The Fever- Megan Abbott

I’m pulling this book out of my “previously read” vault to review because it’s my last semester is school and I’ve been slacking on reading. This was the first Megan Abbott that I had the pleasure reading and since reading I’ve added many of her books to my to be read list.

The Fever takes place in a small town where Deenie, a young high school girl, suddenly has a seizure in the middle of class. When other female students start having unexplained seizures as well the entire town becomes increasingly paranoid to the point of hysteria.

The Fever is 303 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I really enjoyed this book. I always find myself drawn to mysteries and this book is no different. I give The Fever a 3 out of 5 for the anxiety it gave me throughout the story.

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

Lacey

Her Every Fear- Peter Swanson

I have been reading very slow here lately as it’s my last semester of school before I’m done! Yessss! That being said, I’m finding that I’m reading more than studying so I won’t be posting as often until I’m done.

This is my first Peter Swanson novel and I really enjoyed it. I’ll start by saying there are a lot of creepy characters in this boon but Kate Priddy, our main character, is worth it.

Kate has a traumatic past. After being nearly killed by her ex-boyfriend, she reluctantly agrees to get out of London and swap apartments with her second cousin in Boston. Because of her traumatic past she suspects the worst out of every situation. When she arrives at her cousin’s apartment and finds that his neighbor has been murdered her first instinct is flight. But she is determined to make this work and to prove to herself that she can do it. Then she finds that her cousin was intimately connected to the girl next door. Did her cousin that she hardly knows kill this girl? What did she get herself into?

Her Every Fear is 329 pages of suspense and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for its wonderful character development.

Thank you so much to HarperCollins Publishing for sending me this great book!

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

Lacey 

The Trespasser- Tana French 

Goodness gracious, I love Tana French. Every one of her books is a page turner and I can’t help but get giddy picking up her newest book because I know it will be unique.

The Trespasser is a story of the Irish Murder Squad detective Antoinette Conway. Like all of French’s novels, she has us following a highlight case of a detective’s career. Detective Conway is the only female detective in the Murder Squad. Due to a previous disagreement with another detective, she feels shes been labeled as the black sheep of the squad. Feeling out of place has taken its share on Conway and she is feeling less and less useful on the squad. When a case comes in that feels slightly fishy, she latches onto it and it turns her life upside down.

449 pages long and addicting as ever. It took me awhile longer to finish this book (5 days) but it is well worth the commitment!

I give The Trespasser a 4 out of five because Antoinette Conway may be one of my favorite characters of all time. Tana French really knows how to bring these complex characters to life.

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

Lacey

In A Dark, Dark Wood- Ruth Ware 

 

For a reason that is beyond me, I thought it would be a good idea to start reading Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood on Halloween Eve. I had heard that it was a creepy book and thought “hey, it’s almost Halloween, I’ll get in the spirit!”. That was a mistake…

We’ve all been invited to wedding events where we’ve thought to ourselves that it was a strange request for one reason or another. Nora gets invited to a bachelorette party by a childhood friend that she hasn’t spoken to in ten years since the “incident”. She decides that it might be nice to see her old friend Clare and possibly reconnect so she takes the leap and RSVPs yes. When she arrives at the party in the middle of the secluded woods in a house with  gigantic outer glass walls with Clare’s oddly manic friend Flo, she becomes even more paranoid about the real reason why she was invited. From there on her past comes back to haunt her in the form of her old friend.

In A Dark, Dark Wood is 308 pages long and is impossible to put down. I literally started it Sunday afternoon and finished it later that night.

Ruth Ware does an impeccable job of bringing these characters to life and magnifying how uncomfortable certain personalities can make you feel. Throughout the book I found myself feeling the tension as though I was in the room with them. I rate this book a 4 out 5 for making it impossible for me to sleep.

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

Lacey

Party of One- Dave Holmes

 

I’m not usually a fan of biographies. They don’t usually hold my attention long enough to keep me reading the whole way through.

But Dave Holmes has written an autobiography that is not only hilariously honest but also incredibly endearing. Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs is Dave Holmes story of growing up a young, gay male in the 80’s. While I am not: 1. gay or 2. male, I found this story to be truly inspiring about finding yourself when you feel like no one understands you. Holmes’ snarky and honest voice shines throughout the book.

Party of One is 272 pages and as I mentioned before, it takes me a little longer to read biographies so it took me 10 days. I want to emphasize that this doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this book, because I did! I’m just a little slower at reading this type of book!

I happily give Party of One a 3 out of 5 for bringing a smile to my face and a new fondness of Dave Holmes.

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

Lacey

P.S. I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.

Behind Closed Doors- B.A. Paris

First of all, huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me this book!

Fair warning, this book is not for the faint of heart! I consider myself a tough cookie when it comes to hearing about abuse but this was tough for me to swallow. That being said, if you aren’t squirmish, this is a MUST read!

Jack and Grace are the perfect couple. They are everything a young couple in love would like to be. Wealthy, healthy and happy. The only problem is that it’s all a lie.

293 pages of heart pounding adrenaline make up this book. I literally couldn’t put it down and flew through it in one day.

I give Behind Closed Doors a 4 out of 5 for its gripping, unforgettable unraveling of a story.

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

Lacey

Pretty Baby-Mary Kubica

Hold on to your hats, folks, Mary Kubica has done it again! I’m late to jump on the bandwagon but now that I’m here, I’m all in.

Heidi is a good person. She spends her life helping people in the hopes of making the world a better place. So when she sees a young lady and her baby on the street in the rain she has a difficult time letting it go. Heidi can’t stop thinking about helping these two young people to the point of obsession. When she decides to bring them home with her, her husband objects profusely. Heidi’s obsession starts to affect not only her family but her own mental state.

At 379 pages, Pretty Baby had me white-knuckling my paperback copy on the regular. It took me 4 days to finish this thrilling novel.

I give Pretty Baby 4 out of 5 for it’s chilling characters. I highly recommend this book!

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

Lacey

A Dark Lure- Loreth Anne White

Being the fishing fanatic I am, I was instantly interested in reading a novel with “lure” in the title. After reading the description of the novel I was all in.

Olivia West, formerly know as Sarah Baker, is now a manager at the Broken Bar Ranch. Olivia/Sarah was the only victim of the Watt Lake Killer to survive. Not only does she suffer from PTSD she has also completely secluded herself from other people. She has made a new life for herself at Broken Bar and done her best to move on from the traumatic experiences she’s suffered. When similarities of her kidnapping appear at the ranch her flashbacks and anxiety overwhelm her. Is it all in her head, or could the Watt Lake Killer have found her?

This novel reads at 408 pages and took me five days to read. The story definately has some twists but not what I’d call unexpected.

I did enjoy this novel and would give it a 3 of 5.

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

Lacey