HELENA SMRCEK

Stories with a Soul 

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Welcome to Helena's Blog 

In Mood for a Thriller

Shari Lapena, a Canadian novelist, living in Toronto, is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a domestic thriller that will keep you wishing you hand nothing on your calendar for the next three days unless you speed-read for fun. The stakes are high –a missing baby. We meet a wife questioning her sanity, and a husband determined to save his family, as Shari takes us on an emotional journey filled with fear, anxiety and deep loss. I not only find Shari’s fiction gripping but also enjoy reading about her own story of becoming a bestselling author. It is inspiring, encouraging and p

I Love When Dreams Come True

Reading and interview with one of the new best-selling authors, Alice Feeney, recalling her memories of being a little girl, scribbling on pieces of paper, and folding them into books; well it made me smile. Feeney's journey toward her dream is inspiring. Working for the BBC, while secretly learning the craft of fiction, struggling with rejections, yet determined to make it; it almost sounds like a modern fairy tale. Sometimes I Lie is a captivating thriller that kept me guessing. I loved the many twists and turns, as I couldn't decide whom to trust and whom to dislike. Interesting setting, bold exploration of human psyche, scary moments that kept me going. This novel was a fun ride. The ann