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!
<— 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…
Queeeeeeen of angsty, unputdownable duets has a new one going LIVE in just a few days!!! SQUEEEEE!! YAY US! I absolutely LOVE this author.
I’ve devoured a bunch of her books and I’m always hooked, and Theresa just told me this amazing news (plus it’s super-bargain priced right now!!)
Theresa: Her new duet is up for preordered. With a 3 day only bargain on first book due out 5/23
Maryse: SQUEEEEE!!!! I’m going to post it now. 😀 !!!!
Michelle E: Omg!! I’m reading the new Aly Martinez book and here I am thinking this book is so unusual for her writing style. Sure it’s angsty.. and hooked me from page one but it seemed sweet too and then WHAM…BAM twist I should have seen, but didn’t see at the 97% mark hit me like WHOA!! I threw my kindle with only a few pages left because I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING… I’m pacing while typing this to you. I don’t know if I can read the rest. *spoiler* has to be wrong about our *spoiler* but now it’s out there and I can’t unsee it and it’s a cliffhanger.. so yeah I don’t know if I can finish.
<—- 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!!) 😀