Two young women, unlikely friends, both find themselves in Atlantic City. Summer in AC used to be a time of packed boardwalks, casinos, and tourists. But no more. The only people out on the marshland are two dead women. Jane Does. Laid out behind a seedy hotel.
Clara, who is just a teenager, lives with her aunt and works as a boardwalk psychic to help pay the rent. The aunt was a real piece of work. When Clara begins having real visions after a visit from the father of a missing girl, she thinks the visions may be about her. And then more women go missing.
Lily, who used to work in the art gallery world, is just starting a job at the spa in town. She has had enough of her own drama to overcome but that won’t stop her from teaming up with Clara to find the girls who are still going missing.
But did they put their trust in the wrong person? Will they both come out alive?
This was eerie and heartbreaking. I loved the characters, even the wicked ones are done so well. Very good read!
NetGalley/ March 3rd, 2020 by Gallery Books
The perfect life. Perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .
Abbie wakes up in a strange hospital wondering what happened to her and how did she get here? There is a man who says he is her husband, Tim.
The first inkling that something isn’t right here is when he sneaks her out of the hospital. To their home. A perfect house in a perfect area. They even have a child, Danny. Danny is on the spectrum and was a very interesting boy.
Tim is a tech giant. The man to beat in AI. A Silicon Valley hotshot. He seems very controlling and has some big anger issues. As Abbie finds out she is a cobot and not the human Abbie, who is missing and presumed dead, her uploaded memories take on a life of their own and begin filling in some blanks. Did her own husband have something to do with her disappearance?
This was some seriously disturbing reading. A psychological thrill ride. And this one is made better by the fact that someone has probably already tried this. There was a bit of a Stepford Wives feel to it. I felt so sad for AI Abbie. I was cheering her on right up until the end, which was Are You Kidding Me? The hairpin turns never ended!
NetGalley/August 6th, 2019 by Ballantine Books
“Few crimes are reported as quickly as a snatched kid.”
Kelley Armstrong is a favorite of mine. Her Watcher Series and her urban fantasy books are really well done!
I wasn’t fully on board right away with this one. At first, we didn’t have enough information about her and her husband and daughter for me to decide if she was a wimp or nuts. Turns out she is neither.
When Aubrey is having playtime at the park with Charlotte, she meets a young woman and her son. Aubrey is very observant. The woman is young, with what looks like old track marks on her arms. While Aubrey is chatting with her son, the young lady moves away and begins speaking angrily in Russian to someone on a cell. How odd, she thinks.
The next time she goes to the park, she looks for the young lady and doesn’t find her. But she is sure that the little boy running towards the parking lot is her son. And from his screams for help, she is positive he is being kidnapped.
The police don’t believe her. No one believes her. Which had me thinking. Why? Why are all the moms at the park treating her like a pariah? What don’t we know? And there is.
Some of it was heartbreaking, some of it was secrets and lies, but in the end, she has to answer the question. How far do you go to protect someone else’s child?
There were numerous subplots going on her as well. Which muddied the waters a bit.
All in all, it was a good read.
NetGalley/ June 25th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?
Within the first few pages of this thriller you just know it’s going to be good!
Chloe Daniels wakes up in a hospital bed having no idea how she got there, who she is or who these people calling themselves family are. Very scary.
Back in her parents home she struggles to remember what happened to her and as she snatches glimpses of her past she begins to believe her family are telling some pretty bad lies. What was she running from that night her car crashed? Even the police seem suspicious of the circumstances.
When she discovers one of the cruelest lies she has been told, she sets out to find the truth about who she was and who she can trust.
I felt so horrible for Chloe. She honestly had no one in her corner. And what a psychological thriller it was. I had no idea that ending was coming!
Another job well done!
Netgalley/St.Martin’s Griffin March 05, 2019
Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.
Traveling the world reporting on wars and living that life on the edge, making friends and losing them. Finding love and having it put on hold. Losing your best friend and not knowing why. Having a severe accident while camping with her family has left Maddie afraid.
Even after she and her love Ian marry and have a child, she is still seeing a therapist and laying open her life. Or so her therapist believes.
This was one of those twisty back and forth books. Beginning with The Day of the Killing and going back and forth from 6 weeks before that fateful 911 call that left me totally confused! In a good way.
The ending was scary and open and I absolutely loved every Bad minute of it!
March 19th 2019 by Park Row/Netgalley
The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
Jessica Farris is a make-up artist. Not a lucrative job when you are just starting out. But her fate changes the day she goes to make up a girl named Taylor. Taylor has signed up for a study. That pays a lot! When she can’t be bothered to show up, Jess takes advantage and slides her way into the study.
Morals and Ethics questions force her to face some of her past behavior and then it’s over. Until the psychiatrist running the study decides to offer her a job testing the fidelity of men basically. The money is great but something isn’t adding up and she is starting to feel that this could end badly.
This is one of those books that you need to read yourself. It jumped to the top of my list as soon as it landed in my inbox! If you are a fan of The Wife Between Us by these authors you will really enjoy this one.
Never has the phrase Not What I Signed Up For been more appropriate! But this was manipulation at its finest!
Well Done! Netgalley/January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
How do we know the difference between dreams and memories?
Ms. Unger is back with another spot on psychological thriller.
It has now been almost a year since Poppy’s husband Jack was murdered while on an early morning run. His killer has never been found.
Poppy has become a ghost in her own life. Not sure if she is dreaming or remembering what happened in the days after the murder. She’s seeing a therapist but she isn’t telling her everything. She’s popping pills with alcohol to try to sleep but even then she isn’t sure if she is sleeping or dreaming. Did she have a break from reality? Will she ever remember what happened?
Looking at her through my own experience with losing a husband in a second, I can relate to Poppy. And I can tell you this hit very close to home for me. Thinking you see your husband sitting on the sofa or lounging in doorway only to find none of its real.
When strange men start texting her and following her she isn’t quite sure if they are real or if she is really losing her mind. But the one thing you can count on in this story is that nothing is what it looks like and no one is what they say they are.
I love that the author keeps you on your toes with a fast pace and a main character you just want to hold on to and reassure her that it will be okay.
Netgalley/Harlequin Park Row October 2, 2018