The Lies this Book Holds

Lies She Told by: Cate Holahan

 

SUMMARY


Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

REVIEW


First Thoughts

This succubus of a book hooked me on the bandwagon and I was happy to take a ride on this roller coaster of thrills and chills, I mean what more could you ask for a book about suspense of a woman that sounds like she’s losing her mind while playing not only the role of herself but also the role of her character with the lines blurring in between an affair; a murder; and two crazy women each trying to cover up their own tracks. So I was a little excited and after reading “Final Girls” I was ready for a GOOD suspense/thriller book, or at least a good book in general

Well, once again, I have been pushed off a cliff of high hopes into the sea of killed dreams as this book is no longer a book of suspense and thrills and chills unless you find going on a company trip to be just so darn thrilling, (Can you feel my sarcasm radiating off the page as you read this) because so far that all you get at the half way mark in this book. Instead of a book of suspense that makes me cling to every word, or every anything psychologically compelling, I get a book about a infertile woman going through treatments to try and have a baby with a husband who wants nothing to do with her like at all. So from this point you can see me anger and annoyance with this book.

Final Thoughts

This has a sweet but bitter taste to it, I feel like you must suffer through the first part of the book with all the bitterness you can withstand in one sitting with out trying to make a face or spit it out then once you make it to part two of the book you are taken back by this weird sweetness that has now some how fought it’s way out of that hard shell of bitterness and disgust, but the two flavors are still mixing together and your not quite sure if you like the way the bitterness tingles in your cheeks or the way the sweetness coats your tongue. So you keep the candy in your mouth trying to decipher whether or not you hate or like this candy, while the third part of this book has busted into your mouth like a water balloon popping because there was too much water inside and then all you taste is sweetness but its just way too sweet now so you spit it out.

I feel like what I just said is pretty much the whole book right there. Part one is a let down in which you have to force you eye to stay on the page while you read about fertility treatments, which they do play a part in the book but I don’t need every little detail.  The second part we get a hint of the lie and mystery that takes place in this book but it is still mostly more flirting and baby chasing. Then you make it to the third part the mood that was once a boring housewife sobbing out all her problems has switched into a woman in a straight jacket arguing back and forth with herself in the constant struggle of murderer of victim and you must now put together broken pieces that don’t fit.

I really feel like this book was a waste of my time I could have spent reading a better book. The characters in here are so boring and just have no feel to them at all, Liza only cries and begs for attention from her husband but then goes quite as a mouse when he tells her no, I have only seen her show two emotions throughout this whole book sadness and anger. You get a little back ground on her at the end but the background you get is context clued that you can put two and two together and already know long before being told. Nick is just a guy who is rude to his wife then depressed, that is it for him you get nothing else on the matter except he is from Texas and is a lawyer.

I think that the women in this book are more crazy then how most women would act. I mean I can say that if my husband cheated on me I would not just go out and kill the other lover, I would confront him and either kick him out and or move out and do my best to move on, divorce is very common now a days and since she mentions the Manhattan bombing you know this book is pretty recent. I think if pushed back into a different time period then maybe this book theme might work well but I just think it was a waste of time.

The psychological suspense I was meant to experience never came to me, maybe because I suffered though the book so much that I was done by the end or maybe because I already knew what the Author was going to pull when it take take to pop the magic trick. I will never read this book again.

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Stereotypical Horror Girl

Final Girls By Riley Sager

 

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Summary


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter became part of a club called the final girls after being the only one to survive a massacre after going to a cabin with her friends. Now, Quincy is doing well maybe even great, She has a caring fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Review


First Thoughts

In the first few chapters of reading this book I keep trying to hear the voice of mystery soaked in terror, but so far I’ll I’m getting in just mystery laced with anger, lots of anger. While I’m reading this I’m hoping it turns out to be the book I am hoping it is. I signed up for a book full of thrills and chills, a horror book to kick off the soon to be month on Halloween. I am currently dissapointed in the way things are playing out so far the book is mostly about Sam being a complete and total rude bitch, who only wants to make Quincy mad, which Quincy let her make her mad and ends up going like totally insane.

The characters so far are not even worth investing the time into. Sam is just a pushy manipulating bitch who just wants to make Quincy”s life hell. Quincy is a total push over and does whatever Sam tells her to do and refuses to take anyone else’s advice on the matter.

Final Thoughts

Well can I just say what a let down this book was for me. I was pumped for a book full of mystery and horror ready to dI’ve deep into this book and forever be scared by this book in a wonderful way but instead I am left with a scar of dissapointment. The parts where the book flashed back to pine cottage were only a 1 on the horror scale like some people got killed that was is no drama no dramatic build up just stabbing and dead then done. The characters in the book I still do not like or care about any of them because the girls are just stereotypical horror story girls where they make dumb choices and let people push them around and tell them what to do.

The ending of the book was the best part of the entire thing the plot was bland and boring and left me nothing to get hyped for, the only thing that remotely got my interstate was what did Sam what and why was she being such a bitch. The ending was something that you might not see coming but the build of to it was exactly what you think will happen.

All in all if you want a book about drama and girls cat fighting with each other and a small bit of mystery lost in a hay stack.

A Million Feelings

A Million Junes By:Emily Henry

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Summary

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree. But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her and all of the O’Donnells before her to let go.


Review

First Thoughts

I have literally been avoiding this book for the longest time, I kept saying I’ll read it later, then later came and I just really did not want to read with book it just seemed so boring when I started it. A book that takes place in a small town with two fighting families just seems like a ton of drama and ANOTHER remake of Romeo and Juliet and I think there are enough of those. Now I started with book like someone was forcing me to eat a food I hate, there was a step dad and mother with half brother, the best friend who has a crush on the guy June is not supposed to be around and the same guy who she runs into as fate would have it. Then things start to take a twist and I start to hate it less and less as the story starts to expand and you are introduced to a new world of lies and love all mixed in together.

The character are some that I think we see very often a misunderstood, a sweet shy girl, and two loud best friends, and normal parents and siblings to wrap it all together. So far I think the best friends I way way to cliche with them being loud, funny, and forcing the main character to be dragged along by them, but always there to back you up. I think I have a small connection to June but at the same time I think half the things that run through her mind are total crap. So far it looks promising.

Final Thoughts

This book started out in a way where I never wanted to read it but as the story develops the tone goes from one of a storyteller talking about two families drama into a voice of eire passion lace with sadness and love. The Author takes a step into the pages and pours her soul into it and we get to see it to feel everything the characters feel, the characters become so much more than just a shy girl and a troubled boy, they become a broken girl who is trying to find out what she wants in life and if everything she ever believed in was a lie, like her heart that was full of black and white has been shown color but the color is all red with blood and lies. The boy is just a boy who was on the wrong side of a bad decision and fate took its place and left him with the remains of the damage it had caused. These two characters I have wrapped my heart around and fell in love with both of them because I am like both of them in a way and I cannot help but to feel for both of them.

The ending of this book and the power of the story it holds in itself is one I think many can relate to and the truth about memories and the lies they hold within them, how things from the different point of views can be so completely different from the truth and how such hate can thrive from such sweet sorrow. I know the struggle of sweet June trying to hold onto someone you have lost and wishing with all your heart you can go back to them or bring them back to you but you also know they wouldn’t want that for you and you must try to be strong and more on. This book has brought me such much pain and love, in this one book, I found my Million Junes, and I think that you will too.

The Heart They Took

The Heart We Sold by: Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Summary


Dee Moreno is just a normal girl living in a world full of Demons which can grant you wishes if you give them something in return and you would think that the return would be money or gold but all they ask for is a piece of your body. Dee is going to boarding school to stay away from her alcoholic parents but when her scholarship is cut due to low funding she seeks out a demon to strike a deal seeing as how her parents would never give her the money and time was far to short to raise it herself.

She took the bargain but when she thought the asking price of an arm of a leg would be ok she would somehow manage it but soon she found herself in a binding lease with a demon and her heart. Dee must do the demons bidding for five months then Dee would be given back her heart, what she did not expect to find are others like her and that she is now part of a group of heartless chained to a Demon until the day comes when they can all be free again, but until that day they must battle the odd things that don’t belong in this world while also trying not to lose her mind and herself in the process, and the most important try not to lose her heart literally.

Review


First thoughts

This book already has a hold on me that I find myself unable to put it down, I have literally been spending every free moment of my time trying to finish this book and even when at work I force myself to mop and read at the same time (I do not recommend it because you tend to lose your spot every time you look away), there is just so much going on in this book that I have even been popping out theories left and right wondering if this is the truth the lies behind the fake mask everyone wears.

Dee poor little sweet Dee I have grown fond of her and the others in the group, each one has their own past and secrets, the first thing I loved about this book was you know when a character gets thrown in and they are like how did you end up here and they just tell you how, well this book does that but we also get the flashback and in their perspective, what was running through their mind at the time they gave their hearts away. The characters are some I give a chance to like a dog letting someone pet them but still watching them waiting to bite if harmed, I just feel like they are promising me so much here and I don’t think i’m going to get to see the character grow and develop as much as I want them to. The Deamon is the one i’m dieing to get to know right now he is just being seen to look rude and callous but I think there is something deep down in him that makes him care about his group of kids, I mean if he didn’t he would take an arm or leg and not their hearts just give it back in a few months.

The story keeps me drawn in just when I think i’m getting bored with it I get something new with drama and heartfelt emotion, the writer has put a lot of thought into this story and has tied up a lot of ends about the demons and the way the live and exist and the “otherworldly things” that the team keeps having to battle.

Final Thoughts

I am not sure I can ever gather the words to express my final thoughts of this book, the ending was a total blind side to me and now I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen left with the remains of my heart this  book has shattered. I wish I could now be heartless to make the pain I feel inside for this book go away because I did not think this book would hit me so hard but it hit me like a truck going 90 to nothing. The characters in this book are ones I did not know I would grow so attached to until the ending  from the broken Dee to the sweet and funny James to the crazy and unyielding Gremma.

I just loved reading this book, I really truly did and I’m really shocked to be speaking these words because I thought the plot was going to fizzle out and it did in a way but in another way it was so much more than anything I thought would ever happen. This book have captured my heart and crushed it but in another way made it fall in love, this book will bring you the “feels” so hard you better bring a box of tissues with you while reading it. The I chose this message is something I think I can hold onto for the rest of mylife, and it will shower a bright loving hope on all of my days because I know that I chose this.

Just like I chose to read this book, I will choose to read it again and I think I can even put it on my shelf of favorites because the impact of this book has just wrecked me so hard. This is a must read!

 

The woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 By: Ruth Ware

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Summary


 

Lo had been given a rather large responsibility by her boss at Velocity, a magazine for whom she wrote for,  she was to go on a cruise called the “Aurora” and do a column about the trip and the luxury of the cruise  along with a few other guest and a women from the cabin next door to hers that she has never met before, and all seems to be going well until a scream wakes her in the middle of the night. She hears a splash and sees what she thinks is a body being engulfed by the sea and when she turns to look at the deck next door she sees the blood that has been smeared down the privacy glass.

Once the head of security comes to investigate and they go into the cabin next door they find it is completely empty and the blood is gone, along with the girl who was here just before dinner, but cabin 10 is meant to be empty the man who was meant to go in cabin 10 had canceled.

What happened to the woman in cabin 10, she had been so sure the woman was there, she even borrowed her massacra. So was what Lo had seen and heard real or just part of her broken mind, you’ll have to read to find out.

 

Review


First thoughts

So at first I was bored reading this book about the life of Lo and her broken mind and her problems with commitment and PTSD. Nothing really interesting really happens until Lo is on the cruise and the plot starts to take off. The mood of this book is very bland and I cannot help but to be annoyed by Lo it seems that all she every does is play the role of victim and snap at anyone who wants to judge her opinion or tell her to take a step back and look at things and she is very quick to throw all her problems onto someone else and blame them for the way she feels.

When I made it to the boat and all the people are on it with their different personalities and different groups of people that they hang out with and their way about them I instantly got a hint of the board game “Clue“. I used to love that game as a kid and I still do so I found this quite enjoyable so far.

The mystery of the woman in cabin 10 still eludes me right now I am lead to believe that maybe it is all fake and that this is just some big trick of Lo’s mind and that she is being paranoid and crazy. I mean so far all she has done is drink like an alcoholic literally and not sleep, I think that tends to drive a person crazy. There is also this other part of the book that keeps popping up it is news, emails, and web threads, that lead me to believe maybe Lo is dead and this is all some crazy weird outer body experience.

Final thoughts

I don’t know how Ruth Ware does it but man does she always throw you for a loop. The person I always seem to never think of or the person I am most sure of it being all seems to be part of some huge crazy twist that I would never think of. She just leads you to believing in the things she wants to believe in she will put in so much drawn out attention into one thing and you think you are like totally on the right track then the plot twister hits and you’re once again staring at the pages going “WHO THE CRAP IS IT”

The mood toward the ending was set so perfectly I could actually feel my heart rate go up and my adrenaline spike as things got so intense. I was just flying through the pages begging for this to be over for everything to come to an end, and when they did come to an end, it was indeed in end I did not see coming, well I mean except for the parts they had already told you.

I think Ruth Ware so far has to be my favorite mystery writer out of all the mystery books I have read, she never gives anything away, she always keeps you on your toes and hoping from point to point trying to figure out the next key witness but then you are wrong and she has outsmarted you once again.

I would reread this book at some point in time when I want a good mystery and maybe to see if I can pick up on anything that I might have missed now that I know who and what happened on the cruise. If you love a mystery murder book I will say you are going to love this one.