Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage #BookReview #BabyTeeth #SuspeseThriller @zooshka #PenguineBooks #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing the unbelievably chilling Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. This was released on the 16th of July 2018 published by Penguin eBooks


Book Blurb

What would you do if you started to believe your child was a psychopath?
On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear.

For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl.

Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?

\’Stage expertly crafts this creepy, can\’t-put-it-down thriller into a fearless exploration of parenting and marriage that finds the cracks in unconditional love\’ Publishers Weekly



Wow! What can I say about this book. Disturbing is what it is but hard to put down. I was gripped from the start and was taken on a ride of horror at the child’s determination to do anything to get rid of her mother so she can have her father all to herself. A chilling read that will stay with me for awhile.
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All the Little Lies by Chris Curran #BookReview #AllTheLittleLies #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @Bloodhoundbook @FrostyAbbie #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing All the Little Lies by Chris Curran. This was released on the 15th of February, published by One More Chapter.


Book Blurb

After a lifetime of secrets how far would you go for the truth?

An unputdownable new psychological thriller, full of twists you won’t see coming, from Chris Curran.

Your whole life has been a lie…

One email is all it takes to turn Eve’s world upside down. It contains a picture of her true birth mother, Stella, and proves that Eve’s entire life with her adoptive parents has been a lie.

Now she must unravel the mystery of Stella’s dark past. But what Eve finds will force her to take enormous risks, which put her – and her new-born baby – in immediate danger…



A great read with a twist that I did not see coming! This is the first book I have read from Chris Curran and it won’t be the last. I was hooked from the start and I was caught between wanting to find out the answers but also not wanting it to end. So many twists and turns as well as lies and deceit kept me gripped until the end. 

An email from a friend to the main character Eve, who was adopted not long after her birth, sparks this whole journey when she sends Eve a link to a story on an artist named Stella Carr who bears a remarkable resemblance to herself. Confronting her adoptive parents, she soon comes to the realisation that her life with them has been a lie.

Chris tells the story through a dual narrative, which I enjoyed, giving the reader insight into Stella’s life then taking us back to Jill’s life in the present day where she tries to put together all of the pieces. But with so many lies and deceit being uncovered who is Jill to believe?

The more that she discovers, the more she could be putting her life as well as her new born baby’s in danger.

This is a great psychological thriller that I highly recommend.

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Broken by Betsy Reavley #BookReview #Broken #PsychologicalThriller @BetsyReavley @Bloodhoundbook #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing the revised edition for Broken by Betsy Reavley. This was republished on the 18th of February, published by Bloodhound Books.

Book Blurb

Not everyone can be saved…

Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.

Can Annabel escape her painful past or is her fate sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding happiness?

This astonishing novel will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s fight for survival and will ask if the greatest threat we pose is to ourselves.

*** This is a revised edition of a book previously published as Beneath The Watery Moon ***

Suitable for over 18’s only. This book contains graphic scenes and of acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing.

Betsy Reavley is the international bestselling author of multilple thrillers including The Optician\’s Wife, Frailty, The Quiet Ones, Murder at the Book Club and Murder in the Dark. Broken is a revised edition of her debut novel and is a dark and compelling psychological horror which will stay with you long after you finish.

This is the story of Annabel and her struggle with mental illness and her fight for survival.

A gripping read that had me hooked right from the first page until the last!

After being released from a psychiatric rehabilitation centre, Annabel decides to get away with a trip to the coast of Suffolk to try and start to put her life back together.

Upon arriving, she discovers that the seaside town is caught up in a nightmare of murders that have taken place and that the killer is still on the loose.

She also meets Jude who she quickly forms a connection with and a happiness within herself that she so desperately craves until Jude comes under suspicion from the police as being involved in the murders.

What seems like a love story soon turns into a horrific nightmare for Annabel and this is where Betsy takes the reader through a rollercoster of emotions and makes the reader question what is real and what is fantasy right till the end.

At times this can be quite hard to read due to the graphic descriptions of torture and I admit some tears were shed and sometimes I didn’t want to continue with it but Betsy handles this difficult subject of mental illness respectfully and as weird as it sounds I felt I owed it to Annabel to be with her on her journey until the end of the book. For me that is what makes a book great. To be completely immersed with a character doesn’t happen very often for me but I could completely relate to the character of Annabel having been close to a person who suffered with mental illness and the struggles they went through. I also found the use of poetry that was used throughout a nice touch.

I did need a few days to process this when I finished it before I could write this review. While the subject matter is emotionally challenging it is beautifully written and cements my view even more what a talented writer Betsy is.

This book will always stay with me and I look forward to more of Betsy’s books in the future. I highly recommend this book.

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Strategy by Anita Waller #BookReview #Strategy #PsychologicalThriller @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook #onceuponatimebookblog

 

Today I am reviewing Strategy by Anita Waller. This was released on the 10th of August 2017, published by Bloodhound Books.


Book Blurb

How much can one family take?

Jenny Carbrook murdered three people to make it look as though there was a serial killer at work in Lincoln, when the only person she wanted to kill was Ray Carbrook, her father-in-law, who had raped her the week before her marriage to Mark, Ray’s son.

Jenny wrote letters detailing her crimes in order to protect everyone she loved, but was forced to go into hiding before retrieving the evidence against her. Not only did she leave the letters behind but also her young daughter, Grace.

Now Jenny has a plan, a strategy, to get the letters back. But it’s not only the letters that Jenny has in her sights…

Strategy is the follow up to the international best-seller 34 Days, it can be read as a sequel or an unmissable stand-alone.

A great follow up to 34 days. Anita Waller has a way of making the reader be a part of the character lives and making you feel the emotions that each of them go through. This book was gripping right from the start continuing straight on from the events of 34 days (which I also rated 5 stars) and had me hooked right till the end. I highly recommend this book.

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34 Days by Anita Waller #BookReview #34Days #PsychologicalThriller @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing 34 days by Anita. This was released on the 3rd of October 2016, published by Bloodhound Books.


Book Blurb

How much can your life change in just 34 days?

Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents and appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.

On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…

34 days is a stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Beautiful & Angel. It will appeal greatly to fans of Kathryn Croft, Rachel Abbott, B A Paris & Louise Jensen.


Anita hits this one out of the park. I was gripped from the start right through till the last sentence. A story of secrets, lies and murder. The perfect combination. I highly recommend this book.

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Malignant by Anita Waller #BookReview #Malignant #PsychologicalThriller @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing the amazing Malignant by the also amazing Anita Waller. This was released on the 10th of October, published by Bloodhound Books.

Book Blurb

What if a death sentence meant you could get away with murder?

Claudia and Heather have been friends and neighbours for many years and both women decide it is the right time for them to leave their husbands. Together they get a flat but their peace is short-lived when Claudia is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Being a good friend, Heather takes on caring for Claudia but a lethal meeting with James, Claudia’s ex-husband, results in someone dying.

As life for Claudia and Heather begins to unravel, the answer to their problems becomes clear… it’s murder.

Even though the year is not over and there are still plenty more books to be read I am calling it now that this is the best book I have read for 2018 in my opinion.

Hooked right from the start this book has all the twists and turns that make a psychological thriller great. I couldn’t get enough of it and was sad when it ended but what a ride Anita Waller takes the reader on. That ending was just WOW!!

The characters were relatable and I loved reading at the end of the book that the characters of Heather, Michelle, Jenny, Jade and Norma were the names of real fans. What a great and lovely way of thanking fans for their support by putting them in a book.

This is the first book I have read by Anita Waller and now she has shot up to the top of my favourite authors list. I will definitely be reading more from this fantastic author. If I could have given this more than 5 stars I definitely would have!

Do yourself a favour fellow readers and if this book hasn’t crossed your path yet make sure it is added to you to be read pile. You won’t be disappointed.

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