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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

As someone who doesn’t read the blurbs of books before going into them, I am happy to say that my way is the best way to experience The Girl on the Train. I knew next to nothing about the book before I read it, and it meant that I was able to enjoy the book and suspect absolutely everyone, as well as having no clue as to what was going to happen next. Some people have mentioned that the blurb does help you narrow down who the culprit(s) could be, so you have been warned. Continue reading

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...

I went into Dangerous Boys expecting Gillian Flynn, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. As someone who hasn’t read Dangerous Girls, it went against every fibre of my being to read this book first, as I normally prefer to read authors’ works in order of publication, if I plan on reading more than one book before starting. Therefore, I didn’t have much to go with when I started this book, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. But it certainly wasn’t Gillian Flynn.

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The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre

The Girl in 6E by A. R. TorreThe Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre
Series: Deanna Madden #1
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Orion
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?

I was not expecting this! The Girl in 6E is unlike anything I’ve read before, probably because I don’t tend to pick out erotica when I’m buying books. But The Girl in 6E was making the rounds on Booktube and I was feeling left out and here we are. I’m very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, which is basically psychological thriller meets erotica. Continue reading

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 by Tom Rob SmithChild 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Series: Leo Demidov #1
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

In Stalin’s Soviet Union, crime does not exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion to the State, the wrong word at the time, can send an innocent person to his execution.

Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he’s building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies.

Then the impossible happens. A murder is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find criminal that the State won’t admit even exist.

On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn’t from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.

Child 44 had been on my shelf for the longest time because I found it for 50p in a charity shop and I thought it sounded good. I had been meaning to pick it up for ages, as I love thrillers and this one came highly recommended by pretty much every single critic that mattered. However, I only picked it up last month because Tom Hardy was in the movie. Yeah.

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Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Hit by Delilah S. DawsonHit by Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Hit #1
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Hit was not the best book I’ve read this year, which is a shame because Ms. Dawson is lovely and I was really intrigued by the concept. I mean, hitmen?! YES PLEASE. Give me alllll the hitmen. Unfortunately, I ended up having quite a few issues with this book and I didn’t really enjoy it after the first fifty or so pages.

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