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 Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Psychological thriller

Released: February 5th, 2019

Page count: 297 pages

Summary: After allegedly shooting her husband, Alicia goes mute. She refuses to defend herself, or to speak about anything at all. Her only method of communication with the outside world is through a painting she does shortly after the murder. Enter Theo. A psychotherapist, he’s determined to get Alicia to speak, so he can unravel the mystery of what really happened the night her husband died.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Did anyone else grow up playing the George Stobbart Broken Sword games? A good portion of the beginning of the book is Theo going around speaking to people who knew Alicia, and I was delightfully reminded a bit of the way the Broken Sword games go, when you’re speaking to people trying to gather information. Anyway, I won’t dwell on that for too long! It just gave me a pang of nostalgia when I was reading it.

I was really nervous about starting The Silent Patient because of how hyped it is. Everyone was telling me that it’s the best thriller of 2019 – it was even voted that by the Goodreads community – and, I’ll be honest, when I started the book I really didn’t agree with that. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, but it didn’t seem like some literary masterpiece. It definitely was fast-paced and suspenseful at the same time, and left you guessing with the mystery, but I was expecting something… more.

Then, at the end of the book, I got it. And whoa, what a ‘more’ it was! I really didn’t expect the ending at all – which I feel dumb for, since looking back you did get clues – and it completely blew me away. I think The Silent Patient does deserve its hype and the spot of best thriller of 2019.

I recommend this novel for people who grew up playing The Broken Sword games, or who like thrillers, or who like painting. Bonus points if you like all three – you’ll definitely enjoy it!


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.


Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey

Genre: Thriller

Released: March 3rd, 2020

Page count: 272 pages

Summary: Morgan is waiting for the subway so she can go to work when a stranger thrusts her baby into her arms and, saying Morgan’s name, asks her to keep the baby safe. Before Morgan can do anything, the woman is on the tracks, and the train is coming. With the woman dead, Morgan is under suspicion for the death, and must unravel the mystery of why the woman chose her – and how she knew her name.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: I love good thrillers. Lifetime movies are my guilty pleasure, and I love books that read almost like Lifetime movies – with plenty of dramatics and twists and turns. Woman on the Edge definitely satisfied that craving! It left you wondering what was going to happen as things progressed, and fed you just enough creepy things to keep you feeling like you need to figure out what happens next. I was wary to read it while home alone, because it definitely made you look over your shoulder while reading out of fear that maybe you, like Morgan, are being watched. It ends with a twist you’d never see coming. Just an all-around great thriller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!

I recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers. Bonus points if you like Lifetime movies, since I could almost see this being one of them – although the plot might be too good for one!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.