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 ~ 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 ~ An Anonymous Girl by Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks

Book: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Release: St. Martin’s Press | January 9, 2018

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money and leave.

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive, and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr Shields may know what she’s thinking . . . and what she’s hiding.

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life, and what is one of Dr Shields’s manipulative experiments.

Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Let me fall into the small category that stands to the side that declares this book as ‘meh’. I know how much a lot of people loved this story, and it was a good one in terms of twists and unreliable characters, but there was just something about it that held me at the three star mark and no further.

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Blog Tour ~ The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ~ Review, Excerpt + Q & A with Author

Book: The Escape Room

Author: Megan Goldin

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Published: St. Martin’s Press | July 30, 2019

In Megan Goldin’s unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising
stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary
competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle:

Which one of them will kill in order to survive?

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