Plot Details Ava and Matt's daughter Abi has disappeared. Ava was only upstairs for a few minutes, but when she came back down, Abi was gone and the frPlot Details Ava and Matt's daughter Abi has disappeared. Ava was only upstairs for a few minutes, but when she came back down, Abi was gone and the front door was opened. After days of searching, Abi still was nowhere to be found with no explanation of what happened.
One year later, Ava and Matt's neighbors are having a housewarming party to show off their expansive new kitchen and house renovations. Everyone is happy, a bit drunk, and some details start to pop up a bit more about the day that Abi went missing. What really did happened? Does someone know something and isn't telling?
My Thoughts I liked the premise of this book, but I thought it started out really slow. The first 25% of the book was really just about Abi's disappearance and the little that was known about it, which wasn't much. It covered a lot of Ava's thoughts over and over, I felt like, and started to drag a bit. The last half of the book did pick up some, and I liked the conclusion and the way it played out. The book had a bit of a message to it, which I enjoyed. It was just a very slow burn and hard to get through. I would've rated it 3.5 stars if I could, but to me it didn't quite make it to 4....more
My Sister's Husband is the story of two sisters, Brooke and Freya, who were raised by their aunt, Alice. Brooke left home ten years ago anPlot Details
My Sister's Husband is the story of two sisters, Brooke and Freya, who were raised by their aunt, Alice. Brooke left home ten years ago and is now returning for Freya's wedding. Simple enough, right? Not exactly. Who is Freya's soon-to-be husband, and how does Brooke know him? What secrets are their Aunt Alice hiding? One after another, each secret is revealed. Will their family be able survive the revelations or will it fall apart before the wedding even happens?
There are SO many secrets revealed in this book! You know from the beginning that something is going on, and everything is not as it seems. But what's the backstory? What really happened to Brooke to make her leave her family for ten years? And what is Freya hiding?
I really got into this book. Brooke and Freya had an interesting relationship, for sure. The book is also sprinkled with chapters from Alice's point of view, so what's really going on is revealed gradually. The timeline is almost a "meet in the middle" sort of story, as the chapters about Alice get closer and closer to present day.
There are so many things to figure out in this book, and I loved that about it. It was right up my alley. I've been into mysteries since Nancy Drew as a kid, and I even wanted to be a detective as a kid. Nothing makes me more interested than a book where you are continuously trying to figure out exactly what's going on. My Sister's Husband fits that perfectly. I also liked that the timeline wasn't quite linear with the different viewpoints, but was still easy to follow at the same time.
I'd kind of liken this one to The First to Lie that I read recently. The story is very different, but if you like either of these, I think you'll enjoy the other. Both are quick reads that will keep you paying attention and guessing something new as you keep turning the page....more
I tend to love books about high school, or boarding school, or college, or… whatever. I don’t know what it is. But I guess kids in school just really I tend to love books about high school, or boarding school, or college, or… whatever. I don’t know what it is. But I guess kids in school just really know how to create the best drama. So when I read the description of Girl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop, I just knew I wanted to read it. Thankfully, I managed to snag a copy of it from NetGalley for review.
Plot Details Girl Gone Mad takes place from the viewpoint of Emily, a therapist. Some of the chapters are about her current life, whether it be with her fiance Daniel or talking to her therapist, Lisa. Some of them take place back when she was a member of the Harpies back in middle school. The Harpies were ultimately a middle-school clique. Emily didn’t even like them all of the time, but she still did whatever it took to fit in, even when it included Grace, the new girl. Now, years later, the Harpies are dying. One after another, they seem to be committing suicide. But why? What did they do back in middle school that they all want to forget? How were they so horrible to Grace? And is she now somehow back for revenge?
My Thoughts As I said, I tend to love books about crimes or drama involving school. I don’t know what it is, but they always tend to interest me and involve a lot of good drama and secrets. Kids in school are great at having secrets. And it always seems to make for a good setting and great story. Girl Gone Mad was no exception. This was another one where I loved trying to figure out exactly what happened. There’s a lot of twists in this one. What happened with the Harpies in school? What did they do to Grace Farmer? And why do some of them now seem to be committing suicide 14 years later? I enjoyed getting sucked into this one and trying to figure out what was going on.
Girl Gone Mad was yet another one I had trouble putting down. This is why I read thrillers! There are so many good twists and turns. They always involve a good mystery. When I started reading a lot as a kid, I got my start with Nancy Drew. I wanted to be a detective when I grew up. It didn’t happen, but obviously the girl that loves a good mystery is still in there somewhere. The only thing I wasn’t too sure about with this one was how it ended. Without giving away any spoilers, it seemed farfetched. Sometimes a good twist is almost TOO twisty. I love a twist or surprise as much as the next person, but I also enjoy a plausible story. Not to say Girl Gone Mad wasn’t, but… it was a bit out there. Nevertheless, I definitely had a hard time putting it down and would recommend it as a great thriller. It’s free right now on Kindle Unlimited, so go grab it and enjoy a good weekend read!...more
It’s been a while since I’ve read a medical thriller. I remember reading books by Robin Cook years ago, and I really enjoyed them. Interference by BraIt’s been a while since I’ve read a medical thriller. I remember reading books by Robin Cook years ago, and I really enjoyed them. Interference by Brad Parks is a novel that I would consider something akin to a medical thriller as well. Amazon actually categorizes it as a “technothriller”. I loved diving back in to a book like this. It actually made me want to read more Robin Cook again!
Plot Details Brigid’s husband Matt is a very smart guy. He’s a quantum physicist doing research for Dartmouth. Working with a virus that he thought only affected plants, is it possible that he’s encountered something else? When Matt has an episode in his lab that seems to be something like a seizure, he gets taken to the hospital. Hours later, he’s just fine and goes home. But then it happens again. And then Matt disappears. What is going on? Brigid becomes determined to find out what else is at stake here and whether or not it has anything to do with what Matt was working on in his lab.
My Thoughts Interference was a Kindle First Reads book for me, which I actually didn’t realize when I also requested it from NetGalley. Double the free books! And the good news is, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can snag this one for free as well. Definitely worth the cost! This book was perfect for the mood I happened to be in and really did make me want to maybe check out some more medical thrillers. While I didn’t 100% understand all of the science behind it (um, quantum physics, anyone?), I enjoyed it even so. I’ve always liked reading science-y (I know, not a real word) thrillers. I even liked reading books or watching movies about viruses until they became too close to reality lately! This one was no exception. I honestly didn’t even realize it was something I missed reading until picking up Interference.
I got sucked in to this book right away and was excited to see how the story played out. And there were some details that I knew would intentionally factor into the story somehow in the end. I’m not not sure how I feel about how it ended, though. With all of the buildup and background about quantum physics, I think I expected a different ending. Not a bad thing necessarily, just not really what I expected. However, I enjoyed it and read it very quickly. It was interesting, and I plan to seek out more by Brad Parks....more
Plot Details The Push is the story of a barbecue gone wrong. Six couples (or what were couples), four babies, and one teenage daughter. Sounds like a hPlot Details The Push is the story of a barbecue gone wrong. Six couples (or what were couples), four babies, and one teenage daughter. Sounds like a heck of a party, right? Well, maybe it was until something went wrong. Someone slipped and fell to their death off of an upstairs balcony. But wait… did they fall? Or was there a… push? (See what I did there?) That’s what Alison and her detective partner Diana are determined to learn. Upon interviewing everyone at the party, it’s easy to tell that most of them are lying. But about what?
My Thoughts I loved this book! It was another quick read for me. Kind of a locked room mystery, but not exactly. I love how the chapters jump back and forth and bit on the timeline of when the soon-to-be parents all met and what happened at the party. It’s a great way to fill in the details at just the right pace. I honestly was able to guess most of what was going on, but that’s not such a bad thing. Sometimes it’s fun when you’re right about the plot twists! The Push definitely had plenty of them. All of the people in this book really seemed to have some kind of issue going on. But not all of those issues were related to the death at the party. Perhaps the most fun part of it was trying to figure out what did and didn’t have anything to do with the fall from the balcony and how and why it happened.
This was a nice little crime thriller with just enough to keep you guessing. I also enjoyed the deep dive into all the characters. Great mystery, and one I’d recommend is worth checking out. The Push by Claire McGowan is out soon, on November 12. Grab a copy and give it a read!