THRILLER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE SPOOKY SEASON

If there is any month to dedicated reading thrillers, October is obviously that month! In my latest post, I talk about doing exactly that by participating in Booksandlala’s Spookathon – a readathon where the goal is to read thrillers for a week!

In writing my own TBR for October, I thought that I should definitely share a few of my own favourite thrillers that I think would be great for October. So regardless if you’re planning to participate in Spookathon, here are my recommendations that I think would make great October reads!

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FALSE HEARTS BY LAURA LAM

Spoiler Free Review
Title: False Hearts
Author: Laura Lam
Series or Standalone: Pacifica, #1/Can be read as a Standalone
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: June 16th 2016
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
GOODREADS

False Hearts has been on my TBR for years. I even attempted to pick it up a few years ago. I decided I’d keep it on my TBR for the right time. There was always something about this book that intrigued me. Perhaps it was the Orphan Black comparisons, one twin disguising themselves as another to go undercover and infiltrate the biggest crime syndicate in San Francisco. As you can tell from my rating, I really enjoyed this book and happy it stayed on my radar for year before it was finally the right time to read it!

False Hearts follows formerly conjoined sisters Tila and Taema, part Samoan and bisexual sisters, who become entwined in a murderous plot in the underbelly of a futuristic San Francisco. Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, the sisters escape to San Francisco when the heart they share begins to fail. At 16, they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts, and begin to pursue their new lives in San Francisco.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins home in the city, terrified and covered in blood. When she is indicted for murder, the first homicide by a civilian in decades and possible involvement in a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal – a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape – Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

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BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

In honour of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve written a list of books that I’d like to read with mental health rep for this Top 5 Wednesday.

Trigger warning: mentions of depression, anxiety, rape and trauma. 

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DO YOU DREAM OF TERRA-TWO? BY TEMI OH

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Title: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Author: Temi Oh
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: March 7th 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
GOODREADS

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

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JURASSIC PARK BY MICHAEL CRICHTON

Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 1.22.59 pmTitle: Jurassic Park
Author: Michael Crichton
Series or Standalone: Jurassic Park #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller and Adventure
Publication Date: November 20th, 1990
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
After a series of strange animal attacks on the (fictional) island of Isla Nublar, paleontologist Alan Grant and his paleobotanist graduate student, Ellie Sattler, are contracted to confirm the identification of the species. But before they can, they are whisked away by billionaire John Hammond for a weekend visit to a “biological preserve” he has established on Isla Nublar, which is revealed to be Jurassic Park on arrival – a theme park showcasing cloned dinosaurs.

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