In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

Holy smokes this was a GREAT book!  After a bachelorette (Hen) party, Lenora wakes up in a hospital bed badly bruised and confused with a bandaged head and memory loss; and when she overhears a devastating police conversation outside her door, she begins to piece together the nightmare of a weekend that brought her there.

From the first chapter, my mind was already trying to strategically figure out the who, what, when, and why of this slow-to-be-revealed mystery. There are two parallel time frames only a few days apart from each other, and in my opinion they both contribute a grave amount of suspense. Something has happened, and snippets are revealed leisurely. As you read, you realize the author is not being cruel with this tactic, but the reader learns along with the main character what has come to pass and I was on the edge of my seat!

 

The Unquiet Past (Secrets) by Kelley Armstrong

25388580Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Bestselling authors Kelley Armstrong, Vicki Grant, Marthe Jocelyn, Kathy Kacer, Norah McClintock, Teresa Toten and Eric Walters team up to create this series of linked YA novels. Readers can discover all seven Secrets in any order!

Tess has always been tormented by waking visions that make her question her sanity. When the orphanage she lives in burns down, she decides to face her fears and find out once and for all what is wrong with her. She believes the truth must lie with her parents, and so, armed with only an address and phone number, Tess travels to a crumbling mansion in rural Quebec, where she discovers evidence of mistreatment of mental patients. She also makes an unlikely ally and gradually unearths her family’s sad history—and finally accepts the truth about her paranormal powers.

This story wasn’t the best I’ve read from Kelley, but it was well worth checking out!
This book is definitely a mystery. But I am not sure if I would consider it a thriller. There is a mystery to figure out, but only in the last part of the book do things really happen at a faster pace.

Before the halfway point I would also say that there is not much paranormal. But that does have a huge impact on the last half of the book. This book was unusual. It was interesting, but very different from anything the author has previously written but I did enjoy it!

 

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Before I ever knew what this book was about, I was drawn to the book cover.  The author was inspired to write “The Gates of Evangeline” after a family tragedy and a mysterious dream.  This is also her first novel.  The book is first of three Charlie Cates books. She is currently wrapping up work on the second novel in the series!

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was pretty spooky at times. There was  couple of moments that I actually got chills!  Charlotte is still trying to deal with her grief over the death of her young son Keegan from a brain aneurysm while he was at pre-school.  Trying to move along in her life, Charlie sets out for Evangeline Louisiana with the prospect of writing a book.  Things aren’t going as planned when Charlie starts to dream unusual and horrible dreams that seem to be coming true……

Charlie’s assignment takes her to meet the wealthy, not to mention eccentric, Deveau family. It’s the Deveau’s youngest son who went missing all those years ago and his twin sisters want answers (not to mention publicity).

Along the way, Charlie meets the Deveau’s landscaper. She tries to keep her distance from the mystery man, but she can’t fight her attraction to the handsome man. However, it’s not long before she realizes this is a man with deep secrets.

Charlie’s investigation leads her to the Deveau family secrets, betrayals, lies and murder. As her premonitions get stronger, so does the danger and more questions arise. Charlie is no longer sure who she can trust. One thing is for sure, nothing is as it seems and danger lurks the grounds of Evangeline.