The Reunion by Samatha Hayes

Book Description:

Published: February 9, 2018

Format: Audio/Audible

They were all there the day your sister went missing…Who is lying? Who is next?

Then–In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back.

Now–The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

Review –

Have you noticed that there seems to be an abundance of children going missing crime/psychological thrillers on the market at the moment, and wasn’t convinced that author would be able to put an original spin on a well used subject, but somehow she does.

The book begins with the disappearance of teenager Eleanor, while spending the day at the beach with her brother, sister and their friends. Fast forward twenty one years and her family are still no closer to knowing what happened to her all those years ago. Dad, Patrick is now suffering from Alzheimers, and daughter Claire decides that a reunion of friends and family could help her dad with his memory issues. As the group of friends are reunited they find themselves plunged into a further nightmare as shocking secrets are slowly revealed.

If I’m honest I thought the first half of the book was very slow, the time is spent introducing an array of characters and building on the mystery and suspense surrounding Eleanor’s disappearance. None of the characters were extremely likable, but that said it did not stop me enjoying this book. The author manages to ramp up the tension by creating characters that are almost impossible to trust.

The Reunion has some great twists and misleading clues to make this an intense and a heart pounding  read. If I had anything negative to say it would be that a few things were left unanswered by the time I reached the end, but never the less it still made for an intriguing read and I gave it five stars!

 

Hide and Seek by P.S. Brown

Book Description

 January 1, 2014

An Amazon #1 Psychological Thriller Best Seller

An unforeseen school reunion sparked by the death of a childhood friend quickly turns into a living nightmare for Peter Stevenson.

Waking the day after, he finds his friends missing, his possessions gone, and himself placed at the centre of a twisted game of hide and seek.

As the cruel challenge against the clock unfolds, Peter is forced to relive his past in order to find and save his friends.

Peter also has to come to terms with the fact that one of his friends could be the mastermind behind the sinister game.

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This is a great “who-done-it”  and a super twist at the end.  It is action packed and fast paced and a real page turner. If you’re looking for something a bit creepy and twisted this is one for you.
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This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Product Description
It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

Review-

Of the three books in this series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, I liked this one the best.  The characters from the first two books came together in this story of survival in the harshest of times.   And yes, Matt changed from a stout-hearted, do everything right and by the book fellow to one that would bring home a “wife” after meeting her on a fishing trip to a river(where catching fish could be the difference between life and death) and be all lovey-dovey, over the moon in love and get mad at anyone who questioned this but why shouldn’t he?  It wasn’t like there were any places to meet a future mate or the likelihood that there would be anytime soon.  So getting married and having someone to share things with made sense to him.  Miranda fell a little too easily in love with Alex for  the same reason and that’s okay. After all they had been through and will probably  go through in the future their changing made complete sense.   I was glad that we learned Miranda’s father, his new wife and new baby were safe and although uncertainty is their constant companion I get the feel that everything we work out for everyone.  I recommend this book but be sure to read the first two or you will be lost.