Took me long enough – but here is part two to my favorite books from 2018!
With how many I read I feel it’s only fair to do more than just 10 books because there were so many great releases last year.
Once again, thank you to the amazing publishers and authors for the free copies in exchange for my honest reviews in 2018.
Top Reads for 2018 – Part Two:
TELL ME NO LIES – A.V. Geiger
5/5 stars – Book two in the Follow Me Back duology. Just as book one was, this book was one I couldn’t stop reading. I love the social media writing style, meaning when authors incorporate Twitter, Snapchat, emails, etc to show communication. This one had just as much suspense as the first and I would highly recommend to those that want a quick read.
LYING IN WAIT – Liz Nugent
5/5 stars – A twisted mother/son relationship is at the core of this domestic suspense novel. After her husband commits a horrible act, Lydia is forced to be the one to clean it up. Not wanting to tarnish their perfect image she covers her lies effortlessly. As her son Laurence grows suspicious, Lydia must find ways to keep her son in the dark. What follows is a story of the incredible lengths of manipulation one woman is willing to take.
HANGMAN – Jack Heath
5/5 stars – This is one of those books that I continue to recommend into 2019. A thriller with cannibalism? Sign me up! Blake is a specialist that the police call in when they need a profiler. His extracurricular activities have earned him the nickname Hangman. I’m so excited for book two and can’t wait to see where Heath takes us!
THOSE OTHER WOMEN – Nicola Moriarty
5/5 stars – This was a book that I considered a cleanser between thrillers, because we all need those. We follow two women and their struggles with being “those women” that don’t want children. After a Facebook group is created for the non-mothers tensions are high when challenges are created that begin to cause problems for the mothers in the same area. Plenty of drama to keep you sucked in! I loved the perspective of the women that don’t want children, because everyone thinks there is something wrong with a woman that doesn’t want or have kids.
ANY MAN – Amber Tamblyn
5/5 stars – This book wins the award for getting an emotional reaction out of me. This book pissed me off at some points and that never happens. With a mix of different writing styles, Amber Tamblyn tells a story of a serial rapist, on the rapist is a woman. We get to see through the eyes of the men she left violated and forever changed in her wake. The way people treated the survivors is what infuriated me, and I would highly recommend this one.
THE LAST TIME I LIED – Riley Sager
5/5 stars – The next book from Riley Sager was just as good as the first! I loved FINAL GIRLS and THE LAST TIME I LIED did not disappoint. What happens at summer camp stays at summer camp, right? After the disappearance of a camper, Camp Nightingale shut down and never recovered. Now, decades later, they are reopening the camp and want a former camper to return as a counselor. What happens when two truths and a lie goes too far?
HER PRETTY FACE – Robyn Harding
5/5 stars – Robyn Harding can do no wrong. I loved THE PARTY and cannot wait for THE ARRANGEMENT to make it’s appearance later this year. HER PRETTY FACE was another solid thriller that kept me sucked in from start to finish. The friendship between Frances and Kate, an unlikely one, begins to blossom after their kids become friends at school. Kate has a dark secret, she isn’t who she says she is, and she has a dark past.
BAD – Chloe Esposito
5/5 stars – Book two in the MAD, BAD, and DANGEROUS TO KNOW trilogy, and I loved it as much as the first one. Elvie is back and just as crazy. What I love about this series is that it’s over the top and lots of the events are unbelievable, but that’s what makes it such a fun series. She’s vulgar, dangerous, and on a mission for revenge. I can’t wait to see the final chapter in this trilogy.
BELIEVE ME – J.P. Delaney
5/5 stars – When I read THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney I could not wait to see what was in store for us next. Well, I was not disappointed with this sophomore novel. Claire is a struggling actress living in the US, and in order to remain here she needs work. She is hired by a law firm to act as a decoy in divorce cases. When a client of the firm’s is found murdered, the police enlist Claire to help trap the ex-husband. What’s truth and what’s an act?
A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS – Linwood Barclay
5/5 stars – I think a lot of bookworms and writers enjoy the clicking of the keys on a typewriter. Well, imagine that noise happening in your house, in the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep. Not so soothing now, is it? Paul Davis’ whole world changed the night he surprised a murderer. Now, a year later, he is suffering from PTSD and is a shell of the man he once was. His wife gets him a typewriter so he can get back into writing, but Paul is convinced there is something off about this typewriter. Is it somehow connected to the murderer from the year before?