Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

This was a book that I originally passed on but then changed my mind. I have been seeing this book all over my Instagram and I caved under the peer pressure!

When I passed on it, it was mostly because my review schedule was really tight for August, but I had also been reading a ton of thrillers and I was kind of ready for a break. But as I said, I have zero self control sometimes so I caved and decided to review this one and fit it in when I could.

As luck would have it, I finished one of my August books suer early so I was able to fit it in sooner than expected, and I was happy that I could because the more I saw it on Instagram the more I wanted to read it!  Continue reading “Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”


Special Feature: AN UNWANTED GUEST by Shari Lapena

If there is one thing I have learned in all my years of book blogging….it’s women can write fantastic and chilling thrillers! I will be reviewing this one later in the summer but I wanted to make sure it was on your radar!

This one sounds so chilling and intriguing!

We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped. (summary from Goodreads)

Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door was on the New York Times bestseller list for an amazing twenty-three consecutive weeks and is still on, selling a million copies to date. Her next book, A Stranger in the House, sealed her stature as a bestselling novelist and publishing phenomenon who knows what thriller readers want.

This is on sale Aug 7th, don’t wait….pre order your copy today and be watching for my review!

Special Feature: BELIEVE ME by J.P. Delaney

I am so excited to be reviewing this book later this fall as part of my thriller and mystery reads throughout September and October! Bu I couldn’t wait to share this one with all of my readers so I am doing a special feature now! It sounds so fantastic and creepy.

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Timesbestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap? But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey? (summary from Goodreads). 

Praise for BELIEVE ME:

  • An Amazon Best of the Month
  • July 2018 LibraryReads list title
  • A great starred review from Booklist: “Redefines the concept of an unreliable narrator…[A] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme.

Special Feature: THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl

This book came up for review this summer but I couldn’t fit it in with my summer review books. However, I will be reviewing it in September as part of my fall reading and mystery features.

This book caught my eye for one reason alone—genre. This book is a Scandinavian thriller. Scandinavian thrillers are always a little different, edgy, and dark. I didn’t want to miss out on this one and wanted to get the word out about this book before I reviewed it. It sounds really interesting and different so if you are looking for a thriller, then this might be the one for you!

Cecilia Wilborg is the perfect wife and mother. With her beautiful home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord and her carefully constructed social circle, she works hard to keep it all together—too hard. Cecilia is harboring a few skeletons in her closet and one mistake from her past could destroy everything.

Annika Lucasson has lived a hard life and knows how it feels to lose everything several times over. After suffering a number of relapses and continual abuse from her drug-dealer boyfriend, she is desperate to save herself, even if she has to cross a line to do so. Because Annika knows about Cecilia’s secrets—and that Cecilia will do anything to protect them.

When no one comes to pick up a small boy at the community pool, Cecilia agrees to give him a ride home, only to find his address is an empty, abandoned house. This is the first in a tangled series of events that rapidly lead to the unraveling of her meticulously crafted life, as her and Annika’s worlds collide.

Beautifully crafted and delightfully complex, Dahl has created a captivating atmospheric ride with heart breaking twists and turns that keep you on the very edge of your seat. THE BOY AT THE DOOR is an unnerving yet believable misadventure, leaving you startled, shaken, and wanting more.

Review: The Dante Chamber (The Dante Club #2) by Matthew Pearl

To say that Matthew Pearl likes literature is an understatement. Many of his books are literary related in some way or another, making them really intriguing to me.

My first experience with Pearl was with the book THE LAST BOOKANEER which was a wonderful read, but more importantly it was different. I have also had THE DANTE CLUB on my radar for the better part of six years, so when this one came up for review I was stoked. So why haven’t I read THE DANTE CLUB you ask…..I have no idea.

Maybe it’s because it’s been on my TBR list for so long that I’ve forgotten about it as I keep adding new books or maybe it’s because I don’t own a copy of the first book. Whatever it is—when this book came up for review, I gave it a solid ‘hell ya’ to review! Continue reading “Review: The Dante Chamber (The Dante Club #2) by Matthew Pearl”