MAGPIE by ELIZABETH DAY

She has almost everything. The rest she’ll take.

A story about a perfect couple and their perfect lodger. Until it isn’t.

From Marisa’s point of view, she and Jake are a perfect couple. In love and moving into their first home together. They are anxious to start a family. Marisa is a children’s book author and illustrator and not much money is coming in while they try IVF. Jake suggests a lodger help out with expenses.

Enter Kate, the perfect lodger. Although she does have some boundary issues in Marisa’s opinion. She is very familiar with Jake and for some reason thinks she is in charge. This is where we find out no one is perfect. Why does Kate seem so intimate with Jake? Who is she? As Marisa’s paranoia gets worse things come to a boil and oh my goodness, what a boil!

When Marisa gets suspicious that Kate and Jake are having an affair, she takes matters into her own hands. And what a shocker that was.

Twisty, thrilling, and emotional. And in the end, I was shocked! What a twist!

NetGalley/May 3rd, 2022 by Simon Schuster




THE FALL by RACHAEL BLOK

The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from Rachael Blok.

The wind is cold this high up. The man shouts out, but nobody hears. The cathedral roof has caught his fall, but it will not hold him for long. The night is dark. And it is such a long way down…

And so begins The Fall. It’s Good Friday at St. Albans cathedral and Willow is late. It’s dark and the exhibition materials she is bringing to St. Albans are late. It’s dark and while she is walking she could swear she could hear a scream. As she is leaving a man falls from the top of the cathedral.

DCI Jansen thinks it looks like a suicide. But this is an elderly man. How did he even get way up there and why? Digging into the past he finds the man was a verger here for a long time. He also helped out at a local mental hospital where a nurse went missing. And what does it all have to do with a pregnant woman, a child, and over fifty years of secrets and silence?

As Willow’s own family history becomes entangled in this case everyone is beginning to look suspicious.
A morally bankrupt verger has a lot of secrets and untangling them all was wickedly good!

NetGalley/ April 14th, 2022 Head of Zeus an Aries Book



THE GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple

Avery Chambers is an unconventional therapist. So much so that she has lost her license. But that doesn’t stop her from taking on clients who seem to do well with her unorthodox approach to therapy. 10 sessions and you are good to go. But she has secrets. Lots of secrets.

When Marissa and Matthew Bishop arrive for their first appointment, they seem to have it all. Until Marissa reveals she is there to confess to sleeping with another man. Just the once and she wants to save her marriage. Matthew seems devastated and Marissa feels guilty. And from that first meeting, the three of them are tied together in ways no one can even imagine!

The twists and turns will leave you needing a neck brace! I am used to these two pairing up and messing with us psychologically and again they did not disappoint. I can honestly say I did not see that ending coming! But I did like it!

NetGalley/March 8th, 2022 by St. Martin’s Press

SUNDIAL by CATRIONA WARD

Sundial

Sundial is a twisty psychological horror novel perfect for fans of The Push and Girl A, from Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street.

“You can only do three things with danger: run away from it, fight it, or make friends with it.”

Rob just wants to be normal. Whatever that looks like. She finally has a husband and two little girls she adores. But looks can be deceiving. When something frightening happens, all the nasty little secrets begin to come out. Finding the bones of animals in her daughter, Callie’s, room, all of her past memories come rushing to the surface. How could she have even thought her life would be normal? Despite her nasty husband, she takes Callie and flees to her family home in the Mojave Desert. Sundial. It’s time for the truth to come out.

Rob and her sister, Jack, grew up here. Surrounded by mystery and fear. Dogs and laboratories and dead things. Something is wrong with them all. But what? And can they get away?

I thought that Ward’s last book, The Last House on Needless Street, was wickedly twisted. I was wrong. This is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller that will have you wide-eyed and biting your fingernails! We have a new star in the Horror genre and I am thrilled! Next, please!

NetGalley/ March 1st, 2022 by Tor Nightfire

THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES

The Silent Patient

Alicia seems to have a perfect life. She is a well-known painter and her husband is a well-known photographer. They live in a lovely home in London and things seem perfect.

Until the night her husband comes home late and she shoots him in the face five times. Yes, five times. And never speaks a word again.

Her refusal to speak at all has turned this into a mystery that is big news. Suddenly her art is worth a lot and she is sitting silently in The Grove, a secure forensic unit in London.

But there is a new criminal psychotherapist at The Grove. Theo has been looking for an opportunity to see Alicia for a long time. He is determined for her to speak and finally find out why she did this horrible crime. And it just may cost him everything.

This book has been on my radar since it won the Goodread’s Choice Award in 2019. Sitting at my table begging to be read.

Let me say this is one of the most shocking psychological thrillers I have ever read. And I loved it! Every suspense-filled second. And as soon as I finished it I spent about an hour with my jaw on the floor. Then I rushed to my Grandmother’s house to give it to her. I refused to tell her anything and instead let her have the full experience.

What a really good story this was. I had no idea until the last pages! I can’t wait for his next book.

THE SANATORIUM by SARAH PEARSE

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Detective Elin Warner #1

The first thing you should know about this book is that it is her first novel! I found that so hard to believe.

The cover alone had me pushing the buy now button. A Sanatorium? Yes, please.

Le Sommet in the Swiss Alps is surrounded by forests and mountains. Its building is intimidating and austere. What you would expect from an old sanatorium, complete with stories of abuse, and of course rumors. The locals never wanted it to be open again. But that did not happen. It has been turned into a hotel with a bit of the macabre left behind.

Elin is taking some time off of work due to her last case. Still haunted by that and the death of her brother as a child. Her memories become nightmares and as hard as she tries she can’t let go of the feeling her brother Isaac may have killed their brother.

Isaac is getting married now and his fiancee is a manager at the new hotel. Laure seems nice and Elin wonders if she knows what she is getting into with Isaac.

Elin gets a bad vibe from the hotel and the area surrounding it. Will tries to convince her to relax and let things go but Elin isn’t that type of woman. The next day not only brings treacherous snowstorms, locking everyone into the hotel, but Laure is also missing. And then they find a body in the snow. And another in the pool. Everyone is sketchy and a suspect. I suspected every one of them at some point.

This is one of those tense, panic attack-inducing thrill rides. You could feel the walls closing in. And from the looks of that ending, we will see more of Elin. I can’t wait.

Outstanding Job.

CITY OF THE DEAD by JONATHAN KELLERMAN

City of the Dead (Alex Delaware #37)

An Alex Delaware Novel #37

The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware are back. In LA, the land of sunshine and beautiful people. But this morning the city is not very pretty. As they arrive at the scene of a young and naked man who has run into a moving van in the wee hours. The driver is distraught and it looks like the man just ran straight into the truck. Until they find the blood trail.

The trail leads them to a nearby house where they find a woman savagely murdered. And Alex has met her before. In a custody case. Cordelia was an influencer who pretended to be a psychologist in a bitter custody case. Looks like she is still getting by on that lie.

Investigations lead them to a horrible family background along with a sketchy past. Has someone from her past returned? And who is the naked man in the street? Questions that lead to more questions than answers.

This is one of my favorite series. You think you know but you do not! At all! Once again Kellerman has given us Alex at his best, trying to untangle a web of lies and truly horrible people in this psychological thriller.

NetGalley/February 8th, 2022 by Ballantine Books






CHAMELEON GIRL by LIZ FERRO

Chameleon Girl

Adapt and Thrive. This is the way of the chameleon.

And so we are introduced to Nora Horvath. A woman who is fighting demons from her past and yet still creates a life she loves. A life that she can manage. A life with enough. She loves her job and she is good at it. But she is also haunted by something just out of her grasp.

Her life is going as well as it can and she is okay with that.

As a firefighter, Nora is good at her job. Until one day when a horrifying rescue leaves her with brutal memories of an abusive past. Are these real memories? It would explain so much about the voices in her head. And she is one tough lady so she faces them head-on.

While Nora struggles to remember all of the horrible things she has endured, she is questioning her own sanity at points. But these things almost broke her. Almost.

And when everything comes out it is so horrible I don’t see how she stood it. This was such a small book but such large emotions. It doesn’t really have a genre. This feminine narrative is brilliant and heartbreaking and full of hope and courage.

Very well done debut novel!

HER THREE LIVES by CATE HOLAHAN

Her Three Lives

“All human beings have three lives. Public, Private, and Secret” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A very appropriate quote to start off the book. This standalone thriller is the latest from Holahan and it’s a twisty one.

Greg is a recently divorced architect who met Jade, twenty years his junior and fell head over heals for her six months ago. His ex-wife, Leah, got the house and the grown kids so Jade and Greg are living in a rental while their forever home is built and with Jade pregnant they will all be glad when things calm down.

Jade’s public life is pretty good. She’s a media influencer and designer. She is in love with Greg, having a baby and living the good life. Only divorce after 25 years and two kids is not going to be a love fest. The kids hate her and the ex is a nut.

Jade’s private life is complicated. When one evening she and Greg are going out. She is still in the bathroom when she hears the doorbell and then hears screaming. Running out of the bathroom she’s met by an intruder. While Greg survives, the baby does not. Someone deliberately made sure the baby did not live.

As they try to piece together what happened and why, I kept thinking someone was trying to gaslight them. But who? And why? Greg goes into full security mode and installs cameras in every room, alarms, and trackers. He’s also very paranoid.

Jade’s secret life is not as bad as she believes it to be, but when you leave it off of your dating profile, it becomes something that could hurt you.

With the ‘help’ of Violet, Greg’s daughter, he begins to doubt Jade. Is she trying to kill him for money? Was she even pregnant and why is she visiting a prison?

Oh what a tangled web this was. These kids were just vile and their mother a loon.

So what did I think? It was a good idea for a book, but to me there was no sense of urgency and Greg was a pretty limp character.

NetGalley/ April 20th, 2021 Grand Central Publishing

THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by RACHEL HAWKINS

The Wife Upstairs

Jane is new to Alabama, running from a past she won’t discuss.

Sharing an apartment with a creepy guy and walking dogs in the ritzy neighborhood of Thornfield Estates. Your typical Macmansion homes with bored, gossipy, nosy housewives with way too much time on their hands to notice if a shiny thing or two goes missing.

Jane both looks down on them and wants to be them. The curse of the have nots.

There is a sadness in the little cul de sac, however. Two of the women have recently disappeared and are presumed drowned. Having been best friends for life they go out for a night boat ride and never return.

When Jane meets Eddie Rochester, whose wife Bea was one of the women who presumably drowned, she is in love. Here is a man who could give her everything she wants. And when he asks her to move in, odd things start happening. Thumps from upstairs. Feeling as if she is not alone and is being spied on she digs into Bea’s past and her friendship with her bestie.

What she finds will shock her and may just kill her!

A story with a wife in the attic?? You may think you know what and why, but I can assure you it is much worse!

Delightfully evil!


NetGalley/ January 5th, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press