Author: Karin Slaughter
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime Drama
Karin Slaughter is another author that I've grown to love her stories. This is not the first one I've read by her, and it is just another one that keeps the pages turning (or in my case, not get out of the car). The audiobook itself had a lot of cds, so it's a pretty long book. Took me awhile to get through it since the only time I can listen is in the car on my commute to work. Still though, it's a good book.
Two women, sisters, have their lives uprooted when they were teenagers. Since then they've been dealing with life and trying not to let their troubled past catch up to them and ruin anymore of their lives. Well, this novel doesn't let that happen because then it wouldn't be interesting to read right? There's a school shooting in their home town. One of the women, the "good daughter" never left home, followed in their father's footsteps, and became a great lawyer. Well, the other daughter also became a lawyer, just let home entirely to get away from all the bad memories.
Basically, the novel is about these two women trying to find out the truth about the school shooting and ultimately save the "shooter" from death row.
This book hits close to home with the whole school shooting thing, and I commend Karin on using something so devastating in the times that we are having right now. On top of that having the two main characters trying to help out the said shooter is a good read. The novel itself is fast paced and I loved how every once in awhile the author snaps back to the past to recant the story of the two girls' tragedy some 30 years ago. Each time adding a new fact that really adds to the anticipation and the horror of it all.
I'd recommend this book if you like crime dramas. I will say that I've liked her other books better than this one, but I still would like to read the other novel she's written based on the same characters. I believe it's a prequel? Nevertheless, it's on my list as are other books by this author. I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Author: Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty has become one of my favorite authors. The first book I read by her was The Husband's Secret and loved it. This book is the same. Big Little Lies, which is now a television show that I too want to watch if I can ever get my hands on it, is about the drama of kindergarten mothers and the dramatic filled days that lead up to someone's death.
In this novel, I liked how the reader has no clue who actually dies until the very end. Moriarty is able to build up the anticipation and the suspense with each second/page turn of the book. I for one (if I were reading instead of listening) couldn't put it down. I found myself sitting in the car longer before and after work just to listen to what was going to happen next.
Does anyone know how I can watch the series? I think it was on HBO or some channel like that that I don't have access to. I would think they have it on DVD??? Maybe I can rent it some where. I'd love to see hoe Witherspoon, Kidman, and Woodley bring these pages to life on screen. And the fact that it was so popular makes me want to watch it that much more. I did hear that another season has been approved.
I'll for sure be reading more from this author. It's 2/2 with me on the ones I've read. I think I have another one sitting at home waiting for my attention. If you love dramatic sequences, thrilling aspects, and overall fun with a little bit of romance thrown in there, you'll want to tackle this novel. (5/5).
Author: Tana French
I've had this book since I was a part of the book of the month club. Since then, I realized that was a waste of money because I prefer to listen to audiobooks since I rarely have time to sit down and read a book. So recently, I've been getting the audiobooks from the library even though the paper book is sitting on my shelves in my home library.
This one was not the greatest book. Yes, it was thrilling and the suspensefulness of it keeps you enthralled, but the fact that a lot of the "scenes" in the book are drawn out just makes me anxious and almost angry. The novel is about a detective, her co-workers, and the murder of a young woman. It follows the detective around (and is told from her perspective) as she deals with being a woman on the force, a messsed up background, and the no-bullshit type attitude.
Back to what I was saying about the drawn out sequences. There was one part, where the lead detective and her somewhat superior co-worker were interviewing the prime suspect. I'm not sure how many "pages" this was, but it was at least 3 discs worth of them talking to the poor man. I thought it was never going to end! After this point, the book didn't feel as drawn out. Perhaps it's because I needed to take a break and listen to another half way through? Watch out for that review next.
I'll give this book a rating that falls in the middle of the scale. It's not awful, but definitely not exhilarating like other suspense novels I've read. (2/5). I've had her other book, In the Woods, on my list for awhile but I'm not sure I'll be tackling that one after this.