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

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

Ragdoll-Daniel Cole

After I read Ragdoll and realized it is Daniel Cole’s first novel, I was completely blown away. For this to be a debut is astounding. I will be stalking the rest of his publications from here on out!!!

When a corpse of six individual’s body parts found sown together is discovered in London, it can easily be called the most disturbing case of detective William “Wolf” Fawkes’s career. Even more disturbing than the case he is infamously linked to called the “Cremation Killer”. Wolf is not known in London for his great detective work on this case but for stopping at nothing to bring the killer to justice, even by illegal means. The case of the “Ragdoll” immediately haunts him not just because the image of six bodies sown together but because Wolf’s ex-wife, a tv news reporter, tells him that she received a list from the Ragdoll killer with five more names and dates these people will be killed and his name is the last on the list.

Ragdoll is 372 pages long and took me three days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and give it a 4 out of 5! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Cole’s writing has you guessing and questioning every character involved and is absolutely addicting.

 Thank you, Ecco, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

 

A Simple Favor-Darcey Bell

I’m so sorry I’ve been such a slacker! Between our wedding/honeymoon trip to Montana, our wedding reception and returning to work I’ve been completely swamped! Luckily, I’m getting back into the swing of things and have started reading pretty heavily again.

When Stephanie’s friend Emily asks her to pick up her son from school, Stephanie thinks nothing of it and if anything, is honored to be trusted by someone as intriguing as Emily. But when Emily doesn’t pick up her child, Stephanie starts to become panicked. She knows that Stephanie’s husband is out of the country and doesn’t want to over react but is at her wits end after a few days of Emily not contacting her back. What happened to her friend? The mysterious Emily loves her son dearly and would never abandon him. But as time passes Stephanie realizes she may not know her “friend” at all.

A Simple Favor is 298 pages long and took me three days to read.

I am rating this book a 2.5 out of 5. While I enjoyed reading this novel it had very heavy elements of Gone Girl and while I loved Gone Girl to pieces, it bothers me when books rely so heavily on this hook.

I would recommend reading it but beware of very similar themes.

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

Lacey

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore- Matthew Sullivan 

If you’ve read my posts before you probably have caught on to the fact that I’m sort of a crime/mystery/thriller fanatic. I just can’t help it! While I am trying to expand my horizons you’re going to get another mystery review in the meantime.

Lydia has a very dark past, one that she doesn’t discuss with anyone. Not even her long time boyfriend. She tries to hide as much of herself as possible but when a young man commits suicide in the bookstore in which she is employed and she discovers, not only his body but also a picture of her from her youth in his pants pocket, the sheltered world she has made for herself starts to come crashing down. Joey, the book shop patron, has left her a series of puzzles to figure out that seem to be eerily connected to her own life.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is 326 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

While this book isn’t super long, it took me awhile to get into. I really enjoyed reading it and am giving it a 3 out of 5. Even though it was a slow start for me, it was a really intriguing story and I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m very glad I held on tight because the complete story is very worth the wait.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book!

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