Back in 2013, I introduced twitteresque book reviews to Between My Lines, as a way to shoot quick and snappy reviews at you.
They were 140 characters long, so you could digest them quickly, and get a taste whether of not this was a book for you.
But the times they are a-changing, so now I have 280 characters. Ohh the power!
But the idea is still the same, a taster menu so you can sample and make your mind up if they whet your bookish appetite or not. Without me withering on and on about the book, giving you more time to actually read books.
Today is another suspense edition of Twitteresque Book Reviews. I avoided suspense books for a while as I felt they were too dark for the current mood of the whole world, but now I’ve fallen in love with them again. They really are a great way to avoid reality while you guess and double guess what’s happening.
The Argument by Victoria JenkinsThe Argument by Victoria Jenkins
Published by Bookouture on December 10, 2019
Genres: Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological
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It happens to every mother. One day, the daughter whose whole world you once were, becomes someone you barely know. And you don’t know the secrets she’s hiding…
One night, 15-year-old Olivia comes home late from a party she was strictly forbidden from going to, and she and her mother, Hannah, start arguing. Soon Olivia speaks the words that every parent has heard from their teenage child:
‘I hate you. You’ve ruined my life. And I’m never speaking to you again.’
Olivia has never been an easy child, a sharp contrast to her easy-going, happy-go-lucky little sister. But Hannah thinks Olivia’s outburst is the end of a normal family argument. In fact, it’s only the beginning of a nightmare…
After one day of silence, Hannah thinks Olivia is taking a teenage sulk too far. After two days, she starts to feel anxious that something more serious could be going on. After a week, when her daughter still hasn’t spoken, Hannah knows that Olivia is hiding a bigger darkness – something that could threaten to tear their precious family apart…
The Argument is an unputdownable psychological thriller that asks how far we can push our families before they finally break.
I nearly abandoned, but kept going as I wanted to solve the mystery. The plot was solid, but the slow pace of the book hindered my enjoyment. Also I never felt invested in the characters. If they had drawn me in, I would have cared more about the outcome. As it was I was merely curious.
End Game by Anna SmithEnd Game by Anna Smith
Published by Quercus Publishing on February 6, 2020
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Thrillers
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Physically and emotionally battered after the shocking events of Fight Back, Glasgow gang leader Kerry Casey must pick herself up and get straight back into the fray.
When London gangsters William 'Wolfie' Wolfe and his tough-talking daughter Hannah approach her with millions of pounds worth of stolen diamonds and offer her an alliance in return for helping to sell them, she jumps at the chance to have someone on her side for a change.
But there were more than diamonds in the loot Wolfie stole, and its former owners will stop at nothing to get it back. Kerry and Hannah must stay one step ahead of their new enemies - while Kerry spots the opportunity to settle an old score of her own...
Gritty, edgy with a RELENTLESS pace. Despite myself I can’t help but care about all the members of this gangland family. Kerry Casey is trying to steer them in to legitimate businesses, but somehow gets deeper and deeper in to trouble. Belt up for an exciting rollercoaster of a read.
Rewind by Catherine Ryan HowardRewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
Published by Corvus on September 5, 2019
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From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime... PLAYAndrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
PAUSENatalie wishes she'd stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There's something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can't - not until she's found what she's looking for...
REWINDThis is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You've already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking...
Creepy sinister read that will make you feel anxious about staying anywhere ever again! I loved the rewind, fast forward, play format and thought the author nailed the suspense aspect. I had no clue what was going on, and couldn’t put it down till everything was resolved.Twitteresque #bookreviews are my way to shoot quick and snappy reviews at you. In 280 characters. Today is another suspense edition featuring #TheArgument #EndGame #Rewind Click To Tweet
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