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Title: Lies Lies Lies

Author: Adele Parks

Pages: 448 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: September 19, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

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Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets

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Simon and Daisy seem to have a great life. They seem to be a very happy family with their daughter Millie, who was conceived after several failed IVF attempts. But behind this happy facade both are hiding sinister lies from EACH other unravelling of which sets the book in motion.

If you have been following my blog for sometime you would know how psychological domestic thrillers are my kryptonite. And GOSH this was GOOOOOD. It had all the elements that needs to be present is the genre. It was fast paced, has unlikeable characters, keeps you guessing till the end(which was worth it), the vibe set is unnerving(which is intensified by Millie’s presence amongst it all) and the plot twists are smooth but surprising!! It totally strikes the right chord.

Lies Lies Lies includes issues of infertility and it’s subsequent effect on mental health, alcohol addiction, domestic & sexual violence and the less talked about post partum depression. This novel is addictive to say the least and hooks you from the very first page. I will give this a 4.5 out of 5 and will definitely recommend it.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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Title: The Stranger Game

Author: Peter Gadol

Pages: 304 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: 5 October, 2019

Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harper Collins

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Rebecca’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, has gone missing, but when she notifies the police, they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, who is willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may take her further and further from the life she once lived.

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When Ezra, Rebecca’s long term boyfriend goes missing she comes across the game that is sweeping the city. It requires you to follow a complete stranger without getting caught. Not on social media but in reality. In person.

The rules of the game are simple.

You pick a random stranger to follow.

You don’t get involved.

And you never follow the same stranger twice.

But as Rebecca penetrates into the innocent world of the Stranger Game, it proves to me more sinister than it previously seemed.

Rebecca in her isolation and unsteady reality is a character that grows on you.
The plot grabs your attention and the eerie setting keeps a you hooked throughout. The plot development was slow which can be attributed the specific writing style. But the climax could have been better.

The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol is an offbeat psychological thriller(/suspense). This book really would be appreciated by the fans of The Woman In The Window.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Don’t Tell Teacher

Author: Suzy K Quinn

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller(Psychological)

Publication Date: July 11, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

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School should have been the safest place…

For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-divorce. With its excellent reputation, Lizzie knows it’ll be a safe space away from home.

But there’s something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds, and there are bars across the classroom windows.

Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember his day? What are the strange marks on his arm? And why do the children seem afraid to talk?

Lizzie is descending into every parent’s worst nightmare: her little boy is in danger. But will she be able to protect him before it’s too late?

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‘Don’t Tell Teacher’ by Suzy K Quinn is a dynamic psychological thriller. With short crisp chapters it kept me hooked throughout.

The story is simultaneously narrated in two alternating timelines. One is the present where Lizzie and Tom has relocated and Tom is going to a new school that seems to have bars on windows, padlock on gates and very high walls. After joining which Tom comes home with peculiar marks on his body and starts getting seizures. And another timeline is the previous one where Lizzie falling in love with Olly. The abusive husband that Lizze will later have to escape.

Don’t Tell Teacher is told in 4 alternating POVs. Lizzie’ s and Kate’s being the main. Lizzie is the mother and Kate the social service worker who as taken Tom and Lizzie’s case.

The writing is easy and gripping. Suzy successfully creates a creepy vibe that keeps you on your toes and you are bound to jump up on your bed at even the slightest unwarranted sound around!😂

It was a quick read and took me only two sittings to complete. I’ll give Don’t Tell Teacher a solid 4 stars, which was a treat from the beginning to end.

My Rating: 4/5

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Title: Out of the Ashes

Author: Vicky Newham

Pages: 400 pages (Hardcover)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: May 30, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

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A tragic accident – or a ruthless killer?
When a flash mob on Brick Lane is interrupted by a sudden explosion, DI Maya Rahman dashes to the scene. A fire is raging through one of the city’s most infamous streets, the sight of Maya’s childhood home. And the discovery of two charred bodies in the burnt-out building transforms an arson attack into a murder case.

With witnesses too caught up in the crowd to have seen anything useful, Maya is facing a complex investigation without a single lead. And, when reports of a second, even more horrifying crime land on Maya’s desk, it’s obvious there’s more at stake than she could ever have imagined. She must find the answers – before all of East London goes up in flames.

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I’m currently on a thriller reading spree and ‘Out of the Ashes‘ by Vicky Newham is the hot new, impressive and completely immersive thriller in town that worked it’s pull on me. It’s a page turner that leaves you breathless.

It keeps you guessing on the suspects and the motives! The twists and turns are effortless and does not seem forced. The characters are multi cultural and multi layered. Even being a fast paced plot driven book, the character arcs specially that of our protagonist DI Maya is fascinating. Cultural exploration of not only the characters but of London and East End itself adds an unique taste to the story.

The writing and details are original. I’m definitely looking forward to read more of Vicky Newham’s novel from now.

My Rating: 4/5

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Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall|Book Review|Blog Tour

Title: Have You Seen Her

Author: Lisa Hall

Pages: 320 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: May 2, 2019

Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper

Buy Links: Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK), Amazon(US)

Bonfire Night. A missing girl.
Anna only takes her eyes off Laurel for a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone.

Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows.

Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling.

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Have You Seen Her‘ by Lisa Hall is a domestic psychological thriller and as some of you may know that they are my absolute kryptonite!😍

The book is brilliantly plotted and has an unreliable narrator. It is told through Anna’s pov (Laurel’s nanny). You know she loves her dearly but does she? The parents, Fran and Dominic, are also flawed and to be honest pretty unlikable. But they are meant to be so.

The story is twisty and everybody have a fair share of their own secrets. It keeps you guessing and you remain hooked as the drama unfolds.

Definitely clever and an easy read. Read it in 2 sittings. Also if it helps, I found it way better than The Couple Next Door, which has um a similar storyline?!

I will give it an easy 4 stars!!!

My Rating: 4/5

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Title: To Kill The Truth

Author: Sam Bourne

Number of Pages: 464 (Paperback)

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Hachette India

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Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history’s greatest crimes.
Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever.
Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game.
As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War – but who stands to gain most from the chaos?

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Someone is trying to rewrite history by burning libraries and museums. Holocaust survivors and professors are murdered. Digital records erased. Slavery, holocaust and more starts being undocumented.

Enter Maggie Costello, former White House operative, to the rescue.

I am a huge political thriller fan and I utterly enjoyed To Kill The Truth by Sam Bourne. It is a realistic fiction and the narrative makes strong connections with today’s political scenario that makes you ponder.

To Kill The Truth is a plot driven and a an immensely gripping one at that! It is fast paced and makes it a point to keep you hooked. The storyline is solid and explosive.

Even though this is the fourth book in the Maggie Costello series, it can also be read as a standalone.

My Rating: 4.5/5