The End by Mats Strandberg: ARC Book Review

What would you do if you knew when the world was going to end? That’s exactly what happens when it’s announced that Foxworth, a massive meteor, is headed straight for Earth – and now it’s only a few weeks away.

The End is told from the perspective of two teens: Simon, a 17-year-old whose whole world just came crumbling down, literally, and Lucinda, a cancer patient, who suddenly feels less isolated with the entire world now staring down their own mortality in the same way she has had to for years.

And, if things couldn’t get any more screwed up, Tilda – Simon’s ex-girlfriend and Lucinda’s ex-best friend – is found dead and presumed murdered. But with the apocalypse looming, no one is too concerned about finding her killer. Except for Simon and Lucinda that is.

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: Blog Tour & Book Review

Prior to reading The Cousins I was already quite familiar with Karen M. McManus’s other literary works. I in particular LOVED One of Us is Lying – I found it fresh, fun, and thrilling! Having not read a mystery/thriller targeted towards Young Adults since I was a teen myself making my way through the Pretty Little Liars series, McManus’s debut novel really re-opened my eyes to the possibilities and reignited my love for the – somewhat niche – YA mystery/thriller genre.

After having already adored two of her previous works – the aforementioned One of Us is Lying and its sequel, One of Us is Next – I had incredibly high hopes for this novel. And wow, even taking into account my (already pretty high!) expectations, The Cousins blew me out of the water! 🤩

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The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds: ARC Book Review

I opened this book up on a Wednesday night, and by Thursday evening I was already sitting down to my computer to write a review. I read it that quick. The Day I Disappeared is the definition of a page-turner; I found it almost impossible to put down.

This book follows Holly Gebhardt, who was abducted and later inexplicably returned after three long months, all at the young age of four years old. The book takes place 20 years after those events, as Holly tries to remember what happened to her during those life-changing months she can’t recall (a mixed result of PTSD and drug-induced inebriation during that period of time).

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A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell: Book Review

This story is told from three different perspectives: Stephanie, a stay-at-home mommy blogger living off the life insurance of her dead husband (who has a few dark secrets hidden in her closet); Emily, the glamorous and sophisticated working mom of Stephanie’s son’s best friend; and Sean, Emily’s apparently charming (but actually simple-minded and sleazy) husband.

When Emily goes mysteriously missing, Stephanie believes its up to her to find out what happened to her friend, all the while stepping into Emily’s now empty role as the matriarch of her household…

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The Last to Know by Jo Furniss: ARC Book Review

It has been a while since I read a good mystery/thriller, and I’m very pleased to say that Furniss’s newest novel fits that description perfectly.

The Last to Know is told from two perspectives: Rose Kynaston, the wife of Dylan Kynaston, a man known infamously in his hometown of Hurtwood as the son of an alleged child-abuser who pushed his victim to commit suicide; and Ellie Trevelyan, a local police sergeant of the soon-to-be-closed Hurtwood police department. Both are trying to solve the cold case of Kenny Bale, the boy who died while under the care of Rose’s father-in-law. But while Rose is trying to clear the name of the family she married into, Ellie believes the Kynaston’s are hiding more than they let on…

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