Hidden Evil

Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell

Contemporary women, suspense, family life, fiction

Rating 8/10

Laurel Mack loved her daughter, Ellie, who was bright and smart. Suddenly one day, she becomes missing. Laurel had the police keep an ongoing investigation to look for any evidence to see if Ellie was alive. Numerous incidences give hints to her daughter being alive and or presumed dead. The police contact Laurel and tell her that they found remains of her daughter, signs of a horrific death. This news puts Laurel into shock and depression of the worst kind. Laurel slowly moves on by dating this guy she met, Floyd, at the coffee shop. Both chat and he told her about his kids, and she tells him about her kids. When she comes over to his house, Laurel sees Poppy, who looks like her daughter who was gone. After some consideration and sudden realization, she sees the dark and ugly truth.

I grabbed this book from the shelf because I saw online that this novel was popular. I see a little why this novel was popular or is popular. Horror and suspense are always a good read but throw in some mad women and kidnapping, it’s a bestseller. Not that I hated this book, I enjoyed the novel. I personally thought the novel’s length could be longer and more in-depth with each character’s backgrounds. Yes, this was Laurel’s tale, but the author included other points of view that, at first, didn’t make sense of whom was telling the story until there was contextual clues that the perspective changed. Otherwise, this was a great book and I would recommend to anyone who is interested in the suspense fiction genre.

Cult Survivor Tale

After the Fire – Will Hill

Cults, survival, psychology, thrilling, suspense, young adult fiction.

Rating 10/10

Moonbeam, a survivor from a cult of the name, Lord’s Legion recounts her daily life leading up to the Fire incident with a psychiatrist. As time progresses, Moonbeam learns to trust those around her who are helping her recover from the incident. She also learns of the orphaned survivors and how they first got help like she did as well as given to loving homes. Moonbeam tells the psychiatrist that she caused all the chaos. No punishments given. Freedom and happiness were given to Moonbeam.

I really love the whole strength of Moonbeams character and how she got guts to do what she did. This young adult novel surprised me in the end. It was very well written and thought into as far as I can tell. I would recommend this novel for sure. It is very detailed and descriptive. There are two alternating segments of this book that is very organized that defines Moonbeam sharing her experiences to the psychiatrist and what she does after the sessions as well as her interactions with other characters. I cried at the end and usually I don’t cry with books but with this one I did. It was sentimental.

A More Sinister Evil..

Hannibal – Thomas Harris

Horror, fiction, suspense.

Hannibal Lector had escaped from being in custody and been living life to the greatest he can. Meanwhile, someone equally as sinister is hunting Lector down for revenge for his disfigurement. Clarice Starling, feeling guilt and wanting him to go back into custody has to first rescue Lector. The tables turn as it is Lector saving Starling as well as mending her. He leaves her in a good condition but as far as her partner goes, he was dissected and maimed horribly.

What can I say? Thomas Harris is the prince of horror. Harris knows how to write a damn morbidly creepy tale that gives one shivers down their spines. I had binge read this after dark. I know I should have taken note for book before this one but couldn’t help but to binge read this novel. I highly recommend one to first read Silence of the Lambs then this one.

“It Puts The Lotion On It’s Skin.. Or Else It Gets The Hose Again!!”

Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris

Horror, fiction, suspense.

Rating 10/10

Clarice Starling, a FBI trainee, is in search of a sinister serial killer. This serial killer had kidnapped a woman, skinned her, left a moth in her mouth, and dumped her. His name is Buffalo Bill and he kidnapped another potential victim. Clarice must interview and get assistance from an associate of Buffalo Bill whom may give answers to catching Buffalo Bill before it’s too late. Doctor Hannibal Lector not only helps Clarice but somehow got into her head. Both the cooperation of Hannibal and Clarice, the woman is saved, and Buffalo Bill was brought to justice. Doctor Hannibal Lector escapes and writes to her.

I really love Thomas Harris for producing this incredible horror fiction. I had seen the movie as well and both versions are perfect. I wouldn’t suggest one to read this lightly because it gets heavy and complicated till the end. Do not read this after dark or one might get the chills and spooked by shadows. I sure did make that mistake and couldn’t go to sleep right away after binge reading this novel. I highly recommend the book if one is looking for sinister horror. This is one of my favorite horror fiction by far.

A Sinister Mystery

The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware

Inheritance, succession, suspense, fiction, thriller

Rating 9/10

A young woman by the name of Hal works as a tarot reader just to get by with paying bills and such. She is presented with a letter saying she must come forward to receive some sort of inherited money from a deceased family member. The awful twist is that she doesn’t recognize the name and knew the little family she had, all passed away. Hal not only struggling to make ends meet, but during this horrible timing, Mr. Smith, a man whom she borrowed money from, sends a messenger to her to tell her Mr. Smith wants his money back. Hal does an impulse move, respond to the letter by showing up. Even though she has no connection to these people, this might be a shot at getting at something or fail horribly. Hal has come to terms that these strangers might be her actual family and that her recently deceased mother had never spoken of them. There is a possibility that her mother might’ve been connected to this family. Hal is faced with a sudden realization that she knows she doesn’t belong and is about to embark on fraudulent journey and solve the mystery of this situation as well.

I think I have read another novel that Ruth Ware had written, In A Dark, Dark Wood, and enjoyed her suspenseful story telling. At first the book was slow and depressing but things got a bit thrilling when Hal is being chased after by money sharks as well as receiving a possible small fortune from a deceased person whom she has no connection to or possible connection. I love how the book slowly builds up. Also, I had binged read this novel because it made me want to read more and more about what would be the outcome of this scenario that Hal was put in. Totally worth rereading again and I highly recommend this novel.

A Lovely Gem

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Suspense, drama, fiction, secrets, death

Rating 9/10

In a town full of people who unknowingly have history together, remember the death of this girl, Janie, Rachel’s daughter who was murdered. The murderer got away and there was no evidence or so what Rachel thought. Rachel had found a tape possibly showing Janie’s murderer. Cecilia has a happy marriage and three daughters with a man whom she loves very dearly. While cleaning, she comes across a letter her husband had written ‘in case’ he had died. Out of curiosity, she read the letter to find out her husband, Jean Paul, had murdered Janie. Tess finds out her husband is in love with her best friend, leaves with her child to her mothers for a while. During the two weeks, Tess thought that her husband was sleeping with her best friend but, he was just feeling the middle-aged blues and because of her assumption, she slept with an ex-boyfriend. Rachel find injustice and decided to act, who she thought the murderer of her baby girl, wasn’t him? In this misconception, Rachel accidentally injures Cecilia’s child in the process of gaining revenge. In the end, secrets can become a ticking time bomb and injure innocents in the process.

I had loved this compelling story and glad to have read this book. It is a bit sad but there is a somewhat happy ending. However, it was left on a cliff hanger and those aggravate me. I enjoyed the layered storytelling to bring the story full circle and complete.

Moriarty , Liane. The Husband’s Secret. Penguin Random House , 2013.

Scared Of This Book..

The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond

Romance, suspense, drama, action, marriage, fiction

Rating 8/10

In this thrilling romance novel, “The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond, it’s focused on marriage. These two adults, Alice and Jake freshly had gotten married got some fears about what happens after the honeymoon. After receiving a suspicious package labeled, THE PACT, both are highly interested and willing to try this out. It seemed easy, abide by simple rules of marriage and read all handbooks that helps the marriage stay happy and prosperous. This society helps it’s members if they see a marriage slightly gets rocky or uneasy. When they join, they start to regret ever joining this society. As they struggle to maintain a happy marriage, they see how dark this society truly is. Members in the THE PACT interfere in their marriage and purposely sabotage for personal interests. Between marriage prisons and demonic “focus” devices create chaos for the newlyweds. Alice and Jake hunt down information to get out of this dark society and succeeds with persuasion.

When I had saw this book at the book store, the title alone caught my attention. Usually I hardly read romance novels ever, but this storyline intrigued me to read more. Given that there are some morbid scenes and very adult like content I would recommend it to mature audiences. It is very fast paced and keep’s one on their toes as they read. I personally love this book but some of the content described such as a marriage prison and a focus mechanism disturb me greatly. Other than that, pretty good.

Richmond, Michelle. The Marriage Pact: a Novel. Penguin Books., 2018