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!
<—- Oooooh boy what did I just READ???!! That was just MESSED UP!!!!! I don’t even know how to review this. My thoughts are all over the place.
Honestly? I can’t even tell if I like it, or not. I couldn’t put it down, but it drove me crazy (yes… the entire time I was devouring it, I was mad at it). It’ll take me a few days to let this one sink in. Was it over-the-top crazy ridiculous? Was it genius? Was it both?
It’s like one of those movies that you enjoyed and think you liked but kind of hated, and aren’t even sure who you could recommend it to. Your recommendation would come with lots of warnings. Mine will be, this will drive you crazy, make you mad, and you’ll need to suspend disbelief. A LOT. And yet, if you like psych-thrillers like I do, you’ll still be tearing through it to find out what the heck is going on.
The Silent Patient
<— CREEEEEPY cover, and what a story!!! I devoured it in practically one sitting and my mind was RACING!!! Recommended a bunch by our own book-crew here, and I have no doubt why it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
It kept me guessing, it kept me on the edge of my seat and best yet (and one of the main reasons I read psych-thrillers) is it had a jaw-dropping, gasp-worthy twist. OH HECK YES IT DID!!! I’m SO GLAD I one-clicked it (price be damned!! It was worth it!!) 😀
<— FIVE STARS OF FAN-FREAKING-TASTICNESS!!! Holy moly, you guys weren’t kidding!!! When the recommendations came in fast and furious, letting me know it was a MUST-READ,
Shara: Just finished the girl he used to know. Loved it! It was so beautifully written. Loved both the H/h. Definitely 5 stars for me. Highly recommend
Michele G: I finished The Girl He Used To Know yesterday afternoon. I absolutely loved it! It was primarily written from the POV of Annika which made the book so special because seeing things from her perspective was such a gift. It was helpful to get some chapters from Jonathan’s POV as well to better understand his thought processes as well. I just can’t sing enough praises – it was such a beautifully written, original story of not just love but hope.
<— Cover jolt, blurb jolt, title jolt annnnnnd totally up-my-alley jolt. It’s a psych-thriller, sure (and I know not everyone can relate to those), but it’s one about a love story gone wrong (which, in many circumstances, is very relatable). 😉
Woman scorned and all that. You’ll see…
I mean, how could I possible resist this blurb?
I did what was best for me and the kids. I moved on. He lied, and cheated, and destroyed our family, but in the end I won. And now, I’m faced with a choice.
<— TOTALLY. TOTALLY MY THING. Love twists and jaw-dropping reveals? THIS.
Right from the VERY first line, I gasped, shocked at what I just read, and I was hooked. And to be honest, it doesn’t surprise me that it came from Colleen Hoover, as she’s written “love stories” in so many genres (some sweet, some forbidden, some with incredible personal growth, even that dark one… “Too Late”) that it just makes so much sense that she’d venture into a creepy, psych-thriller obsessive-love territory, too.