Book Review: All The Missing Girls

All The Missing Girls

 

Every so often, I read a book that I get a little obsessed with – I can’t stop reading it, I can’t stop thinking about it. All The Missing Girls was one of those books. Even after I finished, I thought about it for days. Big thanks to Sarah for recommending it to me, although I am sure she probably wishes she hadn’t because then all I wanted to do was talk to her about it.

 

This might just be the best book I have read it 2017, and I have read a lot of really good books. If thrillers are your thing, you MUST read this book.

 

Nicolette Farrell has spent most of her adult life running away from her past and her small town life she escaped 10 years ago. But when it is decided that they must sell her sick father’s house to pay his medical bills, Nic heads back to the small town of Cooley Ridge where her best friend Corinne disappeared 10 years ago.

 

After Nic arrives, another girl Annaleise goes missing. The investigation 10 years ago was focused on Nicolette, her boyfriend Tyler, her brother Daniel, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Not only was Annaleise the alibi for the group the night Corinne went missing, but she lives in the house that backs up to the Farrell property as well as dating Tyler. Naturally the investigation circles around the same group as before. And Nic realizes that the key to finding out what happened to her means she must find out what happened to her friend so many years ago. As she begins to dig, she uncovers a lot of secrets about her friends and family and what really happened the night Corinne disappeared.

 

One thing that was SO interesting about this book was the way it was written. Each chapter is a day. It starts with Day 1, and then the next chapter is Day 15 and then it works backwards from there. So you are trying to put the pieces together but backwards, which makes it SO much harder. In fact, I wanted to go back and re-read it so I could have it in my head a little better when things occur. And I read a review on Amazon that someone else wanted to read it in the chronological order so I am not as crazy as I thought. The author does SUCH a good job of slowly giving out tiny bits of information, and it is so well written.

 

To be honest, I generally know which way the wind is blowing in most books. It doesn’t make it any less good, but it does make it just a little less fun when what I think happens happens. This was not one of those books. I didn’t have a clue and I LOVED it!

 

I can’t recommend this book enough!! If you liked books like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, you MUST read All The Missing Girls.

 

Have you read All The Missing Girls? If so, what did you think??

Book Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game Book Review

 

The Lying Game is the third of Ruth Ware’s books. and the third one I have read. If you remember, she also wrote The Woman in Cabin 10 and In A Dark, Dark Wood. I was really excited after I read the first two that a new was was coming out soon!

 

What would you do if the secrets you had as a teenager never went away? What if you continually worried that the past would rear it’s ugly head again? This is the reality that Isa Wilde and her friends Fatima, Thea and Kate live with. The girls were at boarding school together and were the best of friends. Although they rarely see each other, they have a deep, unbreakable connection that continues to haunt them as adults.

 

When Isa, Thea and Fatima receive text messages from Kate with only “I need you,” the three rush to Salten, the home of their former boarding school and where Kate lives at the old millhouse. As teenagers, the four girls were inseparable. They played what they called “The Lying Game” – telling lies about everything just to mess with other students and faculty. The game has lots of rules, like never lie to each other and abandon the lie if you are going to get caught, and they received points for different lies, but the points didn’t really matter. The game made the girls completely unreliable and isolated them from everyone else (not that they minded). On the weekends, the girls would stay at Kate’s father Ambrose’s millhouse, who was an art teacher at Salten, and Kate’s stepbrother of sorts Luc.

 

The girls were mysteriously expelled at the end of the year, co-insiding with the disappearance of Ambrose. And now, after all of these years, the girls are returning for the first time to where all of their lies began.

 

I really liked The Lying Game, but it took me a little while to get into it. It was kind of a slow burn type of book, if that makes sense. Having read her other two books, I kept thinking, “There has to be more to this.” The other two have a lot more action, whereas The Lying Game is a slow unraveling of events. I am not saying that is a bad thing at all. I am just saying it is a different type of suspense from the first two books. There are a lot of twists and turn, and it is definitely another great psychological thriller.

 

If you are looking for a new book, and like thrillers, I would definitely recommend it!

Book Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door Book Review

 

I have read so many good thrillers lately. To be honest, I have read so many great books in general this summer. The Couple Next Door has been on my reading list for a while, so I was really excited to get started. And it did not disappoint! It is a psychological thriller / mystery, so if you like that kind of book, I definitely think this is a good one to pick up!

 

Anne and Marco seem to have a pretty great life on the surface- they have a new baby, a nice house, Marco owns his own business. But when they are invited to a dinner party next door (with a couple who hates babies) and the baby sitter cancels at the last minute, the couple decided to leave their daughter at home, take the baby monitor and check on her every 30 minutes.

 

But when the couple arrives home after the party, they find their front door is open and their baby is missing. Naturally the suspicion is centered around the parents – who leaves their baby home alone, even if they are just next door? The detective on the case is convinced that the couple is hiding things. And once the investigation begins, secrets are revealed about the not so perfect couple. Anne and Marco learns things about each other that the other didn’t know, and the couple slowly starts to unravel.

 

I really couldn’t put this one down. There were so many twists and turns, which always makes for a good thriller. It was crazy. I kept yelling at the book, to the point that Charlie would be like, “OK what is going on now?” And I naturally didn’t trust any of them. I’ve decided that dinner parties just aren’t safe to attend. This is the second or third book that involved a dinner party gone bad. Technically, Truely, Madly, Guilty was a BBQ, but same thing. So my advice is just avoid them all.

 

Looking for other thrillers? Check out my review on Into The Water, The Woman in Cabin 10, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.

 

Have you read The Couple Next Door? If so, what did you think?

Book Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood Book Review

After I read The Woman in Cabin 10, I decided I needed to go back and read Ruth Ware’s previous book In A Dark, Dark Wood. The cover said it was an “Instant New York Times Bestseller” so it had to be good, right? And since I loved The Woman in Cabin 10, I figured her first book would

 

Nora is a mystery writer who lives a very solitary life. One day, she receives a strange email inviting her to a hen party weekend (bachelorette party) for a childhood friend she hasn’t spoken to in 10 years. She wasn’t invited to the wedding, and can’t figure out why she was invited. After much consideration, and discussing it with a mutual friend who was also invited, Nora reluctantly agrees to go.

 

The weekend is held out in the English countryside, with a strange group that really doesn’t know each other. The house where they stay is a large, isolated house in the middle of nowhere with large glass windows and lots of trees. The group is obviously rather uncomfortable around each other, since the only common friend most of them have is the bride. The first night, secrets start emerging, and the weekend becomes an uncomfortable, tense event.

 

I looked at the reviews for this, as I do a lot of times, and they were really mixed (but so many are!). I thought it was really good. It is definitely another psychological thriller, and it kept me interested! To be honest, it was really really, creepy. The fact that it takes place out in the middle of nowhere in the winter made it extra creepy.

 

I didn’t think it was quite as good as The Woman in Cabin 10, but I generally don’t think an author’s first book is as good. I guess it is just about getting into the groove or soomething. If you haven’t read either, maybe read this one first. Of course, it could have just been me. I think Ruth Ware is a fantastic writer, and I am looking forward to reading her newest release, The Lying Game.

 

Have you read In A Dark, Dark Wood? What did you think?

Book Review: Into The Water

Into The Water Book Review

 

Looking for a really good psychological thriller? I have got a GREAT one for you! Into the Water was written by Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins, and it certainly is just as good as Girl on the Train.

 

When author and single mother Nel Abbott turns up dead in the local “Drowning Pool”, history is dredged up and secrets begin to emerge. Nel and her sister Jules grew up in the small town, which has a history of women drowning in the river, one specific spot being called the “Drowning Pool.” Nel’s daughter, Lena, had a friend who also died in that same pool months prior to Nel’s death. Nel’s sister Jules comes to handle her affairs and take care of her niece Lena and learns that Nel was writing a history of the Drowning Pool. It quickly becomes clear that there is a lot more going on than it seems.

 

The book jacket says, “Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath.” And that really sums it up! I could not put this down. I read most of it when we were on our vacation, but finished the last bit when we got home. It really leaves you guessing. Everyone has secrets, and therefore it makes everyone suspicious. Plus it ends with a really good twist!

 

Note – the book has a LOT of characters and is told from several points of view, so make sure you really pay attention to the name of who is narrating the chapter. My mom had a little bit of trouble keeping up with all of the characters (and there really are a LOT). I looked at the reviews on Amazon, as I often do, and a lot of them were negative because there were so many characters. I promise it is excellent, you just have to pay attention.

 

This was a hard one for me to summarize. There was a lot of different characters and a lot going on, so I apologize if this isn’t the best. But you should just go read it!

 

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On another note – I read a thread on Twitter, and I wanted to comment on it here. It was something along the lines of how can bloggers love every book that they read?

 

So I wanted to address this. It wasn’t directed at me, and it actually wasn’t even someone that I follow. But I did want to mention it in case anyone else wondered why I love every book I read. The truth is – I don’t. I am really easily entertained so I like a lot of books. But I don’t love everything I read. I only review books that I love and would recommend that others read. I don’t want to waste my time telling you about a book I didn’t like and don’t think you should read! The only time I might do this is if there was a book that everyone loved and I didn’t, and I just really didn’t understand the hype. Even then I probably wouldn’t write about it. That would probably be a Twitter conversation. If I am writing about a book, it means I think it is worth reading. If there is a book I don’t like, I will usually post it on my Instagram stories. No books are sent to me for review, so it is always my honest opinions. So that is that!

 

Have a great day!