Twitteresque Book Reviews – The Suspense Edition

April 13, 2020 Book review 5 ★★★

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 the suspense edition of Twitteresque Book Reviews featuring a book I liked, a book I loved, and a series I devoured.  I’ll leave it to you to work out which suspense book is which!


The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

Twitteresque Book Reviews – The Suspense EditionThe Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
Published by Penguin Books, Thomas & Mercer on March 17, 2020

Thirty years ago, a child was found in the woods. He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now another child has gone missing – Naomi Pine – who may be playing some sort of disappearing game. No one seems concerned about her whereabouts, not even her father.

No one – except criminal attorney Hester Crimstein, whose grandson knows Naomi is being bullied badly at school and is concerned for her safety. Hester is determined to find Naomi so she calls Wilde – now ex-military and an expert in security issues – and asks him to track her down.

But even Wilde can’t find Naomi. One day passes, then another, then a third.

Four days later a finger shows up in the mail.

And Wilde knows that what may have started as a game has now spiralled into something far, far darker..

Twitteresque Review:

If you’ve previously read books by Coben, then you’ll know feisty Hester Crimstein, a 70 plus defence attorney who’s a force to be reckoned with.  She MAKES this book.  Lots of suspense, whip smart dialogue and interesting characters.  But not my favourite by this author.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Twitteresque Book Reviews – The Suspense EditionThe Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1) by Dervla McTiernan
Published by Penguin Books on July 3, 2018
Pages: 380

It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind...
When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.
DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an 'accidental' overdose twenty years ago - of Jack and Maude's drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything...
This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Casey.

Twitteresque Review

A solid five-star read for me.  Delivered complex characters, lots of suspense, corruption, long hidden cover-ups and I couldn’t read it fast enough.  I’ve since devoured the rest of the series, and can’t wait for more.

Here To Stay by Mark Edwards

Twitteresque Book Reviews – The Suspense EditionHere To Stay by Mark Edwards
Published by Thomas & Mercer on September 1, 2019
Pages: 380

A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.
The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .
As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?

Twitteresque Review

For most of this book, I liked it. I felt sorry for the main character as his in laws from hell invaded his house and put a whole new meaning to outstaying your welcome. But then the book took a sharp turn to crazy town and I fell madly in love with it.

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Have you read any of these and what did you think of them? Are there any that you are interested in reading? 


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5 Responses to “Twitteresque Book Reviews – The Suspense Edition”

  1. Sam@wlabb

    I am so impressed with what you did with those 280 characters. I am happy the crazy twist made you love Here to Stay more.

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