Monday, January 4, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (Jan 5)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm, and anyone can play along! 

  • Grab your current read 
  • Flip to a random page 
  • Select two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page, try not to include spoilers
  • Please let us know the author and book so we can add them to our TBR pile!

"So Lyle, can I ask you, what is it that makes you so obsessed with the. . . this case?" As I said it, the sky got just dark enough to switch the highway lights on, and all in a row, into the horizon, they blinked white, like my question had intrigued them."

Pg. 213, DARK PLACES - Gillian Flynn

So far, this is an intriguing, atmospheric read. What is your Tuesday Teaser? What are you currently reading? 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 

I'll keep it short and succinct, and will also try to keep it book related. 2015 was a year of growth. A year of realizations. A year of introspection. A lot can change in one year. I've lost some friends, and I've gained new ones. I am looking forward to 2016, to getting back into reading, and blogging. As such, I have joined in the first book of the year which is hosted  by Sheila over at Book Journey

My first read for the year is... 
I have loved all of Patricia Briggs' books, and am looking forward to finally reading this one and getting it off of my review shelf. 

I wish all the best for you (everyone) this year, and hope that 2016 is the brightest and best year for you (everyone) to date. 

What is your first read for the year? 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Creep - Jennifer Hillier

Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.

If he can’t have her . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she’s finally engaged to a kind and loving investment banker who adores her, and she’s taking control of her life. But when she attempts to end the affair, Ethan Wolfe won’t let her walk away. . . .

no one else can.

Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancé discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn’t resist—who is now the monster who won’t let her go. Synopsis taken from goodreads.

Title: Creep
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
Look for it: Amazon, Book Depository, Chapters.
My rating: 2/5

I was intrigued by the premise for Creep. It showed such promise. A professor, having an illicit affair with one of her teaching aides, also newly engaged to another man. A missing student, whose body is found. It was laden with all of the markings of a great read.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. I feel like it tackled the topic from one direction, without thinking that it could have been written from a different point of view altogether. The characters were one-dimensional, lacking substance. I couldn't connect to them. If the story had been written from a different view, targeting the villain and following the mystery aspect, rather than the supposed psychological aspect, it would have been so much better. It felt like a first draft rendering. With work, it could be something better.
I hate writing negative reviews. I have had a friend read it and rave about it, it just didn't work for me. Hillier has potential, and I hope that now that this book is under her belt, that she continues on to bigger and better.