Some of these I actually read at the end of May but I figure no one is being particular. Not only have I rediscovered reading, I'm actually keeping a journal of the books I've read using YellowPaperHouse's Book Review insert for my FoxyDori. Love using this book and if you're a reader and a "dori" person, you've got to do this.
Here's my May/June roundup:
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.
Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.
Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined. [from Goodreads]
It took me weeks to finish this book, but I finished the 2nd half of it in a few hours... so slow getting started but once it got going I got through it quickly. It was an interesting book and I decided it falls into this new area of chick lit/light mystery that I'm enjoying. I gave it four stars.
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.
That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There's a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer... and maybe something worse. [from Goodreads]
I picked this one up because I saw a review from Stephen King on an ad in a magazine. It was sufficiently strange and I really enjoyed it. I read it in two days and gave it 5 stars. My note in the thoughts section of my journal is "reread whenever you consider going on a cruise."
The Liar by Nora Roberts
Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning … [from Goodreads]
I almost always enjoy Nora's books and this one was no different. It was light and easy to read. I really liked the characters and it had a typical Nora tidy ending. It's a great summer read. I gave it 4 stars.
The Memory Child by Steena Holmes
When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He's been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family's dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn't ideal - Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.
Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she'd never imagined and she's head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. [from Goodreads]
It was very obvious what was "happening" in this book and the big reveal was anticlimatic. I read it quickly because I just wanted to finish it. I gave it 2 stars. I've also read 2 more books by this author and I can't stand any of the main female characters. Not for me. You'd think I'd figure that out before the 3rd book by the same author.
Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
The letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago.
Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana. Tommie races along a twisting, nightmarish path while an unseen stalker is determined to keep old secrets locked inside the dementia-battered brain of the woman who Tommie always thought was her real mother. With everything she has ever believed in question, and no one she can trust, Tommie must discover the truth about the girl who vanished—and the very real threats that still remain. [from Goodreads]
I wrote: So many secrets but it was a really good read! I gave it 4 stars. I did really enjoy this and passed it on to Mykiah, who is sucked into a book for the first time in a year.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.
Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden? [from Goodreads]
This book really had me gripped through the whole book and then the ending left me really unsettled. I tend to dislike books that do that because I feel they're playing with my emotions but I gave it 4 stars.
Already deep into reading for July and have a stack of books to read while laying by the pool. Like actual, physical books. I'm pretty excited for sun and water and books to lose myself in. What's on your summer reading list?