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August Reading List

It’s time for the August Reading List! I read 5 books, this was my favorite. Unfortunately, that one doesn’t come out until the 20th so mark your calendar. Let’s get on with the reviews.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

From Goodreads // In rural Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine. A pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives,” it’s also a repository of hopes and dreams: the dream of a mom that her child can be like other kids; the dream of a young doctor desperate to cure his infertility and save his marriage; the dream of the Yoos themselves, Korean immigrants who have come to the United States so their teenage daughter can have a better life.

When the oxygen chamber mysteriously explodes, killing two people, all these dreams shatter with it, and the ensuing murder trial uncovers imaginable secrets and lies. In Miracle Creek, Angie Kim takes a classic form—courtroom drama—and draws on her own experience as an immigrant, a lawyer, and the mother of a real-life “submarine” patient to turn it into something wholly original, unputdownable . . . real. This is a spellbinding novel by an exciting new voice.

My review // I can’t believe this is a debut novel! I was hesitant to pick this up initially because I have no idea what a Miracle Submarine is and to be honest, it didn’t sound interesting. But I’m so glad I read reviews and they swayed me to give it a go! This book covered on topics such as immigration, stereotypes against Asians, infertility, and special needs children and on top of that, everyone has secrets to hide. There’s a cloud of sadness throughout this entire novel. It was so easy to get lost in this book that when I finished reading it, I looked around and found myself blessed that I didn’t have a fraction of the misfortune or life situation these characters had. Highly recommend!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

From Goodreads // Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

My review // It’s a classic boy/girl-hate-each-other plot with a lot of bickering and some LOL moments. I’m a sucker for anything set in Hawaii so this instantly piqued my curiosity. However, I just couldn’t connect with Olive, the main character, and her body/food issues. The ending was predictable but it was a fun and easy read nonetheless.
The Whisper Man by Alex North*

Publication date: August 20, 2019

From Goodreads // In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

My review // The creepiest part of this novel is when 7 year old Jake talks to himself. Is he possessed? Is he hearing things? Overall, this book was creepy and I loved it. I was reading this one night when my cell phone rang beside me and I just about jumped out of my skin. There’s nothing graphic but the book was chilling and suspenseful. So glad I was able to get an advanced copy!
Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center
From Goodreads // Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage

My review // The first chapter drew me in with equal parts humor and relatable characters and the novel ended with a sweet romance. This book was charming and heartwarming, hitting on compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. I really enjoyed it!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

From Goodreads // No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

My review // I found this story VERY slow for the first half but it redeemed itself towards the end. This wasn’t my favorite Sager novel but the ending definitely threw me and I have to give kudos to the author for such a novel plot ending! 

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*Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copies.

Linking up with Steph & Jana.

16 Replies to “August Reading List”

  1. I have Miracle Creek waiting for me to pick up next. I can’t wait to read it! Also, I really want to read The Whisper Man once it comes out! Sounds like the perfect story for Halloween time!

  2. Nice reading month. I am so ready for The Whisper Man; it’s on my wish list. I’m glad to hear that you really loved it. And like Kasey commented, it sounds perfect for Halloween/Fall.

    -Lauren

  3. I liked the Sager but I agree, it was not my favorite. I disliked Fire for the first half. I could not stand the main character. She turned it around in the end.

  4. I enjoyed Miracle Creek also. Im a litigation lawyer so I get a bit critical of courtroom dramas (although I love them) so I did nitpick a bit but generally really enjoyed it. I read it this month also

  5. I really enjoyed Lock Every Door but agree it started a little slowly but I was never bored, which sometimes happens with slow-to-start books. And agree – the ending wasn’t what I expected. I just requested The Whisper Man. It sounds so good!

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