★★★★☆ This beautifully written book opens with estranged siblings Byron and Benedetta Bennett reluctantly meeting after the death of their mother, Eleanor, to hear her final wishes. She leaves them an hour-long recording and a frozen Black Cake to eat together “when the time is right.”
★★★★☆ Chloe Davis is the daughter of a small-town serial killer in Louisiana. Since she was twelve, this fact has shaped so much of her life. It has affected romantic relationships, driven where she lives, and shaped every interaction with her mother and her brother.
★★☆☆☆ I am an HGTV and reality TV fan, so when I saw this book with its striking cover and reality TV home renovation plot - I had to buy it. It’s too bad that the book wasn’t as good as its lovely cover, and the enticing back cover blurb led me to believe it would be.
★★☆☆☆ As Good as Dead is the third and final book in Holly Jackson’s best-selling young adult series, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. It was a fitting progression to the installment of a trilogy based on investigating serial killers.
★★★★★ History was always my favorite subject in high school and college. This love for history is probably why I am a fan of historical fiction novels, especially ones that teach me about an unfamiliar part of history. This was the case with Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, a Reese's Book Club selection based on … Continue reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
★★★☆☆ Tina Fey is a major celebrity in our house - mostly because she’s one of the most famous people to attend. Given how much I’ve heard about comedian Tina Fey over the years, I was excited to listen to her memoir, especially since everyone kept describing it as hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny.
★★★★☆ I’ve been on an escapist thriller reading spree lately. With their Dateline-inspired storylines, I haven’t been able to get enough of creepy, relationship-gone-wrong novels this summer.
★★★☆☆ Megan Miranda writes excellent thrillers, so I was excited to see her latest book as one of my book of the month choices. The premise centers around a group of nine high school students who traveled by van on a service trip and managed to survive an accident deep in the Tennessee mountains on their way home.
★★★★☆ Jason and Lucinda Bennett have a quiet, suburban life with their two children, Allison and Ethan. Everything changes one night when Jason is driving his family home from Allison’s field hockey game, and the car is suddenly and inexplicably chased.
★★★★★ I was browsing a bookstore while vacationing in Canada when I ran across Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I had previously read Station Eleven by her, and though it was well-written, it wasn’t my favorite. Sea of Tranquility was different.