Hello all! So at this point in my challenge to read 150 books in a year I’m behind schedule but that’s okay. I hope to catch up during my upcoming vacations in May and July.
Man March was an amazing month! I finally found a GREAT zombie series and I read 2 crime/thriller novels that kept me at the edge of my seat. With that being said I would recommend every single one of these books…
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5. Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
“When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.
Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?
When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.
They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.”
This was a great read! This is actually the second book by Rachel Abbott that I have read (the 1st coming up shortly). While I didn’t enjoy it as much, it was still a great story. It was a little predictable but I enjoyed seeing the events unfold nonetheless. I gave it 4 stars on my goodreads page.
“***Contains Spoilers for Broken World***
Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, surrounded by zombies, Vivian and Axl’s group are sure they’re facing the end. The dead are closing in and the shelter they were promised is sealed tight, only they refuse to go down without a fight. Just when they think they’ve run out of time, the doors to the shelter are thrown open and they’re given refuge. Five years in underground condos with all the provisions there for the taking. It’s almost too good to be true. With the promise of security, Vivian hopes she’ll finally able to take a deep breath and deal with everything that’s happened. The loss of Emily, her growing feelings for Axl, and the terrifying new world they’re facing.
But the group’s sense of security is soon shattered when they learn the shelter isn’t the utopia they thought it would be. It seems the company that built the shelter decided to solve their financial problems by selling off provisions, which means the group has to find a way to get food, fuel and medical supplies. Or face starvation.
And Vegas is the closest city.
With her feelings for Axl stronger than ever, Vivian volunteers to accompany him and a few others on a trip into one of the biggest tourist cities in the world in search of supplies. The city is overrun with the dead, but there are other survivors as well. Only not everyone they meet is a welcome sight. As the emotional baggage piles up, Vivian and Axl’s bond grows stronger than ever, but it doesn’t take long to realize that zombies aren’t the only thing they have to fear.”
Now this series is CLEARLY “inspired” by the TV show, The Walking Dead. Which actually isn’t a problem for me because I LOVE LOVE The Walking Dead. So I just pretended it was my favorite characters from the show in a new zombie story lol. This book though is actually the 2nd in the series and my least favorite so far. Not because it sucked or anything, just because the other 2 were better. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.
3. Broken World (Broken World #1) by Kate L. Mary
“When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.
The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.
While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.”
This is the 1st in the Broken World series and I was nervous at first. It actually takes a long time for Zombies to show up but when they do it goes from 0 to 100 quick. Like I said previously, you can tell the characters are based off characters from The Walking Dead but I actually enjoyed pretending Daryl has a love interest lol (Wishful thinking) I rated this one 5 stars on Goodreads.
2. Mad World (Broken World #3) by Kate L. Mary
“***Warning: Contains spoilers for Broken World and Shattered World.
Mad World is the third book in the Broken World series, which follows a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…
Vivian didn’t think things could get any worse than losing Emily, and getting to the shelter should have been their salvation. But once again their hopes were shattered when they discovered things weren’t safe as promised, forcing them to head into Vegas in search of supplies.
But now she and Hadley find themselves in a situation more threatening than even the dead walking the Earth. Kidnapped by armed men and taken deep into Vegas, they’re cut-off from anyone who cares about them and thrust into a world so sick and twisted it can only be described as madness. Knowing that Axl has no idea where they are and little hope of finding them, Vivian and Hadley must team up with one of the very men who abducted them if they have any hope of escaping their new nightmare.
Watching Vivian get thrown into the back of a van almost tears him apart, but he’s determined to find her no matter what it takes. With the growing tension between him and Angus, Axl finds himself wondering if the price will be his relationship with his brother. Putting both old and new wounds aside, Axl and Angus must infiltrate the group holding Vivian and Hadley, and make their escape through a zombie-ridden Vegas.
But the men in charge of Vegas aren’t the type to easily forget, and the group soon discovers that getting the girls out alive very well could mean the end for them all…”
This is the best book so far in the series (next book due out in a couple of weeks! Look for it on my April reviews). In this particular story line, it becomes its own and steers away from The Walking Dead. I literally finished it in 2 days and wish I could read it again just to refresh my brain before the next book. But the challenge continues….I rated it 5 stars on goodreads.
1. Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
“How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers
. And then they find the blood…
Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.”
One of the best Mystery Suspense novels I have read! It was similar to Gone Girl, but a much better version with a much better ending. Of course a few parts were predictable but it also supplied great plot twist and turns to keep it interested. I would definitely recommend to everyone who enjoys suspense. I rated it 5 stars on goodreads,