Review: Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

This is it. This is the best, craziest, most unpredictable, jaw-dropping mystery I’ve read this year. You ever read a synopsis and think, “Wow, this sounds amazing but I’m not sure it will deliver”? Well, Sharon Bolton does not just deliver with Daisy In Chains – she offers an original plotline, challenges your expectations and leaves you dumbfounded by the time you reach the finale!!

A handsome surgeon is facing four counts of abduction and murder, and he will only talk to one particular lawyer, named Maggie Rose; who’s also a true-crime author. But Maggie only takes cases she will win. Will she take his?

The story is occasionally told through letters, psychiatric reports and draft snippets of the lawyer’s true-crime novel based on the surgeon’s case…all of these just made the story much more addicting and special. And that explosive ending, phew!! It was pure insanity. Guys, this is *absolutely* worth reading.

This is my very first read by Ms Bolton and I’m currently reading Blood Harvest by this author, which is just as gripping so far. Have you read anything of Bolton’s? Which of her books would you recommend?

Kindle Daily Deals: Mystery/Thriller (UK)

Happy Saturday, readers. Sharing a few Thriller e-books that are on sale today! Let me know if you see any titles you’re excited to read!!

⁃ Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

What would you do if you were offered twelve thousand dollars to just…stay at an apartment for three months?

Jules accepts her new job as an apartment sitter in a mysterious building in Manhattan. But something is not quite right here; her suspicions are soon confirmed when a fellow apartment sitter goes missing…

Such page-turning goodness!! Many shocking twists and turns accompanied by the creep factor with a dash of gothic suspense. And I felt fully invested in Jules’ journey as she unraveled the Bartholomew’s dark past and her POV flowed between past and present – where she’s in the process of recovering from a chilling accident!

⁃ Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

They say every marriage has its secrets.

But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.

And sometimes those doors should never be opened …

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

I haven’t read this one yet, but there’s a supposedly a massive twist that got so many readers; so Between You And Me is right at the top of my TBR.

⁃ Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

This book introduces us to Emma Davis, who was once a first-time camper at Nightingale Camp where she’d shared a cabin with three other teenage girls. They used to play a game called Two Truths And A Lieuntil the girls disappeared without a trace. But now Nightingale Camp has reopened and Emma considers this as an opportunity to go back as a counselor and find out what really happened to those girls…

I have to say, this book was incredibly engrossing, unputdownable and also filled with chilling, unexpected twists! When I got to the third part of the book, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was filled with a non-stop claustrophobic feel in a way you might feel like retreating for a couple of minutes. The very last twist will rock you!!

⁃ Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter had run bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage (where she was supposed to vacation with her friends) and the man she refers to only as Him. But then the first Final Girl is found dead in her bathtub, so now Quincy must try to remember what really happened at Pine Cottage all those years ago.

Impressive writing, a meticulously-plotted creation of the story’s characters, with several bombshells dropped all throughout the book, especially when you least expect them. The reveal of the killer’s identity was so clever; I did not see it coming!

⁃ Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

This is Seddon’s most celebrated novel, about a woman who embarks on a dangerous road and tackles the mystery of a shocking headline-making crime, still unsolved after fifteen years.

⁃ The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

You Love Him. You Trust Him. So Why Are You So Scared?

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of an explosive true-crime documentary.

Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his charm. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

When Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new truths that suggest he may not be so innocent after all.

⁃ Date Night by Samantha Hayes

Did Libby have something to do with her 17-year-old nanny‘s disappearance? Why are we seeing her being transported in a police vehicle with blood under her fingernails? Does her husband’s alleged affair have something to do with all this?

The first few chapters of Date Night will give you the impression that this is just another one of those domestic thrillers/mysteries where the killer is “closer than you think”, but this one is so much more than that. The ending will have you fooled!

⁃ The Apartment by K. L. Slater

A young mother is offered the most amazing opportunity; an apartment at one of London’s most exclusive addresses for an incredibly low price: the Adder House. Soon after meeting the friendly residents there, it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems; someone is trying to dredge up an ugly, old secret.

Kindle Daily Deals: Thriller/Mystery (US)

Hello thriller addicts! Today’s Kindle Deals are here!! I made sure to compile the ones that I found completely addictive and entertaining (and at times, jaw-dropping) back when I read them, so for each title I’ll be writing a small summary and a mini-review that accompanies it. Let’s explore these picks, fellow readers!

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

A couple adopts a disturbed 6-year-old girl in The Perfect Child. Disturbing. Original. Mind blowing edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller!! The final reveal will leave you frantically turning the pages.

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

Kate was the original killer’s intended victim 15 years ago. Now a new killer is about to finish the job. A brilliant, engaging, chilling police procedural where you slowly get immersed in the story, the characters and the Nine Elm Killer’s twisted mind.

Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

Children go missing and come back violent in this story that is based on true events. You can expect a sense of unease all throughout the book and a couple of disturbing elements that I think will provoke strong and possibly-polarized reactions from readers.

Saving Meghan by D. J. Palmer

A daughter is suffering from an unexplained illness and doctors think her mother is hurting her. Is this Münchausen syndrome by proxy or something more sinister? This book was intense, action-packed and once it gets started on the heart-pounding suspense from the first chapter, it never lets up. The finale is just more page-turning goodness as the characters start to get daring and reckless!!

Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie

A woman is giving birth when she learns of her friend’s murder. She investigates while haunted by scary voices caused by postpartum depression. This one was different. It’s a psychological/political thriller with a heartbreaking twist. A really interesting debut!

I Dare You by Sam Carrington

Two girls went out to play. Only one returned, claiming she saw a man “Bill” take her friend away. After years in prison, Bill comes back for revenge. I enjoyed this so much!! Very clever and filled with twists I didn’t coming that I couldn’t resist reading it in one sitting!!

The following titles I have not read yet but are definitely on my soon-TBR:

Have You Seen Me by Kate White

A journalist enters her office where she works when her boss informs her that she hasn’t worked there in five years. She slowly comes to terms that she might’ve lost her memory, and has possibly experienced a dissociative state after a mysterious accident.

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

A 3-year-old identical twin goes missing. 12 years later, people are gathering for her father’s funeral. This is said to be Marwood’s best novel!

See any titles you’re interested in reading, folks? Any that you’d read and enjoyed?

Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Anyone else thought The Silent Patient would go down a Shutter-Island-y road where we’d discover that the patient…ehem…(no spoilers for those who haven’t watched the movie: that twist still haunts me to this day). The ending of this book is a bit different though…

The Silent Patient is an entertaining, stay-up-all-night mystery debut with a *satisfactory* conclusion. The plot and the setting and the main characters’ backstories all played a part in keeping me engrossed in this tangled mystery where a psychotherapist feels compelled to treat and investigate a woman who shot her husband and refuses to speak again.

The twist towards the end is surprising and might even make you gasp because a) there are no clues throughout the book and b) there’s *full* omission of truth; meaning one of the characters is straight-up lying to the reader, so if you re-read the book you won’t find a clue that makes you go, “oh that makes perfect sense!

All in all, this was an enjoyable debut and I applaud the author for writing a tremendously compelling and gripping novel! A solid 4-star read.

What about you? Did you love/like The Silent Patient? Were you expecting something…better? Let’s discuss!

10 Psychological Thrillers I Always Recommend

Hey fellow bookworms, for today’s post I’m assembling a list of suspense books that had completely blew me away back when I first read them. If you see a similar favorite or have any other exciting titles to add to the list, don’t hesitate to share!

Verity by Colleen Hoover

A woman gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete the series of a well-celebrated, successful author named Verity Crawford. When she arrives at the author’s house, she’s shocked by the content of the manuscript; the twisted admissions within the unfinished book are unreal. Not to mention the disturbing secrets she unearths inside the house.

This insane book will disturb and unsettle you until the final frustrating, original ending. An absolute must-read for psychological thriller readers.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

“But she’d seen it. There was no unseeing it. She stepped away, leaving a handprint on the door…There’s . . .There’s a child locked inside this van.”

Four strangers are trapped inside a rest stop during a snow blizzard, and one of them is a psychopath. It’s up to Darby to uncover which one has a kidnapped child inside their vehicle.

Where did the kidnapped child come from? What is the perpetrator planning to do with her? What I love about No Exit is that it picks up from the get-go: it’s action-packed, suspenseful and twisty as heck; which makes it the ultimate psychological thriller. I fell in love with the main character Darby from page One and I didn’t realize I’ve been holding my breath until I turned the last page because I needed to know what’s going on. This book is a wild ride, guys. Get it, get it!

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

This book introduces us to Emma Davis, who was once a first-time camper at Nightingale Camp where she’d shared a cabin with three other teenage girls. They used to play a game called Two Truths And A Lieuntil the girls disappeared without a trace. But now Nightingale Camp has reopened and Emma considers this as an opportunity to go back as a counselor and find out what really happened to those girls

I have to say, this book was incredibly engrossing, unputdownable and also filled with chilling unexpected twists! When I got to the third part of the book, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was filled with a non-stop claustrophobic feel in a way you might feel the need to retreat for a couple of minutes before continuing. The very last twist will rock you.

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover. But then they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard…Later that night, Cora is found on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora–and why?

The final pages of this book were pretty traumatizing as we’re given a full account of what really happened on the night in question. I had to re-read the ending over and over again to believe it. The author uses the girls’ texts, diary entries and therapy sessions to tell the story. Those different formats made the experience much more addictive. Highly encouraging you to pick this one up, fellow readers. The reveal will blow you away.

I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas

“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”

I’ll Never Tell is by far the best YA thriller I’ve ever read. It’s nail-biting and doesn’t cease to keep you on edge for the entire ride.

Well, to sum it up, this book is a complete mindf***. I’ve read some pretty messed up thrillers last year but none of them had messed with my head like this one did.

Dangerous Girls follows a group of teens who are spending a weeklong vacation at a luxurious beach house when one of them ends up brutally murdered in her room. Another member of the group – Anna – is the accused murderer, and so we follow her perspective during the months leading up to her trial and the jaw-dropping reveal.

We’re taken back and forth between the days leading up to the murder and the present day, which consists of Anna’s POVS, in addition to interview room questioning, and courtroom scenes. I can’t recommend this enough. I promise you, this book is all kinds of exhilarating and insane!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David, the very married man she met and kissed at a bar the night before. And then Louise bumps into Adele, David’s wife. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong.

*sigh* Where do I start with this one? Behind Her Eyes will take you on – as one of the characters said – a “mindf*** crazy” ride: you think you know what the plot is about, but you don’t.

The concept behind the ending of Behind Her Eyes is just so bizarre and mind-blowing. It tackles a very rare condition in which people suffering from night terrors and lucid dreaming have a kind of, um, “otherworldly” superpower (but not the kind that you think). It’s evil, believable and so darn insane. The gigantic WTF ending is one you won’t be able to forget.

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

Actress Aimee Sinclair comes home one day to discover that her husband is…gone. Leaving his wallet, keys and phone behind. Aimee, as you might’ve suspected, is the prime suspect. She claims she has nothing to do with it, and while trying to figure it all out, there’s a mysterious stranger stalking her…

This book has the creepiest, most unsettling, WTF twist ending you’ll ever read. Almost as similarly twisted as Behind Her Eyes. This is a book that you’ll race through. I still have goosebumps and feel dizzy from the entire experience!

Aimee takes us back to when she was five, and my oh my, the things she has gone through. The things she has seen!! Those terrifying flashbacks make the plotline even more absorbing. The entire time, I felt both afraid of and in love with this woman. Excellent writing quality, and the character development is on point. You guys need to read this one.

Last One To Lie by J. W. Winchester

“When will I learn?”

My head was spinning by the time I finished reading this! Last One To Lie by J. M. Winchester is wicked and CRAZY. Kelsey is just about to pick up her daughter from day care when they inform her that there is no record of her little girl ever being there, then she phones her husband at the school where he teaches, only to find out that – yep, you guessed it – he never worked there!

I thoroughly enjoyed how the relationship between the protagonist and the detective offers intense Basic Instinct vibes (yes, there were definitely some erotic moments in this story). We follow the narrative through both of their perspectives. Packed with original, jaw-dropping twists and the last chapters completely messed with my head!

The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin

Claire can’t help but feel like she’s living under the shadow of her husband’s first wife, Colleen, who died under very strange circumstances. This woman was reported to have jumped into the water one night, presumably as a suicide attempt. Her body though, it just…vanished.

The Starter Wife is not your typical domestic thriller, it sure starts out as one and then BAM!…completely catches you off guard – that horrifying twist at the end, like a slap across your face.

The first half gives us major “The Wife Between Us/The Breakdown” vibes, and the second half -where it seems like the protagonist’s attempt to learn the truth might bring her to a sinister end – is just a pack of explosive revelations, one after the other. The book suddenly veers off in a direction you were never expecting.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

In Sharp Objects, Reporter Camille Preaker is facing a troubling assignment: she must return to her childhood home to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Sharp Objects is probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever read, and it was surprising to see that the TV adaptation starring Amy Adams captured the core of the novel so well. Gillian Flynn accumulates all these dark, real-life aspects that other authors usually shy away from and tackles them in a chillingly brilliant way. The story’s very well-executed and there’s always a bit of unease that pulls you in deeper and deeper the more you turn the pages. And brace yourself for the most sinister, unexpected ending you’ve ever read, and the scariest part is, the evil and psychopathy that leads to the shocking aftermath is in fact completely realistic.

Do you have a book that you keep recommending to others? Let me know!

The 3 Best Riley Sager Books, Ranked (1.99£-2.99£ today)

I always find it challenging to pick a favorite book by this author because everything he writes has that thrilling sense of adventure combined with a deliciously addictive and gripping atmosphere that always makes his work stand out. And good news, all of these titles are on sale today in the UK!!

Final Girls

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter had run bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage (where she was supposed to vacation with her friends) and the man she refers to only as Him. But then the first Final Girl is found dead in her bathtub, so now Quincy must try to remember what really happened at Pine Cottage all those years ago.

Impressive writing, a meticulously-plotted creation of the story’s characters, with several bombshells dropped all throughout the book, especially when you least expect them. The reveal of the killer’s identity was so clever; I did not see it coming!

Last Time I Lied

This book introduces us to Emma Davis, who was once a first-time camper at Nightingale Camp where she’d shared a cabin with three other teenage girls. They used to play a game called Two Truths And A Lieuntil the girls disappeared without a trace. But now Nightingale Camp has reopened and Emma considers this as an opportunity to go back as a counselor and find out what really happened to those girls…

I have to say, this book was incredibly engrossing, unputdownable and also filled with chilling unexpected twists! When I got to the third part of the book, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was filled with a non-stop claustrophobic feel in a way you might feel like retreating for a couple of minutes. The very last twist will rock you!!

Lock Every Door

What would you do if you were offered twelve thousand dollars to just…stay at an apartment for three months?

Jules accepts her new job as an apartment sitter in a mysterious building in Manhattan. But something is not quite right here; her suspicions are soon confirmed when a fellow apartment sitter goes missing. It becomes clear that escaping might not be an option.

Couldn’t stop turning the pages with this one. Many shocking twists and turns accompanied by the creep factor with a dash of gothic suspense. And I felt fully invested in Jules’ journey as she unraveled the Bartholomew’s dark past and her POV flowed between past and present – where she’s in the process of recovering from a horrible accident.

PS: Riley is out with another thriller called Home Before Dark, which will definitely appeal to fans of horror thrillers and haunted house stories!

What about you? Which Riley Sager thriller is your favorite?

Kindle Daily Deals: Thriller/Mystery (UK)

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⁃ Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell

A woman whose marriage is falling apart turns to a mysterious stranger for comfort, and when her husband goes missing, things take a really. dark. turn. Two POVS. Both contradictory. Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? This was such a suspenseful journey with a dash of crazy!

⁃ What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Two women. One is keeping the other chained up in the attic. What the heck is happening? Expect drama, trauma, and unexpected twists and turns. This story is mental!

⁃ The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. She was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. One of the ultimate psychological thrillers, you won’t be able to put this one down until you know what happened – until the final explosive reveal.

⁃ Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

Kate was the original killer’s intended victim 15 years ago. Now a new killer is about to finish the job. A brilliant, engaging, chilling read for admirers of the author and/of police procedurals.

⁃ Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

You’re probably tired of me praising this book non-stop by now, but this gem is one of the few books that really blew me away this year. It’s a “kidnapping/hostage” thriller that is oh so unique and filled with twists you’ll never be able to guess, starting with the first jaw-dropping prologue!

Kindle Daily Deals: Mystery/Thriller (US)

– Saving Meghan by D. J. Palmer

Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her child. Others, including her husband, claim she’s obsessed and can’t stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter’s expense. An action-packed medical thriller with numerous twists and turns!

⁃ Verity by Colleen Hoover

A woman gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete the series of a well-celebrated, successful author named Verity Crawford. When she arrives at the author’s house and gets hold of the manuscript, she’s shocked by the content; the shocking, twisted admissions within the unfinished book are unbelievable!! This insane book will disturb you and challenge your sanity. An absolute must-read for psychological thriller readers.

⁃ The One by John Marrs

This is the most celebrated thriller by this author and by far Marrs’ most unique work. Imagine that there’s a possibility that you could be matched with your soulmate, with *one* simple DNA test. Well, according to Mr John Marrs, this has a few, um, complications. Not only “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed – worse, your worst nightmares may also become reality

⁃ When I Was You by Minka Kent

First, I’d like to mention that my first read of this author’s, titled “The Memory Watcher” is simply one of the better domestic thrillers out there, and the ending will shock you. When I Was You is may not be as *dark*, but it’s the perfect thriller if you’re looking for an easy, fast-paced, bingey read about a woman who lives in complete seclusion after surviving a brutal attack.

⁃ Jane Doe by Victoria Stone

A sociopathic woman is set on getting her revenge on a man she purposely meets after securing a job at an insurance agency. You keep turning the pages because you simply have to know what happens next. Dark and twisty, and the ending – well, it was perfect.

⁃ Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

I would describe this one as unputdownable and unpredictable. The protagonist is a lawyer whose new client confesses her that she, indeed, stabbed her husband, and refuses to plead “not guilty”.

Which one of these sounds appealing to you? See any that you’re excited to read?

Top 5 Favorite Thrillers of 2020 (thus far)

Hey fellow bookworms, how is your reading going so far? Read any good books lately? Any favorites? Today I’m sharing my top favorite thrillers that have released this year (so far) and I’ll be including some of my thoughts for each title. If that sounds good to you thriller addicts, then stick with me and let me know if you find a particular title or titles that you’ve enjoyed too!

1. What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

This story follows Nina, who is keeping a woman chained up in the attic of her house. What’s going on? This one was unexpectedly good, containing twists and turns that lead up to the most massive twist of all: what really happened that night? This book is also highly praised by Sarah Pinborough and it will soon be adapted by Renee Zellweger’s production company…because it is that good.

2. Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Best abduction/survival” thriller I’ve ever read to this day. It starts off with a shocking prologue, before diving into the main mystery which just keeps on surprising and surprising. There’s a clever young girl that absolutely fascinated me, the plot line is so heart-pounding and there are so many revelations you won’t see coming.

3. Last One To Lie by J. M. Winchester

(—> available on kindle for 3.99$)

This was just…mind-blowing, unique and insane!! A woman is about to pick up her little girl from day care when they inform her that there is no record of her daughter ever being there, so then she phones her husband at the school where he teaches, only to find out that he had never worked there! This one will absolutely mess with your head. A true psychological thriller with non-stopping suspense.

4. The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

—> On sale for 4.99$ right now!!

Well, that was one heck of a twist. You think you know where the story is going and then BAM, completely catches you off guard. A woman moves to a seaside town for a fresh start and then meets a handsome, successful lawyer…who’s married. This one starts off with a Fatal Attraction vibe, and it progresses towards a wicked ending.

5. The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

A mother faces her worst nightmare when she’s told that her daughter was murdered. Prepare for a gripping story and a brutal, memorable ending!! I discuss this powerful read in detail in this review, if you’d like to check it out.

What about you guys? What book(s) completely blew you away this year?

Review: The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent

Looking for a domestic thriller with a shocking plot twist? Look no further! I haven’t read an ending that blew me away as much as The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent (out now) did in a long time. The author herself mentions that she turns to Gillian Flynn and Caroline Kepnes for inspiration and I definitely see the by-product of that in this debut!

There’s obsessive behavior, deeply-flawed and daring characters that you can’t help but root for, a creepy child in the midst, and an addictive plot that goes BAM! 90% in before diving into a dark, shocking and completely unexpected ending.

This is what you need to know about the plot before you dive in: A woman moves next door to the “perfect” couple who adopted her 10-year old daughter years ago. The author is also writing a follow-up to this book and she’s resurrecting a really important character ; it’s coming out in April 2021 and it’ll be titled The Watcher Girl

In a nutshell, if you love being wrong about your predictions while reading a thriller, then definitely pick this one up.

PS: If you’re looking for more thrillers with shockingly unexpected endings, check out these 6 psychological suspense titles.