Book Review: The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon

The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Published by Doubleday on August 4, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, horror, mystery, paranormal

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: purchased

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The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.

Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

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Like This? Try That! Psychological Thriller Edition #1

Like this? Try that! Psychological Thriller Edition

For this edition of Like This? Try That! I wanted to focus on psychological thrillers as it’s a genre I tend to gravitate towards. Recently, I’ve read a slew of thrillers that were not only really entertaining but also gave me strong vibes of other popular thrillers.

With this genre, it’s not entirely unexpected to find plenty of books with the word “lie” in the title, but it is a fun irony that all three recommendations I have today feature it. I also love it when the covers resemble each other, and some of these definitely do!

Ready to see my picks?

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October Reading Wrap Up

October Reading Wrap UpOctober was an… interesting reading month. I’m not entirely sure how, but I managed to read 10 books in total, which is a lot more than typical for me. On the other hand, many of them were various degrees of middling. I don’t know if I’m getting pickier the more I read and review, or if it was just a coincidence of timing.

During this month I also started to feel my reading mood change. As much as I love a fast paced thriller, I find myself craving more classics and longer books to immerse myself in. Maybe it’s the change of season, maybe my tastes are changing as I get older, or maybe I just read too many new thrillers all at once and need a break. Regardless of the reason, I’m going to start incorporating more books that are longer or have stood the test of time in my rotation. I do like to read from a wide variety of genres, though, and don’t see that changing anytime soon so you won’t see too much of a change in the blog overall.

Anyway. I’m ready to talk about the books I read and reviewed this month now, how about you?

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Book Review: Still Life, by Louise Penny

Still Life, by Louise Penny

Still Life by Louise Penny

Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks on May 1, 2007 (first published 2005)

Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery

Format & Length: paperback, 293

Source: purchased

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Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with power, ingenuity, and charm.

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Audiobook Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Published by Hachette Audio on October 20, 2016

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1

Genre(s): fiction, historical fiction, mystery, young adult

Format & Length: audiobook, 09:26:50

Source: library

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Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Book Review: Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, by Michael Ban

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, by Michael Ban

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child by Michael Ban

Published by author on February 11, 2018

Series: Fire on the Clouds Trilogy, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 454

Source: author

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Ever had one of those days when your parents get murdered by assassins from another planet, and your toothbrush tells you to head for an ancient castle, to shut down a dangerous inter-dimensional portal? Yeah, me too. That was last Monday.

Turns out, there’s a war going on in a land that I have to get to, through a portal to another planet. These big, mean monsters are rampaging all over, killing everyone in their path.

Apparently, I was born in that land, and some people think I’m the only one that can stop those monsters. Which is quite a laugh, actually, since I can’t even stop myself from being bullied on playgrounds.

So, armed with only my trusty schoolbag and a magical toothbrush, I head there to find out what destiny has in store for me.

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child is a young adult fantasy book, charting the hilarious and whimsical journey of a 16-year old city kid, as he journeys through a mystical realm and battles enemies, humans and monsters alike, with his smarts, his courage, and a backpack full of toys.

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Book Review: Vox, by Christina Dalcher

Vox, by Christina Dalcher

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Published by Berkley on August 21, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, science fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: library

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One of Entertainment Weekly’s and SheReads’ books to read after The Handmaid’s Tale
One of Good Morning America’s “Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer”

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Book Review: Phantom Wheel, by Tracy Deebs

Phantom Wheel, by Tracy Deebs

Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 16, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, thriller, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 403

Source: publisher

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Believing they have been recruited by the CIA, six teen hackers arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a college scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. But one of the teens, Owen, walks out, refusing to participate. The other five decide to stay and complete the tests. When they finish, they leave feeling equally accomplished and unnerved.
Then silence-until they receive a text from Owen: You’ve been played. He’s uncovered evidence that the hackers created “Phantom Wheel,” the most devastating virus ever made. Jacento, the corporation behind it all, plans to use this virus to gain unprecedented access to personal data. And that’s just the beginning of the devastation. Can the teen hackers stop Phantom Wheel-and protect their own secrets from being revealed-before it’s too late?

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Book Review: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Published by Ecco on March 27, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, historical fiction, suspense

Format & Length: e-book, 320

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The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

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Book Review: The Darkness, by Ragnar Jónasson

The Darkness, by Ragnar Jonasson

The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson

Published by Minotaur Books on October 16, 2018 (expected) (first published October 15th 2015)

Series: Hidden Iceland, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 352

Source: Netgalley

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Ragnar Jonasson burst onto the American scene with Snowblind and Nightblind, the first two novels in the Dark Iceland series, and the praise was overwhelming. Now he launches a new series featuring a completely new sleuth, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police department.

When a young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, is found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of Iceland, Hulda starts to ask questions. But it isn’t long before she realizes that no one wants her to investigate this murder. She eventually must decide whether solving this case is worth losing her life.

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