Friday, November 18, 2016

Book Review... Round Two!





After this book review blog post, you guys have been asking for a second one! One of the nice things about being in the mountains is that there's not much to do up here, so I've been reading a lot. Here are some of my recent reads (some good, some not-so-good). Let me know your recommendations in the comments, too!

1. INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes
This book is one of my all-time favorites. It's a dark, psychological thriller that chronicles the relationship between Catherine and the handsome, seemingly perfect Lee. The novel effectively switches between past and present tense, and we can see the striking differences in Catherine before the relationship and afterward, when she suffers from both OCD and PTSD. Haynes doesn't skimp on any of the violent details of domestic violence in this novel, so if you're particularly squeamish it might not be for you. It's also particularly creepy if you live alone, like I do! However I do think this is one of the most riveting and spine chilling books of all time... this one is at the top of my favorites list.

2. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
This book is the one I read most recently... I would stay up really late at night reading because I wanted to figure it out! It starts out when the protagonists, married couple Anne and Marco, come home from a dinner party to find that their baby is missing. The police are called and the investigation begins, but you are guessing "who did it" until the very end. This was a page-turner and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it... it wasn't the BEST book I've ever read, but I would definitely recommend it to others as a must-read! 

3. HAUNTING RACHEL by Kay Hooper
Kay Hooper holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite authors of all time. If I'm in a reading slump I always turn to one of her novels, even the ones that were written a decade ago! Almost all of her novels have some element of the psychic realm, which I am really interested in and enjoy reading about. In this particular novel, we learn that Rachel has run off to New York after her fiancé, Thomas, disappears in a plane crash. She returns home to her small town and learns there's a stranger in town, a man that could be Thomas's twin (or ghost!). As the story unfolds, it's very unclear whether Thomas is a good guy or if he is out to harm Rachel. I LOVED this one, it involved everything I want in a book: good writing, suspense, danger and a little romance!

4. THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton
I'm including this novel on the list because it's on many of the popular books lists that are out right now, but I did not enjoy it very much and wouldn't recommend it to others. It was supposed to be a thrilling suspense novel but I found it incredibly boring... I kept reading in hopes that something dramatic would happen, but it was lackluster all the way through. Jean's husband, who was implicated in the disappearance of a little girl, dies and Jean finally agrees to participate in an interview for the local press. Throughout the book we learn about the history of Jean and her husband, her husband's addiction to porn, and the details surrounding the little girl's appearance. It sounds interesting and the characters are very well developed, but the way it's written is just plain boring and predictable. Save your money and don't buy this one, folks!

Let me know your recs! 

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35 comments:

  1. Such a nice post dear! Love your photos ;)

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  2. You need to read Girl With No Past! So good! And keeps you guessing till the end! I agree with the Couple Next Door! Good, but not my fave :)

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  3. LOVE your book review posts! I just started reading The Couple Next Door this week. Can't wait to check out your other recommendations!

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  4. Love these. I love to read while travelling or when I'm at home, comfy in my pjs.

    xx, Fatima
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  5. Love these pictures :D So beautiful :D

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  6. Into the Darkest Corner is one of my all time favorites!!! You should do more book reviews! Good taste.

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  7. Reading more is on my list of things to do! These books look really good! Thanks for sharing these!

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  8. I link up with Modern Mrs. Darcy every month to share what I've read. There's alwasy lots of great posts by people who share what they've read. Here's a link to what I read in October: http://enterthecrazy.blogspot.com/2016/11/jess-reads-october.html

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  9. Love these posts! I've heard so many awesome things about The Couple Next Door so I'll probably read that next!

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  10. I completely agree about The Widow - I'm not sure why it's a popular name right now but to be honest I couldn't even get through it. I really want to read the Couple Next Door - and I already read your suggestion, The Women in Cabin 10 - Excellent!! Love the book reviews - keep it up!

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  11. I've heard good things about the Couple Next Door, so thats definitely on my list! And I'm loving those comfy pjs!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  12. Thank you for doing such great book reviews! I read All the Missing Girls after your last set of recommendations and LOVED it. I'll have to try some of these!

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  13. I love that you do these posts! All of these books sound great. And I love your cozy look!

    xoxo
    Rachel
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  14. I'm always looking for a good book to read - thanks for the recommendation!!

    xoxo
    Sharan
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  15. Have you read You will Know Me by Megan Abbot? I am currently reading it and so far love it! It is very suspenseful -- keeps you guessing. It is about a girl who is competing to be an elite gymnast and right before qualifiers somebody gets killed. I think you would like it since you like other suspenseful novels!
    xo,
    Darcy

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  16. Definitely need to add these to my reading list!


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  17. I love your pom pom blanket! Sophie x

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  18. How cute that you and Winnie match! I'll have to check out these books for the holidays!
    Katie Actually

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  19. Love these posts Caitlin! I've been trying to find a good book to read over Thanksgiving so the timing was perfect!

    xo, Caitlin
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  20. I'm SUCH a reader and i love your reviews!! And these photos are just gorgeous!! You're an inspiration girl <3

    xo, jess

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  21. What a great post and incredible photos!

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  22. I really appreciated the post! This is certainly the time when we're all cozying up on the couch with a good book versus braving the colder temps. I'll keep these books in mind next time I'm at the bookstore/library.

    My list of books to read in the new year...happy reading!
    https://papermarina.com/2016/11/16/books-to-have-on-your-shelf-by-2017/

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  23. Great list of books and helpful review! This is certainly the time of year when all I want to do is cozy up on the couch with a good book vs braving the cold temps. Here's my own list of books to read in the new year...happy reading!

    https://papermarina.com/2016/11/16/books-to-have-on-your-shelf-by-2017/

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  24. I love the mug and thank you so much for sharing your review!

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  25. I can't get over your pup and her matching PJs!! Too cute!!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  26. Awww! Your little doggie is just SO CUTE!! Especially the 5th pix!! AWWWWWWW!!! hehe!!!

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  27. Winnie is so cute in her little matching pajamas!! I am definitely adding some of these books to my reading list :)

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

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  28. Yes!! Keep these book reviews coming. I love them, especially since we have the same tastes in books. I also read The Couple Next Door and felt the same way as you; it's not the BEST book, but I did continue reading just to find out what happened.

    michenn

    michenn Chanel Slingbacks Review

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  29. Your dog is so cute she doesn't even look real! haha Now I need to get my dog matching pjs. (;

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  30. At your suggestion, I just read Into the Darkest Corner and I have to agree with you. I also thought the Widow was super boring and stopped half way through. I think the next book I might read is The Couple Next Door - have you read this one!?

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