Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead...
They were the victims of separate tragedies. Three strangers bound by similar traumas grouped together by the press.
When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet.
Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And as the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.
Quite simply - this is one thriller you simply HAVE to read.
Filled with twists and turns - it keeps you guessing (mostly wrongly!) until the gripping conclusion.
I adored this book - I gobbled it up in a couple of sittings - reading into the night and getting up early to finish it, desperate to know what becomes of the two leading characters Quincy and Sam.
This is a quickly paced psychological thriller, combined with some slasher type horror that very quickly escalates into a on-the-edge-of-your-seat read.
I most certainly do not want to spoil any of it - but I'd confidently say this is the strongest book in this highly competitive genre that I have read this year.
For a debut author, Riley Sager has pulled off something really remarkable - and I foresee great things ahead for this author and this book. It begs to be adapted into a film - but as with all adaptations, make sure to read the book first.
Final Girls will be published by Ebury on July 13.
I received a preview copy of this book for review from the publishers, via Netgalley
One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?
It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.
Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenni. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?
Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?
Obsession is a dark, twisting thriller about how quickly our lives can fall apart when we act on our desires.
Perfect for fans of B A Paris and Paula Hawkins.
This book had come under my attention through Social Media - the striking cover lured me in, as did the book title. The blurb promised even more - So I was delighted to get my hands on a review copy.
I started reading this book on a bumpy flight to Glasgow - and very soon found it to be one of the most unputdownable reads of the year.
Raw, dark, twisty and unpredictable it followed the stories of two couples whose lives are thrown off track by one simple question.
"If you could have anyone else, who would it be?"
Men and women of the world - do yourselves a favour. Never answer this question if asked by your partner. Or if you do, pick a celeb you wouldn't have a hope in hell's chance of getting with,
No good can come of any other answer - as Amanda Robson's skilled debut shows.
We're used now to having books show unreliable narrators - in Obsessed there are four unreliable voices and the reader's loyalties, beliefs and sympathies will change many times during the course of the read.
Is there one person to blame for the chain of events that follows this seemingly innocent question or is everyone a little guilty? Once the can of worms is opened in this book, it is impossible to close it again.
In turns the characters switch from being likeable to thoroughly unpleasant and back again - and it's not until the final, devastating twist that the full truth emerges starkly, leaving the reader reeling.
For a debut this is remarkably accomplished. There is a gritty honesty about Robson's writing that makes the book an uncomfortable but all encompassing read.
It's one of those great books that, when you turn the last page, you just have to let the events you have just lived through vicariously rest for a bit as you come to terms with what you've read.
Obsession is available now and is published by Avon.
I received a copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others...
A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
My test of a good book is whether or not I find myself sneaking away from my family to read "just another few pages" - The One had me sneaking away - a lot.
With short, sharp chapters the story twisted and turned through the lives of four different couples, apparently matched by the Match DNA dating agency (a brilliant premise).
Nothing is ever quite as it seems for any of our characters - and the book makes the reader question nature over nurture and the power of suggestion.
Although some of the themes in this book are quite dark, it never strays into too serious or depressing a read.
In fact it is hugely entertaining and hugely enjoyable and you find yourself invested in the characters - even the seemingly deeply unpleasant ones!
This is one to watch in 2017.
The One will be released by Ebury on May 4.
I received an early review copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley.
Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't.
The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe RUN.
The Sunday Times bestseller returns with her biggest and best book yet. The perfect read for fans of Paula Hawkins and Clare Mackintosh.
As a tiny, pre-review disclaimer I should say that I have known CL Taylor for about 10 years - having been a part of the same online writing community as her. We've met but once - when she shouted my name across a crowded book shop - but we are acquainted and when she wanted some help on the journalism-y side of things for The Escape, I offered my advice., PS She's lovely.
I kind of hate reading books by friends - for a number of reasons.
1) If it is rubbish it feels really awkward to either say nothing or faff your way through a positive review.
2) Sometimes my friends give me all the jealous rages and I don't want to be friends with them anymore.
Cally Taylor would give me the jealous rage with The Escape - except that she really is kind of lovely. But that does not take away from the fact she is at the top of her game with The Escape -a grippy, claustrophobic, roller-coaster ride of a thriller which swerves in directions you didn't think possible just when you think it's all done and dusted.
The book plays on that most basic of instinct - a mother's need to protect her child. And we mothers - we would do everything we can - including risk our own safety, if we think our children are in danger.
From the opening chapter of The Escape the scene is set. The threat looms large in the life of Jo and little Elise - until things spiral into any parent's worst nightmare and Jo is forced to take some pretty shocking risks.
It's hard to review books like this because there is a danger of giving away spoilers. But I will say as this book picks up speed, and moves towards the very dramatic conclusion it is almost suffocating to read. I gobbled up the last few chapters - reading them at a breathless pace, right there in the moment wth Jo - feeling her panic and fear.
Part of this novel is set in Ireland - and Cally perfectly captures the Ireland of the past and the characteristics of the present without descending in plastic paddy territory - something many readers will be deeply grateful for.
On a personal level it has been a joy to see Cally emerge as one of the UK's premiere thriller writers - but it is hard earned and deserved. Her books, including The Escape, pull the reader into an uncomfortable, shocking world where they don't know who, or what reality, to trust.
This is another cracking read - and proof that with each book she just goes from strength to strength.
The Escape is published by Avon.
I received a copy of this book as a gift from the author.
For the love of books
A good writer must be an avid reader. I'll be posting reviews of some of the books I'm reading. Disclaimer: I'm not a book blogger - I'm just a reader. These are books I've chosen to read for fun.