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Twisty Psychological Thrillers That Will Leave You Shook

 

Welcome to Blogtober day 6! Today I will be recommending 5 Psychological Thrillers I absolutely loved. Most of these books I feel are underrated – or people haven’t appreciated them as much as I think they deserve. I hope you enjoy and hopefully find a new book you can check out this autumn!


The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight.

The outliers by Kimberly mccrieght book review

Synopsis

‘It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?’

I read this book back in 2016 and absolutely loved it! It’s had mixed reviews on Goodreads and it seems I’m in the minority that loved it. It was full of twists and turns and the ending was unexpected and interesting. It isn’t a perfect book but what book ever is?

You can read my review for this book here.


The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.

Synopsis

‘HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?’

I loved this book so much! It was one of my favourite books of 2017 and it’s still one my favourite books I’ve ever read. I honestly have all good things to say – it’s a beautiful masterpiece full of twists and turns.

You can read my review here.


The Last One by Alexandra Olivia.

Synopsis

‘Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.’

I haven’t read many adult books in the last few years – I prefer to read Young Adult fiction. However, I read the back of this book in Asda and I knew I had to give it a go. It’s a fast paced, different and exciting book. I also found it highly terrifying. I find these kind of books more terrifying than horror or paranormal – things that could quite possibly happen in real life.


Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen.

Synopsis

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.’

Tess Gerritsen is my favourite adult author and this book didn’t disappoint me. Tess has this way with storytelling that is impossible to resist. But beware, if you do love this book be prepared to add a whole load of books to your TBR!


Frayed by Kara Terzis.

Synopsis

‘Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.

And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!’

I requested this from Netgalley, not particularly expecting much but boy was I invested in this story. The ending was definitely wild and unexpected and I loved the main character and her storytelling.

You can read my review here.


Have you got any psychological thriller recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Useful Apps to Increase Productivity As A Writer

1. Scrivener.

Platforms available on: macOS | Windows | iOS.

Price: $45 on macOS and Windows & $19.99 on iOS.

• This is one app I couldn’t do without. I tried out the free trial on my desktop computer and LOVED IT. I then purchased the iOS version as I do most of my writing on my iPad. It’s definitely worth the money and I’ve gotten so much more done than I ever have with other apps/programs. It’s a fantastic way to organise your planning and you can easily view documents side by side. I would recommend this to anyone whose is struggling to manage their time or organise their writing.


2. Evernote.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android | Windows | macOS.

Price: Free (basic) | £44.99 / year (premium).

  • This is where I keep all my notes – whether it be plot bunnies, poetry or ideas for my work in progress. If I have an idea whilst I’m out or at home – I use Evernote to write it down. I love that you can separate your notes into separate notebooks so everything stays nice and organised. You can also add photos, annotations, voice memos etc if you so wish. There is also a premium plan available if that’s something you’d be interested in, but to be honest I don’t think I’d ever need to upgrade to premium as the basic free plan does everything I need it to do.

3. Pages.

Platforms available on: macOS | iOS.

Price: Free.

  • Pages is Apple’s own word processor. I use this for drafting my blog posts and editing. I love to get out my stylus and draw all over my writing – just like you would on a piece of paper. It’s quite similar to Word however I prefer this because it works a lot smoother on my iPad.

4. Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • I’ve used so many digital dictionaries and never found one that suits my needs. However, I discovered this app not long along. What I love about this app is it includes word games. I’ve tried them out and it’s helping me expand my vocabulary.

5. Day One.

Platforms available on: iOS | macOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app is basically a digital journal. One of my writing goals this year is to write more and one thing I decided to start doing was writing down my thoughts of the day. It has a simple layout, and you can add photos to your entries. It also has a little tracker so you can see how many entries you’ve made overall, in a week etc.

6. Simple Mind +

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app allows you to create mind maps. I’m too lazy and impatient to create beautiful mind maps on paper so I just use this app. I find it useful if I’m struggling with a certain aspect of my novel or I need a quick flow of ideas. I love this app because it’s so simple and there’s no fancy settings or complicated stuff. There is a full version you can pay for but I’m using the free version which is enough for me.

7. Lists for Writers.

Platforms available on:

Price: iOS | Android.

Price: £1.91.

  • This is exactly what it says on the tin. I love lists and I especially love lists that are all in one place and easy for me to access. It has everything from physical characteristics, names, jobs, setting, genres and lots more. I only wish there was an option to add your own lists and I think I’d love the app even more.

8. Brainsparker.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: Free.

  • This is another app for sparking ideas. It has prompts related to goals and journaling. You can also add other packs related to characters, blogging, words, quotes and many more. It also has a handy random feature so you can mix all your packs into one big ‘pot’ and it will choose you a random question/prompt.

9. Prompts.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: $0.99

  • This is one I recently discovered. I love to write poetry but sometimes I lack any inspiration and can go weeks without writing any. So I looked on the AppStore for some sort of prompt app to help me get the creativity going and I came across this one. I love it because when you create a new note, it gives you a couple of words to start. I was unsure this would work but I’m amazed with how much it really helps! It also has a handy stat tracker allowing you to see your progress.

What are some of your favourite writing apps?


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5 Terrific Books That Handle LGBTQ+ Remarkably

As June was pride month I decided to put together some of my favourite books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I didn’t plan on posting this a day late however why should LGBTQ+ be celebrated one month a year, how about we celebrate it every month? It’s so important in the book world to highlight that it’s ok to not fit into the ‘normal’ stereotypes of society. Hopefully the more books put out into the world with diverse characters, the more people who don’t feel as alone and the more people who will learn to understand better and accept people for who they are.

Here are my LGBTQ+ recommendations.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Radio Silence was one of my favourite reads of 2016, and has become one of my all time favourite contemporaries. If you know me – you know I’m not a massive contemporary reader, but when I read the synopsis on Netgalley I decided to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did because I’d not read a book like Radio Silence in forever. The characters are incredibly diverse and there are several characters who fit into the LGBTQ+ community. This book includes bisexual, demisexual, gay and lesbian characters. It’s so important to represent everybody – no matter how they identify and this book did this brilliantly.

You can find my review for Radio Silence here.


Half Bad by Sally Green.

One thing I feel is lacking in the fantasy and sci-fi genre is the representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes it feels like somehow because were in an alternate world or reality it doesn’t exist. Fortunately there are many books now that are starting to include this, and Half Bad is one of them. I loved how it showed Nathan’s struggle with his sexuality and how he didn’t accept it for a really long time.

If you’d like to check out my review of Half Bad here is the link.


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

This is another fantasy book featuring LGBTQ+ characters. The characters in question Alec and Magnus, have become one of my all time favourite ships. It takes Alec a long time to accept his sexuality and it’s beautiful to watch him go on that journey. I also read an article published by The Telegraph, where Cassandra Clare said we need more LGBTQ+ representation in YA fiction and I 100% agree. The article is here if you’d like to check it out. It’s definitely something I’m going to try harder to include in my own writing.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I’ll admit, this book wasn’t one I enjoyed overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I thought it handled the theme of sexuality very well which is why I’m including it in this list. One of the characters in the book – Charlie, who is the protagonist’s new friend, is openly gay. However as he is currently embroiled in a thing with the high school quarterback Brad, he is forced to keep his sexuality a secret. The quarterback is ashamed of his sexuality and doesn’t want anyone else to know. It handles Brad’s confusion and denial of his sexuality extremely well, and also shows how hard it can be in high school.


Bonus rec – The ABC’s of LGBT by Ash Hardell.

All the books above are YA fiction, but I wanted to also include this gem of a book. I am currently making my way through this and it is filled with a wealth of information on many different identities people identify as. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to find out more about the LGBTQ+ community, anyone who wants to understand and anyone who wants to figure out how they fit into the world. look


That’s it for my recommendations – I know there are so many books now that could have been included in this list. I’m trying to read more books including diverse characters and I know more and more are been released every month.

What are some of your recommendations for books including LGBTQ+ characters? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


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