5 Mystery/Thriller Books Update

This year I really wanted to branch out from fantasy and get into some other genres and mystery/thrillers always interested me, I just never picked any up. So back in February I posted 5 mystery/thriller books I wanted to read in 2019 and I thought since we are now in mid-June I would give an update on what I’ve read and some of my thoughts on these books!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I liked the twists and revelations that occur in the book as well. I am not really an avid reader of mysteries or thrillers so all the tropes are relatively new to me. I enjoyed the steady progression of suspense and the flashbacks really helped to establish Anna’s frame of mind and why she is so adamant in finding out the truth. It definitely kept me intrigued and eager to read on and see what was going to happen next. I couldn’t predict any of the plot points so I was definitely surprised when the truth was finally uncovered.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

The overall tone of the book was very dark and foreboding and also very cold, be it the weather or the house and even Mrs. Warren. I finished this book in basically one sitting and I was swept into this story by Ruth Ware’s immensely detailed and descriptive prose. I loved every second of this book. The mystery elements really kept me on my toes; the pacing was perfect and the plot twists… OMG! I did not see anything coming and I was very much surprised and satisfied with how this book ended!

My Rating: ⭐️5/5 stars

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Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl

This book was super obscure and very interesting! I liked the slow buildup of tension throughout the plot and how things started unraveling as the storyline progressed. I didn’t really know what to expect from the premise but I enjoyed the direction the book went with.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen

I love how we are always misdirected in this book. It says it in the blurb to not make assumptions about this love triangle but of course I thought Vanessa was just another alcoholic housewife whose husband has left her and moved on to greener pastures. I was so invested in the storyline that I almost forgot that it was a thriller and when that first plot twist hit me I was thrown.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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Favourite Books Released in the Last Ten Years (one book for each year)

This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is my favourite books released in the last 10 years (one book for each year). This was a lot of fun to come up with, there were some years where I had 3-4 books that were all released together and it was really difficult to just choose one, but I think this list represents my reading tastes well!

2019 – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Published Jan 22nd 2019)

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2018The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Published May 29th 2018)

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2017Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Published April 4th 2017)

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2016A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Published May 3rd 2016)

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2015Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Published September 29th 2015)

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2014Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Published March 4th 2014)

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2013Inferno by Dan Brown (Published May 13th 2013)

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2012Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Published August 2nd 2012)

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2011A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Published May 5th 2011)

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2010The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Aug 31st 2010)

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2009The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Published October 6th 2009)

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Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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The Death of Mrs Westaway Review

* A BIT SPOILERY*

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The main protagonist Hal has been struggling on her own ever since her mum died from a hit and run at the front of her house. She has had to resort to getting a loan of some unsavoury people and now they are coming to collect. With no money and hardly any work she thinks it’s a godsend when she receives a letter addressed to her from a lawyer who is an executor for the estate of a woman he claims is her grandmother. Hal knows this woman is not her grandmother and they must have gotten her name mixed up with someone else, but what if she went anyway?

 I was absolutely enthralled from the offset. I love that we get an introduction to Hal by herself and learn a lot about her and her struggles. I love that we see her fraught and run down and pushed to the limits enough for her to even consider deceiving these people. The fact that throughout the course of meeting the lawyer and then Mrs Warren and the family she still has misgivings about what she is doing and I think that that kind of manifested physically. Always being cold in that house and not eating enough and passing out and having a fever after the will was finally read out. I like that she follows her conscience in the end and actually tells the brothers the truth, which eventually leads her to discover her own truths.

The familial side of the book really drew me in as well. The little secrets and the way they interacted with each other had me thoroughly entertained! The grief that they exhibit when they find out that their sister was dead felt real to me and I appreciated that they all grieved for her differently, it showed how much depth these characters have and it really helped me to distinguish between them. The letters were a nice bridge between the past and the present as well. I found myself immersing into the family history and really trying to figure out the mystery of Maud and where she has gone.

The overall tone of the book was very dark and foreboding and also very cold, be it the weather or the house and even Mrs Warren. I finished this book in basically one sitting and I was swept into this story by Ruth Ware’s immensely detailed and descriptive prose. I loved every second of this book. The mystery elements really kept me on my toes; the pacing was perfect and the plot twists… OMG! I did not see anything coming and I was very much surprised and satisfied with how this book ended!

⭐️5/5 Mysterious, dark and chilling!!!

March TBR

There are some books in this month’s TBR that I am super excited to get in to! I feel like my selection this month is quite varied so depending on my mood I have multiple choices that I am eager to read! 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

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The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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