Do Not Open by Kiersten Modglin
Published: October 31, 2023
Genre: Domestic Thriller
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers, Novelists, Inc., and the Alliance of Independent Authors. Kiersten is a KDP Select All-Star and a recipient of ThrillerFix’s Best Psychological Thriller Award, Suspense Magazine’s Best Book of 2021 Award, a 2022 Silver Falchion for Best Suspense, and a 2022 Silver Falchion for Best Overall Book of 2021. She grew up in rural western Kentucky and later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where she now lives with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston terriers: Cedric and Georgie. Kiersten’s work has been translated into multiple languages, and readers across the world refer to her as ‘The Queen of Twists.’ A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes superfan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.
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HOLY HELL IN A HAND-BASKET. This was the most intensely scary, psychologically twisted, and devastatingly heartbreaking KMod novel to date.
I want to hug Mari. She was such a fantastic character. The way she fought and played the cat and mouse game- whew.
The way this story unraveled was wild. There were odes to Misery, which I loved. I also got Saw vibes- Do you want to play a game? NO THANK YOU. I DO NOT.
I could not put this book down. This is the best storytelling, scene-building, and use of emotion I’ve read from KMod. And that is a massive feat because all of her books are excellent.
This is the perfect spooky season read. Everything was brilliantly done. The buildup was anxiety enduring, the fear was palpable, and the end was near.
With twists you will never see coming, and that hits you like a train (I gasped and said something quite colorful), this is the best book I have read so far in 2023, and for the first time, I am giving a book ten out of five stars- it is that good.
The way Kiersten writes such powerfully emotional scenes that are so relevant is beautifully devastating. The weight of grief, guilt, anger, hurt, confusion, and fear is so palpable you feel it settle in your chest.
This was the most devious plot, filled with so much humanity- with all sides represented. The saying goes, never meet your heroes for fear they may disappoint you. Or worse.