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A Stolen Life
3.89
it was ok
What Jaycee Dugard experienced for 18 years is, beyond question, horrendous. And it is an achievement that her book keeps the sensationalism to a mini ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2011
 
The Half Brother
3.35
really liked it
I read this whole book on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Never done that before!

Like many others, I love a good prep school novel. Something a
...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
4.23
really liked it
A fascinating, complex, devastating look at the opiate epidemic in middle America. It's a story that hasn't been told, and it gets an exceptionally de ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
 
Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe V. Wade
4.31
liked it
Full disclosure: I am strongly pro-choice and volunteer at a clinic where I help patients through a gauntlet of protestors. That being said, the "pro- ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
 
True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
3.71
it was amazing
I'm a true crime addict myself, which was why this book immediately jumped out to me. The icing on the cake is that I'm also a memoir addict, and Renn ...more
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
 
The Anatomy of Dreams
3.31
really liked it
An excellent, dreamy (if I may), little mystery. Sylvie and Gabe meet at boarding school, and strike up a romance that is both innocent and emotionall ...more
Aug 03, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
 
Media Circus: A Look at Private Tragedy in the Public Eye
3.81
really liked it
I am-- for better and for worse-- someone who finds unbelievably awful crimes interesting. I'm fascinated by human nature's unpredictability. Simultan ...more
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 10, 2015
 
Missing Pieces
3.62
liked it
First, I want to say that I always find Heather Gudenkauf's writing engaging. Her plots are well-paced, interesting, and written just simply enough to ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 16, 2016
 
Those Girls
3.84
liked it
From first glance, this looked like my kind of book. Girls, murder, and psychological drama. While I can occasionally be slow in starting books, this ...more
Apr 03, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
Guilt by Matrimony: A Memoir of Love, Madness, and the Murder of Nancy Pfister
3.55
it was ok
A few thoughts from a lover of true crime.

1. The narrative is confusing. With two people named Nancy, I suppose that's bound to happen. Unfortunately,
...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
 
The Forgotten Girls
3.55
liked it
I wish I'd liked this book more.

I expected to like it-- I love a good mystery and some crazy forensic and investigative stuff (I watch a lot of "Crimi
...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Incubus
2.75
it was ok
Hmm.

I wanted to like this novel a lot. The blurb sounds fascinating, and I love supernatural stories with an intellectual bent. However, this book fai
...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Thirst
2.82
liked it
Deeply disturbing, utterly atmospheric, and quite engaging. This short novel reads like a dreamy novella mixed with the pilot episode of Showtime's ne ...more
Apr 29, 2016
Apr 19, 2016
 
Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex
2.52
did not like it
I received this from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'm always eager to hear well-balanced, engaging looks at the ways in which "kids
...more
Jan 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Untouchable Things
3.87
really liked it
Engaging, unique characters elevate this psychological thriller. I became incredibly intimate with the large group of "main" characters (five or six, ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 12, 2015
 
Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry
3.43
liked it
I usually love behind-the-scenes exposes of flashy industries, and the fashion industry is one that feels particularly foreign to me. While I apprecia ...more
Jun 25, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
 
The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy
4.09
liked it
I must admit, I tend to be a skeptic with books like these. I take what I can from them, but often find them a bit too "woo-woo" or self-helpy for my ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
Coming of Age at the End of Days
2.83
liked it
This is one of those books where you start out reading one thing, and then you realize it has turned into something else about three-quarters of the w ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
The Murderer's Daughter
3.60
liked it
See, this is being marketed as a thriller. And it is... kind of. For me, though, the "thriller" aspect is secondary to a character study. Dr. Grace Bl ...more
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
 
Hades (Archer & Bennett, #1)
3.83
really liked it
I just blasted through this book. It took me less than two days to read, simply because it was just so easy to latch onto.

I love mysteries and thrille
...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Schooled
3.37
liked it
Like a lightweight Nanny Diaries, Schooled is a playful picture of the Upper East Side private school world. According to the notes, the author has ex ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2011
 
Never Let You Go
4.03
really liked it
The first Chevy Stevens book I ever read was THOSE GIRLS about a year ago. I was temping at the time, and over the course of a six hour shift folding ...more
Jan 06, 2017
Jan 06, 2017
 
The Dogs of Littlefield
2.90
really liked it
I began this book assuming it was one thing. About halfway through, I came to believe it was something else. By the end, I'm still not quite sure what ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Jan 06, 2016
 
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3.51
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this little minx of a novel. Every other review makes comparisons to David Foster Wallace and Pynchon and a little Zadie Smith, a ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War
4.12
really liked it
I received this as a Goodreads First Read.

What I expected to be a somewhat dry look at the issues of PTSD in the military was actually a compassionate
...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Bream Gives Me Hiccups
3.47
really liked it
First off, I'm a fan of Jesse Eisenberg as an actor and as a playwright. I've seen all of his plays here in NYC, and while some of them are stronger t ...more
Sep 04, 2015
Sep 12, 2015
 
Asylum (Martine LeDuc, #1)
3.72
it was ok
I love a good mystery thriller about asylums and murder (what young woman doesn't?), so I was looking forward to ASYLUM, the first book I've read by J ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
 
Morgue: A Life in Death
3.78
really liked it
This kind of thing is totally my jam, and Dr. DiMaio gives someone like me exactly what I came for. Each chapter covers a particularly sensational cas ...more
May 10, 2016
May 17, 2016
 
If This Is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck - Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
4.43
it was amazing
This is a remarkable, enormous feat of historical research, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I have read a considerable number of books about the Ho
...more
Apr 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
The Bones of You
3.69
really liked it
While The Bones of You is well-paced and engaging, it's not a traditional thriller. There are plot twists, which are fun and surprising, a slight para ...more
May 29, 2015
May 19, 2015
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