Blog Tour ~ In The Dark by Loreth Anne White ~ Review, Q&A with Author, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book: In The Dark

Author: Loreth Anne White

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Published: Montlake | December 1, 2019

The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.
Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.
Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.

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Book Review ~ The Good Twin by Marti Green

Book: The Good Twin

Author: Marti Green

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Psychological

Release: Thomas & Mercer | May 15, 2018

In Marti Green’s twisting novel of psychological suspense, twin sisters become engaged in a dangerous deception…

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.

Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.

It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.

But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.

If I have to be completely honest, I’m a bit torn about my rating for this book. The book started very intriguing, with a woman finding her twin sister after many years, gathering her courage to speak to her only to be met with her husband who tells her her sister wants nothing to do with her and an offer of ‘hey, how about, instead we kill her cause she’s such a horrible person, and you replace her?’ Because Yes, you guessed it, this sister is filthy rich.

I really liked the plot of this book. It was such an interesting story to begin with. I loved the idea of preparing to kill someone who looks exactly like you, to take her place and live the life you might’ve gotten had you been born a couple of minutes later. The moral dilemma that was presented with Mallory’s character-the poor sister who plots to kill her twin, Charly- fed my interest in human psyche.

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Book Review ~ The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

Book: The Good Samaritan

Author: John Marrs

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological

Release: Thomas & Mercer | April 12, 2018

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

Give me all the stars to give this exquisite psychological thriller. This mind bending, clusterfuck of a novel. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a story like this one, and truth be told, I’m not even sure if I’d still gone ahead and read it if I knew what I was getting myself into. But who cares? Because I’ve read it, and it was brilliant. Shocking, disturbing, intriguing, sad, so so sad, but most definitely worth it.

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said this book was sad. The underlying emotion in the story was sadness. It was everywhere. In the way Laura thought so dismissively about her ‘candidates’, the people she chose to ‘help’, in the way Ryan was so desperate and cornered about his wife’s apparent suicide, and in the general tone of everything that happened around these two messed up people.

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Book Review ~ Punishment by Scott J. Holliday

Book: Punishment (Detective Barnes #1)

Author: Scott J. Holliday

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller, Mystery

Release: Thomas & Mercer | July 31, 2018

Do you want to know what it’s like to die, to kill, to really fear for your life? Then get hooked…

Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of the living, the dying, and the recently dead. But extracting victims’ experiences firsthand and personally reliving everything up to the final, brutal moments of their lives—the sights, the sounds, the scents, the pain—is also the punishment reserved for the criminals themselves.

Barnes has had enough. Enough of the memories that aren’t his. Enough of the horror. Enough of the voices inside his head that were never meant to take root…until a masked serial killer known as Calavera strikes a little too close to home.

Now, with Calavera on the loose, Barnes is ready to reconnect, risking his life—and his sanity. Because in the mind of this serial killer, there is one secret even Barnes has yet to see…

PUNISHMENT by Scott J. Holliday was a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. While the cover was what got my attention in the first place, it was the plot that sealed the deal for me. A futuristic story where a machine is invented to extract people’s memories? Yes please. Kinda like what they did in Harry Potter-which I always found so cool, what with them extracting their memories to store and live through again later- but more sci-fi, and with the receiver actually living as the owner of the memory rather than witnessing it like they did in Harry Potter.

Interesting so far? There’s more.

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Book Review ~ Into The Fire by Sonia Orchard

Book: Into The Fire

Author: Sonia Orchard

Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Release: Affirm Press | January 29, 2019

A year after her best friend died in a house fire, Lara can’t come to terms with the loss. Logic says there was no more she could have done to save the mercurial and unhappy Alice, but Lara can’t escape the feeling that she is somehow to blame for the tragedy.

She spends a weekend at the rebuilt house with Alice’s charismatic widower, Crow, and his three young children. Rummaging through the remains of their shared past, Lara reveals a friendship with Alice that was as troubled as it was intense. But beneath the surface is a darker, more unsettling secret waiting to be exposed.

Through exquisite prose and searing insight, Into the Fire explores the many ways, small and large, we betray one another and our ideals. It’s a compelling story about power, guilt and womanhood from an outstanding voice in Australian fiction.

 

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Sonia Orchard’s INTO THE FIRE, I mean, I expected a mystery that was gradually going to be revealed to me by one of the characters, but what I read was slightly different. For starters, if you’re expecting a fast paced story, this is not it. However drawn out it seems to be though, the slow burn helps build the relationship between the three key characters in the book. There’s Alice, the victim of a tragic house fire accident, and then there’s Crow, her enigmatic widower with their three children, and then, finally, there’s Lara, our storyteller. We experience the goings on in their lives through the eyes and memory of Lara, who has a sort of equal distance to each of the other people, despite the fact that Lara and Alice used to be the best of friends and we’re very close.

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