It’s another exciting day for thriller releases!! If you’re a fan of Lisa Jewell, or have been looking forward to the highly anticipated (and twisty!) Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy, then stick with me and let’s dive into these following titles…
Synopsis: Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter excited to move into a new home in Sam’s sleepy hometown in upstate New York. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele. Little does Sam know that all his sessions can be heard through a vent in his ceiling, from the room upstairs…
The pharmacist’s wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed… Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam, the therapist, goes missing; throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie’s happily ever after.
The first third of this book was the twistiest part: clever, unexpected and endless surprises. The rest was a retelling of an old classic psychological thriller (which has been turned into a movie more than two decades ago); and therefore it relied more on suspense than on twists and turns.
One essential you should know before going in: Don’t expect a twist ending here; the story ends rather too neatly. The one thing I’ve been noticing while reading this book was how, “the good guys” aren’t exactly characters you’ll find yourself rooting for, whereas you might sympathize the “antagonist” (if you can call them that) instead; their POV and background will honestly grip you and even make you root for them at some point.
This is what I liked about this book: how good and evil aren’t necessarily as black and white as we might imagine, which makes for an interesting read. And even though the concept of this story wasn’t completely original, Goodnight Beautiful still kept me engaged, anticipating what would happen next!
Owen Pick’s life is falling apart. In his thirties and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct—accusations he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel forums, where he meets a mysterious figure.
Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their creepy neighbor Owen. Their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.
Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.
Which of these releases sounds most appealing to you, fellow readers?