The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley

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William Chance & Lynn Roseworth #2

Published July 23, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel that grabbed fans of X-Files and Stranger Things, Jeremy Finley returns with another thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups.

For most of his life, William Chance has been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers into missing people were right all along about the terror from the stars. Now, he’s avoiding the limelight and hiding out from everyone, including his family. He knows he can avoid everything, except for the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all.

When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds that the media, government operatives and renegade true believers are desperate to find him, but he has another mission. Joined by a girl with terrifying abilities, he begins a desperate journey across the United States to find the others who share his dreams to stop what could be the final days of the world.

Jeremy Finley’s debut The Darkest Time of Night was called “outstanding” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection. Now, he continues the story of Lynn and William, fifteen years later in a new fast-paced novel full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.

Review: This is the sequel to The Darkest Time of Night so if you haven’t read that one yet there will be some spoilers ahead for you. If you haven’t read The Darkest Time of Night yet, I highly recommend it if you enjoy Stranger Things and The X-Files. I’ve always had a hard time seeing when people compare a book to other popular things but after reading these two books, I can 100% see where they came up with this mashup. The Dark Above picks up 15 years after the events from The Darkest Time of Night. William is gone again, but this time by his own choice. After many years of being in the media spotlight after reuniting with his family, he has had enough and wants to be on his own. He believes that by doing so he is also keeping his family safe because there is still that thing inside him that the aliens left behind. Lynn, William’s grandmother who was also abducted when she was young wants desperately to find him. But she’s not the only one. The story quickly picks up and the action begins to build. More pieces of the puzzle are revealed as William is on the run from the Sky Surveillance Agency AKA the SSA. He finally comes to know what it means being the conduit.

I really love this author’s style of writing. I am completely drawn into the story and feel like I am right there in the action, feeling the winds of the hurricanes and the heat of the fires. I love how the characters are written and their stories are intertwined to create this epic story. I absolutely love Roxy’s character and how spunky she is. I really like that William envisions her as a voice within his head, like a conscience and he hears her saying things that sound exactly like something she would say to him in the situations he finds himself in. There were a few new characters that I fell in love with too. Quincy was such a great character and I really enjoyed his humor and the lightness he was able to add to such awful situations. Lily was such a darling character. I wanted to scoop her up and give her a big hug. I love how things ended in this book. It felt like the perfect way to end things.

If you’re looking for a good mystery/thriller with some science fiction thrown in, look no further. Grab copies of The Darkest Time of Night and The Dark Above today!

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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Published July 2nd 2019 by Dutton

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

Review: This is my first book by Riley Sager and after seeing all of the hype about the first two books he wrote, I was equal parts nervous and excited to get a review copy of Lock Every Door. I love mysteries so that won out in the end and I gave it a shot. The synopsis totally hooked me too.

Jules has had a rough life. First, her sister disappears without a trace. Then a couple years later, her parents pass away and she is left all alone in the world with a mountain of debt. Then she catches her live-in boyfriend cheating on her the same day she loses her job…. Talk about a tough break. So when she finds an ad for an apartment sitter in Manhattan, she jumps on the chance and finds herself interviewing at a building she never in a million years would have dreamed she would have the opportunity to live in. A book she grew up reading with her sister took place in this very building. Her first day there isn’t even over before things start to get a little weird. There are all of these weird rules including that they are not allowed to have visitors or spend a night outside of the apartment. She meets another apartment sitter named Ingrid and they make a plan to meet up every day to make the time go faster and get out of the building. That plan very quickly falls apart.

This book was very well written. I was gripped by the story and the characters. I really connected with Jules and empathized with her situation. The more the story goes on, the more twists there are. Once you think you have an idea of what is happening, something else happens that throws all your ideas out the window. The action continually builds until the last few chapters when things explode. I was really surprised by the big reveal. I will most definitely be reading Riley Sager’s other books, both past and future.

5 Stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

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Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From the NYT bestselling author comes a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 15 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good thriller so I was excited to get a chance to read and review this one. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Randi seemed like a girl who was mad at life and wanted any escape from it by way of drinking and drugs. But at only 15 years old, her life quickly went south when something absolutely horrible happened to her and yet nobody believed her because of her past issues. The story goes back and forth between the present where Randi has grown up to be Miranda, a detective on the local police force, and that night where everything went wrong. In the present she is called to the scene of a murder where one small thing alerts her to that night long ago. I was so enthralled by the story that I read the entire book in one sitting. The only issue I had was that I came up with a prediction pretty early on in the book and I turned out to be right. However, a twist showed that there were other factors involved that I had no idea so when those were revealed I was both shocked and appalled which I believe is the mark of a good thriller. After reading and enjoying this book I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books.

4 Stars

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: For fans of Pretty Little LiarsLittle Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Review: I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Corners last year so I knew I wanted to read this one no matter what.  And wow!  I was completely blown away by this one!    Little Monsters completely hooked me right from the start.  I did not want to put this book down at all so I read it over the course of two days.  The first chapter reminded me a little bit of my group of friends in high school. There is an abandoned farm outside of our small town that we liked to go drive by and dare people to walk up to at night.  One night we did this, things definitely did not go well and we never went back again.  And the book takes place in Wisconsin, my neighboring state, so it was very easy to connect with the midwestern vibes.  So needless to say I connected with Kacey almost instantly.  I totally felt for her having such a rough background before she moved in with the father she never knew and his family.  Her new family dynamic and new friends made it look as though things were looking up for her.  I loved her relationship with her siblings (both step and half) and even with her step-mom.  But when things with her best friends start to go a little iffy, things go south quickly.  There were so many incredible twists and turns to this story and I did not see any of them coming.  Just when I thought I had things figured out… BOOM! That is my absolute favorite part about mysteries and thrillers!  I have to say that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! Even before finishing eARC copy, I preordered the book because I just have to be able to read this one again with a finished copy.  So if you’re looking for a fantastic psychological thriller to give you all the thrills and chills, I highly recommend you check out Little Monsters!  You will not be disappointed.

I received an eARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

**While you wait for the publication date check out this unpublished short story that takes place before the events in Little Monsters!  Sure to give you chills!**