The Dry-Jane Harper

If I could write like this as my debut novel, I’d quit my day job.

The Dry takes place in Australia in a small town that is deep in drought. Federal Agent Aaron Falk is returning to his hometown for the first time in 20 years since he was chased out as a young man. What seems to be a clean cut case of murder-suicide committed by his former best friend, doesn’t sit right with Aaron. Luke and Aaron grew up with each other and were best friends for years. While they do have a shaky past due to the incident which caused Aaron to be chased out of town, he still doesn’t believe Luke could kill his wife and son. When Luke’s parents ask Aaron to dig into this case he is extremely hesitant as this is not his area of expertise but agrees because he feels he owes it to them. Not only will this case drag Aaron back into his hometown where he is not welcome, he will also have to dig into his own past to figure out if it is the cause of Luke’s death.

The Dry is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel at 3.5 out of 5 for a captivating story that genuinely keeps you questioning every character. This book is graphic and nature and may upset those with a weak constitution.

Thank you Flat Iron Books for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

Dear Amy- Helen Callaghan

I very rarely find that a book leaves me without a sense of who the author is. Dear Amy is no different. Helen Callaghan has a unique story to tell and I look forward to reading her future works.

Margot Lewis has a dark past. In the new life she has made for herself she is now a high school teacher that gives advice in a “Dear Amy” column. When she gets a letter from someone who is writing as a missing girl from 15 years prior seeking help from her captor,Margot is unsure of what to make of them. Is this a joke? She’s had prank letters sent to her before. This feels different, it feels real. When she goes the police they initially laugh her off but after taking a closer look , they start to believe Margot.

Dear Amy is 340 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this novel a three out of five for keeping me intrigued throughout the story. Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this great story.

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

Lacey

The Fever- Megan Abbott

I’m pulling this book out of my “previously read” vault to review because it’s my last semester is school and I’ve been slacking on reading. This was the first Megan Abbott that I had the pleasure reading and since reading I’ve added many of her books to my to be read list.

The Fever takes place in a small town where Deenie, a young high school girl, suddenly has a seizure in the middle of class. When other female students start having unexplained seizures as well the entire town becomes increasingly paranoid to the point of hysteria.

The Fever is 303 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I really enjoyed this book. I always find myself drawn to mysteries and this book is no different. I give The Fever a 3 out of 5 for the anxiety it gave me throughout the story.

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

Lacey

The Trespasser- Tana French 

Goodness gracious, I love Tana French. Every one of her books is a page turner and I can’t help but get giddy picking up her newest book because I know it will be unique.

The Trespasser is a story of the Irish Murder Squad detective Antoinette Conway. Like all of French’s novels, she has us following a highlight case of a detective’s career. Detective Conway is the only female detective in the Murder Squad. Due to a previous disagreement with another detective, she feels shes been labeled as the black sheep of the squad. Feeling out of place has taken its share on Conway and she is feeling less and less useful on the squad. When a case comes in that feels slightly fishy, she latches onto it and it turns her life upside down.

449 pages long and addicting as ever. It took me awhile longer to finish this book (5 days) but it is well worth the commitment!

I give The Trespasser a 4 out of five because Antoinette Conway may be one of my favorite characters of all time. Tana French really knows how to bring these complex characters to life.

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

Lacey

Broken Harbor-Tana French 

Tana French is one talented woman. She is easily one of my favorite authors for her creative crime stories that will have you reading every one of her novels.

Our main character, Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, is an Irish Murder Squad detective. When he catches a case of a father and his two young children who’ve been murdered while the mother is in critical condition at Scortcher’s old family summer vacation stomping grounds, he starts to have flashbacks of similar distressing situations from his youth.

At 450 pages, Broken Harbor captures the eirey essence of multiple broken families and their struggles to remain “normal”.  This book took me 3.5 days to read.

I give Broken Harbor a 3.5 out of 5 for its stressful plot but accurate portrayal of mankind. This book is not for the faint of heart and can be difficult to ready as the nature of the book isn’t extremely pleasant. I very much recommend reading all of Tana French’s books and plan on reviewing many more for you!

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

Lacey

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larsson

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I realize that I’m behind the times when it comes to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but DEAR LORD. I’ve seen the US version of the movie and, naturally, was fascinated by Lisbeth Salander.

Our incredibly twisty turny novel follows both Mikael Blomkvist (a financial reporter on hiatus after being convicted of libel) who takes a job of solving a 35 year old mystery to gain dirt on the man whom he made libelous claims against and Lisbeth Salander (a complicated soul who hacks other people’s information as her career).

It would take me three whole days just to explain the plot but know this is a mystery worth getting lost in a book for.

464 pages and at times a tough read (lots of financial jargon in the beginning) and took me 5 days to read but is completely mind blowing.

I genuinely loved this book. With confidence I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 and I only go that low because the first 100 pages can be difficult to get through. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has some time to kill and a fairly good memory.

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

Lacey

This Is Where I Leave You- Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper is the best $3 bargain book I’ve had the pleasure of finding. I typically find myself reading mysteries and this book is definitely a change of pace.

Our main character Judd Foxman has had a tough year. First he found his wife and boss in bed together in quite an incriminating fashion.  Then he is told his father passed away. He is informed that his father’s dying wish was for their family to sit shiva for seven days (his father was not actively religious). While he can tolerate his family for a short amount of time, seven days will end up bringing out the worst in him and his family and surprisingly their best.

339 pages in enough to keep you wanting more of the Foxman family. Their flaws are endearing and above all else, entertaining. I finished this book in 3 days.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for keeping a mystery fan interested and not wanting the story to end.

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

Lacey