Mystery

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child: The Must-Read Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018The Child was an intriguing and heartbreaking book. I was invested in the characters and their stories from the beginning. The book was written through the eyes of each character from chapter to chapter, which is a style of writing that I quite enjoy. Each character brought depth to the story that continued throughout the entirety of the novel.

While I did see the end coming from early on, I had no idea how all the pieces fit together. So, I was still pleasantly surprised when the ending was revealed. I couldn’t put this book down, and would highly recommend to others who enjoy thrillers.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

I cannot say enough great things about this book! I read it from cover to cover in one day. The author grabs your attention from the very beginning, and takes you on a roller coaster ride right up until the very end. There were so many twists and turns in this book, and I did not see a single one of them coming. I think it is fair to say that by the end of this book, I was completely “mind blown.” I found myself extremely impressed with Blake Crouch and wondering how somebody’s mind could compose such an intricate and convoluted story. After reading Dark Matter, I would place it in my mind as one of the top 5 books I have ever read. Since reading, I have recommended to several others, some of whom had already read it, and shared the same sentiment. I really can’t say enough good things about this book and this author. I will be reading his others in the future.
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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's SecretAfter watching the miniseries Big Little Lies, I could not wait to read some of Liane Moriarty’s other work. The Husband’s Secret was a good transition into her novels. I found the text engaging, and her style of writing kept me turning the pages. The chapters were short, and the story is told in a back and forth fashion through the eyes of different characters with each new chapter.

I was surprised that the author divulged “the husband’s secret” pretty early on in the story, and wasn’t quite sure how the rest of the story was going to develop. However, the story continued to evolve through the remainder of the book. While the ending was not as climactic as I would have liked, I still enjoyed how the author tied up loose ends, and answered the reader’s questions. Would read her other works.

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window

After reading the description of this book, I pre-ordered and could not wait to read it. It did not disappoint. The way that the author developed, Anna, the main character was extremely impressive. I felt like I knew her and felt like I could understand her thoughts and actions throughout the entirety of the novel. A.J. Finn had a knack for adding little quirks here and there throughout the story that allowed me to put myself in the shoes of Anna.

The agoraphobic angle was intriguing, and something I had never experienced in other thrillers. And Anna’s interactions with other people throughout the novel despite her agoraphobia were extremely interesting, and at times heartbreaking.

While I did see most of the “twists” coming, there were no lack of surprises in this book. I still found it enjoyable and found myself unable to put it down. I cannot wait to see what this new author comes up with next!