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Five Fabulous…Adult Thrillers

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I am on such a Thriller kick at the moment that it just makes sense to share with you all some of my favourites – It was hard to choose!

The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas
There was something so eerie about this book that really gave it an edge. I couldn’t put it down and when I did it was just constantly on my mind. A very dramatic thriller.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The very first Liane Moriarty book I read and I loved it! At the end of each chapter was a snippet to the big reveal as you tried to work out what was going to happen. Very cleverly done.

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst
This book is one of those awful books that you wish will never happen to you. It’s dark and horrid and addictive. I loved the way it flipped between past and present as you tried to work out what was happening.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris
In this book, you are instantly set on edge from the beginning. Something just isn’t quite right and it really made me feel uncomfortable. This is a scary kind of thriller as you realise it could be happening. Very gripping and very emotional.

Far From True by Linwood Barclay
I have always loved Linwood Barclay’s books so I jumped to read his newest one. It was only towards the end that I realised it was a sequel but that’s okay because the book was still incredible. It twisted and turned and kept my interest going until the very end – and now I must have the finale asap!

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In Her Shadow

Louise Douglas

in her shadowHannah Brown never thought she’d have a best friend like Ellen Brecht. Ellen is everything she isn’t – beautiful, daring, glamorous and fierce. Growing up together in rural Cornwall, life seems perfect. But their idyllic childhood is shattered by obsession, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy.
Hannah has tried for twenty years to forget what happened during that terrible summer. Then, one ordinary morning at work, she glimpses a woman who is identical to Ellen. Can it really be her? And has Ellen returned to forgive her – or to punish her?

I was gripped by this novel, it has all the essentials for a good read; compelling characters, beautiful settings, an intriguing story and a little bit of mystery to keep you guessing along the way.

The story is told by Hannah who is in her thirties and working for a museum, she is thrown into turmoil one day by a glimpse of her old friend Ellen Brecht and we discover that Hannah’s past holds secrets and a history of mental illness because of childhood events that she has never really recovered from. Through Hannah’s life now and her reminiscences we gradually discover what she is hiding from and why Ellen’s possible return is so significant.

Ellen and her family burst into Hannah’s quiet life bringing an excitement and vibrancy that Hannah is drawn to like a moth to the flame, but there are hidden dangers and her youthful eyes don’t see the whole picture or the darkness within this family. Ellen is strong, fierce and determined (all things Hannah is not) they form a strong friendship, along with with Hannah’s adopted brother Jago. They grow through their teenage years together with the angst that goes with that and the added problems caused by Ellen’s family and Jago’s history.

Hannah has her own qualities and is a good friend to Ellen, but also struggles with jealousy and loneliness and feeling of betrayal as Ellen and Jago grow closer. She is a very complex character and the many facets come together along with the events so we can understand why she has suffered mental illness. As events roll on in the present we are left wondering if she is having more episodes and if she is heading for another breakdown.

As secrets are revealed and the darker elements come to the fore all the characters show their best and worst sides. I really enjoyed the build-up and revelations when they came, some things I didn’t see coming at all. The whole story is very atmospheric and there is a chill that pervades the book as we wonder where this is all going and how Hannah is going to cope with re-living the horrors of her past.

Verdict:I really enjoyed this and have already got another of Louise’s books on the Kindle to read soon!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: August 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
Genre: Fiction
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge:British book
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