So, a true story: I have wanted to update for forever. I had a classic WordPress editor plugin, and I think once WordPress went to this new block editor it completely broke that classic plugin, which left me unable to title my blog posts? So I quit trying, because holy crap that was annoying.
I have read quite a few books since then, so I thought I’d do some mini reviews now that I know I can come back and do actual … full reviews. (Who reads books during this apocalypse we live in, anyway?) This isn’t everything I’ve read since the summer, but it’s a pretty large selection.
The Last Flight – Julie Clark
An intriguing thriller about two ladies who swap identities before they get on two separate planes. They want out of their current lives for very different reasons, so it was interesting to watch this unfold. A large theme of 2020’s thrillers seems to be “men are trash,” and this book was certainly no exception. It was a good story, very short, and kept me interested and guessing the whole way. Unfortunately it was forgettable enough that I have already forgotten almost the entire plot, so I feel good about the 3 star rating.
Agnes at the End of the World – Kelly McWilliams
Ah man, we could have had it all, rolling in the deep, Agnes. I really enjoyed the premise and plot of this one! I love a good cult story, and I can always appreciate one that really makes you think about organized religion. But this book had the one, the only, the dreaded Big Red Bow Ending. S I G H.
Home Before Dark – Riley Sager
Better than its predecessor Lock Every Door, but still not my favorite. This one did shatter my “Sager is getting worse with every novel” theory, but it’s still a far cry from how much I loved Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied. Those books had the most excellent twist endings, and this one just sort of thudded at your feet like a deflated kickball.
The Patient – Jasper DeWitt
No. Not even once. Please don’t. I just … no. I didn’t pay money for it and I am glad. I love a good medical thriller and this one just … I … no. No for so many reasons. No. Negative. No. Not on my watch. Save your time.
A Song Below Water – Bethany C. Morrow
An average sort of urban fantasy YA, but it has such an interesting concept behind it, and so many lush details. I think it is really, really great for a specific audience, and I am just not that audience. That said, if I were a high school librarian, I would 100% have a copy of this on the shelves of my media center for a whole host of reasons.
He Started It – Samatha Downing
Two books in, I can now safely say that Samantha Downing is an auto-buy author for me. She excels at making you feel a false sense of security and smug superiority. You are like, “ah I know exactly what this is” and then it turns out you 100% do NOT know what it is, because she fooled you. I fell for it in My Lovely Wife, and I sure fell for it here, too. What an amazing story that I literally can’t tell you anything about because it’ll ruin it. Trust me.
The Other Woman – Sandie Jones
A perfectly fine, “normal” sort of starter domestic thriller. If I hadn’t read many domestic thrillers, I’d have been fine with this one and probably not have guessed many of its plot points. Unfortunately, I read way too many domestic thrillers and saw this thing coming a mile away. Meh.
The End of Her – Shari LaPena
Man, I wanted to love this one so much because I really enjoy some of her books, but LaPena is so hit or miss for me, and this one was just a miss. It was a domestic thriller, but the ending felt so abrupt and lackluster that it honestly just made me mad. What a hot mess.
When No One Is Watching – Alyssa Cole
I have heard so much about this one and how great it is! Unfortunately, it sort of fell through for me and I can’t quite explain why. It leaned very heavy on romance, which makes sense because Alyssa Cole is a romance author and it shows. But her voice is fresh and unique and funny, and she makes this one worth finishing. However I’ve read stuff like Vox and I’ve seen Get Out and I just felt like I’ve read this plot before. It will pave the way for some good stuff, and it taught me some things about gentrification and urban sprawl, but I wish I had gotten … more from it in the end. I think labeling it a thriller did it some damage. It’s a thriller like a courtroom drama is a thriller – in reality it is slow and creeping.
Horrid – Katrina Leno
What a book. I joined OwlCrate specifically for this book and the items they teased with it, and I am super glad I did. This was the most fun, and the ending is such a cliffhanger which I personally love in a thriller. This is an unsettling, creepy ghost story that made me jump a few times reading it – for YA, that’s a pretty big feat! I really enjoyed myself here, and even though I saw the big plot twist coming early on I still had a great time getting there. This will absolutely go on my list of YA spooky story recommendations.
Hopefully I might come back soon with some actual, full-length book reviews! COVID-19 has made my urge to sit down and blog all but disappear, but I really want to get back in the saddle and pursue my joys again, so hopefully be on the lookout for that!