This weekend went really quiet and cozy while sipping my coffee in the garden. Finally, the spring came to London and I had a chance to enjoy reading outside. Yesterday, I finished ‘The Girl Before’ by JP Delaney. I have to admit that I can not remember myself feeling so paranoid, disturbed and uncomfortable because of the book. This is a great thriller full of secrets, suspense, and terror.
Jane – is the current tenant in One Folgate street. Please bear in mind that this house is not a casual property that Londoners are used to rent. This house is a dictator. Rules, rules, and rules everywhere. You can’t have any photos, any pillows, nothing can be on the floor. Also, this house is hi-tech but the price is really attractive comparing to the market in London. Jane is trying to go through her personal life drama and this place appears as a perfect solution to escape from her past. Jane, please get out of there, but she doesn’t listen.
Emma – is the previous tenant. Yes, she is The Girl before. Emma died here and Jane will find out. The past and the present will twist very well. Jane is keen to find out why Emma died and this attractive but insane and over-dominating architect of One Folgate street appears as a fatal figure in both of their lives. Did you ever think about the possibility of being watched while changing your clothes or having a shower? Imagine, your house being able to monitor your weight, mood, and mental health. Does it sound crazy? So, is this book. A great psychological thriller that will not allow you to trust anyone.
P.S. did you ever made love in a public? Jane did.
Final verdict: 4.1/5
“What’s done cannot be undone.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Hopefully, you are enjoying your afternoon and have a spare minute for my review. Recently, I finished reading ‘Gallery of the dead’ by Chris Carter and can’t stop myself from recommending it to everyone around me. I think that I told about this book to most of my work colleagues no matter if they are book lovers. I must highlight that Chris Carter is an outstanding author and his talent to write a thriller novel is incredible. I have to admit that this book made me shiver and I can’t even count how many times I ran downstairs just to check if my doors were closed and locked. ‘Gallery of the dead’ is not just another thriller and is clear enough that Chris Carter has something to do with crime and case studies. The story starts when two Detectives Hunter and Garcia arrive at the first crime scene. After all the years of working in Ultra Violent Crimes Unit, Detective Hunter admits that this crime scene is the most horrifying that he has ever seen. Please bear in mind, this is only the beginning as in this novel we will be dealing with extremely cruel serial killer. This killer is not just a silly psycho, he is ‘brilliant’ at his job and does everything with precision. He is full of surprises, hard to catch and every single one of his victims belongs to a different group of race, age, look or gender. In my opinion, all the characters have been described and written perfectly as it made me feel that they have very own and strong personalities. I must admit, that I absolutely enjoyed this book and even tried to stop myself from reading as I didn’t want to finish my journey with Detective Hunter. Until the very end I wasn’t sure if we are going to catch this horrible human being and who is he at all. Why is this story called ‘Gallery of the dead’? Because the psychopath serial killer is not enjoying the fact of murder but he is passionate about the way of doing it in an artistic way.
Did you lock your doors? I heard that the killer is somewhere on the way.
‘Gallery of the dead’ is worth every second of your time. Strongly recommend to all the crime and thriller fans. If I would have to describe this book in only three words it would be – Addictive, shocking, breathtaking.
Final verdict: 4.6/5
P.S. Let me know what is your favourite thriller and author.
‘By that sin fell the angels’ (W.Shakespeare)
This warm but rainy Sunday evening, I want to share with you my thoughts about ‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena. First of all, I would like to give a round of applause to the author for this really good piece of work. This novel is about a young couple Anne and Marco and their little baby girl Cora. The couple is a little bit tired of their daily routine and decides to join the party next door while leaving their daughter at home. As the dinner party takes place only next door the couple believes that nothing bad could happen and they will check on Cora every half an hour. Unfortunately, after a few hours, the baby is gone…Cora is no longer in her crib. That was the moment when I felt really angry and disappointed and I wanted to shout out loud: I told you not to do it! But it was too late. The police get involved and they can’t find any signs of Cora. Anne reacts as typical mother and starts blaming herself. It appears that one of the family members has something to do with this kidnapping. We are aware that Anne belongs to rich family and money will be the purpose of this cruel situation. The craziest thoughts come to my head and I am trying to suspect every single member of this family and even the neighbors. Is it Marco? Anne? Hold on, it might be her father. And the main and the most important question, where is Cora?
I really enjoyed reading this book and as a massive lover of thriller, I have to admit that it was a one sitting read. I had no time to get away as had to find what is going on in here. The descriptions of characters have been made very accurate and clear. It made me feel disappointment as well as sympathy for some of them. Honestly, I couldn’t wait for the sinners to be punished.
Strongly recommend, for anyone who loves crime and thriller stories. This is a perfect read for one evening with interesting storyline without any hard thinking. Just dive in!
Final verdict: 4/5
P.S. Let me know how do you feel about this book?
Hope your week went quick and you all set up for your cozy weekend.
‘The witchfinder’s sister’ by Beth Underwood is the first book that I managed to read this year. Normally, I am a quick reader but it didn’t work this time as it took me some time to get involved and familiarized with the characters. Honestly, I had to put it away for a couple of days and only then I was able to get back to it. The story is about Matthew Hopkins who was involved in the witch hunting and sent over one hundred of suspected witches to death. The whole storyline starts with his sister Alice who is coming home after the death of her husband. She doesn’t know that her brother is not the same person and what she will have to face. The whole story of this family is surrounded by secrets and mysterious incidents. The more I read the more horrified I felt. In addition, I believe that the author did a brilliant job as the storyline remains unexpected and all the descriptions are very detailed and conceiving. The book took me back to 1645 and I was able to feel the spirit of the time and the last hundred of pages was an absolute pleasure to read so I could not stop myself from reading.
Strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves mystery and shivers. I always found myself interested in witches themes, so this book was something that I was looking for a very long time.
P.S. The map in the front of the book was a fantastic idea! I was travelling together with the characters all the way.
My final verdict: 3.7/5
Today is the day when I am starting my very first blog. I am so excited that finally, I found myself in place where I need to share my thoughts and ideas. I have always been a massive booklover and loved reading and writing, but since I started working I lost my path. I had no time or energy to get back to the books. It took me at least three years to understand that I am not happy and I can’t stay without reading. I realised that my world lost all the colours and everything appeared only black or white. Finally, I managed to improve my time management and not only to get back to study but get back to reading as well. Literature is the queen of art! There as so many extremely talented writers in world and as I am living only once, I have to read those stories. Currently, Friday is my favourite day as I know that once I get home I will light my lovely candles and will jump on reading while sipping my coffee from the biggest mug that I could find. So, in this blog I will share with you my thoughts and any recommendations or film reviews. Also, I have to mention that film is one of my passions and I will be sharing with some of the greatest views.
Please be aware that this my first blog, so feel free to join me on this journey and together we will see where it’s going to take us.
P.S. Today is Friday! I have a book waiting for me at home, so time to hurry up.
That’s it for now and will talk to you very very soon.