Tag Archive | thriller

Review: Robot Boy by Simon Curtis

Boy-RobotRobot Boy primarily revolves around Isaak, a boy who discovers he was not born human, but was created as a weaponized robot. One night, a girl named Azure helps him escape from a group of soldiers who are hunting him down in order to destroy him. Isaak and other robots find refuge with a secret organization called the Underground—a place where humans and robots work together towards a future where they can co-exist. Isaak struggles with the choice to hold onto his humanity and risk death or become the very thing he was made to be in order to survive. Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Well by Catherine Chanter

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Catherine Chanter

From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well; the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child;all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.

A tour-de-force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.

Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date:  May 12, 2015.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Blog Tour | Interview with Alexandra Grigorescu, debut author of Cauchemar

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Congratulations on your debut novel, Alexandra! And thank you for taking some time to chat with me about your novel Cauchemar.

How does it feel to have published your first novel?

Alexandra Grigorescu: It feels amazing, Steph. It’s been one of my goals since I was eight years old—really, one of the top ones—so it’s wonderful to finally see my work in print.

What inspired you to write Cauchemar?

AG: I don’t think there was necessarily any one thing that inspired me. It was a convergence of being twenty-something and in love, feeling a bit unsure of what came next, and honestly, finding myself unable to avoid staring at this weathered cow skull that I’d mounted on my wall.

The book came on the heels of having taken a bit of a break from writing creatively, so it felt good to immerse myself in such an evocative environment. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Delilah S. Dawson

NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 14, 2015. Continue reading