Good morning and welcome to another BOOK REVIEW! Three out of four of these are total winners. Enjoy! 🙂
1. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell
As always, I’ll start with my favorite book of the bunch 🙂 This book held my attention and didn’t let go! There are two storylines: Alice Lake looks other window on a dark and stormy night and sees a man sitting out on the beach, alone. He is drenched, clearly confused and shivering. Alice goes to him and although he is a stranger, she ends up inviting him in. The stranger, whom she names “Frank,” is in a fugue state – he has no memory and can’t recall how he got to the beach. Elsewhere, a young immigrant, 21-year-old Lily Monrose, has only been married for only three weeks when her new husband fails to come home from work one night. She and her husband were madly in love, and when she goes to the police to report him missing, they tell her that her husband never existed at all. These two stories are intertwined… but not in a way you’d expect! This novel is SO well written and even though the characters are a little eccentric, I really loved them all and felt every feeling they felt. I Found You is my first book by Lisa Jewell – she’s now on my radar and I will be looking for more of her books to read!
2. The Third Twin, by C.J. Omololu
This novel is actually a Young Adult novel, but I didn’t mind one bit. In fact, it was pretty nice to escape the responsibilities of adulthood for a little while and imagine that my only worry was whether or not I would be accepted to college! The Third Twin is a murder mystery and a high-intensity thriller about identical twin sisters, Alexa and Ava, who pretend to have a third sister, Alicia. Alicia is fun, beautiful, fashionable and extremely popular with boys. She goes on many dates, gets invited to all the hot parties and is simply the coolest sister out of the three. The only problem is, Alicia doesn’t really exist. She’s made up. It’s always Ava and Alexa pretending to be Alicia, taking turns going on dates and fooling around with boys. But then Alicia’s boyfriends start dropping dead, and all of the clues point to Alicia as the murderer. This book was extremely entertaining. I could not for the life of me tell who the evil culprit was. I had tons of theories and I suspected everyone, and was TOTALLY surprised by the ending! Omololu did a great job keeping the suspense going and she really managed to surprise me at the end. There was also a little bit of teen romance in this novel, which I really enjoyed. I read this entire book on the beach one day, it’s a great beach read!
3. The Dead Ex, by Jane Corry
This one was my least favorite of the crew, but I figured I would review it anyways! The novel is a psychological thriller told from various viewpoints. The main character, Vicki, is David’s ex-wife who falls under suspicion when David goes missing. She has contacted him numerous times over the years to let him know where she is, hoping that just maybe he will come to his senses and want her back. Scarlet is a young girl who ends up in foster care after her mother is arrested during a drug bust. Helen is a young woman who is hired by David to take photos and enters a torrid affair with him. For the first half of the book, I was intrigued and trying to figure out who all the characters were and how they were connected. During the second half of the book, I kind of lost interest, but was able to pull through and was surprised by the ending. Even with the tricks and twists and turns, though, I found my attention wandering while reading this book and I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed at the end. If you’re going to read a novel from this list, I would pick one of the others!
4. The First Mistake, by Sandie Jones
If you read The Other Woman and enjoyed it, then you will love this book! It’s a thriller but revolves more around affairs and cheating husbands than crime or death (side note: I really loved this book but for some reason, it really amped up my anxiety). The story is centered around a wife, her husband and her best friend, but not in the way you would think – this is NOT your typical domestic thriller! For Alice, life has never been better – although she lost her first husband ten years ago, she is happily remarried to Nathan, has two wonderful kids, a beautiful house, a booming business and a best friend, Beth. Things take a turn when she starts to suspect Nathan of cheating on her, and Beth is the one she turns to for advice. As this story plays out, dark revelations pile up one after another, threatening to destroy life as Alice knows it. This is one of those books that IMMEDIATELY pulls you in and holds you captive. Real life ceased to exist as my heart rate picked up, my stomach got that funny kind of impending doom feeling, and I held my breath all the way through this novel until this twisted story ended.
If you’ve read any good books lately, I’d love to know!! Leave me a note in the comments 🙂