Book Review: The Christmas Killer (DI James Walker, #1) by Alex Pine

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Title: The Christmas Killer (DI James Walker, #1)

Author: Alex Pine

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: October 29, 2020

Number of Pages: 398

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Synopsis:

As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb…

DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey.

But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow.

As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next…

Can James stop the killer before they strike again?

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My Signed Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

I just wanted to share on here how ecstatic I feel that I now have a physical signed copy of Jason Rekulak’s Hidden Pictures! One of my book club friends reached out to Jason and asked if we can directly order a book from him with personal dedications. And lo and behold, Jason never charged us for the books. He just asked us to cover the shipping from Philadelphia to Philippines because it’s quite expensive. He’s absolutely one of the most generous and thoughtful authors we came across with and we are so thankful for this.

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Special thanks to the Thrillseekers Book Club PH for making this possible! Truly, it’s the best book club I’ve ever been a part of. ❤

Book Review: No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark

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Title: No Place Like Home

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: April 5, 2005

Number of Pages: 368

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Synopsis:

Ten-year-old Liza Barton shoots her mother while trying to protect her from her violent husband–Liza’s stepfather. While the death is ruled accidental, the tabloids still compare Liza to the child murderess Lizzie Borden.

Liza’s adoptive parents change her name to Celia and try to erase all traces of her past. Widowed after a brief marriage in which she had a son, Jack, she remarries a young lawyer. Celia is happy until, on her birthday, he presents her with a gift–the house where she killed her mother. On moving in, they find the words LITTLE LIZZIE’S PLACE–BEWARE painted in red letters on the lawn. When the real estate agent who sold the house to her husband is murdered, she becomes a suspect. As she struggles to prove her innocence, Celia and her little son are being stalked by the killer.

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Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

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Title: The Troop

Author: Nick Cutter

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: February 25. 2014

Number of Pages: 355

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Synopsis:

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or one another.

Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #27

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BOOKS READ:

  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter

ONGOING:

  • The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, #3) by Rick Riordan

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
  • Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
  • Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  • Look Closer by David Ellis
  • The Holiday by T.M. Logan
  • Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
  • You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
  • My Darling by Amanda Robson
  • Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
  • The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
  • Caught by Harlan Coben

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft
  • The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra
  • Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  • The Marriage Pact by Michelle Rachmond
  • Our House by Louise Candlish
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
  • His & Hers by Alice Feeney

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Read 5, Buy 1

Hi, everyone! If you’ve been reading my entries on Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately, you probably noticed that I have a book-buying problem. Please don’t judge me. Haha It would have been fine if I was reading a lot of books, but I can only read so much given my responsibilities and commitments lately. I know I’ve said that I’m proud that I was still able to complete (ahead of time!) my target of reading 12 books this year, and I really am proud of myself for that. Still, I need to control myself from hoarding so many books. Continue reading

2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi, everyone! I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag a little bit late this year because I’ve been busy with personal stuff in the past three weeks or so. So this tag was created in 2016 by Ely and Chami on BookTube and it has been an ongoing tag around the book community to help bookish people wrap up the first half of their reading year. I have to admit that I haven’t been religiously doing this throughout the years, but here I am this year!

As you all know, I got married this year which is why, at the start of the year, I decided to just set 12 books for my Goodreads reading challenge. I knew for a fact that I wouldn’t have a lot of reading time this year given that I have a lot of adjusting to do. But as of writing, I’ve already completed my goal of 12 books, so I decided to adjust it to 20 books! It’s not much compared to others’ 50+ books a year, but I’m happy that I got past my initial goal early on. Continue reading

8 Most Anticipated Releases in July

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New month, new book releases! So I am back with another list of anticipated reads for the month of July. This time, I collated 8 titles that have piqued my interest and, yes, it’s a mix and class of genres again — but mostly thrillers, horror, and romance! So without further ado, below are my most anticipated releases this month:

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My “Wikathon 3: Readerakas” TBR

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Wikathon first started on 2020 which was created by Kate of yourtitakate.com along with other booktubers (Gerald, Julienne, Trish, and Kat). It is a way for Filipino readers around the world to celebrate August or Buwan Ng Mga Wika.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #23

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BOOKS READ:

  • The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown
  • Dawwang: Mga Kababaihang Tagapagtanggol ng Kordilyera by Gantala Press
  • It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2) by Jenny Han

ONGOING:

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman (50% progress)
  • The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Conjugal Dictatorship by Primitivo Mijares
  • Dawwang by Gantala Press (Illustrated by Nina Martinez)
  • The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
  • Genesis by Karin Slaughter
  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • The Public Has the Right to Know by Bienvenido A. Tan Jr.
  • Five Hundred Years Without Love by Alex Lacson
  • The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco
  • Twice Blessed by Ninotchka Rosca
  • Presidential Plunder: The Quest for the Marcos Ill-Gotten Wealth by Jovito R. Salonga

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