Publisher: Harper Books

#BookReview The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen @harperbooks #TheFiveYearLie #SarinaBowen #HarperBooks

#BookReview The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen @harperbooks #TheFiveYearLie #SarinaBowen #HarperBooks Title: The Five Year Lie

Author: Sarina Bowen

Published by: Harper Books on May 7, 2024

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Source: Harper Books

Book Rating: 9/10

She thought it was love. Then he vanished.

On an ordinary Monday morning, Ariel Cafferty’s phone buzzes with a disturbing text message. Something’s happened. I need to see you. Meet me under the candelabra tree ASAP. The words would be jarring from anyone, but the sender is the only man she ever loved. And it’s been several years since she learned he died.

Seeing Drew’s name pop up is heart-stopping. Ariel’s gut says it can’t be real. But she goes to the tree anyway. She has to.

Nobody shows. But the text upends everything she thought she knew about the day he left her. The more questions she asks, the more sinister the answers get. Only two things are clear: everything she was told five years ago is wrong, and someone is still lying to her.

The truth has to be out there somewhere. To safeguard herself—and her son—she’ll have to find it before it finds her. And with it, the answer to what became of Drew.

With a heart-stopping romance that only Sarina Bowen can execute, The Five Year Lie is a page-turning, spine-tingling thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.


Review:

Sinister, sharp, and engrossing!

The Five Year Lie is a chilling, cyber thriller that transports you into the life of Ariel Cafferty, a young mother whose world gets turned upside down when she suddenly receives a text message that should have been delivered five years ago from the man she once loved but who suddenly disappeared without a trace.

The writing is tight and intense. The characters are mysterious, troubled, and multilayered. And the plot intertwines and unravels quickly into a suspenseful, intricate tale of lies, secrets, manipulation, familial drama, unexpected twists, heart-wrenching motivations, violence, and deception.

Overall, The Five Year Lie is a tortuous, clever, creepy page-turner by Bowen that kept me guessing from the very first page, showcased her ability to be a master of more than just the romance genre, and ultimately, left me shocked, surprised, thoroughly entertained, and eager for more.

 

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

#BookReview The Last Time She Saw Him By Kate White @katemwhite @harperbooks #TheLastTimeSheSawHim #KateWhite #HarperBooks

#BookReview The Last Time She Saw Him By Kate White @katemwhite @harperbooks #TheLastTimeSheSawHim #KateWhite #HarperBooks Title: The Last Time She Saw him

Author: Kate White

Published by: Harper Books on May 14, 2024

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 304

Format: Paperback

Source: Harper Books

Book Rating: 8/10

A young woman is left reeling after a broken engagement is followed by a shocking death—one she must prove was a murder, in the latest psychological thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kate White.

It’s summer in New York City, but Kiki Reed isn’t feeling very sunny. She recently broke off her engagement to Jamie Larsson, a great guy, but just not “the one.” And although she knows it was for the best, she feels guilty for hurting him.

When Kiki accepts an invitation to a party at a friend’s Connecticut country house, she knows Jamie will be there, too, but decides to get their first interaction over with. When they come face to face, their exchange is brief and pleasant, a huge relief for her.

Then, as the party is winding down, a shot rings out. The few remaining guests run outside to find Jamie inside his car, dead from a gunshot wound.

Shocked and grieving, Kiki soon hears that the police are leaning toward ruling it a suicide, but she knows that Jamie was moving on from their breakup, and truly doubts that he’s taken his own life. Determined to find the truth, she rents a house in the area to look for the missing link that will get the police to take her seriously. But as she peels away the layers, she uncovers something far more sinister than she had ever imagined—and it may be her life on the line next. . . .


Review:

Suspenseful, intricate, and gripping!

The Last Time She Saw Him is a complex, twisty tale that takes you into the life of Kiki Reed, a successful career coach who, after her ex-fiancé commits suicide at the end of a dinner party they’ve both attended, decides to do whatever she can to prove there is no way he would ever take his own life, but rather he was murdered.

The prose is tight and intense. The characters are secretive, ruthless, and driven. And the plot unravels quickly into an ominous tale full of twists, turns, lies, deception, manipulation, suspicious personalities, revelations, and murder.

Overall, The Last Time She Saw Him is a quick, tortuous, sinister tale by White that had me hooked from the very first page and, ultimately, left me satisfied, surprised, and entertained.

 

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About Kate White

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of eight standalone psychological thrillers, including Have You Seen Me? (2020) and the upcoming The Fiancée (June 2021), as well as eight Bailey Weggins mysteries, including Such a Perfect Wife, which was nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award. Kate, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead, as well the editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. 

#BookReview Close to Death by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz @harperbooks #ClosetoDeath #AnthonyHorowitz #HawthorneAndHorowitz #HarperBooks

#BookReview Close to Death by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz @harperbooks #ClosetoDeath #AnthonyHorowitz #HawthorneAndHorowitz #HarperBooks Title: Close to Death

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Series: Hawthorne & Horowitz #5

Published by: Harper Books on Apr. 16, 2024

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 432

Format: Hardcover

Source: Harper Books

Book Rating: 9/10

In New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s ingenious fifth literary whodunnit in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series, Detective Hawthorne is once again called upon to solve an unsolvable case—a gruesome murder in an idyllic gated community in which suspects abound.

Riverside Close is a picture-perfect community. The six exclusive and attractive houses are tucked far away from the noise and grime of city life, allowing the residents to enjoy beautiful gardens, pleasant birdsong, and tranquility from behind the security of a locked gate.

It is the perfect idyll, until the Kentworthy family arrives, with their four giant, gas-guzzling cars, gaggle of shrieking children, and plans for a garish swimming pool in the backyard. Obvious outsiders, the Kentworthys do not belong in Riverside Close, and quickly offend every last one of the neighbors.

When Charles Kentworthy is found dead on his own doorstep, a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest, Detective Hawthorne is the only investigator they can call to solve the case.

Because how do you solve a murder when everyone is a suspect?


Review:

Intricate, sharp, and clever!

In this fifth instalment in the Hawthorne & Horowitz series, Close to Death, we head back into the life of Horowitz, the author extraordinaire who, now under a tight deadline to produce his next book, decides to delve into one of Hawthorne’s most challenging murder cases from five years ago involving a gated cul-de-sac in an exclusive part of London, and the crossbow slaying of an arrogant neighbour who everyone in the community seems to have had a motive to kill.

The writing is tight and crisp. The characters are multilayered, irritated, and secretive. And the plot is an immersive, mysterious tale full of twists, turns, surprises, deception, mayhem, suspicious personalities, revelations, manipulation, animosity, and murder.

Overall, Close to Death is a complex, intense, engrossing tale that has just the right amount of suspense, well-drawn characterization, and creative storyline to make it a satisfying, highly entertaining addition to a metafiction series that I can honestly not get enough of. Anthony Horowitz has certainly written some amazing characters over the years, but Hawthorne & Horowitz are definitely two of my all-time favourites.

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About Anthony Horowitz

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.