I seriously don’t know where in the world this month has gone because I can’t believe that it’s already time for another Show Us Your Books day with Steph and Jana! Surprisingly with everything that I had going on last month, I still managed to read 5 books last month, and I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I listened to a couple of them as well. So let’s get on with the book reviews!
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins ★★ 2 stars
This was a book that several people had mixed feelings on, but I decided to still give it a chance, especially since the audio version was readily available from the library! I loved The Girl On The Train, and I was really hoping that Paula Hawkins would write another thriller that I would love and couldn’t put down!
The Drowning Pool is an area that is notorious for being used for witch trials, but also for the mysterious deaths of several young women and girls. When Jules’s sister Nel becomes one of those mysterious deaths, she quickly hurries home to a place that she has tried hard to avoid at all costs. Will Jules be able to solve the mystery of her sister’s death?
I just couldn’t get into this book. I think that it was a combination of too many characters and not liking the characters so much that I didn’t even care what happened to them. I did hurry to finish listening to this book, but only because it had to go back to the library and it would take too long to get it again and I have a thing about finishing books.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris ★★★★ 4 stars
After reading Behind Closed Doors last month, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on B.A. Paris’s newest book, which is why I was pretty surprised when it was actually available at the library pretty quickly. Thankfully it was a quick read, and I was able to get through it really quickly!
Cass drove home late one night in a terrible storm down a road that she promised her husband that she wouldn’t drive down. She stops when she sees a car because she thinks that somebody might have broken down, but one the person doesn’t get out and come to her car, she continues driving home. When she wakes up the next day, she realizes that the person in the car was actually a woman who was murdered! The murderer is still at large, and as strange things start happening to Cass, she’s convinced it’s the murderer coming after while her husband is convinced that she’s having a mental breakdown. Will Cass figure out what is going on with herself and figure out who murdered that woman?
While I liked both of the B.A. Paris books, I think that I liked Behind Closed Doors a little bit more, but that might have something to do with me liking messed up people and stories. Anyways this was still a really good story that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I did figure out part of the twist part of the way through, but the big twist I had no idea about until the end. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a good thriller!
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ★★★ 3 stars
It’s been 16 years since Isa has seen her other three friends and played The Lying Game together, but when a text comes from one of them, they all drop everything to be together. They soon discover that the biggest lie they ever told will all come back to haunt them.
I’ve officially read all of Ruth Ware’s books and while this wasn’t my favorite, I still liked it more than The Girl In Cabin 10. For a thriller it didn’t really seem like there was too much action going on until the very end. Sometimes that works, but I found myself literally falling asleep during certain parts of it. Only reason it got 3 stars was because I actually cared what happened to the characters and wanted to know the truth.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman ★★★★ 4 stars
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
In true Fredrik Backman fashion, he has a way of making you fall in love with a book and it’s characters even though you think that you might not love it.
Beartown is a small town that is slowly dying, except if it’s hockey team can win the Juniors final and help the town change courses. But then the unthinkable happens that turns neighbor against neighbor and makes everybody question what is right and wrong and who they should believe.
While this book definitely centers around hockey it really is about so much more than that. It’s about looking at your moral compass and making decisions that are right even if nobody else believes in it. This was definitely a lot darker than some of Backman’s other books but I still really enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as Ove and Grandmother. Be sure to check out a more extended review here!
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★★ 3 stars
I had actually started to listen to this book earlier this year, but then got sidetracked and ended up putting it down. I had listened to it enough to know that the main character was dealing with amnesia and Stockholm’s Syndrome as well, so I figured that it’d be the perfect choice for Erin’s challenge.
One fateful morning, a mother receives a horrible phone call that causes one of her worst nightmares to come true, her daughter Mia has been kidnapped. What follows is a flip between the past and the present as the reader gets to see how Mia was kidnapped and where she was held, how the police are working to solve the mystery of her kidnapping and bring her back, and the aftermath of the kidnapping and how Mia and her family are dealing with her condition.
Usually I like books that have multiple perspectives and hop around but this one just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if it had to do with the fact that I listened to it instead of reading it and didn’t particularly care for the narrators or what. Also for being a “thriller” I didn’t really think that it was that thrilling of a book. I did like the twist at the end though!
Have you read any good thrillers lately? Have you been disappointed by any bestsellers recently?
My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages).
- 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages).
- 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages).
- 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie); several helpful links: http://bookriot.com/…/…/100-best-book…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_… https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/…
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages).
- 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev); helpful links: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/… https://www.goodreads.com/…/99906.Boo… http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/…/the-…
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages).
- 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten); Don’t forget to check that the book is at least 200 pages: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php…; https://www.goodreads.com/…/11716.Boo……
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages).
My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).
PREVIOUS POINTS: 45
TOTAL POINTS: 75