Book Review: The Magpies by Mark Edwards

The Magpies by Mark Edwards

This month Criminally Good Book Club voted to read The Magpies by Mark Edwards, a psychological thriller about neigbours from hell! If you read along with us this month or have read this book previously we’ll be discussing this book on 2nd July over on Instagram.

From the back cover:

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .

The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone. Continue reading “Book Review: The Magpies by Mark Edwards”

Book Review: My Sister by Michelle Adams

My Sister by Michelle Adams

This is another example of FOMO being a good thing – initially, I overlooked My Sister because I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover but once the reviews started emerging, I HAD to read it…

Book Description:

My name is Irini. I was given away.

My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is something worse?

Two sisters. Two separate lives.

One family bound by a harrowing secret. Continue reading “Book Review: My Sister by Michelle Adams”

Blog Tour | Book Review: That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh

That One May Smile - Valerie Keogh

Happy Monday bookworms! I’m delighted to be kicking of the blog tour for That One May Smile, the first book in the Garda West Crime series.

Book Description:

When Kelly Johnson’s husband disappears, her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.
A coincidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly’s missing husband.
And then to add to the problem, Kelly disappears.
The investigation takes West first to Cornwall and then to Cork, on the trail of a tangled case involving identity theft, blackmail and illegal drugs. And as if the complications of the case weren’t enough there is the constant, irritating – and definitely unsuitable – attraction, to the beautiful Kelly, who will keep disappearing! Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh”

Book Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh Kings Daughter Karen Dionne

This was another book I convinced myself I loved before I even read it, after patiently waiting for almost two months on Netgalley to see if I’d be approved to read a copy, I was so anxious to read it. After reading it, I can tell you, The Marsh King’s Daughter is brilliant, simply brilliant!

Book Description:

‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’

When notorious child abductor – known as the Marsh King – escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.

No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.

And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.

Packed with gripping suspense and powerful storytelling, The Marsh King’s Daughter is a one-more-page, read-in-one-sitting thriller that you’ll remember for ever. Continue reading “Book Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne”

Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad

Today, I bring you mini reviews for two books I’ve read recently, one I really enjoyed, the other – not so much. They’re also books that I found quite hard to review in great length due to fear of spoilers; so I opted for mini spoiler-free reviews instead.

When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski

When We Go Missing - Kristen Twardowski

Book Description:

Once, Alex Gardinier was a successful physical therapist and a happy wife. Now she is trapped in a crumbling hospital room. Seven years ago Alex’s ex-husband, Nathan, was convicted of murdering five girls, and he has been rotting in prison ever since. Except the doctors say that Nathan isn’t in prison. In fact, they don’t believe that he is a criminal at all. According to them, Nathan is a devoted husband who visits her every week. But Alex can’t recall ever seeing him at the hospital, and the last time they met he was holding her hostage on a boat.

Maybe the doctors are right – maybe these memories of his crimes are her own personal delusions – but if they are wrong, then Nathan somehow escaped from prison. If they are wrong, he has trapped Alex in a psychiatric ward.

If they are wrong, he is hunting her sister. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad”