The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Celadon Books
Recommended Age: 15+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Psychoanalysis


REVIEW:

Thanks to this book, Thriller has officially become one of my top three favourite genres, behind Fantasy and Romance. There’s something deeply satisfying about reading a story that gives you opportunities to make up your own mind about what happened but at the same time takes you on an unforgettable and twisted roller-coaster that unsettles the hell out of you. You also wonder how far the author will go and feel respect for them when they push limits and steer clear of predictable paths. I won’t lie, I am a tiny bit terrified of Alex Michaelides right now. I’m sure he’s (probably) a decent human being but it doesn’t change the fact that he has a mind that can conjure nightmares in me or any other reader. He reminds you that the world is a safe place—it was built to sustain communities—but anyone can be triggered and disrupt your safe haven in a second. Continue reading

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Run Away – Harlan Coben

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Run Away by Harlan Coben

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 19th, 2019
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Family, Crime


REVIEW:

This was my first Harlan Coben book and I am IMPRESSED. I could not put it down. It’s not rare I finish a book in a single day, especially during an exam period because I would way rather read than study but the action of going through 371 pages in one day is still worth mentioning here because I was not one bit exhausted at the end. Not every almost 400-page book can be read so fast but I was completely engrossed in this one and closed it wanting to read 5 more from the author the same day. Continue reading

Necessary People – Anna Pitoniak

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Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: May 21st, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Ambition


REVIEW:

I love, absolutely LOVE, reading about ambitious women. In the context of this book, we’re talking about women who put their careers before anything else—romances, friends and even family members. Because not everyone can do it. Putting something above anything else requires sacrifice. Strength. Knowing what you want from and in life and going for it and not stopping until you reach your goal. Continue reading

Jar of Hearts – Jennifer Hillier

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: June 12th, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Recommended Age: 16+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Death


BLURB:

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed. For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison. While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong. Continue reading

An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: August 7th, 2018
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Thriller


BLURB:

It’s winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell’s Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a book and someone you love. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in for the long haul. The power’s down but they’ve got candles, blankets, and wood–a genuine rustic experience! Soon, though, a body turns up–surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body. Continue reading

Aftermath – Kelley Armstrong

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, High School, Friendship, Shooting


BLURB:

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend–Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can’t resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer. Continue reading

Bad Girls Dont Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die, #1)

Bad Girls Dont Die by Katie Alender

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, High School, Ghosts, Siblings, Paranormal, Mystery


BLURB:

When Alexis’s little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green, she starts using old-fashioned language, and she forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey’s shoulder. The formerly gentle child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore? Continue reading