I took part in the Halloween Read-A-Thon hosted by Wonderless Reviews and today I’m wrapping up the challenge by reviewing the books.  The good news is that I completed all of the books on my TBR.

After I’ve Gone by Jane Green

This was an intense read which I could barely put down… It also features social media, which I find a really interesting element in a thriller because its something that features in all of our daily lives, and thrillers can really twist it into something creepy.

Jess’ Facebook feed is showing her events that are going to happen in 18 months time, including the birth of her son.  As she falls in love with the baby in the photos, the posts on her feed discuss her own death.  She’s now faced with the conundrum of trying to save her own life without changing things so that her son isn’t born.  As much as I enjoyed this novel and the important issues at stake, I felt a little flat when one key element was left unresolved.

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Karen and Tom seem like a normal married couple until Karen crashes her car into a pole and suffers amnesia.  Is she also implicated in a closeby murder? She can’t remember.  Karen and Tom go from devotion to suspicion as this tangled web is unravelled.  I absolutely loved this book; it’s creepy and twisted, and my entertainment was not affected by working out early on who the ‘stranger’ was.  The novel keeps the real sting until the very end!

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver

I’ve written about my love for the Amory Ames series before, and in this latest book, Amory and her husband Milo investigate a famous perfumier’s death.  Their connection to him is rather tenuous and unbelievable, and I found myself feeling bored during the explanations about perfume.  As much as I love Amory as a character, the back and forth between her and Milo, and his exploits, are rather wearing.

The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

I reviewed this book in another post if you’d like to check it out.

Have any of these piqued your interest?

  • A Stranger In The House is on my list, glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Food & Baker

    After I’ve gone sounds like a book right up my ally, Social Media is such a strong part of our lives, as bloggers and for me, it’s my job! Really want to read it now!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • It’s fabulous!

  • If a book has social media in the plot, I’m there!

  • Kate

    oooh Im so glad you posted a round up review of all of the Halloween books you read, I’m intrigued by all of these but the one key element not being resolved in After I’ve Gone would drive me mad I think! Can’t wait to add these to my TBR! Thanks for the review!
    Kate x

  • After I’ve Gone sounds really enthralling! Like you, I’m also a fan of novels where social media is a key element because it’s such a big part of our lives these days!! A Stranger In The House also sounds super creepy, I like that it kept you guessing til the end!

    Abbey 🎄 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • I loved After I’ve Gone right up until the nagging question which I’m still thinking about! I hope you get around to those two you’ve got soon.

  • I’m still thinking about that unresolved bit in After I’ve Gone!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    After I’ve gone sounds amazing! A stranger in the house has freaked me out a little, I don’t think I’ll be reading that one!
    Love Hayley X

  • Yes that one has the creepy factor for sure!

  • Yes social media has so much potential as part of a thriller!