Friday, November 24, 2023

Review: There Should've Been Eight by Nalini Singh


There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: November 21st 2023 by Berkley 
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher & purchased audiobook

My Thoughts:
Luna and her friends are reuniting at a remote estate, getting together after years apart, but one of them isn’t part of the group. Bea Shepherd, Darcie’s younger sister, died eight years earlier and it still doesn’t make any sense to Luna. Bea was a bright star in the group, with her magnetic personality, everyone loved her. Luna can’t forgive the way Darcie handled her death, brushing it and the details under the rug.

Luna has struggled with the loss, but now has an added reason to finally get answers about Bea’s death. She’s going blind and wants to be able to look her friends in the face, see their reactions to her questions. She wants the truth, even if her questions stir up anger and bitterness.

Their meet-up turns dangerous as a winter storm cuts them off from civilization, trapping them at the estate while things start going wrong. Tensions grow while they struggle to survive long enough to escape.

Oh, this was a twisty, atmospheric mystery! It took a little to get into it, getting to know the characters and history, but as soon as strange things started happening, I was hooked! The characters stuck together at a gothic-like, creepy estate upped the tension! There were a couple of surprises as all is revealed! I’m still thinking about the story!

4 Stars

Book Description:

In this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, a remote estate in New Zealand’s Southern Alps hosts a reunion no one will ever forget.

Seven friends.

One last weekend.

A mansion half in ruins.

No room for lies.

Someone is going to confess.

Because there should have been eight. . . .

They met when they were teenagers. Now they’re adults, and time has been kind to some and unkind to others—none more so than to Bea, the one they lost nine long years ago.

They’ve gathered to reminisce at Bea’s family’s estate, a once-glorious mansion straight out of a gothic novel. Best friends, old flames, secret enemies, and new lovers are all under one roof. But when the weather turns and they’re snowed in at the edge of eternity, there’s nowhere left to hide from their shared history.

As the walls close in, the pretense of normality gives way to long-buried grief, bitterness, and rage. Underneath it all, there’s the nagging feeling that Bea’s shocking death wasn’t what it was claimed to be. And before the weekend is through, the truth will be unleashed—no matter the cost. . . .

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  1. I love it when after I'm done with a book it makes me think about what I just read.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Maybe I would have enjoyed the audio more but the story had some odd things which I had a bit more trouble with than you. Still a good read, and I love this author.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. It was a different sort of thriller. I do think the audio enhanced my enjoyment. Me too!

  3. Sounds awesome! I love when characters get snowed in together; it can really add to the suspense. (And this is not the kind of book I expect from Nalini Singh, so that's fun, too.)

  4. Always impressed with the way Singh successfully genre jumps. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  5. Yes, once it got everything introduced and launched into the thriller part, it had a great chilling feel to it.

  6. I have yet to try her thriller bookd

  7. Though I haven't read this one, I have read a story that has the same feel, though I can't think of the title right now. Sounds like one I would enjoy too.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. I'm so excited to read this one. Glad you liked it.