Mystery, Thriller

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

The ArrangementThe Arrangement by Robyn Harding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the story here. The idea of a young art student struggling in New York City and becoming a sugar baby to make ends meet was something I haven’t seen before.

Was the book the most exciting from beginning to end? No. It was actually on the basic side in terms of how the story unfolded. But it was a very fast read and kept my attention the entire time.

If I had to compare the two, I did like this one more than Robyn Harding’s last book Her Pretty Face. And although I saw the ending coming from a mile away, I still liked the thought the author put into the story’s final twist.

Overall, this was a successful thriller but nothing mind blowing. I would recommend it to my thriller readers out there. It’s worth the time investment.

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

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Horror, Mystery

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary FriendImaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit when I saw that this book was 700+ pages, I was kind of intimidated. I generally am not a fan of long books because they tend to be long for the sake of being long. However, one of my favorite things about this book was the journey. The order in which information was given to the baby took me as the reader on a ride from start to finish and I was constantly trying to figure out what would happen next.

I thought the story was extremely unique. A boy goes missing for 6 days and when he reemerges strange things start to happen in the town. But it took me forever to figure out what the strange things had to do with each other, which held my attention.

I will say that toward the end, the story started to get a little too weird and convoluted for my taste, and I did have some unanswered questions in the end that I wish I had more clear cut answers to. I would say that the first half of the book was a 5 star read but the second half ended up being closer to a 3 star read. So I’ll split the difference and give the book 4 stars overall.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Stephen Chbosky, and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to review.-

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Mystery, Thriller

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Thirteen (Eddie Flynn, #4)Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I requested this book from the publisher, I had no idea that it was the 4th book in a series. But it honestly didn’t matter. While there were some minor references to earlier books in the series, it could have served as a stand alone.

I found the concept of a serial killer sitting on the jury of a murder trial unique and interesting. It reminded me of a mixture of John Grisham’s Runaway Jury and an episode of Criminal Minds.

I thought the way the story progressed was perfection, with lots of build up. I will say that I wasn’t entirely shocked by any of the “surprises” along the way, but the story came together in a way that made sense while addressing all the loose ends.

Overall, this was a strong mystery/thriller and I enjoyed my first read from Steve Cavanagh. I would highly recommend.

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

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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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Mystery, Thriller

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape RoomThe Escape Room by Megan Goldin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published on July 30th!

I absolutely love playing escape rooms. Usually whenever I have friends in town, I take them to The Escape Game Nashville which has come to be my favorite. So when I had an opportunity to review Megan Goldin’s The Escape Room and participate in her blog tour I was in!

I really enjoyed this book. Although I must admit that I was expecting more in the way of an escape room given the title. While there were some puzzles/clues along the way, the book was more about relationships and dynamics between coworkers in a high powered financial firm. And while I though Megan Goldin did a fantastic job developing the characters (they are all horrible people by the way), I was waiting for more escape room qualities.

Like I said, the characters were all horrible. Don’t get me wrong. They were written wonderfully, but they are not the kind of people that you would want as friends. They’re pretty despicable and it was interesting to see their relationships unravel when put in a high stress environment.

One thing that I probably would have changed is the prologue. Honestly, I think it gave away too much of the fun. I already had an idea in my mind of what was going to happen in the end, and I was pretty darn close. Had the prologue not been there, I think I would have been more surprised by the ending.

Overall, this was a strong thriller and I would recommend it for your summer reading TBR.

I received an advanced copy of this book exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Megan Goldin, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.

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