Tag: suspense

Audiobook Review: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six
Author: Lisa Unger

Narrator: Vivienne Leheny
Published: November 8, 2022
Audiobook: 12 hours 20 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 8, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

What could be more restful, more restorative, than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s loving and generous tech-mogul brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’s his birthday gift to Hannah and includes their spouses and another couple. The six friends need this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R, far from the chatter and pressures of modern life.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?

Jessica’s Review:

Secluded Cabin is yet another thriller that intrigued me from the description, but ended up not working for me.  I never know when this is going to happen and this was my first novel by Unger, so I am willing to give her another chance, as I do with novels like this that don’t really end up working for me. 

I just love the idea of the secluded cabin setting; in fact my husband and I have stayed at a few cabins and I love being out in the woods. Alone.  With hopefully no one close by! I love it so much that I freak myself out! But I LOVE IT!  We even have a particular movie we will watch every time we stay in a cabin, and I frighten myself out every time we watch it!

For me, this novel fell victim for me because it was like it was made of two stories in one: the secluded cabin story and then a second story dealing with DNA and family but they do end up coming together. I was not interested in the DNA story, I just wanted a secluded cabin where people were being watched and killed!  LOL.  There were also too many characters for me to keep straight as I listened to the audiobook. There were also too many povs to go with the large cast of characters. 

Maybe the next novel I read by Unger will work for me! I have several of hers on my TBR pile!

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Audiobook Review: The Suspect by Kathryn Croft

The Suspect
Author: Kathryn Croft
Tamsin Kennard

Published: February 8, 2023
Audiobook: 9 hours 36 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 15-20, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5  stars     

Book Description:

My family said he killed my mother. They lied…

I was just a little girl, fast asleep in my stroller, the day my mother was killed. I don’t remember anything about the sunny day that turned so dark.

But now, twenty years later, when the man walks towards me in the shadows of an empty street, his eyes on me for just a fraction too long, a shiver goes down my spine. I recognise his face from the picture in the papers. He killed my mother.

I try to run but he wants me to listen. He says that he is innocent, that the police got it wrong, and that my family have been lying to me for years.

My father and sister tell me to stay away from him. They remind me that because of him my mother never got to tuck me in at night or ease me through my first heartbreak. My boyfriend begs me to ignore him and says he could be dangerous. But when he is found dead, I am shaken to my core. Who needed to keep him quiet?

I won’t feel safe until I find out what he wanted to tell me. And when I go to his flat and find a photo that proves he was telling the truth, I suspect that the person who killed my mother is far closer to home than I could have imagined. What dark secrets are the people I love hiding? And if I search for the truth, am I placing my own life in danger?

Jessica’s Review:

All her life Jess has had to deal with her mother’s death that happened in front of her while she was sleeping as a small child.  She was told one thing by her family and the killer never really paid for his crime.  One day she runs across the man that she recognizes as her mother’s killer and he tells her that he did not do it. Then later on he is found dead.  This puts Jess on a journey to try and really find out what happened to her mother. 

The Suspect was a bit slow moving at times and I listened as I was driving, so I caught myself losing some interest in it.  I did want to know what really happened to Lori, Jess’s mom. We have two timelines, present day with Jess and the past with Lori.  Jess is pulled in to try and really find out what happened to her mother that day and along the way she finds secrets and lies aplenty. The ending was a bit predictable for me.  Though far from perfect, I would give Croft another try. The narration by Kennard was very good!

Many thanks to the publisher Bookouture for granting me an audio copy to listen to and review!

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Book Review: The Perfect Girl by Kelly Golden

The Perfect Girl
Author: Kelly Golden
Published: February 3, 2023
402 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read:  January 26- February 19, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

He always said she was just a friend… What if she’d kill for more?

Sophie is perfect. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and when she smiles her wide, open, caring smile, her teeth sparkle. Everybody loves her. So would I, except she’s my husband Mike’s best friend, and sometimes they seem a little too close for comfort.

This summer, Sophie is renting the grand house next door, bringing over fancy wine, offering to babysit our beautiful three-year-old daughter. It’s nice, actually. She’s smart and funny. Maybe the way she is with Mike – squeezing his arm, tilting her head when she laughs at his jokes – is just how she is with everybody.

But then she says something that sends a shiver down my spine – does she know something about me she shouldn’t?

And when her new husband arrives, looking slightly too familiar, I realise my time is running out. My baby girl and I are in terrible danger.

Sophie really is perfect. She has me perfectly trapped. And as my world begins to crumble, I start to wonder: does Sophie just want to steal my husband, or has she planned the perfect murder?

Jessica’s Review:

This is the first novel by Kelly Golden and I will be looking at her other novels she writes.  This one has an intriguing book description so I was looking forward to reading it. It was not really suspenseful to me until the last 20% or so and I didn’t really connect with Emma, which might be where my issues were. I was intrigued and wanted to see what would happen and that last 20% really packed a punch! Golden came up with the character of Sophie that is just.. Oh wow.  Emma was also our only narrator and she was unreliable and well… If you have read my past reviews you know that is hit or miss for me.

I do think men and women can be friends, but Sophie and Mike’s relationship was a bit too much for me as a wife. If my husband was that close with a female friend we would have to have a talk…

But that ending, I need this story to continue! Please Ms. Golden, say you will write more!  I feel like you were just getting started with this story!

Despite some issues I had, I did enjoy The Perfect Girl and would recommend it! I can see Golden getting better with her writing as she continues. 

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