A Thriller TBR

October is the perfect time to open the thrillers I have on my TBR stack.

Most of the books in my stack are new releases. I look forward i particular to reading Gilly MacMillan’s new novel as I have enjoyed reading every story she has written. in addition, Karin Slaughter is another of my favourite authors.

Are you picking up any thrillers this month? If so, which one are you going to read first?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Teaser Tuesday: The Last Widow

Karin Slaughter’s new novel has just hit the shelves in the book stores. Before reading her new novel, I thought I would do a quick catch-up on Will Trent’s story in The Last Widow.

The teaser I am sharing with you today comes from the prologue of the story. As is usual with Karin Slaughter’s novels, you are drawn straight into the action:

“Michelle felt her mouth drop open.

A van slid to a stop beside her daughter.

The side door rolled open.

A man jumped out.

Michelle gripped her keys. She bolted into a full out run, cutting the distance between herself and her daughter.

She started to scream, but it was too late.

Ashley had run off, just like they had told her to do.

Which was fine, because the man did not want Ashley.

He wanted Michelle.” (p7, Harper Collins, 2019)

Would you read this story?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

( This novel was the 119th novel in my 2020 book pledge. This post is linked to Teaser Tuesday which is hosted by The Purple Booker.)

Book Review: His & Hers by Alice Feeney

As you know, I have recently joined Netgalley and I was excited to learn that they have started to offer audiobooks to read and review. When I saw His & Hers by Alice Feeney on offer, I requested it – and was excited to see my request accepted. The synopsis suggested an intense story.

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: 28 July 2020

Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Blurb:

There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

Anna Andrews finally has what she wants. Almost. She’s worked hard to become the main TV presenter of the BBC’s lunchtime news, putting work before friends, family, and her now ex-husband. So, when someone threatens to take her dream job away, she’ll do almost anything to keep it.

When asked to cover a murder in Blackdown–the sleepy countryside village where she grew up–Anna is reluctant to go. But when the victim turns out to be one of her childhood friends, she can’t leave. It soon becomes clear that Anna isn’t just covering the story, she’s at the heart of it.

DCI Jack Harper left London for a reason, but never thought he’d end up working in a place like Blackdown. When the body of a young woman is discovered, Jack decides not to tell anyone that he knew the victim, until he begins to realise he is a suspect in his own murder investigation.

One of them knows more than they are letting on. Someone isn’t telling the truth. Alternating between Anna’s and Jack’s points of view, His & Hers is a fast-paced, complex, and dark puzzle that will keep listeners guessing until the very end.

My Thoughts:

His & Hers is a story written in a 2 person POV (point of view) and is narrated as such by two performers: Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine. Their work is amazing and their narration encouraged me to keep listening. Their tone, pace, and pitch were perfect. Their voices drew me in and kept me engaged. The British accents suited the story as it dos take place in London and a small British village.

Not only did I enjoy the narration, the story also grabbed my attention and kept it. The author, Alice Feeney, is new to me and she definitely converted me to her work. Her story kept me interested throughout: her pacing is good and she left clues and tidbits throughout the story, encouraging me to try and solve the mystery. Often I felt I had guessed the outcome – and was confident with my thought processes. Yet she still managed to surprise me in the end! I loved that.

If you enjoy smart and twisty psychological thrillers that will keep you guessing, this novel is for you. If audiobooks are not your preference, reading the story would still be enjoyable as the images created in your mind with the author’s words would still be effective.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars with no reservation.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novels was the 100th novel in my book pledge for 2020 – can you believe it?!)

Top 5 Mind-Blowing Thrillers

I enjoy reading a good psychological thriller – the twistier, the better. I love the nail-biting tension and the unexpected surprises left for me by the writer. I have some novels on my bookshelf that I picked out for this post with no hesitation.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton’s debut novel kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not believe the obsessive nature of the main character and I had to see what she would do next – and whether she would get away with it! This twisty story is well written and I cannot wait to see what this author will write next.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

This novel is a story that would make an excellent film – and I was excited to learn that the rights to the story have been bought by film makers. The story – which touches on mental health issues – had some unexpected surprises within its ages. I loved it! Finn is another author who has published only one novel thus far.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of my go-to writers for thrillers. She adroitly teases the reader and takes you along the unknown path right until the end of the story. Pieces of Her is her last published novel and I am looking forward to her next.

I Know You Know by Gilly MacMillan

Gilly MacMillan is another author that I buy with no hesitation. Like her other novels, I Know You Know is a twisty story with a surprise ending and one I did not see coming. I cannot wait for her soon to be released novel that will be available this year.

All The Wrong Places by Joy Fielding

The most recent novel by Joy Fielding confirmed why this author is known for her thrillers. There is not one novel of hers that has disappointed me. The new story has cleverly used the theme of online dating to explore a possible danger. Loved it!

Have you enjoyed any of these thrillers, or authors?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Bionic Book Worm and the Top 5 Tuesday challenge. This week we are listing the top 5 mind-blowing thrillers).

Favourite Read of the Month: January 2018

During the month of January, I managed to read five books for this year’s Book Pledge.

This titles in January were all either thrillers or murders. I guess I was in the mood for some fast-paced action! To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
  2. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
  3. Hour Game by David Baldacci
  4. Cruel Intentby J.A Vance
  5. The Winds of Change by Martha Grimes

My favourite read for January would have to be J.A.Vance’s Cruel Intent. This story fulfilled my desire for a quick read that kept me enthralled. This well-written novel reinforced my love of Vance’s stories.

What was your favourite read in January? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: The Melody Lingers On

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Every time I see a novel written by Mary Higgins Clark, I pick it up knowing that I will enjoy the story that she has created. This weekend I opened the story titled The Melody Lingers On. The story features Lane Harmon, an assistant to an upscale interior designer. Her current job is to work in a modest townhouse owned by the wife of Parker Bennett, the notorious financier who disappeared with the money of his investors. Lane finds herself moved by Mrs. Bennett’s calm dignity and faith in her husband’s innocence; and is drawn to the son, Eric Bennett, who is determined to prove that his father is innocent. Unknowingly Lane puts herself, and her daughter, in jeopardy the closer she gets to the Bennetts.

My teaser this week highlights the thoughts of one of the FBI lead investigators:

“But we will find him, he vowed. We will find him. 

But even as he made that promise, he wondered if he would be able to keep it. With the Bureau’s focus on terrorism and the number of individuals who had to be watched, resources were stretched very thin. The previous week an agent who had worked with him on the Bennet case had been reassigned. He did not have the heart to tell Cunningham and the investors that if a break in the case did not happen soon, more agents who were working with him would be assigned elsewhere.” (p28, Pocket Books, 2015)

I enjoyed this read – and the unexpected ending.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)

Book Review: Vengeance Wears Black by Seumas Gallacher

Last year, a couple of months before Christmas, I entered a giveaway on one of Susan Toy’s blogs, Reading Recommendations and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the recepients to receive a book. My choice was an author I had not read before but had noticed around the blogosphere: Seumas Gallacher.

TIMG_7475he past two weekends has seen me reading the words in Vengeance Wears Black, a crime thriller. The novel drew me in from the first line and kept me interested until the last page. This fast-paced thriller centres around the character Jack Calder, an ex-SAS agent and security specialist. The action begins with a deadly grenade which is thrown into a Chinese restaurant in the West End in London at lunchtime, and continues into the world of the drug trade. Readers are taken from London to spots in Europe with Jack Calder and his ISP colleagues.

Reading this novel made me think of fast-paced Hollywood action movies. I turned the pages quickly and regretted the moments when I had to put the novel down. The second Jack Calder novel is one that I would recommend, especially if you enjoy reading fast-paced stories that are succint and full of action. I enjoyed this read and look forward to reading the next one featuring the former SAS agent.

Do you enjoy reading fast-paced thrillers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

A Tuesday Teaser from Michael Connelly

Last week I picked up the most recent novel by Michael Connelly. Though I had never read one of his books, his name did ring a bell. (I suspect I had read a teaser from one of his novels on a blog post linked to Teaser Tuesdays.) The thriller, The Black Box, appealed to me as I was in the mood for some fast-paced writing. The story did not disappoint as it was action-packed from end to finish.

The teaser I have chosen makes reference to the murder victim in the case Bosch, the protagonist, is working on in the story.

“Maybe it was the accompaniment of Art Pepper’s soulful saxophone, but as he painstakingly translated and read the stories and looked at the pictures, Bosch felt that he somehow grew closer to Anneke Jesperson. Across twenty years she reached forward with her work and tugged at him, and this made his resolve stronger. Twenty years earlier he had apologized to her. This time he promised her. He would find out who took everything away from her.” (p. 206, Hachette Book Group, 2012)

If you enjoy reading well written detective stories, then this tale is for you.

What are you reading this week?

(This post was inspired by Miz. B’s Teaser Tuesdays)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013