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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