The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

4 Stars from me

This clever tale is a psychological thriller which had me feeling at times as though I was on a roller coaster climbing towards the top of a slope that I knew would soon be hurtling me down the other side!

There are some really great (for great read awful, despicable, deplorable) characters within these pages who you simply can’t help but loathe – are you right or wrong about them though, that is the question.

I half thought this book wouldn’t live up to the blurb, I worried it might be too fluffy and possibly even a hybrid crossing the chic lit borderline; trust me, it isn’t, it is a stone cold psychological thriller that will well and truly leave you guessing!

Synopsis: A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

4 stars from me!

What a topsy turvy, twisty turny little thriller this is!

I think the best way to read this book is literally just to get on an read it, ignore all the existing reviews, clear your mind and dive in.

You will need your wits about you to keep up with the storyline which cleverly unravels – often leading you further along to yet another wrong conclusion.

Some likeable characters but actually not that many, which I always find to be a brave move from the author or authors in this case as I’ve noticed now that there are two names listed on the cover. (I wonder how that whole process works?)

All loose ends are tied up as the story comes to a close but brace yourself as there are lots of loose ends and lots of pieces of information which pull together to tighten the noose around a cracking read.

I’ve seen lots of reviews which compare this to Gone Girl and, although I see why, I personally don’t think The Wife Between Us would make for a blockbuster movie – maybe I’ll be proved wrong on that one.

 

Synopsis: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. 

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

The Girl in 6E by A R Torre

Girl 6E3.5 Stars from me

What a rude book *blushes*

Rude as in saucy, racy, sexy – and way more so than I was expecting from reading the back cover! I’d think twice about lending it to someone purely because of this.

Having said that, it isn’t an arousing form of saucy so don’t rush out and buy it thinking it’s the next 50 Shades. (Not that I’ve read 50 Shades.) The, quite graphic, sexual descriptions relate to the web cam work that Jessica does to earn a living, it goes into detail and is clearly well researched. Have to admit though I found it overkill after a while, yes we get the idea. I loved Jeremy but I doubt he realistically would have got involved.

I wanted to rate this book much higher but in the end can’t do it as too much was fluffed over. I think it was a bit daft to portray her as a dangerous killer – simply the wrong stance. She could have been reclusive based on her experiences of life and that would have made sense but the ‘you aren’t safe around me’ stuff was a bit naff in the end.

Ignoring that, the book was excellent and without it (and with a bit less cam sex!) I would easily have been giving it 5 stars.

Still a good book and an enjoyable read all the same – although not one to read in a public place!

Synopsis: I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

First And Only by Peter Flannery

5 Stars From Me!

First and Only

Once you get past the pretty naff use of fonts on the cover and the whole self publish look and feel of this book you will soon find yourself turning pages at a rate of knots as the story pulls you in.

I read this as part of a book group and wasn’t especially looking forward to it but boy was I wrong – you know that whole thing about not judging a book by it’s cover? Well, that.

Psimon is an intriguing and believable character, I warmed to him immediately and felt compelled to read more, the whole physic concept fascinates me and I love the way that he accepts his powers.

I have to confess to rolling my eyes when I read the back cover blurb about the ex SAS man but I was wrong again as he was a excellent character too!

I read this book in two sittings, it would have been one but I literally HAD to get to an appointment so had to reluctantly put the book down. It is a gripping and engaging thriller that opens up a who world of ‘what if’.

If you like thrillers and are even mildly curious about psychic powers you will love this book. In fact I think most people would love it as it is such a clever and well constructed story, with characters that you care about and fast paced race to its conclusion.

I am still confused by the message he writes at the end though – if anyone has any ideas or theories as to what that is all about I’d love to hear them.

To buy First And Only click here.