The End of Her by Shari Lapena | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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One of my favourite things to do in fall is catch up on my mystery/thriller TBR pile! With fall weather comes a chill in the air, which – in my opinion – calls for some spooky and intense novels! Shari Lapena is one of the most popular Canadian thriller writers out there, and while I haven’t loved the past few novels I have read from her, I was very excited to read her newest novel, The End Of Her!

Synopsis (

It starts with a shocking accusation…
Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain – she has everything she ever wanted.
Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a shocking accusation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident – but she says it was murder.
He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?

This book combined two of my favourite thriller tropes, domestic and blackmail! I have read several domestic thrillers over the past few years, but if memory serves me correctly, I have only ever read one thriller that’s main thrilling plot line centred around blackmailing the main characters. While I had only assumed the main couple in the story would be getting blackmailed, eventually several other characters get blackmailed by the blackmailer herself. The entire idea of blackmail scares the crap out of me, so whenever it is featured in thrillers, I read them so quickly.

The story itself was so immersive and suspenseful. I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately, so the fact that I read this entire novel in 24-hours says a lot about how fast paced the novel reads. So many different sections of this story had me sitting at the edge of my seat, and by the end of the story, I was so eager to find out how the story was going to include.

The characters in this novel were very strong and well-written. At the beginning of the story, readers are introduced to practically every single character in a span of 50-pages. Initially, all of the characters were jumbled in my mind, but as the story progressed, it became easier to differentiate the characters from one another. Stephanie, one of the main characters, went through a lot of changes from the start to the end of the novel, and I really appreciated how developed she was throughout the story.

The one thing I didn’t love about the book was the writing. Of course, Lapena creates and develops her stories so well, but I didn’t love the actual writing style in this book. I feel like short first-person POV chapters would have been so much better than little third-person POVs that occur during each chapter.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and gave it 4.25/5 stars! I highly recommend this novel if you are new to thrillers, or love domestic or blackmail thrillers!

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Spooky Mystery/Thriller Book Recommendations!

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October is one of my favourite times of the year as it gives me an excuse to binge watch Halloween Town and The Haunted Mansion, plus I am justified when reading all of the spooky books on my shelves! As a mystery/thriller book connoisseur, I have read some fantastic spooky books over the past several years that I highly recommend checking out this month!

What mystery/thriller book recommendations list does not feature GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn?! Like thousands of other readers, Gone Girl introduced me to the mystery/thriller genre. Surprisingly, I read this book for a Grade 10 reading group selection in my english class, and I am forever grateful to my teacher for choosing this book for us! To this day, Gone Girl is one of my all-time favourite books, and I highly recommend it if you are new to the mystery/thriller genre!

The second book I have to recommend is THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides. This book is arguably one of the most hyped books of the past couple of years, and I believe the hype is definitely justified! I had this book on my shelf for almost eight months before reading it, but was so glad to have finally read it after completing it! This book is one of the best books I have ever read, especially when it comes to writing style and plot twists! So incredibly brilliant!

The third book I recommend is THE STARTER WIFE by Nina Laurin. Out of all of the books on this list, this one is definitely the least known and under-read, but arguably it is my second favourite out of the bunch! In fact, it was my top book of 2019! Truth be told, I do not remember a lot about this book presently, but hope to re-read it very soon. If you are a fan or would like to begin reading domestic thrillers, I think this one is a great starting point!

The next book I have to recommend is THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley. Out of all of the books featured, this one is the newest, as it came out this past Spring. While I would not say this is my favourite mystery/thriller book ever, I think it is a fantastic one to pick up if you are just starting to delve into this genre. It is filled with an abundance of popular mystery and thriller tropes, features an interesting cast of characters, and has a great final twist!

I do not think this list would be proper without including a Riley Sager novel! Sager is turning into one of the most popular thriller authors of this generation, and while I have only read one of his books, I am definitely interested in reading more of them! LOCK EVERY DOOR is a haunted house like story, but with some major creepy vibes and twists! I read this one last year, and I would give it the award “Most Wild Plot-Twist I’ve Ever Read”!

If you are looking for a thrilling and horrific story, I would recommend MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing. The cover depicts exactly what this book is about, so if a story about a couple that murders people for fun interests you, I’d check this one out immediately! I would This book was so eery and wild, and I loved every single page of it! Downing has just released her second novel, which I have yet to pick up, but plan on doing so very soon!

The second last book I will forever be recommending is WHAT LIES BETWEEN US by John Marrs. Marrs has quickly become one of my favourite authors of all time, as every book I have read of his has been 5-stars thus far! If you are starting with Marrs, some might encourage you to try out THE ONE, but I’d recommend this one first and save The One to read next! This book features a wild mother-daughter relationship, with a lot of drama, mystery, and suspense!

The final mystery/thriller book I would recommend to every single person on the planet is BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough! To this day, I claim that this is my #1 favourite book of all time, and very few books come close to this one! This is the most enthralling and shocking book I have ever read, and if you have yet to try out this book, please do so immediately! I will admit that the ending is very “out there” and is very polarizing, but I would still recommend picking it up regardless!

Out of all of the mystery/thriller novels I have read in recent years, these are the very best of the best in my opinion! Have you read any of these fantastic books yet? What spooky books are you planning on reading in October?

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A Thrilling October 2020 TBR!

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October is my second favourite month of the year, as I absolutely love watching old Disney halloween movies, enjoying the crisp autumn weather, and of course, reading all of the spooky thrillers my heart desires! As you may have noticed, I did not post a September wrap-up, because I only read three books over the past month. However, hopefully by jumping back into my favourite genre, I will be able to read all of the books on this months’ TBR!

The first book I plan on reading this month is THE SHINING by Stephen King! One of my pre-established reading goals for 2021 will be to start reading more horror novels, and what better way to test that goal out a few months early than to pick up a classic Stephen King novel?! I have never read any books written by King, but since Indigo chose him as their “Author Of The Month” – meaning all Stephen King novels are 25% off until October 31 – I decided to pick up both this novel and MISERY in hopes of loving his novels. If so, I plan on building a little King collection with some of his more well-known books in order to read them in 2021!

The second book I plan on reading this month is MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book has been getting so much buzz recently, and since I typically love scary thrillers, I think I will really love this one! Plus, this cover is stunning!

The third book I plan on reading this month is THE WOMAN OUTSIDE MY DOOR by Rachel Ryan. This is a dark thriller scheduled to be released in November. Ryan is a debut author, so the fact that this book has already been getting some buzz must mean that it is fantastic! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC, I cannot wait to get to it!

The fourth book I hope to read this month is THE END OF HER by Shari Lapena. I have read one Lapena novel in the past and enjoyed it, but I hope to like this one even better. My favourite sub-genre within thrillers is domestic thrillers, which I believe is the category that this book fits into, so hopefully that means I will love it!

The final book I hope to read this month is THE NIGHT SWIM by Megan Goldin. This is Goldin’s second novel, however, I have yet to read her first one solely because it does not interest me too much. However, this book peaked my interest quite a while ago, so I hope to enjoy it very much!

Those are all of the books I hope to read for the month of October! Compared to past TBRs, this one is definitely a lot shorter, but hopefully that means I will have a chance to get to each and every one of these novels! What are you planning on reading this month?

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