Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn


Gillian Flynn gives me the creeps. I should specify, her writing gives me the creeps. Most know her from writing the incredible Gone Girl but before that she wrote Sharp Objects.

Sharp Objects main character is Camille who has recently been released from a psych ward. On her first reporting assignment at her small time paper after her release is covering the murder of two young girls in her hometown. Naturally, shes not in the best place mentally to be working on a disturbing murder story, but being with her controlling mother while this takes place certainly doesn’t help her mental state. She prays she can keep it together long enough to make it out alive.

Sharp Objects reads at pages long and took me two days to read.

I give this novel a 4 out of 5 for it’s Gillian Flynn twist. She truly knows how to keep me turning the page.

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


I need your help! 

I’m in a real pickle! I’m currently in the process of reading four books and really having a difficult time getting through even one. I can’t decide if I should suck it up and try to get through one full force or if I should start a new book with the hopes of it sparking my interest?

What do you do when you’re in a reading rut? I need your advice!


The Woman In Cabin 10- Ruth Ware 

I’m a big fan of Ruth Ware. The stories she presents to the world are both imaginative and immediately suck you in which is why she has become a New York Times Bestselling author.

Right after having her apartment broken into while she was asleep, Lo Blacklock is scheduled to go on a cruise for her job writing for a travel magazine. This isn’t a normal cruise but a luxury cruise for the extremely wealthy. Naturally, she is still shaken up from her break in and is on edge when she arrives on the Aurora. The first night on board is semi successful but Lo feels she may have drank slightly too much in order to calm her nerves. In the middle of her first night she is awoken by a scream next door and a loud splash. When she voices her concern that she is certain a woman was thrown overboard she is met with criticism. She is told everyone on the Aurora but Lo knows what she heard. How can she prove to those on the boat what she believes without tarnishing her career?

The Woman In Cabin 10 is 340 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I’m giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 for Ruth Ware’s ability to make you anxious while also forcing you to press further into the story. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any mystery lovers!

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


Tony & Susan- Austin Wright 

I always enjoy a book that leaves me thinking about the meaning after I’m done. I have never in my life enjoyed the movie more than the book until seeing Nocturnal Animals. Which is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Tony & Susan but more to say that director Tom Ford showed this complicated novel in a way that was haunting and beautiful.

Susan is lonely. She is often left alone by her physician husband and has become bored with her life. Her ex-husband sends a letter attached to a manuscript titled “Nocturnal Animals” that he has written. He asks her to read the novel and critique it as she had done when they were together. The deeper Susan gets into the novel the more she loses herself in the story.

Tony & Susan is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give Tony & Susan a 3.5 out of 5. I considered rating this book lower after I first read it but it genuinely stuck with me and I still find myself thinking about it. I love that this novel has three stories woven into one. I’d recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading novels a second time.

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


The Twilight Wife- A.J. Banner

As you know, I’m a huge fan of mysteries. I always find myself looking forward to trying to figure out “who dun it” and guessing the ending. When I read about The Twilight Wife I knew I had to read this book.

Kyra Winthrop has lost her memory after the diving accident that almost killed her. She doesn’t remember the last few years with the exception of flashbacks that leave her more confused than she was before. Luckily she has her loving husband Jacob and although she doesn’t remember marrying him, she knows she has feelings for him from her flashbacks. When her flashbacks start to include other characters aside from her spouse, she starts to have doubts about the life she has built with him.

The Twilight Wife is 275 pages long and took me three days to read.

I really enjoyed The Twilight Wife and give it a 3 out of 5. While I have read other novels that are similar in style, I still found the characters fascinating and would recommend this book to others.

Thank you to Touchstone for sending me this copy!

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


Behind Her Eyes-Sarah Pinborough

If you’re in the mood to read a nonstop thriller then this is the book for you!  The ending to this story is NUTS and will leave you referring it to everyone you know.

Louise is a part time assistant at a psychiatrists office and a full time mom. She meets a guy at a bar and they immediately click. When she goes to work the next day after kissing this stranger she realizes the man from the bar is her new boss. She is taken aback not only by this fact but by also finding out that he has a gorgeous wife that she was previously unaware of. But even though Louise knows its wrong, she starts to fall for her boss while becoming friends with his wife. Discovering her boss is not the same man with his wife by witnessing his controlling behavior through their friendship puts dangerous thoughts in her head and the web that is woven by these characters cannot be undone and will keep you up at night racing to the finish.

Behind Her Eyes is 304 pages long and took me two days to read.

I give this story a 4.5 out of 5 for completely blowing my mind. Sarah Pinborough’s creativity in this novel is magnificent. She truly writes this story in a way that will knock the wind out of you by the end. I HIGHLY recommend this novel!! Thank you to Flatiron Books for sending me an advanced copy!

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


Without Mercy-Jefferson Bass

I hadn’t realized that this was book 10 in a series when I received it so now I have to add 9 books to my to be read list! I’ve always been creeped out/intrigued by the idea of body farms for research so when I saw this book I was immediately interested in reading it.

Bill Brockton is a long time forensic anthropologist that frequently gets called out to help solve difficult cases. When he gets called out to a disturbing case in the wilderness it not only opens up a world of possible hate crimes but also involves his arch nemesis. Not only does Bill feel obligated to solve this terrible crime but is also fighting for his own life.

Without Mercy is 333 pages long and took me four days to read.

I really enjoyed this book and give it a 3 out of 5. It certainly would have helped reading the other novels before but I was still able to enjoy it reading out of order.

Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book! 

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