Beneath The Mountain-Luca D’Andrea

I can’t turn down a thriller and boy am I glad I was sent a copy of Beneath The Mountain!

Jeremiah Salinger is a documentarian of sorts. His claim to fame was, in his eyes, nothing special. When he moves to Italy with his wife and daughter and starts working on his next project, following a mountain rescue crew, he almost loses everything, including his life. His wife begs him to take a year break from work so he can fully recover. It’s during this time that he discovers the brutal Bletterbach murders. Although he promised his beloved wife that he would take a year hiatus, he finds himself obsessing over the mystery of the murders. When he discovers the truth of that horrible night he finds his entire world comes crashing down as well.

Beneath The Mountain is 387 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I completely loved this story and give it a 4 out of 5. I still find myself thinking about it even though I finished it a month ago. Luca D’Andrea is a masterful story teller and I will absolutely be reading his other works.

Thank you Harper for sending me this advanced copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Tampa- Alissa Nutting

This is probably the first negative review I’ve given and I try to avoid critiquing so negatively because being positive is my nature but holy crap…. I don’t think I fully grasped the plot of this book prior to requesting it from HarperCollins.

The story is about Celeste, a young, beautiful, wealthy middle school teacher that is sexually attracted to her fourteen year old students which is then described vividly.

I genuinely had a difficult time reading any of it and I only got 14 pages into the book before I had to put it aside. I’m sure it gets more disturbing and maybe for some this is less upsetting but it gave me knots in my stomach that I couldn’t shake. I understand there is a great need for different points of view in novels but I just couldn’t hang with this one. I also have Ms. Nutting’s second novel which seems less disturbing that I’m very excited to give a try!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Mr. Pneumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore-Robin Sloan

I had to share a copy of this GLOW IN THE DARK COVER because I’m completely obsessed with it.

Clay Jannon is in desperate need of a job. He has searched far and wide and finally stumbles across Mr. Pneumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This slim bookstore with cowering shelves leaves Clay speechless and he immediately falls in love with the quirky place. Working the midnight shift , he rarely has costumers but those who come in continue to come back. Clay starts to notice a pattern in the books these customers borrow and quickly becomes enthralled with the mystery that is Mr. Pneumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

This book is 288 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I’m giving Mr. Pneumbra a 4 out of 5 for this incredibly fun and addictive story! I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery!

Thank you Picador for sending me a copy of this delightful book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Lies She Told-Cate Holahan

If you need an idea for a holiday gift for the thriller-lover in your life, look no further!

Liza is a semi-successful author who is struggling on her follow up book to her first best selling novel. Her life is complex at the moment, between trying to get pregnant with her husband who is abnormally distant due to his law partner vanishing, Liza is struggling. When her life starts to reflect what she writes in her novel, her world becomes even more blurry than before.

Lies She Told is 278 pages long and took me three days to read.

I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5. I really enjoyed reading this story because there are multiple, similar stories being told. Cate Holahan does a great job with keeping the lines blurry on the narrators point of view.

Thank you Crooked Lane Books for sending me a copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Jackaby-William Ritter

I’m usually not a Young Adult reader simply for the fact that I have it stuck in my mind that YA novels are for just that, young adults! But I’m trying to get over my fear of feeling weird about reading them and this book was a great start!

Abigail Rook is not your old fashioned girl in 1892. In fact, she is ahead of her time and demands to explore the world and its mysteries. When she finds herself in New England without shelter or job, she starts to scope out local businesses. After being turned away too many times to count, she stumbles across an investigative services assistant position. Meeting the employer,

R. F. Jackaby officially for the first time, Abigail finds herself fascinated with Jackaby’s keen sight into the world in which she lives. On her unofficial interview, Jackaby brings her to a brutal murder scene that screams paranormal. While Abigail is slightly terrified about this strange new world that she is unfamiliar with, the adventure in her is sure that she can help Jackaby solve the case!

Jackaby is 299 pages long and took me 2 days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5 for its truly lovable characters and dark but funny plot.

I highly recommend to anyone that loves a mystery and unusual characters! I will ABSOLUTELY be reading the rest of the series!

Thank you Algonquin for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

She Rides Shotgun- Jordan Harper 

My dad is one of my best buds so when I read the synopsis of this book about a daughter-father duo that outruns a prison gang, I was all in!

The eleven year old, Polly, hasn’t seen her dad in quite some time so when he shows up to pick her up from school, she knows something is wrong. Her dad, Nate has been in prison most of her life so she remembers very little about him. When Nate tells Polly that some bad men from prison are after him and he has to protect her she isn’t sure what to think and really just wants to go home with her mom but she knows by the look on her father’s face that home is no longer an option. Nate realizes that the only way to protect his daughter is to send a message to the gang after them but Polly is more like him than Nate could have imagined and she wants in on the action.

She Rides Shotgun is 257 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I freaking loved this book and am giving it a 4.5 out of 5. I fell in love with Polly and Nate and their relationship and will be recommending this book to anyone who will listen!

Thank you Ecco for sending me this amazing book! It’s been one of my favorite reads of 2017!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Last Mrs. Parrish-Liv Constantine

I don’t often compare books to Gone Girl, and while it is a deliciously twisted plot, it more reminds me of that story because the main characters in both novels are horrible.  I genuinely hated the main character in The Last Mrs. Parrish but my anger made me want know what happens to her.

Amber Patterson is a sociopath. She is intelligent, cunning and extremely manipulative. Her current target is the spouse of Daphne Parrish, the incredibly handsome and rich Jackson Parrish. Her plan is to befriend Daphne and become close to Jackson. While we watch her plan unfold it becomes clear that not everything in the life of the Parrish’s is as perfect as it seems.

The Last Mrs. Parrish is 390 pages and took me three days to read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for its awesome ending and completely stomach turning characters. I loved this book and how it plays out! Thank you Harper for sending me this advanced copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey