Review: In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

Genre: Thriller

Released: November 14th, 2019

Page count: 320 pages

Summary: Ava’s life seems to be picture perfect. Her husband’s finally made enough money for them to live in a large, beautiful home, and her daughter managed to beat cancer. Then a home invasion leaves her daughter fighting for her life – and it seems like the perpetrator may be closer to home than she could ever imagine.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: In Her Eyes was a thoroughly enjoyable thriller! It definitely kept you guessing, and the twists were very well thought out. I just didn’t find myself connecting with the characters very much – I didn’t feel a sense of urgency to find out what was going to happen to them, so I wasn’t really racing forward in the book, which I usually do with thrillers. I couldn’t even really get invested in the plight of June, the daughter. Also, who forgets to feed their hamster until it dies? Maybe I’m a bit too much of an animal lover, especially small animals, and I do realize the characters were a little busy, but that just made the main character seem a little heartless. I don’t know. Maybe I’m too invested in the plight of hamsters! (Humans dying in books? Fine. Animals dying in books? No!)

Overall, it was a good thriller. Right when you think you’ve figured it out, the rug’s pulled out from under you and the book is heading in a different direction! I just wish I liked/connected with the characters a bit more.

I recommend this novel for anyone who likes thrillers, and probably bonus points if you don’t like hamsters/are able to handle animal deaths better than I am.


Review: The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

Genre: Thriller

Released: January 14th, 2020

Page count: 367 pages

Summary: Roz is afraid when she finds out she’s pregnant, since she’s young and broke. She goes onto a site where you can find adoptive parents for your babies, and is matched with a celebrity couple. They seem perfect – but nothing is as it seems. They want to pass the baby off as their own.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: What a delightfully creepy thriller! The creepy things started off with just a general feeling of unease, but quickly escalated and become much worse. I told my fiance all of the weird things that happened as I read, going, “Oh my gosh, you won’t believe what happened next!” It’s the kind of book you feel like you need to talk to someone about – even though I know he doesn’t share my love for thrillers.

I really appreciated how the point of view switches between the main character, Roz, and the ‘evil character’, Sheridan, who wants Roz’s baby. It was really interesting to see Sheridan’s motivations for the things she did, and see what things were going on in her head. It really helped set the book apart, which can be hard to do with a thriller.

I recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers, or who just wants a creepy story that they’ll keep turning pages of, eyes wide, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.