Book Reviews

Hello Beautiful

Goodnight BeautifulGoodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“when a man goes missing, it’s always the wife”

Love. Love. Love. Super-fun twisty thriller with a couple of “WTH just happened” moments. (Those are the best). Clever plot with a couple of extremely bizarre characters that add perfectly to the story. This book enticed me right away with Sam and Annie’s playful marriage. Dark, and fun, at the same time. Four stars!

The Burning Girls

The Burning GirlsThe Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We all have our hiding places. Not just physical ones. Places deep inside where we put away the things we don’t want others to see. The less palatable parts. Our St. Peter’s box, I call it, The one we pray he won’t find when we’re trying to sneak in through the pearly gates.”
― C.J. Tudor, The Burning Girls

Holy guacamole. This book is dark. Very very dark. Sick, twisted, vile, and disgusting. And I loved every single minute of it. This cross-genre is part folklore, mystery, horror, and thriller, all wrapped into one. Original storytelling at it’s best! With hidden crypts, burning twig dolls, serial killers, and a small creepy town with secrets, how can you go wrong? Five squeamish stars.

All Adults Here

All Adults HereAll Adults Here by Emma Straub
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“This was the job of a parent: to fuck up, over and over again. This was the job of a child: to grow up anyway.”― Emma Straub

A multi-generational family saga. Books don’t usually make me cry, but this one did. Over and over again. Anyone with growing or grown children will feel the doubts of parenthood echo throughout every inch of this book. We are only human. A courageous, timely book. Love is love.

Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts OverEvvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Eveleth had always hated how blushing felt. It was accompanied by such a miserable desire to cease to be, utterly, to turn into a fog that could be waved away.”

Cheesy and mediocre, I was expecting more of a light summer feel-good romcom. Perhaps it was because I didn’t like Evvie very much that this book didn’t ignite much a spark. I did love the small-town atmosphere and the story of a baseball legend trying to restart his career. Some readers might call this cute and charming. If you like that sort of thing, go for it.

We Are All the Same in the Dark

We Are All the Same in the DarkWe Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don’t let your eyes deceive you.”

I LOVED this book for so many reasons. I read this because I was captivated by a review. Thrillers have always been my guilty pleasure. But this book isn’t that. It is a slow and personal tale written in three points of view. Yes, there is twisty mystery, but that is only part of it. It is primarily story of Wyatt, Odette, and Angel and how they are are inexorably linked to one another. With stellar writing and good consistent storytelling, Julia Heaberlin sucks you in with her flawed characters and small town glory. You will love Odette and Angel. Five stars.