Review: Last Night

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**5 Goodreads Stars**

“This is what happens when you live with someone you can’t stand. You make each other’s lives a misery and, in the end, everyone loses.”

“Is this me? Is this what I do? I destroy everything and everyone around me.”

Kerry Wilkinson’s Last Night is an impossible to put down character driven thriller featuring Rose, a middle age woman who finds herself parked in the middle of a field with no memory of what happened or how she got there. She discovers blood on her car’s windshield, and frantically inspects the car for any signs of who or what she hit. Finding no evidence of bodily harm, Rose flees the scene. She washes the car clean of any evidence at home, and goes back to the humdrum of her daily life.

Despite her best efforts, Rose can’t stop ruminating over that night. Rose’s personal life takes a turn for the worst after that fateful night, too, causing her to worry that someone is out to get her family. Her 18-year-old daughter Olivia’s boyfriend – a handsome but rough and tumble guy named Tyler from the wrong side of the tracks – goes missing after a fight with Olivia. This isn’t the first time he’s disappeared after a fight, but it is certainly the longest time he’s left town.

Rose’s work card is lost, but then reappears days later after she has turned her house upside down. Rose’s house is broken into, but expensive items, like laptops and televisions, are left behind, with only a small amount of cash taken. Rose’s boss also has Rose in the hot seat for her poor work performance and lack of professionalism. Finally, Rose and her husband of 18 years, Dan, are miserable together and plan to divorce. Dan seems to be pursuing a lover on the side, and Rose hints at doing the same.

Is someone taunting Rose for the sins of her past? Is Rose’s husband seeking revenge amid divorce proceedings? Has Rose herself gone too far with Olivia’s boyfriend, a guy Rose cannot stand but has put up with to remain close to her daughter? Or is someone else lurking in the shadows – a coworker, boss, fling, or trusted friend, someone seeking vengeance for Rose’s unsavory deeds as a teenager or adult?

This book reminded me of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train as it features a middle-aged woman struggling to keep things together in her personal life, which makes the reader question the narrator/Rose’s claims. Is the narrator giving us the full picture, or are they concealing certain memories and events from the reader?

This book has so many quotable passages and memorable characters. Wilkinson has a talent for making characters come alive to the point it feels as though they are standing right next to you, urging you to be a part of the story. This was my first time reading his books, and I am looking forward to reading more from him.

Thank you to the author, Kerry Wilkinson, the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Last Night.

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Description:

Rose Denton wakes up in her car. She has no memory of how she got there. But she knows something bad happened…

There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.

Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts.

The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.

What happened last night? And, perhaps more importantly, does she really want to know the answer?

A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.

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Author Bio:

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Upcoming US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): Out now
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): Out now
One Cloudy Night (standalone): Spring 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): June 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): 2018
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): 2018

Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): 22 June 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018

Author Social Media Links:

http://kerrywilkinson.com

http://facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks

Review: The Choice

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**4 Goodreads Stars**

In Jake Cross’ The Choice, Karl is forced to make a life altering decision to help a stranger when a woman jumps out in front of his car on a dark, deserted road. Distressed and clearly in need of help, Liz gets into Karl’s car hoping the stranger’s kindness will protect her from the terror she was fleeing. What Karl doesn’t know is that Liz is a wanted woman, someone who multiple people – the police and mobsters – are eagerly trying to track down. Karl, a man with a strong moral compass, decides to protect Liz at all costs despite not knowing much about her, but in the process he jeopardizes his wife and unborn baby’s lives.

What follows is a high-octane chase that involves bloodthirsty criminals with a penchant for revenge and dirty cops who are more interested in money than protecting innocent citizens. Karl finds himself deeply enmeshed in a complex murder mystery that he must help solve if he wants his wife and Liz to survive. Will Karl find a way to both save his wife, Katie, and the runaway woman, Liz?

I was eager to read this book and be a part of its blog tour because I love fast-paced thrillers that keep you up at night turning the pages. The book’s heart attack inducing pace reminded me a lot of the movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford or 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. Thank you to the author, Jake Cross, the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of The Choice.

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Description:

‘You’ve got to help me,’ she pleads.

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret and now his good deed has put his family in terrible danger…

An absolutely unputdownable thriller, with twist after twist after twist, that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, John Marrs and Harlan Coben.

Author Bio:

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Jake has been making stuff up from a real early age. His parents never believed his silly lies when he was young, so he still has no idea why he thought he could invent a decent story as an adult. But he kept trying, and here we are. THE CHOICE is his first novel, the first of three thrillers to be published by Bookouture, and he hopes you like it. If you don’t, he at least hopes you don’t ask for a refund.

Author Social Media Links

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeCrossAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17625443.Jake_Cross

Review: The Other Woman

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**4 Goodreads Stars**

“She’d become a master of deception, subtly changing her demeanor, prowess, and even her voice, I’d noticed, when he was around.”

In Sandie Jones’ The Other Woman, Emily thinks she has met the man of her dreams. Emily is wooed by Adam, a charming, hunky executive who buys her a drink at a hotel bar during a work conference. Emily, not one to usually be swept off her feet by a whirlwind romance, becomes surprisingly enamoured with Adam, who wines and dines his way into her life.

Emily isn’t someone who necessarily needs a man in her life; she’s an independent, financially successful woman working in a high-powered executive placement agency. But with Adam things are different, and soon she finds herself engaged in what she believes is a passionate romance unlike any other she’s experienced before.

But then she meets Adam’s mother.

Adam’s mother, Pammie, is domineering, controlling, and possessive of her two sons (James and Adam). Pammie makes impolite and downright rude comments about Emily’s hair, weight, and relationship with Adam, often in private so that no one else sees the abuse taking place. When Emily confronts Adam about his mother’s behavior, he looks at Emily with disbelief and dismisses her feelings. Emily starts to dig into Pammie’s past, and she discovers that Adam’s former fiance, Rebecca, died of an asthma attack while alone with Pammie at Adam and Rebecca’s new house.

Was Pammie somehow responsible for Rebecca’s death, or was it merely an accident? Or is someone else responsible, someone lurking in the background of the story? Is Emily in danger?

What I liked about this book is the character development and the careful attention to the plot. The author has done a really good job fleshing out not only the lead characters (Emily, Adam, and Pammie), but also those on the sidelines, including Adam’s brother, James, and Emily’s mother and friends. I admit I saw some of the plot twist coming, but I could have also envisioned many other ways of finishing the book that would be satisfying because this thriller was so well crafted. I will warn readers that domestic violence is in this book in case it is a trigger.

Thank you to the author, Sandie Jones, the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an advanced review copy of the suspenseful The Other Woman. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to read this book! This book will be available for purchase on August 18, 2018 – the perfect summer sizzler!

Review: Obscura

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**5++ Goodreads Stars**

In Joe Hart’s Obscura, researcher Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the verge of curing the disease that killed her husband and is threatening to destroy her 8-year-old daughter’s life. The disease erases one’s memories, much like Alzheimer’s. When Dr. Ryan’s research funding is axed, she makes a life-altering choice to work for a top-secret NASA program that promises to help her cure the disease.

As part of her assignment, Dr. Ryan must leave her daughter back on Earth for six months to investigate a mysterious case of memory loss involving several astronauts marooned at a space station. Her research on the astronauts promises a cure for her daughter, but when she arrives on the space station she learns that everything she thought about her mission was a farce. While in space, Dr. Ryan also begins to question reality as she struggles with hydrocodone withdrawals, an addiction that started after her husband passed away.

When Dr. Ryan and a team of scientists from NASA arrive at the space station, they discover that there is more than memory loss afflicting the astronauts: there’s a murder, a suicide, and an attempted murder on Dr. Ryan. Is Dr. Ryan going mad, or is someone or something else is trying to take the lives of the space station’s entire crew? In order to save her team, her research, and her daughter’s life, Dr. Ryan and her colleagues will have to figure out what dark secrets the astronauts are hiding.

This was the second book I’ve read by Joe Hart, and it did not disappoint. I read it in less than 24 hours – it was so addicting. I loved that this book mixed so many genres, and if I had to choose a genre, I’d call it a psychological space thriller. I appreciate that the author included a female lead, as many sci-fi/technological thrillers are lacking in this regard. This book will be a favorite for readers who loved Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, Andy Weir’s The Martian, or Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous. Thank you to the author, Joe Hart, Thomas Mercer, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Obscura.

Review: Bring Me Back

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**4 Goodreads Stars**

Imagine this scene. You are on a long road trip with your partner. It’s the middle of the night, and you have to stop the car to go to the restroom. You leave your partner in the car, and tell her to lock the doors. You run to restroom in the pitch black of night, quickly relieving yourself so you can hurry back to the car. On the way to the bathroom, you see another person pull up to the rest stop, but don’t think much of it.

You rush to your car, eager to get back on the road again, only to find your girlfriend is missing. You search in the dark of the night, only to come up empty-handed. With no cell phone service, you abandon the search and head to the nearest gas station to call for help. Your girlfriend is never found again.

Flash forward 12 years later. You are happy engaged to your girlfriend’s sister, whom you met while grieving. Things seem perfect until your missing girlfriend comes back from the dead, or at least someone who is pretending to be her is following your every move.

This is the premise of B. A. Paris’ Bring Me Back, a whirlwind psychological thriller that is twisty as a mountain road. This book is a great study in unreliable narrators: can you trust what you have been told by the person whose girlfriend went missing? He seems like a nice guy, albeit one with a temper. Did he kill his girlfriend, and, if so, who is stalking him and his fiance? Is it a jilted lover seeking revenge? Is it some stranger who read about him in the paper and nothing more? Is it a close friend who harbors resentment over a financial falling out, or who is jealous over his pick of lovers? Or is it truly his former lover, angry that he is now with her sister?

Thank you to the author, B. A. Paris, the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for a an advanced reader copy of Bring Me Back. The book will be available for purchase on June 19, 2018 – it is the perfect poolside read!

Review: The Social Affair

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**4 Goodreads Stars**

“I read a quote once that said…a true mark of maturity is when someone hurts you, and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back. This seems idealistic now. I wish someone had warned me. Enough of that kind of thinking will get you killed.”

Britney King’s The Social Affair is a sizzling psychological thriller that oozes with tension and suspense. Izzy is a coffee shop barista unhappy with her minimum wage job. When the beautiful and charming Grant and Josie Dunn walk into her coffee shop, Izzy sees a way out of her lackadaisical life.

Grant and Josie appear to have everything Izzy desires but lacks: they are confident, wealthy beyond measure, and, from all appearances, madly in love with one another. They have two adoring children and a towering mansion. They are heavily involved in a church, and appear to be upstanding citizens to the community. They are the perfect family….or so it seems.

Izzy begins to quietly stalk Josie Dunn’s “Instalook” (aka Instagram) posts. Josie has a large following who desire her lavish lifestyle and to die for looks. The reader is told that Izzy’s husband just passed away, and that she is in mourning. Izzy begins to daydream about Josie’s life, imagining herself in Josie’s shoes. Josie shows up again at the coffee shop, and Izzy seizes the opportunity to inch her way into Josie’s family life. Izzy claws her way deeper and deeper into every facet of the Dunns’ life, becoming Grant’s lover behind Josie’s back.

Is Izzy being played by the Dunns, or is she playing them?

I can’t reveal much more of the plot without revealing the plot twist, but it was surprising to me even as a seasoned psychological thriller and suspense reader. I love supporting indie authors, so I was excited to see this book being discussed by other book bloggers! Thank you to Chelsea of The Suspense is Thrilling Me for alerting me to this book – so glad I purchased a copy. I will warn those of you who are triggered by domestic violence that this might not be a good book for you, but most domestic thrillers involve violence.