The Stranger by Harlan Coben ~ What a tangled web we weave… #Mystery #Suspense #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: Harlan Coben

Performed by Eric Meyers

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Audiobook, Book Review

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The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price leads a contented life in a well-to-do neighbourhood with his wife, Corinne and his two boys, little knowing his world was about to be shattered by a stranger. Adam was with the other dads enjoying a drink before the lacrosse team selections when a stranger approaches him revealing a secret his wife had kept. One that would forever change their relationship. Adam is at first unbelieving, then devastated as he investigates the stranger’s so called evidence. When Adam confronts Corinne, she is reluctant to discuss the matter and makes arrangements to meet Adam and talk over dinner. Corinne doesn’t show up. Then Adam receives a text from Corinne saying they need some time apart.

Adam trusted Corinne with his life. And yet…

He had seen it a million times in his work. Put simply, people fool you. He and Corinne might be a cohesive unit, but they were also individuals. It would be nice to trust unconditionally and forget the stranger ever appeared—Adam was tempted to do just that—but that felt a tad too much like the proverbial sticking your head in the sand.

Meanwhile the stranger is dropping bombshells on other unsuspecting people, with terrible consequences for one of his victims.

What a tangled web we weave… was the phrase that kept coming to mind while listening to this book. Adam is a good man who loves his family but once the seed of doubt had been planted he couldn’t just pull it out and discard it. He had to follow it through. And it led him into a web of secrets, deceit and murder.

The Stranger has several threads running through the narrative and, although belief had to be suspended at some of the plotlines, it was a very enjoyable listen. I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of someone being able to know the deepest secrets of random people and the reason for the reveals, but I still needed to know how the threads connected and what the outcome would be. Harlan Coben always manages to draw me in with a realistic and likeable protagonist and a great storyline that keeps me guessing. Fast paced, lots of action and Eric Meyers does a great job with the narration.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository | Hive 

About the Author

Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook  

The Other People by C.J. Tudor ~ Creepy, Atmospheric, Intriguing #AudiobookReview @cjtudor #RichardArmitage #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: C.J. Tudor

Performed by Richard Armitage

Published: January 2020 by Penguin Audio

Category: Contemporary, Psycological, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

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She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.

The Other People is told from three main perspectives—Gabe, Fran and Katie. Three people with their own distinct stories that will become inextricably and insidiously linked along the way, although I could never have guessed how. And then there’s the sleeping girl in a white room…

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New Beginnings at Wynter House by @emilyharvalewriter (Wyntersleap Series) #BookReview #ContemporaryFiction @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for New Beginnings at Wynter House, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

New Beginnings at Wynter House picks up where Christmas at Wynter House left off. The village residents, plus Neva and her family are still staying at the big house due to the floods but the water is receding and things are moving along at a steady pace with everyone getting ready to return to their daily lives.

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#BookReview + #Giveaway ~ Hattie Goes To Hollywood by @CarolineJames12 #Cosy Mystery @rararesources #FridayReads

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hattie Goes To Hollywood, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

Hattie Goes To Hollywood features one of my favourite characters from a couple of Caroline James’ previous books, although it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy this one.

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Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain ~ Death stalked the Vale… #DomesticNoir Murder/Mystery @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author: Jo Spain

Published: February 2019 by Quercus

Category: Murder, Mystery, Domestic Noir, Book Review

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Death stalked the Vale.

In every corner, every whisper.

They just didn’t know it yet.

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

The small and affluent gated community of Withered Vale is home to six sets of neighbours and Olive Collins, a long time resident of the area and whose small cottage was surrounded by the other, more recently built houses.

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Love, Look Away by @LisetteBrodey ~ Sage Gordon has had it with love #RomanticComedy #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: Lisette Brodey

Kindle Edition

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Book Review

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Twenty-nine-year-old Sage Gordon has had it with love. When she’s not busy running her metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, she’s content with the company of her dog and two cats.

Impressively named Godiva Genevieve Jones entered Sage Gordon’s life, and gift shop, at exactly the right time. The fact that Godiva managed to get rid of an angry customer and step into a very recent job opening worked just fine for Sage. Godiva was perfect for the store, calm and professional, totally unlike her predecessor.

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Guest #BookReview by @JillCaugherty ~ Hearts of the Missing by #Author Carol Potenza @calypza #Debut Mystery #FridayReads

Something a little different today as I welcome Jill Caugherty with her review of Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza. Carol is an assistant professor of chemistry and  biochemistry at New Mexico State University.  She and her husband live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hearts of the Missing, her debut novel, is the winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize.

Over to Jill…

Carol Potenza’s brilliantly-plotted debut mystery, Hearts of the Missing, won the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize and was published in December 2018. Although I don’t typically read mysteries, I was completely enthralled by this gripping whodunit story, made all the more compelling by Potenza’s excellent writing.

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Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler ~ She confessed…but did he deserve his fate? @Helen_Fields #LegalThriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: HS Chandler

Published: May 2019 by Trapeze

Category: Courtroom Drama, Legal Thriller, Book Review

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

If ever there was a hook into a story, this is one for sure. Edward Bloxham is lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.

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A Silent Death by Peter May ~ Crime on the Costa del Sol @authorpetermay #Thriller #FridayReads #AudiobookReview @riverrunbooks

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Published: January 2020 by riverrun

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review

A silent vow.

A silent life.

A silent death.

Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.

A phone call from a concerned neighbour sets in motion a chain of events that results in bloodshed and ruined lives.

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Deadland (DS Alexandra Cupidi #2) by William Shaw ~ Run. Hide. Die. @william1shaw @QuercusBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: William Shaw

Published: May2019 by riverrun

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review

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You Can Run

You Can Hide

You Can Die

The two boys never fitted in.

Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they’re ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what’s his – and ready to kill for it.

Two jobless and broke seventeen year old boys, Tap and Sloth, are venturing into a life of crime, cruising on a ‘borrowed’ scooter looking for a likely person they can relieve of their mobile phone to get themselves some cash.

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