Book Review - Summer 2018

Nothing relaxes me more than curling up in bed (or by the fire when it's cold if I'm lucky!) and reading a good book at night. I started really getting into reading during my college years and then after moving a couple of times, I realized I need to stop reading (because I was accumulating so many books!) or get a kindle. Therefore, just about every single book I read now is via Kindle. Occasionally I will get a physical book or an Audible book.

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Without further ado, here are the books I read this past summer:

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

I love me some memoirs and psychological thrillers with a chick-Lit every now and then for mindless reading. Over the summer I read one chick-Lit and seven psychological thrillers.

The one chick-Lit I read this summer was All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin. Let me tell you, I had high hopes for this one! I have read all of her other books and could not wait till this book came out, but I must say I was disappointed. I felt like the book was alright, but the ending was a complete dud. It's like she just gave up writing. I wouldn't say it was a waste of my time, but it left me wanting more. Sans the ending, it was a good book. Overall though, I expected more from Griffin.

As you can see, I love me some B. A. Paris! I would classify all her books as psychological thrillers and good ones. They are unique enough to stand on their own. (She does not overlap characters or plots.) I cannot wait 'til her next book comes out!

Bring Me Back was her first book and it was a really good book for her never having written before. It was about a girl who went missing and years later, just when her boyfriend at the time is about to marry her sister, she appears to resurface. But is it just someone playing tricks? You will have to read to find out. :)

The Breakdown was her second book and lived up to being listed in 2017 as One of the Most Anticipated Psychological Thrillers and nominated as a finalist in 2018 for One of the Best Psychological Thrillers. This book is equally enticing as her other books and essentially is about a woman having a breakdown. The story really takes you for some twists and will keep you guessing.

Her most recent book is Behind Closed Doors, which will keep you emotionally involved in the plot all the way up 'til the end. This one is about a woman who has finally found the man of her dreams, or so she thought. But right after she gets married, what her life is and what happens behind closed door are two different stories.

The next book is also about a newly wed couple - The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. This story is about a couple who as a gift for their wedding were given an invitation to become members of an exclusive club called the Marriage Pact. The story follows them discovering the "rules" of the pact and the consequences that follow for not adhering to said rules. No couple that is a member of the pact has ever gotten divorced; but a one hundred percent success rate may not be a good as it sounds.

Going with the marriage theme (can you tell I listen to Amazon's suggestions for me to read - you know the "you might also like" automatically generated lists), I also read The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks. I read this one early summer, so the details are a bit more fuzzy. The premise is around a (no longer) struggling young girl about to marry a rather wealthy man. However, as their wedding draws closer this woman who she thinks is a jealous ex-wife won't stop stalking her. I won't say anymore, but the ending is not a all what it seemed all along. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. I read this in two to three sittings because I just had to know what would happen next. (Okay, so maybe I remembered more than I thought...)

Last book I'm going to review today is The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian. Think murder mystery with the mob involved. This book revolves around a murder that has happened abroad and a flight attendant whose life is a bit of a hot mess. That's all I'm going to say about that so I don't give out any spoilers.

Check back next month for my Fall reads! I'm already on the fifth or sixth book. (About to finish one in the next day or two!!)

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