Book Review: The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

Secret Mother by Shalini Bolan

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland is a standalone psychological thriller that keeps you up reading until you finish the last page. When Tessa Markham arrives home, she finds a little boy in her kitchen asking her if she is his mom. Tessa, who has lost not one but two children in recent years, is standing dumbstruck in front of the boy, not knowing what to make of him and the whole eerie situation. As the questions are bombarding her mind one after another, there is something nagging at the back of Tessa’s mind. The little guy, Harry, reminds her of […] Read more »

Book Review: The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths is a standalone novel by Jeff Abbott, the author of the popular Sam Capra series. When I got asked to review the book, I picked it up because I love the author’s series, so I knew I’d be in for a good ride. The story follows Mariah Dunning, who has been suffering greatly, along with her father, due to her mom’s disappearance. Not only that, but they also had to deal with the police not believing her dad that he had nothing to do with Beth leaving them. He certainly didn’t kill her. So when Mariah sees her […] Read more »

Book Review: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

I’ve read The Lies We Told by Camilla Way back in August with a request to review it in October. What I would usually do in this case is review it right after reading and keeping the post in the Drafts until October. However, with holidays and lots of stuff happening during the last two months, it slipped my mind. So now, I’ll try to write the review from memory, as sadly I forgot a lot of details. But the overall impression of a well-crafted psychological thriller with lots and lots of secrets involved remained with me ever since. There […] Read more »

Sleep, Savannah, Sleep by Alistair Cross

Sleep Savannah Sleep

Sleep, Savannah, Sleep by Alistair Cross is a standalone psychological thriller with some hints of supernatural (the supernatural elements only start in the second half of the book). Jason Crandall, recently widowed, decided to start life anew in another part of the country. So he took his two kids (Brent, his almost 18-years-old son, and Amber, his small, cute, and smart daughter), packed his bag, and left Los Angeles to move to a small town called Shadow Springs, where he could work as a massage therapist, something that he hasn’t done in a long time. Soon after arriving at Shadow […] Read more »

Blame by Jeff Abbott

Blame by Jeff Abbott

Blame is a standalone novel by Jeff Abbott, the author of the Sam Capra series. I love the series, so I was curious about his other books, thus I picked up Blame. After a few pages, the first thing I said to myself was: “No, not another amnesia book!”. However, I shouldn’t have worried. This book is really different from the usual memory-loss thrillers. Two years ago, Jane Norton and her friend and neighbor, David, were driving in the middle of the night and crashed the car, killing David and leaving Jane in a coma. When she woke up in the […] Read more »

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

The topic of gone without a trace, disappeared and vanished has been featured in many movies and has been written about in countless psychological thriller novels so far. It is a very popular and catchy subject, so it’s not surprising that every movie script and book manages to add its own unique take on the theme. The movie that is still with me after all these years is The Vanishing with Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland, released in 1993. As I’ve soon learned, much to my surprise, even this movie is an American adaptation of an even older Franco-Dutch film […] Read more »

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards

The Devil’s Work is a standalone psychological thriller by Mark Edwards, the author who also wrote Follow You Home. I have to admit that The Devil’s Work is the first book I have read from this author, however it will not be my last. In fact I will go back and hunt down some of his older standalone novels, because if they are as good as this one, the author goes on my ‘to watch out for their books’ list. The meaning of be careful what you wish for, because it might just come true is a main theme in […] Read more »

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

The Body Reader Anne Frasier

The Body Reader is the latest novel by the popular romantic suspense author Anne Frasier, and so far a standalone. I read everything I can put my hands on by this author, I’ve been one of her loyal fans from the time I’ve read Hush, back in early 2002 I think. While I love romantic suspense books, I love mysteries and thrillers even more, and Anne Frasier is an author who puts the emphasis strongly on ‘suspense’ in her novels. There are no gratuitous steamy sex scenes taking center stage here. The suspense, the thrill and the chill are all […] Read more »

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go is the psychological thriller debut novel written by the author Clare Mackintosh. There is already a second book by her to be published later this year which I can’t wait to read, called I See You. This book will be very difficult to review because spoilers can really ruin it, and I mean it. It starts with a bang – a hit and run of a 5 years old child called Jacob on the road, child’s mother devastated, and it all slowly builds up from there in apparently linear fashion, at least for a while. However at […] Read more »

She’s Not There by P.J. Parrish

Shes Not There by P J Parrish

I have previously read a few books in the Louis Kincaid series by sister duo P.J. Parrish and I found them quite enjoyable, so when the authors released a standalone novel, I had to check it out. Would it be very different from their biracial cop crime mystery series? In She’s Not There, Amelia Tobias wakes up in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with some severe injuries and almost complete amnesia. She is told that she was in a severe car crash, that she is the wife of a wealthy lawyer and that her husband is overjoyed that she’s finally woken […] Read more »