Jan 102019
 

TIARA by Helga Zeiner
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Publication Date: July 15, 2018
ASIN: B07F18M976
Pages: 337
Review Copy From: Won via GR
Edition: eBook
My Rating: 4

Synopsis (via GR)

One day, barely fifteen, Tiara viciously attacks a woman in a coffee shop, and claims to have no memory of the attack. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Eaton believes the reason for her partial amnesia lies in her past as a former star of child beauty pageants. He digs deep in an effort to unlock her memory. What he discovers is so sinister, it will shock you to the core.

My Thoughts

I started reading this book and after the first few pages, knew it would be a page turner. However, as I continued, it sounded very familiar to me. I knew I had read other books by this author, SECTION 132 and BIRTHDAYS OF A PRINCESS, so I checked my blog to double check that I hadn’t read this title before and I hadn’t. So I went back to reading but by the time I got to the 9th Chapter, I knew I had read it so this time I checked GR and found this:
Please note: an early version of this thriller was previously published by the author under the title ‘Birthdays of a Princess’.

So I am reposting my review from June 1, 2013!

I was first introduced to this author when I read and reviewed her novel, Section 132which was a page turner.

 

Birthdays of a Princess hooked me by the end of the Prologue.  A mother, watching TV, is shocked when she realizes the attacker of a brutal stabbing of a woman, the news is reporting on, was her 15 year old daughter.  But why?  And who is this victim?  Was it a random act?  After Tiara’s arrest, a painful and emotional journey begins for why this child committed this vicious crime.  Secrets that have been repressed come to light.  And the only way she can recall these horrifying memories is to correlate it to her birthdays

 

Birthdays of a Princess is an intense psychological thriller and might be considered disconcerting by some readers, but unfortunately in today’s world, it is also a reality.  A tale of  extreme trauma and exploitation of a child.  A mother’s selfishness and inability to parent.  The betrayal of adults that were the protectors.  Secrets, lies, greed and drugs.  A child perpetrator that is truly the victim.  And her quest for healing.

Birthdays of a Princess is a chilling fictional read, but sadly, is also a real life actuality.  Scary!!  A white knuckle, edge of your seat read!!

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  • Jan 082019
     


    THE PERFECT LIAR by Thomas Christopher Greene
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Published by St. Martin’s Press
    Publication Date: Jan. 15, 2019
    ISBN-10: 1250128218
    ISBN-13: 978-1250128218
    Pages: 288
    Review Copy From: St. Martin’s via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis (via GR)


    A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other, for fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.

    Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

    Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

    Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other —secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

    My Thoughts

    Susannah and her son Freddy have been on their own for 16 years after her husband Joseph passed away. And then she met Max “W” at a party that Susannah’s boss was hosting for the art community. Not long after, Max proposed on the very spot that they first met.

    They had the perfect life, or at least that’s what it appeared to be. Max’s notoriety soared in the art world, after traveling to give his talk on “You Are The Art”. He was sought after and was then offered an academician appointment at a Vermont College. Three years after settling down in Vermont, the cryptic notes started showing up on their front door.

    The first note read I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Two notes would follow.

    But who were these notes intended for since both Susannah and Max had deep buried secrets that neither one of them knew about?

    The story was captivating from the start. However, at approximately 30-50% of the story, I found it dragged some. But after that, the suspense and action picked up and at that point, I was frantically turning the pages.

    I did figure out who the letters were intended for, but not who wrote them nor the why for the motive. It all came together in a climatic ending.

    Another psychological thriller that you should read!!

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  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • Jan 032019
     

    THE LIAR’S WIFE by Samantha Hayes
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Published by Bookouture
    Publication Date: November 22, 2018
    ASIN: B07GX16TFM
    Pages: 358
    Review Copy From: Bookouture via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon…

    But Ella has never been married.

    In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.

    Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.

    What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…

    My Thoughts

    This book sure packed a wallop!!!!

    Ella Sinclair has a strict routine, work, home sleep, work home, sleep. That is until she wakes up in the hospital after being hit by a van as she was riding her bike home after work. But something is drastically wrong. The nurse informs Ella that her husband has been by her side since she was admitted. The problem is that Ella is not married.

    For the past 10 years, Ella has kept to herself. She doesn’t share anything about her personal life nor does she interact with her co-workers socially as she is hiding from her past. That is until she opens her eyes at the hospital and sees that her past has caught up with her.

    A thrilling and chilling read from the Prologue to the last word!! A white knuckle experience! The story alternates between the present and what happened 10 years ago. The ending was mind blowing, which I did not see coming. I don’t think I have ever hated a character as much as I did with Jacob.

    This is the first book that I have read by this author, however, it won’t be my last. I am putting Ms. Hayes on my “authors to read” list.

    If you like psychological thrillers, then I highly recommend this book.

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    • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
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    Dec 042018
     

    BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Published by Harlequin
    Publication Date: March 19, 2019
    ASIN: B07BW2R5WT
    Pages: 368
    Review Copy From: Harlequin via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

    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.

    Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

    From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

    My Thoughts

    WOW! This was one heck of a jaw dropper!

    An intense, complex and twisted story with a cast of characters that are equally complex and filled with flaws.

    The story takes place in 3 main time frames, the past, present and 10 days before the killing, 9 days, etc. With that being said, and not wanting to give away even the slightest spoiler, I kept turning the pages since I wanted to know who the victim was and the possible suspect. However, there was even more that was chilling, and that was the motive.

    A story that will have your heart pounding and shaking your head! It will grab you from the first page and suspenseful to the last word!

    If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this one is for you.

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  • Nov 212018
     

    WHEN NEVER COMES by Barbara Davis
    Genre: Women’s Fiction
    Published by Lake Union Publishing
    Publication Date: May 1, 2018
    ISBN-10: 1503950174
    ISBN-13: 978-1503950177
    Pages: 352
    Review Copy From: Author
    Edition: TPB
    My Rating: 5+

     

    Synopsis (via GR)

    Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.

    As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.

    Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?

    My Thoughts

    This is the first book by this writer that I have read and she is now on my “authors to read” list.

    I honestly don’t know where to start because this book blew me away. I don’t want to give anything away so I say ditto to the synopsis.

    Even though I figured out how this book would end, it’s the journey to that point, that the author takes the reader on with her written words that cut me to my core and filled my heart and soul.

    I read this book within 24 hours because I literally could not put it down. It is what I call a book that transports the reader into the story, being so engrossed and feeling that I was a bystander in Sweetwater, VA.

    The characters felt like my friends. I could feel their emotions of betrayal, despair, excitement, grief, guilt, happiness, the bonds of friendship, love, and the complexity of their thoughts.

    Sweetwater, a small and quaint town, reminded me of a town that I lived in for 4 years and was my 2nd home, especially with the scenes about the 4th of July traditions.

    There were a few passages that hit me hard:

    pg. 215 Never is all the doors we keep shut. It’s the things we won’t let ourselves have or be because we don’t think we’re good enough or strong enough for more.

    pg. 219 …there are places in our minds where we lock up all the things we don’t want to remember…filled with all the stuff we don’t want anyone, including ourselves, to see and then one day something yanks these doors open.

    A raw, emotional, realistic, and compelling read! Poignant and impassioned! A dynamic and powerful message. An intense story that will stay with me to my dying day!

    Warning: you will need a box of tissues for both the happy and sad tears!

    I can’t stress enough how much this book touched me. I highly recommend!

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    • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
    • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
    • I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. I am providing link(s) solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this Book/EBook.