Since We Fell

“Since We Fell” is a slow-burner of a thriller that will have the reader ever eager to keep the page turning until the very end. When I say slow-burner, I mean slow-burner. When a reader first picks up this book, they may question what genre they’re actually reading. As they stick with the story, they will not be let down by the talent of Dennis Lehane.

In the beginning, the reader is introduced to Rachel Childs, once a news reporter, now a shut-in. The reader is given a look at her job, relationships and how she ended up in her current position. It seems like a normal book, leaving the reader to wonder when does it become a thriller, or where is the mystery.

Dennis Lehane knows how to keep the reader waiting, and pondering  about the moment the story will transform. Some parts of the story may have the reader questioning their purpose, or why it was included. In the end, it all contributes to the story, and the characters development. As the reader gets to know the characters. they may find themselves beaming at their accomplishments, or shaking their head for the not so great moments. Dennis Lehane has a way of keeping the characters relatable and fully alive to the reader.

Another great part of Dennis Lehane’s writing is how he includes the twists in the story. They come in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times. He makes sure the reader isn’t able to guess how, or where the story is going. In a way it adds to the mystery, giving it a little oomph.

This is the sort of book that will blow the reader away. From the beginning they will be hooked, waiting, wondering for the story to reveal itself. From there the suspense only builds, further gripping the reader’s attention until the very last page. The reader will not be disappointed by the work of Dennis Lehane.

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The Lying Game

“The Lying Game” is a book that contains more than just a simple mystery for the reader. It’s a book that shows the power of friendship, the powerful bond behind it, the strength and protection a mother may feel, and the power of grief and love.

“The Lying Game” is a story of four women, who are reunited once again with a simple text sent by one of them in need. Once these women are together again, in some ways it’s as though nothing has changed, while at the same time everything has. Old memories are brought back to life, while differences over time make themselves known.

Ruth Ware’s talent is on display as she tells the story through the eyes of Isa. She keeps the reader hanging on, eager in anticipation, waiting to find out exactly what happened to bring everybody together, and the big event in the past. As the story goes on, the reader will get flashbacks from old memories. These memories, triggered by everyday objects or places feel so real, and natural, sort of like they would in real life.

One of the best parts of “The Lying Game” is how it’s such a thrilling read. Ruth Ware will leave the reader in anticipation, trying to fit pieces of the puzzle together, coming up short realizing there is still some information missing. In other parts of the story the reader will feel the urgency of the characters as the past comes back to haunt them. This is the sort of mystery read for anybody looking for something different in this genre.

Dark Places

This is the second work I’ve read by Gillian Flynn, and I found this one a disappointment compared to “Gone Girl”. “Dark Places” was a mystery and thriller like “Gone Girl”, except the characters and plot were much different.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would finish the book. There were a few good things about it, but in my eyes the bad outweighed the good.

One of the biggest drawbacks for me were the characters. I found most of them rather annoying. At the same time, the style of characters Gillian Flynn had in this book may have been part of the point. If that’s the case, it tells me I just don’t care for that style of character.

I’ve seen people really enjoy Dark Places and other works by Gillian Flynn, but this book is starting to make me wonder if her writing just isn’t meant for me. After finishing the books I have read of hers, they haven’t left me feeling the best, so I don’t think I will continue to read her works.

Dead Letters

BMDP1696After reading several non-fiction books, I decided it was time for a change of pace with a thriller.

Throughout the book I was captured in the journey as Ava went through the clues to discover the truth about her sister Zelda. As she is doing this, she is forced back into a life that she tried to escape from, and goes on a sort of self-discovery journey of her own. Ava’s past is revealed as the clues are discovered, so that the reader learns what she decided to run away from. In some aspects, it seems that she channels her twin and picks up on some of her habits so that people mistake her for which twin she really is.

Caite Dolan-Leach had me from the first page, capturing my attention and keeping me guessing at what would be revealed when I finally reached the end. Throughout the story I felt as though the verdict could go either way, leaving me guessing until it was finally revealed.

One aspect that I really enjoyed about this book, was how I was left wondering even after I turned the last page. Caite Dolan-Leach wrapped up many pieces of the story, some of them in surprising ways, but left some parts to the imagination of the reader. As I sit here writing this review I’m wondering about the possibilities of what the characters are up to after the last page.

 

Invasion of Privacy

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This book was just the mystery read that I needed after what felt like a drought in the genre. I found this gem of a read wandering the shelves of the library looking for a book with a cover at least 50% black to satisfy the requirement for a reading challenge I was participating in on Goodreads. I was not disappointed with my choice, and so I would like to share my thoughts without giving away any spoilers.

“Invasion of Privacy” had the classic elements of a mystery.  It involved a murder with the truth hidden, the bad guys make sure they protect themselves, and a few other people the seemed to stumble into the story.There is also the good guys  who refuse to give up their mission until it is accomplished.

The best part of the story would have to be the eerie feeling I was left as a reader. With the involvement of technology in the story, it made me wonder how possible this would be in the present day. I love how my attention was captured so much, and I feel it adds to the quality of the story.

I’m sorry this is such a short review, but it’s hard for me to talk about without giving away too many details. Highly recommend you check it out!

Gone Girl

img_20170121_182806_390Gone Girl was a thriller of a book, and I was hooked with curiosity early on. The twists and turns that Gillian Flynn included were just what I was in the mood for, and there were multiple times I went “huh” or “what?!?” while I was reading the book.

I’m so glad I finally decided to read this book. In all honesty, as sad as it may be to admit, I only knew about this book from the movie. A few years ago when the movie came out I was making a care package for a friend and thought the trailer looked good so I included the book without reading it first. I know, it wasn’t my greatest book gifting moment. Any who…this book lived up to its reputation in my mind of being gripping like the trailer for the movie.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this book was how captivated I was by the story. Gillian Flynn did an excellent job of leaving out just the right amount of details, and then revealing them later on in the story. As I was reading I would sit there and wonder what was I not being told about the characters lives.

Spoiler alert! One of my other favorite aspects was the plot twists that made the story what it was. Gillian Flynn did a most excellent job with this. Right when I thought Nick was going to get busted for what he did to his wife Amy, we find out she is alive and actually framed him because he’s not the greatest husband there ever was.

Another spoiler alert! I was disappointed by Nick’s character at the end of the story. I was hoping he would get his wife for what she did to Desi, that with some secret plotting behind her back justice would finally be had. Instead he became the man who doesn’t have a pair balls and stays with his psychotic wife.