This one doesn’t come out until December but I was able to receive an advanced copy and you guys, it was so good! Mark it on your calendar because it’s coming out in 2 months. Natalie and Will first met as law students and on that first date many years ago, Will joked that they’d be able to pull off the perfect murder. Fast forward 15 years later, married and with an 11 year old son named Charlie, that statement comes back to haunt them. There are allegations that the principal of Charlie’s school has been molesting kids. Natalie finds out that Charlie was one of his victims. Natalie is a criminal defense attorney and knowing how the courts work, she is determined to keep Charlie anonymous so he won’t go through the court system and decides to take the law into her own hands. I could not put this one down!
Told in alternating perspectives by Merry, her husband Sam, and her best friend, Frank (Frances), everyone’s lives appear picture perfect in this debut novel. Sam and Merry have given up their life in New York for a simpler way of living in Sweden. Frank comes to visit and during her stay, she sees through their veneer of perfection. None of these characters were very likeable, I found them detestable to be honest. In fact, I wondered why Merry stayed married to Sam. I wondered why Merry remained friends with Frank. Merry herself was despicable, especially in her role as a mother to their infant son. I found the author’s writing style to be unique – paragraphs were short and choppy but it worked for me. I flew through this book and finished it in a day and a half. Every time I put this book down (you know, work and sleep get in the way of reading), it left me in a dark mood but I was eager to get back to it.
By the same author as The Devil Wears Prada, this was a fun read. Emily is back this time working as an independent image consultant. Her friend, Miriam was a lawyer but now is a homemaker living in the suburbs. Karolina is a former supermodel married to a senator. Told in alternating chapters in these women’s voices, most of the story revolves around Karolina and her quest to get custody of Harry (her stepson) after she gets pulled over for drunk driving one night. Emily works her image magic on her and Miriam provides her legal expertise.
This book has almost 9000 reviews on Amazon so of course, I had to read it! It opens with Gina coming home one day with police cars in her driveway. A drunk driver has crashed into her garage and police find a gruesome discovery in there. Currently, Mel is in prison. Gina is now Gwen and after living life on the run with her 2 kids, they’ve started to put down roots at a house on Stillhouse Lake. Everything is normal until one day, a dead body is discovered in the lake and it eerily reminds Gwen of Mel’s modus operandi of killing his victims. Does Gwen run away yet again or stay and fight?! Just have to warn you, some of the descriptions were pretty graphic. I really enjoyed this book except for the cliffhanger at the end. Ugh, now I need to get my hands on the second book in the series!
The first half of the book was slow but it picked up in the second half when Cass states that she’d like ‘an intermission’ of their marriage. She leaves her husband in NY and moves in with a friend on the West Coast. She’s basically living the single life and having relations with whoever she wants. I don’t know if it’s just me but I don’t know if I’d want the other person back after they’ve been around, y’know?! This is a character-driven book and I really enjoyed the author’s writing. However, I found Cass terribly annoying and self-centered.
I might be in the minority with this one but I didn’t really love it. Jess sneaks her way into a psychology study where she receives compensation for answering some questions based on ethics and morals. The questions seem easy enough and when the psychiatrist asks if she’d be interested in round two with real-life scenarios, she’s game. Plus, the money doesn’t hurt. Chapters alternate between Dr. Shields, the psychiatrist running the study, and Jess. The concept of the book piqued my curiosity at first but once I found out why Dr. Shields was running this study (basically a personal agenda), I lost interest and the chapters seemed slow. There were no major twists (or maybe they were predictable for me) but if you like thrillers that are a little more subdued, you might enjoy this one.
So there you have it. I’d love to know what you’re reading! Let me know in the comments. xx