah’s stories incredibly unforgettable.

And those are today’s releases! Which of these titles sounds the most appealing to you, fellow readers?

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