The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

I love Ruth Ware. I was a huge fan of both In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman In Cabin 10 and have previously done reviews on both. So, naturally, I bombarded Scout Press and they were kind enough to send me an advanced copy of her latest, The Lying Game, coming out July 25th.

Our story follows four best friends reunited by a text in the middle of the night. “I need you” from their friend Kate can only mean one thing, something is very very wrong. Our lead, Isa, rushes to her friends aid bringing her back to her old boarding school which holds quite a few memories, even some that are criminal. A bone has been found near Kate’s childhood home and the four women will do anything to protect not only their friend, but their own lives from being torn apart by this discovery.

The Lying Game is 370 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

Again, I love Ruth Ware and enjoy her writing style so much! I really enjoyed this story and the loops it took me through so I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone!

Thank you so much to Scout Press for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

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

Since We Fell- Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the man. He’s written two of my favorite books, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island so least to say, when I received his new book “Since We Fell” in the mail I completely freaked out. I requested this book from Ecco without entirely knowing what it was about which I’ve been trying to do more often but OBVIOUSLY it’s a Dennis Lehane novel so I wasn’t too worried about not liking it.

Rachel Childs was once a reporter with her whole life ahead of her. She was an up and coming star at the t.v. station employing her who knew she could make it big. When she is assigned to cover a disaster in Haiti her entire world changes. She becomes obsessed with exposing the world she is surrounded by while she is there. This difficult subject matter pushes her to the point of a breakdown. After her public meltdown, she essentially becomes a hermit. When she runs into an old acquaintance, Brian, after her current husband divorces her, she falls for him fast. She ends up marrying Brian who helps her with her anxiety about the outside world. But when she catches Brian in a lie, her entire world comes crashing down. Does she even know this man that she’s in love with?

Since We Fell is 418 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for keeping me guessing. It has a slow start and took me awhile to really get into it but once I did I was sold. Lehane’s writing has a quality that keeps you thinking about the book weeks after you’ve finished.

Thank you Harper Collins/Ecco for sending me this great addition to my Dennis Lehane collection!

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

Lacey

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 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

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