Category: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense

Review: Something In The Water

Something In The Water starts with a whopper of a chapter. Newlywed Erin asks us how long it takes to dig a grave. She knows – she’s digging her husbands. Wait. What? Yep. Can you say “hooked”?

Erin then walks us back into the not-so-distant-past and into her relationship with her fiance, Mark. When, on their honeymoon, the discovery of a bag full of illicit goodies leads them into some serious ethical and moral grey areas, the pair hatches an elaborate and dangerous plan to keep what they’ve found. 

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Review: Baby Teeth

I’m going to start by saying that this book is probably not going to be for everyone. Our “Big Bad” in this case is a seven-year-old girl, so it may lead to a little bit of weirdness for some. And that’s okay – it’s your reading life! But, that uncomfortable factor is why I enjoyed it. Well, that and I was able to empathize with Suzette – something I’ll get into later.

Baby Teeth is the first from Zoje Stage, and it’s a wonderful piece of work. Ms Stage fearlessly ties in a couple of common suspense tropes and does so with style.

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Review: Stench

I have to admit, I kinda balked at the title on this one – it was just so “in your face”, but it turned out to be wonderfully fitting.

Told in two timelines and two voices, we are introduced first to Rory Norton, in a bit of a shocker as the council pest control dig up a body from under his floorboards. Rory is an odd bird in this genre of late – in a sea of unlikeable and troublesome leads, he’s actually pretty likeable, even with his secrets and even when his own motives are called into suspicion.

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Review: Bring Me Back

Who’d have thought Russian Stacking Dolls could be nefarious? Turns out, they are when they suddenly start appearing on the fence outside your house, on your car, in the mail, and even with the check at a restaurant.

Twelve years after Finn’s girlfriend, Layla, disappeared while they were holidaying in France, Finn has moved on and is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. We’re immediately pulled into the intrigue of what happened to Layla, what Finn knows, and more importantly, what he had to do with it.

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Review: Tresspassing

Veronica Cavanagh has been indulging her daughter’s imaginary friend, even when Nini predicts the death of her husband. When Micah goes missing, Veronica starts questioning her own sanity. In the midst of going through IVF treatment, and now under suspicion for murder, she begins to question everything.

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Review: White Is The Coldest Colour

Before I get started, I have to issue a couple of trigger warnings. Actually, no. I have to issue pretty much all of the trigger warnings. This book has a lot – domestic abuse, violence against women, violence against children, paedophilia and more. Even the language used to describe women and children is unsettling. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. And while the content is disturbing, there’s no excessively graphic depictions of violence.

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Review: Killman Creek

Gwen Proctor and her children are safe – for now – but Gwen knows it won’t last now that her serial killer psychopath ex is on the run and determined to find her. Gwen finds herself not knowing who she can trust, and tired of the constant hiding. Leaving her children with two of the only people she believes will be able to keep them safe, she decides to go on the offensive – finding Melvin Royal before he can hurt her or her kids.

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Review: The English Wife

I’ve never read Lauren Willig before, so I don’t know if The English Wife was her first foray into the genre or not. At times, it felt a little stilted. It was hard to keep characters straight, but that worked for me. Trying to figure out exactly who Annabelle was, thinking “OK, got it”, then “maybe not …” is something I actually enjoyed. The family secrets and intrigue were mind-boggling, yet not overwhelming. 

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Review: The Maori Detective

What a ride The Maori Detective is! From the prologue to the final paragraph, this is one action-packed book. From gangs to blackmail and extortion to a vast foreign government conspiracy, the reader is kept on their toes.
Our protagonist, Carlos Wallace, is escaping his past in Australia and falls into a job as a Private Detective in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city recently ravaged by a devastating series of earthquakes.

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