Tag: Books: Mystery

Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Posted 13 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Reconstructing Ameila
By: Kimberly McCreight
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.

An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Yeah, I was on a bit of a roll reading all of these thrillers some time ago. And I had been curious about this title for a while, it kept cropping up on Kobo whenever I was browsing over there. So I finally decided to check it out.

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Review: Conclave

Posted 10 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: Robert Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

The Pope is dead.

Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election.

They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals.

Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

Firstly, my edition has a different book cover, but anyway, I’ve been eyeing this book since I first heard of it last year. I came across the mass market paperback whilst I was in Reykjavik and decided to pick it up immediately (luggage space will be made) as I had a feeling it wasn’t going to come out in that format in North America (I was right). Moving along in my thriller reading spree, I decided to read this book next, and during break at work (format and everything is best to unwind with).

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Review: The Perfect Girl

Posted 7 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Perfect Girl
By: Gilly Macmillan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

I first came across this book when it was featured on 50bookpledge.ca. The mystery sounded interesting but I didn’t pick the book up right away.

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Review: The Girl on the Train

Posted 6 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Girl on the Train
By: Paula Hawkins
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.

A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

Omg I finally got around to reading this book 😛 This book was everywhere these last few years that I eventually caved and picked up a copy for my Kobo but then it languished on my TBR pile for a while longer, lol. I’ve been on a sort of thriller streak lately so I finally got around to reading this book.

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Review: Missing, Presumed

Posted 4 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Missing, Presumed (DS Bradshaw #1)
By: Susie Steiner
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?

I kept seeing this book whenever I was browsing on Kobo–something about the book cover, I guess–that I eventually caved and picked it up (helped that it was on sale, lol). Continuing along with reading thrillers and mysteries, I read this book last month.

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