It’s seriously so hard to believe that April is already over and done with and that we’re pretty much in full swing of summer down here in the South. But the end of April also means that it’s time for another Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club with Carolann and Christy. This month we’re discussing probably one of the best thrillers that I’ve read in a long time, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I did receive an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
It’s amazing how life can change in an instant, and that’s exactly what happened to Jenna Gray one very rainy evening. In a horrific hit and run accident her whole world is turned upside down when young Jacob is struck by a car and instantly dies. In order to escape her feelings and the life that is laying in ruins, Jenna flees to the Welsh coast and tries to begin another life, although as Jenna soon finds out, it’s very hard to escape your past.
While I really loved this book, I will preface this with the fact that it took me quite a while to get into the book and to the point that I couldn’t put it down. While I Let You Go is a thriller, it’s kind of a slow thriller that takes some time to really set up the storyline before you mind is just completely blown! So if you haven’t read this book, just make sure that you give it until about 45% of the way through before you officially decide that you can’t read it anymore.
Another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed is the fact that the chapters were alternating between Jenna’s point of view and the police officers that are still trying to solve the hit and run accident. While I didn’t particularly care for reading about the detectives all the time, it totally set everything else up for the rest of the book and the thrill at the end of the story!
There are some big spoilers at the end that I’m not going to talk about, but I have to admit that one of the twists, or what I think one of the twists is I kind of guessed at the beginning of the book. Something about the start of the book didn’t gel well with me, and I even remember turning back to read the prologue again, but then I just continued reading. It all made perfect sense once I got to the middle of the book!
Now this really doesn’t have anything to do with the story that much, but I absolutely love that the author chose Wales as the setting for the book. The way that she described it as rustic and harsh yet beautiful being set near the coast made me want to hop on a plane and spend some time at the welsh coast! But let’s face it, I usually love any book that’s set in Europe or the U.K.
I know that I didn’t give too many details about this book, but I really just don’t want to spoil anything for those of y’all that haven’t read this book yet. Which by the way, if you haven’t read this book yet, what in the world are you waiting for? Go and pick it up right now because you definitely won’t regret it! It’s a great thoughtful thriller that will definitely have you hooked, although it may end up being towards the end of the book instead of the beginning!
Happy Monday my friends and hopefully a great start to your week! I was a little MIA last week because we were so busy with family at Easter that I didn’t really have time to get any blog work done over the weekend and because my grandmother passed away on Monday and I didn’t really feel like writing last week.
While the passing of my grandmother wasn’t sudden and we were kind of expecting it (she had been doing poorly for the past few months), it was still really rough on our family, especially my parents as they had just moved out of the house that they lived in for over 30 years into their new home in College Station. To say that last week was kind of an emotional roller coaster, might be an understatement. My grandmother’s funeral was on Friday, and afterwards, my sister spent the weekend with us. Needless to say, we enjoyed a nice, quiet weekend around our house. I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending action!
Like I mentioned earlier, my grandmother’s funeral was on Friday, so Chris, my sister, and I got up bright and early Friday morning and drove to Dallas for the funeral. It was a very beautiful service, and I loved what the preacher said that she’s finally reunited with my grandfather and my aunt again because I know that it’s so true.
As a family we all grabbed a late lunch together before it was time to hit the road again. Chris is definitely a saint for making that drive to and from Dallas in one day because it’s definitely not easy, and Courtney and I definitely took a little nap on the way home. My sister had brought her two collies over for the weekend, and needless to say all of the dogs were totally bonkers when we got home. We finished off our night with a little bit of TV watching before all heading to sleep.
We decided that we would wake up bright and early Saturday morning to take the collies and Dart on that really long walk again. Unfortunately for us the cold front had yet to kick in so it was quite muggy outside, but that didn’t mean that we still didn’t love the walk. I think that the dogs loved it more than us because they were all able to go off leash and enjoy all of the different sights and sounds.
After our walk we all quickly got dressed and headed to the movies so we could see Beauty & The Beast. My sister had yet to see it, and I definitely wasn’t going to turn down another opportunity to see the movie! I loved it just as much as the first time that I saw it, and I can’t wait to get it on video when it’s released!
We were pretty hungry after the movie so we grabbed a late lunch at Torchy’s. It was pretty late, like 1:30, and there was still a long line! I swear that place is never not busy! I think that the drive from Friday and the earlier morning had finally got to us all because we all came home from lunch and crashed for an hour or two.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing before grabbing a late dinner at one of our favorite Mexican food restaurants. We were trying to find something interesting to watch on Netflix and I was scrolling through the British shows when we stumbled upon The Fall that stars Jamie Dornan who also plays Christian Grey. Needless to say, after watching the first episode we were all hooked! It watched just like an episode of Criminal Minds except that it’s set in Ireland and you get a little more insight into the murderer. I think that we’ll be bingeing on this for a while!
Unfortunately, we woke up too late to take the dogs on another long walk, but we didn’t wake up too late for some brunch! We took my sister to Dish Society for her first brunch experience, and I think that we’ll definitely be back. While she and Chris opted for some breakfast, I opted for lunch instead and my favorite sandwich!
After brunch we came home and relaxed and watched a few more episodes of The Fall before heading out to do the normal Sunday activities such as grocery shopping and laundry. As you can tell, I also got some blogging work done, and I’ve got a few posts ready for y’all for this week!
I’m hoping that this week will be another fast week for me, and that hopefully it won’t be nearly as dramatic as last week, although it might be a little bit busier since it’s full of appointments and a show with my mom and sister. Before I know it, I’m sure that it’ll be the weekend all over again!
Did you have a nice weekend? Did you have a Sunday Funday with some brunch?
It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means that it’s my favorite Tuesday of the month because I get to fill my To Be Read list with way more books than I’ll ever read. But hey, that’s half the fun right, seeing if you can make it through a never ending list. This month was a month of audiobooks and a reread, a really good book, and a not so great book. So buckle up and get ready for some good book recommendations!
When we found out that they were making the miniseries on HBO, I knew that it would be fun to reread this book with Chris. Since we both had enjoyed listening to Sharp Objects so much, we decided to listen to Big Little Lies since we were still driving a lot in February and March.
We both loved this book so much, but I just wish that we’d had a little bit of a break before starting up the TV show. I’ve had a lot of experience in reading a book and then seeing the movie or TV show right afterward and knowing to not expect things to be exactly the same, but unfortunately Chris didn’t quite realize the same thing. He got irritated with some of the differences between the show and book that were small, but that he thought was important.
While I really enjoyed the show a lot the one part that really irritated me was the fact that Madeleine ended up having an affair in the show. I seriously don’t understand how that added anything to the storylines at all, and in my opinion it made her extremely unlikeable. I mean Madeleine in the book was definitely overbearing, but she was still likeablel.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’m a huge fan of light-hearted teeny-bopper types of books, and while this one was kind of predictable I still really enjoyed it a lot!
When high school junior Harper gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a summer intern at Shift magazine as their dating blogger, she immediately jumps at the opportunity. The idea of living in NYC and doing the thing that she’s so passionate about has her beyond excited, although there is a slight problem of the fact that she’s never really dated before. This book takes you on a summer journey with Harper as she learns about friendship, love, and living in NYC!
Like I said I love light YA books, so this was right up my alley. I identified with Harper, the clumsy and clutzy girl that never really knows what to say. It was more like 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4!
I really loved this book and didn’t want it to end. The story follows two different women from different decades, one from the 30’s and one from the 90’s, as they both struggle with mental illness in slightly different ways. I was horrified to learn about how the mentally insane were treated in our country and how some people were even committed against their will.
While sometimes the different storylines can be confusing, I thought that the author did a really good job of alternating view points and also of linking the storylines as well. There was a little bit of mystery to the storyline, which y’all all know that I love as well. This is a great book and one that if you’re a little bit interested in historical fiction you should pick up!
This was a book that was selected for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club for this past month, and I wrote a detailed review here. Set in the 1960s, this book had an interesting premise of revolving around a cult and how easily people can be influenced to do horrible things.
This book follows a young Evie who sees a group of ratty girls that is gallivanting around her small town on the outskirts of San Francisco. She is immediately drawn to those girls and the cool lifestyle that they seem to lead, but especially to Suzanne who has an air and confidence to her that Evie can’t get enough of. Eventually Evie meets those girls and they introduce her to Russell who is the leader of the group that promotes love for everyone. Evie spends her days that summer at the ranch and is drawn in even more by Suzanne and the other girls, until something horrible happens that changes everything.
Once I got into the book it held my interest, but I felt like it took too long to get to the part about the cult and then after you found out what happened the book just ended. I also didn’t care for the characters and couldn’t relate to them at all.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is actually the book for the Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club for April, so I’ll write a more detailed review later on. When a horrific hit and run accident kills young Jacob, the police will stop at nothing to find out who fled the scene of that horrific scene. At the same time Jenna flees her home in Bristol in order to start a brand new life away from that horrific scene. Through alternating chapters you can see how Jenna starts to build her life again while the police struggle with too little evidence in order to bring a murderer to justice.
I can totally see why everybody loved this book. While the beginning was a little bit slow, at about 45% of the way through, I seriously couldn’t put this book down. It was glued to my hands and I didn’t want it to end! Definitely pick this up if you’re looking for a good story, thriller, and character development.
Have you read any of these books? Are you going to add any of these books to your list?