Is it December tomorrow? I can hardly believe that Christmas is around the corner. November was a busy month and it flew by. The saying "The days are long, but the years are short" is ringing true today. I didn't get to read as many books as I would have liked this month, so I am looking forward to the month of December. 2 weeks off from work will be the highlight, so I can put a dent in my TBR pile. I have some great reads I was gifted from Dutton Books, Gallery Books, HarperCollins Canada and BookSparks to look forward to.
November's Reads from Best to...not as good?
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner (I am obsessed! Can't wait to write a review)
The Problem of God by Mark Clark (A modern perspective that answered all of my questions)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (For anyone still reeling from Behind Closed Doors)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Crime by the Book raves...enough said!)
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Modern take on The Talented Mr. Ripley?)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (No comment).
December's TBR pile
Roomies by Christina Lauren (Releases this week!!!)
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes is one of my favourite books of all time!)
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner (Unsub Soon to be a CBS TV Series!)
Say Nothing by Brad Parks
Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
"Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve."
One of my favourite books last year was Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. There is something addictive about domestic thrillers as of lately. The Last Mrs. Parrish isn't face-paced, but it's fuelled by suspense. The tagline for Behind Closed Doors was, "The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?", and I think this is the best way to describe this book. This is a tale of envy and greed, weaved as a psychological thriller. The reader encounters psychological manipulation, betrayal, and revenge.
What I liked:
I loved the character of Daphne Parrish, (however it takes 2/3 of the book to reach her point of view). The story is addictive. After the first chapter, I was hooked. It's jaw dropping to think what some women are willing to do in order to have the 'perfect life,' and how quickly jealousy can become obsession. I really liked how the authors presented dual perspectives, illustrating how our views can be flawed, and appearances can be deceiving.
What I didn't like:
The ending is great, don't get me wrong, but it felt rushed! The first part tended to drag on and on... we get it...you want her life, reminiscent of some slow, Lifetime movie. When it finally came time to see everything come together it fell flat, entirely artificial. I also didn't like the scenes of domestic violence. If you've read or seen Big Little Lies, you know what I'm referring to. It would make for a great movie though! I'm thinking Jon Hamm meets Kate Mara and Rachel Weisz.
I officially joined the #bookstagram community at the end of 2015. Since then, I've read upwards of 150 books, met a community of amazing people, and became a part-time blogger. Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform, and I spend a ton of my free time scrolling through different bookstagrammers accounts to see what they're reading and discussing. I have come across hundreds of amazing handles, but my favourites are those with aesthetic material, honest reviews, and who make connections with their readers. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the accounts you need to be following.
I have seen this book all over Instagram and in everyone's hands in passing this month. I've read a few of John Green's books including Finding Alaska and The Fault in our Stars. I know I'm not the targeted audience for YA, however I do love this genre. I listened to this on Audible, so it may have impacted by opinion, as the multiple voices were read vastly different than I would read on my own. The main character suffers from an anxiety disorder. Listening to the narrator gave me anxiety, which proves Green's ability to force the reader into the characters shoes in a compelling and powerful way. At the heart of this story is the mystery of a billionaire, which Aza and Daisy attempt to solve in order to earn the large reward. I didn't think the two themes blended at all. I found the story to lack a solid plot line. Events were unrealistic, characters were self-absorbed and narcissistic, and the unending references to Star Wars was enough to make close this one and never return. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone. For some of my favourite Young Adult reads, check out the link.
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