I am a self admitted bookworm. Unfortunately, I don’t get as much time to read as I once did (enter active 1 year old toddler). With my limited time to read, I try to make sure I pick entertaining books that keep me on the edge of my seat and force me to come back reading more. That being said, it will be no surprise that the majority of my recent reads are psychological thrillers. I’m a sucker for a good “who done it” novel. I’ve read some great ones lately and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have!
1.) THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine This one had me hooked from the beginning. We are introduced to a young woman named Amber who comes from a small town. She has made it her mission to become wealthy and create a life so different (better) than the one she grew up with. She finds herself in an upper class town in Connecticut and gets to work. Amber ends up meeting Mrs. Daphne Parrish, a beautiful, kind and wealthy philanthropist. Daphne is a mother of two and married to a successful real estate mogul. Amber immediately is envious of what seems to be the perfect life in the Parrish household. Her envy fuels a plan to make it all hers. Little does Amber know, looks can be deceiving. I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in it’s entirety in two days! I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy thrillers.
2.) GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE by Rachel Hollis I love me some Rachel Hollis. I actually decided to half read this on my Kindle and half listen to it via Audible. I loved listening to Rachel read this book herself. As a review stated on Amazon, she seems like the type of person you would love to sit down and have a coffee with. While I do admit, a few of her analogies were a bit far fetched for me, it wasn’t enough to deter my opinion of the book overall. Rachel draws from all her life experiences to walk you to the realization that you alone are responsible for you happiness or lack thereof. This book had me laughing, thinking, tearing up, and setting goals. I found the book to be hilarious, brutal, honest and inspiring. All in all, I’d say that is a big winner.
3.) THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris This one was one of my favorite reads of the year, maybe even all time. I was on the edge of my seat, staying up way too late and second guessing the whole ride. The main character, Cass, is driving along a dim lit back road when she passes a car that has broken down. Cass notices there is a woman in the car, however, decides not to stop to see if she is in need of any help. She continues on home for the night only to wake up in the morning to terrible news: the woman was brutally murdered in her car. Cass becomes paranoid that the killer was in the car or surrounding area when she drove past and that they saw her car slowly go by. She can’t figure out if she is in danger or making it all up in her head. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book petrified for Cass. I can’t recommend this book enough! Such a great read!
4.) THE SAFEST LIES by Megan Miranda Miranda’s novels are some of my favorites and this one is no exception. The story centers around Kelsey, a high school student who has lived her entire life in fear. Kelsey’s mother hasn’t left their home in seventeen years. She was kidnapped when she was younger and managed to escape. She has lived in a permanent state of caution ever since and instilled these fears into Kelsey as well. Their world is turned upside down when Kelsey gets into a car accident which is covered by the news stations. A few days later, Kelsey and her classmate, Ryan, arrive to Kelsey’s house to find her mother is missing. Kelsey knows this means she is next. Someone is going to get her too. I couldn’t put this one down!
5.) THE CELLAR by Natasha Preston I’m going to go ahead and start with saying I personally could have done without this book. I forced myself to finish it but wasn’t left awestruck once finished. That being said, the Amazon reviews for this book are just shy of 5 stars, so if it sounds like your cup of tea, don’t let me deter you. This book is about 4 young, innocent, beautiful girls who were all held captive in a man’s basement. The story is told from three different perspectives: the perspective of the capturer, captured, and the boyfriend of the protagonist. Clover (the man who captured the girls) names each girl after a flower. The protagonist of the story is Summer, known to him as “Lily”. She walks you through the experiences of the girls and the uncertainty of their fate. I had a hard time connecting with the characters in the book. I felt as though there could have been some more character development. There were glimpses as to why Clover was doing what he was doing but the book never really delved into the whole character. That was the big missing piece for me with this book.
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