Book Review:The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a fantastic debut with a twist that changes everything. This book is a little Hitchcockian with the added bonus of a greek tragedy, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until you know the truth, but once you know the big twist there’s another one coming and it is great one two. This novel makes you not trust anyone as everyone has flaws, some own those flaws and and others hide them dark and deep. One of the better twist I’ve read in a novel since Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, my top book of last year. The Silent Patient just took the top spot in mystery away from the also excellent An Anonymous Girl By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. This novel is more than the twist is intrigued me from the start and did not let go. What I consider a great mystery is when, twist makes since and also you gave the audience enough clues to figure it out, for me that’s what this book did, and it deserves a slow clap, because it fooled me and I could not be happier, I hate when I figure out an ending, but I didn’t know where this was going an the unreliable people that could have done it were plenty. The ending will stick with me for a while like Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins where I got the mystery all wrong.

The Plot: Alicia Berenson is a semi famous painter who adores her husband Gabriel also an artist deals in photography. They were happily married for 7 years, but 6 years ago Alicia is found covered in blood with her husband shot multiple times. Alicia went it to a catatonic and stopped speaking, and has been that way for the past 6 years. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist that can feel the empathy of those he works with, he has grown obsessed with Alicia’s case over the years, and when an opportunity come to take a position at the Grove where Alicia is held comes up he must take it. He thinks he’s can get her to speak and tell what really happened that night.

What I Liked: The pace and flow make this 336 page book so easy to read. The way the novel is set up got me hooked form the start and made have to know what happened. The twists will make you mouth drop. It made the theme of stage tragedies work really well. The suspects all have motive but as you get to know them they also show in some cases multiple sides, so all remain questionable. I did not guess any of the mystery correctly, but when all revealed it made since. Having Theo tell the story has a potential book really works as he get to play detective to unlock Alicia’s mind.

What I Disliked: When all is revealed I wanted a bit more the wrap up was good, but I wanted a better explanation about some parts. I had to keep reminding myself this was England than America. But that’s it really solid debut.

Recommendation: I liked this book a lot it was my kind of mystery, a quick read with amazing twist that change everything, even though they were right in front of your face the whole time. If you like big twist books like Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn, Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins then you will love this book. I rated The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides a big 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to a lot more work from this author. I love when the hype for a book is real.

Book Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is an anxiety filled psychological thriller, it makes you fill claustrophobic but yet on display. This is my second Ruth Ware novel I caught the hype train and read The Women in Cabin 10, I have to say I liked this one a whole lot better. my main complaint is it ended the mystery too soon and In the Dark, Dark Wood keeps you guessing until the end. The reviews blurbs on the cover do imply scary mainly Reese Witherspoon’s “Prepare to be scared … really scared!”, this book is a long panic attack, you are in a character’s mind living her worst case scenario with some added memory loss that really puts her on edge. The twist are mainly small but there’s a couple large ones, but the novel is mainly atmospheric. This book is scheduled to be a movie soon.

The Plot: Nora or Lenora is found in the dark woods, covered in blood and bruises, with most of her fingernails broken and battered, she has no memory other than she was a guest a a bachelorette (or the British version a hen party) at a remote cabin in the woods. Nora takes us through how she got invited to the party. Nora a Crime writer gets an invite from Clare trough her over ambitious friend Flo. Nora thinks there must be a mistake Clare had a falling out 10 years ago, she looks through the guest list and sees the one person she knows from the past, Nina they message and Nina is just as surprised at the invite as Nora. They each dare each other to go, something they will both soon regret.

What I Liked: As someone who has had bouts with anxiety, the description are right on and put you in that space. Nina was by far my favorite character, great sassy character that is not afraid to speak her mind and make a situation uncomfortable. I loved all the allegories to stages and play acting, and how it fit so well with all the reveals. I like the atmospheric tension with the setting. I was satisfied with the the reveals and reasons of the antagonist. There some great uncomfortable humor at one character’s expense that had me laugh out loud once, and chuckle. The ouija board scene is the by far my favorite scene.

What I Disliked: I felt no police would allow a suspect to have all the free reign with visitors, and the hospital administration letting almost anyone with no relation back to see a patient. The novel had some good twist but for the climax there’s a scene that is so telegraphed I kept rolling my eyes, other reviewers have really harped on this scene, it was a misstep but I didn’t let it effect my rating too much with the other twist and turns landing.

Recommendations: If you’re looking for a good solid mystery then this one works, there’s no big twist that change everything but twist that for the most part keep you guessing. I will recommend this book to people curious about what happens to your mind and body during a panic attack, if you’ve never had one. I rated In a Dark, Dark Wood 4 out of 5 stars this has restored my faith in Ruth Ware since I gave The Women in Cabin 10 3 stars.

Wrap Up: June 2019 Book Reviews

It’s wrap up time for June, and wow did I read some great books this month.  This is the most 5 star reviews I’ve ever given in a month.  I read 8 books this month, which is really good for me.  Two of the reviews Every Locked Door and Aquaman/ Justice League: Drowned Earth were given to me free in exchange for a honest review.

Five Star Reviews:

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This one was an instant favorite for me.  What sets this mystery apart form all the other’s is the way that it is told.  The mystery gives you 8 days to solve the crime of who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle, the catch is everyday you are a different person full of their own personality and faults.  You can work together with your future selves, but beware two others are playing the same game. This mystery was really fun and sucked me in completely.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – on my half of the year review for books that came out this year, I have this at number 1 so far.  This is a well plotted thriller with no big twist but a lot of really clever small twist and turns that kept adding tension.  This follows a girl who lives in New York desperate for money to help her and her family just get by, ended up sneaking into a college study, and becomes the main test study for a manipulative doctor who desires their own result in a study that becomes very personal for both parties.

Batman: Cacophony by Kevin Smith – Kevin Smith is a write director famous for creating the duo Jay and Silent Bob, he is also a huge proud geek and the owner of a comic book. He is one of the fore fronts of geek culture.  He wrote this work adding great lines of dialogue asking question know  one thought to ask, He expanded on a villain he created in in a run on Green Arrow comics that’s brutal and wants a dead Batman’s cowl for his collection.

Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement by R. L. Stine – A great story that plays on a real life scenario of a father losing his job and going a little bit nuts to prove the people wrong.  In this story he’s a scientist and goes a little mad.  Just a fun story with a great ending that is truly creepy.

Four Star Reviews:

Aquaman & Justice League: Drowned Earth by Scott Snyder – A fairly good graphic novel with one of my favorite writer’s Scott Snyder.  Aquaman and the Justice League have to deal with alien gods of water that want to see Earth drown, and it’s citizen’s becoming sea creatures that they can control.

Three Star Reviews:

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – This review hurt a little I’m such a fan of Riley Sager’s other two novels Last Time I Lied and Final Girls and remain so but this story of a hunted hotel had me wanting a lot more. The novel is still a page turner in terms of flow and the set up.

Alice by Christina Henry – This is the most divided I’ve been on a review in a long time. On one hand I found the plot a bit stilted on the other I wanted to find out where this went and was awed about some of the changes to characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Goosebumps: Monster Blood by R. L. Stine – A haunted “flubber” like substance causes a lot of problems for teenager Evan and his dog Trigger.  This story seemed to have no direction and the ending was wrapped up to conveniently.

One Year Anniversary Post and Best of Halfway Book Reviews for 2019

Hello Everybody! I made it a whole year reviewing. I have enjoyed sharing and conversing with you all. I started this blog with really just a goal of joining Netgalley but it has evolved much more than that and I’ve improved a lot as a reviewer.  I have reviewed 107 books since a year ago.

Top Five of Books I’ve Reviewed on Reading With My Eyes Site:

1. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: a mystery in the past a present merge about missing campers, some of the most jaw dropping twists in this book, that keep making you turn the pages.

2. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: The best way I’ve heard it described is an Agatha Christie novel on crack.  This is a love it or hate it book, and I loved it!

3. The Last Time I Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: A classic novel that is so good it became an instant favorite. You will not guess where this novel is heading. When the ending hit I was pretty amazed at what Jackson pulled off.

4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Just good solid storytelling that amerces you in the story.  I remember getting so wrapped up in the story that I forgot the interview character was even there sometimes.

5. Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Epic high fantasy at it’s finest.  Sanderson can crank out fantasy novels faster than anyone and they’re all interesting. I was a big fan of the Mistborn trilogy, but this book blows them all away in terms of character development, battle scenes, and world building.

Can you believe this year is already half way over? I’ve rated 42 book this year. 12 of them are from this year, I have not read Daisy Jones and the Six, The Huntress and Silent Patient  which I’ve been told Ill love.  Also I got approved for The Passengers by John Marrs which has already released in the UK and has gotten incredible reviews.

My Top 3 so Far for 2019:

  1. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen: A really smart thriller that is filled with small little twists, that add up quickly for a worth while finale.
  2. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding: is a modern day Grimm’s Fairy Tale, this story id creepy and I enjoyed every minute of it.
  3. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: This is her follow up to The Hate U Give, it is an original story about a up in coming female rapper.  It deals in race relations, poor verus wealth, and growing up and dealing with all the feels that come with it.

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pakkanen is a very meticulous thriller that’s about love, marriage and secrets. I knew this book had a lot of hype this is the follow up to the super popular and well reviewed thriller The Wife Between Us and this book was getting crazy reviews from my fellow bloggers. I can confirm the hype is real this book went in a direction I was not expecting and could not be happier to just enjoy the ride. This novel doesn’t rely on one super twist, but a bunch of little twist and turns that add up quick, to a conclusion with a lot of stakes and secrets. The novel was fun in where watching a reality show where a character makes all the wrong choices is fun.

The Plot: Jessica is a makeup artist for hire, she works through an app called BeautyBuzz that comes to client’s home and do a makeover. Jessica does this part time and also does stage makeup for small productions. She lives in New York and is always looking to make extra money. When she goes to a dorm to do a makeover one of her clients talks about a study at the college she signed up that pays 250 dollars a session just to answer questions for two hours and if you qualify it could be more. Jessica uses an opportunity to go through the clients phone and find out where she has to go for the study. Jessica arrives at the study and tells them that she took the place of the other girl (the girl complained how early the study was) this excuse works and she’s approved for the study. Jessica enters a room with only a computer that projects a series of questions. Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt? Have you ever deeply hurt someone you car about? Should a punishment always fit a crime? The questions need answers long detailed answers of why Jessica thinks that way. Dr . shields runs the study a prods and pushes her to reveal some deep trauma and unresolved issues all through the the computer. Jessica soon begins to think that Dr. shields can read Jessica’s mind and see into her soul. Dr. Shields soon ask Jessica if she will me willing to be the doctors test subject out in the real world. Jessica has came a way a different person and is willing to do anything for Dr. Shields. She starts wearing what the doctor tells her and manipulates where she goes and who she talks to. Jessica starts to doubt Dr. Shields and the study keeps asking Jessica to act out of character. Jessica starts to investigate the Dr. Shields and finds out shocking truths about what the study is really leading up to.

What I Liked: I started off not really liking Jessica as a character but at the end she really grew on me. I liked getting to know how Dr. Shields analytical mind works and just how detailed it is. I liked getting the dueling perspectives of Jessica and Dr. Shields. The reasons that the character’s did what they did was backed up with fear and secrets, for the longest time I couldn’t figure out Thomas’s angle was if he was a pawn or a player, but I was satisfied why he played the game. The mystery/thriller element is really great and had me reading very late into the night, as the study goes into the real world I couldn’t put the book down I had to find out where it was leading, and I was pretty happy about where the book went. The dialogue and feelings expressed are excellent and tell the story more than descriptions

What I Disliked: The book sometimes went a little makeup heavy, she’s a makeup artist so it’s forgiven for the most part but sometimes the details were too much. The descriptions are sometimes very vague, I thought Leo was a cat for a few pages. I had a hard time picturing characters and their features.

Recommendations: I really enjoyed An Anonymous Girl, the plot is fast paced with small chapters making this book hard to put down. I would recommend this to people who like plausible mysteries that are well explained. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to there next book and I plan to read The Wife Between Us soon.

Book Review:The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (or The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) by Stuart Turton is amazing an instant favorite for me. The book deserves a long slow clap for what it pulled off and accomplished. This book is an enigma wrapped in several riddles. The conclusion has four major twist that are all plausible and well thought out. The comparisons I’ve read about this book is Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day, which is very fitting. The novel embodies Agatha Christie’s writing by making a grand murder, and having many compelling characters full of family secrets all with reasons to murder. I told a friend it’s a murder mystery where you get to play 8 of the characters, all at once. The 7 and a half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is so fresh and new in its approach to and old fashioned murder mystery. It was unlike anything I’ve read before. Thanks for all the bloggers who made this book a can’t miss, and lead up to the hype of the novel.

The Plot: Aiden Bishop wakes up not quite feeling like himself, but it’s because he’s not himself he’s Sebastian Bell a doctor who’s alone in the wood with cuts on his arm. He says the only thing he can remember “Anna”. He feels like she’s in trouble he she’s a woman being chased by and man and heads in the direction of them. He doesn’t know what’s going on. The Man creeps up behind him and Bell cowers before him not daring to look up the man gives him a compass and a direction, which leads him to Blackheath an old mansion. Aiden soon learns there’s a murder taking place there and it’s his job to solve it using 8 host on the day of the murder. If he sleeps, loses conscience, or is murdered he goes into another host until all eight are used up. The day is repeated 8 days and he’s a different person every time. He can use versions of himself to help him, but everything still has to fall in order, also there are two others like Aiden also trying to solve the mystery, and who know who he really is, but can he trust either of them?

What I Liked: This novel makes sense, not at first but you’re just as confused as the character, but once everything is explained, everything fits, and its a beautiful thing. The writing is really good, this is my favorite line from it. “Anger’s solid; it has weight,. You can beat your fist against it, but pity’s a fog to become lost within.” This novel has a lot of character, but they all have they’re own voices, secrets, and agendas which made it easy to differentiate from one another. The twist are jaw dropping, and there’s more than a few. The way the story is told makes it very memorable and really unique as you go forward and sometimes backwards yet on the the same day. This novel nails the ending, actually I was satisfied after the first two major twists, and there’s a point that it could’ve ended, but it keeps going and offers two more major twist for ultimate satisfaction. There’s mysteries on mysteries, but the main mystery is very strong and kept my interest throughout.

What I Disliked: I still have questions? I feel satisfied with the ending but still have a couple of questions about the character’s and about time. I did not like that we did not get a time period for the party at Blackheath.

Recommendations: I whole heartily recommend The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcaslte, this novel is destined to be a classic. The only people I could not see enjoying this are distracted readers, there’s a lot of information and if you can’t remember it then you could get easily lost. The confusing beginning only last 3o pages and them it all makes sense. This novel is for murder mystery lovers with a fresh way of telling the story. Lovers of the Black Mirror and the Twilight Zone will have fun with the trippier elements of the story. This is a rock solid debut for Stuart Turton, and I can not wait to see what this guy dreams up next. I rated this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door By Riley Sager is his third new thriller. He wrote hands down my favorite novel of last year The Last Time I Lied and his debut for Final Girls had me on the edge of my seat in the first slasher/horror novel I’ve ever read. Lock Every Door follows adds a new horror in a hotel for the elite rich. The novel is dedicated to Ira Levin who wrote Rosemary’s Baby and this novel clearly used that as a starter for the hotel and it’s many super rich neighbor’s. The novel is tension filled having the character start off in a very dire situation and telling what lead to that situation. The theme of rich versus poor is vivid throughout and ask the the reader what would you do in this desperate situation. A special thanks to Netgalley, Dutton Publishing, and Penguin Group for an advanced copy of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, for an honest review.  Lock Every door comes out in a month on July 2nd 2019

The Plot: Jules Larsen is hard up for a job, these past two weeks have been rough she got fired and caught her long term boyfriend cheating, she has no job and is crashing with her best friend Chloe, she is is in desperate need of a break ,and she receives one. A job through a craigslist ad offing to be an apartment sitter for The Bartholomew an upscale apartment all about privacy for the ultra rich staying there, there’s also a famous book Heart of the Dreamer that was a favorite of Jules and her missing sister Jane, that took place at the Bartholomew. The offer is this Jules stays in the place for a $1,000 dollars a week while the apartment is tied in litigation as a previous resident died and the family debates about what to do with the property, the catch is she has to stay over every night, can not bring anyone over, and can not speak to any of the residents. Jules agrees and is smitten with the glitz of the place and the atmosphere, Her friend Chloe has had reservations the whole time find and article about all the odd goings on at the apartments, Murder, suicide, and a sickness that killed many. Jules blows all this over until a fellow house sitter leaves unexpectedly, and nobody in the building seems to care why.

What I Liked: The history of the building was really well thought out and makes sense when all is revealed, there’s one really good twist that towards the end that played out really well, I saw it coming but Sager took it in a different way. The book really nailed desperation and the some times eyebrow raising choices you make during those times. I liked a majority of the characters especially Greta, Carlie, and Ingrid.

What I Disliked: I figured the main twist super early, the main villain wasn’t all that interesting, I was waiting for that mind blowing twist in all the previous Riley Sager novels and this one was just not there. I almost which the book wasn’t dedicated to Ira Levin because it follows a similar reveal to Rosemary’s baby if you know that novel at all you’re giving a way a twist, that I don’t know if my mind would’ve immediately went to with out the dedication.

Recommendations: I will recommend this novel I feel it’s the weakest out of the three but still a very good thriller that is very atmospheric. The twist that I came to love in Riley Sager novels are there, I guessed it but I think a lot of reader’s will miss what I read. I love Riley sager he still remains my favorite of the new authors and will eagerly await any new material he puts out. I can not recommend The Last Time I Lied enough. I rated Lock Every Door 3 out of 5 stars, it was close to 4 stars but felt it belonged in 3 stars.

Book Review: TH1RT3EN by Steve Cavanagh

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh is a really good thriller with an amazing tag line, The Serial Killer is not on trial, he’s on the jury, that made me have to read it. This novel reminded me of the early James Patterson novels, when he was really good and wrote stuff by himself and did not have ghost writers. The novel has short chapters making it easy to digest and keep reading. The descriptions are just right enough to give you a mind picture. The twists and plot is very clever, there’s a couple twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, but was pleasantly surprised. This novel is the fourth in the series, but this is the first one that I have read, I would’ve preferred to read it in order, but I didn’t feel I missed much and was caught up in Eddie Flynn’s life very fast. A huge thanks for Netgalley and Flatiron books for letting me read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest thoughts on it. This novel is released on August 13 of 2019.

The Plot: Kane is a serial killer that is good with costumes and mimicry, when he’s first introduced he’s a homeless man with an agenda, we’re not clear on what his total agenda is but we know he ‘s stalking a mailman who delivers and receives packages from the court house. Kane’s real agenda isn’t the mailman, but the package from the courthouse, mainly the jury summons for a very important case. The case is one that is making headlines, involving Robert Solomon a famous movie star that is tried for killing his newly bride and their bodyguard who where found murdered in bed with their clothes off. Robert Solomon claims innocence and that he was not there when the murders take place. Eddie Flynn is a con man turned lawyer, that still uses his con man skills to win cases, his recent case was exposing police negligence as it arrested a client without grounds, in this case he has started a war with the police. That last case is why he’s hired as a attorney assisting the big boy’s of Carp law and associates, to go after the cops for negligence when a piece of evidence , a dollar, is collected from the mouth of one of the victims, which Robert’s DNA and the DNA of a serial killer that was executed. Kane gets on the jury determined to make Robert guilty by any means necessary. With the deck stacked against Eddie Flynn can he give Robert a fair trail.

What I Liked: The plot is really focused, and there’s no parts that I found boring or dragged. The twist will have you on the edge of your seat, there’s more than a few that were really clever, and twist I did not see coming. The character’s were written really well, the serial killer if you give into the narrative established that he studies and mimics peoples action and voice works well and is established early. The courtroom procedure worked really well and held my attention. The narrative of flipping back and forth between Kane and Eddie really worked and gave new perspective to the scenes.

What I Disliked: The serial killer’s motive didn’t seem to work for me totally, the killing of people who’s life had wind falls worked better than the 13 colonies thing, that was never really explained well enough. There’s flashbacks but they don’t reveal this obsession which I felt was needed. The dirty cops I felt were a little to sloppy with there plan to be on the force as long they had.

Recommendations: Despite this novel’s few flaws I really enjoyed it and recommend reading it. I’m a fan of James Patterson’s early work with Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider, and I think this fits right in, In those novels you know who the killer is, The flow is really fast, and the Twist are really good and jaw dropping. I plan of going back and reading the other three novels of the Eddie Flynn character, I enjoyed it that much. I rated this novel 5 out of 5 stars, there’s minor flaws but this novel really worked for me and was a lot of fun.

Book Review: The Burglar by Thomas Perry

The Burglar by Thomas Perry is a meticulous thriller, that tells you every street and road the character turns on to get away. The meticulousness works for the character up slows the action to a crawl. at times it felt like I was reading a scripted version of “The Californians” SNL sketch as every freeway is listed. I lived in Los Angeles, CA for eight years so I knew a little of where the character was going, but I can see others get buried in all the details. This thriller is a snoozefest until the last 80 pages which it finally gets good, really good. But I had already given up on the character’s situation, the story reminded me of the Sandra bullock thriller The Net, just not updated and feeling very 90’s.

The Plot: Elle is a small 24 year old burglar, her cover is a collage athlete returning home. We learn of her routine for robbing the rich in LA neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and Bel Aire, and it is detailed and meticulous. Her routine is shaken when she does all the checks for no one being home and a security system she can override, everything is going great until she notices the three bodies gunned down executioner style, she finds a recording with a red light knowing she’s on tape, she takes the tape to cover her own self, but soon realizes that the tape also captured the murders as well. How that she has stolen a key piece of evidence what does she do with it? Elle maybe the only one who could solve this murder.

What I Liked: When there is actually action and thrills, it is written really well and puts you in the character’s perspective. The couple of twist in the mystery are clever. The dialogue when spoken feels real, there’s not a lot. The deaths are thrilling and described well. The end is written well, and you can see Perry’s talent, which made me mad the whole book wasn’t written like this.

What I Disliked: There’s way too many tangents that ruin the flow of this book. The pace of this book is so slow. Way too many details when it comes to driving show us her routine a couple of times, but don’t share details about it ten times, we already know how detailed and careful the character is. Something really horrific happens and the character immediately goes on a date looking for a distraction, I hit my forehead in reaction. I hate when we have a brilliant character continue to do stupid things, like keep returning to a bar after people she doesn’t know keep asking about her there.

Recommendations: I will ask you to pass on reading this one, I feel like I’ve done a favor to all my followers, with this one. I’m curious and hesitant to check out Perry’s other work, will definitely use other review site to see which to avoid. He’s written over 25 books so they all can’t be this bad to still have a career. I will always give an author another chance, and I saw a potential for good in those last 80 pages. I rated this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Wrap Up – February 2019 Book Reviews

Hello dear readers, I had a lot of little milestones this month I hit over 200 followers this month (currently at 213).  I hit over 1,000 post likes.  Upon me hitting my over 200 followers I joined netgalley. I think I’ve grown over the 7 months of having this and thanks to everyone who has viewed, liked, commented, and followed. I’ve read 6 books this month.

Five Star Reviews:

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding – This book was my first ever advanced reading copy and man was it a great debut novel.  It was a modern day Grimm’s Fairy tale a new mom has her twins go missing and when they are brought back she’s convinced that the twins are not her’s and have been replaced with evil ones.  The writing make your skin crawl with it’s descriptions and the pace is a fast read. It’s released on April 30th.

Four Star Reviews: 

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – This book has a really cool concept that there is a disease spreading that causes the person to sleep and dream for a unknown time. The story is told in third person as you drift in and out of people in the town dealing with the disease around them.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – This book has been on my TBR for far too long, Ive heard it raved about for years, and it did not let down it had a little bit of a pacing problem at the end that really slowed it down that caused it from being a five star. An incredible story that is told through an autistic teenager as he investigates the murder of neighborhood dog, and finds much more of the truth about his neighborhood and family.

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero – One of the craziest stories I’ve ever read about boy and girl twins that share the same body one is the detective and is the wisecracker.  A really fun satire that pokes a lot of fun at the detective genre that the author clearly loves.

Three Star Reviews:

Looker by Laura Sims – This novel puts you into the mind of a woman losing her grip on reality as she can not have kids and ends up hating everybody else who does, when a starlet moves into the neighborhood. There’s a lot that reminded me the novel Notes on the Scandal, which I felt it was written good but to similar to Notes on a Scandal to enjoy.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan – This novel is about 36 survivors aboard a lifeboat in the early 1900’s on the eve of World War I.  This novel was so good until the third act where the novel shift from survival to a trial of an incident that happened the lifeboat.