A missing sister. A mother searching for the truth. Psychopathic tendencies. Letters from a killer. Creepy cabins. Dark forests. Dreams. Nightmares. Blizzards. Yes, yes, yes, yes! 

When I read that this book is a hybrid between Silence of The Lambs and The Dry, I just had to dive in! Upon finishing, I’m glad to report that How Quickly She Disappears is a debut thriller where suspense successfully rivals Gillian Flynn. It had this moody, depressing atmosphere as the events took place in an isolated village in Alaska, and it just made me savor this read word for word.

Elisabeth can’t help but cling to the belief that her sister who vanished 20 years ago, is still alive. When an odd, mysterious visitor comes to her home, he tells her he knows exactly what happened to her sister. He won’t reveal this truth to her. Well, unless she fulfills his three requests.

The story shifts between the past and the present. We have enough backgrounds on both sisters Else and Jacqueline and it was so interesting to learn the way they used to live as mature 11-year-old children back in the early 1920s.  

I freaked out for a moment when I realized there were only 20 pages left. I did not want it to end. The author just knows how to portray the image of psychopathic behavior in quite a chilling way. Given that this is a debut, that fact was absolutely surprising to me. 

The ending does hint at a sequel. Until a second book arrives (fingers crossed), characters Else and Margaret will, with no doubt, stay with me. Having felt so comfortable with this author’s writing, I think it’s safe to say I’ll follow Raymond Fleischmann anywhere.

Release Date: January 14th 2020. 

***Thank you to Berkley Pub and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of How Quickly She Disappears in exchange for an honest review ***


THE ISLAND – Ragnar Jonasson


“Now that she was here, there seemed nothing particularly safe about being ashore on this unbelievably uninhabited island. How she wished she’d never let herself be tricked into coming here. How on earth would it all end?”
The Island is the second installment in the Hidden Iceland series, following Book 1 – The Darkness. In this second book, it’s evident that Ragnar hasn’t lost his skill to keep the reader invested in a story. On the contrary, The Island surpasses the gripping effect that The Darkness has by thrusting the creep factor in the early pages, which was enough to get me hooked and leave me anticipating how the story evolves. 

Only Ragnar Jónasson could make the beautiful Icelandic landscape look so sinister, and the fact that murder in Iceland is rare successfully adds to the suspense. The book contains short chapters, which I always appreciate considering it helps me fly through a book in a very entertaining way. 

By far, Hidden Iceland is my favorite launch from the author and I’m very anxious to see where he takes Detective Hulda next. 

***Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy of The Island in exchange for an honest review***


“Nothing can scare you unless you allow it to scare you.”
The book features Angela, a woman whose investigation skills have finally led her to identify The Thief – one of Chicago’s most notorious killers; and Rory, whose father died and left her with the responsibility of handling the parole of that same killer.

I love that the author delves into various important subjects: autism, the incorrect way it used to be viewed, mental health, motherhood, and in the middle of it all, a woman’s mission to uncover a killer’s identity and meeting possible sinister repercussions because of it. 

I also loved the mystery element as Rory, in the present day, investigates her father’s connection to The Thief and the woman who disappeared all those years ago after unmasking our killer. 

Some Choose Darkness is a dang good, clever mystery/serial killer thriller that doesn’t lose its quick pace as it delivers multiple gasp-worthy twists and turns. There’s this big twist halfway through and that’s when you know you’re completely hooked. 

Make sure to get your hands on this book as soon as you can. An absolute must-read for all of you thriller readers out there! 

***Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgally for providing me with a copy of Some Choose Darkness in exchange for an honest review***

What Rose Forgot – NEVADA BARR

“Wind takes all that is left of Rose, trailing it in pale blues and pinks and golds. Then all of it is gone. Rose is gone.”
What Rose Forgot is a fun mystery you can easily fly through, with a protagonist that’s very reminiscent of Miss Marple – the book did feel like an Agatha/Marple mystery with the exception that there was more focus on Rose’s attempt at survival, which was such an entertaining journey to witness, and less introduction of the suspects, which made it even more challenging to recognize the culprit. 

How did Rose end up waking up in the middle of the woods?

How did she get there?

Why has she been committed to a Medical Care Unit for Alzheimer’s?

I never thought diving into the mind of a 68-year-old woman would be that much fun until I stumbled upon this book. I fell in love with Rose’s character; everyone is trying to convince her that she’s crazy but little do they know she’s got many tricks up her sleeve.

What’s also caught my attention was the lyrical, poetic style of writing. From the start, we can feel we’re in for a fast-paced, action-packed ride, and I absolutely enjoyed the adventurous feel to the mystery.

I think What Rose Forgot is a fresh and successful deviation from the author’s Anna Pigeon series, and I’m looking forward to what she writes next. 

***Thank you to Nergalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of What Rose Forgot in exchange for an honest review***


“I rake my fingers through my hair and turn around, defeated for now. I whisper into the night air, “If only you could tell me what happened to you, Sylvie.”
I loved how this book tends to shift atmosphere from calm and emotional, starting by giving us a background on the relationship between Sylvie, her mother and sister – especially what the mother had to go through to make sure her children are taken care of – to suspenseful and dramatic. I absolutely loved those edge-of-your-seat family drama moments that get even more intense through the end. 

“Sylvie’s like a female James Bond…Even if her plane crashed, Sylvie would be the one to parachute to safety, after saving all of her fellow passengers.”

This is a contemporary thriller where a dark family secret leads to a sinister turn of events. Though it was evident how the contemporary vibe surpasses the suspense element while still keeping the intrigue alive.

Searching For Sylvie Lee also discusses domestic abuse, immigration and the deep bond of mother-daughter relationships.

Apart from the mystery of the vanishing of Sylvie Lee, I felt like this was also about her sister Amy discovering herself, or rather turning from the fearful, incapable young woman she thought she was to her true, dedicated and powerful self. All through her courage to plunge herself into a terrifying quest to find her sister. 

“The truth is, it is impossible to hide from yourself. Another truth: it is possible to find yourself anywhere.”

So many things are to be learned from this book. I’m so amazed by the depth of insight this author used to paint a clear image of what she wanted to convey, all through such a well-written novel of literary suspense. 

ONE MORE LIE – Amy Lloyd

“I try not to think of the worst thing. The thing I still haven’t told anyone. The thing that squirms and scratches at the inside of my skull.”
One More Lie is a disturbing, creepy, sinister slow burn with deliciously increasing suspense that ends with a startling, punch-to-the-solar-plexus kind of twist.

I was so mind-blown by the author’s capability to create an eight-year-old like Lilly with such precision, and building her up into the woman she is today. Amy Lloyd created this fascinating character that I felt invested in all the way. Lilly/Charlotte is shy, vulnerable, shocking and just someone who easily sips into the heart of the reader. You start to wonder…

“What did Charlotte do all those years ago?” 

“Is she as bad as people think she is?” 

“Who even is Charlotte?”

Charlotte has gotten out of prison and spent years in controlled care, and now she’s thrown into this world where she feels completely out of place. Her emotions and human skills are underdeveloped to a certain degree. How can she be herself when she has no sense of self? 

But that’s the least of her worries, because the past is now suddenly creeping back into her life. And she’s slammed back into the dark place she used to dwell in. The person she once was. The crime that got her here in the first place.

She doesn’t mind though; there’s a delicate memory in her head that’s like an itch she needs to scratch – that will either be her undoing or portal to freedom.

I loved the going back and forth between the past and the present – I think the various timelines added a powerfully chilling layer to the suspense.

I was nervous diving into this at first because I had the feeling this would be one of those thrillers where the protagonist starts with the “bad girl” talk and doesn’t stay true to that aspect in the end (I’m looking at you, The Night Before), but this one doesn’t make any promises, and instead blows us away with this character who is both believable and addictive to read about. And also possesses a certain darkness that is yet to be unveiled.

There’s so much more at stake in this book – the author’s narrative tends to center around: children murdering other children, growing up without a mother, domestic abuse, etc. I fully comprehended what she wanted to convey, and I just love an author who has a way of convincing you what message they are trying to communicate without it feeling forced onto the reader. 

This book oozes so much talent. The whole time, I felt like Paula Hawkins and Riley Sager got together and secretly wrote this masterpiece for us. There was never a dull moment. The mystery and suspense remain perpetual and never let up. 

One More Lie is my fifth favorite thriller of the year and I strongly urge you to pick it up! 

US edition releases May 28th. 

LITTLE VOICES – Vanessa Lillie

“Loud voices, a double beep, flatline again. You’ll finally get what you deserve.”
Little Voices is a political thriller/murder mystery about a former female prosecutor who’s set on finding her close friend’s killer. However, this woman is now going through postpartum depression which is manifesting itself as a series of scary little voices in her head, telling her the vilest things. 

Are these voices helping her, or leading her down a dark path?

I was getting skeptical of where this book was going, considering this isn’t the type of thriller I normally dive into – a political/legal one – and therefore the political jargon (money laundering, big fish, etc) was making me nervous at first, but the elusive/manipulative side of the political world ended up being quite an interesting journey to experience. 

Most importantly, I found myself invested in Devon’s character. I was rooting for her all the way through. Her character is compelling and very well-developed, with an unimaginably harrowing, dark past. I’m always drawn to that particular aspect. 

I usually like my protagonists female and strong, and this was exactly what the author delivered. Devon actually reminded me of the show Scandal‘s main character, and readers who’ve enjoyed that series will devour this book. 

Though through the end, it becomes clear that it’s less about the politics and more about Devon’s personal life – something horrifying is happening all throughout the book and we are not aware of what that is until the end. What do those voices mean?

That reveal was both unexpected and heart-wrenching. 

The book ends with a clever family twist and then a final confrontation that left me on edge. This was a very well done debut, and I’m certainly looking forward to see what the author comes up with next.