Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall, 352 pages

Three Little Lies alternates between 2005 and 2018. In 2005, Ellen and her neighbor become enchanted with the new girl on the street, Sasha, and her exotic family. Sasha's family throws parties, allowing the teens to mingle with adults. Everything comes to a screeching halt when a sexual assault takes place during one of the parties, requiring both Ellen and Sasha to serve as prime witnesses against the family Sasha had been living with. Now it's 2018, and both girls are living together in an apartment, when they hear the news that the man they put behind bars for the assault is now out on the streets .When Sasha goes missing, Ellen fears the worst, but realizes everything isn't how it seems now, or how it seemed back then.

I was really excited to read this because I loved Marshall's other novel, Friend Request. I liked this book okay but definitely didn't love it. I had a hard time keeping all the character's straight, but was appreciative of the ending that I didn't see coming. I still would recommend this to readers who enjoy a fast-paced thriller.

Hide by Lisa Gardner, 466 pages

Hide is the second book in the Detective D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner. I really enjoyed this book and was very happy that it was more focused on Detective Warren than the first book. I'm really liking this series so far and have already started the third. I recommend this series to anyone who loves a good crime/cop thriller, although they have covered some sad/hard to read topics in the ones I've read so far.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, 288 pages

My favorite nerdy-librarian genre is books about books and this book delivers.  It's a fast-paced, upbeat, witty, slightly wacky mystery and adventure.  I loved it!

We don't have this book at the library. . . yet.  I borrowed the audiobook via interlibrary loan but we will be adding a print copy soon.

In the meantime, check out Robin Sloan's second book "Sourdough."  We have that book in print and audio already and that's what lead me to Penumbra. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Alone by Lisa Gardner, 480 pages

A few months back, I read a book by Lisa Gardner without realizing it was part of a series. Thankfully, I was able to read it without reading the rest but I liked it so much that I decided to start the series from the beginning. Alone is the first book in Detective D.D. Warren series, and is based around Boston State Trooper Bobby Dodge. The story begins with Dodge being called to a hostage situation involving a married couple and their four-year-old son. When the situation quickly takes a turn for the worse, Bobby makes the decision to end someones life in order to save two others. He's now dealing with the consequences of his actions, and realizing that there is way more to the story than what was originally let on.

I really enjoyed this book and have already started on the second one in the series! I was a little disappointed that we didn't hear more from or about Detective D.D. Warren, as I was excited that this is a series based around a female detective who kicks butt, but I'm sure there will be more on her later!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, 368 pages

I received an advanced copy of The Escape Room by Megan Golding in exchange for an honest review. The Escape Room is a psychological thriller due for publication on May 28,2019. I'm still not entirely sure how I felt about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed it because it was an easy read and was extremely fast paced. On the other hand, the ending is so utterly unrealistic that I found myself almost laughing out loud at it all. I do appreciate a book that requires little to no thought involved, and that's exactly what this book was. This is a good one to read if you have time to kill and enjoy something fast paced.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers, 336 pages

All The Rage by Courtney Summers is a contemporary young adult novel. It'd been on my to-read list ever since I read Summers' other book, Sadie, which I loved. All The Rage tackles a lot of tough topics, and the entire story is based around the aftermath of a young woman being raped. This is definitely not an easy read, and a lot of the book is hard to digest due to the intensity of the topics. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an eye-opening read. I thought that the writing was absolutely beautiful, and Summers really projects her writing on to you, making you feel every single gut-wrenching feeling that the main character, Romy, is feeling.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, 338 pages

The story begins with a house burning down and then details backward, explaining what happened in a seemingly serene suburban community.  Set mostly in the late 1990's, the book is an emotional thriller about being a woman and motherhood.

I listened to 3/4 of this book and then read the last 1/4 because I was desperate to finish it.  The story was so emotionally fraught I just wanted to finish it as quickly as possible.

I wasn't really sure if I liked the book and then it ended and I thought, oh wow, that was good.