Summer, 1989. Reeling from a catastrophic divorce she just can’t seem to leave behind, Francine Haddix flees San Francisco for a two-week stay at her sister’s house in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. The quaint neighborhood of shady trees and friendly neighbors seems like the perfect place to sort through her pain and finally move on with her life—but the tranquility doesn’t last long.
Beginning with a complete stranger throwing a drink in her face at her own welcome party, Francine soon discovers the supposedly idyllic suburb is hiding a disturbing number of mysteries. Why is the handsome-ish guy next door lying about who he is? What’s hidden in the back of the teenage troublemaker’s shed? Who wrote a threatening message in blood? Which of the smiling neighbors has a secret they’d kill to keep?
Seeking to reclaim a natural passion for sleuthing numbed by her divorce, Francine rewrites her prescription from one of relaxation to one of investigation. If she can detect the lies, follow the clues, and remember how to trust herself, she might get to the bottom of what’s so very wrong in Hawthorn Woods. She might even be able to believe the future can be good again—assuming she lives long enough to be in it.
Welcome to the 80s! I’m so in love with this book being set in the 80s because honestly, some of my favorite music and movies came from this time period! And then there’s the fashion! I mean, it was wild and out there but still so so amazing! So add a thriller to this setting and it’s basically the perfect spooky season read!
So, since this is a mystery/thriller I don’t want to get into the plot AT ALL. So, basically: there’s some twists and turns, the characters are all engaging and important to the story, and there are a few *gasp* moments. Out main character, Francine, is going through a difficult time in life and uses her hunt for the “who-done-it” as a sort of prescription from the thoughts clouding her mind (which is relatable after dealing with COVID for so long). As she puts her all into the mysteries of this neighborhood we learn that there is much more than meets the eye to our characters and there are some shocking things occurring amongst the neighbors.
With a wonderful setting and lot of shocks, Hawthorn Woods is an AMAZING read! It gave me all the eighties feels and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I’m sometimes a little iffy with thrillers, but this one had my attention from the start and the added mystery really pulled me in. There was just so much action and underlying secrets that you cannot help but become invested in this small community.
About the Author
PATRICK CANNING is the author of three novels, including Cryptofauna (2018), The Colonel and the Bee(2018), and his latest, Hawthorn Woods (2020). He has also published several short stories. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, following space exploration, and losing at bar trivia. Some of his favorite authors include Bill Watterson, Liane Moriarty, David Foster Wallace, Stephen King, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Patrick lives in Los Angeles with his Australian Shepherd, Hank, who some consider to be the greatest dog of all time.
Fans of Speak by Laure Halse Anderson and Identical by Ellen Hopkins will love Talk.
Donoghue’s young adult book reaches new heights in this portrait of sexual abuse, violent alcoholism, and devastating realizations.
Sometimes the past just won’t let go. You wake up and everything has changed. Your whole world is turned upside down. And you know that things will never be the same. Four lives, two different roads, two destinations: a psychiatric hospital or the morgue.
The Hales are an all American middle-class family on the outside. But behind their masquerade, each member of the family has their own dark secrets.
For Susie, she’s the oldest and the most responsible, the voice of reason in the family, and maintained the facade of happiness. But dig a little deeper and find a girl still scared, looking for her father’s love, and substituting it with sex and alcohol.
For Mary, she is the youngest and suffered the most from their painful childhood, can only find peace through cutting and is in a constant battle with her parents, her sister and her life.
George Hale is a charming man, who chose to live an unconventional life and stubbornly forced those ideals on his family. He drank. He would pick fights. He would disappear for days on end only to return and uproot them from their life and they would find some new place to live with the police right on their heels.
Susie and Mary. They are half of the Hales All American Family. But what lies beneath their wholesome family facade? Each sister hides their own dark secret, being sexually abused by George, their own father.
Vivid, haunting, and authentic this portrayal of abuse and self-harm, Donoghue manages to show the horror and the guilt of sexual abuse in a realistic yet appropriate way. With authentic and well-developed characters, Talk will be one of the most suspenseful books you read this year with a powerful shocking ending.
Gemma Donoghue is the author of the bestseller Young Adult book Delicate, Fragile and Good Enough.
This is one of those achingly honest books. The narrator tells everything just as it is and doesn’t hold back. And boy, do things look perpetually grim. Even when things start to look up we are instantly thrown right back down to the reality of the situation. And as you are reading this book it raises the question on what would you do when your own worst nightmare was the person meant to protect you from harm?
Talk goes deep and covers many topics that often get unceremoniously swept under the rug: alcoholism, abuse, homelessness, self-harm, and rape. And I think that Donoghue was so successful in opening a conversation on these topics because of how the book was written. Susie was our narrator and, like I mentioned before, she just told it as it is. Of course there were moments when her facade cracked, but for the most part her ability to calmly tell the story and give as much detail as possible is what made the story so haunting and realistic.
And haunting this story is, because it shoves these topics in your face and doesn’t give you a chance to look away. And what I liked best about this book is that it was honest. It was honest about what it was and what it talked about. Even if the characters within are anything but honest. It’s an odd combination, but one that works.
About the Author
Gemma Donoghue is a first-time self-publishing author, and a lover of anything that involves horror, mystery, and romance.
Every five hundred years humanity bears a child who has unlimited power over life and death.
And now she’s a teenager. Rook Dagger spent the first fifteen years of her life safely tucked away in a beautiful cottage on the lake, enjoying home-cooked meals and homeschooling far away from the rest of the world. But her power couldn’t be hidden forever. The time has come for her to be enrolled in Hemlock Academy, a centuries-old institution designed to cultivate and create the greatest necromancers in the world. The children who attend will one day be placed among the seven kingdoms of magic, serving Kings and country for as long as they’re needed. To harness the power surging through her veins, Rook will need guidance in the art of giving of life… and taking it away. This power makes her unique. Dangerous. Different. Her abilities could make her an unstoppable force of nature, if she wasn’t hung up on a boy. G Gianni–a beautiful distraction with pouty lips, pale skin, and a sharp tongue. His attention consumes her. His scent entices her. His words infuriate her. She loves to hate him. He hates to love her. And together? Well, together, they could destroy the world.
This book gave me all the dark ephemeral fantastical feels. Yeah, I’m feeling the descriptors right now. I love a solid character that has some awesome necromancer(y?) powers. I dunno, maybe I’m morbid, but being able to raise the dead is just really intriguing! There’s just something so inherently wrong about it that I love the question of, but is it right? Plus you could do a lot of damage with an army of the living dead. But anyways, I’m getting off track! Hemlock takes all the fun of magic schooling and makes it dark and twisted!
There’s something so campy and nostalgic about books set in magic schools. It’s probably because of the time I grew up, but I always enjoy a good read with this setting. Plus there’s always going to be a lot of DRAMA when you put a ton of teenagers together. And isn’t some good drama what you live for in life? Because it’s definitely what I live for, especially when I can sit on the sidelines, eat some popcorn, and read about it. And this book definitely had that throughout, so buckle up.
Given the gorgeous cover I expected this book to be on the upper age range of YA, but it’s actually on the lower. And I’m definitely not mad about that! I feel as if this particular area is often overlooked and I think a cover like this might bring some attention to the fact that YA doesn’t automatically mean 17/18 year olds. So in a sense this was actually kind of a refreshing chance to get away from what I always see and read about slightly younger characters.
About the Author
*Voted OUAB Author of the Year of 2018*
Rue Volley is a USA Today Bestselling Author and award-winning screenwriter who is best known for creating compelling storylines with a multitude of twists and turns that leave her readers virtually speechless.
She specializes in paranormal romances that include otherworldly characters who, regardless of their supernatural abilities, feel oddly familiar, or in other words, human. This, coupled with her easy reading style, wicked sense of humor, and excellent world building skills, has garnered her a fiercely loyal fan base over the past decade who support her regardless of what genre she chooses to write in.
Some of her best works include 13 Ways to Midnight, Hellhound, The Devil’s Gate, and A Vampires Tale of Blood and Light. All of which utilize her skill at piecing together compelling dramas that highlight her love for vampires, witches, angels, and demons across many genres including young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, and erotic romance.
Rue Volley’s work seems to be synonymous with one phrase in the publishing world. Thoroughly addictive.
She is accredited with two award-winning screenplays for film, Hellhound (original script, 2014) and Awakening (contributing screenwriter, 2015). IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm7043310/
Rue is represented by Gladys Gonzales Atwell, Publicist, and Sarah Davis Brandon, Publisher. Business inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Aissa’s life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, a magical people most believe to be extinct. And they’re on a mission for revenge.
This action and adventure spy thriller—a fantasy spin on “Romeo and Juliet” from New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly—is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Elly Blake and is about to become your new obsession!
By day, Aissa and Zandra play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find and kidnap the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless—a person born without a working heart who survives via a mechanical replacement—and has been hidden since birth.
Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she’s never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties and missions … and risking everything by trusting her sworn enemies.
The way to pull me into a retelling is to take something classic and make it fantasy. I’ll be immediately intrigued and much less skeptical than I am when I see another fairy tale retelling. And that’s just was Twin Daggers does, it’s an amazing Romeo & Juliette retelling with a fantasy twist. And there’s even kind of a twist on the fantasy element because there’s also spies and it’s kind of an awesome thriller. So yeah, this book has a lot going for it and Connolly handled all of these elements so well!
I love when fantasy books get a slightly futuristic take. It’s kind of my cheating way to add in some sci-fi to my reading since it’s a way to guarantee that I’ll enjoy it (you know, because sci-fi isn’t my favorite genre). And even with all of these twists that I keep mentioning there was one (utmost important) traditional fantasy element that remained: world building. I know some people find world building boring, but for me it’s the most important part of a story! Yeah you can go into a book with non-stop action but without the world building that’s all you get out of it, some action. I, on the other hand, crave the knowledge of what the world I’m reading about is like so that I can not only understand everything that’s talked about but also gain some insights into why the characters are like they are and even perhaps why they take the actions they take. So, long rant short, I really liked that I saw some nice world building throughout this story and it is really one that I think benefitted from the extra details.
But yeah, asides from my salivation over seeing some epic world building, this was a solid story. The characters had such interesting motivation and the magic system was quite unique. Plus, since this is a retelling you still get a sense of familiarity while reading even if some elements are new and surprising.
About the Author
MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times Bestselling children’s book author and nonprofit marketing professional living in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She can be lured out from her writing cave with the promise of caffeine and new books. Twin Daggers is her debut young adult novel, and she’s also the author of several middle grade fantasy novels including Monstrous and Ravenous, and the Shadow Weaver series.
The Golden Van Dorens by Nicole Strycharz Publication Date: September 1, 2020 eBook & Paperback; 355 Pages Genre: Historical Thriller
Malcom Van Doren made his fortune in the California Gold Rush of 1849.
By 1853, he spent it all, drowning in debt, and returned to his mine out of desperation.
Steadily, over the years, he went mad.
Known for his lunacy, when Malcom claimed to have discovered gold a second time, no one believed him, not even his family. Too paranoid about his creditors to prove his finding, Malcom Van Doren told everyone he hid his fortune away.
Now, in the year 1880, twenty-seven years after his second discovery, his daughters are each as desperate as he once was for wealth. All of them, for different reasons; revenge, love, or greed.
Three sisters battle to discover their dead father’s gold, but only one will win this race as their own little gold rush ensues.
God help the man that stands between a Golden Van Doren and all that glitters.
Ok, I know I need to talk about this amazing book but I also just need a moment to point out and drool over this cover. I mean, look at it. LOOK! It’s just so freaking gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing! But ANYWAYS, back to the story. It’s amazing, like I said, and it’s got so much in it that appeals to me when looking for books.
Now, I love a good gold hunt. I often spend my time procrastinating by watching shows about hunting for gold, so of course this book spoke to me. What I found most intriguing were the sisters. Each one was so unique and had her own reasons, and I loved picking who I wanted to “win” and seeing if my opinion changed throughout the story.
This was such a complex story. I mean, anything that involves a gold hunt is automatically complex, but where this one shined was on the complexities of the characters. It was an easy book to get drawn into and I was able to quickly read through it.
About the Author
Nicole is a multi-genre author of over a dozen books.
“The Divorce” was nominated in the 2016 Indie Book Awards and won second place in the 2016 Best Cover Design in ‘Urban Literature Magazine.’
She was featured on the cover of Words + Magazine for her book “The Affair.”
Sheís known for delving into sensitive and real topics such as in her title ìThe Love That Hurtsî which explored domestic violence with the hopes of giving victims a voice while exposing the red flags of an abusive relationship. Most of her lead female characters are depicted as survivors or evolving overcomers of trauma. Sending a message to readers that every moment and every day they fight for is a victory.
Being of mixed ethnicity, she keeps her cast of characters diverse and tries to highlight the different cultures around the world.
Nicole lives in Virginia with her partner, three children, three stepsons, their amazing Grandparents, and one pretty Pocket-Pittie. She is always reading or working on the next book between mommyhood adventures.
We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.
“Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game. THE FIRST TO LIE is a masterfully twisty tale full of all my favorite things: interesting women, family secrets, and well-plotted revenge. Start reading early, because you will tear through the pages of this breathless, keep-you-up-all-night thriller.”—Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of JAR OF HEARTS and LITTLE SECRETS
“The First to Lie is a twisty, winding road of deception and secrets that starts with a bang and ends with an explosion. Put this one on your list because Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game.”—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
“With flawless pacing and impeccable character development, Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers yet another powerful, relevant story of deceit, betrayal, and the extent to which someone will go to right the wrongs they have suffered. The First to Lie is a magnificent, intricately plotted thriller that will have you questioning everyone’s motives until the stunning ending.”—Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
Wow this book is one freaking wild ride! It’s just a web of deception after deception after lies and maybe back to a bit more of deception. And the best part of it all is that it was so good because you could tell that Ryan in an expert in the craft. A mystery/thriller/suspense book can easily fall apart if it isn’t written well, and The First to Lie decidedly does not fall into that category.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, so keep your thinking caps on! There are a lot of characters and they each have their own set of secrets and twists to divulge. And while the plot can sometimes feel a little convoluted, that’s what makes the story so interesting.
After this book I definitely need to check out the other books from the author. And that’s how I know it was a really good read, when it makes me want to find out what I’ve been missing from Hank Phillippi Ryan. But for anyone who likes a good suspense/thriller/mystery, this one is definitely worth the read!
About the Author
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of eleven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Her upcoming domestic suspense thriller THE MURDER LIST is a Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2019 from Criminal Element. AJ Finn calls it “a fireworks display of a novel–explosive, exciting and likely to leave you gasping.” BA Paris says: “A cracker of a read!”
Her first psychological standalone, TRUST ME, is an *AGATHA AWARD* nominee. It was named a Best Book of 2018 from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, BookBub, PopSugar, Bustle, CrimeReads and The New York Post. Mary Kubica says: “Dazzling!” and Lisa Gardner says “Mesmerizing!” The Booklist STARRED review says “..it’s a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense.”
Her thriller SAY NO MORE is a Library Journal BEST OF 2016. And a nominee for the AGATHA AWARD, the DAPHNE award, and the MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Associated Press calls it “stellar” and Publishers Weekly calls it “thrilling” “unflinching” and “gratifying.”
Her 2015 book, WHAT YOU SEE, is a Library Journal BEST of 2015, an ANTHONY and AGATHA Award nominee, and a Top Pick!, dubbed “exceptional suspense.” It received a starred review from Library Journal which says: “Readers will find themselves racing to the finish!”
Her 2014 book, TRUTH BE TOLD, won the AGATHA Award for best mystery, and is a Library Journal Best of 2014. It received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, “Drop everything and binge read!”
THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee.
THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.
Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. They are now available in all new editions.
Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV. In addition to 36 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank’s won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism.
Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. She’s been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, working with Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Avedon and Richard Goodwin.
Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Career Authors.
The bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish returns with a psychological thriller, filled with chilling serpentine twists, about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved—and how far she’ll go to preserve it.
Named one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year by Goodreads, Bustle, SheReads, and Library Journal
Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.
Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.
Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.
Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?
“A twisty, engrossing house of mirrors…smart, propulsive, and tricky-in-all-the-best-ways psychological suspense.”- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside
“Compelling and surprising, THE WIFE STALKER is a fast-paced page-turner, full of unexpected twists and an ending I did not see coming. Impossible to put down!” – Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest
“Tense and deliciously twisty, THE WIFE STALKER is a hall of mirrors in which Liv Constantine delivers sinister surprises with characteristic sleight of hand.”- Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny
“Wickedly entertaining. With THE WIFE STALKER, Liv Constantine proves once again to be a master of domestic malice.”- Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door
“The Wife Stalker is a daring, dastardly story with complex characters and a sinister plot. A read-through-the-night thriller that mesmerizes to the final page. An absolute must for your 2020 list!” – Samantha Downing, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“Liv Constantine has done it again. Suspenseful and mesmerizing, Constantine’s third novel is a breakneck thriller that keeps you riveted from the first page to that explosive, jaw-dropping twist. If you’re looking for an addictive, up-all-night read, The Wife Stalker is as good as it gets.” – Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets
“Oh, you sneaky sisters. Liv Constantine got me in the best possible way with The Wife Stalker, a wicked, whip-smart bag of tricks about a woman fighting to hold onto her family. Read this one in one long gulp, then read it again to see what you missed the first time through. I promise you won’t see it coming.” – Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife
“Liv Constantine has done it again. THE WIFE STALKER is a masterclass of domestic suspense that keeps you up all night, turning the page, desperate to find out what happens next. Can’t recommend this book enough! Fun, thrilling, and an ending you simply won’t see coming!” -Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
I’ve been so excited for this book since I saw it. It’s just got such a graphic cover mixed with such an intriguing synopsis and I immediately said: I want to read this. This is the perfect thriller for the upcoming summer months. It’s just the perfect setting for that summer climate.
I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers this year and I’ve got to say that I’m really enjoying the genre. There’s something about getting into the psychological aspect of what motivates and drives people to do some crazy things. One thing I find from reading books like The Wife Stalker is that you don’t always like the main characters, and that’s ok! Did I love each and every one of these characters? No. Did it almost make the whole story seem more realistic and intense? Yes. We get to delve deep into the lives of Joanna and Piper and really see what motivates them to make the decisions they have. And that’s all I’m going to say on that, because it’s a thriller and the less you know the better the read!
All in all this was an exciting thrill (see what I did there?) of a read. The story takes you down many roads and the ending spits you out in a place you never saw coming. It’s like riding the newest roller coaster! I also have to say that this will be the perfect book for you to pick up now and read as the weather starts warming up. I don’t know, there’s just something about it that makes me think of summer (and maybe it’s honestly just that gorgeous coral in the cover).
About the Author
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other’s inboxes. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother.
Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.
When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.
Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.
“David Bell more than delivers on the shocking premise of THE REQUEST, which is a gripping exploration of guilt, loyalty, and desperation. THE REQUEST combines complex characters, social commentary, and expertly meted out plot twists that will keep readers guessing – and gasping – until the final page. Bell is a master.”—Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of The Swap and The Party
“Fast-paced and thrilling, with twists at every turn, THE REQUEST kept me guessing until it’s satisfying conclusion.”—Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell
Wow, what a synopsis, right?! This book is just a crazy roller coaster ride. I mean, imagine not only if, but why one of your friends would set you up for murder. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout this story, and while some of it might be predictable the “why” behind it all is what shines and makes this thriller so intriguing.
This book takes place over a short period of time, and I think that that really worked for this book. I actually prefer when thrillers take place over short period of time because I find it more realistic and the stakes are higher. What interested me the most is that the characters were seemingly rather ordinary people. Yet you have this crazy plot. Plus it was so successfully done, that the juxtaposition between the two made so much sense.
I have to admit that this is my first read by Bell, but I can see just why he is so popular. I will be definitely checking out more of his books in the future. This is an incredibly fast-paced book, which means you’ll want to binge it in one go! Which, as you know, I love doing. It’s definitely a great book to just sit down and let your mind be blown.
About the Author
David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His previous novels include Layover, Somebody’s Daughter, Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.
Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.
Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.
When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him.
“A dazzling hall-of-mirrors thriller: ferociously smart, furiously paced, and — best of all — honest-to-goodness surprising. All hail Wendy Walker.”– AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“I raced through The Night Before, another page-turning cracker from Wendy Walker. You’re in for a treat!”– BA Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
“As timely as it is compelling, The Night Before gripped me from the first page all the way to its stunning conclusion. Through twist after twist, the story takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go. A riveting read!” – Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied
“Tightly coiled and perfectly plotted, The Night Before is a wonderfully tense and extremely pleasurable read…Wendy Walker lures us in with a gathering sense of dread, proving once again that she is among the most talented and fearless writers at work today” – Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
“Wendy Walker proves her ingenuity with her latest hair-raising chiller. Teeming with taut writing, an abundance of jaw-dropping revelations, and Walker’s uncanny insight into the dark side of human nature, The Night Before is irresistible.” – Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
“A sharp, suspenseful, roller-coaster of a thriller…Walker unravels the hidden secrets between families and friends in this smart, compelling read. Impossible to put down!” –Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls
“Pulse-pounding action makes you race to the finish of this addictive thriller…Just when you think you have everything figured out, Walker pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you staggered. The writing sings, and the twists deliver” – Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
So this is one of those books that is kind of difficult to review because I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say is that this book is addicting. I mean, that’s the whole reason behind thrillers. You want to be entranced and shocked, waiting to find out the next big twist and Walker definitely succeeded in doing that.
The Night Before is an extremely easy book to devour. I feel that this is true for a lot of suspense books because you just get so absorbed in the story. There were so many twists and turns in this story and they were mixed between easy to guess/foresee and came out of nowhere. Which I think is a genius idea because it keeps the reader on their toes and keeps the story really interesting.
So, as you can see my review was extremely vague. But I just didn’t want to accidentally give anything away. I think that this is one of those books that it is best for you to go in with a vague sense of what might happen and just see where the story takes you.
About the Author
Wendy Walker is the national bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night and The Night Before. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wendy is currently finishing her fourth thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her three sons.
Print Length: 674 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461177367 Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (November 28, 2017) Publication Date: November 28, 2017 Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC Language: English
The Spear that pierced Christ’s side on the Cross has played a secret, but major role in history. Charlemagne, Constantine, Otto the Barbarian, The Knights Templar and Adolf Hitler all owned it… and believed it gave them the power to rule the world.
What if they were right?
The first time Dr. Cait Monahan ever heard of the Spear of Longinus was the night her husband was murdered because of it. That was when the terror began.
…right before the U.S. Government, the CIA, Neo Nazis, the Vatican and a secret cabal of 13 powerful global manipulators sent their assassins after her and her 9 year old.
…just before a lethal secret propelled her across Europe following a riddle that hadn’t been solved since the Holocaust. …just before Cait Monahan became entrapped in an interdimensional labyrinth that her own husband may have helped design.
Now she’s a player in a game that has led to mystery, magic, mayhem and murder for over 2000 years, and only the help of a tribunal of long dead men may be able to save her.
Vibrant and cerebral, filled with intrigue, Conspiracy Theory and more ancient secrets than the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lark’s Labyrinth pits characters you’ll care about against a mystery you’ll want to solve.
Inside Lark’s Labyrinth is a secret men have killed for …now a woman, her sister, her child and their small band of friends are all that stand between us and the dark, insidious power that’s a hairsbreadth away from ruling the world.
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Praise for Lark’s Labyrinth
“Politics and religion collide as Spellman delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful, and totally enjoyable thriller… The author constructs a blistering story–replete with political and religious intrigue–that never slows down and will keep readers turning the pages of this spectacular thrill ride.” ―Publisher’s Weekly Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN
“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings
“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings
“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings
“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind
“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind
“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child
“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child
“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child
Well, what a ride! There is just so much packed into this book. While there is so much in this book the world building is extensive enough to help everything make sense. I mean, this is a tome of a book. It’s the thic bottomed girl that I love to see in books (ignore me being weird, I just really like long books). It makes it even better though when I’m reading a big book that continues to make me want to learn more.
You know, it might be the current events that are making me feel this way (honestly though, I’m just typically like this), but I’m really digging all of the elements in this story. I mean, there’s just almost too many to list. Which I know can sound daunting, but it’s really now because everything just masterfully came together. Plus, I’m going to go back to this, but the book is heavy so there’s time for everything to be woven together. But I can’t even say I know what genre I would classify it as because it could fit into so many different ones.
All in all I really enjoyed this book. Don’t be fooled by it’s size, it really lures you in! And since it covers so many different things I think any number of people would be really intrigued by it.
About the Author
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Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.
Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.
Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.
Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.
She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.