Title: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Delacorte Press/Macmillan Children’s Books

The Blurb

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Oooh The Cheerleaders is a clever little book. It is a murder mystery meeds psychological thriller wrapped in YA fiction and it is a stonking good read. 

Five years ago 5 girls – all part of the same cheerleading squad – all die in mysterious ways. Monica, the sister of one of the victims, cannot shake off the loss of her sister. She cannot lay it to rest and she spends the majority of her final year trying to figure it out. She knows that there is something more to it and she is determined to uncover the truth.

I got lost in The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. I am the perfect reader for this kind of novel because I never see who the killer is, I never guess ahead of time and everybody is a suspect. I literally had everyone down for the culprit. The Cheerleaders is twisty and turny and every time you think you have it figured out Thomas throws in something new to make you question everything you believe.

I cannot wait to share this novel with my students because I know that they will love it to.

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Title: The Recovery of Rose Gold

Author: Stephanie Wrobel

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Books UK

The Blurb

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mother is a really good liar.

After five years in prison, Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with the daughter who testified against her – and care for her new infant grandson.

When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend. And she has waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

But is she still the pliable young girl she once was? And is Patty still as keen on settling an old score?

Because if mothers never forget then daughters never forgive.

A chilling tale of obsession, reconciliation and revenge from an incredible new talent.

The Review

Oh wow. I haven’t devoured a book as quickly as I did The Recovery of Rose Gold in a long, long time. I was both intrigued and totally creeped out by this shocking tale of obsession and familial love and hate.

Rose Gold and her mother Patty have a deeply dysfunctional relationship in which Patty has convinced Rose Gold that she is sick and has so many things wrong with her that she has actually caused lasting damage. Not only did Patty convince Rose Gold but she convinced their neighbours and medical professionals. Until one day the lie is revealed and Patty is sent to prison because of Rose Gold’s testament in court.

As you read this story which is told from both Patty and Rose Gold’s perspective you find yourself oscillating between horrified, sympathy and then disgust so frequently that your head begins to spin and you don’t know who or what to believe or to side with.

I can honestly say that The Recovery of Rose Gold really made me uncomfortable in the best possible way. Stephanie Wrobel is a fascinating new voice and I am eager to see what she does next.

The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel is available now.

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Title: The Perfect Wife

Author: JP Delaney

Pages: 413 Pages

Publisher: Quercus Books

The Blurb

THE ENTHRALLING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GIRL BEFORE

“There’s something I have to explain, my love,” he says, taking your hand in his. “That wasn’t a dream. It was an upload.”

Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.

Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives – and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

The Review

Stories of artificial intelligence are not my go-to reads. I don’t really do science fiction however The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is really more of a drama with a science fiction element and so I didn’t feel lost within a world. In fact, I just felt fear for how the world’s actual future could end up unfolding.

It is the story of a young woman who died but was brought back as an AI robot. A robot with the physical features and memories of the original owner of the memories…but made to be perfect.

To say that I was freaked out by this story would be an understatement. If this technology was real then life as we know it would be changed completely.

The irony of The Perfect Wife is that you feel empathy for Abbie – the robot. You empathise with an inanimate object which then has you questioning yourself.

Overall, The Perfect Wife leaves you questioning the advances in science and whether they are good or bad. If it doesn’t make you do that then you will just enjoy it for being a good psychological thriller.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is available now.

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Title: The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Pages: 356 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick, In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware’s next compulsive page-turner

This was meant to be the perfect trip.

The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…

The Review

I’ve not read a book by Ruth Ware before but many book bloggers and vloggers have recommended her books over the years so I decided to dip a tentative toe into her writing. You see, there is always the possibility of disappointment when it comes to such high praise. Will you feel the same way? I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ergo the praise was justified.

I am terrible with thrillers. I will be the person sitting on the edge of my seat blaming every character – even the protagonist – because I can never figure the mystery out. In some ways that makes me the perfect reader for these kinds of novels. The Woman in Cabin 10 is the story of Lo and how she stumbles onto a mystery quite by accident and has to try and solve it herself. The only problem being is that she has no one to help her. She is in the middle of the Norwegian Fjords with no phone signal, no wi-fi and no one to trust on the boat. Anyone that she does speak to thinks she is crazy. And why wouldn’t they? Lo has a history of mental health issues which makes her unreliable. One thing is for sure though is that Lo will not rest until the mystery is solved.

I have always wanted to go to Norway to see the Northern Lights. Ruth Ware has made me question just how much I want to go there now. Her writing was that good that it has freaked me right out. Well played, Ruth Ware.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is available now.

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Title: Hunting Annabelle

Author: Wendy Heard

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

The Blurb

“Her scream echoes in my memory. I know what happened. Whether anyone believes me or not, I know.”

Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle—beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle—who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken firsthand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.

A chilling, deeply suspenseful page-turner set in the 1980s, Hunting Annabelle is a stunning debut that will leave you breathless to the very end.

The Review

I do like a good psychological thriller. Mainly this is because I am so bad at solving them I am always totally surprised. I did struggle with Hunting Annabelle though. I enjoyed the story. I thought the set-up was well executed and I loved that we had an unreliable narrator in Sean. Wendy Heard did an excellent job of convincing me that I couldn’t trust him but I should.

However, for me, the ending was a little unbelievable. I loved the whole Heathers-esque relationship between Sean and Annabelle. They were both a little self destructive and I loved how Heard fleshed out the character of Sean’s mum who you felt sorry for and angry at in equal measure but I just didn’t like the ending.

Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard is available now.

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