Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by…can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?! If you’d rather not think about that but want to get lost in a good book, I’ve got you covered. Out of the 6 books I read this month, I can highly recommend 5 of them!
Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman
Honeymooners Erin and Mark go to Bora Bora and they make a discovery in the water that will change their lives forever. I won’t spoil it and tell you what was in the water but it’s not what you think. Or at least it wasn’t what I thought ha! There were some scenes which I thought was completely unbelievable and some decisions by the main characters that were downright stupid. But overall, I really enjoyed reading it. The ending was completely unexpected!
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Twelve people (10 guests and 2 staff) are at a mountain lodge for the weekend when a winter storm cuts out power to the entire building. One guest ends up dead and another dead body soon follows. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else and everyone is a suspect. Tensions mount as the hours and days tick by. Hard to believe this only took place over a weekend! This was a fun whodunit read in the same vein as an Agatha Christie murder mystery.
The Wife by Alafair Burke
I went into this book thinking it’ll be another typical jilted wife story. Wow, was I wrong! The story is very relevant to today’s #metoo movement. There are some serious allegations against Jason, a college professor. His wife, Angela, must decide whether to stand by her man. Don’t think it’s as simple as that though! Angela has some secrets of her own. The author has a legal background so she knows her stuff and I had to reread some sentences to make sure I understood some of the legalese. But don’t worry, it wasn’t overly technical, just enough that I wanted to know exactly what was going on. And the ending – never, ever thought anything like that!
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way*
There are two timelines in this novel, one set in 1986 in Cambridge and the other in present day London. They seem completely separate from each other but that’s the only predictability of this story – you know they’ll eventually merge, it’s just a matter of when and how. In the first timeline, Beth is the mother to young Hannah. Beth believes her daughter has sociopathic tendencies. In the other timeline, Clara’s boyfriend Luke goes missing. I felt like I was reading 2 separate novels until their connection was revealed. I couldn’t put this one down!
I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan
Another novel with the 2 timelines approach, present day and 20 years earlier via flashbacks. Present day police uncover human remains near a site where 2 boys were murdered 20 years ago. Cody Swift, the best friend of the 2 dead boys, tries to delve deeper into their mysterious death and reports his findings every week in a podcast. This one hooked me from the beginning but after I finished, I’m still not sure who the “I” and “You” are referring to in the title “I Know You Know.” And the ending – I’m not sure how I feel about it! It felt rushed and left my head in a tail spin. It didn’t make much sense and to be honest, I went online to read other reviews to see what I missed. This was my least favorite read of the month. Don’t let my review stop you from reading this and making your own judgment though.
The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland*
Gemma has the perfect family with a great husband and two little girls. However, she works full-time as well and is being torn in all directions trying to be supermom. Gemma’s mother-in-law recommends Sadie as a live-in nanny. Of course, everything is perfect at first once Sadie moves in and Gemma can focus on work. But things slowly start getting strange. Just when I thought I had the ending figured out, the proverbial rug was pulled out from under me! Highly recommend this one!
Let me know what I should read next!
* Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copies.