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**Top Five Friday** With The Book Review Café psychological thrillers


Today on Top Five Friday I thought I would share my top five psychological thrillers with you. There are some fantastic books out there in this genre but I’m going with the ones that stuck with me long after I finished them.

Lisa Hall


Between You And Me remains one of my top reads, as I never seen the twist coming until it hit me in the face. This was Lisa Hall’s debut novel. and what a debut, it’s well written and a superbly plotted Psychological thriller with the mother of all twists.

Sarah Pinborough


Behind Her Eyes is one that will certainly mess with your head and it certainly deserves the hashtag #WTFthatending. I did have to suspend belief as Behind Her Eyes reached its dramatic and shocking conclusion now this usually leaves me feeling short changed, but my god Sarah Pinborough has written such a unique story I was happy to fall for it hook, line and sinker, and yes I did think “WTF” just happened?

Michael J Malone


A Suitable Lie was an amazing book  never have I felt so emotionally drained after reading a novel. Whilst reading this book I experienced so many emotions, anger, bewilderment and intense dislike to name but a few. A Suitable Lie has to be one of the most unsettling and disturbing stories I have read in a long time.

Clare Mackintosh


I See You never lets up on the suspense and manages to maintain it right until the chilling conclusion.  There were plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments, which made this book impossible to put down.

Julia Crouch


This is an absolute cracker of a read and what a compelling and unsettling thriller Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch turned out to be. I have read numerous novels that have been described as domestic noir, but this one takes you somewhere much darker, it’s disturbing and uncomfortable at times, but it’s a hell of a twisted tale

All my reviews for the above books can be found here….


**My Book Of The Month** July 2016


Now we are in August it’s time to reveal my book of the month for July 2016. This month I found myself in a real quandary as there were two books that covered ever aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page. So which one did I choose? Well I’m afraid I just couldn’t decide which one to choose as I loved both books for very different reasons and so my award is going to be shared

so without further ado my book(s) of the month for July 2016 are……..

Watching Edie by Camilla Way


You can read my review here……….

I See You by Claire Mackintosh


You can read my review here……


I See You by Clare Mackintosh #Review


Book Description

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation, no website: just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .


I have a confession to make this is the first book I have read by Clare Mackintosh (shock, horror, bad book blogger!). I do have I Let You Go on my TBR pile, but for some reason I have just never got around to reading it. I have been following the hype on social media regarding I See You, and every review I’ve taken a look at has raved about this novel, so I found myself picking up this book with a certain amount of apprehension, would I hate it? would I wonder what all the fuss was about? It’s a resounding NO! I absolutely devoured this gripping book in a couple of sittings, yes it was that good, and yes it deserves every one of its glowing reviews

I’m not going to go into much detail about this book, as I want the reader to experience every thrilling page of it, as I did. From the moment Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a newspaper, the tension and sense of foreboding that permeates each page make I See You hard to put down. Zoe is very ordinary like millions of women across the country, she works, looks after her family and commutes to work, and this is what makes for a chilling and very believable read, as it highlights the fact that bad things can happen to ordinary people. Kelly is an intriguing character, a police officer working on the London transport, who finds herself caught up in what’s happening to Zoe. Both characters have real depth and are very credible, the malice surrounding them is tangible, and I found myself absorbed in their story and dreading what would happen next.

Clare Mackintosh cleverly introduces an array of other characters to the plot, and then masterfully makes you suspicious of every one of them, which certainly added to my enjoyment of this novel. I really wasn’t sure where I See You was heading and spent much of my time reading this book on tenterhooks, anxious to find out what would happen next. The chilling voice you get to hear at numerous points throughout I See You gives the novel a creepy, dark and terrifyingly realistic feel, so much so I’m sure commuters will be looking over their shoulders, and checking their fellow passengers out after reading this book! (I’m so glad I don’t commute, that’s for sure!)

I take my hat off to Claire Mackintosh she never lets up on the suspense and manages to maintain it right until the chilling conclusion. There is no doubt that the author certainly knows how to write a psychological thriller, unique in its plot, with plenty of suspense and intrigue. There were plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments, which made this book impossible to put down, I’m positive I See You will be riding high in the book charts, and so it should it’s has all the elements needed to make this a psychological thriller that will be on most readers top reads of 2016

5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Out of 5

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Sphere (28 July 2016)

Amazon UK  🇬🇧    Amazon US 🇺🇸

**Weekly Wrap Up**


Well it’s that time of the time of the week again, where does the time go? Answers on a postcard please. So today it’s my weekly wrap up and I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to read more than one book again this week, I finished one, read one and just started on my third book this week  not bad considering I’ve been on lates this week so struggle to find anytime to read.

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood


I’ve really been looking forward to reading the latest release from Michael Wood, it’s the second in the DCI Matilda Darke series, and I loved it, you will be able to read my review on Monday 4th July as part of the blog tour

The Caller by M. A. Comley and Tara Lyons


This is the first collaboration from authors M.A. Comley and Tara Lyons, and again I really enjoyed this new crime series, again this ones for a blog tour so you will be able to read my review on Friday 17th June 

When The Killing Starts by R C Bridgestock


This is the 7th book in the series and it’s a cracker! If you love a gritty police procedure book you will love this, and yes this book is for the blog tour you can catch my review on Friday 24th June

Books I’ve bought

I’ve been really, really good and only bought one book this week, and that’s because I have such a huge pile of books I’m desperate to read sitting on my TBR pile

Beautiful by Anita Waller


Last week On the book review café

Blog tour and Guest post for The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza, You can read my review and guest post from Robert Bryndza here

Blog tour for The Safe Word by Karen Long, You can read my review here

My book of the month May 2016, You can see my book of the month here
Review for the Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, You can see my review here

Arc’s I’ve received this week

Whyte lies by KC Acton

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Cut To The Bone by Alex Cann


Review for The Sister by Louise Jenson

Review for S Is For Stranger by Louise Stone

A special guest review for The Last Good Girl by Alison Leotta

Blog tour for When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

Blogging news from the book review café

I just had to share this in my weekly round up, I was estatic to see Robert Bryndza used a quote from my review for The Night Stalker as his header on his very own Twitter page, how exciting is that?



What books have you been reading this week? I would love to know, please feel free to leave a comment