It’s time for another book post! My magic number seems to be 6 – I read about 6 books every month. Read on for my reviews!
1. Tear Me Apart* by J.T. Ellison
Mindy is a competitive skier who crashes down the slopes and is rushed to the hospital. What should have been a recovery from a broken bone turns into more – blood work reveals she has cancer. The twists don’t end there, she needs a stem cell transplant and her parents are tested for donor suitability but her parents aren’t a match. In fact, there is no genetic similarities with the family that she thought was her family! I thought the concept for this book was genius, one discovery leads to another more confusing discovery that kept me wanting to read more to figure out what was going on!
2. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Hal is a tarot card reader on a seaside pier, struggling to make ends meet. One day, she receives a letter about an inheritance from her grandmother, the late Mrs. Westaway. Even though she believes the letter was sent to her in error since her grandmother died many years ago, she travels to attend the funeral and reading of the will. The story centers around Trepassen House which is old, rickety, and creepy. She meets her ‘uncles’ and the rest of her ‘family’. At first she thought these people were strangers but as the story progresses, she realizes she is somehow related to them. The gothic, sinister cover of the book actually kept me from reading this one since I’m not really into that dark type of novel. However, I’m glad I did. This was a slow, but satisfying read for me.
3. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Chapters in The Broken Girls alternate between 2014 and 1950. Back in 1950, 4 girls were roommates at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for unwanted girls. One of the girls go missing and no one knows whether she’s really run away as everyone assumes or she’s been killed. Because no one really cares for any of these girls, the police do the minimum and state that she’s merely run away with a boy and the case is closed.
The chapters taking place in 2014 are voiced by Fiona, a journalist for a local paper who decides to write about the restoration of Idlewild Hall since it has been shut down for years. She has a personal interest in Idlewild Hall because her sister was found murdered there years ago. She starts to uncover long-buried secrets at the boarding school. There are also rumors that the boarding school is haunted. I’m not into the paranormal stuff since it really creeps me out so I might’ve fast-forwarded through those sections but the rest of the book was intriguing and an overall great read. You’ll have to read to find out how the events that happened in 1950 play a part in 2014 since I don’t want to spoil it for you.
4. When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica*
It’s just Jessie and her mom before her mom passes away from cancer and she is left alone. She never knew her dad and she has no other siblings or friends. Her mom’s last words are to “go find yourself” so Jessie applies to college but a registration official calls and says her social security number belongs to a dead 3 year old girl, who died 17 years ago. There are 2 timelines in this book, current day with Jessie’s POV, and another set in the 90s with Eden. Eden’s only goal in life is to get pregnant. The two timelines seem like two completely different stories but as the novel progresses, you’ll see the thread that ties them together. In all honesty, I read some of the spoilers online and contemplated aborting the book early on because of the ending. I agreed with a lot of the other reviewers who felt the author took the easy way out in wrapping up the plot. Obviously I’m not going to spoil it for you by detailing it here. I’m glad I continued till the end and was able to make my own judgment though (definitely not a perfect book but still enjoyable). I’m not sure I’d place this book in the psychological thriller genre though which was a bit disappointing since that’s my favorite type of novel but it was still an entertaining read.
5. The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory*
What do you get when you combine a princess story with a spy book? The Royal Runaway! Princess Thea lives in the fictional country of Drieden. After months of recovering from the embarrassment of being left at the altar, Thea sneaks out of the palace to a bar where she meets a Scotsman. He’s an intelligence officer on a mission to find his brother (who also happens to be her ex-fiance). I was expecting a fluffy novel but was pleasantly surprised with this book which had a little more substance. I said “a little” so it’s still a light, fun read but the spy angle added intrigue and interest. If you love Kate and Will and Meghan and Harry, you’ll enjoy this book! Look for it on Oct 9!
6. After Nightfall by A.J. Banner*