Tag: suspense

You Will Know Me


Author: Megan Abbott
AUDIOBOOK

Published: July 26, 2016
Dates Read: January 30- February 10, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That’s the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits–until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers–about her daughter’s fears, her own marriage, and herself–forces Katie to consider whether there’s any price she isn’t willing to pay to achieve Devon’s dream.

My Review:

You Will Know Me is my first book by Megan Abbott. She does a great job of pulling the reader into the very cliquish and highly competitive world of gymnastics. Katie and Eric Knox’s daughter Devon is a gymnastics prodigy. They bring Devon and their whole family into this world and it overtakes them. Their whole lives become about gymnastics. They pay exorbitant gym membership fees and take out a second mortgage on their home that they can’t afford. For them, Devon, and her coach it becomes about one thing: Olympic gold. And they will do whatever it takes to get there.

The Knox’s also have a young son, Drew, who is smart, yet left to his own for the most part. Eric and Katie’s focus is solely on Devon. I listened to the audio book and had some issues with the voice of Drew in the narration. The narrator gave him a bit of a lisp, which I did not like. I could understand him with no problem, I just did not like that part of the narration.

Things seem to be going fine until there is a death that stuns everyone at the gym where Devon is training. It appears to not be an accident and this is the mystery of the book. I was not in suspense while listening to the book. It was more of a mystery for me. I had an idea of who I thought the killer was, and I am glad to report I was wrong. The book did go in a direction I did not see coming, which Megan Abbot did a great job with. I was shocked as one character was with a few twists that occurred. She expertly revealed the passion, jealousy, and merciless ambition these girls and their families have in this world.

(**SPOILER**: Ultimately I was not satisfied with the ending as the killer is not caught or punished for the death. I do see why Megan Abbot wrote the ending the way she did. But I can not go into this without giving away who the killer is. **END SPOILER**)

I have mixed feelings with recommending this book. I did enjoy getting a look at the world of gymnastics, but with the unsatisfying ending, it keeps me from saying, read this book. This will be one I will leave to you if you choose to read.

Release Day Review: Behind Her Eyes

Author: Sarah Pinborough
304 pages in Paperback

Published: January 31, 2017
Dates Read: January 23-29, 2017

My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

My Review:

Imagine this: You’re a single mom in a bar and meet this guy. You have a great evening with him and exchange a kiss. You haven’t had a night like that in a long time. Then on Monday morning you arrive to work and meet your new boss who is the man from the bar, and worse yet he is married!

This is just the beginning of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. If you think this will be your typical love triangle thriller then you are in for a surprise as it is anything but that!

Behind Her Eyes has two narrators, Louise and Adele; Louise is the mistress and Adele is the wife. The book also contains flashbacks. Behind Her Eyes is yet again another book where you can’t say much without spoilers and you don’t want that with this book!

Behind Her Eyes is a good suspense/thriller, but for me I wasn’t as enthralled as I have been with other thrillers. There was nothing wrong with Sarah Pinborough’s writing which was fabulous. She was very detailed and meticulous with what she wrote. She gives hints to the big twists throughout the novel, and you just have to look. Knowing the ending now, I can see the red herrings throughout.

As I was reading I became worried that the book would not live up to my expectations because of the marketing behind it. The marketing includes a #wtfthatending hashtag. Behind Her Eyes really got going for me towards the end of the book, the last 40 pages. That ending really is a WTF moment.

After completing the book, I had to process what I read. I did figure out what was going to happen a few pages before the big reveal began, but Sarah Pinborough was not finished with me! She took a twist and shocks you by giving you another! The only warning I can give you is to prepare yourself to suspend your sense of belief. That seems to be the way to not be disappointed with Behind Her Eyes.

Behind Her Eyes is recommended. Go ahead and get a copy and prepare yourself for that #wtfthatending moment!

I received an e-arc from NetGalley and physical arc from Flatiron Books via a Facebook giveaway.

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Blog Tour: Beautiful Liar

Today is my part in the Blog Tour with Bloodhound Books for Beautiful Liar by Louise Mullins! My contribution  will be “All About Louise in Her Own Words”.

Today we get to learn a little more about Louise:

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As a child, I always had my head stuck in a book and as I grew older I used to make up stories in my head, often writing them down. When I left home I took with me several notebooks filled with plot ideas, short stories, and poems. I didn’t take writing seriously until I wrote my autobiography at the age of twenty-one as part of a writing course I took with an adult education centre. From my teenage years I devoured everything from historical fiction, psychology texts, autobiographies, and true crime to psychological thrillers.

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I’ve always been fascinated with history and crime and my first novel, The House Of Secrets, published in 2013 was the result of two years of research into the lives of the residents of Oldbury Court, a historic mansion, which no longer exists, that had been local to where I was born in Bristol. I had the notes written up but didn’t begin to write the novel until my nan had passed away. She was a huge influence on my life and I channelled my grief through writing about it. Some aspects of the novel are based on events she shared with me, including meeting my grandfather at the bottom steps of a hotel she worked in. The book took me about five months to write and two months to edit. It wasn’t until it had been published that I sat back and realised I’d written a historical crime novel. My subsequent novel, Lavender Fields, followed suit, based partly in Cornwall where I lived for a six years. Both novels began is historical romances, but despite my intentions resulted in murder.

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I have a varied work history. Before I became an author I ran my own cleaning company. I’ve also worked in care, mental health support, and retail. I’ve been a practicing psychological therapist since 2012 and I run my own retail business. I’m also training as a forensic psychologist. I find studying and the day job fit nicely alongside writing, running a home and taking care of my three children.

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I get a lot of my plot ideas from studying real life crime cases as part of my training and have a lot of knowledge to draw upon from my work. Formulating assessments and treatment plans on individuals attending therapy involves consideration of life adversity and social conditioning. Through my work I’ve found that many individuals who have addiction problems have suffered some kind of childhood abuse, and a lot of individuals who experience recurring depression and anxiety disorders have histories of domestic abuse or rape. It is no surprise then, that most of my novels tend to cover quite dark subjects. My debut psychological crime thriller, Scream Quietly was based loosely on my own experiences of domestic abuse, though the incidents in the novel are purely fictional.

Description from Amazon:

When Erica’s husband Joel dies in a tragic accident nobody suspects she had anything to do with it. But appearances can be deceptive.

Erica describes her successful, lawyer husband as handsome and charismatic when she recounts their whirlwind marriage. But nothing is what it seems.

What is Erica hiding? Was Joel’s death really an accident?

Sometimes the truth can be ugly.

Beautiful Liar is available for purchase now:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Courtesy of Bloodhound Books: Louise Mullins is the Amazon best-selling author of five psychological crime thrillers and two historical crime novels. Louise also works as a Psychological Therapist and is currently training as a Clinical Forensic Psychologist.

Louise began writing her life experiences, often turning them into poems. After taking a novel writing course she finally decided to publish her first novel in 2013. Her dream of becoming a bestseller was realized in 2015 when her debut thriller hit the Amazon best-selling charts. Since then she has continued to write dark, gritty fiction, hoping to bring to light some of the crimes and psychological suffering she supports people through in her therapeutic practice.

She admits to a serious book addiction and spends a lot of her spare time reading. She enjoys crime fiction, psychological thrillers, historical novels, and biographies.

She lives in Bristol, England with her husband and three children.

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