Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

What a phenomenal book! A stunning debut novel for Roz Nay! I’m so glad I got the chance to read this book right when it got published. This book truly met, and exceeded, all the expectations I have for a psychological thriller. Not only did I finish this book within two days, but it actually left me thinking and wondering what just happened, as I finished the last page. Honestly, I had to contact the author, Roz Nay, for clarification and I have no shame in saying this. I believe that a good book really does leave a reader questioning what just happened, and it just so happens that I was not reading in between the lines. I took the last few chapters a bit too literally, and failed to make an important connection, and once Roz Nay clarified the ending, it gave me a new perspective on the book.

We follow a love-stricken woman named Angela who is being interrogated regarding the disappearance of another woman. This woman is none other than the current wife of HP, who is Angela’s ex-boyfriend. After the first few chapters, one would simply conclude that Angela must have committed the crime due to jealousy, but once you truly get into the meat of the book, you realize that there is something more sinister, and psychologically confusing, at work, all leading to an INCREDIBLE ending.

The characters are very well developed, and I truly felt a connection with each and every one of them. As the book progresses, we delve into Angela’s past and see how HP and Angela met in high school, and we follow their lives as Angela moves to England for university. Once HP visits her in England, everything takes a drastic turn. Turn for the worse? Or a turn for the better? Well, you’ll have to read this book to find that out!

I’ll leave this review with my favourite quote from this novel.

“Put a crowd of a hundred people in a room and wait. Eventually the psychopaths will emerge, and I'm telling you now, they won't be who you first suspected and there'll always be more than one.” (Nay, 2017)

This quote intricately outlines the basis of this novel and has stuck with me ever since reading it. Leave a comment regarding which quote is your favourite! There are a few lessons one can learn from ‘Our Little Secret', and I encourage you all to read it!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

                                                        Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is honestly one of the best mystery novelists ever! I have read quite a few of his books, such as Stay Close, The Stranger and Six Years. 'Gone for Good' kept me at the edge of my seat at all times, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed when reading this book. It's the kind of book that'll keep you awake until the late hours of the night, turning page after page non-stop, hoping to figure out the mystery. Once you feel as though you've figured something out, you come upon a bump that discredits what you originally thought.

Even though I've heard people tell me that the characters aren't well-developed in this novel, I beg to differ. I felt as though I knew the characters personally, and felt connected to them in some way. I highly recommend paying close attention to the descriptions of the characters. I felt like I skimmed over some important character descriptions, which actually proved to be incredibly important later in the novel. Honestly, the setting may be important, but the characters truly shape the nature of this book.

Will Klein is such an intriguing character. He's the protagonist who has just found out that his older brother is in fact alive, after thinking he was dead for over a decade. This proof is all he needs to set off a roller-coaster of a ride, in which Will stops at nothing, in a bid to find out the truth. Chapter after chapter a new mystery is thrown Will's way, and he does whatever it takes to solve the mystery. Does Will ever find out where his brother has been all this time? Why did Will's brother disappear in the first place? Read this book and find your answer to these questions! Comment below what you thought of the book once you read it! Thank you to Coben for an incredible book, cannot wait to read more of his novels!