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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 3: The Best Friend by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @Bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Happy hump day! I hope yesterday was nice to you. Now that Santa and his band are gone, it’s time for some business! I am thrilled to share my very first review of a book by this talented author!

the best friendTitle: The Best Friend
Author: Shalini Boland
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: December 2018
Format: e-copy
Source: NetGalley

‘I can tell we’re going to be the best of friends…’

When Louisa takes her little boy to his first playdate at a new friend’s house she doesn’t realise life is about to change for her family. Because she’s about to meet Darcy Lane.

Darcy is a woman who has everything – a dream house, a powerful husband and enviable wealth.

She’s the perfect wife.

The perfect mother.

The perfect friend.

But will Louise discover the darker side to Darcy, before it’s too late…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us this book is for you.

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The Past Never Stays Buried: Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture

This is the second version of my review! You were supposed to see it on Thursday morning, but WordPress trashed my writing (and I still haven’t found where it put the post!) So with much delay, here comes my review of the fantastic Silent Lies! Thank you so much to Bookouture for their trust (and their forgiveness for the scheduling incident!) and for inviting me to read and review this story! I received a copy through NetGalley and devoured it!

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Title: Silent Lies
Author: Kathryn Croft
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: October 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 309
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’

Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. 

Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself. 

Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?

And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page. 

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Suntag: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

So Marshie has decided to jump on the adult-blogger pool and created his very own tag! If you don’t know Marshie, or Drew for the rest of the world, you can find his brilliant poems and reviews @The Tattooed Book Geek, fans of gore, fantasy and blood won’t be disappointed, but everyone can find their fun on his blog!

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The Rules

  • Credit Bad Bad Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favorite genre?

I’d give everything up for my psychological thrillers.

Who is your favorite author from the genre?

I’m not comfortable stating there is ONE favorite author. I don’t read enough series to say there’s one author that gets me every time. If The Fire Child had been as good as The Ice Twins, I might have answered S.K. Tremayne, but I learned the hard way that one brilliant book from an author doesn’t guarantee success all the way. Instead I’ll give you a few names that for me nailed the psychological thriller genre:

Louise Jensen, Michael J. Malone, Camilla Grebe, Chris Brookmyre.

What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

The thrill. The deep troubles of the mind. The question of how far can someone go and how deep can someone fall. The intricate plots, the unreliable characters, the atmosphere. The idea of reading to try and understand what people are capable of.

What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

Do you want the short story or the long story? As we’re all readers here, I’ll go with the long (and boring) story. A long long time ago (10 years ago), far far away (800km from where I am now) lived a lonely but gorgeous (what? They say you should compliment yourself daily, I’m just following the advice) teenager who stumbled upon her very first Kay Scarpetta book. This teenager became fascinated with the crime aspect, the forensics, but most of all, with the motivation behind the killer’s actions. One might argue this book was more of a crime than a psychological thriller, but the teenager would reply it is her story and she is the one to decide what’s what.
Years later (11 months ago for you), clicking from a Scarpetta novel’s page to a recommended book on Goodreads, she discovered psychological thrillers and fine-tuned her favorite genre.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

the ice twins

Because the writing is good, because twins are fascinating, because the characters are likeable and easy to relate to, because it’s gripping and surprising, and because it gives you a taste of what psychological thrillers look like at their best without the intimidating feeling of being too intricate for beginners.

Why do you read?

I read to live lives I wouldn’t normally experience. I read to meet characters and fill my head and heart with faces and memories, I read to feel emotions, I read to question myself, my beliefs and the world around me. I read to open my mind. I read for fun. I read to escape reality. I read to fathom the unfathomable. I read to give my hours a meaning. I read to find solace. I read because I want to.

Some people assume you read because you don’t know what else to do, because you’re bored. This makes me so angry I would throw a book to their head if books weren’t so precious to me. Yes, we all try to get rid of boredom and fill our hours with interesting things to do, but is it so hard to believe one can choose to read because they actually want to, not just because it’s the only thing you can do when you’re stuck on a waiting room?

I Tag!

Amy @ Novel Gossip

Kate @ Bibliophile Book Club

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Kate @ The Quiet Knitter

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Beth @ Reading Every Night

And everyone who wants to give it a go!