Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around two thrillers that were very successful for me.

Title: The Wild Girls
Author: Phoebe Morgan

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: April 15th 2021
Publisher: HQ
Finished reading: July 20th 2022 
Pages: 320

“We all alter our own versions of events, we spin our own histories, smoothing things over and playing things up, exaggerating and minimising as we see fit. We are flawed, we humans.”


I’ve been meaning to try one of Phoebe Morgan’s books for quite some time now, and with the Botswana setting it was The Wild Girls I wanted to get to first. The blurb sounded SO good with the remote lodge setting and apparently at least one of them not making it to the end… And I’m happy to say that I most definitely enjoyed my time with this story. There is just something about the writing style and pace that makes it extremely easy to keep turning those pages, and I simply couldn’t put it down. Things can be said about the credibility of it all and certain parts of the plot are a bit over the top, but if you look at the entertainment level of it all this story struck gold. The Wild Girls uses a multiple POV structure where we initially hear from Grace, Hannah and Alice and later on Felicity as well. The switches in POV make it easier to hear all sides of the story, and the building up of suspense and secrets keep you entertained. It’s true that the parts set in London were a lot slower and there was a bit too much drama in places, but the events set in Botswana made up for all that for me. This story does include a range of heavy topics including abuse, grooming, rape and miscarriage, so make sure you are ready for that though. The characters themselves are not exactly likeable, but intriguing enough to want to learn more about them. I feel this story was more about the plot though, and it was without doubt a strong one (even though I would have liked to see more descriptions of the Botswana setting and safari). All in all it was a great first experience with her work, and I will be looking forward to try more of her backlist next.

Title: The Man Who Died Twice
(Thursday Murder Club #2)
Author: Richard Osman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: September 16th 2021
Publisher: Penguin
Finished reading: July 22nd 2022
Pages: 422

“Sometimes things were just for show, they only looked right. Until you changed the way you looked at them.”


I remember enjoying the first book of the series, and I’ve been meaning to pick up book two The Man Who Died Twice ever since it was published last year… It took me longer than expected, but I’m definitely glad I finally did do so. This sequel was definitely even more successful than the first book for me! This probably had to do with the fact that you already know most of the characters in play, and the different POVs and characters are easier to keep apart. This is also the reason why this series has to be read in order, because you will struggle considerably understanding the dynamics between the characters otherwise. The writing and humor is spot on, and I do always love having older main characters in the spotlight. They are without doubt a lively bunch, and I had an excellent time following them around. The plot itself is over the top and the events are not exactly credible, but I felt like this story isn’t ment to be taken too seriously in the first place. Instead, the main focus is on the entertainment level and giving you humor and even a dash of romance to contrast the dead bodies and crime. There are plenty of twists to keep you busy, and I didn’t see coming where the story would go. All in all The Man Who Died Twice was a very successful sequel and I can’t wait to see what the next book will bring.

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