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So Disappointing!

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-2020

I had this one on preorder since reading My Lovely Wife (a total 10/10). While the writing and character voices are just as wonderful as her last novel, the story itself was weighed down completely by the ending.
A good psychological thriller with interesting characters and plot, but it lacked the heightened suspense and eeriness of her first novel. The ending was not exciting, bold or worth talking about. I did not pick up this novel intending to think deeply about what makes a heroine, but somehow that is what this novel is about. Felt crestfallen at the end, and while it was written well, it seemed a little lazy (no spoilers, but if you've finished reading it, you'll understand). I loved her first novel because of the cleverness fitting the plot together, but this one seemed rushed and not as well thought-out. It is also difficult to follow in some parts because the audio doesn't differentiate between different pieces of text (like the journal entries compared to the narrator voice).

Overall, it was okay to read; maybe worth 3 stars. The ending takes a star off, because it just really hit the wrong note for me.

Complex, Creative, Antagonising and Satisfying

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-2020

I really did not expect to FEEL so much reading The Suspect. Firstly, the character development is sophisticated and complex, believable and relatable. It is easy to get sucked into the storyline.
The story itself will keep you on edge, fueled by frustration and anger. Stick it out, the ending is a good one.
Allover, I found this a very elevated version of a psychological thriller. While there are some plot points that perhaps could have been developed further, I completely fell into this storyline without hesitation. It's a long one for the genre, but enjoyable all the same. Would highly recommend for someone travelling as it will really take all of your focus and make the hours go by.

Clever, Mysterious and Wonderful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2020

Really enjoyed this book, excited to read more!

The characters are very well developed, and the storyline is complicated but altogether wonderful at the same time. A really good novel to dive into.

Just Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-2020

I will never not love this series! Can't wait for the next book to come out. Perfect level of suspense.

Great Resolution

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-2020

The longest book in this series, I found it overly-complex in some parts (in comparison to what you would expect for a series like this - definitely still digestible and enjoyable) but overall completely enjoyed another great mystery. The character stories were wrapped up very well, without being overly perfect or too sweet.

Will be sad to leave this series behind. Really good, fast paced reading.

Loved It!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2019

I actually (surprisingly) enjoyed this one a lot. The narrators are amazing and the story is great. I also loved that it was a quick read.
The narrators jump back and forth; that is, in addition to each reading a chapter (boy, girl, boy, girl etc), the male narrator speaks ALL male parts, including those in the female chapters, and vice versa. I understand why they've done this, but personally found it quite disjointed and difficult to keep track of. Like watching a movie, instead of having something narrated to you, it requires a little more concentration. By the end, it was fine, but it takes a while to get used to it.

The storyline is great up until the last few chapters. It feels shaky and unprepared, like the author had a brainwave of a new plot/resolution, and just shoves it in there with no prior leadup. It wasn't the best, but it is executed nicely, and really, we're not reading this for the storyline are we.

ADORED IT

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I absolutely adored this one. I listened to it twice, back-to-back because it is simply so sweet, so pure and so wholesome. It is endearing on a whole new level, heartwarming and funny. A story of two very normal people who become unlikely friends and then not-surprisingly become attracted to each other. It is extremely sweet. I adore how the narration of Leon is short, stilted and abrupt, similar to how I imagine a boy's thoughts are.

Just a wonderful book. I will 100% be reading again. This is comfort food in literate form.

Disjointed and Predictable

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I would not recommend this one. You can find far better out there in this genre.
It's very gossipy, and very ...odd. The plot is predictable and also quite cheesy. The characters are not exactly likable and the 'small town story' seems to be missing that warmth that juxtaposes so well with a thriller. I don't know if this story is marketed as a Phycological Thriller, but there is next to nothing 'psychological' about it. Thrilling, very mildly.
I enjoyed the narration, and as a whole, it wasn't the worst, however I would recommend others in this genre in an instant before this one.

Complex, Strange and Very Poignant

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

A thriller that is completely unlike any other I've read. Helen Callaghan is very good at writing family-based psychological thrillers that are so innately webbed when it comes to the psychology. This book is no different. It's STRANGE. Strange in its setting, the storyline, the characters. And yet, the story swallows you whole, and suddenly you are strange too, and somehow this peculiar world and rules is both relatable and aggravating.

If you're the type of reader who loves a book that must be thought about, then I highly recommend. This is not a quick and easy thriller. This is one for the clever thinkers.

Wonderful, Uplifting, Poignant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

While I have little to do in way of opinion when it comes to politics (American specifically) and the sort, I found this book to evoke a strong sense of purpose, encouragement and appreciation for the hard work and persistence of passionate people. I truly would recommend this book to anybody who wants a no-nonsense, practical and somewhat affectionate recap on life, career, marriage and family. I am not a woman of colour, nor have I ever encountered many of the issues Michelle did. However I found so much of myself in this book. It is perfectly told and her narration is wonderful. A heart-warming book that is truly good for the soul.