Broadchurch By: Erin Kelly
In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach.
For Ellie it’s a personal blow; Danny was her older son’s best friend. She can’t believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny’s parents, suspect in his death. It’s a living nightmare for everyone involved…even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors.
An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.
Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Dr. Who fan. When I opened my crate and saw David Tennant, I had a moment, lol. It’s ever parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child. Adding to that grief is the not knowing of “how” or “why”. This story kept me awake for nights on end, coming up with theory after theory. It is based on the UK television series (2013) of the same name. I honestly didn’t not know about the UK series until a fellow book lover told me about it. Their is a US remake of the series called Gracepoint (has been cancelled). You can find all seasons of Broadchurch on Netflix. The characters are likeable, the story is a crime mystery and will keep you guessing. All in all I would recommend this book to mystery/thriller book lovers.
My advice is start with the television series first, since the book is based on it. It’s fun to compare the versions, print and live action. You will definitely come up with your own theories. Let me know if you guessed correctly.
Black-Eyed Susans by: Julia Heaberlin
I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.
Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.
What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.
Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.
This is a book that you get consumed in, it takes a hold of your every thought and you find yourself waking from slumber just to read “one more chapter”. I love a good psychological thriller and this is a good one. Not just good, it is as nearly perfect as a book can get. Edgy, full of twist and turns and heart stopping moments. You will find yourself turning page after page and not wanting to sleep, because when you’re sleeping you can’t read. Definitely worth a read and adding to your personal library because this is a book you will read numerous times.
I could not (and did not) want to put it down. Reading this book was like a beloved daily ritual that you take comfort in. I was beyond sad when I read the last page, but have since started reading it. If you would like to discover great books such as thelse use my code AWESOME15 to get 15% off your first Bookcase.club case.
***I received these books for review purposes. All opinions are my own***