My Lovely Wife- Samantha Downing

This book reminds me of the TV show Dexter mixed with a slightly less graphic Karin Slaughter novel, but still very uniquely styled and written in its own way.

The book follows a couple, living in suburbia, as they plot to kill someone… for fun. So fun fact- and also small annoyance- the book takes place in a central Florida, which is where I grew up. Although I loved the mention of the sun rail and other Central Florida details, some of the geographic places and timelines didn’t match up with real life. Like if you lived an hour from the Orlando airport, you couldn’t easily find a swampland in that general area good enough to hide a body… but I guess the author doesn’t mention how far away they drove to get to the swamp- but there just aren’t big enough swampland’s in the general central Florida area. Oh well. It’s fine.

The book uses the husband to narrate the story and paint a picture of their fairly normal life at home. The twists and turns build through flashbacks told in alternating chapters. I really liked the book and felt like the author nailed the story with just enough gore/murder without getting overly graphic. I also thought the storyline was unique although I did see the twist coming. Overall, I would definitely recommend My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing just based on the fact that I don’t think there’s anything else out there like it right now.

Lock every Door- Riley Sager

I really loved this book and especially liked the way the story was formatted.

Definitely a thriller, with suspense. I was able to figure out who the “bad guy” was fairly early on, however I did not see the overall twist and bigger picture of what was happening until the end. At first I wanted to think it was a far fetched story, something that could never happen… but then again, knowing the depths of how far some people will go and how selfish some people are, it could happen.

My only gripe with this novel is that it did leave a few unanswered questions.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. 

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story…until the next day, when Ingrid disappears. 

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

The Woman in the Window

Fabulous! A really great read!

I will say the novel started a bit slow, I understand it was to really build and shape the character, but I still felt a bit of a struggle to get through the first 25% of the book because I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen.

So when the story started to pick up, it got very interesting! The layers to the characters and intricate details that build the story are fabulous.

The premise of the novel is this:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book as a fun fiction thriller. It is also coming out as a movie towards the end of 2019!

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!

Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

This book follows the story of a travel journalist who goes on board a small luxury yacht to write a story about the inaugural voyage of the swanky Dreamliner.

However, in the middle of the night, she hears someone in the cabin next to her being thrown overboard! She immediately calls security… but is told the cabin next to her is empty. Was it all a bad dream?

The next week onboard takes the reader through the twists and turns of her trying to figure out the truth!

I really enjoyed this read! I went in with low expectations and about halfway through the book, I thought I had it figured out– but I didn’t! I really liked the twist and couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out what really happened!

I did not think the very beginning of the book tied in as well as it could’ve to the overall story and I wasn’t in love with the main character, but overall I would definitely recommend this as a weekend fiction read.

Dear Mr. M

I chose this book based on great reviews about the author, his previous work- and a great review of this book in a magazine I read regularly. 

The story is about an author who wrote a best selling book based off of true life events that occurred in his small town. The story is told though, by a person stalking the author because of those events. 

I didn’t love it, but I can see how others did it and would say it’s a great piece of work. It has multiple layers and storylines that weave in and out through the book- but there were certain sections that just didn’t flow together in my opinion. Overall, I loved the writing and the book contained great one liners – it was just the story as a whole that didn’t mesh.