Over the last few weeks, I have mixed up my reading, with a few thrillers being mixed in. These three were very different from each other with revenge playing a part in two of the stories. I listened to, or did a read/listen with all of them. The narration varied, but all were enjoyable. Scroll down for my reviews.
Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone, January LaVoy (Narrator)
Published May 24th 2022 by MCD, Macmillan Audio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ariel Pryce wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband is gone—no warning, no note, not answering his phone. Something is wrong. She tries to get help from hotel security, then the police, and finally the American Embassy, but they assume he is just stepping out on her. When she gets a ransom request and a burner phone from an unknown man on a motorcycle, they finally take her seriously. Both Ariel and her husband have changed their names, and she contacts the father of her son for the ransom money. Will she get her husband back? Why was he even kidnapped, they don’t seem to have that kind of money? Why were they even in Lisbon in the first place?
This is my first book by Chris Pavone and although I enjoyed it, I found that it was overlong, the reason for one less star. Besides that, Two Nights in Lisbon kept me guessing from the start until the end. This was a story full of twists and turns, and I had no idea what was actually going on. I couldn’t understand why and how the government got involved in his disappearance. Both John and Ariel are unreliable narrators that made it even harder to figure out what was happening. As we learn more about Ariel’s past, I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong. I found the writing to be wonderful, a story that pulled me in and when the story ended, my mouth was open as my jaw had dropped. This was an immersive story and I will watch for my by Chris Pavone. January LaVoy does a great job with the narration of this audiobook, and I enjoyed listening to this one.
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie, Joy Osmanski (Narrator)
Published August 23rd 2022 by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster
Nicole Mueller is a brilliant lawyer, on track to make managing partner in her firm. When she is demoted at work, it seems her life is going down the drain, until she gets an invitation to join a women’s networking group, Panthera Leo. Membership will bring her perks and get her life back on track. She gets a new case, a great apartment for her and her husband and a chance to get back on top, but at what cost. When she is asked to cover up a murder, she realizes the Girl’s Club could destroy her as quickly as they gave her a leg up.
Please Join Us was an extremely slow moving story, that took a long time to get to the point. Nicole seemed to be targeted by someone at her law firm to tank her career, but it is not until the end until all is finally revealed. This was a mystery and a psychological thriller rolled into one. The idea of the good ole boys’ network is reversed in this book and Catherine McKenzie has written a story about an exclusive women’s network that has plans, and revenge is in the works. The book picks up steam and then takes a twist to reveal what is really going on. There were a lot of characters in this one, that took some time to get them all straight, that caused a bit of confusion at times. A thriller, with lies, secrets and revenge that I enjoyed, but not as much as I had hoped. Joy Osmanski narrated this story and did an okay job, keeping me involved and interested.
The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone, Helen Duff (Narrator)
Published July 28th 2022 by Boldwood Books
3 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐
The Other Girlfriend was billed as a psychological thriller and although there were some twists and turns, it didn’t grip me all that much. Lizzie Green had loved Tom Murphy with all that she had, but he was with someone else. On a trip with some friends, something happens, something that is kept a secret, something that drove a wedge between Lizzie and Tom. Ten years later, Tom shows up at Beth’s door (she has changed her name) and tries to rekindle their relationship. Why? What has brought on this sudden desire to be with Lizzie/Beth.
I have to say, Lizzie/Beth was not very bright. She allowed Tom to show up and use her, once again. I know love is blind, but this was way over the top for me. I also got a bit tired of her attitude toward herself and always trying to justify things. The chapters were short and alternated between the past and present. It wasn’t until almost the end of the book when we find out what really happened ten years before and it didn’t make me gasp, just nod my head a bit. This was just an okay read for me, one that I will not remember in the future. The audiobook was narrated by Helen Duff, and although she did an okay job with the narration, I read a lot of it.