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About Alex

Alex is a Youth Services Information Assistant at the Civic Centre Resource Library. She loves eating, reading and enjoying the great outdoors!

Alex’s Picks – Psychological Thrillers

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While I am all about the Chick Lit genre, every now and then I enjoy reading a book that makes my hair stand on end and keeps me at the edge of my seat. If you are one for Psychological Thrillers, here are my top picks:

Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel: A woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder looks for answers behind the suicide of a pregnant teenage girl, and what may be happening to her surviving younger sister.

Identical by Ellen Hopkins: An “All-American family” with a deep, dark secret.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: A U.S Marshall tasked with capturing an escaped convict ends up questioning his own sanity.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson: A woman with amnesia wakes up every morning unable to remember her past. Leaving herself clues, she slowly pieces together her life and starts to doubt the people closest to her.

Misery by Stephen King: A crazed fan saves the life of her favourite author, then holds him captive.

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

There is something very satisfying about holding a book in your hands, turning its pages, and getting to know its characters. Recently, however, I tried my very first audiobook, and absolutely loved it. When enthralled by a book, I often find myself constantly on the edge of my seat, or staying up way past my bed time to find out how it ends. I become so invested in the story and its characters that I cannot put it down. This was the case with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. But, since I did not have the physical book with me, I found myself driving a little slower, or taking an extra side street to get home, just to be able to get through one more chapter. Big Little Lies weaves together the lives of Madeline, Celeste and Jane, each with their own family, story, and secrets. Each play their part in a murder investigation, schoolyard drama, and complicated relationships. At the heart of it all? Their big little lies. I enjoyed this book so much, that I will be watching the TV adaptation by the same name – starting Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

Chasing River

Chasing River

Chasing River is a book I can see myself reading over and over again. In fact, I just finished reading it for the second time. It is the third installment in K.A Tucker’s “Burying Water” series, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if it’s the romance, or the danger, or the traveling, or the totally hot Irish guy, but this one had me hooked as soon as I started it. I love the fact that the story is told from multiple points of view, so that you are able to gain insight into both Amber AND River as characters-separately, and together. I love that the story takes place in Ireland, as it is one destination I would really like to visit. I found myself hanging on to every detail of every landmark or tourist attraction being described, and pictured seeing it for myself one day. I also really love the characters in this book. Each one had his/her place in the book, and it made sense for them to be there. One of the secondary characters (Ivy), is actually cast as the main character in the Fourth Installment “Surviving Ice.” All in all, I love it!! If you’re looking for a series with  a storyline that’s not just romance based, give this one a shot. “Burying Water” is the first, and I promise it won’t disappoint. And once you get there, let me know how you feel about “Chasing River.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.