Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of this book from TLC Book Tours & Harlequin Books (Harper Collins) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: Courtney Evan Tate’s latest novel, I’ll Be Watching You, follows the story of Emmy who is grieving over the loss of her fifteen-year-old Leah, who supposedly drowned close to shore one summer night according to police. Emmy discovers that Leah has been secretly involved with someone who was possibly older and has a dark appetite. I thought this was a mediocre thriller. The alternating perspectives of the mother and daughter were interesting to read. I did prefer the daughter’s perspective as I found the mother’s perspective to be a bit immature and unbelievable. I found the writing style to be gripping and interesting, but I felt that the story was a bit too formulaic for thriller which I found to be a bit dull. On a somewhat unrelated note, I usually don’t comment on cover art, but I think a better image could have taken its place. Overall, it’s a decent read, but there are better thrillers out there.
Review: My January BOTM pick was the psychological thriller, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a psychotherapist is determined to uncover such a heinous act. This thriller started off a bit slow, but the premise grips you from page one. The author does an amazing job capturing the depth of the characters. I also really liked the psychology aspect of the novel. The alternating narratives were great which kept the story moving. I didn’t see the twist coming and I liked the way the author ended the story. I would recommend picking up this one if you love psychological thrillers.
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.
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.