Tag: thriller

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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May 29
{Review} The Kingdom by @JessRothenberg #TheKingdomAwaits @FierceReads

{Review} The Kingdom by @JessRothenberg #TheKingdomAwaits @FierceReads

The Kingdom is a young adult sci-fi thriller by author Jess Rothenberg. This book took me completely by surprise. First off, I am totally in love with the cover. And then I read the synopsis, and I was immediately intrigued. Robot theme park princesses with advanced AI technology. Umm, yes please! Not only the princesses, the whole idea of the park sounds cool. Like jurrasic park, mixed with AI disney, with a Westworld vibe. I was totally down for this story. And then I started reading, and I was hooked from the very first page. I love the format that the story is told in. Mixed in with he crime/murder mystery- The Kingdom is easily one of my favorite young adult books of 2019. Behind the gates of The Kingdom theme park, you wildest fantasies come to life. Do you love dinosaurs and animals? Awesome- you can visit AI versions of extinct animals. Are disney princesses your thing? Perfect, the Fantasists princesses are there to make all of your princess… 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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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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Aug 31
{Review+Giveaway} THE BOOK OF M by @PengShepherd

{Review+Giveaway} THE BOOK OF M by @PengShepherd

  The Book of M is a dystopian whirlwind adventure by author Pen g Shepherd. The Book of M was a really unique story. I hate using the word “unique” but I truly feel that is the best way to describe this book. It was also completely engaging, and it kept my interest from the first page until the last. Set in a world where people start losing their shadows for some unknown reason. Once their shadow disappears their memories begin to leave them as well, which is completely terrifying.  (that aspect of the story kind of reminded me of the end of Avengers infinity war when If you like thriller mysteries, then you have to grab The Book of M, because this book will keep you guessing until the end. I think The Book of M would make a fantastic movie plot. I don’t want to get into too many of the plot specifics because this is a story that really builds on itself, and revealing any particular detail can… Read more »

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Jul 30
{Giveaway} Emma in the Night by @Wendy_Walker

{Giveaway} Emma in the Night by @Wendy_Walker

Praise for EMMA IN THE  NIGHT “Twisty…a thriller that keeps readers guessing.” —The New York Times “In this searing psychological thriller…Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “A tense thriller explores the bond between sisters and family dynamics that give new meaning to the term ‘dysfunctional’…This thriller aims right for the heart and never lets go.” —Kirkus, Starred Review “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” —Booklist, Starred Review To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win 1 of 2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker. Open INT Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Nov 09
{Review} Love and Fat-Free Cheese by Crissy Sharp  @crissydsharp @SweetwaterBooks

{Review} Love and Fat-Free Cheese by Crissy Sharp @crissydsharp @SweetwaterBooks

“Fat-free cheese is okay–unless you’ve tasted real cheese.” This line always cracks me up. I don’t know what it is about it, but something about the title of this book and starting off your summary with that very true and hilarious line drew me in. I am not afraid to admit that I picked up this book for review just based on that line alone. And I am so happy that I did. Love and Fat-Free Cheese was a hilarious and en aging read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Cheese lovers will delight over the cheese references, so grab a pizza, or a grilled cheese or a mac and cheese and sit down to enjoy Love and Fat-Free Cheese. (not to mention it has a pretty goo thriller element as well.) Love and Fat-Free Cheese is a romanctic comedy thriller by author Crissy Sharp. Calling a book both a romantic comedy and a thriller feels a little strange to combine, but in this case it really worked. I loved both… Read more »

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Aug 23
{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE HEIST is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s book two in her contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮   The Sapphire Heist is the second book in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Heist is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person’s point of view, I find myself missing the other person.  I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read for me and I can’t wait for more. This is a continuation of the first book in the… Read more »

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Jul 18
{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s new contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮   The Sapphire Affair is the first in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Affair is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person’s point of view, I find myself missing the other person. The Sapphire Affair was a great entry way into Lauren Blakely’s books. (Can you believe that I have not read any yet??) I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read… Read more »

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