Book Review – Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller

This book centers around a private school in Vermont, the Ellingham Academy, where the wife and daughter of the school’s founder were kidnapped and murdered in the 30’s. The only clue was a riddle that was signed “Truly Devious”.

Flash forward to current day and we follow Stevie Bell. Stevie is obsessed with true crime and becomes a student at Ellingham Academy in hopes of solving the murders that took place all those years ago. One big problem is that Stevie thinks she sees a new riddle which is also signed by Truly Devious . . . how can that be?

This book reads really fast and I loved the cliff hanger/teaser at the end! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

I rated this book with 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Aiden Bishop has been given eight days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. No one knows who Aiden is because each day he wakes up, he is in the body of someone else and the day of Evelyn’s murder begins all over again. If he doesn’t solve her murder in time, he won’t be allowed to escape back to his own life. Will he be able to trust everyone he encounters and will he be able to solve this murder?

It took me some time to get used to all of the characters in this story. The days also jumped around which was confusing until I got used to it. I will say, however, that once I was able to wrap my head around these things I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride filled with great twists and turns and an ending I wasn’t expecting!

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man by Alex North
Genre: Thriller

If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . . If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.

Tom Kennedy is a recent widower and decides to move to a new town with his young son, Jake, for a new beginning. The town he’s chosen to move to is Featherbank and unbeknownst to Tom, Featherbank has quite a dark past. Twenty years ago a serial killer kidnapped and murdered five young boys. Frank Carter was eventually caught and was given the nickname The Whisper Man because he would whisper outside the windows of his victims at night in order to lore them from their homes.

At the time Tom and Jake move into their new home, a boy vanishes and his disappearance bears unnerving similarities to Frank Carter’s crimes. Pete Willis was a Detective on the Frank Carter case and he’s now brought in to assist Detective Amanda Beck in the search for the missing boy.

Jake has told his father that he has heard whispering outside of his window and begins to demonstrate some disturbing behavior. Is the Whisper Man really back and is Jake possibly one of his next victims?

This book definitely gave me creepy feels! For me, the suspensefulness wasn’t consistent throughout the book. With that being said, however, I really did enjoy the book and ended up rating it 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Genre: Thriller

** spoiler alert ** This story follows the investigation into a serial killer who leaves a chestnut doll at the scene of each of his gruesome murders. The victims have all been accused of abusing their children but beyond that law enforcement can’t seem to figure out who the killer could be. The other problem is that the fingerprints found on the first chestnut doll found belongs to the daughter of a government official, who went missing a year ago and someone already confessed to murdering her.

I loved this debut novel from Soren Sveistrup! It kept me on the edge of my seat up to the very end. This has definitely become my top read in the thriller genre for this year!! Don’t be afraid of the 500+ pages. It really is a fast read and the majority of the chapters are short. I’m not a fast reader. I started this book on a Tuesday and I finished it in just over 5 days which is really fast for me.

I HIGHLY recommend this book and ended up giving it a 5/5 star rating.

Book Review – 29 Seconds

29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
Genre: Thriller

If someone was making your life miserable and you were offered the opportunity to make them disappear, would you?

Sarah stops a young girl from being kidnapped. The girl’s father makes this offer to Sarah so that he will no longer be indebted to her. There’s one catch, Sarah has 72 hours to make her decision and once she makes her choice, she can’t change it.

This book was filled with lots of twists and turns and was a great read!

I rated it a 4/5 stars.

Book Review – Honey Talk

Honey Talk – Declan Davey
Genre: Psychological Thriller

I received a free e-copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes or affects my review. 

Lily, the main character, is struggling with mental illness. The book started out slow for me, but it became more interesting the more I read and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoy a book with short chapters as it keeps me turning the pages and I thought the most interesting part of the story were the therapy scenes. 

Job well done to Declan Davey on his debut novel!

I rated this a 3/5 stars.

Book Review – Tell Me Everything

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman
Genre: Mystery / Thriller

I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book which comes out on July 16.

This book follows a group of friends at an elite college in New England. Malin, the main character has a family secret and she’s learned to be very good at hiding it from everyone and making them think she is concerned with those around her. We also find out that Malin is not the only one in her group of friends keeping secrets.

On Senior Day, the secrets of Malin and those of her friends are revealed and a chain of events take place that end in a murder.

I loved this book! It had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I’m not a fast reader, but I finished it in 6 days which is very fast for me! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Mystery/Thriller genre.

This book received a 5/5 stars from me!