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

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 

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 

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

I See You- Clare Mackintosh

I’m back in my groove, y’all! Hopefully I’ll be able to start cranking out reviews like I’ve been wanting to! I’m very excited to share my thoughts on Clare Mackintosh’s “I See You” with you.

Zoe Walker is just your average, everyday woman that travels to home and work by train.  When she browses the newspaper on her way home she sees a familiar picture in the personals section with a phone number and a website “findtheone.com”. After looking closer she realizes that the picture is of herself. She is, naturally, freaked out about her picture being used in the paper without her consent. When Zoe recognizes another picture in the personals section dated a a few days before her own she tries to recall how she knows her. When she realizes that she knows this woman from an article about her keys being stolen on the train while she slept, Zoe calls the police.  Zoe becomes increasingly concerned that there is a connection of crime to the personals advertisement.  Is she next in line to get robbed or hurt?

I See You is 372 pages long and took me four days to read.

I give this novel a four out of five because it kept me completely on the hook! The excitement of this novel literally doesn’t stop until the last page. I highly recommend this book!!

Please comment with your thoughts after you’ve read!

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

Lacey

 

Still Mine- Amy Stuart

I finally finished a book! For the first time in over a month I have taken a book off my to be read pile and now am able to put it on the shelf. This book made it possible and hopefully jump start my new years resolution of reading a book a week!

Clare isn’t her real name but that’s what the folks of the small town Blackmore call her. She will only be in Blackmore a week and in that time she needs to find out what happened to Shayna Fowles, the missing local. Clare is running from her own past but in order to do so she needs to move forward. By finding where or what happened to Shayna will be lucrative for her and she needs money now more than ever. When she starts to lose herself in what feels like home (and not in a good way) she obsesses about finding Shayna before its to late for herself to get out.

Still Mine is 305 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel a three out of five because I really enjoyed reading this story. It wasn’t a difficult read and was exactly what I needed to get back into my reading groove.

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

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

Lacey