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

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

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

Lacey 

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!

Lacey

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!

Lacey 

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!

Lacey

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!

Lacey

Dark Matter- Blake Crouch 

You know when you get an “aha” moment when reading a book and it really starts to make you think that what you read could really happen?!?! Well I had that moment while reading this book and it freaked me out. Not that I was going to become some super smart scientist who can discover groundbreaking material, but just that there are other dimensions within our own. Crazy stuff going on in this book!!

Jason Dessen was once an up and coming scientist with a bright future ahead of him. No one had any doubt about that. When his future changes by getting a girl pregnant and settling down with her, his career takes the backseat. Fifteen years later Jason is a college physics professor and is happy in his average life with his wife and son. One night while leaving a bar he is kidnapped and questioned about his current life which not only scares him but makes him extremely curious. When he wakes up he feels different and his surroundings aren’t familiar. The man who woke him greets him like an old friend and the many people watching him all see incredibly proud. What is happening to him? Is he dreaming? It seems as though he is in a different world, one where he is not a physics professor but a world famous scientist who has accomplished great things. What is he going to do and how is he going to get back to his family?

Dark Matter is 340 pages long and took me three days to read.

I am giving Dark Matter a 4.5 out of 5 because this might be one of my favorite books of all time. With its ingenious plot and constant turning of the road to the finish, I was completely hooked. I highly recommend this book to anyone who will listen. It is fascinating and truly is a unique story!

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

Lacey