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Suspense/thrillers/page-turners are my main interest when it comes to books and the creepier the better! The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic is a twisty domestic thriller that is everything you want your novel to be: excellent writing, suspense on each page, a great plot, characters that are likable…you do not want to miss this one.

Check it out:

 Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in—except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.  A mistake. Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them. This is their chance to prove they’re innocent—or to get away with murder.

 

 

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Another thriller/suspense! I hope you are enjoying this genre of books like I am.  I’m thankful for the crop of writers who share their talent with us, like Peter Swanson, B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena, Alafair Burke. You cannot go wrong with any of those authors!

You will want to read The Broken Girls by Simone St. James, its high on my list to read this weekend. Fiona Barton, another fantastic author says this book is “clever and wonderfully chilling.”

Here’s what you need to know:

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced.

I immediately think of cold winters and bare tree branches, the kind of day that’s gray and silent. And that image is what makes me want to forget all of my responsibilities and start reading right now.

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Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green captured my attention from page 1. It starts off with a young woman named Ava, visiting the house featured in an old photograph. She has questions about her past, especially after the death of the woman who adopted her. At the same time, Ava is being followed by an older man, who is he? What is the significance of the house in the photo, is Ava connected to the people who were murdered there?

Synopsis:

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.

Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.

When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.

 

This is one of those books that you can picture as a movie. No Way Home by Tyler Wetherall is a gripping story about Tyler’s childhood as the daughter of a man who was wanted by the FBI and Scotland Yard. The further I got into the book, the more I liked it and needed to know how everything was going to play out.

I love a good memoir and this one is the first I’ve read for 2018, did not disappoint!

Synopsis:

Tyler had lived in thirteen houses and five countries by the time she was nine. A willful and curious child, she never questioned her strange upbringing, that is, until Scotland Yard showed up outside her ramshackle English home, and she discovered her family had been living a lie: Her father was a fugitive and her name was not her own.

In sunny California, ten years earlier, her father’s criminal organization first came to the FBI’s attention. Soon after her parents were forced on the run taking their three young children with them, and they spent the following years fleeing through Europe, assuming different identities and hiding out in a series of far-flung places. Now her father was attempting one final escape—except this time, he couldn’t take her with him.

 

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If I had just read the synopsis for Providence by Caroline Kepnes, I may not have gravitated towards this book, I do NOT like anything remotely science fictiony and people with superpowers is a turnoff for me –

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away. 

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected. 

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

 

-BUT, because I devoured both YOU and Hidden Bodies, I knew that this author was gifted with crafting a suspenseful story and I had faith she would deliver a page turner and she certainly did.

Providence heavily features a book called “The Dunwich Horror” by H. P. Lovecraft which I had to google to see if it was a real book, it is. This one is not as sinister as her other books, its got an emotional component to it that made me care about the main character, Jon and I read it in record time because I had to see what would happen between Jon and Chloe.

I highly recommend this book, it’s out in June so you have to wait a while. If you haven’t read her other books do so right now!

 

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The Blondes of Bel Air, my YA mystery/suspense is out and if you haven’t read it, I hope you do so! Its a quick and funny read and the first in a series about two spoiled Bel Air teens who witness the death of their classmate and try to cover it up for fear they will be blamed if the truth comes out. You can find it here, or at Barnes and Noble.  My co-author, Kristen and I think it would make a great little Netflix series in a similar vein as Gossip Girl. I haven’t seen Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars but that’s the comparison we’ve heard!

HAPPY READING!