Book Review: The Boy From the Woods (Wilde, #1) by Harlan Coben


Title: The Boy From the Woods (Wilde, #1)

Author: Harlan Coben

Publication Date: March 1, 2020

Number of Pages: 384

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Century

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime


Thirty years ago, a child was found in the woods. He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now another child has gone missing – Naomi Pine – who may be playing some sort of disappearing game. No one seems concerned about her whereabouts, not even her father.

No one – except criminal attorney Hester Crimstein, whose grandson knows Naomi is being bullied badly at school and is concerned for her safety. Hester is determined to find Naomi so she calls Wilde – now ex-military and an expert in security issues – and asks him to track her down.

But even Wilde can’t find Naomi. One day passes, then another, then a third.

Four days later a finger shows up in the mail.

And Wilde knows that what may have started as a game has now spiralled into something far, far darker… Continue reading


Book Review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth


Title: The Mother-in-Law

Author: Sally Hepworth

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Number of Pages: 352

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan Australia

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #34



  • Spare by Prince Harry
  • The Kurim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults, and Cannibalism by Ryan Green
  • Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
  • You’re That Bitch by Bretman Rock
  • Never Lie by Freida McFadden
  • Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
  • The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
  • The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben
  • The Things He Heard by Matt Shaw


  • An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendrix & Sarah Pekkanen
  • Priest by Sierra Simone

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Book Review: Mukbang Princess by Rayne Havok


Title: Mukbang Princess

Author: Rayne Havok

Publication Date: March 15, 2021

Number of Pages: 10

Format: E-book

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Splatterpunk, Horror


Hot pink, glitter, and stars! Mukbang Princess’ profile has gotten my attention.
“I have a once in a lifetime meal planned for you all, something that will delight all the fans of filth.”

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Bangkok Book Haul


Of course, our trip wouldn’t be complete if I don’t drop by bookstores and shop for books. I knew that they have one of my favorite bookstores when travelling in Asia (I haven’t travelled outside of Asia yet, but you get my point), Books Kinokuniya, so it was instantly on our itinerary! But we also dropped by Open House at Central Embassy Mall which I learned from Kathryn Bernardo’s Instagram post when she went to Thailand last year. Ever since I saw her post about this beautiful bookstore, I knew that I wanted to visit it and that’s why I convinced my husband to spend our first anniversary in Thailand.

Open House is located at the 6th floor of Central Embassy mall. Take note, they occupy the WHOLE floor. They sell different kinds of books from educational, cultural, memoirs, and fiction. They also have cafe’s and restaurant’s inside the bookstore! It was really a cool place to visit if you’re a bookworm like me. Oh, and they also offer art materials for painting, drawing, etc. Continue reading

Book Review: Time is a Mother by Ocean Voung


Title: Time Is A Mother

Author: Ocean Voung

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Number of Pages: 128

Format: E-book

Publisher: Penguin Press

Genre: Contemporary, Poetry


In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.
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Book Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan


Title: The Nanny

Author: Gilly Macmillan

Publication Date: May 1, 2019

Number of Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Century

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother – until the night that the nanny disappears. Jo is seven years old when it happens and never gets over the loss.

Now, thirty years later, Jo is returning to her family home with her daughter in tow – just as human remains are pulled out of the house’s lake.

Then there’s a knock on the door. And a woman claiming to be her nanny stands outside.

Is she who she says she is?
Can she be trusted?
And what really happened on that fateful night all those years ago?

Sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.
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Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Publication Date: February 8, 2018

Number of Pages: 511

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Raven Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery


It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…
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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #30



  • Melvina’s Therapy by A. Rasen
  • I’m a Therapist and My Patient is in Love with a Pedophile: 6 Patient Files From Prison (Dr. Harper Therapy, #2)
  • Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • The New Year’s Party by Daniel Hurst
  • The Ex by Alafair Burke
  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World by Jenn Granneman
  • Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez
  • Woom by Duncan Ralston
  • American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower
  • A Boy Possessed by Jon Athan


  • The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
  • Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton


  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • Better Together by Christine Riccio
  • The Defence by Steve Cavanagh
  • Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
  • The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  • The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  • We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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Book Review: A Boy Possessed by Jon Athan


Title: A Boy Possessed

Author: Jon Athan

Publication Date: August9, 2018

Number of Pages: 199

Format: Ebook

Publisher: Createspace

Genre: Horror


The life of Jamie Cruz, a single father, begins to crumble when his eleven-year-old son, Casey, begins to exhibit signs of mental illness. At first, he turns to a doctor for help. To his dismay, Casey’s behavior inexplicably worsens as the boy becomes more aggressive—more violent. When Casey’s actions begin to challenge the laws of nature, their once-peaceful home becomes a house of unimaginable terror. Jamie is forced to question everything he knows. He tackles every possibility—psychological and supernatural—and enlists the aid of doctors, a parapsychologist, and a priest to help him save his son.

But, what are they fighting? And is it too late to save Casey?

Jon Athan, the author of Her Suffering and Madness at Madison Mall, brings you a battle between good and evil, mind and soul, and father and son in this supernatural horror story.

Please note: This novel is a remake of a previously-released book titled In the Name of the Devil: A Horror Novel. The book has been completely re-written from beginning to end and features a new chapter as well as over 10,000 words of new content. This is not your average re-release.
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