Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die at least 7 times; the thing is why did Evelyn die? Did someone murder her? Well that is what Aiden Bishop is there for, to seek out the truth.

19 years ago, Thomas Hardcastle died, rumour has it that he died at the hands of his Dad’s best friend Charles, but no one was ever convicted.

19 years on and the Hardcastle’s through a party on the anniversary inviting the same people.

Aiden Bishop wakes up every morning in the body of one of the guests, using their status and resources he must uncover the truth about Evelyn. Every night at 11pm Evelyn kills herself, it looks like suicide, but it can’t be because Aiden would not be here otherwise.

Once Aiden has figured it out, he must tell the plague doctor and if he is right then Aiden will be released.

With the footman roaming the forest trying to kill his other hosts and other rivals who are competing against Aiden, will Aiden solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle?

This book feels like something out of a Cluedo game! Who killed Evelyn? Was it the butler? Was it the parents? The plot was different to any book I have read; however I have watched a similar story-line in a film.

I really enjoyed this book but at time confusing and repetitive but only because Aiden wakes up with no or little memory when he transfers from body to body and has to leave himself little notes. The ending was slightly confusing for me, however I did not mind this as it made my brain work that bit harder which was weirdly nice.

I would suggest creating a mind map so that you can keep track of the characters and the plot.

At times I felt like Aiden was a bit slow on the uptake and kept willing him to hurry up his investigation but once he got into it, there was no stopping him.

Therefore, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn is an all-round intriguing book, that will keep you guessing and wanting to find out more. Each time Aiden swaps character you find out a piece of information that keeps you wanting more. Thank you, Stuart, for writing such a great book.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle also has a great message and reminder that everyone deserves a second chance.

 

 

Matthew Cave, a budding journalist gets handed the scoop of the century! A man is found mummified frozen in ice!

Matthew’s editor wants him to break the story immediately but a series of events prevents him from doing this for a while and Matthew ends up on a completely different story.

In 1973 four men were murdered, the case remained unsolved and the investigating officer had gone missing.

He receives a note book which contains the notes of the case made by Jakob the investigating officer.

As Matthew delves into the past, the chapters rotate backwards and forwards, telling both sides of the story. We, the readers are desperate to put the story together until eventually everything unfolds.

As the case progresses Matthew suspects that whoever committed the murders was quite high up in the political rank and as he struggles to prove it, an ex convict who agrees to help him, becomes his only hope.

A great story but not for the faint hearted as some of the descriptions are quite gruesome, however I did enjoy this story, I like books who can offer me something different and not the same. The Girl Without Skin definitely delivered.

One of the things that the author does really well is to describe the  Greenlandic area beautifully, it’s like I’m there.

I love the characters, they all seem realistic and some contrast each other very well, for example Matthew and Turnnapaq develop an unlikely friendship. She is stubborn, headstrong and an ex convince wgereas Matthew has a good heart and will do anything for you if you need help. I can also sense chemistry between them

So, is this the end or the beginning for Matthew? Can he solve the mursers before it’s too late?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Mystery meets Scooby Doo

Nate and Sara are on their way to Regano to get married. On the way, they stop off at a diner, where a man who looks really ill, begs them for a life. He says he will pay them £500 for a lift as he is desperate; the storm is on its way.

However, when they are forced to stop and check in at a motel on the way, they discover the guy who is named Syl did not make it. Nate dumps the body in the forest but gets the shock of his life when 1, they find 2 million dollars in his backpack and 2, when the body is found outside the motel. Syl had dragged himself up from the forest, half-dead but still alive.

Soon everyone at the motel knew what Nate and Sara had done. Syl needed hospital attention but with the storm hitting hard, there was no way that an ambulance was going to make it anytime soon. Will Syl make it through the night and what’s his story? Why does a lonely man have 2 million dollars stashed away?

As it seems that Syl might not make it through the night and everyone agree to split the money evenly; however there is a traitor amongst them. Will they all get out alive?

Cold Kiss was short but sweet. It wasn’t very long but it did not need to be either as it did the job and told the story

This book had a  few unanswered questions, for example, I get the feeling Sara is young as 1, she lists off a reel of things she could do when she was 21 and 2, she is going away to get married to Nate, which suggests the parents do not approve. But the unanswered question for me is that she ended up at that motel for a few days; why did her parents not get worried and send out a search party?

I guess they could have been when she had been at the motel and due to no signal and the storm it was hard but I’m really talking about later in the book. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers so read the book and you will know what I am on about.

Despite this, Cold Kiss was an interesting read. It was a murder mystery that at the time made me feel like I was in the game Cluedo. Cold Kiss was an ok and engaging read.

 

Everyone loves Oliver, he’s kind, caring and successful! His wife Alice is also lovely, together they work very well. Oliver is an author who writes children’s books and Alice is an illustrator. She has illustrated plenty of Oliver’s books. To the outsider, they have a perfect life.

One day Oliver hits Alice when news of this breaks; everyone is shocked. Lovely Oliver hitting Alice, no way! Why did Alice hit Oliver?

As Oliver begins talking about his life, starting from the day he hit Alice, flashbacking to his younger and school years, where we understand who Oliver is and why he is like that.

Unravelling Oliver is a clever psychological thriller,  I love the way that we are getting into the story, a big secret is about to be revealed and then bam, it is stopped by a new chapter and by a new character perspective.

Each chapter is a different person, where we hear their side of the story. How they met Oliver, what they thought of them and their experience. Eventually, they entwine with each other until they make sense.

Unravelling Oliver is quite short for what it is, but it doesn’t harm the book in any way as the story is just the correct length.

I was a tiny bit disappointed with the end as it was big build up, I would have thought he had done something more serious, even though what he did was still very naughty.

Therefore, Unravelling Oliver is a cleverly written psychological thriller, that will keep you entertained; definitely one for your reading list.

 

Marcus’s book was a hit, it was a bestseller and he had Harry to thank for that. Marcus now had the life of a celebrity, everyone saying how much they enjoyed his book. The only thing is he seems to have forgotten who his real friends are.

One day Marcus was having a terrible time, his publisher wasn’t being very patient. Marcus had signed a deal for two more books but he began to have writer’s block. Instantly he called Harry for help.

Harry was a college professor and met Marcus that way, he could tell that Marcus Goldman had potential and so he gave him extra writing lessons.

Goldman flew from New York to Somerset and stayed in Harry’s beautiful house, Goose Cove; hoping to find inspiration for his book but nothing came.

Until the remains of a body of a young woman were found in Harry’s garden. Harry is immediately arrested but maintains his innocence. Marcus knew this and weren’t heave and earth investigating, trying to find the real killer and then he found it – Harry had an affair with a 15-year-old girl…

Much to everyone’s annoyance Goldman starts his own investigation, determined to prove that Harry is innocent. Somerset is a small town where everyone knows everyone and dredging up the past on something that happened 33 years ago was not a good idea.

The case was strange, a woman who lived on the edge of a forest, saw a young girl in red being chased by a young man. Deborah Cooper called the police straight away to report this. The girl then turned up Deborah’s house, Deborah called the police again but after she was shot through the heart and Nola had disappeared; her remains were found a couple of miles away. The two police officers on the scene were baffled – no witnesses, no evidence nothing. One woman dead, the other missing. Due to lack of evidence the case was closed for 33 years,

However what Marcus discovers is a trail of deceit, corruption, and secrets that have been buried. Is Harry innocent? Does Marcus find the real killer?

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair has a great storyline, one that kept me really intrigued. Just when I thought I figured out who killed Nola – the 15-year-old girl, the author takes the book in a completely different direction and throws me off guard. Turns out I was half right in the end! We meet a lot of lovely people as they talk about their encounter with Harry and what they thought of him.

The book begins with Marcus where we find out about his success and what drove him too it. The book goes back and forth from past the present as Marcus talks about his life and his relationship with Harry until they find the remains of the young girl. This is when we find out about Harry’s life.

During this book, there are quite a few interesting twists. The only downside I would say that the book is very long, over 500 pages. At times it can be a bit too descriptive but that did not put me off – it just took me a little longer to read.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert affair has its chapters start backwards, which is quite unusual, and it has an eye-catching cover.

 

Therefore, add this book onto your reading list, as it is a great psychological thriller.

‘Maria, there’s something I need to-‘

She cut me off as soon as I began to speak.

‘Leave me alone,’ she said in a low cold voice without looking up from her bag.

‘No, I know, but please-.’

‘I said, leave me alone.’ This time she did look at me, hardening her face, determined not to betray the slightest hint of emotion.

 

When Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from an old school friend Maria, she is taken aback, because quite frankly Maria has been dead for 25 years, hasn’t she?

Since her school days, Louise has changed, she has her own life, husband, great job, friends and a son.

Suddenly a friend request from Maria makes her jump out of her skin. No one truly knows what happened to Maria that night at school, except she had disappeared, nobody indicated that she could be alive and kicking but why wait 25 years to get your revenge?

A school reunion, the feeling of being followed and a few other factors lead Louise Williams to begin her own investigation and to find out if Maria is still alive. After all, Louise is partly responsible for her disappearance.

Friend Request is a psychological thriller. I don’t normally read this kind of genre, but this book kept being recommended and popping up.

The book flicks from past to present during each chapter, so we see parts from Louise’s school days and parts from Louise’s current life. Eventually, the whole story comes cleverly together. Friend Request is clear and concise, meaning that you do not get lost in the chapters and you can easily keep on track with the storyline.

We get to see what Louise is like in her school days – which is not very nice as Louise wants to fit in and is encouraged to be horrible. As she grows up though she changes into a better person, who is full of remorse for what she did to Maria.

We also see the return of some of the old school friends from Louise’s past, move into her future; some are not pleased to see her though.

It is one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read, Friend Request is so thought out and planned thoroughly that when we find the truth about Maria and what Louise has done to Maria, we are well and truly shocked.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall scores a 12 out of 12 for me, I found Friend Request a real page-turner from start to finish.  So, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy today.

Charlie and Grace have been best friends since Charlie moved into the area. They have a lot in common as Charlie lives with her Mum and Grace with her grandparents, together they were inseparable.

Until one day Charlie left a note and left

‘I have done something terrible Grace, please forgive me.’

Grace lay pondering wondering what it was that Charlie meant, what had she done? Sadly Grace never got the chance to ask as Charlie died.

After Charlie’s death, Grace discovered that she wanted to track down and find her Dad. Setting up a Facebook page with help from Dan (Grace’s boyfriend and Charlie’s friend) Grace tries to make it a reality.

Both hit the jackpot when a reply came through, and they immediately bonded. Her name was Anna, her father had died, and she needed a place to stay. Immediately Grace moved her in but is there more to Anna than meets the eye? Could it be a coincidence that strange things begin to happen once Anna moves in?

Soon Grace’s life is out of control and she does not know how to stop it, her cat goes missing and then she loses her job, what else could possibly go wrong?

What is happening to Grace and does she regain control of her life?

A great psychological thriller, however too much of the book resembles Friend Request. If I had read The Sister first, I might have felt differently but it became a bit too predictable for example I knew there was going to be a death and a twist.

Although the book had familiar traits, they followed different paths; so definitely worth a read sometime!

 

Cynthia is throwing a party for her husband Graham, adults only; no children allowed.

When Anne and Marco’s babysitter called to cancel at the last minute, Anne was fine with staying at home but Marco insisted that she should come to the party.

‘Remember what the doctor said.’

Marco explains that he and Anne are just next door and that they could take the baby monitor, as well as taking it in turns to check on baby Cora, which they did.

At 1:30 pm the couple retreated to their home to find the front door ajar and baby Cora has gone..

Who has taken Baby Cora? No one else knew that Marco and Anne had left her alone.

Detective Rasbach is on the case and he has his suspicions, he sees many cases like this and trust his instincts but is he right?

This book began as a typical psychological thriller, however, at first, I thought that the storyline had unravelled a bit too quickly for my liking.

Halfway through the book, we find out what has happened to Baby Cora BUT it is not. The author leads us into a false sense of security, so when we think we figured it all out, she turns the tables on us!

I won’t give any spoilers away so you will have to read the book but😊 I will say there are a couple of OMG moments.

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