#Review Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver @will_carver @OrendaBooks

Title: Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 14th September 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller from the critically acclaimed author of Good Samaritans.

‘Thrilling and completely original, Nothing Important Happened Today deserves to become an instant classic’ Kevin Wignall, author of The Names of the Dead

Nine suicides

One Cult

No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.

Review:

Just give me a minute, I need to pick my jaw off the floor before I write this review. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most original, shocking and compelling novels I’ve read this year!

The whole story centres around cults and how nine, seemingly normal, people would throw themselves off a bridge. The story is told from multiple perspectives, interwoven with a very angry and bitter narrator whose voice is just so authentic, it almost felt like he was talking directly to me.

I’ve heard such good things about Will Carver’s writing but I wasn’t prepared for just how mesmerising his writing is. Genuinely I started this book thinking, I have no idea what is happening right now but as the story progressed, I was like I have to know why people would commit suicide like that.

I have to give a little warning here, there are quite graphic descriptions of mass suicide, which may be triggering for some people, I know there were a few times that I felt a little uncomfortable but I just had to read on.

I won’t say too much more because I don’t want to reveal any more about the story, in case of spoilers, but if you love dark psychological thrillers you must give this a go. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is a dark and utterly riveting book, which will shock and surprise you in equal measure. I will definitely be reading more from Will Carver!

About The Author:

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

Follow Will on Twitter @will_carver

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Happy Publication Day! The Forgotten Child by D.E White @DEWhiteAuthor @HQStories #Review

Title: The Forgotten Child by D E White

Publisher: HQ

Date Published: 27th September 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Lights blinded her in an eerie white flash. She yanked the wheel as she felt the impact from the car behind her. There was a sharp pain, and then a bang in front of her, and after that nothing but darkness.

Holly Kendal is trying to put her painful past and broken marriage behind her and focus on her beloved son, Milo. But while driving him home on a dark February night, Holly loses control on the rain-slicked tarmac, and her car spirals off the road.

When Holly regains consciousness, everything is silent and in the dark she can’t see Milo. Desperately, she claws her way out of the car and forces the back door open.

To her relief, Milo is where she left him, injured but breathing – but then she sees something that makes her heart stop.

Milo isn’t the only child in the car. Next to him is another little boy, unharmed but unconscious.

And Holly has absolutely no idea who he is.

Review:

I’ve read a number of D.E White’s (she’s also published under the name Daisy White) novels over the years so when I hear she has a new book out, it’s always a must read for me.

Holly Kendal is a single mum, trying her hardest to put her ex husband and troubled past behind her. She’s driving home with her son Milo when she skids off the road, crashing her car.

When she wakes up, she finds not only her son but another boy. Who is this child and where did he come from? Unable to rest until Holly knows who the boy is, she must look into her past and confront the secrets that lie there.

The Forgotten Child is a tense and intriguing thriller with a cast of fascinating characters.

Holly is a great character that you really can’t help rooting for. She’s worked hard to escape from her gangland past and built a new life for her and her son, working in call centre for the ambulance services, yet she still has an edge of toughness about her. Ugh and her ex husband, how she deals with him is beyond me!

The book was billed as a psychological thriller but it felt like it was edging more into a gangland thriller territory. This type of novel is not usually my cup of tea but D.E White’s writing draws me in every time!

I did feel that the boy who Holly finds in her car, the whole incident that starts the story, got a little forgotten in the overall story but of course that’s just my opinion.

The Forgotten Child is a gritty and intense read that’s packed with tension from that very first page.

About The Author:

D.E. White writes psychological thrillers for HQ Digital (HarperCollins). Her first two Daisy+White+author photopsychological thrillers, REMEMBER ME, and THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, were published this year. She also writes cosy crime as Daisy White, including THE RUBY BAKER MYSTERIES for Joffe Books.

She lives near the Sussex coast, and has two children, both of whom are bookworms, so it must run in the family!

Daisy would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and review her books, as she learns something new from each critique.

website; http://www.daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

email; daisy@daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

Twitter; @DEWhiteAuthor

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#Review Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @HQStories

Title: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Publication Date: 5th September 2019

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Thriller

Description:

‘You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel’ STEPHEN KING

This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Review:

One elevator accident is a tragedy, two is something more sinister…

So it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a Linwood Barclay novel and I can’t tell you how excited I was to get approval for this on NetGalley.

Elevator Pitch is a realistic and riveting thriller. I’ve never been a huge fan of lifts, I’ve been stuck in them once too often, and I think I dislike them even more now!

There are a number of interesting characters through out the story but Barbara Matheson is a stand out. She’s a journalist with a fearsome reputation and seems hell bent on taking down the mayor but she’s a woman with secrets and a contentious relationship with her daughter.

A little heads up too, for a thriller it is over four hundred and fifty pages, I think, so it is on the longer side but there are plenty of suspense and shocks to keep you hooked.

My issue was the fact there were quite a few different points of view and for the first half of the book it took a little bit of time to get them all straight in my head which slowed my reading down quite a bit.

Elevator Pitch is an intricately plotted thriller that will both terrify and enthral you.

About The Author:

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twentylinwood barclay critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood barclay.

#Review I Know You by Erik Therme @ErikTherme @bookouture

Title: I Know You by Erik Therme

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 12th April 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller.

Description:

I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

A gripping and addictive thriller about family secrets and lies and the lengths people will go to protect them. Perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll and Louise Jensen.

Review:

Bree and her siblings, Tyler and Alissa have had a tough childhood living in a trailer park. Their mum worked two jobs, their dad often drank and took his temper out on those closest to him.

Bree has become hardened over the years but nothing is stronger than her love for her little sister. Then Alissa goes missing.

Someone wants revenge on her family but Bree has no idea who or why but it’s up to her to bring her sister home.

So this is the second book I’ve read by Erik Therme and I have to say his writing keeps getting better and better!

I Know you is a novel all about family and the fraught and difficult relationships that come along with it.

Bree felt so realistic, I just found myself rooting for her. As the oldest, she became the surrogate mum to her siblings which they didn’t always appreciate her for but she still did it anyway.

I can’t say too much more about the plot, like most psychological thrillers, I don’t want to give away any of the twists or turns, and believe me there are plenty in this book!

My only slight issue was the storyline felt a little similar to the other novel I read, Keep Her Close but of course that’s just my opinion.

I Know You is absorbing and emotional read that will have you hooked from that very first chapter.

About The Author:

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met DarthErik Therme (author photo) Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa–one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

WEB: http://www.eriktherme.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/erik.therme
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/ErikTherme

#Review The Retreat by Sherri Smith #NetGalley #PsychologicalThriller

Title: The Retreat by Sherri Smith

Date Published: 13th August 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Sherri Smith illuminates the dark side of the self-care and wellness industry in a thrilling ride of revenge perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers.

Katie Manning was a beloved child star until her mid-teens when her manager attacked and permanently scarred her face, effectively ending her career and sending her on a path of all-too-familiar post-Hollywood self-destruction.

Now twenty-seven, Katie wants a better answer to those clickbait “Where Are They Now?” articles that float around online. An answer she hopes to find when her brother’s too-good-to-be-true fiancée invites her to a wellness retreat upstate. Together with Katie’s two best friends—one struggling with crippling debt and family obligations, one running away from a failed job and relationship—Katie will try to find the inner peace promised at the tranquil retreat. But finding oneself just might drudge up more memories than Katie is prepared to deal with.

Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend, only one will be left standing.

Review:

Kate Manning is a trouble child star who thinks a wellness retreat, suggested by her brother’s fiancée Ellie, my be just the cure for her car crash of a life. She invites her two best friends, Carmen and Ariel.

When they get there everything quickly turns into a nightmare, until there is only one left standing.

The Retreat is slow burn psychological thriller with a hint of menace and plenty of creepiness running throughout.

Each of the characters were interesting, each with some secret they’re hiding. Ellie seems too perfect, Ariel is running away from something, Kate is struggling, drinking too much  and Carmen desperately needs money to help her family survive. None of them are particularly likeable but I think it works well for this story.

Fair warning there is a fair bit of drug use/sexual scenes scattered throughout the novel which I know some readers may not like.

Then there was the ending. I personally didn’t think it was all that surprising which was a shame because the rest of the story was quite gripping.

Overall The Retreat was creepy and compelling psychological thriller that I’d recommend for fans of this genre.

About The Author:

Sherri Smith has previously written two historical fiction novels for Simon & Schuster UK. Whensherri smith not writing she spends time with her family, three rescue dogs and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side. FOLLOW ME DOWN (Forge Books, March 2017) is her first thriller.

#BlogTour #Review The Escape Room by Megan Goldin @megangoldin @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TheEscapeRoom

Title: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Publisher: Trapeze

Date Published: 25th July 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?

The Escape Room blog tour

Review:

A huge thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on this blog tour and thank you to Trapeze for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The Escape Room is two from two perspectives, the people trapped within the lift and a woman named Sara Hall.

Sara is offered a job at a top financial firm on Wall street, after struggling to find a job. At first, it’s tough, long hours and a less than friendly welcome from her new colleagues. But she finds herself with more money than she’s had in a long time.

She ignores the toxic work environment, ingrained sexism and back stabbing workmates until it’s too late.

Meanwhile the people in the lift are sent more and more cryptic clues. Someone is messing with them. Tempers flare and paranoia sets in.

Wow what a fantastically twisted thriller the escape room was! I will freely admit I have a love of locked door mysteries but this is still one of the best I’ve read so far this year.

From the very beginning we know that something bad has happened within the confines of a lift but the who and the why is where this novel really keeps you hooked.

What I also loved was when I thought this novel was going in one direction, the author threw in a twist I didn’t see coming, keeping me guessing all the way through.

Of course most of the characters aren’t particularly likeable, especially the people trapped in the lift but I found it easier to read someone like that being toyed with than someone I actually liked.

The escape room had plenty of gasp out loud twists and turns that really kept me on my toes while I was reading it.

About The Author:

Megan Goldin is the bestselling author of “The Escape Room”, praised by Lee Child as “one ofmegan goldin my favorite books of the year”, as well as “The Girl In Kellers Way”, a critically-acclaimed domestic noir thriller nominated for Australia’s leading crime fiction awards.
Megan worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girl In Kellers Way.

#BlogTour #Review The Holiday by TM Logan @TMLoganAuthor @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Title: The Holiday by TM Logan

Date Published: 25th July 2019

Publisher: Zaffe Books 

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Packed with twists and turns, The Holiday is Logan’s most powerful thriller yet…

SEVEN DAYS

THREE FAMILIES

ONE KILLER

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Province.

But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.

One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined.

Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.

The Holiday Tour Poster

Review:

So I really enjoyed TM Logan’s last book 29 Seconds (you can read my review here) so I jumped at the chance to read The Holiday.

The story opens with the discovery of a body at the bottom of a cliff, we don’t know who or why the body ended up there but it painted a really visceral and realistic picture and set the tension for the whole book.

We go back in time and follow Kate and her friends Rowan, Izzy and Jennifer with their families as they holiday in a Villa for their fortieth birthdays. But all is not right in paradise as Kate finds some messages on her husband Mark’s phone and believes he’s having an affair. Tensions simmer beneath the surface boiling over and resulting in the death of one of the people in the mansion.

The Holiday was a sun soaked thriller that for me was the perfect summer read. It’s full so full of tension that it had me on edge just waiting for the killer reveal.

It’s told mainly from Kate’s first person perspective, which we really get inside her head and I felt really connected to her. There even a scene where she’s standing over her son sleeping, with this irrational need to check he’s still breathing which I found myself going ‘oh my god, I do that sometimes with my own son!’

My only minor issue was I felt like the author kept me waiting for a little too long, not getting to the really juicy stuff until about the last quarter of the novel. Although I can safely say I did not guess the end of this book by a long shot!

Overall The Holiday is a slow burn tension packed thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

About the Author:

TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications, in the field of higher education, and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.

His debut thriller LIES was a blockbuster bestseller, one of the top ebooks of 2017, and sold over 300,000 copies.

His second novel 29 Seconds was longlisted for the Specsaver National Book Award.

You can follow TM Logan on Twitter @TMLoganAuthor