Saturday, November 20, 2021

Review of Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.

When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

Back home in New Hampshire, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir—which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again—and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. As Fern’s search becomes increasingly desperate, she hopes to remember her past so she can save Astrid in the present…before it’s too late.

My Review: 

4 Stars

This book was creepy. Especially when I fully believe that this could have actually happened to someone. Sometimes people are just not right and some people really should not be parents. 

Fern did not have a normal upbringing. Her father constantly kept her in a state of fear for his "research". Research that has never manifested into anything other than writing for his own benefit. Oh and he ridicules a professor invested in the same cause, but having much more success at it. 

Fern jumps at the chance to actually bond with her father when he calls. But a simple trip homes ends up taking Fern on a journey through the past. A journey that will end up unearthing secrets that she couldn't have ever imagined existed. 

A different from the rest story about deceitful family and the lengths they would go for their own personal gain. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Revie of The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.

Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning?

Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning—and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development…

Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name.

As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something—and that he might not be the only one with a secret.

My Review:

4 Stars

This book was interesting. Not quite what I was expecting, but I greatly enjoyed the story concept and the characters the author created. 

Gwen has met her match with the latest request for her consult skills. None other than the Bloody Heart Killer himself. The consult comes at the request of the killer's lawyer. A man who has a lot more than time invested into this particular case. 

With time not on her side Gwen has to establish if the man is guilty or innocent in her eyes. A decision that will either condemn or free two people at once. At what to Gwen will this decision come?

A very intriguing story. It has been on my mind even weeks after the fact. Definitely going into my reread pile.  

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review of Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

At the wedding of the year, a killer needs no invitation

Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.

From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.

Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…

My Review:

4 Stars

This book had my mind racing. Just when I thought I had figured out what was going on it took yet another sharp turn in a different direction. I greatly enjoy having my thinking challenged when reading books like this. Her Dark Lies definitely kept my mind racing right up until the end. 

Claire fell into the good life. Marrying the most eligible bachelor and being welcomed into to one of the most powerful and influential families in the world. Not to mention her art career has been taking off since Jack walked into her life. What more could a girl want? A wedding without murder might be one thing. But for Claire that might be way too much to ask for. 

When secrets start to be revealed suspicions surrounds the infamous Compton family. A family that Claire thought she wanted to be a part of, but now she can't really be sure. Until she finds out what's really going on her guard is up and she's constantly questioning who she can trust. 

A riveting and intriguing story. It will keep your mind racing until you come crashing to the end.