Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. You’re like, enough already with this lady. Here’s the deal- my girl Karin wrote a series BEFORE Will Trent (Grant County) and this is the first book in that series. I kind of wish I had done Grant County first because some of the characters end up overlapping in Will Trent. But OMG I could not put this down. The GS was kind of upset with me because he was trying to talk to me one night and I was straight up ignoring him while finishing this book. We’re still getting married.
and then of course the rest of the series… Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless, & Beyond Reach. Can’t stop won’t stop.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. My friend Kate recommended this to me- it’s about a 16-year-old girl living in a group home 6 years after she (allegedly) killed an infant. It’s loosely based on a real case from 2012. I could not put this down but I HATED the ending. It’s still worth reading and I want someone else to read it so we can talk about whether you also hated the ending. Pretty please?
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. I can’t remember if someone recommended this to me or if it just looked like a solid psychological thriller. I got about 40% of the way into it and was kind of bored. Or at least bored enough to ditch it when something else on my holds list became available.
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. This is the booked that bumped The Perfect Nanny. Sheila had pointed out that it reminded her a lot of The Wife Between Us, and I can see the similarities. But to me, the writing in this was just REALLY cheesy, especially the dialogue. I couldn’t get past it. I think the story twist in The Wife Between Us was more clever. Worth reading if you want something kind of mindless for the beach, but doesn’t get a strong recommendation from me.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. OBVIOUSLY I’ve already read this (25, 30 times?) but I’m including it because the GS and I listened to the audiobook on our trip down to Savannah and it made the trip fly by. The guy who narrates those books is unbelievable- the GS couldn’t believe it was one man doing all the voices.
I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. This came highly recommended from the My Favorite Murder podcast. The rest of the title is “One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.” The day after I finished the book, THEY CAUGHT THE GUY. My mind was blown and I felt oddly emotional about it even though I found the book occasionally hard to follow. If you’re interested in the case and don’t want to read the whole book there are tons of podcasts about it (including MFM, obviously).
Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell. This is a memoir by a female TV writer. I’m sad to say I didn’t recognize her name, though I did recognize some of the shows she had worked on (ahem, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and I’m glad I read it. She is very funny and I really liked a lot of her honest commentary on being a woman in a male-dominated profession. Even though I’m in a female-dominated profession. Oh well. Also it was very interesting to watch Tina Fey on David Letterman’s Netflix show after reading this book. Do it do it.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. This is a crazy, U.K. based thriller that involves a murder and some premature memory loss. I’m undecided on this one. The middle is too long, but then the ending is too abrupt. I found the writing to be a little annoying at times but it was still unpredictable. I guess I would recommend it, but there are definitely other books in this genre I’ve enjoyed more.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham. I mean, it’s a stretch to call this a book, Lauren. In case you haven’t already heard this from me 55 times already, I am obsessed with Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert” and when he had Lauren Graham on as a guest I lost my mind. She mentioned this book and admitted that it’s based on a graduation speech she gave, but it’s basically just a graduation speech. The audiobook is 28 minutes long. Still love her, but don’t spend money on this.