Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore- Matthew Sullivan 

If you’ve read my posts before you probably have caught on to the fact that I’m sort of a crime/mystery/thriller fanatic. I just can’t help it! While I am trying to expand my horizons you’re going to get another mystery review in the meantime.

Lydia has a very dark past, one that she doesn’t discuss with anyone. Not even her long time boyfriend. She tries to hide as much of herself as possible but when a young man commits suicide in the bookstore in which she is employed and she discovers, not only his body but also a picture of her from her youth in his pants pocket, the sheltered world she has made for herself starts to come crashing down. Joey, the book shop patron, has left her a series of puzzles to figure out that seem to be eerily connected to her own life.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is 326 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

While this book isn’t super long, it took me awhile to get into. I really enjoyed reading it and am giving it a 3 out of 5. Even though it was a slow start for me, it was a really intriguing story and I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m very glad I held on tight because the complete story is very worth the wait.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

I love Ruth Ware. I was a huge fan of both In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman In Cabin 10 and have previously done reviews on both. So, naturally, I bombarded Scout Press and they were kind enough to send me an advanced copy of her latest, The Lying Game, coming out July 25th.

Our story follows four best friends reunited by a text in the middle of the night. “I need you” from their friend Kate can only mean one thing, something is very very wrong. Our lead, Isa, rushes to her friends aid bringing her back to her old boarding school which holds quite a few memories, even some that are criminal. A bone has been found near Kate’s childhood home and the four women will do anything to protect not only their friend, but their own lives from being torn apart by this discovery.

The Lying Game is 370 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

Again, I love Ruth Ware and enjoy her writing style so much! I really enjoyed this story and the loops it took me through so I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone!

Thank you so much to Scout Press for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Spill Zone- Scott Westerfeld

I have never read a graphic novel. For some reason I just didn’t get the appeal which is weird because I love Disney moves and animation so why wouldn’t I like stories with super sweet illustration? No idea, it didn’t make sense. But then I heard about Spill Zone on All The Books and it peaked my interest. Maybe I should give graphic novels a try.

Spill Zone takes place in upstate New York where an incident has ruined a small town. The town Addison is from is no longer inhabitable by humans. Now there are only unexplainable creatures and shadows of what were once people she knew. Addison would steer clear of her hometown but is dependent on the photos she takes to support her and her sister. Strapped only with her camera, sister’s doll for good luck and her dirt bike, she rides in the night and although she only brings those items, she ends up leaving the Spill Zone with something else.

Spill Zone is 212 pages long and took me two days to read. I did read it twice though because the artwork is awesome.

I really loved reading this graphic novel and give it at 4 out of 5! I realize I don’t have anything to compare this experience to but reading this story made me want to pick up more graphic novels and I think there is something special about that. I can’t wait to read part two!

Thank you so much to First Second for sending me a copy, I loved it so much!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

 

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things- Iain Reid

I hate being scared. When I’m scared I freak out and don’t want to be home by myself and when I hear noises outside I think someone is coming to kill me. Completely rational, I know. That being said, EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE I can tolerate it and actually like the adrenaline rush. This book certainly covered those bases.

The voice of our story is unnamed but she is traveling to meet her boyfriend Jake’s parents for the first time. Although she knows this is a big step in a relationship her heart is just not feeling the same way as Jake so she is feeling uneasy about this experience. We get a sense that the family dynamics within the home are unusual and are not ideal. I feel like this story is better left with as little information as possible given prior to reading. All I can say is HOLY CRAP, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a short 210 pages long and I read it in one sitting.

This novel is super imaginative and scared the beejesus out of me so I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5. If you like being scared then pick this book up now!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel (even if it’s scary!)!

Lacey

Since We Fell- Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the man. He’s written two of my favorite books, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island so least to say, when I received his new book “Since We Fell” in the mail I completely freaked out. I requested this book from Ecco without entirely knowing what it was about which I’ve been trying to do more often but OBVIOUSLY it’s a Dennis Lehane novel so I wasn’t too worried about not liking it.

Rachel Childs was once a reporter with her whole life ahead of her. She was an up and coming star at the t.v. station employing her who knew she could make it big. When she is assigned to cover a disaster in Haiti her entire world changes. She becomes obsessed with exposing the world she is surrounded by while she is there. This difficult subject matter pushes her to the point of a breakdown. After her public meltdown, she essentially becomes a hermit. When she runs into an old acquaintance, Brian, after her current husband divorces her, she falls for him fast. She ends up marrying Brian who helps her with her anxiety about the outside world. But when she catches Brian in a lie, her entire world comes crashing down. Does she even know this man that she’s in love with?

Since We Fell is 418 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for keeping me guessing. It has a slow start and took me awhile to really get into it but once I did I was sold. Lehane’s writing has a quality that keeps you thinking about the book weeks after you’ve finished.

Thank you Harper Collins/Ecco for sending me this great addition to my Dennis Lehane collection!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey