The Dry

The Dry
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, Book # 1
Brown Book Group
May 2016
ebook
340
English
August 21, 2019 August 24, 2019

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see whether there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them, and Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


About the book

This is the first book that I read of this author and I think I will read more of hers. The book is set in Australia, in a very small town where heatwaves and drought are a every day problem and when something bad happens it is said “it’s the heat fault”. Federal agent Aaron Falk is in town for a funeral of a friend, Luke Hadler, who was involved in an omicide-suicide case. In fact everyone in town believes that he killed his wife and son, leaving only his daughter alive because she is only 1 year old. After that he killed himself. But Luke’s parents don’t believe this version and ask Arron to investigate.

Aaron will clash with the father of one of his old friends, a girl who died 20 years prior. The father believe that both Aaron and Luke lied in the past and that they know how the girl died.

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Das Mona-Lisa-Virus (The Mona Lisa Virus)

Das Mona-Lisa-Virus
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Bastei Entertainment
March 21st 2016
Kindle
465
German
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August 7, 2019 August 10, 2019

In Milan "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci is destroyed. In Mexico a group of models is kidnapped and tortured: when the girls reappear, their faces are brutally disfigured by what appear to be real surgical operations. At the same time, a computer virus is spreading all over the world, which systematically alters photo files. Is there a connection between these events? Helen Morgan - a Boston scientist - will shed light on the story. When in fact her daughter is kidnapped, the woman begins to follow a track that takes her to Europe, and exactly to the Louvre, where the picture of the Mona Lisa seems to be in danger. But the reasons for all this sink into the past, around 1500, when the famous painting saw the light ...


About the book

This book talks about art, beauty and stereotypes that nowadays have become a little too forced. Or at least that’s the underlying message that the killer gives. The characters are American but we travel around the world with Mexico, France, Italy and some other European countries. The protagonist is a scientist who studies the psychology behind beauty. What happens in our brain when we look at a piece of art? This is what she tries to explain, but this will bring her into the clutches of a conspirator.

Meanwhile some Miss America are kidnapped in Mexico and one by one they are disfigured to eliminate all their beauty. A computer virus is spread all over the world, a program that disfigures the photos and images of people and makes them ugly. But what is this concept of beautiful or ugly? Who dictated the canons of beauty?

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The Liar’s Sister

The Liar's Sister
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Bookouture
September 24 2019
ebook
298
English
August 25, 2019 August 28, 2019

Ten years ago Samuel Murray went missing from the small village of Buckthorpe and was never found again. A quiet boy who loved walking in the woods and tending the animals on his parents’ farm. Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see him on the dark, rainy night he disappeared. But surely someone in the close-knit community must know something?

Rosie Sharpe cried for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night their friend Samuel was last seen, Heather saw her older sister climbing back into the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.

Heather has never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…

When Rosie and Heather are forced to return to the home they grew up in, to spend the last days with their dying mother, they must confront what really happened a decade ago. But the people of Buckthorpe make it clear they are unwelcome – they’ve always suspected the girls knew more than they said about the night Samuel went missing. And as the shocking lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both sisters in terrible danger…

This twist-filled, page-turning psychological thriller will keep you hooked until the final, jaw-dropping pages.


About the book

I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Liar’s Sister talks about the conflict between two families in a small, narrow-minded village. The two families are the Sharpes and the Murrays, who have known each other for a lifetime, but the secrets that exist between the various members lead to a split that has lasted for ten years. On one side there are two sisters, the main characters of the book Heather and Rosie and on the other side Samuel and his adopted brother Peter. Ten years ago something happened, something serious and obscure enough that will put the two sisters in danger.

The book starts with a letter that Heather writes to her older sister Rosie and here we discover a fact that will be the main theme of the whole book. In fact, ten years ago Samuel disappeared and Heather is sure her sister knew something. Both return to bid farewell to the dying mother and at the funeral the two are treated coldly, but Heather wonders why she, too, is treated poorly and knows that everything started by Samuel’s disappearance and therefore wants to shed light on what happened. But will it be a smart move? Or will she only endanger herself?

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Lost Girls

Lost Girls
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, Book # 3
Bookouture
November 6, 2015
ebook
358
English
April 22, 2019 May 27, 2019

Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons.


About the book

Two girls are kidnapped, but only one returns home. 13 months later, two other girls are kidnapped, but this time, the mother of one of them is an old acquaintance of Inspector Kate Stone. Will Kate be able to bring both girls home? And why are they kidnapped? The kidnapper likes to play, in fact he sends SMS to the parents as if it were a competition. And what happened to the little girl who never returned home?

The case is very interesting, it is more a psychological thriller given the games that the kidnapper makes and I really like this fact. Obviously I don’t like one of the fathers of the victims, because I just can’t stand that kind of people but this is just my opinion and he is definitely in the story to be an antagonist.

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Girl From the Tree House

Girl From the Tree House
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, Book # 1
BooksGoSocial
May 30, 2019
ebook from NetGalley
279
English
May 30, 2019 June 7, 2019

It all unraveled at the funeral...

Horace Reid's death opened the door to our freedom. His widow, Elizabeth, exists only on paper. She disappeared thirty years ago. It's us, the Tribe, who live in her body now. But nobody knows that. Us are Elise, the reluctant host, Lilly the closer, Ama, the proverbial mother, Sky, our wise guide, Amadeus, the warrior, and Luke, the man around the house. There are others, but we make sure they stay hidden and away from harm.

After Horace's funeral, they tried to lock us in a mental hospital. Our sister-in-law had it all carefully planned. Thanks to quick thinking—yes, being a multiple has its advantages—we escaped to New Zealand's South Island. Tucked away in the West Coast wilderness we... well, the plan was to continue our healing. We didn't expect that monsters from our past still had us on their radar. When the police accuse us of murder we have to run again. Where to go, which way to turn? Our neighbor Scott appears helpful, but can we trust him? Can we trust ourselves? Can we trust anyone?

The GIRL FROM THE TREE HOUSE is the first of a series of psychological thrillers set in current day New Zealand. It describes how Elizabeth, a thirty-two-year-old woman with multiple personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID), fights for her sanity and freedom. Four core personalities tell the story from the inside out, giving a touching insight into the workings of the dissociated mind. There are no graphic descriptions of abuse.


About the book

I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a different reading for me, I like psychological thriller and this is quite so. The book category is Mystery & Thrillers and Women’s Fiction on NetGalley website, but I have to say that the “thriller” part, isn’t about a crime as I thought when I read the synopsis. There isn’t even a “real crime” and with that I mean that the murder isn’t the “protagonist” or the main thing that needs to be solved. There is a murder but the protagonist’s tale is the main subject of the book.

The book is told by different points of view, but those points of view belong to the same person. This woman, because of the trauma endured when she was a child, has developed a dissociative identity disorder so the book is told by these multiple personalities that live inside her.

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