The entire Will Trent series (Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Fallen, Criminal, Unseen, The Kept Woman) by Karin Slaughter. There are also two novellas (Snatched and Busted) that are included at the end of two of two of the books. I didn’t intend to read ALL eight of these within the span of a Kindle post, but I couldn’t help flying through them back to back. They don’t necessarily have to be read in order but I would recommend it if you can. If you’re into twisted thrillers I can’t recommend her stuff enough. I find them to be very unpredictable and the character development is just incredible. I can’t wait for the next one!
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. I wanted to love this book so much. It’s about a Muslim family living in London, the 19-year-old brother gets recruited to ISIS and his sisters try to get him back. So interesting, right?! No. The writing is bizarre. I wanted more story and less description of stupid stuff like the plants on the terrace. I can’t recommend this one but if you’ve already read it can you corroborate that it was bad, please? Thanks.
The Dry by Jane Harper. This was our Grown Up Conversation book club book for January! I would say I liked it but didn’t love it. I did find it to be unpredictable but it moves a little bit slow for a mystery. Maybe because I’m accustomed to mystery/thrillers and this is only a mystery and not at all a thriller. If you want more on this one you can listen to our book club podcast episode on it!
I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I really liked her other book I Let You Go so I was pretty excited to listen to this one. CLARE! I’m mad at you. This book has a perfect realistically creepy premise and the end (especially the epilogue) is so unpredictable and insane. But the first 85% of the book is boring! I don’t know what I would do to fix it but I’m disappointed because it had SO much potential.
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. I listened to The Guest Room last summer and it had me on the edge of my seat but this one… BORING. A woman known to sleepwalk disappears in the middle of the night and her husband and two daughters wonder what happened. That’s about it. There’s a twist in the last… two minutes? But it’s not worth it. Hard pass.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. There were about 300 holds on this so I used my Audible credit for it. People are going nuts over this book but I was not impressed. I can’t tell if I hated it because of the writing or because the narrators for the audiobook just have this terrible fake/stereotypical Southern accent. It made the already cheesy dialogue sound even worse. It reminded me a little bit of Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain which was (in my opinion) much better. So if you did like it, read that one!
In the Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch. This is about a young new teacher at a private school outside of DC in the 1980s. I picked it on a whim one night when I had just finished a Will Trent and had nothing to read before bed. It was just okay, kind of slow. The writing was good, though.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I’m always weirdly skeptical when I see a novel that has two authors, and Sheila and I have decided that you can tell this one was- there are some logistics that don’t quite add up. But the audiobook definitely held my attention, and I was very into the epilogue. Recommend!
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. This is our Grown Up Conversation book club pick for March. It’s a YA book, and there were some things about it that bothered me in the same way that all YA books do (characters doing unrealistic things, unnatural dialogue, etc.) but I still really liked it. It held my attention and was not predictable, which I give it major points for. I can see them turning it into a movie or Netflix series a la Thirteen Reasons Why.
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. Is anyone surprised that I was drawn to this book like a moth to a flame? I waited forever on hold to get this and was so excited when that day finally came. I REALLY liked it but I have reservations about recommending it universally because it’s pretty dark. If you look at the cover and you’re expecting a 27 Dresses remake, this is not it. I would compare the tone/humor level to Sweetbitter, so if you weren’t into that you should probably pass on this one.
That’s a wrap! 17 books in 2 months- not too shabby.
(This is me finding the silver lining in being immobile.)
Enjoy and, as always, send your recommendations my way!