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 ~ Revenge of The Dolls by Carol Beach York

Book: Revenge of The Dolls

Author: Carol Beach York

Genre: Horror, Psychological, Childrens

Release: Dutton Books | January 1, 1979

Alice, Trissy and their cousin Paulie are visitors in the dark old house of Aunt Sarah and faded, middle-aged Cousin Grace. It’s a grim house, filled with shadows, and Aunt Sarah matches it — old, bitter, silent, wrapped up in the crude and ugly dolls she has devoted herself or making. They talked to her, she said.

The girls never dared to touch Aunt Sarah’s dolls, but Paulie was different. He threw one in the fire, as the other dolls watched with their glittering button eyes. Now Aunt Sarah was making another doll just like him. “It’s for Paulie,” she said.

A master of suspense and mood relates one of her most chilling tales in this story of three children and their brush with the madness of an evil old woman and the little dolls that do her bidding.

 

 

This was a short and creepy story. Not many horror elements other than beady eyed dolls that live in the same room with an old and probably senile lady who thinks hey watch everything and talk to her.

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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 ~ The Temp by Michelle Frances

Book: The Temp

Author: Michelle Frances

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Release: Pan Macmillan | September 20, 2018

No one was going to replace her. Were they?

Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job. She’s talented, liked, and well-respected. She and her husband, Adrian, an award-winning screenwriter, decided years before that they didn’t want children. But now, just as they’re both at the pinnacle of their careers, she has discovered she is pregnant, and is shocked to find that she wants to keep the baby.

But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie looks on the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation.

Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and charming. Carrie fears that Emma is manoeuvring her way into Carrie’s life, causing turmoil in both her marriage and her work as she does so.

The problem is everyone else adores her . . . Increasingly isolated from Adrian and her colleagues, Carrie begins to believe Emma has an agenda. Does Emma want her job? Or is she after even more?

THE TEMP by Michelle Frances came at such an unfortunate time in my life. I was super busy while reading this book, I believe I was legit in a reading slump that was born out of circumstances, and I was tired. Really really tired, so I could hardly find any time to read anything. Even so, I think it’s safe to say this book was a good one because it kept me thinking about it when I couldn’t concentrate much on anything.

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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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