If you’re following anyone in the #bookstagram community, you’ve seen #thewomaninthewindowsplashed across your feed. I’d only heard good things, so I went into it optimistic. It’s not a fast-paced thriller… think more #hitchcock suspense; letting the reader’s imagination take the reins. After the first couple of chapters, I felt that it resembled #girlonthetrain too much (alcoholic woman sees something disturbing through a window, and others question if her inebriated state caused her to ‘see things’), but it quickly sets itself apart from others in this genre. With the twists and turns of #gonegirl, and the suspense of #thegirlonthetrain, this one will quickly become one of the best psychological thrillers of 2018. I absolutely loved the way the author uses the readers interpretations to provide the suspense, as we view the story through the main character’s point-of-view. And of course, movie rights are already in play. @ajfinnbooks
Thank you @crimebythebook and @gareindeedreads for the #reco.
It's officially January, and I promised myself back in December when I started my two week break that I was going to get loads of blogging done, read my foot high TBR pile, and paint a piece of furniture...suffice to say, not one was accomplished. So rather than post separate book reviews, I have chosen to summarize two December reads in as few sentences as possible because...#lazy.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
I've been looking for a romantic comedy to fill the void that The Hating Game (Sally Thorne) left me in. It was my favourite RomCom of the past decade. Roomies has been splashed across the bookstagram community and I had to get my hands on it. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book, but then it lost me. I am not a 'romance' fan (I actually despise reading steamy explicit content. I'll usually skim pages), and I felt that it went down that avenue and stayed there. This may be for you if you like romantic contemporary.
Wow! A solid 5 stars. I don't know why it took me so long to read Beartown. This is a book that has everything, covering many different facets, full of emotion and deeply insightful. The characters are diverse, beautifully detailed, and complex. I could literally write quote after quote because each one resonates, and makes you question and ponder this moral fiction. I actually felt transported to the town as Backman does an incredible job of describing the emotional and physical response the barren land has on this community and the people. Did I mention it's a sports story? I am not a hockey fan, and yet I quickly found myself rooting for the players, until the unspeakable act disrupts their dream. Beartown is the perfect Book Club selection because the discussion's would revolve around moral dilemmas, loyalty, race, and right vs. wrong,
"People round here don't always know the difference between right and wrong. But we know the difference between good and evil."
I was fortunate enough to receive an amazing package of books from Dutton back in November, full of Advanced Reader Copies. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read the first instalment in the UNSUB series, however I found this one works as a stand-alone. This was an intense and thrilling reading experience. I started this on December 29th as we headed up to Whistler for New Years Eve weekend. Once I started, I couldn't stop, and I read well into the night on News Year Eve (super anti-social). The characters are mesmerizing, the detailed scenes heart-wrenching, and the plot is completely original. I felt like I was watching an entire season of Criminal Minds. I highly recommend this one for anyone needing a fast-paced, addictive psychological thriller. I didn't think any thrillers could top Good Me, Bad Me, Final Girls, or The Good Daughter this year, but this one knocked it out of the park. Bravo Gardiner!
Details from Goodreads:
Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss.
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.
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