Never Look Away – Linwood Barclay

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A man’s life is turned upside down when his wife goes missing from a fun park, and there’s no record that she was ever there.

This has some plot twists and turns! I had to feel sorry for the main character, who is manipulated and not believed from the start. He’s just a regular guy with a wife and kid enjoying a family day out, or so he thought. Then everything turns to, well, crap. The book was a great read, even if the plot got a little convoluted at times. It was believable at a stretch, I guess, but this is fiction. And believable or not, it was a great read. Even though for the most part the reader knows what is going on, there are still plenty of surprises to keep it a great page-turner. I’d forgotten how good Linwood Barclay is.

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Silent Child – Sarah A. Denzil

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Thought lost in a flood ten years ago, a sixteen-year-old boy walks out of the woods one day alive. He’s not speaking, though, which makes it difficult for police and his family to find out the truth of what happened to him.

I can’t say I loved this book, but I definitely enjoyed it. The writing is good. It flows well, and makes you want to keep reading. The story makes you want to keep reading as well, with just enough suspense to hold your interest. For me, though, it was a little predictable. I like to get to the end of a thriller and be shocked but not surprised by the ending – where you didn’t see it coming, but it makes sense. With this book, unfortunately, I saw the end coming a mile off. But there were still a few surprises along the way, and like I said, the writing was good enough to keep me interested. I’ll try another by this author.

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The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

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A housebound woman spies on her neighbours, and finds herself tangled up in another family’s problems and questioning her own competence.

This is a much-hyped book, and for me, while it was a good read, I don’t think it really lived up to the hype. It’s slow to start, but once I finally got into the story I found myself reading quickly to find out what happens. I suppose that’s the ultimate test for a thriller such as this, but for me I think it just took too long to get going. It’s well written, there’s no doubt about that, but I felt in places it was trying to be more than it was, which bogged the story down. But it’ll probably get made into a movie and be adored by millions, so what would I know!

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My Sister's Grave – Robert Dugoni

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When her sister’s remains are found after twenty years, a homicide detective goes home to finally get the answers regarding her missing sibling.

This was a great series opener. It tells the very personal story of the heroine, which I guess will define her for the books to come. I wasn’t fussed on having all the different points of view that were presented, as I prefer to hear the story told through one or two people’s consistent views, but in this case it was necessary to the story and only a minor drawback. All up it was a well-structured story with interesting characters, and I will read more of the series.

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Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine

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After her husband is revealed as a sadistic serial killer, a woman and her kids must reinvent themselves, living on the run from the trolls who believe her just as guilty as him.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. I read it in one day, which is pretty rare for me. The writing is excellent, the suspense is gripping, and the characters are real. Loved it. Recommend it. I’ll be reading the next one for sure.

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