You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie @SimonSchusterCa @CEMcKenzie1

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Pub Date: June 9, 2020.

QOTD: Do you ever find the title while reading the book?

Jessica Two has texted me back.

You can’t catch me, her text says.

There’s no more sleep after that.

This was my first time reading about identity theft and cults, and it didn’t disappoint.

I literally yelled out “A-HA! I knew it!!”, when I got to part 3, while my 6 year old looked at me like I’d gone coo coo. 🤪
But of course, I was only half right!

Jessica Two’s twenty questions were kinda creepy, and really makes you think just how easy it is for someone to catfish you.

I really enjoyed the alternating timelines between Jess’ past and what was happening in the present. And the final twist..this will either work for some of you, or it won’t. But I loved it.

If anything, I kinda wanted more action. It’s hard for me to explain this part without giving anything away. But I would have liked to see this story go a little darker. But that’s just me.

Overall, it’s an A+ from me and would recommend it to anyone wanting to dip their toes into mystery & thrillers.

Trigger warnings: suicide, cult

** Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest opinion. **

Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel @stephwrobel @SimonSchusterCA @BerkleyPub

** Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my advanced readers copy, and to Berkley Pub for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley **

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Riddle me this: if I spent almost two decades abusing my daughter, why did she offer to pick me up today?If you like:

-Domestic dramas
-Suspense
-dysfunctional characters
-Alternating POV’s

HOT DAYMN! My first 5-star read of 2020 and book I can’t shut up about!!

I knew I was gonna love this one from the very first page! If it weren’t for the need to sleep or care for a baby and my kids, I seriously would have blew through this in one sitting!

I’m still at a loss for words cause I’m currently hungover from this one.  It’s hard for me to fully articulate my thoughts without giving away any spoilers.  But I will say this: if I wasn’t feeling sorry for these characters, I was hating them and loved every moment of it! It took cray cray to a whole other level.

This was an incredible debut. I cannot wait to see what Stephanie Wrobel brews up next!

Have you read it? Is it on your tbr?

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica


Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

**Thank you Netgalley & Park Row Books for my eARC **

If you like:

-Multiple POV’s
-Plot twists
-domestic thrillers
-unreliable characters

I wasn’t feelin her last book, but I feel like Mary Kubica really amped up her game with the storyline for this one.  From the creepy looking house, the murder and the introduction of Camille & Mouse 😳

While I enjoyed it as a whole, I wasn’t mind blown like I wanted to be:

-It was a bit slow and lackluster after the 2nd chapter.

-There was some repetitiveness, but there was a reason for it, which I don’t want to give any spoilers.

– I figured out the plot twists within the first 3 chapters.  But having read Kubica’s work before, I already expected a predictable read.

Overall, I loved the ending and still found myself flipping the pages at 2am.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

Have you read it? Have you read any of her other books? Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup @HarperCollinsCa

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Two dark brown chestnuts placed on top of each other, the top one small and the bottom one large. Two holes have been scratched into the smaller chestnut to make eyes. Match sticks have been poked into the larger one, representing arms and legs.

You know the Christmas song..by Nat King Cole?

🎶 Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.. 🎶

Okay, seriously..now that I’ve read this book, whenever I hear this song, I will have that image (of the chestnut man) in my head! And I will never look at chestnuts the same!!

Bring on the Scandinavian crime fiction, cause this was one hell of a fucking ride! It was gruesome and had my heart racing. The exact kind of crime thriller I’ve been searching for! For the first time, it actually kept me guessing, even when I thought I had an idea who the killer was.

I haven’t seen The Killing, but will definitely be watching it, having read this book.

This won’t be for everyone, but for me, it made my list of favourite reads.

Have you read it? Have you watched The Killing?

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

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