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BOOK REVIEW: The Favor: A Novel by Nora Murphy

The Favor by Nora Murphy πŸ™ΆLeah and McKenna have never met, though they have parallel lives. They don’t — ever — find themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or the coffee shop. They don’t — ever — discuss their problems and find common ground. They don’t — ever — acknowledge to each other that although their lives have all the trappings of success, wealth and happiness, they are, in fact, trapped. Leah understands that what’s inside a home can be far more dangerous than what’s outside. So when she notices someone else who may be starting down the same path she’s on, she pays attention. She watches over McKenna from afar. Until one night she sees more than she bargained for. Leah knows she can’t save herself, but perhaps she can save McKenna. Leah and McKenna have never met. But they will.πŸ™· My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 I love this book! It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the end. This for me is one of those edge-of-your-seat suspense t

BOOK REVIEW: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf πŸ™ΆTrue crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace.  As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. After bringing the child inside for warmth and safety, she begins to search for answers. But soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.πŸ™· My Rating: 🌟🌟/5 I would say that this book started off okay. It's dark and atmospheric, just the way I like my thrillers. Halfway through however, I started losing interest and almost DNFe

BOOK REVIEW UPDATE: Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

  Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma πŸ™ΆAt seventeen, Matheo Walsh is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is wealthy, popular - and there's Lola, the girlfriend of his dreams. But then there was that weekend. A weekend he cannot bring himself to remember. All he knows is that what happened has changed him. MathΓ©o is faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola for ever.πŸ™· My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Tabitha Suzuma tends to gravitate toward taboo and sensitive subject matter. Often heart-breaking and hauntingly sad, her stories aren't always the easiest to take in. When I finished reading Forbidden, I remember crying myself to sleep and then feeling down and empty for the next several days. I felt that way with Hurt too, however I have to agree with the growing consensus that Forbidden is the better novel. That said, I think Hurt is beautifully written. Lots of pretty words it's like rea

BOOK REVIEW UPDATE: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer πŸ™ΆHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.πŸ™· My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 With a string of hot jerks and helpless heroines with possible masochistic tendencies, I'm just about to lose hope and re-assess my taste in fiction. But Cinder is a breath of fresh air. I love, love this book! I put off rea

Verity Book Review: A Mind-Bending Thriller That Will Leave You Creeped Out

Listen up, book lovers! I've got a bone to pick with you. Why didn't any of you tell me about Colleen Hoover's Verity book earlier? I mean, I thought we were friends! But I'll forgive you this time because I finally got my hands on a copy, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First of all, let me just say that this is my first time reading a book by Hoover, and I am blown away by her writing skills. It's like she's got some kind of magical power over words. The way she crafts her sentences is just so captivating that you can't help but be drawn into the story. I'll be honest, I started reading Verity just to try out something new from an author I don't know yet, but once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I mean, seriously, I was turning pages faster than a cheetah chasing its prey. The plot and the events in the book are mind-blowing. It made me question myself about the world we live in. This book creates a lot of confusion, but in a go

BOOK REVIEW: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay πŸ™ΆAfter a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why. The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime. When Matt returns to his sm

BOOK REVIEW: Look Closer by David Ellis

Look Closer by David Ellis πŸ™ΆSimon and Vicky couldn't  seem  more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing's for sure ... absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer. When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky's secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web...and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who?πŸ™· My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 My first David Ellis and will definitely not be last. This is one of those books I truly feel lived up to the hype.  What I loved about it: 1. The drama - domestic thril

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