The Conjuring: The Devil Made me Do It (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: HBO Max

Length: 1 hour and 51 minutes

Genre: Horror, Thriller, and Mystery

Director: Michael Chaves

Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick(screenplay by), James Wan(story by), and Chad Hayes(based on characters created by)

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, and Ruairi O’Connor

The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to demonic possession.

The Happening (2008) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 90 Minutes

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, and Suspense

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Deadly Illusions (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 hour and 54 minutes

Directed by: Anna Elizabeth James

Genres: Thriller

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Greer Grammer, Shanola Hampton

After a bestselling novelist suffering from writer’s block hires a new nanny for her children, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur.

Bloodstream Book Review

Goodreads Summary: With her acclaimed novels Harvest and Life Support, Tess Gerritsen has injected a powerful dose of adrenaline into the medical thriller. Now, in a new blockbuster, Gerritsen melds page-turning suspense with chilling realism as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent outbreak — before it destroys everything she loves.


Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father’s death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her practise on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town’s teenagers.

As the rash of disturbing behavior grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century,the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility — and her son — from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter

Thoughts: I asked my sister for a audiobook recommendation and she said to try one from Tess Gerritson if I was a fan of medical things. I decided why not give it a try and I’m so happy I did.

This is one of those books that keeps you on your toes and if I was reading it in physical form I’d have to hide it in the closet. Unfortunately the thriller part of the book only kept me entertained for the first portion of the book.

There came a point as I was listening to this book that I no longer cared to solve the mystery. Even when the solution was revealed I didnt really care for it. It all made sense but it just was a bit boring for my taste. I didnt care for the repetitiveness of some things that occurred. While I am glad to have read this book it just didn’t really meet my expectations.

I recommend this to those of you who enjoy market paperbacks and thrillers. You can get this at a Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

The Whisper Man Book Review

Summary: Tom Kennedy thinks that he and his son need and deserve a fresh start after his wife’s passing so he moves them to Featherbank. Unfortunately Tom doesn’t know about the dark past that this town has, 20 years ago a serial killer abducted and murdered five children. Just as Tom and Jake are settling into their new house and neighborhood, another child vanishes. Amanda Beck and Pete WIllis are instantly put onto this case since it resembles the crimes of 20 years ago. Tom is far from this case until Jake starts hearing whispers at his window. Will Jake fall into the same fate as all those other abducted children?

Thoughts: I don’t read adult fiction much because I never can follow the storyline but I gave this a try since thrillers are right up my alley. I was very pleased with this book and the way that events slowly unfold through the whole story.

Something that I liked was seeing this story told in different perspectives. I liked the fact that this story switched between first person and third person depending on which character you were seeing the story from. I thought that this was a great addition because I grew attached to so many of the characters this way. You get to see all of their personalities through their perspectives and I loved that Jake’s view was also included in all of this.

Something else that I enjoyed were all the twists and turns that the story took you through. I actually saw none of those things coming and I didn’t know who was behind anything until the characters in the book found out. I loved learning alongside them and actually felt bad when things happened to the characters. I was scared along with Jake, worried with Tom, and felt for Pete each time he failed.

I recommend this to those of you who enjoy thrillers and who are looking for a good spooky story to read this fall.

You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

The Woman in Cabin 10 Book Review

The Woman in Cabin 10

This was the library’s book club pick for the month of May and I was so excited to finally have a chance to read this. I don’t really read adult fiction because I find the plot lines too dense for me to follow. Honestly, adult fiction scares me because I can’t decipher what I’m supposed to get from the book without discussing it with others. This is the main reason I only read adult fiction when it’s a book club pick.

The Woman in Cabin 10 tells the story about a journalist, Lo Blacklock, who has recently been given an assignment on a luxary cruise. Before going on this assignment, Blacklock, has her home broken into and her sense of security is damaged. When Blacklock first arrives on this cruise things seem perfect and smooth until one day she is certain that she has seen a woman being thrown off the ship. The only problem though is that all the passengers and the crew are all accounted for so did someone actually get thrown overboard or is everything Blacklock’s imagination.

This book starts off very slowly and halfway through I still didn’t have any idea as to what was happening. Now normally this would throw me off and I wouldn’t want to continue reading because my opinion of the book would be ruined but it was different in this case. I think since this book already told me there was a mystery aspect to it and it wasn’t an obvious case I wanted to keep reading. You’ll find yourself guessing along with Blacklock as to what occurred that day and then second guessing yourself as to if the events are real or not.

I actually loved the pacing in this book because it uses more than half the book to build up suspense. I love that we get time to actually meet the main character along with the others who are on the cruise with her. Because you get to know everyone on the ship you can guess who it is and there is more of a shock when things start to get revealed.

Psychological Thrillers are a genre that I haven’t read in quite a long time, not because I don’t enjoy them but because I don’t venture into adult fiction often. When it comes to movies, psychological thrillers are one of my favorites because it makes you think and actually pay attention to what is going on. Maybe that’s why I worry about reading them, I’m always worried that I’ll forget the plot of a book if I don’t get through it quick enough but this book was such a good read once things started unraveling that I couldn’t put it down.

I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of thriller, mystery slightly horror books. I find that if you are looking for something to kind of scare you and keep you up at night, this book is perfect. This book made me slightly curious about the movie coming out in the future but not so sure if I want to ruin this book by watching the movie.

About the Book: Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong

About the Author: Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her d├ębut thriller.

About the book and about the author are borrowed from Goodreads.

If you would like to read this book you can find it at
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019DKO5BM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 or look for it at your local library.