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.
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!
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.
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!
January has been a busy reading month for me. I started 2019 with a goal to read more books, and I set my yearly goal at a very conservative 42. I know my life can get busy, and I wanted to set a goal that I thought I could actually achieve.
I feel like I have fallen in love with reading all over again, and I have been voraciously reading all month long.
In January I read 5 books. I was aiming for 4, so this is a definite win. I also allowed myself some time in between books to really absorb the story and think about my reviews. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the books I chose. I'm not a super-picky reader, but I expect every once in a while to find a book that just doesn't work for me. I've decided that if that happens, I will not review it. My goal with this blog is to help authors, and I would rather put out positivity into the world. There are more than enough critics.
I read an assortment of genres. A couple of thrillers, a dystopian novel, a fantasy, and a romance. Most of my favorite genres. Romance is not a typical genre for me, so I did branch out a little. I am hoping to branch out more as the year progresses.
My favorite January book was The Silent Patient. I am constantly disappointed by thrillers because I can always guess what is going to happen. I do it with movies, too. It's an annoying habit. This book was amazing. It surprised me and made me pause to take in the developments in the story. I really enjoyed all of my January books, but this one was easily the best. It was difficult to review because I didn't want to give away any of the story, but I highly recommend it.
Now, onto my February reads!
I was immediately engrossed in Ben H. Winters' dystopian novel, Golden State. The world he creates is reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, one of my all-time favorite books. In the Golden State, lying is illegal, and the Speculators can see your lies in the air. There is no way to hide.
But, what happens when things are not so clear? Not so cut and dried? When two Speculators dive into a crime investigation, they find that the truth is never clear or simple.
This was my second Book of the Month book, and I waited awhile to read it. Once I picked it up, I was completely absorbed. I stayed up way too late because I had to know how it ended. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic book.
I haven't done much reading lately. I'm still soaking in the vibes of The Silent Patient. I love it when the feelings from a book linger. Still, I have another Book of the Month book waiting, and I need to get started soon!
I've been in the studio a lot lately. I am finishing up the final edits on the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy. I'll post a review once the audiobook comes out. I'm really enjoying the trilogy and feel honored to get to bring it to life. (If you missed the first one - Company Town - click hear and give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.)
I've also just accepted a deal for another trilogy - romance this time. I'm excited to get started on the first book.
I really love narrating audiobooks. It's experiencing the story on a deeper level. I get to try and really understand the characters and what makes them tick. I enjoy the editing process, too. I can't think of a job better suited for me. I am a newbie, and still learning a lot, but I am so happy this is my life.
This morning I received our family's favorite call - a snow day. My husband is a teacher, so a snow day means everyone gets to sleep in. A snow day for me equals a quiet morning to read.
I brewed a cup of tea and snuggled on the couch with my new book, The Silent Patient. This was my first Book of the Month delivery, and I was curious to see what kind of books I would be receiving. I was not disappointed.
The Silent Patient is engaging from the very first page. I sat down to read and the next thing I knew four hours had passed, and I was done with the book. As the layers peel away from the central characters, an intriguing story unfolds, but The Silent Patient keeps its secrets close. There were moments when I needed to put the book down and pause to take in the new developments. I love when a book takes me by surprise. An entertaining read from beginning to end.
So, I'll start by saying that I have no affiliation to Book of the Month. I just love it.
I have always been a voracious reader, but sometimes I find myself reading the same genre or author for quite some time. I've been in one of these reading ruts lately. I want to branch out and read other types of books, but I don't know where to start. I tend to enjoy most genres, which makes it even harder to choose something new.
I also set a goal to read more books in 2019. Getting a new, intriguing book every month will definitely help me achieve my goal!
Book of the Month is awesome. I just received my first two books, and I cannot wait to start reading!
I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.