Genre: Thrillers & Suspense

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Aug 26
{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

The Best Lies is a young adult psychological thriller by authro Sarah Lyu. In fact, it is Sarah Lyu’s debut novel. I have been on a big true crime kick for about a year now, with youtube, and podcasts and documentaries on netflix, but I have not read too many crime thrillers. After reading The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu, I am thinking that is something I will need to rectify soon. I really enjoyed The Best Lies. The Best Lies starts out at a crime scene. Right off the bat, we know Jack is killed and that Elise and Remy were with him that night. But the best Lies really explores the why of the killing. This story is told in two timelines- present day and the year leading up to the present day. I really appreciated that even though we were alternating between present and past, that the past timeline was not too far back in the past. We saw the last year of Remy and Elise’s life,… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Interview+Giveaway} A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas

{Interview+Giveaway} A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas

Thank you so much to Bev Thomas for stopping by Book Briefs today to chat about her book, a Good enough Mother, which releases tomorrow. Check out her interview below and then enter the giveaway to try and win a copy of the book for yourself! The protagonist of A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER is Ruth Hartland, an experienced therapist who specializes in helping trauma victims. You were also a clinical psychologist for many years, and have an in-depth understanding of this world. What made you want to explore the patient-therapist relationship in fiction and how did your real-life experiences inform the novel? In my work, I had always been very interested in grief and loss – powerful emotions that not only underpin the human condition, but frequently find their way into the therapy room. But I was initially reluctant to explore the therapeutic world in fiction, as I didn’t want the focus to be on a patient. It was only when I flipped the concept and made the protagonist a… Read more »

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Mar 19
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Final Year by MJ Moores

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Final Year by MJ Moores

Today I have the author of final year here to tell us 5 things we didn’t know about the main character, Jeremy. Top 5 things I didn’t know about Jeremy He has a step-father. As a plotter, I tend to know (for the most part) what’s going to happen (the major things anyway), so when Jeremy revealed that his mother and step-father were away in Arizona I was completely shocked. Then it clicked in my head – the whole reason he took to over-eating as a child was due to the fact that his father left. His mom overcompensated by equating love to food and showering it on Jeremy.   When Jeremy made the decision to lose weight and get healthy, I had no idea that in addition to joining a gym, he’d get into kick-boxing! His determination to push himself started with fitness and ebbed into his school life. His need to prove himself “worthy” fueled him, but the ache of losing someone he loved prevented him from making… Read more »

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Sep 15
{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Man, oh man do I love the Stalking Jack The Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. Every single book is interesting on its’ own, but together this is a world and characters that I simply cannot get enough of. They are the type of books that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and this is a series that I would recommend reading in order. They follow the same set of characters on a series of different cases. The first book involved the Ripper Murders, the second book dealt with Prince Dracula and now we are in Houdini’s midst, and I have to say I am a huge fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s writing and her world building/story telling ability. I love our main character, Audrey Rose. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. In this book we get… Read more »

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Sep 13
{Review} Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

{Review} Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is such a fantastic story. It is the type of book that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. It is the first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and I hope this is one long series, because I can already tell I am never going to get enough of these books. (and curse me and my researching ways…I just discovered from goodreads that the 4th book will be in the final book in the series, and now that I have read books 2 and 3 I am mourning that fact!) Stalking Jack The Ripper, we meet our heroine, Audrey Rose. I really liked Audrey. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. I get what it is like to truly enjoy something that most people just don’t get. Audrey loves working with her uncle in his lab, in a time where it… Read more »

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Apr 07
{Review} 72 Hours by @BellaJewel73 @StMartinsPress

{Review} 72 Hours by @BellaJewel73 @StMartinsPress

  72 Hours is a romantic suspense novel from author Bella Jewel. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Jewel and I have to say I really dug it. The suspense part was a little heavier than the romance part, but there was a still a kind of cool concept second chance romance featured in this one. All in all, if you are a fan of creepy suspense/thriller novels, you will not want to miss 72 hours. Lara and Noah used to date but they wouldn’t call each other friends now. But they are unwittingly picked to star in this creepy, and sick and creepy guy’s twisted version of a game. A life or death game. I was so icked out by the villain in this book. He is someone that will keep you up at night. That is the level of his twisted desires. I loved Lara and Noah. I thought they were really strong characters and they stood up well to the masterful suspense plot-line…. Read more »

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Oct 20
{Review} For Her Protection by @AmberABardan

{Review} For Her Protection by @AmberABardan

For Her Protection: An Alpha Romance is the first book in the Personal Protection series by author Amber A. Bardan. The Personal Protection series is an adult romantic suspense series.I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to follow the rest of the series. For her Protection is told in dual narrative between the two main characters, Charlize and Conner. I love the forced bodyguard trope, which this book follows. It is not a story that I have ever discovered before this year, but I really do enjoy it. For Her Protection is a really good novel in this genre to start with. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. More than I even expected to. I loved Conner so much. More than I can even describe in this review without getting mushy. I liked Charlize too but Conner was the perfect mix of stubborn and unyielding and sweet and protective for me. I just want to clone him for me. There is a  nice little romance as well as a… Read more »

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Oct 06
{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

Chasing Truth is the first book in the young adult mystery suspense series, called Eleanor Ames by Julie Cross. I have read 3 or 4 books by Julie now, and I have to say, not a single one of them was the same. She is a very diverse author. I love that she has no problem changing genres and writing such unique and different books. Chasing Truth is a book that will have you engrossed and wondering what is going to happen next until the very last page. I think this book is perfect for fall and the month of October. This is the time of year that I like to transition into some suspense and horror books. And you all know that I love a prep/boarding school setting. For some reason, I think it lends itself really well to mysterious atmosphere rife with secrets. What could be better than that? Chasing Truth a book better left for you to discover on your own. I am not going to spoil… Read more »

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Sep 15
{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire

{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire

Gone Too Far is a young adult standalone thriller/suspense mystery by Natalie Richards. I have not read any books by Natalie yet, but I have heard some really great things about her first book, Six Months Later. What I liked the most about Gone too Far was that it was a true high school mystery. Most of the book takes place actually inside the school, and the person solving the mystery is a high school senior. Gone Too Far is a good read. While I did figure some aspects of the plot out, others remained a mystery to me until they were revealed, which I enjoyed. I was a little undecided on the character of Piper. On one hand, I loved that she wants to be a photojournalist because I think it fit in perfectly with the kind of mystery going on in the story, and she does mature as a character throughout the book. But, on the other hand, she seemed  a little judge-y and a little immature at… Read more »

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Jun 24
{Review+Giveaway} Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey@mstessabailey @EntangledSelect

{Review+Giveaway} Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey@mstessabailey @EntangledSelect

Raw Redemption is the fourth book in the adult suspense series, called Crossing the Line by Tessa Bailey. Each of the books can be read as standalones, and I tested that theory because I am new to this series. Raw Redemption is a little bit different than a lot of the books I lean towards. It felt darker than most I read, and it was. But it was a keep you on the edge of your seat book. One that I really enjoyed. Raw Redemption is the story of one time cop, Henrik and Ailish. Henrik is the strong and very intense type. Raw Redemption is not what I would calla light and fluffy book. It is dark and gritty and really action packed. Know that going in. I wouldn’t bring this book to the pool. I would read it at night in bed, under covers when I wanted an action/adventure fix. It took a little bit of time for me to fall into the groove of the story because… Read more »

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