Well… it’s obvious I’m BIG on crazy twisty-turny books that shock the heck outta me. I like ’em “psych-thriller” (as it seems those are the ones I’ve been reviewing lately). But ANY book that leads me in a certain way to believe a certain “thing” (or to deduce it and anticipate it) only to SHOCK me right outta my expectations and/or comfort zone, well… I JUST LOVE that!
Frayed <— GAH!! I just read an amazing book that I was SO into from start to finish. This was a debut novel? GET. OUT. I can’t even believe it. FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. R. Renee came to us screaming “YOU” vibes and boy was she right!!!! But it’s not at ALL the same story. I promise. Though that feel is JUST right.
AND what’s best of all? We BUDDY READ it!!! Group read of freak-outs & reactions!! LOL!
R. Renee: Guys!! This is Layne’s debut psych thriller. Some of you know her from the GR PFM challenge group. I started it this morning and I can’t put it down!! I went in blind so I have no idea what’s coming but at 16% it’s giving me serious YOU vibes!
<— HOLY MOLY PURE FANTASTICNESS ALERT!!!!!!! OMG. You guys were NOT kidding when you told me to read it ASAP so I wouldn’t come across any spoilers and I could experience that jaw-dropping twist blindly. Actually… TWO jaw-dropping twists. I have not been this elated in AGES. Pure steamy book romance at it’s finest, with but then even better. BOOK CLEVERNESS!!!
R. Renee: My readers group is going ballistic over Perfect Strangers by J.T. Geissinger. Thinking of reading it next (whenever I start reading again).
I couldn’t help myself but jump right into this one after the authors sent it my way (squirreling from my two thrillers I had started) ’cause I kept hearing about a twist many didn’t see coming, and that’s just my catnip!!!! I CANNOT RESIST A JAW-DROPPING TWIST!!! And this one had it, in spades!!! SQUEEEE!!
Susan: I just finished Park Avenue Player by Penelope Ward. It was sooo good and had a twist I didn’t see coming. Oh my heart!! Such a great book 🤗🥰
<— Remember this one??? GASP!!!! I didn’t realize this was a series!! WE LOVED book #1 like crazy here (reminiscent of our old-school super-angsty romance with a jaw dropping twist), and I just realized that there are TWO more!!!! P.S. Here’s my review of book #1 (Cruel and Beautiful). IT IS A MUST READ!!!!
NOTE: While each one can be read as a standalone (each one focuses on a specific set of characters), the characters DO cross over. Many readers recommending reading in order so you can get to know the characters as the series progresses (and also – most importantly – so book #1 is not “spoiled” by the next book in the series).
Review by Johanne Pearl Couturier
The second book I read on vacation (well, it was the first book in fact but I did not give it 5 stars like I did for Final Girls by Riley Sager) was up to Mr. Coben’s standards, in my opinion at least. He is a very prolific author AND I love almost everything he writes. The minute I get into one of his stories, the mind movie starts. I forget who I am, where I am, that I even exist. From the first line, he sets the tone. By the end of the first page, I’m THERE. We are “God” who knows everything… particularly everything going on in Maya’s head…