Mystery

Review: The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, published July 1993 by Penguin Books.

The Secret HistoryRead: February 2016
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Literary
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 629
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Goodreads Synopsis: Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt’s cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

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Review: Kiss Me First

Kiss Me First Book CoverKiss Me First by Lottie Moggach, published January 2014 by Picador.

Read: July 2015
Genre: Adult/Mystery/Thriller
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 336
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: On the internet, we can be anyone we choose. No one knows who we really are. Sheltered and obsessive, Leila spends more time online than out in the real world. So she seems the ideal person to take over the virtual identity of the vivacious and fragile Tess, who wants to disappear. But even with all the facts at her fingertips, there are things that Leila can’t possibly know about Tess – or herself – until it is too late…

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Review: What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot Book CoverWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, published 2010 by Penguin.

Read: July 2015
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Mystery/Drama
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 520
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. Imagine Alice’s surprise when she wakes up on the floor of a gym (a gym! She hates the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over – she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old.

Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how she’s become one of those skinny mums with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

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Review: The Fever

The Fever Book CoverThe Fever by Megan Abbott, published June 2014 by Pan Macmillan.

Read: February 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Mystery/Suspense
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 321
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Goodreads Synopsis: The Nashes are a close-knit family. Tom, a popular teacher, is father to the handsome, roguish Eli and his younger sister Deenie, serious and sweet. But their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when two of Deenie’s friends become violently ill, and rumours of a dangerous outbreak sweep through the whole community.

As hysteria swells and as more girls succumb, tightly held secrets emerge that threaten to unravel the world Tom has built for his kids, and destroy friendships, families, and the town’s fragile idea of security. The Fever is a chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire.

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Review: Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter Book CoverDear Daughter by Elizabeth Little, published August 2014 by Vintage Publishing.

Read: January 2015
Genre: Adult/Thriller/Mystery
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 388
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Goodreads Synopsis: LA IT girl Janie Jenkins has it all. The looks, the brains, the connections. The criminal record.

Ten years ago, in a trial that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back of beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent. She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?

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Babes and Books Review: Never Never

Never Never book coverNever Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, published January 2015 by Hoover Ink.

Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Suspense/Mystery
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 140
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Goodreads Synopsis: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

When one of your absolute favourite authors is releasing a new book, and you’re eagerly awaiting it along with some of your blogging friends, the natural thing to do is download it at the same time, live tweet it and then review it together, right? This was the plan for me and Brandie (Brandie is a Book Junkie) and before long, Stefani (Caught Read Handed) joined in, so now we bring you our 3-way review!

*Warning – there may be spoilers ahead!*

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Review: Who R U Really?

Who R U Really Book CoverWho R U Really? by Margo Kellypublished August 2014 by Merit Press.

Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Thriller
Source: Author
#Pages: 240
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Goodreads Synopsis: Thea’s overprotective parents are about to drive her nuts. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her on-line time so much that Thea feels she can’t do any of the things her friends do. When she discovers a new role-playing game on-line, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. Soon, she’s living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness.

In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates cover stories for her parents and then even her friends. Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really “gets” her. Is he frightening or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit’s allure, and hurtles toward the very fate her parents feared most.

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Review: Far From You

Far From You CoverFar From You by Tess Sharpepublished in April 2015 by Hachette Children’s Group.

Read: September 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Mystery/Thriller
Source: Won – Mental Health Awareness Month
#Pages: 352
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Goodreads Synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer – but can she track them down before they come for her?

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