Publicat în Ann Aguirre

The Third Mrs. Durst By Ann Aguirre


Some people just need killing.

Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.

Her Cinderella story has been well-documented and it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second.

Unless she flips the script.

And gets away with murder…


This book was very far from what I was expecting when I first read its description. It sounded like it will be another domestic thriller where the wife is a powerless, weak victim of a manipulative husband, the kind that keeps the illusion going for a long while before showing his true character. So imagine how surprised I was when I discovered that the roles might not be so clear as they seemed and when the story turned into a real action movie! And no, I’m not exaggerating. One evening, when I was browsing Netflix for something interesting to watch, I remembered that there was a movie or a TV series that I didn’t finish yet and kept me hooked. It took me a few seconds to realize that what I was actually thinking about was the book I was reading and not a screenplay! But the whole story turns into a movie in your mind and trust me, in a very good one!

In the same time, the fact that the book is so visual, it means that somehow, it doesn’t have as much depth as other books. The accent goes more on the action, on the details that create visual scenes instead of the characters motivations. Yes, we do know something about the heroine’s reasons, but no other characters’ motives are really exploited. Not the bad ones, not the good ones either. We just get some very general ideas, like love or egocentrism, care for the family members, an abnormal wish for control or revenge and that’s pretty much all. Because of that, the secondary characters look more like chess pawns, moving on the board automatically, along with the heroine and not because of their own will.

But overall, The Third Mrs. Durst is a quick, easy and full of adrenaline read and I doubt the readers will have any complaints. It keeps you hooked and curious to find out what other crazy turn things will take and leaves you with a satisfied smile when you turn the last page.

Publicat în Carissa Ann Lynch

Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch


Lily’s gone.

Someone took her.

Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.

Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…

Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?


Now thiiiiis was what I call a perfect thriller! I finished this book in just two sessions and the only reason I took that break between them was that I needed to catch a few hours of sleep before going to work. I honestly hadn’t have a single clue of what the hell was really going on until the big reveal from the end. Usually, even if you’re maybe mistaken, you at least suspect a character or another of being the bad guy, the one that organized the whole crime or kidnapping. Contrarily to most of the thrillers or detective stories, where almost all the characters might give you at some point the impression that they are guilty, in Without A Trace, nothing seems to link properly in order for you to honestly suspect any of them. All of them seem, if not likeable, at least innocent enough and incapable of doing the amount of harm that seems that was done. Even after I finished the book, I still needed some time to digest what I just read, to absorb how wrong I’ve been while going through the story.

Another thing that surprised me was how little I cared about each character, despite of how captivated I was by the story itself. I did not relate to any of the characters, I didn’t feel that the insight that the author gives is enough to make the reader connect to the characters. Most of them look more like sketches instead of full, complete portraits. Despite this, the whole plot is so twisted and surprising that I haven’t felt the need to know them deeper.

Even the rhythm of the storyline is accentuating the addiction that you grow for this book. It jumps from a few slow paced chapters to old memories that might seem useless at that certain moment, only to fall into a sudden waterfall of events that takes you rolling down without any warnings.

Without saying this in a negative way, I have a feeling that Without A Trace might be that kind of book that you’ll forget pretty soon after you finish it. You know how some stories just don’t last long in your memory, that all the details get blurry and disappear after a very short time? But what does stay in your mind is the awesome feeling that you had while reading it and the excited alarms that start in your brain whenever you’ll see the title or the cover on a library’s shelf. And sometimes, that’s all you need from a book: a few hours of excitement and the deceiving lie that we always use on those late nights when we’re so caught up in a story „I’ll just finish this page and then sleep”. We all know how that works…

Publicat în Andrew Hart

The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart


What happens when you open your home to the perfect stranger?

Anna Klein is ready to return to work as a literary agent for the first time since having children. She and her husband, Josh, decide to hire a live-in nanny with some trepidation, but all their misgivings disappear as soon as they meet Oaklynn Durst. She has stellar references, a calm disposition, and a natural way with children. Not to mention their kids simply adore her.

But not long after Oaklynn arrives, the children start to come down with the most puzzling illnesses and inexplicable injuries. When the maternal Oaklynn is there to comfort everyone, Anna can’t help feeling a little eclipsed. And suspicious. Her husband and friends assure her that her anxieties are getting the best of her—Oaklynn is perfect. But Anna’s not so sure…

As she delves into Oaklynn’s past, she discovers too late that the woman who has been living in her house is not at all who she claims to be. But Oaklynn’s not the only one who has been lying. And when everyone’s dark secrets are forced into the light, the consequences may just turn deadly.


Every time when I finish a book and go to GoodReads to mark it as read, I throw a quick glance over the first reviews that show up. This time, when I did it, I was surprised in a negative way by how much people complained about this book, even if they did give it a decent rating. From what I briefly saw, most of the people complain about too many details and too many lines followed by the author, instead of concentrating only on one of the characters. I don’t think I ever had such a different impression about a book compared to the general opinion shared by most of the reviewers.

Personally, I enjoyed every step of the story, every detail shared and in no way I found the book being uselessly elongated. I mentioned before, I’m very far from being that type of the reader that turns into a detective in order to solve the mystery before the writer will reveal it. On the contrary, I enjoy staying clueless during the whole reading and letting myself get surprised by the turn of events in the end. Therefore, I remained in the darkness for the entire storyline and I loved the change of perspectives, the different points of view and the small pieces of the puzzle that the author places along the book.

I loved how distorted the image of the characters becomes from a chapter to another, how Andrew Hart manages to manipulate you into trusting whatever he wants you to believe. All characters , from the protagonists to the secondary ones are complex, all of them show you different sides of their personality, all of them seem to have something dark to hide and some hidden reasons for their suspicious actions. You never know when the roles will change, when one of the less important characters will take over the scene and become maybe the main ones that influence the course of the story.

One more big plus of the story is the fact that it reveals from the very beginning one of the details that you would have expected to discover much later. Despite this, there’s never a boring page, the novel keeps you hooked from the first to the last page.

If there’s one thing that disappointed me a bit, it was the last chapter, after the big mystery has already been revealed. I thought that everything seemed rushed in a way, like things ended somewhat too easily after such a tensioned atmosphere that was built just before it. I got the feeling that the author created everything necessary for a huge explosion, even took the first steps to start in, only to end it in just a few, timid sparks instead. But even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last few pages, overall, The Woman In Our House was definitely a great reading, which I enjoyed with every page I turned.

Publicat în Saya Lopez Ortega, Uncategorized

The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert #1) by Saya Lopez Ortega


She’s cold, narcissistic, conceited and she has no redeeming qualities.

She doesn’t care, she’s gifted.

She doesn’t care, she’s the seduction expert.

Women contact her to take over their love lives. She steps in when they’re lost, she’s supposed to succeed where they failed. She handles their single status, their relationships, their breakups, and very often their partners’ affairs. Her job is a life priority, she spends most of her time at the office or between two flights in business class and the fact of having a sports car that can reach one hundred kilometers in less than six seconds often make her feel like a superheroine in service to women.

Anyway, take her card.

You’ll see, it’s much better than spending holidays in St Barts.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t remember ever reading a book whose main character is in the same time, the villain of the story. I know they do exist, but I just haven’t had the chance to read one yet. However, I’ve always been curious to find out what’s going on in the minds of the people who we generally call mean, shallow or bad, to see how they can be so much different from most of us and what motivates them to stay behind their controversial actions.

So when I started this book, it was a whole new perspective for me. Obviously, I did not agree or like any of the character’s moves. But I felt amused and entertained to observe her, to discover how anyone could find satisfaction in things that should be the last ones to motivate you. Instead of looking for true happiness, for love, goodness and peace of mind, there are people who live just for power, reputation and the image they have in the eyes of the beholder. Perhaps this would not be a problem as long as you’re keeping it on a decent level. But for B, or „the Baroness”, how she prefers to be called, these things leave no space for anything else inside her and she becomes just a painted portrait of the person she should have been. And damn, this girl loves her power. Blinded by her love for money, image, luxury and the devotion of her clients, she turns out unconscious of all human qualities. Yes, she’s good at her work, she manages to offer her customers even more than they were even promised with (although the means of doing that are…debatable, to say, at least) but on her way of becoming that famous seduction expert, she loses all her empathy, all her kindness and her humanity. Her whole life is a theatrical performance, all the details are carefully staged, all her lines previously rehearsed in order to manipulate everyone around her, from her employees to her clients, to her friends and future husband.

Of course, this kind of lifestyle will always be at stake, because no matter how much planning you’d do, there’s always something that might go wrong, there’s always someone who might react different to what you were expecting. With all her cautious groundwork, her whole career, love story and future are at the risk of collapse the moment she meets an even more spiteful character whose plans seem to be in conflict with her own. And here is where the book gets an interesting effect over the readers. No matter how much you despise B, the moment when an even more poisonous snake enters the stage, you automatically team up with the Baroness and hope she’ll be the one to win this war.

Before I finish, I just need to mention that according to GoodReads, the book seems to be part of a series and not a stand alone, although there’s no information regarding the next books for now. I came to realize this when I reached the last chapter and instead of an ending, I discovered that the novel stops at a critical point, which definitely needs a follow-up.

Publicat în Michelle Campbell

It’s Always The Husband by Michelle Campbell


Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?


There’s always something dark inside of us that makes us curious about the lives of others. About the things that are wrong, about what hides under a presumably fake perfect image, about what they’re trying to hide. Probably that’s why gossip is a universal human habit that we hate and love at the same time. Even if we’re trying to be decent humans and avoid it as much as possible, we’ll still do it with our closest ones, feeling a bit guilty, but honestly speaking, so damn satisfied.

This is probably one of the reasons why domestic thrillers have always been successful. They give you the chance to take a peek inside the lives of others, inside their secrets, their complicated relations, their controversial decisions and the reasons behind them.

Perhaps for the readers that are choosing this kind of novels for the adrenaline, for the murder mystery (this is not a spoiler – all of these thrillers are usually built around a murder or disappearance) and for the puzzle they have to decipher in order to find out who’s the guilty one, It’s Always The Husband will feel extremely slow paced or even boring. The book follows the group of three frenemies since they first met in university, until 20 years later, when faith brings them together again, despite their complicated, so-called friendship and all the sins from the past they’ve been trying to forget.

I loved the author’s way of taking her time to develop the story, to describe the unlikely friendship that starts between these so, so different girls, to show you how much hate and frustration can gather behind the bonds that we grow with the people in our lives.

The most interesting part is that none of the characters are flawless, they’re all making mistakes, some more often than others, some only one, big mistake that will mark their destinies forever. They’re not very likeable characters, they’re young, unexperienced, damaged, auto destructive and prone to do the most stupid things. I assume that most of the time the readers will judge them and won’t understand their reasons, but in the same time, there’s something absolutely fascinating in following their actions and seeing all the ways in which people fuck up their lives and how they have to pay for decades for the choices they make when they’re just young and stupid. You dislike and disagree with each of the main characters, you might consider yourself completely uninterested in whatever happens to them, but I doubt any reader will actually put down the book without finishing it. There’s something compelling about it, a magnetism in the story that forces you to turn another page, to finish just one more chapter. And this happens way before knowing how twisted the story will become, way before the crime will take place and you’ll start questioning what in the world happened that night and who’s responsible for it.