Mindhunter | TV Watch List

I have been watching a lot of tv lately. Since entertainment is closely linked to reading as well I thought it would be fun to share posts and thoughts on other topics than just books. Some of these tv shows are based on books so that makes it fun too.


Seasons: 1

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Source: Netflix

Two FBI agents, fighting the departmental stigma of backroom boys – those who try to complicate the status quo of simple MMO of crime-solving with academics – work to develop an innovative investigative field incorporating psychology as a method to reveal motive. They acknowledge classic crime-solving – Means, Motive, Opportunity – as no longer sufficient because criminality is becoming more complicated as Motive graduates from need & greed, to inexplicable and irrational reasons. They theorize applying deeper psychological evaluation will posit new questions. Simply, asking Why will lead to the Who. This series focuses on the development of two men, two agents, a new criminal field and does so through storylines of visiting the sociopathic mind. The show is based on the real-life experiences of John Douglas, a special agent who pioneered the practice of psychological profiling during his 25 years with the FBI.

I spent the past weekend binge watching the new Netflix original, Mindhunter the tv show based on the works of John E Douglas and his novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. This show is totally bingeworthy and I completed it in just 2 days time. True Crime has always been an interest of mine as well as the idea of serial killers and the behavioral analysis. Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows. So when I saw Mindhunter appear on Netflix I was instantly intrigued.

I am not going to lie I was nervous the first few episodes because it is a slow going show. It takes some patience because this is not a high action packed show, but it is so intriguing and really draws you in with the amazing acting. It makes you think and really gets your mind working, questioning the actions of individuals. Episode by episode you are delving more and more into the mind of a serial killer and figuring out why they did what they did and their own rationale. You see the evolution and creation of the terminology we most commonly use today. You get to see the effects on the FBI agents real life due to the work and discoveries they make while meeting with these criminals. It was such a different time then it is now. So much was considered taboo and not talked about openly. With the technology we have this day and age along with social media, topics and terminology are commonly known and used.

I thought that the acting was well done. As they meet with the criminals I was hanging on their every word waiting to see what they would say. I wholly believe that we are curious about those things we do not understand and I think that is why so many people are drawn to shows like this that express the thoughts going through the person who committed such horrendous crimes. Psychology, the way the mind works is such an every changing study, from stressors to predisposed incidents that lead people to do what they do or make certain choices. I think it is something they have done a lot of work on, but will never be completed solved.

Overall I think this was an awesome watch. It was filled with riveting characters and dialogue, layered with the horrible and gruesome acts that for some reason so many people are so fascinated with (myself included). It makes you think and really goes into the psychology and behavior of what we today refer to as serial killers. If you like true crime, the human psyche or are just intrigued by serial killers and the way they think this is a show for you!



Never Apart by Romily Bernard | Book Review


Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“Sometimes people come into your life and change everything. You become someone you would never have been without them. They crack you open, split you apart, let light into places that have only seen darkness, but it always comes with a price: you cannot go back to who you were before.”
― Romily Bernard, Never Apart

Publication Date : October 3rd 2017

How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.




Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

Goodreads | Amazon 

*I would like to thank Entangled Teen and Romily Bernard for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

When I read the last page in the book I closed it and sat there bewildered with how I felt. This book caught me by surprise. It was much different than I thought it would be and the ending completely caught me off guard. It is labeled from what I have seen as a Mystery/Thriller, but I think it also falls into another category as well. Even as I write this review I am going back and forth with how I feel about this book.

I was completely gripped from the beginning of the book. It started off pretty vague and it worked because you needed to know more. I wanted to know what the heck was going on and where the story would go. It definitely had a mysterious vibe and left you questioning. The story was well paced and went back and forth between the present and the past. I was not completely sure how I felt about the back and forth, but it gave the story a slow reveal and increased the mystery and kept a fast pace to the read. There were aspects to the story that I felt went too fast or not into enough details. Trying to think back on the story about the characters its hard to remember the entirety of the characters.I thought there was some lacking in the characterization. There was definitely character development with the main character, Grace, but it fell short for the others. There is a love triangley vibe to the story. But thankfully it was not full on in your face. I liked that you learn about the characters through Grace and how they play a role in her life and finding herself.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. I would say go into it without really reading the synopsis or focusing on what it is about. It surprised me and went a totally different way than I was expecting. It was a gripping mystery that at the end tied up all the loose ends, which is very important in my opinion. It was also quite nice that at the end there was some bonus material of a few chapters written from the other characters perspective, it added a little something to those characters. This book is raw, intense and very true to what happens in ones life without trying to sugar coat the events that shape us.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn | Short Story Review


Genre: Short Story, Mystery, Thriller

Source: Blogging For Book (In return for honest review)

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”
― Gillian Flynn, The Grownup


A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.



*I would like to thank Broadway Books and Blogging For Books for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*
This review won’t be very long or go into much depth due to the fact that this is a short story and I do not want to spoil anything. Flynn had wrote this for George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

In this short story Flynn proves that she is a mastermind and has a way of crafting this phenomenal, complex and disturbing characters. Whenever I read something by Flynn I am always caught off guard and shocked because she manages to make you believe one thing and then throws in a bunch of twists and turns. She is the ultimate plot twist creator. I felt like the story was the perfect length and at the end I did not feel like I needed more, it ended at a good point. I am always hesitant with short stories because I feel like I am never given enough, but that was not the case for The Grownup. The characters really make Flynn’s stories and these ones did not let down her reputation. They were disturbing and layered with issues.

Overall all I can really say is that Gillian Flynn continues to shock and amaze me. This story was absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys the rest of Flynn’s work or is on the edge of picking up something by Flynn!



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review


Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
-Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.[Goodreads]


Gillian Flynn does it again. She made me completely question the sanity of her characters and her as a person. I did not think such a thing would be possible more than once. My review is going to be on the short side because not only is this a shorter book but because it is a thriller you want to go in not aware of pretty much anything.

Flynn crafted a story with intense characters that each have problems of their own. When Camille is sent back to her hometown after years to report on a possible rising serial killer, she is faced with family issues as well as the need to lapse back into her old habits. The way that Flynn creates and weaves together her stories leaves me completely shocked and slightly disturbed and Sharp Objects was no exception. You are left wondering who to believe and what is really happening in this small town, which seems to be hiding something. Not only is Camille trying to solve the questions of who murder these two young girls, but things from her past come back to haunt her and she must figure out the connection. Camille was an interesting character and had an intriguing issue. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and although at times I felt that story lulled, I needed to know what was happening.

If you have read any of Gillian Flynn’s other work Sharp Objects will not disappoint. Her writing style is fantastic and gives you just enough to keep you wanting more. I have to say that I slightly solved this one to a point although the end caught me off guard, I did not see the end coming. That being said I still enjoyed Gone Girl more even though this was not a bad book at all . It was fantastic and I think that if you have never read any of Gillian Flynn’s work before you should definitely pick up any of her books. She has a way with psychotic, manipulative, and outright insane characters that are sure to leave you questioning everything and everyone.

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux | Book Review


Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Series: Asylum Duology
Asylum (#1 in Asylum Duology)
The Scarlets (#1.5 in Asylum Duology)

In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.[Goodreads]

*Warning this is a sequel and might contain spoilers for the first book*

In the aftermath of the events that took place in Brookline, the old asylum located on New Hampshire College campus, Dan and his friends Abby and Jordan are still dealing with the nightmares and memories of what took place. With some mysterious information that is sent to them and presents itself to Dan, the trio must make the trip back to NHC and try to solve the secrets in order to be able to try and move on from what happened.

This sequel is fast paced, filled with suspense and reads much more like a horror movie than the first book, Asylum. It has the same creepy and eerie feeling that is found in the first book, but has  a feeling of being in the realm of possibility. Whereas Asylum was more about the overactive imagination and unreliability of the mind, in Sanctum there is a more immanent threat that is developed. For me that poses a greater threat and more fear because instead of just thinking something is happening or going on you know it is happening. There are actual people stalking the three and when you put that with the eeriness of the setting and the added element of a creepy carnival there is a trifecta of terror. The dark and ominous elements added with the well thought out story layered with secrets and hints of insanity, perfectly combined to make a suspenseful story that reminded me of horror films and even of the T.V. show American Horror Story.

I was happy to see that there were a lot of questions answered in this book that I felt were unresolved in Asylum. I did still think that there were some questions not completely answered and just insinuated that I wish were actually answered. I know others have said they felt this was too rushed and at time I understand why they say that, but I felt like it worked because it was a horror novel and that adds to the suspense. The other problem I had with the first book was the characters and I thin Roux did a much better job in this book with the characters in my opinion. The relationships and friendships actually felt real and not like it was trying to hard. The addition of the new characters Micah, Lara and Cal really helped to add to the story and overall plot. Roux does a fantastic job creating characters that are questioning their sanity and even the ones that are close to insanity. The carnival really allowed for there to be some creepy characters mentioned that gave me chills.

Overall this was a fantastic follow up and conclusion that was filled with suspense and the creepy possibility of becoming reality. It contained elements that made the book creepy and left me wanting to keep the lights on. It had secrets, secret societies, ghosts, haunted/creepy houses and a carnival. It sets the scene perfectly to drive your imagination crazy and send chills down your spine.


Horns by Joe Hill | Book Review


Genre: Adult, Horror/Thriller

You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.
– Joe Hill, Horns

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . . .[Goodreads]

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I would not expect anything less creepy, disturbing and strange from the son of Stephen King. I have to say this was not what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I have put off writing this review for a little bit just because I am still processing what happened and the book as a whole. I am not sure what to say even now. This book was a complete mind fuck (sorry for the language). There were definitely parts that were disturbing and a little creepy, but it did not fit into the horror genre the way I thought it would. For me it felt a little more like a psychological thriller mystery in ways. The whole time I was trying to figure out what was happening and was left feeling the same way.

I do believe that Hill has a way with writing that kept me intrigued and captivated for the most part, but also made me question his sanity. There was a lot of suspense and mystery woven throughout the story as well as some disturbing situations with some heavy mature language. I felt like it was a very unique way to tell a story that just did not work for me real well. It jumped from past and present to tell both sides of the story, which was a quality I enjoyed, but than as well it kept jumping around to all the points of view from the story and some background to why the people are the way they are, and explanation of their actions. Although I saw where he was trying to come from with these and how he tried to show all sides of the story, it became too much for me at times and made it a little hard to push through the story. Certain sections held my attention a lot more than others up until the ending where I could not stop reading because I needed to know what happened and how it would end.

All of the characters seemed to have some serious flaws and problems. As Ig began to understand what he was capable of the story started to unravel more and you learn more about each character and see what was the driving force of each of their actions. The characters were complex and some really needed some serious help. I did enjoy the character of Lee even though he was disturbed and needed to seek some serious help, I though that all made for a really interesting character. I feel like that happens a lot, the more insane a person the more intriguing they become. I did not feel any serious connection to the characters until the end when the story was unfolded and become more accepting of Ig.

Overall this was a unique, graphic and disturbing story filled with suspense and mystery. In ways it is really hard to do a review for this because there were times I really liked it and times I wanted to throw it against the wall. It makes you question the authors sanity as well as you begin to question your own. If you enjoy dark, ominous and disturbing horror about the devil I would recommend you give this a try. Also this is coming out as a movie, which I am really excited and interested to see how this book is portrayed on the screen. It also has Daniel Radcliffe staring as Ig!


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Book Review


Genre: Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.”
-Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?[Goodreads]

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I am going to start this review by saying it is going to be rather short because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book and I am afraid I might share spoilers. With this being a mystery/psychological thriller you really want to go into knowing very little and any spoilers can ruin the story because there is so much suspense and twists.

“Gone Girl is one of the best ­and most frightening ­portraits of psychopathy I’ve ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other ­with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate.”
—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful Place and Into the Woods

Tana French has summed up this book better than I ever could. On the surface this book is a love story. About a couple dealing with the problems that come with marriage and how being past your prime and dealing with unhappiness in life can transfers over to the relationship. Flynn has crafted a beautifully dark and intense story that looks past the surface layer and lets you into the inter workings of Nick and Amy. There were times throughout the story that I sure did question Flynn’s sanity. The way the story was put together and unfolded was fantastic. As with all mysteries I tried to figure out what had happened and just when I thought I had an idea of what was going on, Flynn threw a twist at the story and changed everything. The way she plays with the characters flaws, enhance the suspense because you get to a point where you aren’t sure what to believe. The characters were brilliantly crafted and really are messed up.

Overall this was a wonderfully devious story that makes you question the sanity of not only the characters, but the author as well. Gillian Flynn is absolutely brilliant. Her writing and story telling is fantastic and created a superb mystery/thriller. I highly recommend this book  and would definitely say that you should read it before you see the movie because I don’t think it would create the same atmosphere and brilliance if you know what is to happen.


Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh| Book Review


Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Noir

Source: Blogging For Books (in return for an honest review)

“No matter what you have, or how lucky you think you are, there’s nothing in this world you can hold on to so tightly that it can’t be taken from you.”
-Adam Sternbergh, Shovel Ready

Series: Spademan Duology

Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a bombed-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman.

In a New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap into” a sophisticated virtual reality for months at a time and those left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His clients like that he doesn’t ask questions, that he works quickly, and that he’s handy with a box cutter. He finds that killing people for money is not that different from collecting trash, and the pay is better. His latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist. Finding her is easy, but the job quickly gets complicated: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has an agenda far beyond a simple kill. Now Spademan must navigate the dual levels of his world-the gritty reality and the slick fantasy-to finish the job, to keep his conscience clean, and to stay alive.

Adam Sternbergh has written a dynamite debut: gritty, violent, funny, riveting, tender, and brilliant.[Goodreads]

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*Special thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me with Shovel Ready to read and review!*

An addictive genre-blend of a thriller: the immersive sci-fi of Ernest Cline; the hard-boiled rhythms of Don Winslow; the fearless bravado of Chuck Palahniuk; and the classic noir of James M. Cain (from Goodreads)

I could not state it better myself. This book was an intense thrill ride that was so unique and fresh with some truly intriguing elements. This book takes place in a “futuristic” New York City in the aftermath of some bombings and devastation that has led many people to leave the city. The new activity that has plagued the city is referred to “tapping in” to a virtual fantasy world almost similar to second life, but you are virtual participating rather than creating an avatar on the computer. The city is almost barren with a majority of the people spending all their time in bed “tapping in”. This was an interesting concept that was added to the story, it played a large role and really had me intrigued. The story is told in first person from the perspective (almost a stream of consciousness style although there are situations where there is no way he could know what is happening) of Spademan a past garbageman and now a contracted assassin who has many issues he is struggling with. He is humorous, melancholy  and like in a lot of noir, Spademan is an anti-hero.

The scenes and world are so well detailed and developed that you can see the devastation in the streets, smell the garbage of what New York has become and see the blood dripping from the box cutter. This is a dark story with some mature content including violence and murder. I mean Spademan is an assassin. There were some intense plot twists and the story took some turns that I was not fully expecting, but lead the story in a different way that I felt like added more to the story than just following an assassin in a “post apocalyptic” society . You get to see everything from his perspective and how he came to be where he is and all the changes that happened and are happening in the city.

The writing style of staccato prose and cold dialogue add to the dark story and play into the  feelings and mind of Spademan. It also helped to make it a fast read layered with suspense and that creepy feeling of living in such a world and circumstances that are bestowed upon Spademan. Although I had some slight issues with the plot (the way it ended) that I thought let me down a little from how it started, I did feel like the plot kept moving and did overall achieve a story that was both suspenseful and had me in awe in regards to the setting, the overall character development and all of the technology.

(I have also seen things about this becoming a movie and I am very intrigued to see how this would turn out)


I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff |Book Review


Genre: Ya,Thriller,Mystery

Source: Netgalley (in return for a honest review)

Series: Unknown Assassin

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission. In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.



*I would like to thank Netgalley for this as an e-book in return for an honest review.*

I feel like the synopsis of this says a lot. With all mystery/thriller books I believe it is best to go into it kind of blind because knowing too much could ruin the suspense and give away answers/secrets that make the book pointless to read.

Overall I surprisingly enjoyed this book after almost putting it down being only a few pages into the story. The reason for this was because I had a slight problem with the writing style/choice of words. The book was written in short, choppy sentences, but it did prove to create for a fast read due to sentence structure and also added to the suspense. That was not really the problem I had it was when we got to the dialog that really caused me issues and a great annoyance. Throughout the dialog the verb used of who was making the statement was the same every single time. The repetition of the word made the sentences not flow and legitimately got under my skin. But I digress.

 I Am The Weapon was action packed and extremely fast paced.I was reminded of the Jason Bourne series/movies. Getting inside the head of an assassin makes for a gripping story and really draws you in. You see the main character go through so much and put through the internal struggles of what is really the right thing to do. There was also a strong intelligent female love interest and the funny sidekick. Another thing I found really interesting was the methods and tools of the main character, Boy Nobody, the assassin. In books like this is it awesome to see what type of stuff the author creates via spy gear, assassin tools and the way they communicate having certain things coded and meaning something completely different. As with many mystery and thriller novels, there were many twists and unforeseen outcomes that take you on an awesome suspenseful, intense journey.