Happy Friday! This has to be my favorite type of posts – book reviews! I love sharing the books I’ve read and I love reading other people’s reviews as well. Please let me know if you have any recs! On to the first book…
A Stranger In The House // This book is by the same author as The Couple Next Door, which I enjoyed. The author has a way of writing that’s simple yet draws you into her world. A Stranger In The House is about a woman who has a car accident and gets a concussion. So her memory isn’t quite there but she learns that there was a murder not too far from her accident. Everyone is suspicious – her husband, the police – as it seems all fingers point to her. I don’t want to give anything away but there are twists up until the very end.
Do Not Become Alarmed // Two families go on a cruise, where they befriend an Argentinian couple. During a port day, the men go off golfing while the women and children go zip-lining. Somehow the women end up losing the children. Who goes on a cruise, and especially on a port day, and the men go off separately from their family?! Anyway, in addition to being confused with all the names (keep in mind there are 6 kids and 6 adults so that’s a lot of names to keep up with!), I didn’t feel the characters were well-developed and it wasn’t particularly suspenseful. I thought it would be an interesting read as the setting is on a cruise (I love cruising, ha!) but there are better books out there, especially if you’re in the mood for a good psychological thriller.
Not A Sound // The main character, Amelia, is deaf (from an earlier car accident) and she lives with Stitch, her service dog. She discovers a dead body, someone she knows, while out paddle boarding. So you have a murder mystery and the main heroine is also deaf, which is challenging in itself. She’s learned to lip-read but the nuances of speech are no longer there. The author also has hearing issues so I thought the book was realistic, at least dealing with deafness, and I enjoyed reading it.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // By the author of One True Loves (see my review here), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a great read. Evelyn is an old Hollywood star and she selects an unknown magazine reporter, Monique, to write her biography. Without giving anything away, you’ll find the reason Monique was selected, and in the process you’ll also learn about Evelyn’s life with all the men from her past. Trust me, read it!
The Identicals // I think this was my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book! Twins, Harper and Tabitha, get separated when their parents decide to separate as well. Harper lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her dad who ultimately passes away. Tabitha lives on Nantucket with her mom and daughter. Situations arise that make them switch islands. This book alternates taking place between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. I visited Martha’s Vineyard this past summer so I felt like I was there again.
The Arrangement // So I read this over the summer but I haven’t reviewed it yet so I’m including it in my September review. I really enjoyed reading this. The main couple, Lucy and Owen, decide to try an open marriage for 6 months with specific rules, and no questions asked. The subject matter is taboo and definitely unconventional but the book was amusing, at times hilarious but also poignant.