Genre: Thriller

Book Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Posted September 11, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

It begins with a baby in a dumpster. What follows is a spellbinding exploration of the patriarchy at work and how a town can turn against itself, tearing down the children it’s supposed to protect in its search for “justice”. The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is a suspenseful, brutal coming of age story, one that author Keija Parssinen executes with sharp skill. This is the kind of book that creeps […]

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Posted May 29, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

An up-and-coming litigation lawyer is in a meeting when her daughter’s school calls: her daughter’s been suspended, and needs to be picked up right away. But by the time she arrives at the school, her daughter, Amelia, has fallen from the roof and is dead. This is how Reconstructing Amelia begins, and it serves as an intriguing entrance into Kimberly McCreight’s debut. The rest of the novel deals with the […]

Book Review: Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

Posted May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

So, okay. This is a book written by a white Southern man about another white Southern man who does manly stuff like fix cars and help deal his dad’s meth and get rid of anybody who looks like they might squeal to the cops. I get that. Where All Light Tends to Go is a book by a man and about a man. But. That doesn’t give David Joy an […]

Book Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted April 5, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

*reviewer emits long-suffering sigh, stares at blinking cursor on white page* *silence* … I try. I really do try. But it would be really nice if I don’t guess the outcome of every single mystery/thriller I read. From page one. Or, in Complicit’s case, all I had to do was read the jacket copy. Seriously, not even kidding. I read the back cover and knew what was going to happen. […]

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted March 11, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

As one of the more hyped adult releases of early 2015, The Girl on the Train promises a lot. Does Paula Hawkins deliver on those promises? Honestly: no. I did not find this novel to be anything truly groundbreaking, though it was one of the rare books where I didn’t guess the conclusion within the first 10 pages, which I appreciated. Overall, I found this book to be quite readable, […]

Book Review: Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry

Posted October 11, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry

I love when a series finale is satisfying rather than disappointing. In my experience, it doesn’t happen nearly often enough. I’ve had a somewhat rocky relationship with Jonathan Maberry’s Benny Imura series, and I was apprehensive about how Fire & Ash would play out. To my satisfaction, this book turned out to be one of the best in the quartet. While the middle books in the series had a lot […]

Book Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Posted December 12, 2013 // 7 Comments
Book Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Initially, I assumed Gated was about vampires (creepy eye on the cover). Then I assumed it was dystopian (bunch of people locked up in a special community). Well. Gated is neither a vampire novel nor a dystopian novel (nor one of those vampire-dystopian hybrids). It is, actually, a thriller set in the real-world, relaying events that are all too realistic, plausible, and imaginable. Lyla is a member of a cult. […]

Book Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Posted November 25, 2013 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

For those interested in a truly unique reading experience, Boy Nobody is a good place to look. I’ve read a lot of YA in my time—more than a lot, really. But I can honestly say that Allen Zadoff managed to surprise me here. This book is a strong spy-thriller-type novel that’s brave and edgy. I’m quite impressed with this all around. Benjamin has been a kid assassin since he was […]

Book Review: Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Posted November 15, 2013 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

I’m not too sure about this series anymore. From book to book I’ve steadily been growing less and less impressed, and I think Flesh & Bone marks a new low for Maberry. Don’t get me wrong—I’m happy we’ve finally been making some developments toward resolving the overarching series conflict, but…still. I definitely enjoyed Flesh & Bone, but with reservations. Picking up from Dust & Decay (which was one epic pointless circle […]

Book Review: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Posted September 24, 2013 // 10 Comments
Book Review: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Sarah has spent most of her life obsessed with her appearance. Born with a port-wine stain on her cheek, she’s extremely self-conscious and only wants to fit in. She’s bullied constantly, and she pushes away potential friends because she doesn’t want pity. And then one day after school, she gets kidnapped. Stained, honestly, is a very promising book. Rainfield made a great start, laying the groundwork for an intense story […]

Book Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Posted September 22, 2013 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Dust & Decay is a good book. I don’t think it’s fantastic or anything, but it’s not a bad read. Like the first installment in the series, this is full of action, zombies, dudes with katanas, etc. It’s entertaining for sure, but as with my previous experiences with the author, Maberry manages to insert some thought-provoking statements into the narrative. Example of thought-provoking statement: “No matter what choice you make, […]

Book Review: Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe

Posted August 25, 2013 // 11 Comments
Book Review: Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe

This book. You guys. This. Book. HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK? Oh boy. This book made me so happy. I mean, first off, go read that jacket copy. Does that not sound like a brilliant book? Does it not? Yeah, it definitely does. In fact, Ghost Flower is even better than it’s advertised as being. So basically, I could just end this review right now by saying […]