Review: Before She Was Found

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Publication Date: 4/16/19

Publisher: Park Row Books (Harper Collins)

Rating: 5/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of this book from TLC Book Tours & Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: Before She Was Found is the first book I’ve read from Heather Gudenkauf. This thriller follows three preteen girls involved in attempted murder investigation in a small quiet town in Iowa. One girl is severely injured, another is in a shock state, and the last one refuses to help the authorities. Wow what a twisted and mind f*** of a book! This deserves all the stars and it’s the third book this year that I gave a 5 star review. I loved the format and the various perspectives in this novel. The story kept me engaged and on my toes from page one. I really loved Heather’s writing style and how she was able to create such depth with multiple characters. Her way of being able to write adult and child perspectives is captivating. Also just when I thought I was figuring out the ending, another twist I didn’t expect comes in. Overall, I highly recommend anyone who loves thrillers to pick up this book. You don’t want to miss out!

Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Publication Date: 2/5/19
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: C.J. Tudor’s second novel, The Hiding Place, is more horror than a thriller. The novel follows Joe Thorne, a teacher, who returns to the town he grew up in. Joe comes to town to purposely settle a score of his troubled past, but he also uncovers a dark secret in the midst of everything. Overall, this novel felt more horror than thriller and it was creeper than I anticipated. C.J. Tudor’s writing style is definitely different than The Chalk Man. I really liked her character development and she definitely has some very profound quotes in there as well. However, I didn’t really care for the mystical elements and some of the scenes were a bit too cheesy for me. Personally, I preferred the The Chalk Man over The Hiding Place, but this is still a great intense mystery thriller to pick up.

Review: Watching You

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Publication Date: 12/26/18
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: This is the second book from Lisa Jewell that I have read. I had high expectations on this novel since I loved Then She Was Gone. Lisa Jewell’s newest thriller follows a group of neighbors who live in this nice posh little area, but something isn’t right. The head school teacher, Tom Fitzwilliam, is loved and adored by everyone, but there are a few people who question his character. Overall, this was a mediocre book. The plot was intriguing, however, I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. The first half of the book was extremely slow. Some of the characters were outright irritating and I didn’t really care to know more about them. The ending was pretty good even though I felt like it was a bit predictable. I wouldn’t recommend reading this novel as there are so many other great thrillers out there.