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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 5th February 2019
Publisher: Orion
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him...

I read this book as a buddy read with Amy and Steffi, and we all ended up powering through it in record time (and completely ignoring any deadlines we’d set ourselves), so I think that says a lot about what The Silent Patient is like.

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Mini Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Mini Review: Steelheart by Brandon SandersonSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Publisher: Orion
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

This is going to be a mini mini review because I don’t have much to say about Steelheart, and to be honest I’m just sad about not liking it.

Steelheart didn’t feel like a Sanderson book to me at all. I’m not entirely sure why. Possibly the real world setting? Maybe because Sanderson’s writing style seems to have adapted somewhat to a different audience. The Mistborn books and The Stormlight Archive are very much adult fantasy, whereas Steelheart is 100% YA.

I didn’t care for any of the characters. The main guy, whose name escapes me, was awful. I wasn’t sure if Sanderson was going down the austism route or not with this character, but if he was then he did an awful job of it. And then there’s an awful romance filled with instalove and just awful and awkward scenes. I hated it.

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

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Map of Bones by James RollinsMap of Bones by James Rollins
Series: Sigma Force #2
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Orion
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

"During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior . . . a treasure that could reshape the world."

With the Vatican in turmoil, SIGMA Force leaps into action. An elite team of scientific and Special Forces operatives under the command of Grayson Pierce and accompanied by Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's "carabinieri," they are pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind . . . when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

Lauren recc’d this book to me for Epic Recs.

 

Okay so, this novel is in the vein of Dan Brown – tonnes of fast paced action, super intelligent people, ~conspiracies~ and of course, the love story involving the tough yet sensitive main male character and a strong yet vulnerable female character, who may be recurring, main or if you’re reading Dan Brown, completely token and will never be heard of again after the novel ends. I actually really enjoy Dan Brown’s novels (NOT Inferno, fuck that book forever) but Lauren and I will both tell anyone interested in reading pulp fiction for the first time that it has flaws.

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