The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

This was a fun poolside read. I didn’t love it, but it held my interest enough to want to know what happened.

The story follows a group of women who are a part of a Mom’s group who go out one night to let loose. On the night out, one of the women’s babies go missing. The multiple storylines and perspectives kept the book interesting but overall I just didn’t find the plot drawing me in to want more. There were too many characters to have deeper character development and the details we did learn about the characters weren’t expanded on enough to make me want to dive deeper into the story.

The ending seemed rushed and also like an obvious oversight that wouldn’t have actually ever happened in real life. But hey, who knows? Stranger things have happened!

The Wife between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Wow! This book gets a 10/10 from me!

If the book Luckiest Girl Alive and the movie, Enough, had a baby- this would be it.

There are so many layers to this novel and I absolutely love how none of the twists were revealed early on or even hinted. They were actual surprises!

I don’t want to give much away but the novel follows two women through their tangled past and current relationships. Lots of different layers flow throughout the past and current day story to create suspense and surprises. Very well written and the story was extremely well thought out.

I highly recommend picking this book up!

Spoiler alert- spoiler alert:

The one question I have about the book is about the sister. I really wanted that storyline to develop more and more details about her plotting against the main character (canceling photos, etc). For those who have read the book, did you also want to see more closure from this character?

Then she was gone by Lisa Jewell

I was totally underwhelmed by this book, which I finished in a day. A fairly smooth, quick read and very well written – I just didn’t like the story and figured out the big surprise about 1/3 of a way into the novel.

I really only finished the book to see how the incident/twist in the story occurred, but really was convinced I had the twist figured out early on. I was hoping I had it wrong, but I was right and felt like it was almost too obvious. I’m not sure if the novel revealed itself so early on to leave the reader guessing the HOW of the story, but I found the giveaway extremely obvious.

Basically, the novel follows a Mother as she picks up the pieces in her life after her daughter goes missing. The storyline follows her trying to get closure and move on, until a clue reawakens her urge to examine the disappearance. Uncovering the secret is not only disturbing but just a bizarre story, but also a complete giveaway early on in the storyline.

Give me your Hand- Meg Abbott

I’m a big Meg Abbott fan, but I have to say- this wasn’t my favorite book. I loved the formatting and writing style, the back and forth between past and present helps build suspense… BUT I found the story easy to guess and almost anti-climactic.

The story follows two women who are childhood friends that share a dark secret. The story weaves between past and present to build the hype around the secret, although I felt like it was an easy giveaway. The present day story makes for an interesting story line that involves a team of scientists, but again- found it almost too predictable that both women would again, end up together. Although the story touches on jealousy and competition between two females, it didn’t do enough to hit home or make a point around the topic- which I felt like was a missed writing piece.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and considered it a quick read- but it definitely wasn’t my favorite!

When Life gives you Lululemons

I loved this book! Yesssssss!!

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada and when I heard there was a book sequel (gasp!) I was more than excited to read it, but also had very low expectations – since it’s a sequel.

I must say, I am pleasantly surprised and seriously enjoyed the story and all the current references to what’s going on in the world right now.

The story follows Emily into her life now in LA and away from the Fashion/magazine business. There are plenty of references to Miranda and the first movie storyline, but not so many references that you can’t enjoy the book as it’s own entity.

If you were a fan of Devil wears Prada you’ll love this book!!

Still Me- Jojo Moyes

YES LOUISA CLARK! Wow, I loved this final book in the Me before You Trilogy… at least I think it’s the final book…

I read the sequel to Me Before You, and I liked it- but didn’t love it the way I loved this third book. The story finds Louisa Clark in New York City as an assistant to the wife of a millionaire. The book is fun, relate-able, and as I was reading I could picture this book translating into a beautiful big screen movie. My favorite parts about it were the flashbacks to Will and how well they tied into the story now and matched with the first book. The story follows Louisa trying to make it in New York and understand the life of a socialite, but also keeps us close to who she is with her attachment to her boyfriend in England.

I love rooting for this character and I love the end of story take away to the book. Figuring out who you are is such an important lesson for girls as they grow up- especially in a world where we are all surrounded with a million different things telling us who we should be.

Read this book- and if you haven’t read Me Before You, start there first.

The Light we Lost

I read this book in one sitting on a flight from Orlando to Phoenix. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the way the book was written, but I can say I definitely didn’t love the ending.

The story follows a girl, Lucy, who meets a boy on September 11th that forever changes her life. As they spend the day together watching the tragedy unfold, she feels a special connection and falls for him. However, they go their separate ways and don’t reunite until years later. In their early 20’s they fall madly in love. The book chronicles their head over heels passion for each other… But, as with most first loves, their love affair comes to an end and the story takes us into their lives as they move on and how their stories tangle and weave together.

However, the story brings them back together and forces Lucy to make the choice of a lifetime.

I really liked the story and really liked the book- however, I didn’t love it for the simple fact that Gabe always took precedent over everything else. I can’t say too much else without spoiling it- but it’s definitely worth reading.

The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

The best Ruth Ware book yet!! This story follows four girls who share a big secret from their pasts into their present day lives.

I need you.” Three small words that change everything.

Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. The text ends up reuniting 4 best friends who haven’t seen each other in years. The go back to the small town where they first met and also covered up a big secret… little do they know- someone else knows their dark secret from the past and this person does not want to stay quiet!

I read this book over a few days and enjoyed the storyline. The flashbacks between the past and present tied the story together nicely.

Party Girls Die in Pearls- Plum Sykes

I feel like this book should immediately be turned into a Lifetime movie. It started a little slow, but had a lot of fun characters and ended up being a fun read! This is the first book in what is soon to be a series of novels, which makes a lot of sense as to why there are SO many characters with tons of different backgrounds and stories. It has a lot of potential to build over the next few books.

The story takes our main character, Ursula, into her freshman year at Oxford where she stumbles upon another student’s dead body. After finding the body, she decides there’s more to the story than what meets the eye. She digs around and tries to figure out who the killer on campus could be.

The novel has a great twist ending, but I wish it had moved a little quicker. Also, it was a bit difficult to follow the multiple different characters, but I also understand the need for them since this book is the first in a series.

In a dark, dark wood- Ruth Ware

I decided to pick up In a dark, dark wood after I read Ruth Ware’s other novel, The Woman in Cabin 10.

Dark, dark wood seemed to have even better reviews that The Woman in Cabin 10 BUT I must say, I was underwhelmed.

The story follows a woman, Nora, who is invited to bachelorette/hen party of a friend she has lost contact with. She is baffled why she is invited, but decides to attend the party- which is a weekend at a house in the woods. After a shocking death, Nora must piece together what actually happened over the weekend while also trying to cope with her past.

Similar to The Woman in Cabin 10- I just didn’t like the main character! Why does Ruth Ware create emotionally weak, semi- alcoholic main female characters? Why couldn’t it be a strong woman that was still thrown into a scary, dangerous situation? I found Nora, the 26 year old main character, hard to relate to considering she was still holding on to a breakup that happened when she was 16.

The overall story and suspense of the novel picked up and peaked my interest to find out the background of what had happened- but I just really didn’t love this story as much as I hoped.

Little Fires Everywhere

I saw this book pop up as the book of the month for the Reese Witherspoon book club and immediately ordered it. It’s a great look inside the inner workings (and unworkings) of suburbia. The storyline takes us inside the lives of a few different families that live in the same time but live in very different ways.

I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t really get page turning excited for what was happening with the story until over 100 pages in. I think this book would be more enjoyable to those who have children and actually live in the suburbs. However, I still find its entertainment value and relatable-ness high- because it’s always entertaining to learn about the lives of others compared to what they actually portray.

I liked the storyline but almost wanted it to dive deeper into some of the issues that bubbled up throughout the novel. By the end I wanted more; so if there is a sequel, I’ll definitely be interested to see what happens next for the characters!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Splashed across the front of this book is a positive review from Stephen King and so immediately I ranked this book as a read that could potentially be a great thriller scary movie one day. I was expecting the book to read more as a scary edge of your seat type of book that built up to another murder/mystery/crime but it read as more of a psychological development book where you’re just trying to piece together what actually happened and who the characters are now. The book tells the story of a girl named Quincy who is the sole survivor of a college massacre. Her, along with two other unrelated girls, are dubbed “The final girls” because they all went through mass traumas and were the final and only people who survived. The book takes us to present day where Quincy is trying to live a normal life outside of the media spotlight– until one of the other “Final Girls” commits suicide. This suicide puts Quincy back into the spotlight and brings up many unresolved issues from her past trauma. The book follows her as she tries to remember back to the night of the massacre and cope with remembering what really happened. Did she get all the details right? Or did she miss something? You’ll have to read it to find out! I liked this book and found it to be a quick read, but I didn’t like the character development and struggled with the main character making idiotic decisions as certain points of the novel. Regardless- it’s fun and worth the read. Fun fact- the back of the book states that this book was written by Riley Sager which is a ghost name for another writer. I’m super curious who it is and why they felt the need to publish under a different name.