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ARC REVIEW OUT TOMORROW – A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

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Publish Date:
7/23/19
Author: 
Michele Campbell
Started:
6/1/19
Finished:
6/3/19
Pages:
352
Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy of this to read and review before publication. All opinions are my own.

Goodreads Summary:

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.

My Review:

This was my second Campbell book and I had some issues with it. I did enjoy it and thought that it was creepy at times but I wanted more from it. My issue with it is that it seemed like two different books to me. Although everything connected, I felt as if after Caroline disappears, the entire novel changes into a completely different book. I didn’t feel as invested at that point even though I had just reached the major turning point. It became somewhat predictable for me and I started to pull much of the plot together. Aiden was super unreliable as a character and I figured that the story couldn’t just rely on him creepy self. I have an unpopular opinion here and I can see why so many readers are giving high praises for this. It just didn’t work as well for me really due to the lack of cohesiveness I felt the story had. I also felt like the author could have given us more into Caroline’s husband’s life and less of Aiden and Caroline herself. That could have helped as I feel like there were some situations that were answered but just a bit cloudy for me. I still finished this read super fast and will pick up Campbell’s future works. For me, this one just left me wanting more.

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A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson – OUT TODAY!

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Publish Date:
 6/25/19 
Author:
M.T. Eddvardsson
Started: 6/4/19
Finished:
6/10/19
Pages:
400
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐

A huge thank you to Celadon books for sending me a copy to read and review!

Goodreads Summary:

M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another.

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Familyasks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

My Review:

Well, if you’ve been following ANY books lately, it is impossible for you to have not seen this one popping up everywhere. Everyone is loving it and it’s not hard to understand why! I really enjoyed it and loved that the book was told in three sections from Stella and a section for each of her parents. This is a pretty quick read and interesting but I had my own issues with it.

Morally, I did not quite understand the outcome and it’s acceptance from all parties involved. A good friend of mine and I both felt this why while discussing it. I felt like all of the characters were unlikable besides the father whereas my good fiend abhored the father as well (to each their own, right?). But the true reason why it did not get four stars for me is because the buildup was slow and I just felt a little underwhelmed after finishing it. I wanted more crazy and although it was indeed crazy, I was just wanting something bigger. I felt like I saw most of all of it coming and that’s a let down for me. This read as a drama in most places more than a courtroom thriller and that was my issue. I wanted more courtroom and murder suspense.

HOWEVER, so many people are loving it and I can see why! I would definitely recommend the book and may even like to reread it to catch things I did not catch on to before. I’d also like to reread it and be more open  to reading it as a family drama than just a courtroom thriller that I wanted. I feel like the way you anticipate a book could seriously make or break a book and that happened to me here. I’m happy to have read it and will definitely recommend it in the future to friends! Just be weary that there are quite a few triggers such as sexual assault in this one.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW OUT TOMORROW – The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

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Publish Date:
5/1/19 
Author: 
Megan Miranda
Started: 3/18/19
Finished:
3/20/19
Pages:
336
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐️

Big thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster fory giving me a copy to read and review before pulication. All opinions are my own.

Goodreads Review:

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone known more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.

My Review:

I had high expectations for this but it just did not deliver for me. I really enjoyed some of Miranda’s past works. This for me was drawn out in all of the wrong ways. Although it’s regarding Avery’s friend, Sadie’s suicide, there was too much data about her  assumed suicide without any importance. The book was drawn out unnecessarily in the fact that so much of the chapters were going no where. I like a thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat and this not that.

The saving grace to this novel was the “didn’t see that coming” moment. I was somewhat satisfied with the explanation of everything and was surprised but I still felt like it was a little out of left field and too unrealistic for me in a sense. On top of that issue, I felt like the book could have used one more chapter to talk more about all of the many characters involved besides just the couple it closed the door for. I know that some people will really like this and I encourage you to read it if you liked Miranda’s past works. I may step away from her for a little bit since this and her last were not favorites of mine.

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Publish Date: 1/24/19 
Author: 
Lucy Foley
Started: 4/2/19
Finished:
4/6/19
Pages:
394
Rating:
⭐⭐

Hey guys! I don’t want you to think that I’ve  been slacking! I’ve read quite a few books recently but so many have been advanced reader copies! The reviews have been written but won’t be published until closer to the publication date so that you don’t forget about all these great book opportunities coming soon! Be on the lookout for The Unhoneymooners which has been my favorite that is to be published later this month!

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

My Review:

I was so excited that this was the book that my soroity book club chose. This was our February choice and Harper Collins couldn’t fufill it until later in March because it was back-ordered.  I had such high expectations due to the quick pupularity but it fell really short for me.

First, this read more like character studies for me. I’m not a huge fan (as we know) of character-driven plots and I felt like so much of the book was just me finiding all about characters and their past lives. I knew that it would all be important and understanding the character dynamics was important but I had a hard time getting into it because of it. I have seen many comparisons to Agatha Christie. I didn’t really get that but that could be because I haven’t read Christie in a long time but I wasn’t getting those vibes.

It’s really hard for me to put into words what I am feeling without giving too much away. First I want to say, not all of the characters are necessary and Foley really missed the mark on making those characters an importance other than to leave the reader more confused and guessing the mystery.

There is an “important” component thrown into the end of the story that is also unnecessary and random. I felt like it was an afterthough and could have added so much more to the story if it had been developed more.

Ocerall, there are awesome parts to the story that could have added so mmore depth but Foley just did’t make them an importance. There is so much potential that wasn’t played out correctly in my opinion.

One of my friends that I read this with figured out the entire story within the first 10% of the book. I’m not sure how she did it but she called absolutely EVERYTHING which is a problem for me. I want a twist and although I didn’t get as much as she did, the twist isn’t too twisty obviously in this one. The climax was just kind of anti-climatic for me if that’s possible and there was so much fluff in the story that I felt uninterested very quickly. The beginning was the best part where so much was built upon before falling short.

This one was just not for me and I wish that it was. There was so much potential that I’m honestly so disappointed.

I’m still super thankful for having this sent to me to read. I always appreciate HarperCollins gesture. I’ll be donating it soon so I hope someone loves it!

As my group continues to discuss this book this month, I may add some more thoughts but that’s all I have for now. Just a flop for me!

Great Reads

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Publish Date:
02/05/19 
Author: 
Alex Michaelides
Started:
3/14/19
Finished:
3/15/19
Pages:
323
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Review:

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

My Review:

I had heard so many good things about this book but was a little reluctant to pick it up. Sometimes the hype of a book ruins it for me because I expect so much and am delivered something that didn’t live up to my excitement. Anything that deals with psychology though I really do end up loving. Psychology was a minor for me in college concentrating on abnormal psycholgy and my favorite book is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. The setting of this book was a plus for me. It was an interesting premise to add a psycholanalysis aspect on the book.

Alicia was such a puzzle for me as intended but so was Theo. I had a hard time understanding him as a person even with the data given to us about what he had endured. Both characters were intriguing and a mystery that kept me interested throughout the book. I did not want to put the book down. I dread every moment that I had to be responsible and put the book down.

My only fault to the story was that I figured out the ending which I hate doing. I love twists and surprises and I did put everything together. I won’t go more into that because I don’t want to give anything away for anyone else. I  still absolutely enjoyed it and really loved the twist even though it was something I put together. I think that it was well written and I’m glad that I got around to this one sooner rather than later.

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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Publish Date: 02/19/19 
Author:
Lisa Gardner
Started:
2/19/19
Finished:
2/27/19
Pages:
416
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary:

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman–Evie Carter–from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim–a hostage–and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder.

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

My Review:

I would have finished this super fast but I got deathly ill the last week and a half of February to the point where I couldn’t even pick up my book. I couldn’t see out of my right eye first, after getting a little better from that, I had a migraine for two days, and then I caught a massive cold. I was not winning! It was so tough because calling out of work is always so tempting for me. I always want to call out and curl up with a good book but I never do. The days I actually did have to call out I wasn’t even able to read! Good grief!

Anyway, I vaguely remember reading a Lisa Gardner novel back when I was in high school. I can’t remember what it was, what it was about, or anything of the sort. I do remember my mom getting the book from a friend. It’s probably still sitting in my computer room. I can’t even tell you if I finished it. But for some reason, I remember the author’s name so clearly. I’ve never read Gardner again even though recently after joining the book community, I noticed how popular of an author she is and started to think that I probably should have finished the book or I should at least go and retrieve it from my parents’.

I jumped on the opportunity to read Never Tell and I’m glad that I did. Coincidentally, I picked up the book that had been sitting in my que on the exact day that it was published! I’ll be honest, as an ARC, it would have been better for me to finish it before but I took it as a sign to continue to read it as I had picked it up accidently instead of my actual planned read on the day that it was published. It was actually a super quick read (had I not been sick) and although I haven’t read any of the others in a series, I was not lost at all. The story gripped me immediately and I didn’t want to put it down which wasn’t possible since I was at work teaching! Any free second I got (when I wasn’t sick), I tried to pick it back up.

After pondering about this read, I did really enjoy it obviously but I’m a little disappointed with the length. I felt like Gardner could have omitted so much unnecessary information and fill in more intriguing information. There was a bit too much “fluff” in this in my opinion and I wasn’t necessarily satisfied with the ending. A forced friendship and a kind of blurry explanation of the conclusion just wasn’t my thing.

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

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Publish Date: 1/15/19
Author:
Taylor Adams
Started:
2/06/19
Finished:
1/07/19
Pages: 
336
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary:

A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.

But who can she trust?

With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.

My Review:

I was so happy to be sent this book to read. A sorority sister of mine was accepted into a program where she gets 15 copies of books to be read in a book club. This was the choice that we decided on for this month. I was happy to be involved I honestly whipped through the book and I was really enjoying it until the end. It felt super unfinished to me. I had so many questions about characters like Lily, Kenny, and even Darby and Jay. I felt like there was so much going on within all of the chapters and the abrupt ending left me wanting more or at least explanations for so many things.

I have to admit that there are sections in this book that made me cringe. Adams is no stranger to some intense imagry and cringeworthy metaphors. It almost reminded me of Stephen King’s Misery, especially a particular character that I shall not spoil and name if you have not read it! I just really was wishing for so much more from this book. I feel like I expect more from thrillers since I read so many of them. It’s possible if thrillers are not your usual genre to pick up, this may be more of an enjoyable read for you. I don’t want to say that I hated it because as I said, I at first really enjoyed it. I just wish there was so much more depth to this one.

Great Reads

December / 2018 Wrap-Up and January TBR

This was an awesome year and my very first year blogging. This blog has definitely helped hold me accountable to reading and has gotten me reading more than I ever have. Two summers ago, (2017), I found Goodreads while I was surfing the internet. I always loved to read but finding this website was access to a brand new world. I started marking books upon books as “To Read” and that began my new reading journey. About a year into reading, I converted my “food only” Instagram to incorporate books as I started to follow so many readers and notice they were reading a ton. I then began to find a way to start blogging. A month into blogging, I found Netgalley, and the rest is history. I’m now constantly reading ARCS, getting books upon books sent to my house to review for publishers, and am enjoying every second! As a super busy teacher, I started the year (before embarking on my book blog and ARC journey) with a goal to read 30 books. I have read 73 books! That is amazing for me and my heaviest year of reading ever! I am happy with that number. I see some fellow bloggers who get through so much and I am a bit envious. However, I feel like I have a great balance in my life. Being a full time teacher, a restaurant reviewer, an avid gym-goer, and someone who is also addicted to mindless reality shows like Teen Mom, I am satisfied with my number in the 70’s! According to GoodReads I have read a total of 26,268 pages!!! I hope next year treats me just as well! So this post I will post every single book I have read this year at the end. This last month I read:

The Vanishing Box – Review found here

This is Cuba – Review found here

Slay Bells – Review found here

The Masterpiece – Review found here

The Twelve Dice of Christmas – Review found here

Children of Blood and Bone – Look for a review soon

For the start of the new year, I hope to read:

This is How it Always Is – by Laurie Frankel

Oh I Do Like To Be – by Marie Phillips

The Havana Game – by John Lutz

The Only Woman in the Room – by Marie Benedict

The Song of Achilles –  by Madeline Miller – this is a buddy read with the same people I read Circe with

All the books I have read this year have reviews or reviews scheduled to be published except for the first few I started reading before blogging. If you are interested in reading them, please click on the title as it will bring you to the blog post. These are in order of how they were finished in the year.

11/22/63 by Stephen King
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
When Dimple Met Rishi byy Sandyha Menon
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Thing About Jellyfish ny Ali Benjamin
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Light between Oceans by M.L. Steadman 
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (this was my first ARC ever!)
Educated by Tara Westover
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
Walls of Silence by Ruth Wade
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Mariam McNamara
Lady Be Good by Amber Brock
The High Season by Judy Blundell
White Houses by Amy Bloom
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandyha Menon (My 2nd Sandyha Menon book this year) Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane
Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
The Good Twin by Marti Green
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck
The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Subway Girls by Susie Ornan Schnall
Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane
Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel
Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
Inferno by Dan Brown
She was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastly by Stuart Thurton
Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Misery by Stephen King (my 2nd King this year)
The Air You Breath by Frances de Pontes Peebles
The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia
A Child Called ‘It’ by David Pelzer
The Girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman (blog scheduled for this January)
Our Little Lies by Sue Watson
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar
Circe by Madeline Miller
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths
This is Cuba: An American Journalist under Castro’s Shadow by David Ariosto
Slay Bells by T.C. Wescott
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
The Twelve Dice of Christmas by Gail Oust

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The Vanishing Box – by Emily Griffiths

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Publish Date :
 10/09/18
Author: 
 Elly Griffiths
Started:  11/21/18 (for ten minutes) Picked back up on 12/1/18
Finished: 
12/4/18
Pages:
368
Rating : ⭐⭐

I was sent an advanced readers copy to read and review this from Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All opinions are my own.

Goodreads Summary:
In a nail-biting hunt for a missing loved one, DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto discover once again that the line between art, life, and death is all too easily blurred.

It’s the holiday season and Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby have landed a headlining gig at the Brighton Hippodrome, the biggest theater in the city, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savory supporting act: a tableau show of naked “living statues.” But when one of the girls goes missing and turns up dead not long after, Max and Ruby realize there’s something far more sinister than obscenity afoot in the theater.

DI Edgar Stephens is on the case. As he searches for the killer, he begins to suspect that her fatal vanishing act may very well be related to another case, the death of a quiet local florist. But just as he’s narrowing in on the missing link, Ruby goes missing, and he and Max must team up once again to find her.

My Review:

This was my first Elly Griffiths novel but I’ve heard some rather good things about some of her other mystery series. This was definitely not a total flop for me but I did have some issues with it. I had a hard time with the writing style. The author went from character to character without any warning and it was hard to follow because many times, the character change would also result to an entire different setting change as well. Without warning, I found myself many times rereading paragraphs when I was realizing that there was a setting/character change. I don’t necessarily believe that every single setting or character change needs a new chapter but some kind of forewarning would have been nice. I also had a little hard of a time with the setting as a whole. The morals of the story seemed to read at a earlier time frame than the 1950’s for me. This may be a personal issue for me but I felt like this was taking place much earlier than the 1950’s and I sometimes had a hard time imagining the setting of Brighton during this time. As I said, it would be my fault but I always thought of boarding houses and tableaux shows earlier in the century. This sometimes made it difficult for me to actually paint the scenes in my head.

There were many characters involved that took me a bit of time to get straight. The book for me fluctuated where I would be super interested for a few pages and lose interest for a few after as character relationships were focused on a bit too much for my liking. I feel like the book could have been a much quicker read for me had the pace matched the suspenseful plot. I noticed that even the summary didn’t match what I was reading even at 50% in which was an issue for me as I was waiting for what I thought the book was going to be about for some time.

I did however admire Emily as a career woman. Being a female police officer would have been difficult during the time period but I wish I would have gotten more of an understanding of her character. She is not very girly, seems to live in a very whealthy family (having a father who takes out the Rolls Royce to drop her off at the theater). Her involvement in the case could have been easier understood with some more background about her. Her thoughts about the other characters, the show itself, and even the way she works could have been easier understood if she was more of a dynamic character.

This book lacked serious emotion for me. I feel like the mystery could have been so interesting but the book focused more on characters interacting that barely made sense of the mystery. In fact, I was extremely disappointed with who was responsible for our mystery as it made zero sense to me. Also, the unfolded romance for me also fell flat and was unemotional. How is this even happening and are you sure you’re even in love? Besides that romance, Max’s attachment to Florence also felt weird. As said, I haven’t read the other books in the series and that may be a factor but all in all, this fell short for me.

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Our Little Lies

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Publish Date :
 10/11/18
Author: 
 Sue Watson
Started:
  11/12/18
Finished: 
11/18/18
Pages: 318
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary:

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline , gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared?’

Fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go, who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller with a final twist to put their jaw on the floor, will love Our Little Lies.

My Review:

At no fault to anyone other than myself, this started out slow for me. I may just needed to pick this up at a different time; however it was too cliche. We have Marianne who is married to the perfect guy in the perfect scenario with the perfect children, etc. etc. I know. You’ve read this before too. But it doesn’t stay like the cliche story I was expecting. Simon is a jerk but Marianne has some major issues too. I gave her the benefit of the doubt knowing that Simon’s behaviors likely added to her insanity but I didn’t like Marianne either as she was painted to be insane and she herself knew so.

I had an issue with how slow the book was. 50% in and the background information about Simon and Marianne’s marriage was getting to be annoying for me. I understand that much of the information was an important aspect of understanding the couple and each of their history but I lost interest. Had I not read reviews or was okay with giving up on a book without finishing it, I may have put it down but I stuck it out and exactly at 54% for me, I was hooked.

Marianne, Simon,  and Caroline were all extremely unlikable for me. WhIle I usually don’t like books with characters that don’t have any redeeming qualities at, this wasn’t necessarily the case since it was a more important to the plot and conflicts as a whole to dislike them. Even with the unlikable characters, I eventually started to feel sorry for then, especially Marianne and Caroline, and my perceptions of them and even Simon changed many many times. It’s hard to give more about the dynamics without giving it away. This was a great read and you most definitely won’t see the ending coming!