The Bride Test & The Two Lila Bennetts

I paired these two books together as one review, but I can’t say I loved either novel. Since both were chosen off of recommendations from other readers, I have to say I’m disappointed.
The Bride Test started out as what I thought would be a cute story, but just never picked up steam. They focused a lot on the loss of the man characters friend and his grief… but really seemed to just tiptoe around the story line of dealing with the grief and the impact of what happened. Overall, I just felt the story line was far fetched and almost sad for the two characters that were being set up together. Sad for the woman who felt compelled to make this man fall in love with her and sad for the man who was being forced into a relationship with a stranger because of his mothers wishes. Just couldn’t get the feels from this one.

The Two Lila Bennetts also started out great. I loved the alternating story lines and felt like I was getting two books in one. Sadly, it felt like we had this great story buildup to a super mediocre ending. Sigh… it was well written but there’s really not much more to say about this one other than I felt like the story was a let down.

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.

Alternate Side- Anna Quindlen

Ugh… I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it. I kept waiting for more and it never came.

With that being said, the writing is great- I just wasn’t interested in this particular story line. This is the description that made me interested in reading the novel:

“The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel…”

Although, true- I found the entire book to be rather anti-climatic and not provocative. I could see myself liking this novel more in years to come, but for now- it just didn’t hold my interest.

The Husband’s Secret 

Another great novel by Liane Moriarty!

I was hooked from the start and immediately regretted reading this novel alone. If you’re looking for a great read for a book club or a group of friends to take on together, this is it.

The multiple storylines weaved together seamlessly and I truly did not see the twist coming. 

I especially loved the ending about secrets we all keep on hold onto. It made the writing relatable and real. 

Definitely worth the read!