Quick Thoughts: The Doctor by Lisa Stone

  • Preorder The Doctor today on Amazon.
  • Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis: When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Anita, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Anita is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

A gripping, sinister thriller with a twist you won’t see coming from the international bestseller Lisa Stone.

Full review and rating will be posted on June 19th.

Oh my god this book…was wild. This my expression when I actually started to get into the plot and realized it wasn’t gonna be your typical domestic thriller:

Me during the third act though because I got so annoyed and frustrated:

ALSO THE FINAL TWIST? I’m not sure how I felt about it but I think I dig it. Definitely leaves the door open for more but I wish there was a tad more explanation behind it.

This reminded me of an old-school R.L. Stine book, which I loved. I do feel it’s a little more horror than a straight thriller, also a compliment.

The Doctor will be published on June 24th!


Thoughts on Black Mirror S5 E2; Smithereens

via Netflix

Spoilers ahead!

The fact the writers chose not to show us the ending of this episode because in real life if the same incident happened we would all clear the notification and go on with our days because there’s nothing we can do as a society we’ve all become extraordinarily desensitized to violence, particularly gun violence, that it’s pretty sickening and people get into car crashes on the regular because they’re selfish assholes who can’t go 20 minutes without looking at their phones?

OH AND, I loved the touch of social media conglomerates and tech industries having instant access to people at the expense of everyone’s privacy – more so than the police.

It’s wild out here. But catch me still telling Alexa to play white noise to lull me to sleep.

Also you know what else, food for thought, something I keep thinking about is that the real-life counterparts of Billy Bauer would never take such a humanistic approach to a hostage situation like this. And I’m not saying they should because it’s fucked up and what Chris did is beyond any level of an acceptable manner of grief (also let’s talk about the entitled straight white guy thing too right?)

But it reminds me of why I avoid Facebook. At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg sees us all as numbers on a page and in his bank account. What does he care about how his tech influences the masses so long as he makes his bottom dollar? I mean he’s proven it by the amount of privatized data he’s sold.

I don’t want to sound all “old man yells at clouds,” because technology is amazing and I use it every day. Yet that doesn’t mean the corporations behind it are altruistic. It doesn’t mean we can, or should, be complacent to letting it eat away our minds and I think that tends to be the general moral code of Black Mirror, beneath all the cynicism.

Also I don’t agree with the take I’ve seen on here that this episode is just “social media is bad!” I didn’t get that vibe at all? I think that’s a fairly superficial reading of the episode. To me, it struck a balance. By showing how fast the Smithereen tech team were able to get Andrew’s information the episode was saying, “hey not everything is bad out here look at how useful these tools can be when in the right hands.” It’s terrifying to know how fast and extensive people can dig into your history, faster even, than the people supposedly trying to protect us, but it’s also like the writers are saying, “see, we can do good stuff too.”

No, it’s not a wholly original idea and yes, Black Mirror has tackled this concept before (but if all you get out of any episode of Black Mirror is that the show is preaching to you tech is bad I don’t know why you’re watching?). But I appreciated the grounded feeling to this scenario. I appreciated them tackling this from a different, quieter approach.

Yeah, this ep was a punch in the gut. And also, Andrew Scott is a phenomenal actor, I’ve never seen him in anything else but I am obsessed with low-key scenes and episodes where an actor can carry extended lengths of the film on their own bearing it’s impressive.


ARC Alert

Just got these babies in the mail from Meryl Moss Media and I’m so excited to read them! I’ve never really recieved physical ARCs before, apart from one other time. I’ll be doing the blog tour for Once a Liar and One Little Secret this July as well.

They’ll be published through Bookouture, I can’t wait to jump in!


The Resident: 5 questions we have for Season 3

The Season 2 finale of The Resident has aired and now we’re left to wonder where the characters will go from here after that shocking ending.

The Season 2 finale of The Resident has aired and now we’re left to wonder where the characters will go from here after that shocking ending.

After an extended Season 2, The Resident has finally reached its final hour for the season. Luckily for fans of the show, you can rest easy knowing the medical drama will return sometime this fall on FOX. In “Unbefriended” Kyle finally decided to be a father and show up for Jessie, Nic and Conrad’s relationship got back on track, and Bell made a critical decision concerning Chastain’s future.

As with any good finale, the stakes are high and not every answer is filled in by the end of the hour. Moving forward, The Resident has raised plenty of questions for us to ponder over the summer hiatus.

Continue reading on Hidden Remote.


What it’s like to live with a monster

Anxiety. Anxiety is a monster.

I thought I would write a little about what it’s like to live with chronic anxiety, both to maybe alleviate some of it for myself and perhaps to help someone else who needs to know they aren’t struggling with it alone.

People who don’t struggle with anxiety cannot know what it feels like. The amount of times I’ve been told, “well stop worrying,” or “chill out,” or “just stop thinking about it!” or any other similar phrase is far more than I could ever count. I’m always like, WOW THANKS! Why didn’t I think of that before?! I’m cured now!

It’s not that simple! I wish it was. What people don’t understand about anxiety, especially when you’re in a really bad funk, is it’s almost like a mythical hydra. Even if you manage to kill one head or one worry, there’s 6 more waiting in the wings.

Having anxiety is having a daily, sometimes momentary, battle to purge your brain of alarming, paranoid, toxic and damaging thoughts. On my worst days I have to consciously redirect every single thought away from me. Anxiety is intrusive. It can eat away at you. To be constantly on guard, trying to divert every negative thought and worry, is absolutely exhausting mentally and sometimes physically too.

Lately I started having a lot of stomach issues, in the form of gastritis and acid reflux, and I’ve done research on its ties to anxiety. Doctors sometimes refer to the gut as your “second brain” because it is so tied in to your hormonal levels. So when you’re stressed out, it’s very common to have stomach problems.

Of course, having anything wrong physically only increases my anxiety which then leads me to a vicious cycle. I’m stressed about being stressed which makes me sick which makes me more stressed.

Where does it end?

I’ve been trying so hard lately to get better. I’ve been to several doctors about various physical problems. I’ve been on and off Lexapro. I’m back in therapy (just beginning), and I’m even seeking out anxiety support group. I’m in a big transitional phase in my life, which I’m sure is doubly impacting everything I do, but it’s rough.

I want to get better. I want to be in control. Every day I take it one day at a time. I have some days that are really bad and others that are better. Everyone keeps telling me “you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do!” But then my anxiety whispers to me that my doctors have missed something, or I notice a weird bump, or something starts acting weird on my body that shouldn’t and the spiral starts all over again.

I’m not going to give up on getting it all under control but I felt like expressing it on here, where I know other people deal with similar issues, would help, at least a little bit.


The Curse of La Llorona: Does the ending hint at a potential sequel?

Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures

The final seconds of The Curse of La Llorona may actually mean something quite sinister for one of the film’s main characters.

Easter weekend’s biggest new film release is the latest entry into The ConjuringuniverseThe Curse of La Llorona. The movie focuses on the legendary story of La Llorona, also known as the “weeping woman”. She is a central figure in Latin American folklore and her story has been spun into many different variations over the years.

The main similarities through these differing fables is that a woman is overcome with a jealous rage after finding out her husband has been having an affair. She decides to steal from him that which is most precious and drowns their children. In most versions, she is unable to deal with the grief and guilt afterwards and commits suicide.

Continue reading on 1428 Elm.


#SpringHorror Readathon!

Excited to announce I’ll be participating in my first readathon! My book of choice for the month will be Little Darlings by Melanie Golding, though, as an avid horror fan, I’ll likely be reading more than just that!

Title: Little Darlings
Author: Melanie Golding
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Synopsis: Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking—and rechecking—your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.

If you want to sign up to participate in the horror readathon you can find all the details on Seasons of Reading.


Flash Fiction: The Crow

A/N: This is a piece that had been rolling around in my head for a while. I’m trying to get back into the swing of fiction writing so it’s rusty at best and I haven’t written much flash fiction before. I didn’t think it was good enough to be published but thought it might be fun to share anyways.

Nestled into the handsome mountainside sat a manor strangled by cords of ivy. The estate stretched out across twenty acres of land, some of which contained an apple orchard.

Of the many striking components that made up the Vicker family home, none were as eye-catching as the massive bay windows with rococo framing, so intricate and astonishing they looked like they should be containing stained glass and adorning the walls of a cathedral. They loomed out from behind the railing on the wrap-around porch.

Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Crow”


Okay I’m not sure if anyone even pays attention to this blog anymore at this point BUT. I’m going to post all my articles on a separate blog to become an online portfolio for myself and actually start using this one again as a legitimate blog… it’s a work in progress that I won’t be able to really dig into until the end of the month or so for various reasons but then I’m going to hopefully spruce things up and actually use this baby like I originally intended to again.


The awful truth behind Lifetime’s newest film Love You to Death

Academy Award winner, Marcia Gay Harden, stars as the fictional counterpart of Dee Dee Blanchard in Lifetime’s latest film, Love You to Death.

Love You to Death is a fictional retelling of the events leading up to the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard. If you frequent the true crime circuit then odds are you’ve heard about this case in great detail since the 2017 HBO documentary, Mommie Dead and Dearest, put it back into the public eye.

Continue reading on HiddenRemote.