Tag: suspense

Audible Original: See How They Run by Rachel Howzell Hall

See How They Run
Rachel Howzell Hall

Narrator: Imani Parks
Published: April 7, 2022
Audiobook: 2 hours 48 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 18, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars

Novella Description:

Still mourning the death of her own fiancée, Lauren Hudson must put on a brave face for her family as they gather in Zion National Park for her brother’s wedding. He’s co-founded a “glamping” (glamorous camping) start-up with Sadie, the soon-to-be bride whom the rest of the Hudsons have yet to meet, and they’re hosting their small destination wedding for their nearest and dearest right on their own campgrounds. But not long after Lauren arrives on the scenic property, doubts creep in about Sadie – could she be harboring a sinister secret? Or is the trauma of Lauren’s own past clouding her judgment? With the wedding looming ever closer, can Lauren discover and expose the truth before it’s too late?

Jessica’s Review:

This one was so-so. An interesting premise dealing with ‘glamping’ which excited me, but it just didn’t really deliver.  See How They Run started great, but then I kind of tuned it out during the middle before I was pulled back in for the ending. I was excited for it because I haven’t read anything yet that dealt with ‘glamping’. It had so much potential, but it just didn’t end up working for me. This short story/novella shows how much social media has changed our society and not for the better.  The plot of the story was not realistic at all, especially as it got towards the climax. I can’t say what without spoilers, but no, that would not have worked in reality!

I do like the cover, and once you finish this short story, you get it!  This one was a miss for me, but I would give the author another chance. 

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: The Drug Trial by S.R. Masters

The Drug Trial
Author: S.R. Masters

Published: July 7, 2022

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 10-17, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars     

Book Description:

Would you sign up to a medical trial if you didn’t know the possible side effects?


It seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. An all-inclusive luxury trip abroad, all you need to do is take a pill every day and keep a diary.

Except you don’t know anything about the drug or what its side effects might be.

The headaches start, a dull ache at first. Every day worse than the last.

Then a body is found.

You discover that a side effect is psychosis. You don’t know who has taken the placebo and who has taken the real drug.

Everyone is a suspect. Anyone could be a killer. Even you . . .

Jessica’s Review:

This one has an intriguing premise that I HAD to read! I listened to the audiobook version.  A month long ‘vacation’ for taking part in a drug trial and at the end of the month you receive £20k?  What’s to lose?  Elle has a terrible mother who does just about everything to ruin her life financially, and she does this constantly. And Elle may have just reached her final straw.  Elle is on her mother’s computer and comes across this opportunity to participate in a drug trial.  The only thing is that the side effects are unknown.  With the time available and the money talking Elle becomes a part of the trial.  And ends up with more than she ever expected!

Things seem to go well the first week, but then things start to change. The participants are realizing that what started as a great vacation is actually very isolated, and they don’t really know where they are. What started as fun and games isn’t actually so much fun. And then things start getting worse.

I think I went in expecting more gore and bodies than we get, this one only ended up being ok for me. It seemed to get a bit repetitive because they didn’t have anywhere to go or anything to do especially as the novel went on.  I was a little intrigued and was curious as to what the purpose of the trial actually was.  When we got the answer it just didn’t really work for me and the intensity really wasn’t there for me. With a month long ‘vacation’ and a £20k payment at the end, of course you think there are going to be risks involved. 

The Drug Trial ended up being a so-so read that sadly didn’t live up to my expectations. I wanted more from this one. 

Purchase Links
Amazon US
Amazon UK  Released as The Trial in the UK


Audiobook Review: The Golden Couple

The Golden Couple  
Greer Hendricks

Sarah Pekkanen
Karissa Vacker

Marin Ireland
Published: March 8, 2022

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 16-24, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars     

Book Description:

Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.

Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.

When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

Jessica’s Review:

I have read a couple of this duo’s collaborations, and one I rated 5 stars: The Wife Between Us and the other 3 stars: An Anonymous Girl.  Since the book description of The Golden Couple didn’t really intrigue me, I was going to pass on it…. Then I saw who the narrators were and I decided to listen to it as I have liked both of them previously. 

For a novel that is supposed to be a thriller, it wasn’t.  There was a little mystery on the Bishop’s side (the past and present) and also Avery’s side with her having lost her license and operating in this certain way now that she is no longer a therapist.  The ‘big twist’ I figured out, which is always a disappointment for me.  It was just very obvious for me.

We have both Avery and Marissa as narrators.  I actually enjoyed Avery’s pov more as what was going on with her interested me more than ‘the golden couple’ of Marissa and Matthew.

Though this one was a disappointment for me, if another of their novels interests me, I might just decide to read it. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK