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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No superlatives can describe how exceptional this book is

  • By A. Koren on 02-07-19

This One Should Not Be Missed<br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I hate to call this the perfect thriller because its so much more. With a basis in Greek Mythology, a story about a psychotherapist and a painter, a great setting with a fresh story and plot twists you'll never see coming, in my opinion this is the best psychological thriller to come down the pike in quite some time. Fascinating, brilliant and intelligent!

Robin the Reviewer 😁

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Connections in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

  • In Death, Book 48
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads - and they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering - whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together. He’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! For once, nothing about Eve's childhood!

  • By M on 02-06-19

Still Loving These Characters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

God knows I love these books and feel like I actually know the characters but the last couple of novels I had trouble paying attention. They feel predictable. I remember reading Portrait in Death for the first time and I couldn't wait to get to the next part. Maybe as the characters change the books follow but the last two storylines just weren't what I have gotten used to. But, I would buy it anyway just for the characters I have loved for years!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Elliot Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird's nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It certainly did hold my attention until the very last second!

  • By chris rinyu on 08-26-18

Great novel - Ridiculous Ending

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I don't understand why some writers ruin a great storyline with an incomplete ending.

This isn't Gatsby - it's a thriller and the trend of a cute ending that leaves readers hanging is over, it's irritating, especially when you are invested in the characters not to know what happens to them. Not clever at all.

  • The Au Pair

  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Satisfying and Refreshing Thriller

  • By Hera on 01-10-19

A Satisfying and Refreshing Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Good characters, an extremely unique plot and excellent narration. A true psychological thriller with a plot that winds around itself, without being too obvious and ends with a total surprise.

Robin the Reviewer

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Bittersweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to connect with the story and characters.

  • By Sherry Vital on 05-22-14

A COMPLEX,WORTHWHILE AND THRILLING NOVEL

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This book takes a while to get there but when it does, cynical readers who dwell on historical injustices will start to believe the world can still be turned around.

  • The Other Daughter

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.” Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all - even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy me!!!

  • By Giavona on 01-04-19

A True Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is a freight train thriller with all the elements necessary to keep you fascinated

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Closer

  • By: K. L . Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

I know my daughter better than I know myself, and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment it's that Maisie is not okay. My ex-husband, Shaun, and I are still friends. We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie. But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne, and suddenly Maisie has a brand-new family. And there’s something not quite right about it.... I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen. I need to discover what she’s hiding. Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous Story

  • By Hera on 12-19-18

Ridiculous Story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Reading this book was like eating a half-baked cake! The characters, weren't fully developed or relatable. The story was predictable and was much more like a public awareness advert for eating disorders. I thought it would never end and when it finally did alll was left hanging which is a fad that the smart thriller writers aren't using anymore. I don't think I liked or related to any of the characters and the story was just plain boring. Don't waste your credits on this one!

Robin the Reviewer

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Method 15/33

  • By: Shannon Kirk
  • Narrated by: Greg Watanabe, Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped. Alone. Terrified. Now forget her.... Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If you're at all medical, skip this book

  • By susan on 07-30-15

All a Thriller should be and Much More

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I am an avid consumer of the psycologic thriller and this one hits all the notes and asks us new questions about how we label people that don't fall within the DSM's tidy definitions. The author doesn't just decide a character is a sociopath - she invites us to wonder if all sociopaths fall within the modern guidelines and has us questioning whether under the right circumstances, they do have proper emotional responses and using clever backstories for the characters, presses on to ask: Can having a lack of emotion, when called for, enrich a person rather than diminish him or her. I'm not really doing the srory justice but it is thrilling, clever, and unique. The characters have layers that unravel as the story rockets toward a touching conclusion.

Robin ~ The Reviewer

  • Unraveling Oliver

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By felicia jones on 09-21-17

Poor Monster . . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I have always admired authors who manage to successfully endear the reader to the Monster.

Robin Dopp

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • pushed the limits of credulity

  • By Julia on 12-01-18

Edge of Your Seat Thriller!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I read all sorts of thrillers each month but this one really had me until the last chapter. It drives you crazy for all sorts of reasons but I think you'll be pleased right until the end.

Robin the Reviewer

1 of 1 people found this review helpful