Psychological Thriller

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

We’ve all played the game but few of us have used as high stakes as are utilized in Alice Feeney’s new domestic thriller Rock Paper Scissors. Told in alternating points of view, this locked room mystery will keep you guessing to the very end. Amelia and Adam Wright are all wrong for each othe ...

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The Collective

The Collective walks a fine line between its genuinely creepy plot and the credulity of its characters. It’s chilling and mostly avoids predictability, but a last-minute plot twist and the heroine’s inability to do a bit of deep thinking before trying to figure out how the proverbial sausage is ...

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The Push

The Push treads territory that’s familiar and ancient in the thriller market.  Are some of us born evil?, it asks.  Are some kids made to murder?  Does the stain of generational trauma doom us all to failure?  Depending on your point of view – and how much you like movies like The Bad Seed a ...

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Hairpin Bridge

Taylor Adams’ 2020 release No Exit was easily one of my favorite thrillers of last year, so when I found out he had a new book release for 2021, I jumped at the chance to review it. Hairpin Bridge has the same mesmerizing mix of non-stop action and high stakes drama that No Exit had but a few thin ...

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Survive the Night

We have a lot of sayings about time - life can turn on a dime, life can change in an instant, time heals all wounds, time flies - which all point to the fact that time plays an important role in the human experience. In Survive the Night a young film student learns that six hours is all it takes to ...

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Her Dark Lies

Her Dark Lies is the latest stand alone thriller from J.T. Ellison.  I was eager to review it since I've loved several of the author's other books, and the synopsis looked pretty incredible. Unfortunately for me, it didn't take me very long at all to realize this book simply wasn't something I woul ...

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The Good Sister

Australian author Sally Hepworth's latest novel The Good Sister tells the story of a set of twin sisters, one of whom isn't at all the person she pretends to be. It's a quick and engaging read, but it does lack some of the sparkle found in the author's previous work. Rose and Fern grew up with on ...

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Who is Maud Dixon?

I picked up Who is Maud Dixon?, the début novel from author Alexandra Andrews, expecting a wild and twisty ride. Well, that's exactly what I got, but not necessarily in a good way. Florence Darrow isn't all that thrilled with the hand life has dealt her. There's nothing blatantly wrong, but she ...

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Hour of the Witch

A just-all-right Salem Witch Trial drama, Hour of the Witch feels in places like The Scarlet Letter – Demi Moore’s film rewrite, not the Hawthorne classic.  Yet Chris Bohjalian’s skillful way of getting into his protagonist’s head keeps this one from sinking below the midpoint mark. Mary ...

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Mirrorland

Mirrorland is a beautiful, complex and dizzying tale of sisterhood and coming to grips with the past via a rather horrifying trip through the present. El and Cat – Ellice MacAuley and Catriona Morgan – were twins who lived in their own wild world when they were children.  The girls do not kn ...