The Sister By: The Sister (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

‘I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me…’

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

About Author:

Louise Jensen is a million copy author of Global No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate and The Date. Her novels have also been sold for translation to nineteen territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List.

Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire.

  • Publisher:  Bookouture
  • Publisher Date: July 16, 2016
  • Pages: 307
  • Genre:   Psychological, Mystery

My Review:

*Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

The Sister is another wonderful psychological thriller from Louise Jensen.

This is an excellent debut novel – a pyschological thriller that builds slowly, gradually filling out the details and adding layers to produce a sizzling finale when it all comes together with some major reveals.

A story about secrets, lies, and a friendship bond that lasts through tough times, but then is broken by death, The Sister: A psychological thriller with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming was a page turner that kept me guessing. The main characters were; Grace and Charlie they met when they were very young, and after Charlie has stood up for Grace when a boy (Dan) pokes fun at her. Later, Grace, Charlie, and Dan will all become friends, and the group includes a few others. Some who stay friends, while others do not.  From the turning of the first few pages, we find out that Charlie has died and Grace is inconsolable.  Grace returns to the exact spot where the two had buried a memory box when they were fifteen years old. She digs it up but waits to deal with the contents at later time.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but it unravels quite cleverly, and thought I had certain suspicions from the start, which were essentially confirmed by the end, there were lots of twists and turns I definitely did not expect.

If you like 1 psychological thrillers then pick this book for your next read.  I have one more book to read from this Author and I can’t wait to start reading it.

Have a great summer! Happy Reading!



The Secret By: K.L. Slater (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

You turn your back for a minute. And now your son is in terrible danger …

Louise is struggling to cope.  As a busy working mum, she often has to leave her eight-year-old son Archie at her sister Alice’s flat.

Alice and Louise used to be close.  But there’s a lot they don’t know about each other now – like the bottle of vodka Louise hides in her handbag, Alice’s handsome new friend and the odd behaviour of her next-door neighbour.

Archie is a curious little boy. He likes to play on his own at his auntie’s flat until one day when he sees something he shouldn’t. Now he has a secret of his own.  One he can’t tell his mum. One that could put him and his family in terrible danger.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the top five bestselling author K.L.Slater.  Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

About Author:

After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.

Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.

My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.

The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.

I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.

I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim S

  • Genre:  SuspenseThriller
  • Expected publication: July 27th 2018
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Pages:  331

My Review:

I would like to thank Netgalley, Bookouture and The Fiction Café Review for an advance copy of The Secret.

This is the first of KL Slater books I have read and it won’t be the last, it’ s written very well and comprehensively. Well, there’s more than one secret here – and not one of them was anything I expected.

This was a good psychological thriller with many twists and turns and secrets.  The story revolves around two sisters Louise and Alice.  They both have secrets and are determined not to let the other learn them.  Louise is picture perfect while Alice is a nervous wreck due to a previous incident which has changed her life (both physical and mental) for the worse.    Until one day her sister dropped of her son Archie for her to watch.  Alice formed a bond with Archie which and which she was starting to venture out into the public.  I love the bond between these two.

I couldn’t wait to see if I could guess the secret, but every time I thought I had, nope it would give me another twist.

Heart-stirring from start to finish!  

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Guess Who By: Chris McGeorge (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

The rules are simple.

But the game is not.

At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”

Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.

An ingenious, page-turning debut, Chris McGeorge’s Guess Whomatches the high-wire plotting of classic “locked room” mysteries into the unstoppable pacing of the modern-day thriller.

About Author:

Chris McGeorge has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime / Thriller) from City University London where he wrote his first crime novel Dead Room for this thesis. He constantly told stories from a young age, whether they took the form of comics, short stories or scripts.

He is a lover of Golden Age crime, like Christie and Conan Doyle, leading his crime stories to be a mix of the old and the contemporary. He likes weird and wonderful plots, with plenty of intrigue and twists.

His often coherent ramblings about everything pop culture can be found on his blog Festival of Blood and occasionally he produces the Sarcasmicast podcast with a group of friends.

  • Paperback:  416 pages
  • Publisher:  Orion (3 May 2018)
  • Genre:  Thrillers, Mystery, Crime

My Review:

I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Guess Who.

Guess Who tells the tale of a former child detective, Morgan Sheppard, who wakes up in a locked hotel room with five strangers and the dead body of his former psychiatrist.

I was so intrigued by the premise, but the delivery fell a little flat for me. I was bored at times and could not connect with any of the characters. At times it was slow and seemed to drag on and on.

I am giving this 4 stars, I will continue to look for more from this author.

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The Dream Virgin: A Ventures Nest Thriller By: Don Quine (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

The Dream Virgin A young comic book entrepreneur wins a Startup contest to work on her dream venture at a innovative business incubator in the Oregon Alps, but when a homicidal maniac escapes from the state prison mental ward, the teen’s sponsored summer gets ambushed by a madman she must confront and destroy. Elfri Fleming travels to public libraries in the southwest with her ex-cop grandfather to teach kids the power of lucid dreaming. A converted school bus called the Dreamland Express, fifty-nine issues of her Dream Zoo comics, pure talent and calculated ambition helped the professional dreamer create a mobile enterprise with a loyal following who question why there have been no new comics for way too long. Why did Elfri stop drawing Dream Zoo and start a new comic book series that she keeps hidden? How in one whirlwind summer did the Texas tomboy adapt to a tourist town with a futuristic boardwalk of trend-setting shops and lakeside intrigue? What made her move into a guarded estate to help a mute boy, then fight to the death to save him from the killer who abused him eight years before? Ventures Nest is a fun and freaky high-risk thriller where the payoff of good and evil will blow the minds and capture the hearts of popular fiction fans!

About Author:

Donald “Don” Robert Charles Quine (born September 11, 1938) is an American author, actor, and sports promoter. He is known for his television roles playing Joe Chernak and Stacey Grainger in Peyton Place and The Virginian. Quine also was the president of the Professional Karate Association (PKA) whose Kick of the 80’s weekly fight series on ESPN ran for close to a decade. He wrote American Karate, a book on self-defense, and The Dream Virgin, his first novel in the thriller series called Ventures Nest.

  • Paperback:  314 pages
  • Publisher:  Gecko Group Books (May 18, 2018)
  • Genre:  Thriller

My Review:

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Disclaimer straight up: this isn’t something I’d typically pick up and read, and I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This book was wild from start to finish.

Personally, I had trouble getting into the story and the first half wasn’t very interesting to me. But somewhere around the halfway mark it picked up and I was sucked in.  I am giving this book four stars.

The Dream Virgin reads a lot like a movie or TV show (sorta like Stephen King’s Rose Red mini-series), and that’s basically how I read it (in three parts, rather than all at once).

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