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

Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things- Iain Reid

I hate being scared. When I’m scared I freak out and don’t want to be home by myself and when I hear noises outside I think someone is coming to kill me. Completely rational, I know. That being said, EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE I can tolerate it and actually like the adrenaline rush. This book certainly covered those bases.

The voice of our story is unnamed but she is traveling to meet her boyfriend Jake’s parents for the first time. Although she knows this is a big step in a relationship her heart is just not feeling the same way as Jake so she is feeling uneasy about this experience. We get a sense that the family dynamics within the home are unusual and are not ideal. I feel like this story is better left with as little information as possible given prior to reading. All I can say is HOLY CRAP, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a short 210 pages long and I read it in one sitting.

This novel is super imaginative and scared the beejesus out of me so I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5. If you like being scared then pick this book up now!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel (even if it’s scary!)!

Lacey

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

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

Lacey