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[#BookReview] The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

I had to sit and really think about how I felt with this one! In all honesty, the Prologue and last 30% of the book were the best parts.

After reading the first 20% I almost wanted to give up! There’s a lot of background story on Theo, which made for a slower read and had me thinking at one point whether there was even a point to all this. I assure you, there is! You just have to be patient and keep reading.

I was a bit disappointed that majority of the book was actually centered on Theo. I was expecting to hear more of Alicia’s POV. But I was determined to find out if Alicia ends up speaking or not, and if she really killed her husband which is what kept me going.

Aside from the slow pace, I thought the author did a brilliant job with the big reveal and adding tidbits of information on other characters to second guess yourself.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

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March Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How did your reading go this month? Did you read all the books that was on your March list?

It was a good month for me. I was able to read additional books that weren’t on my list, but were on my tbr:

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams –⭐⭐ 1/2

Where’d You Go Burnadette? by Maria Semple -⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – DNF

The Pisces by Melissa Broder – ⭐⭐⭐

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[#BookReview] The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Ummm..well this was…interesting? I’ve never read anything like this, so it was definitely bizarre and left me questioning how I would even rate it.

I don’t read erotica, but sex with a merman?! I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Aside from the steamy scenes, this story touches on some dark, yet serious topics such as depression and suicide.

Lucy is on a downward spiral. She’s lost the passion for writing her thesis and just broke up with her longtime boyfriend Jamie.

I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it or roll my eyes either.

There were times she rambled on, but I was quite entertained by Lucy’s interactions with the men she meets.

Definitely a summer or beach read.

Have you read it?

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself.

Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

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[#BlogTour] Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

** Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for my ARC **

There’s no mercy in this story and packs a good punch right from the first chapter.  There’s bloodshed, magic and unlikely alliances.

I found myself in awe of the atmosphere and setting that Duncan creates. The architecture, snow and the mountains… It had a bit of a Game of Thrones feel to it.

The Characters..

Serefin

I had a soft spot for him right from the start and really enjoyed his parts of the book. I always seem to fall for the bad boys!! Seriously..that scar on his eye had me thinking Jason Mamoa (yum).

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In all fairness, if someone had slashed your eye as a child, I think you’d be out for blood too!

Ostyia

Serefin’s companion..I liked her! She was a badass. Very Kill Bill with her missing eye!

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Nadya

Even though she was my least favourite character, her gift of communicating with different gods and what they could do was pretty neat. I admired her loyalty.

Malachiasz

He kinda comes out of nowhere..he’s dark, mysterious and whaat? Tranavian!

To be honest, I was a bit confused with his introduction into the story and it takes a while to figure out why he’s there.

The way his appearance was described, I couldn’t help but picture the Medjai from The Mummy.

Overall, it felt like I was playing a game Mario Kart. You start off fast, things begin to slow down, but then you pick up speed again.

It was a bit of a heavier fantasy, but I really enjoyed the concept and action scenes.

To read an excerpt: Wicked Saints

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

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Where’d You Go Burnadette by Maria Semple @_MariaSemple @backbaybooks

Genre: Chick Lit, Humor

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do you ever buy books just for the cover? Maybe even the colour?

I liked this cover and was I intrigued by the title.

It’s written in a series of emails & letters, with Bee as the narrator which I loved.

There were some parts I skimmed through, but overall I was entertained and enjoyed this book.

I won’t get into details, cause I feel like it will ruin the story and reading experience..so you can read the description below and decide for yourself whether it’s for you or not.

Personally, I think it makes the perfect beachy read! 😉

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

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Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #bookreview @parkrowbooks @Bookclubbish @HarlequinBooks

** Special thanks to Park Row Books, Harlequin Books & Annie Ward for my ARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense

My advice if you are going to read this one, is to treat it as more of a domestic suspense/drama.

The story is told in multiple POV’S with different timelines. It starts off intense, with a gruesome murder scene and a slow burning journey to the past. That’s not to say it wasn’t necessary, but I did find myself skimming ahead.

I do have to point out that all the parts leading to the 911 call & scene of the crime were exciting and done incredibly well! So extra Brownie points for that!

The Characters..

There’s always at least one character in a story that you are drawn to and like, even if they’re a bit flawed. This was not the case. All 3 main characters were flawed and not particularly likeable which is okay, because they made for a good story.

Maddie

She surprised me the most and wasn’t what I would deem a best friend. I did enjoy her vulgarness though:

I decide without reservation that I love my Zumba camel-toe hippie psychologist with the rhinestones on her cap.

Ian

He rubbed me the wrong way from the minute he was introduced to Maddie. It was obvious he had issues from the get-go.

Joanna

I found her to be very wishy washy. She was selfish and catty. There seemed to be a lot of hidden jealousy and competitiveness between her and Maddie. For two women who were supposed to be best friends, they struck me more as frenemies.

I liked the twist that was thrown in at the end! It was the perfect way to wrap this story up.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and think it would make a nice beachy read or travel companion if you’re looking for some drama and suspense.

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.

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths @HMHbooks @ellygriffiths #BookReview #BOTM

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Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

** Special thanks to HMH Books & Elly Griffiths for my ARC **

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I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book! The story starts of with a great opener, which is a ghost story written by R.M Holland and continues throughout the book. It sets that dark, eerie tone..I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

As you know (or maybe you don’t), I LOVE stories told in multiple POV’s! It always makes for unreliable characters and throws you out for a loop.

Mysteries and thrillers are my jam, and this one had my detective skills in overdrive!

I had my list of probable suspects, but Griffiths managed to steer me off road. Even though the person whodunnit was on my list, they still seemed SO unlikely (good thing I’m not a real detective)!! Bravo! 👏👏

I absolutely loved how The Stranger was incorporated into this story. Pure genius!

This one will keep your wheels spinning till the very end.

If you love a good murder mystery, I highly recommend this one.

I totally lost sleep over this one cause I binge read it on my days off, but it was soo worth it.

Have you read it?? What did you think?

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature.

To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary: “Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me.”
Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?