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In keeping with the reading spirit that I have been enjoying extremely for the past few months, I am back today sharing a few more of my recent reads here today.
Many though have asked me how I do find the time to read and admit that I read in the early morning before my gang awakens or later in the evening after my girls have gone to bed.
Plus, I recently was introduced to Net Galley, which is a site where you can sign up for to read books that haven’t yet been released but will be shortly for FREE–all you need to do is review them once you have finished them. Another perk of being a blogger and honestly think it might be one of my favorites to date!
On Net Galley, you can either request books and wait to be approved or denied OR some books are actually available to read immediately, as well.
Honestly, I am in love with this site as I am getting to read up and coming hits even before they have hit Amazon or other booksellers that I would have read anyways, but have had to pay for out of pocket.
All of the books here today, I did indeed receive for FREE from Net Galley for my fair and honest review.
So totally winning here and still let’s get started to see the books, I have read so far since I last left off here.
From start to finish, I honestly just couldn’t put down the sequel to Caroline Kepnes, You, with Hidden Bodies. As others have shared, Joe Goldberg truly is a character and force to be reckoned with in my last books review. Just as with “You”, “Hidden Bodies” was a psychological thriller that was just so hard to put down.
Joe is once again back and this time out he leaves his beloved NYC behind to find richer and greener pastures in sunny, yet dramatic Los Angeles, CA, because he now tracking down his latest lover, who dared to steal from him and then run off halfway across the country.
Along the way, Joe finds a new, much wealthier love. Trust me, when I say Joe’s mind is anything but dull and since this story (just as the original) is told in 1st person, we once again get a front row seat to his horrific, yet somehow charming, witty self all over again. Sounds crazy, but somehow the more you read, the more you end up liking and even weirdly rooting for him.
So in the end, this sequel honestly didn’t disappoint and am left with hope that this isn’t by any means the end and that there will still be more to come in this twisted, yet highly entertaining tale.
As I was originally reading the description was hopeful that Try Not To Breathe would indeed live up to the comparison to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl and even The Husband’s Secret, which I truly enjoyed all and was left on the edge of my seat to see how they would turn out.
The story goes back and forth between the different character’s point of views with us getting to know all, including Amy Stevenson, who in 1995 disappeared walking home from school and was found days later in a coma. Even though Amy has been a vegetative state for 15 years, she still has brain activity and we get to see this even more so as the story unfolds and are treated to her thoughts while in this supposed state.
It is at this point, that Alex Dale, who is a reporter becomes involved with Amy and is trying to bring her justice for what did indeed occur to her, but the problem is Alex is an alcoholic, who lost not only her marriage, but career and credibility, as well.
Still, through it all, I just couldn’t help, but hope that Alex would succeed and help bring whoever did harm Amy way back when to justice once and for all.
Well, I am happy to report that Try Not To Breathe definitely lived up to the earlier hype I mentioned and more. A suspenseful thriller, which truly found me dying to know, “Who dun nit” and the payoff in the end was quite rewarding. Would highly recommend and definitely a contender for best new mystery thriller for 2016.
No One Knows was also compared to the likes of The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret. So of course, I was definitely intrigued here, because I am once again a big fan of mystery and thrillers.
As I began to read and delve into the plot line at hand, I definitely was treated to many twists and turns as all is not what it would appear with the disappearance of Audrey’s husband, Josh Hamilton, who as the book begins was declared dead after having been missing for 5 years.
Audrey actually became the prime suspect in what appeared to be Josh’s murder by the local police, but she ended up getting off. But still Josh’s body was never found and now with his declaration of death by his own mother comes a big heft life insurance payment, which he took out only a week before he did indeed go missing.
So, Josh is legally declared dead and that should be that. However, his own mother is distraught and seeking solace in a bottle, while his wife is seemingly also broken up with his death, but somehow being in disbelieve. Yet, Audrey begins a new romance with a man that she feels reminds of her late husband.
But all is definitely not as it appears and just when it seems like we may know what happened and who is to blame, trust me that isn’t the case.
Also some parts, I did guess, but others, especially the ending were a total surprise to me. Also, I can’t lie the storyline dragged a bit for me, but again the ending was worth holding out for and satisfying enough for me.
This was actually the first book that I found on Net Galley and was actually available to read immediately, but I will admit it was a bit slow going with the setup of the two sisters or the main characters, Cassie and Sid Sunday, who decide one Christmas Eve to become each other’s pen pals and write old fashioned letters that would be mailed through the post office to each other.
But as the story continued on, I was hooked and read this one in less than two days time as it was highly relatable for someone like myself, who does write for a living online. See, I loved the concept that not only was this story set locally in NYC, but that the concept of blogging was a big part of this story with Cassie scanning in all of her and her sister’s letter to subsequently house them on a private blog.
But Cassie never dreamed that a server crash by her hosting company would make all her letters go public for all on the internet to read both sisters dramatic admissions and deepest darkest secrets, too.
Without giving too much away though, will say I highly recommend as I did very much enjoy this one and loved the sisterly bond, as well as how I felt like I slowly became a part of their story and was truly rooting for both girls by the end of this one.
Another Net Galley read for me. This one is set in the late 1960s. The Girls finds Evie Boyd dealing with her parents recent divorce and the loss of friendship with her long time best friend, Connie.
With all the change and upheaval in her life, she was prime for being seduced into the
inner circle of a cult that is loosely based on that of the infamous Charles Mason. See when she meets and subsequently get involved with a group of girl followers, including Suzanne (think Sharon Tate) who immediately captivates her from the get go, Evie is brought into their inner circle.
Not only does this story delve into this highly controversial time in history, but also gives the reader some critical insight as to why a young, naive girl would have indeed gotten involved in a cult-like environment.
A bit slow going at first, but the details and plot line make up for that along the way and would definitely recommend to all to read.
From the description that I first read when learned of Martha Hall Kelly’s first novel, I knew I needed to read as I usually do am a fan of historical fiction, especially those that are set during WWII. I couldn’t have been more right about this and would liken it to that of The Nightingale (which one honestly one of my favorite reads of all-time), but has the added layer of sisterly bonds, as well as friendship spanning across the continents plus is actually loosely based on real-life people that lived during this era. We also get to see the story unfold through the eyes of three very complex, but different women.
As this book begins, it is pre-WWII United States, but eventually spans the years during the war and even afterwards. First up is Caroline Ferriday, who worked for the American French consulate and was a huge help during and even years after the German occupation of France, as well as with so-called rabbits of the Ravensbrück German concentration camps.
We also get the an inside look into the Ravensbrück camp with the sisters Kasia and Zuzanna Kuzmerick, as well as the infamous Ravensbrück camp doctor, Herta Oberheuser. Katia is a Polish teen that lands herself, as well as her family in the death camp for working for the Polish resistance against the war.
Herta is a German doctor, who took an oath to heal others, but then takes on the position of a doctor at Ravensbrück camp that we slowly, but surely see become a true living monster that actually hurts, maims and even kills her so-called patients.
These women’s lives slowly intersect with their stories themselves gripping, captivating and also just a brutally honest portrayal of what life was like during this time as for what really happened in the concentration camps. I would highly recommend this book, as well, to all.
For this one, I have to admit once again, that I truly am an avid reader of the mystery genre. So, when I read the description and the review on Goodreads, I was more than mildly intrigued about what Althea would find on her quest for answers behind the death of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well.
I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed in the least and was kept on the edge of my seat by all the twists and turns in this book right up until the end, which was in my humble estimation a huge pay-off. So, for what it is worth, I would highly recommend this one to all who is looking for a good mystery to solve. And by the way, this one was available to read immediately and truly was a gem amongst the books available to read without having to even request from the publisher.
Well, as spring is indeed upon the horizon now, I hope you can get some much needed spring in your reading step now. And promise to be back soon with more of my Goodreads soon.