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Book Review: Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

81cD1fzlOaL.jpgPerfect Days by Raphael Montes
Reading Level: Thriller
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 272

Book Summary: A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a dark and delirious road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of Brazil’s most celebrated young crime writer.

Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver—that is, until he meets Clarice. She’s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she’s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Teo is obsessed. He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlined in her screenplay. Through it all, Teo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other, that time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can’t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. Both tense and lurid, and brimming with suspense from the very first page, Perfect Days is a psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley—a chilling journey in the passenger seat with a psychopath, and the English language debut of one of Brazil’s most deliciously dark young writers.

My Review: Who has read YOU? We all love the main character Joe even though he is crazy, right? Well, in regards to Teo in Perfect Days, let’s just say he makes Joe look sane. Teo is one of the most delusional character’s I’ve ever encountered in a story. Words cannot express how badly this guy needs to be strapped to a bed and put away forever. And yet, he is intellectual, charming and highly intelligent, I guess crazy comes in all forms now a days.

Teo is the type of guy who fits the profile of a sociopath. He doesn’t really feel empathy and lacks the ability to connect to people, until he meets Clarice. He is immediately smittened and decides to kidnap her once she rejects him. Well, that’s normal behavior….NOT.

The journey across Brazil, was a twisted whirlwind of entertainment. The moment you think, yup that’s it, he is going to get caught. Boom. The story shifts and takes a different turn. The nonstop, clussterfuck of events made this book an enjoyable and exciting read, right until the end.

Now, I would have loved the story more if it didn’t finish the way it did. I understand it was left open for interpretation, but I was expecting more. Besides that minor hiccup, it was a thrilling ride, with a perfectly crafted protagonist who will be remembered as one dangerous and loony individual. I look forward to seeing more works by Raphael Montes. His fluidity in writing helped sustain the tone throughout the story. It never faltered or lost track of where it was going. I would love to dive into another world of make believe starring one of Raphael’s irrational characters.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

About The Author:

RAPHAEL MONTES was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, and is a lawyer and a writer. His short stories have appeared in Playboy and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. His debut novel, Suicides, was published to much acclaim in Brazil in 2010 and was a finalist for the Sao Paolo Literature Prize, among many other accolades. Perfect Days is being published in seven countries. The author lives in Rio de Janeiro.


I don’t know what cover edition this version is, but I looove it! I will never look at a suitcase the same ever again…



I Got My Eye On You Feature: Confidential by Ellie Monago


A dead therapist. Three women caught up in lies and murderous motives. Who did it? How mysterious does Confidential sound!? I am very intrigued and curious how this story will turn out. Yet another 2019 thriller I can’t wait to get my hands on, it’ll be released on March 5th, 2019.

What are your thoughts on Confidential?

Book Summary: From the bestselling author of Neighborly comes a twisty novel of psychological suspense about the lies three women tell to survive, and the ones they’d kill to keep hidden.

Everyone loves therapist Michael Baylor. He’s handsome. He’s respected. And he’s provided a safe place for his female patients. Now he’s dead, and a detective is casting a tight net for the murderer—because the good doctor may have done some very bad things with the women who trusted him. That’s if their stories check out.

There’s Lucinda, who struggled to process her childhood trauma even as she was falling in love with Dr. Baylor. Greer, an accomplished career woman who was torn by her sudden desire to have children, so she went to Dr. Baylor for help but may have gotten more than she bargained for. And then there’s Flora, a beautiful former patient who’d been on intimate terms with the man she called Dr. Michael for two years. Some might even say she was obsessed with him.

Three women caught in a tangled web of lies and secrets. And each with a motive for murder. With so much at stake, can any of them be trusted to tell the truth?

Release Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing @lakeunionauthors @amazonpublishing
Photo and Summary taken from @amazon

I Got My Eye On You: The Better Sister by Alafair Burke


The cover definitely sets the mood for The Better Sister by Alafair Burke! I was intrigued by the cake topper on the bottom of the pool, along with the mysterious storyline.

I am adding this to my list of thrillers to look out for next year. April 2nd can’t come fast enough!

What are your thoughts on The Better Sister?

Book Summary:

From Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wife—comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resentments . . . but can they escape their past?

Though Hannah was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicole was always restless . . . and more than a little reckless—the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.

For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Hannah earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicole married promising young attorney Graham McIntosh, and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ian. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.

Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Hannah is married to Graham. When he’s murdered by a masked intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Hannah reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicole—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ian as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.

Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Harper Books
Photo and Summary taken from Amazon

Book Cover Reveal: The Memory by Lucy Dawson


I am a huge fan of thriller books published by @bookouture. The cover reveal for Lucy Dawson’s new book, The Memory, came out today. @lucydawsonbooks

I absolutely love it, it’s simple yet chilling! The book will be out on December 6th. The paperback and digital copy is available for pre-order!

What do you think about the cover?

Book Summary: She’ll never forget… I’ll never forgive.

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Extraordinarily beautiful… until she speaks.

An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.

Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened… the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces.

Book Launch + Tour: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica



Mary Kubica’s book tour for When The Lights Go Out officially started on September 2nd. On September 4th, she will be gracing us with her presence in my borough of Brooklyn, at the Powerhouse Arena. She will be in conversation with Kimberly McCreight and it is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. In addition, the book will be coming out tomorrow, on the 4th, so make sure to grab your copy!

I wish I could go but, the next day is my son’s first day of Pre-K and I have to prepare for it. If any of my followers live in New York, head on over to RSVP!

The event is located at:

Powerhouse Arena
28 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you do not live in New York, see below the rest of Mary’s book tour stops. She just might be visiting your area!



Did you ever want to get to know the author behind these amazing books we read? Well, look no further! On today’s Author Chit Chat, it’s my honor to introduce Kaira Rouda. Best Day Ever was released last year, but this year the paperback is out and we’re here celebrating her release! Everyone please give a warm welcome to Kaira….


1) Congrats on your recent paperback release! What inspired you to write Best Day Ever?

Thank you! BEST DAY EVER’s main character, Paul, popped into my head one day and demanded to have his story told. That’s literally how it happened, and I feel like I was along for the ride, so to speak. It was a fun book to write.

2) When you first saw the cover for Best Day Ever, what were your initial thoughts?

I loved the red envelope cover and I love the blue paperback cover. They’re both gorgeous, and tie into the story.

3) If you could re-name your book title, what would you choose?

The title popped into my head at the same time as Paul, the first-person narrator. I love the irony and I wouldn’t change a thing!

4) Did you always want to be a writer or did you have other aspirations as well?

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. It took me awhile to be able to do it full time, though, to have the confidence to go for it as a novelist. Along the way, there were four kids, many jobs, life and well, you know. Experiences add fuel to the writing fire and I thank all of the bad bosses of my past for giving Paul a voice and a point of view.

5) Out of the novels you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one. My heart is close to both IN THE MIRROR, a poignant tale of a young mom fighting cancer, and THE GOODBYE YEAR, about a mom and son letting go during senior year in high school. That said, I love writing suspense, and exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. I can’t wait for the Favorite Daughter to be out, May 21, 2019.

6) Tell us one unique thing about yourself, that you normally don’t share.

I love to hula hoop.

7) Last but not least, do you have anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

I’m so grateful to be able to have the career of my dreams. It’s because of the support of readers and bookstagrammers, bloggers and reviewers and Facebook fans. I pinch myself daily that this is all coming true. Thank you for reading my novels.

Thank you Kaira for taking the time out to do this interview!


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Book Mail: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

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Who loves fictional serial killer books? Me! 🙋‍♀️ Cold Blood is the fifth installment in the Detective Erika Foster series.

Now, I haven’t read any books by Robert, but I am sure I can read it as a standalone. Or so I hope! If anyone has read these books, please let me know if I need to read them in order or not. Either way, Cold Blood sounds delicious! I can’t wait to start it.

Book Summary: The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. But it’s not the first time she’s seen such a brutal murder…

Two weeks earlier, the body of a young woman was found dumped in an identical suitcase. What connects the two victims? As Erika and her team set to work, they quickly realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who has already made their next move.

Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the target of a violent attack. Forced to recover at home, and with her personal life falling apart, everything is stacked against her, but nothing will stop Erika.

As the body count rises, the case takes an even more twisted turn when the twin daughters of Erika’s colleague, Commander Marsh, are suddenly put in terrible jeopardy. The stakes are higher than ever before, but can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

@bookouture / @robertbryndza


Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen

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Reading Level: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: June 21, 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 308

Book Summary: One night can change everything. ‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’ Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

My Review: Can you imagine waking up and not being able to recognize anyone you know? I sure can’t. It’s a traumatic diagnosis that would surely change any life. For Ali, in just one night, everything turned upside down. And the sad part is, she’s in danger and she can’t remember why! I mean if this doesn’t sound like a perfect formula for an addictive thriller, than I don’t know what is.

Ali’s emotional turbulence towards her separation was relatable. One day you’re happy and married and the next you’re separated and confused. On top of all that, she is dealing with a stalker and trying to piece together parts to an unfamiliar night.

Louise did a superb job in giving all the secondary characters meaning as well. I was constantly suspicious and paranoid as to who was trustworthy in Ali’s circle. By the end, I was so flabbergasted that I yelped, “no fucking way!” I was not expecting the outcome at all. It made me want to shake the person involved in Ali’s horrible nightmare.

The Date was a well-written story that kept me wanting more as it escalated. Louise’s mysterious plot grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until all the answers were revealed. I highly recommend this thriller if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that’ll hit all the right buttons!

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

About The Author:

Louise Jensen is a million copy author of Global No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate and The Date. Her novels have also been sold for translation to twenty territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. The Gift has been optioned. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.


I Got My Eye 👀 On You: Dead Ringer by Kate Kessler


Dead Ringer sounds thrilling! The Gemini killer huh? How cool is that serial killer name. And no, it’s not because I’m a Gemini, okay maybe just a little. 😆

It comes out right around Halloween, definitely a book that’ll be great to read around that time.

What are your thoughts on Dead Ringer?

Book Summary:

Eighteen years ago, FBI Agent Rachel Ward’s mirror twin, Hannah, was taken by the Gemini killer, a serial killer who delights in sending photos of his victims to their twins. Rachel assumes her sister has been dead for years, but she’s never stopped hunting the monster who took her. Now, another twin has been taken, and when the case reopens, Rachel is assigned as an agent. But her relentless hunt for the killer may drive her to her breaking point.

Dead Ringer by Kate Kessler
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Redhook @hachettebooks
Photo and Summary taken from @amazon

Book Mail: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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Who has dated a mama’s boy in the past? 🙋‍ Guilty. It’s the worst experience. This is why I count my blessings that my future mother in law is an angel.

But, for Emily’s sake, she can’t even enjoy her perfect relationship, because Adam’s mother is trying to sabotage it. I can’t even imagine how twisted this story is going to get!

Has anyone experienced something similar to Emily?

Book Summary:

HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.

BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

AND SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman will have you questioning her on every page, in Sandie Jones’ chilling psychological suspense about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

Thank you to @minotaur_books for the gifted copy for a honest review. @sandiejones_author