Tag: Mystery

Inside The Outsider

Long live the King, because he’s done it again! Stephen King launched his newest thriller, The Outsider, in 2018, and trust us when we say that it is bone-chilling. And HBO seems to think so too, because yesterday they launched the premier of the 10 episode mini-series based on the book.

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The Outsider presents the viewers with a case that is, in every literal sense, impossible. In small-town USA, an 11-year-old boy is found murdered and all evidences—eyewitnesses, security camera footage, fingerprints, DNA—point to one man, Terry Maitland, played by Jason Bateman (Bateman also directs). Here, however, is the catch — there is also legitimate proof that the prime suspect was elsewhere, and thus couldn’t have done the deed. So, this gives rise to an unexplained situation in which two polar opposite things are simultaneously true.

An impossible problem, of course, can only have an equally impossible solution, and the pressing issue in the plot is that the only place for it to go, eventually, is into supernatural territory, and we’re not mad about that. This makes The Outsider an even more gripping and haunting tale, which highlights an unspeakable crime and the strangeness it brought with it.

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The series may be slightly different from the book, but rumor has it that they may share the same ending. The book and the series continue to cast a chilly spell that creeps into ones bones, and its horror elements are used to amplify the investigation of everyday people’s struggles, with death, tragedy and adversity.

 

If you missed the trailer, here’s a sneak peak! But be careful, because it is creepy.

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The Thrillers to Start 2020 With

As we make headway into the new year, it is time to spice up the shelves with new thrillers of 2020. Each one with its own taste of mystery, scandal and bloodthirsty crime. These five crime novels will have you turning the pages into a new world.

 

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  1. The New Husband

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Nina Garrity thought she knew her husband, Glen. She soon finds out that the man she knew and loved, was leading a double life with another woman. But Glen has disappeared, and she has no way of finding out the truth behind his affair or anything else that he may have neglected to mention. After going a year and a half without any sign of him, Nina calls herself a widow. Caught by sudden feelings for Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughters’ middle school, Nina finds herself in a predicament that she can not shake. She’s in love. But something is not right. The lies Nina uncovers only leads to misery and the destruction of her family.

 

 

  1. Eight Perfect Murders

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Malcolm Kershaw, a bookseller, and mystery aficionado has put together a list of the most unsolvable murders, those that are impossible to crack. Calling them the Eight Perfect Murders. Mal is surprised one day when an FBI agent knocks on his door looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that match his list. Little did Mal know that the killer was constantly watching his every move, waiting to be revealed.

 

  1. Before Familiar Woods

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Ruth Fenn’s son was blamed for the deaths of boys and the disappearance of their fathers. For three years, Ruth has been forced to accept that her lot is a pariah. Focusing on her sick mother and the children left in her care by struggling single parents. When her husband unexpectedly passes, she is left with, as the blurb states, “no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.” As the truth vastly approaches, she digs up secrets that would have been better off buried.

 

 

  1. The Better Liar

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Leslie’s sister,Robin, is dead. If Leslie would have been there earlier, she would have been able to rekindle the relationship they should have had. After Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie was forced to stay home and take care of their sick father, while also creating a family of her own. Now that their father is dead, Leslie had hoped to see her sister so that they could both receive the inheritance that their father left. With Robin dead, Leslie is unable to gain her half of the money, and she needs it more than anyone would know. Leslie will do anything to get what she wants, no matter the costs.

 

  1. No Bad Deed: A Novel

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While driving home on a rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and a woman fighting on the side of the road. Without thinking too much about it, Cassie calls 911 and makes her way out of her minivan to save the woman. She chases after the violent man but is met with a decision she did not expect to make. Cassie must choose to leave the woman to die, or she will be forced to take her place.

 

 

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‘You’: More Than a Netflix Series

There is nothing worse than reaching the end of a show and having nothing else to look forward to. The same can be said about your favorite book.

One of the most popular shows on Netflix, You, is an adaptation of Caroline Kepnes thrilling series. The beginning of this captivating series was originally published in September, 2014. Two years later, the sequel, Hidden Bodies, was published, jump-starting the streaming adaptation that came out in 2018.

 

You depicts a story about a bookstore owner, Joe Goldberg, who becomes infatuated by a beautiful aspiring writer that strides in one day. After finding her name on her credit card, Joe makes it his job to scope out who this Guinevere Beck. All her social media accounts are public, which makes it easy for Joe to find out where she lives. Joe slithers into her life by obsessing over her friends and where she is at all hours of the day. From stalker to boyfriend, Joe becomes the perfect man for Beck. There is nothing that will come between their happiness, even if it means murder.

 

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According to Variety, the co-writers of the series, Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, wanted to make sure that they were able to represent the inner monologue of Joe as the book is told in Joe’s perspective. In the show, however, the audience can see how Joe interacts with others, his inner thoughts and the battle between his words and actions.

Like many adaptations, it is hard to stay true to the book. There can be added details that weren’t there before and even some details removed. The show does just that by ensuring that Joe’s intensity for Beck is less creepy in order to be semi-appropriate for the audience.

 

 

For example, in the book, Beck is seen wearing a sweater and jeans when she walks into the bookstore. For her to appear to be different from the other women that stride inside, Gamble decided to provide her with jangly bracelets to show that Beck wants to be looked at.

 

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Now that season two has emerged, readers have begun to seek out any differences to Hidden Bodies, as the thrill continues. Although we have just begun to dive deep into the show, Kepnes has finished the third book and is hinting at a deal for the fourth.

I can’t wait to read what Kepnes has in store and hope Gamble will be able to depict the mystery that comes along with it.

 

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Crawdads Sing A High Note

Published in 2018 by G.P. Putnam at Penguin Random House, Where the Crawdads Sing was not expected to have any foot traffic. Delia Owens, a retired wildlife biologist, previously published works focused more on her career work “in the deserts and valleys of Botswana and Zambia, where she studied hyenas, lions, and elephants”(Alexander Atler). Due to her previous profession, the publishing industry thought it best to only put out 28,000 copies.

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They soon regretted this decision, when Crawdads sold four and half million copies. These sales helped to blow away novels by John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, and Stephen King.

 

Goodreads summarizes Where the Crawdads Sing in this way:

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
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In a world where fiction started to dwindle in sales, Crawdads’ brought fiction back to life. So much so that the book held its spot on the best seller’s list for 67 weeks. Most blockbuster novels usually last only a few weeks before dropping off the bestsellers’ list. This news leaves Crawdads’ success to be one of complete surprise. Although Reese Witherspoon has decided to produce a feature film adaption, after reading Crawdads at in her book club, the novel’s rise to fame goes beyond that.

Owens grew up in Georgia and studied zoology at the University of Georgia. She later gained her doctorate at the University of California. Owens spent most of her free time getting up close and personal with wildlife which is no surprise why she has incorporated those experiences into Crawdads.

 

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Owens and her husband, Mark, “provided job training, microloans, health care and education to villagers” while working in Zambia. They also focused on the protection of wildlife, making sure that no poachers killed anything, which is described in their memoir The Eye of the Elephant.

Both Owens and her husband were accused of killing one of the poachers, but nothing could ever be proven. This becomes no surprise when Kya is faced with similar issues of harsh rumors and name-calling. Owens’s ability to share her experiences with wildlife in the novel has allowed readers to become more enthralled.

 

 

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2020’s Most Exciting Thrillers

As the New Year approaches, it is easy for people to throw away essentials. We live by the phrase, ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Publishing companies are prepared to present us with this, as the new thrillers have proven to show.  These five novels will scare you straight into the new year!

 

The Night Watchman

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A jewel bearing, plant night watchman, Thomas Wazhashk, is a member of the Chippewa Council. The council is in heed of a discussion on the new ‘emancipation’ bill, on its way to the United States Congress. It is 1953 and the council members are aware that the bill has no intention of granting freedom, but rather terminates the rights and identities of Native Americans. With government plans in place, Native American treaties will be broken.

 

The Glass Hotel: A Novel

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Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star hotel on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. One night, Vincent is met by a hooded figure who scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” The shipping executive, Leon Prevant, reads the message and orders a drink. Alkatis, the owner of the hotel, reads the threat unaware that it was meant for him. Alkatis gives Vincent a hundred-dollar tip and a business card, and they reunite a year later.

 

American Dirt: A Novel

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In the Mexican city of Acapulco, Lydia, a bookstore owner, lives with her son, and the love her life. Though the cracks of Acapulco are beginning to show through the forming of the drug cartels, Lydia’s life remains comfortable. One day, a man enters her shop, bringing four books to the counter, two of which are her favorites. Javier, although charming, is the jefe of the newest drug cartel. Lydia finds herself charmed by his presence, but once her husband figures out Javier’s lifestyle, their lives will turn upside down.

 

Long Bright River

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Two sisters from Philadelphia were once close as… sisters? Once the opioid crisis hit, their lives completely changed. Kacey lives on the streets in the depth of addiction. Mickey finds herself walking the same blocks on her police beat. The two no longer speak. Mickey finds herself in worry when she realizes that Kacey has gone missing. Becoming obsessed with finding the culprit for this and other murders, Mickey determines to find her sister before it’s too late.

 

The Other Mrs.

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Sadie and Will Foust just moved their family from Chicago to a small town in Maine. Their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The island is stricken with fear, but Sadie continues to worry that the killer is in her own backyard.  After inheriting their new home, due to the sudden death of Will’s sister, Sadie finds herself in distress over the decrepit décor and creepy attic. The troubling past, as the blurb states, “continues to wear at the seams of their family”, keeping everyone suspicious of who this murderer could be.


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