One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

One Night Gone

Title: One Night Gone

Author: Tara Laskowski

Release Date: October 1st 2019

Pages: 352

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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Rating: four-stars new

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It was the perfect place to disappear…

One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…

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This book follows two timelines- Maureen in 1985 and Allison in present time. Maureen went to  Opal beach to start a new life, but before the summer is over, she vanishes. Decades later Alison is offered to house-sit in Opal beach and after a divorce she finds it a great idea. The more time she spends in Opal beach, the more she starts to put together the pieces what happened to Maureen decades ago.

It was a good thriller, it kept my interest from starting the book until finishing it. It wasn’t very fast paced book, but it was very atmospheric and parts of the book  gave an eerie feeling while reading. It was an excellent read; the story had a good conclusion with interesting twists towards the end.

Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz

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Title: Forgotten Bones

Series: Dead Remaining #1

Author: Vivian Barz

Release Date: August 1st 2019

Pages: 298

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

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An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.

When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted criminal who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.

Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia—or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan’s instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI’s closing in.

Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric’s hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?

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There are two main characters- an officer Susan and a college professor Eric. Susan discovers a grave of a young boy and this case is pinned on a convicted criminal, but when more bodies emerge, things get more intense. Eric has schizophrenia, so when he starts to hallucinate a young boy, he things it’s due to schizophrenia, but soon he realizes it’s actually something else. Susan and Eric are a great team that work together to solve this mysterious case.

I really liked the beginning of the book and the ending of the book, the middle part dragged a little in my opinion. Maybe because I haven’t read a lot of thrillers it seemed a unique plot with one of the main character having schizophrenia and helping to solve the case, but I thought it was really interesting and new. I thought the beginning and the ending were the most suspenseful, the ending took  nice twists and turns. Overall I enjoyed it and would definitely read the next book.

The Widow Next Door by L.A. Detwiler

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Title: The Widow Next Door

Author: L.A. Detwiler

Release Date:  November 12th 2018

Pages: 268

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

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Rating: DNF

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A beautiful house. A new beginning. The almost perfect neighbours…

When newlyweds Jane and Alex Clarke move into an idyllic house on the quaint Bristol Lane, they are excited for a new beginning in what will be their ‘forever home’.

And when an elderly neighbour welcomes them, she soon becomes a friend. But she grows a little too interested in the couple next door as she sits watching them, day in, day out, from the rocking chair in her window.

Alex says it will be fine. After all, she’s a lonely widow who just wants some company. But when she invites Jane into her home, who knows what she’ll find there…

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Newlyweds Alex and Jane move to an idyllic house on Briston Lane. They are excited about their new home and an elderly neighbor seems to be very welcoming, but she seems to watch them from the rocking chair every day. Alex doesn’t find it disturbing, is he right?

I was really excited to read this book, the premise sounded so interesting and very suspenseful. Unfortunately I didn’t finish the book, because it didn’t grab my attention, it was very slow paced. It was mostly filled with an elderly woman’s day to day life and I didn’t see the character development to compensate the lacking of suspense I expected. Because it’s a decut novel, I want to try the author’s next book to see whether I’d like that one better.

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

The Girls Next Door

Title: The Girls Next Door

Series: Detective Eden Berrisford #1

Author: Mel Sherratt

Release Date: October 27th 2016

Pages: 318

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

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One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

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The story starts with a girl being murdered and how a teenager Katie is being accused of murder she didn’t commit, but she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Six months after the murder of the young girl, local teenagers are being attacked and one girl goes missing.

The book started off with a gruesome scene and then the story continues with gripping storyline. I have to admit it was a little bit difficult to follow the story at first, because there were a lot of characters introduced at once, but as the story progressed, it all got more clear and I was totally hooked. I liked that there were short chapters and we got different perspectives that kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out more. It was a gripping thriller with an interesting plot and turn of events. I definitely want to read the second book in the series as well. 

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The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

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Title: The Stepmother

Author: Claire Seeber

Release Date: July 15th 2016

Pages: 346

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery

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Rating: four-stars

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The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes …
Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.

No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.

But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.

Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.

After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending … doesn’t it?

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Jeanie’s life hasn’t been easy-after a failed relationship and scandal due to her work, she deserves happiness and when she marries handsome and wealthy Matthew, it seems that her dream has come true. Jeanie has a son and Matthew has twins, it sure isn’t easy to blend the families together, especially when your husband’s children aren’t very impressed with a stepmother in their home. At first everything seems to go well, but then strange things start to happen that make Jeanie doubt her sanity. Jeanie and Matthew both haven’t been entirely honest with each other, which makes the situation even more tense. Is Jeanie really losing her mind or is someone really after her? Secrets never stay buried, what really happened in the past of Jeanie’s and Matthew’s lives?

It was a magnificent story, it kept me guessing throughout the book, I had so many theories and ideas who did what or what might have happened. I liked how the secrets were slowly revealed and how all the characters were entwined. Although there were a few moments that could have been explained more, it was a really good and gripping story.

S is for Stranger by Louise Stone

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Title: S is for Stranger

Author: Louise Stone

Release Date: June 16th 2016

Pages: 234

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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There are two sides to every story.

But only one is true.

Sophie wished she’d paid more attention when her little daughter, Amy, caught sight of a stranger watching them. She only looked away for a second. But now Amy’s gone.

No one trusts an alcoholic. Even a sober one. The police are suspicious of Sophie’s tangled story and so is her ex-husband, Paul. Especially when new information emerges that changes everything.

But what if Sophie is telling the truth? What if her daughter really is missing? And what if that stranger at the fairground wasn’t really a stranger at all…

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Sophie is an alcoholic, but has been sober for 18 months. Her daughter lives with her ex-husband and she gets to see her on visitation days. Sophie, Amy and Paul went out all together to celebrate Sophie’s birthday. They are enjoying the day, when Sophie suddenly sees a woman talking to Amy, the same mysterious woman she has seen before. Not long after that moment Amy goes missing, when they were in a line to buy cotton candy. The detective is trying to collect as much information as possible to find the little girl, but the story is rather complicated, because Sophie’s mental state is iffy. Sophie fears that is has something to do with her past, when her best friend was murdered. She tries to solve the mystery in her past to get to her daughter before it’s too late. 

It truly was a gripping psychological thriller. Once you start the book, it’s really hard to put it down. It was well written, but the ending was a bit confusing, I’d have preferred more to the story. I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope to read more from the author.

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

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Title: Silent Scream

Series:  D.I. Kim Stone #1

Author: Angela Marsons

Release Date: February 20th 2015

Pages: 390

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Suspense

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Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally murdered, the first in a spate of gruesome killings which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

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The story starts with five figures standing around a grave and they promise to keep the secret. Years later the murders start to happen and the first victim Teresa is found drowned in the bath tub. She was a school principle and when they start to investigate, the case grows bigger than they expected.

DI Kim is in the head of the case and she is very determined to find the killer. She is very strong minded and as we got to learn about her past, it gives her the will to solve the cases faster and she doesn’t want to leave any detail without notice.

The chapters are divided between different perspectives, which makes you understand the story and the characters better. The creepiest chapters are the ones of a murderer’s point of view, it gives you creeps.

It was the first thriller book and I was surprised how much I liked the story, despite being eerie at times. I really liked the unexpected twists and turns and the whole story kept you on the edge of your seat. I tried to guess the murderer and I was wrong, I never expected the story to take that turn by the end. All in all, if I as a rookie to this genre loved the book, it has to be good, because I definitely want to read the next books by Angela Marsons.