The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena the couople next door.jpg
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Pages: 304 


You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Review

Title: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn sharp.jpg
Genre: Crime / Thriller 
Pages: 321


When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.


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YA Holmes and Watson |A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Title: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaroa study in charlotte
Genre: YA Retelling – Mystery/ Crime
Pages: 321


The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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One Perfect Lie – Lisa Scottoline | Spoiler Free Review

Title: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottolineone perfect lie
Pages: 384
Genre: Crime/ Mystery
Publisher: St. Martins Press


On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin’s baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 5/5 stars


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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The Cuckoo’s Calling…


Goodreads Summary:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


The Cuckoos Calling by J.K Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the first Crime/ Mystery Novel I have ever read and I am so glad I had the courage to pick it up and give it a go because I absolutely loved it. Why did I only rate it 4.5 stars instead of a full 5 if I loved it you may be asking, well I struggled to get into it for a while but I think this was more to do with my unfamiliarity with the genre than the book itself.

The book itself is 455 pages (hardcover) therefore at first I held off from picking it up because of how daunting it was to commit to such a long book however I found it to be quite fast paced and ultimately I wanted to read more to see what was going to happen next in the reveal of how Lula died. Once Cormonan began to pick up more and more clues in the case the book itself became an even faster pace and I could feel a sense of tension and anticipation as the case drew to a close.

The Cuckoo’s Calling was an amazing read and it held the ability to shock me with its twists and turns, I thought I knew what had happened to Lula but then J.K. Rowling grabbed that rug right from under me and took the novel in a totally different direction. A books ability to shock me as a reader is very important because then I know it’s not going to be predictable and I know that I need to read the entire book to find out how it is really going to end. On numerous occasions throughout this book I found myself making up my own theories and questioning every character, at the end I actually whole heartedly believed one person in particular was responsible however I was wrong. (no spoilers).

A note on J.K Rowling… Of course I love her writing, I find it just descriptive enough to paint a full picture without being overly boring in the mundane activities and surroundings. Throughout this novel she managed to bring many emotions to me as a reader, especially one of hate towards the other characters in the novel. I hated how everybody refused to answer Lula’s phone calls or seemed too caught up with themselves and simply ignored her. Lula’s biological mother was rather annoying as well, with her dropping hints of how she wanted money as well as going on about how hard her life was. As a whole I found myself fighting for Lula throughout to the point where I could gain such emotions from the behaviour of other characters.

Finally one aspect I found really interesting was how Lula’s phone was tapped into by Paparazzi and her voicemail’s listened to, I thought this was great to incorporate into the story as it relates to the Phone Hacking Scandals which have featured on our news for a few years now. By incorporating such context it allowed me to immerse myself into the book to a greater level because I could find similarities directly associated to our current reality.

As a whole I recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling to anybody who is a fan of the crime and mystery genre but also to anybody looking to venture out of their comfort zones. The Cuckoo’s Calling delves into the mystery of Lula’s death, the revealing of secrets as well as a look into the fictional celebrity life which seems very much like the reality.

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? If so what were your thoughts on reading it?

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