The River at Night- Erica Ferencik

Aside from being in a hammock with a good book, on a river is my favorite place to be. When my fiance and I decided to get married in Glacier National Park in Montana, the first thing I wanted to make sure we do while we are there is go white water rafting. So since I’m wedding planning and thinking about our great big Montana adventure in September I finally picked up this book. Oh man. This book is nuts! Good thing it’s fiction or I’d reconsider going out into the wilderness!!!

Every year Wini and her three middle aged best friends Pia, Sandra and Rachel go on a girls trip to catch up and spend some quality time. Pia, the queen bee of their friend group, chooses to go on a white water rafting trip in Maine. The others are weary as they are not what you’d call outdoorsy but they follow along because they never miss their girls trip. Once they are on the river they find white water rafting may not only endanger their friendship but also their lives.

The River at Night is 292 pages long and took me three days to read.

I reallllllly enjoyed reading The River at Night. It was a fresh of breath air from my usual addiction to “missing girl” thrillers. I give this novel a 4 out of 5 for giving me some serious chills and making me reconsider my own wilderness adventures.

Thank you to Scout Press for sending me a copy of this great book!

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

Lacey

The Couple Next Door- Shari Lapena

While wedding planning I started reading this book and let me tell you, it got me second guessing getting married! Just kidding, but this book is so well written that I started double checking that, yes, I do actually know the person I’m going to marry!!

Anne and Marco Conti just had their first child. They are going through a bit of a rough patch since Anne had the baby as she has postpartum depression. When  their babysitter cancels at the last minute they decide to still go to their neighbors for the first time in months. They bring the baby monitor along and plan to check on the baby every 30 minutes. After doing as they promised and checking on the baby, they leave their neighbor’s house at 1 AM and arrive home to find an empty crib. When the police arrive, the police immediately suspect Anne and Marco. What could they have gained by hurting their baby? How well do they really know each other? Where is their daughter?

The Couple Next Door is 308 pages long and took me three days to read.

I give this novel a four out of five for it’s intriguing plot and twisty-turny story line! I highly recommend reading this book if you haven’t already!

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

Her Every Fear- Peter Swanson

I have been reading very slow here lately as it’s my last semester of school before I’m done! Yessss! That being said, I’m finding that I’m reading more than studying so I won’t be posting as often until I’m done.

This is my first Peter Swanson novel and I really enjoyed it. I’ll start by saying there are a lot of creepy characters in this boon but Kate Priddy, our main character, is worth it.

Kate has a traumatic past. After being nearly killed by her ex-boyfriend, she reluctantly agrees to get out of London and swap apartments with her second cousin in Boston. Because of her traumatic past she suspects the worst out of every situation. When she arrives at her cousin’s apartment and finds that his neighbor has been murdered her first instinct is flight. But she is determined to make this work and to prove to herself that she can do it. Then she finds that her cousin was intimately connected to the girl next door. Did her cousin that she hardly knows kill this girl? What did she get herself into?

Her Every Fear is 329 pages of suspense and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for its wonderful character development.

Thank you so much to HarperCollins Publishing for sending me this great book!

Please comment with your thoughts once you’ve read this book!

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

Lacey 

Party of One- Dave Holmes

 

I’m not usually a fan of biographies. They don’t usually hold my attention long enough to keep me reading the whole way through.

But Dave Holmes has written an autobiography that is not only hilariously honest but also incredibly endearing. Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs is Dave Holmes story of growing up a young, gay male in the 80’s. While I am not: 1. gay or 2. male, I found this story to be truly inspiring about finding yourself when you feel like no one understands you. Holmes’ snarky and honest voice shines throughout the book.

Party of One is 272 pages and as I mentioned before, it takes me a little longer to read biographies so it took me 10 days. I want to emphasize that this doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this book, because I did! I’m just a little slower at reading this type of book!

I happily give Party of One a 3 out of 5 for bringing a smile to my face and a new fondness of Dave Holmes.

Please leave your comments with your thoughts on this novel!

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

Lacey

P.S. I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.

The Good Girl-Mary Kubica 


There is a reason Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl was on the New York Times Bestseller list: it is FANTASTIC! Reading this book while on vacation in secluded Minnesota (where the majority of the book takes place) made reading it that much more intense. This story’s narriation is what drew me in. It is narrated by three characters: Gabe Hoffman- a detective assigned to solving Mia Dennett’s kidnapping, Eve Dennett- Mia’s mother and Colin Thatcher- Mia’s kidnapper.

I typically get annoyed when I read reviews that compare books to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and seeing the comparison on The Good Girl’s cover made me skeptical. After finishing this book I can say that I agree with the comparison. While it is a different type of story it is certainly as twisty and turny as Gone Girl.

361 pages of emotion make-up The Good Girl. I quickly finished this book within 3 days of starting (note that I was on vacation so I had some time to spare!).

I give this book a 4 of 5 for its exciting use of narration, for giving me a story I won’t forget and will most likely read again.

After reading the book, please leave a comment with your thoughts!

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

Lacey

Murder House- James Patterson & David Ellis

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I love James Patterson. It’s true, he is one of my favorite authors and most likely I will review many of his books for you. Murder House is the first. Detective Jenna Murphy, former New York City cop, moves to the Hamptons to begin her career as a local detective after she experiences the corruption of NYC. After moving to the quiet town she is so familiar with due to her uncle (current Hampton’s Police Chief), she comes to find that an estate in the Hampton’s doesn’t have the nickname the “Murder House” just for the heck of it.

This story is possibly one of my favorite James Patterson books as Detective Jenna Murphy is fierce and will stop at nothing to find the truth.

At 451 pages this is a hardy book but the story will keep you hooked. I read this book in 5 days and enjoyed every minute of it.

I give this book an easy 4.5 of 5. If you are a fan of twisty-turny plots then I think you’ll agree!

After reading please leave a comment to let me know what you think!

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

Lacey