Horror, Thriller

The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper ManThe Whisper Man by Alex North

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love. Love. Love.

I’m a thriller lover and unfortunately the genre is so saturated that it’s difficult to find something unique, surprising, unexpected, and creepy. The Whisper Man hit it out of the park on all accounts.

There were so many parts of this book where I found myself sincerely shocked by some of the twists which is generally not the case when I read thrillers. And the story itself was just disturbing enough to give you the heebie jeebies.

The characters were authentic and flawed in a way that felt so real. I felt their struggles.

I would love to see this book made into a movie. It would make a great film for the Halloween season.

If you like thrillers, go read this one now. You’ll thank me later.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Alex North, and Celadon Books for the opportunity to review.-

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Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryThe Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was instantly drawn to this book when I saw the gorgeous cover. And without even knowing what it was about, I knew I had to read it.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a mix between fantascy, science fiction, and romance.

I wasn’t quite sure where it was headed in the beginning, but once I caught on to the story, I was fully engaged. I loved how Alix E. Harrow developed the characters. That was honestly the best thing about this book. The way that the story built upon itself was fascinating, and the literary nature of the prose was wonderful.

The first half of the book was fascinating and I did find myself losing some steam around 2/3 of the way through, but it picked up again at the end. I can’t say I was super surprised by the ending but all the loose ends were tied up well.

Overall, if you’re a fan of fantasy, I would highly recommend this one.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Alix E. Harrow, and Redhook Books for the opportunity to review.-

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General Fiction (Adult), Romance

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a FireThings You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was super cute and had a lot of really great life lessons. The main character was written very well, with her tough outer shell and hardened personality from being abandoned and traumatized throughout the years. I loved seeing her transformation throughout the book. The author focused a lot on forgiveness throughout the story in lots of different ways and through many different character’s actions and backstories. And there were plenty of great quotes about life and its challenges that hit home. I will say there were times when the story was a bit cliche but I didn’t really care because it all came together well in the end. I would recommend giving this one a read.

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Audiobook Review, Mystery, Thriller

The Turn of the KeyThe Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I love Ruth Ware! There is just something about her gothic writing style that resonates with me and I enjoy everything she writes. I have to admit that my favorite is The Death of Mrs. Westaway and her newest unfortunately did not knock my socks off but I still enjoyed it.

One quick side note…. All of Ruth Ware’s audiobooks are narrated by Imogen Church and she is fabulous. Her voice and style go hand in hand perfectly with the spirit of Ruth Ware’s work. I hope she continues to narrate her stories in the future.

This story was a tad different from everything else I’ve read by Ruth Ware and frankly I’ve grown a tad tired of thrillers with a nanny as a central character. They seem a bit overdone right now. I did enjoy the ghost story quality to the story but wasn’t overly excited about the ending. It was a good book and I enjoyed it but it didn’t knock my socks off. Given how excited I was for Ware’s latest release, I was a little bit let down.

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Historical Fiction

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping LucyKeeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I fell in love with T. Greenwood last year when I read Rust & Stardust. So I was very excited to read her newest book Keeping Lucy. While I don’t think it was quite as good, I still did enjoy it.

Let’s rewind several decades. Now imagine you give birth to a child with Down Syndrome and your husband sends the baby to an institution for the mentally impaired against your wishes. Now imagine you have an opportunity to reunite with your child but you see that the conditions at the institution are more atrocious than you could imagine. What would you do?

I enjoyed this story and felt like I could relate to the mother. This is a pretty heartbreaking story. But that being said, there were pieces that were perhaps a tad over the top or unbelievable which is why I ended up giving it 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, really enjoyable read.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, T. Greenwood, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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