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A cat-and-mouse game of therapy takes Lily down the backstreets of her traumatic past ... Peeling the layers could drag her into perilous territory. Will she find a way out from the depths of her mind?

Professionally thriving yet personally floundering, it’s clear that Lily's mid-thirties mark a point where seeking help is essential.

The chance arises when an impromptu arran
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Published June 11th 2019 by Psych Thrillers Ltd
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Ashley Daviau
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to start this review by stating that I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes or affects my review.

This book drew me right in from the start and dug it’s claws into me. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would be revealed next. This is how you do psychological thrillers right! I felt like my mind was being played with and I adored every second of it! I can’t wait to see what Davey comes up with next!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lily has managed to make it to her thirties without getting the proper medical treatment for her mental health. During a casual conversation with her friend Zayan, Lily informs Zayan that she wants to be his first official patient once he’s a licensed psychologist. Zayan realizes this is the opportunity that he needs to get real experience for his doctoral applications, so he offers Lily the opportunity to start now since analyzing his stuffed animals isn’t really all that promising. Lily agrees ...more
Elvina Zafril
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first psychological thriller. This is such an incredible read. I’m impressed with the writing style and the story itself.

The characters are well developed. The main character is Lily who is struggling with her mental illness. it has a slow beginning but it became more interesting chapter after chapter and you just can’t put this book down. The short chapters really kept me turning the pages. And the most interesting part is the therapy scenes.

I felt like the ending was a bit rushed though I’
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Synopsis- “A cat-and-mouse game of therapy takes Lily down the backstreets of her traumatic past. Professionally thriving yet personally floundering, it’s become clear that her mid-thirties mark a point in her life where seeking help is essential. Opportunity arises when an impromptu arrangement with a long-time friend begins to carve a path away from stubborn, troubling memories. Little does she know that building the courage to stop the rot and peel back the layers could lead her into
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full Disclosure; I recieved a free copy of Honey Talk from the Author for an honest review.

Lily lives a simple life that reveals some terrible secrets. She knows she needs some help but who can she trust to help her unravel the chaos in her mind, heart and past?

The first thing that was impressed upon me with Honey Talk was the incredibly rich prose; the almost lyrical writing style that marks Davey as an incredibly talented writer. I can imagine, based on his style, having an entire collection
First off, Thank you @declandavey_author for sending a your book for an honest review my way. ⁣

I have never read something like this before. Psych thriller always intrigued me but having to read about what a person is thinking all the time is kinda not my cup of tea i guess. Though the plot was wisely put together but i could appreciate a little more dialouges and a little more history to the background. ⁣

Synopsis: Honey Talk is a Psych thriller. We meet Lily who has had troubling parents and
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to admit, I've never read a psychological thriller before.
I just decided to give it a try. I love to read in different genres and this one was a first for me.
This book begins very slow and describes all acts in very psychological way and without bigger emotions. It describes the days, months and years of a girl and later a woman with borderline personality disorder, that tries to survive and behave like any other normal person. She plays her role like in a theater and hopes it's enough. I
Lauren Dare
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author via voracious readers only.
Although this book was a quick read it was also a slow burning pressure cooker you know is heading to a climax that you don’t see coming.
Lily is dealing with a lot mentally but unwilling to seek help until a friend from the past steps in. As they talk over her issues her past and present collide with leads to a conclusion I didn’t see coming. A quick and enjoyable read.
Elysa (Elysa_reads)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a free review ebook from the author. I enjoyed ride through lily's fragile mental health roller coaster. I like that it focused on the decline of her mental state making it a true psychological thriller. I do wish it were a little more in depth. The glimpses of her past were gripping but could have been expanded on a bit more to add to the story and her issues. The ending also felt a bit rushed, but it definitely surprised me so I guess it worked well for the pace of the ...more
Beth M.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
As Lily hits her mid-30s everything seems to be going well on the surface. But underneath she is struggling. She has considered seeking therapy, but worries about the cost and building a trusting relationship to talk about intimate details of her life with a complete stranger. The perfect solution arises when a friend needs someone to help brush up on his therapy skills for a new job. Lily agrees to act the part of a client for her friend and secretly decides that she will use this opportunity t ...more
Hannah | thebookwormsfeast
Firstly, thank you very much to Declan, who very kindly provided me a copy of Honey Talk to review.


I really enjoyed this book. It's short and sweet, packs a bit of a rollercoaster of a journey, and is beautifully written.

Lily is in her 30s and struggling with her past. She seeks out some psychological assistance, and a twisty turny sad tale unfolds before us. I won't go into it too much, as it would spoil the ride.

With the psychology aspect, Declan's understanding of the field really shines t
Rubina Gomes
Honey Talk is the debut novel by author Declan Davey and I have to say it’s a great start.

Short, crisp chapters which flow with the ease like that of hot knife on butter, Honey Talk will make you question your own sanity. As I followed Lily trying to solve her past problems, I felt like I was stuck in quick sand. The more I tried to make sense of what Lily is battling through, the more I was pulled into the sand. At one point I just left everything and let the narrative take me where it wants me
Dee Blankenship
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I want to thank the author for providing me with an ecopy of his novel Honey Talk. Described as a Psychological thriller it revolves around Lily, who now in her mid thirties has been unable to reconcile with a traumatic childhood. It is obvious she is in a fragile state of mind. When an old friend pursues a career in Psychology she agrees to “sessions” with him hoping it will help her come to terms with her past. Each chapter is super short and provides but a glimpse into Lily’s past and present ...more
Syeda Sumayya Tariq
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written in such a beautiful, rich prose, this psychological thriller tells the story of a woman who finally decides to go deep into her own brain and dig out the skeletons.

The start was a bit slow, but I could feel the tension building up and it lived upto my expectations. I loved how the story gradually picked up the pace and characters started showing their due craziness. The character building was done so right, I actually had a personality built in my mind for each and every one of them. The
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lilly suffers from mental illness. When her friend becomes a psychologist and talks to Lilly it opens the door on her dark and twisted past. This was a compelling read. A nice summer twisted delight.

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Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Author: @declandavey_author ————————————————————————
A cat-and-mouse game of therapy takes Lily down the backstreets of her traumatic past ... Peeling the layers could drag her into perilous territory. Will she find a way out from the depths of her mind?

Professionally thriving yet personally floundering, it’s clear that Lily's mid-thirties mark a point where seeking help is essential.

The chance arises when an impromptu arrangement begins to carve a path away from stubbor
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This was a well-conceived and -executed novel. It is particularly strong in establishing the fractured mental state of the narrator, Lily.

Normally, I would expect more thrills and suspense from the genre, so I don't think I would have classified it as a thriller for that reason. On the other hand, it is certainly the most realistic and believable account of the progression of a mental illness that I've ever encountered, so that did render the novel much more terrifying to contemplate.

The narrat
Bookish Devil
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think what Declan Davey is trying to do here is redefine the psychological thriller genre. I've never quite read a book like this one. Be it the prose or the plot, it was very different from the other books of this genre and it sets itself apart from the others by a great margin.

I do not wish to divulge the plot under the name of review as I feel that it's something that you have to read and find out for yourself.

First off, I loved the way he structured the chapters. Every single chapter was s
Carly Wilson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of ‘Honey Talk’ in exchange for an honest review, and it is the first book I have read by Declan Davey.

The book is a psychological thriller, which is not one of my usual genres. It was gripping, highly detailed and full of intriguing twists and turns.

The book is about Lily, a woman who has had a turbulent past, her best friend Zayan is training to be a psychologist, and knowing she is badly in need of advice and help, volunteers to pretend to be a patient for him to exorcise
Maria Rossy (The Bolivian Bookaholic)
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
We meet Lily, she’s in her mid-thirties, she has a good job and a good life…right?

For years Lily has lived with her traumas, but the time when she needs to seek psychological help has come. And there is where Zayan comes in, like he’s sent from the heavens, he is her best friend, and is after a license as a psychologist, so Lily offers to be his patient under the nickname of Madison, Zayan thinks Lily is a great actress, but what he doesn't know is that all Lily tells him in the sessions is tru
Paige Green
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Honey Talk

Author: Declan Davey

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Recommended For...: Thrillers, Mysteries

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Psych Thrillers Ltd

Pages: 159

Recommended Age: can't recommend, dnf

Synopsis: A cat-and-mouse game of therapy takes Lily down the backstreets of her traumatic past ... Peeling the layers could drag her into perilous territory. Will she find a way out from the depths o
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who's always on the go, it was great having a short book to read whilst commuting! I really did like the character Lily...I definitely liked her sense of humour and how she reacted in certain situations! She seemed to be struggling with herself though as she kept questioning who she was and that's definitely relatable. I felt like I was taking the therapy sessions and the things suggested by her friend are similar to my experience with my sessions with a psychologist! The author's kno ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Declan Davey for sending a copy of Honey Talk my way.

We are introduced to Lily who seems to have it all together but also seems to be suffering from very negative feelings and thoughts about herself. She begins having therapy sessions with a male friend of hers Zayan, whom she has deeper feelings for. The chapters toggle between her therapy sessions and flashbacks of her strained relationship with her family. We soon come to learn Lily is more disturbed than we thought.

While I appreci
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: was kindly gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review but this won’t affect my review!

This book is a quick read that draws you in from the beginning. A woman in her 30s who seems to have it together but deep down, is struggling with alcoholism, her mental health & past. The set up is perfect for a psychological thriller.

Lily offers to help her friend/love interest to be a therapist. As a counselor myself, I did struggle with these parts because it seemed a littl
Natalie Mackley
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before I begin, I would like to just say that I was given a copy of this book to read by the author, but this fact has no bearing on my review of this book.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It has some very dark psychological themes that I wasn’t sure I would be able to really understand or connect with, but Davey does a great job of giving context to Lily’s state of mind through out.

We follow Lily as she embarks on a therapy journey with her friend. Throughout we see all o
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

I'm going to start this review with the very raw thoughts and opinions that occured in my mind when I started reading it. To be honest, I found it exceptionally boring in the beginning. The vocabulary was difficult and I struggled to dissolve the story in till almost the interval because of that. But as soon as the characters and the storyline started making sense, it got more and more difficult to put the book down. That's when the overall opinion comes in.
I love how the c
Mikka Joy
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
What I like about this book is that it didn’t sugar coated the truths of having mental illness, how it affects oneself and others. Considering the author’s background on psychology, he did a great job on mixing his knowledge on this book. He’s elqouent and his choice of words are elaborative which for means he can also be a great poet (It’s just my opinion. I loved how he writes, it’s like I’m reading a poetry). The only thing I did not enjoy is the plot because it was slow and I had to drag mys ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Honey Talk" is a psychological thriller about a woman who dives into her extremely troubled past with the help of her best friend, who is a therapist and wants to practice his skills.


The story starts slow but once it picks up the pace it's almost impossible to put it down. I finished it in one sitting. There are so many buried memories of Lily's past coming to her in flashbacks that the suspense is building up pretty fast. I didn't see the end coming and it's one of those I will have to mull
The book bee Urmi
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Lily lives a simple life withholding hurt and chaos in her mind. She didn't had any hope until she found her best friend in the city who was now a certified psychologist. So she becomes her first patient. Her past is gradually revealed, which will hurt the reader too.

The beginning is slow but it gets intense as one turns pages.
When the story shifted from past to present as the chapters go on, initially I found it confusing but once I got used to it, that was easy to get. One can totally find th
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly, thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was so hooked on this book from the first few chapters and always found myself wanting and needing to read more!! I love this about books! It really helped that the chapters were very short, this always keeps me hooked and needing to read on!

The book was written really well and it was written from Lily's perspective, who us really suffering with mental illness (I won't specifically go into detail of what as
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