Far Gone by Danielle Girard

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such an exciting, heart-racing thriller! Far Gone is the second book in the series Badlands Thriller, but I think this can be read as a stand-alone.

14-year-old Hannah witnesses the murder of the couple she is babysitting for. Detective Kylie is assigned the case, and she finds a connection to an old case. We alternate between three storylines, Detective Kylie’s investigation, Hannah’s experiences, and the old case that the new one is connected to.

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The North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was a thrilling story that takes the reader to New Orleans in the midst of a hurricane. I thought the author did a wonderful job of bringing the rage of the storm into the atmosphere of this story. It felt heavy and full of suspense, and I really enjoyed it!

Amaia is a detective from Spain, traveling to New Orleans to partner with the FBI to find a serial killer. I liked the mix between Amaia’s Spanish background and the American setting. I thought it was an interesting culture mix!

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How Lucky by Will Leitch

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, this book was AMAZING! Just absolutely wonderful. Leitch’s writing makes this story such a joy!

Second of all, don’t go into this thinking it’s a thriller. That will be really disappointing for you. This is a story about life and finding joy and experiences even when you have incredibility tough circumstances. There is a mystery and there are some action scenes, but I really wouldn’t put this in the thriller category.

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The Away by Cassandra DeJesus

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Sonia Peterson can’t help but be excited for the bright future ahead as she nears the end of her last year of high school. But she quickly discovers that things are not what they seem in the quiet community of Glendale. After her neighbor’s suicide and a slew of disappearances, Sonia’s friend Devon divulges one of the town’s best-kept secrets: at eighteen, residents are required to receive a serum that takes away their immoral impulses and imperfections, or they are exiled to a place called the Away. At first, Sonia can’t believe what she’s heard, but when her turn for the appointment comes, all of her worst fears are confirmed. Now, she must decide who she can trust and discover who is really at the core of the plot to rob Glendale’s residents of their elemental human nature. Her journey takes her deep into the heart of the Away in pursuit of freedom for herself, her friends, and her community. Can she unravel the conspiracy before it’s too late?

Just the Facts:

The Away by Cassandra DeJesus
Genre: Young Adult
Page Count: 224 pages
Publisher: Mascot
Pub Date: April 2021

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Mascot ~ Goodreads

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What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was awesome! As a debut author, I am so excited to see what Hamilton will come up with next!

With a spooky, atmospheric vibe, from start to finish, this one had me completely entranced! The story is told through the alternating POVs of two sisters…one alive and one dead. WHAT?? I know right. It’s so good!

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Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Holy moly! This debut novel by Alex Finlay is a psychological thriller you don’t want to miss! It’s perfect for readers that enjoy lots of surprises in their thrillers!

The story is told through alternating timelines and multiple POVs. It was a great way to tell the story and really allowed the reader to understand what was happening in the investigation and in the lives of the family before the murders. It was a lot of characters, and I was a bit worried as they started to be introduced that I would end up lost, but Finlay writes in a way that keeps everything organized and easy to follow!

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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I thought this was a really interesting, engaging mystery! It had an exciting, explosive start, and surprises throughout the story that took me on quite a journey!

I really enjoyed that the MC, Frankie, was not a trained investigator or police officer. She was just a woman trying to atone for sins through the painful search for missing children. She’s an interesting character with her own demons that provide personality, and an attitude that helps her fit into any situation.

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What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I could not ignore this book’s cover! I love how wonderfully it fits the story, I look at it now, after reading, and I just think it was matched so well.

This was a creepy, dark, atmospheric read, and it was so different than what I was expecting! The magical elements were darker and more sinister making this a great gothic story. I loved the characters and their backstories. As the plot wove its way through the pages, I was blown away by what was really going on. It was surprising, and something that I absolutely enjoyed!

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And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A man obsessed with the mystery of his sister’s disappearance 20 years ago.
An accidental discovery that time travel is possible.
A chance to save his sister.

I really loved the premise for this book, and the story lived up to my expectations! The time-travel was fun, exciting, and unexpected. I enjoyed the main character’s drive and determination about finding his sister, and I loved how the story wrapped up!

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The Secrets We Keep by Nikki Lee Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was a heartbreaking thriller creating such a wild ride of emotions from start to finish. I found this book a bit hard to read due to some content that I outline in my content warning section. It was, however, an excellent story that you won’t forget about.

The characters created in this story are really well developed. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of creating story arcs and personal growth, making me care about them. I liked that we really got to see different sides of the characters, offering some better insight into their actions.

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The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a crazy, awesome story! This was a murder-mystery/wrongfully accused/legal thriller/domestic thriller mash-up, and I loved it!

Adam is having an affair.
His mistress is found dead in his lakehouse bed.
Adam is arrested.
His wife, a top defense attorney, becomes his lawyer.
Adam swears he didn’t do it.

That’s the main idea of this one. If Adam isn’t the murderer, who is? They need to work fast because he’s getting charged with murder and the prosecution is pushing for the death penalty.

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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book weaves the lives of two people and one family together in such a thrilling way! I loved the perspective of the three main characters. I kept bouncing all over the place about what was actually going on, and I didn’t really understand until the end, so I got to enjoy all the surprises!

This story comes down to a girl (Saffyre) feeling a bit lost after stopping her therapy sessions. An accidental run-in with her ex-therapist creates a stalking situation where she feels the need to watch what he is doing. When she goes missing, she was last seen standing in Roan’s yard, but the man across the street seems like a likely suspect. What happened to Saffyre?

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