Wow. Just wow. This book is amazing. Fast paced and intriguing, the story unfolds in a deeply satisfying way. There were so many twists and turns that I could not put it down. It was a late night of reading. No regrets.
Thursday is one of three wives. The other two, Monday and Tuesday, are a mystery to her until her curiosity gets the best of her and she begins snooping online. What she finds leads her to discover a whole other side to her husband. A much more sinister side. But, are things really what they seem?
The Whisper Man started off creepy and just kept going. A serial killer has been in jail for twenty years, but now kids are disappearing again, and the whispers have returned. This story is a thrilling mystery that keeps the reader hooked. Told from several different viewpoints, this story covers all the angles and still reveals unexpected twists and turns.
As soon as any Stephen King book comes out, I am reading it. I've never loved any authors' entire body of work, but SK comes close. The Institute was exactly what I hoped it would be. Cerebral, thrilling, captivating. His writing style and characters are familiar, but that is the only thing about this book that is comfortable. This story is fantastic and somehow also believable, and the ending was satisfying in its opaqueness. I love when a novel ends with questions unanswered - not all of them. Just enough. I would recommend any Stephen King book, but this one was topnotch. Also, if you get the audiobook, it is read by Santino Fontana, the absolute best audiobook narrator.
I had a super late night snuggling my kitty and reading Anna Pitoniak's Necessary People.
I loved this book. The characters were so well-written and real that I kept putting the book down in irritation with Stella's behavior. I've known several people just like her. Of course, I couldn't stay away and had to read more every time. I loved the relationships between the characters and the way they ebbed and flowed. The pivotal moment of the story changes everything, which is all I can say without giving anything away.
I highly recommend this book. Just make sure you don't need to get up early the next morning!
Disclaimer: I am the narrator for this audiobook.
Chase Me by Rachael Tamayo
For 20-something Adrienne, her circle of friends is everything. Especially since her own family falls a bit flat. A judgmental mother, a sister that's a self-proclaimed bitch, and a dad that just doesn't seem to care past his own golf scores. When she has to come up with a date for a venue wedding to keep her mother off her back, Adrienne scrambles to find someone. Her close friend, Clint steps in and saves the day.
Pretending to be in love with a close friend shouldn't be too hard, right? Well, turns out that it's way easier than either of them expected. After a week of "pretend" kissing, sharing a hotel room, and putting on the charade for the family both go home with confused feelings. Feelings that scare Adrienne, and invigorate the hot young high school teacher, Clint. Will they be able to step past the boundaries of life-long friendship into something more?
I really enjoyed working on this book. The story was engaging and sweet, and I was drawn into Adrienne and Clint's blooming romance. This is quite different from what I usually read, and I found it to be a refreshing change.
My first read of the summer was Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. I ordered this book from Book of the Month without much of an idea of what it was about. I was so happy I chose it! The story follows two families bound together by a terrible tragedy. It is an engaging and moving tale of family, love, empathy, and forgiveness. This book touched my soul, and I could not put it down.
I took a break from my usual thriller/horror books to read Where You'll Find Me: Risks, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova by Ty Gagne.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this account of a real-life tragedy. I wasn't sure how the author could tell the story of a hiker who perished on a mountainside alone accurately. I was pleasantly surprised by Gagne's ability to piece together an engaging and vivid tale that kept me glued to the page. Really interesting read.
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson kept me hooked from the first page to the last. Told from two perspectives, the story unfolds in a intriguing mix of he-said-she-said, questionable mental health, and murder. Unlike many thrillers, the identity of the killer is revealed early on, and the backstory is revealed in a measured and satisfying way. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the ending came out of nowhere. I don't want to get into too much detail and ruin the experience, but I really enjoyed this book!
Mirna Valerio's A Beautiful Work in Progress is indeed beautiful. Valerio writes in a way that brings her surroundings to life. You can feel the cold, dry air of the desert at night. You can feel the puddles squishing between your toes when she's caught out in a thunderstorm with her students. Most of all, you feel her enthusiasm and love for running.
This book speaks to the reader as a friend, a running buddy, someone who knows how tough it can be and also why it has to be done. I found this book at a time when I was beginning my running journey for the second time and looking for a more loving approach. Mirna is around my age and size, and this book felt like it was written just for me. It was the right place at the right time when I found this book, and I am grateful I did. If you love running or want to love it, this book is for you.
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Wow. February went by fast. I had a lot of other projects going on, and unfortunately reading took a back seat. It happens.
My favorite (and only) read for February is Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson. This was a really enjoyable book that kept me engaged until the end. I found the ending very satisfying as well, which is not usually the case.
Here's hoping March is a little less chaotic.
Progress to goal: 6/42
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