ARC Review: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
ARC Review: Full Throttle by Joe Hill
ARC Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
October New Releases You May Have Missed
Just a post about October’s book releases, I know it’s late but hey at least it’s here. Maybe you’ll find a book to add that you didn’t know about! Usually I’ll add my own opinions on the books and do honorable mentions but this time around (since October is passed) I’m just listing a bunch with each synopsis!
These are listed by release date and each title is also linked to their Goodreads page if you’d like to add them!
Book Recs: Insane Plot Twists
I recently ran a poll on Twitter asking what kind of book recommendation posts you guys would like to see first! I will be doing all three of the options (Tearjerkers, Morally Grey Characters, & this one Insane Plot Twists) but this one did win the poll so I’ll do it first. Basically the following books all had me like:
PLEASE let me know in the comments if you’d like to see any other kind of recommendation posts!
Each book title will be linked to my full review with the synopsis if you’d like more info!
September Book Haul (It’s Really Late!)
I usually do my last month’s book haul way earlier in the month but trying to manage all things book blog this month has been a bit of a struggle, so I apologize! So here is September’s book haul, better late than never I suppose!
September TBR + Mini Update
ARC Review: The Barrow Will Send What It May (Danielle Cain #2) by Margaret Killjoy
Book Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with “exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl,” (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Megan Abbott’s books, it seems people either love them or hate them……I loved it! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of her books now!
This will be a shorter review than normal because I’m not really sure what to expand on in a book like this without revealing too much!
I’d like to call this book a thriller but it really isn’t it’s more of a family drama that has some murder mystery/thriller vibes. It’s just so suspenseful and addictive I could not put this book down once I got into it, it was almost hard to remember this was the story of one family at times. There definitely isn’t a lack of drama here!
The writing in this book, as I said, is just so addictive it was amazing how Abbott could take something potentially tedious such as a family’s every day routine and make it so suspenseful! Everything from Katie’s marriage concerns to the viciousness of gymnastics and the rumors that accompany both was made to feel way more terrifying. The pacing almost goes at break-neck speed, there was rarely a dull moment in this book.
There was also a fair share of plot twists that I honestly did not see coming, sure I saw some of them coming but definitely not all of them. So many secrets and lies, there are characters manipulating at every turn! However, there was so much more to it than a simple murder. Abbott really delves into the characterizations and into how the messy minds of teenage girls work and that’s honestly what drives the story the most. I would say this book is really about people politics.
Also just on a side note I really enjoyed the gymnastics aspect of the story and loved how big of a role it played throughout.
While I did think the characters were pretty good in this book I also didn’t really LIKE any of them which I feel like Abbott was actually going for. They fight dirty, keep secrets, manipulate, and even refuse to see what’s right in front of them, this book really showed that there’s bad in everyone.
I think the characters with the most personality would have to be Katie and her son Drew, they were more interesting to read about since they usually had other things going on. Whereas, Eric and Devon were almost fully focused on gymnastics. I have to say though that Drew was the smartest person in the entire story, he knew EXACTLY what was going on but without full knowing what it was. The child knew and all of the adults didn’t. Just saying.
What I Loved:
- The strong plot with plenty of drama, twists, and turns
- The writing was downright addictive
- Fast pacing and never a dull moment
What I Didn’t Love
- Some of the plot twists were predictable
- I didn’t really care a whole lot for the characters
I definitely recommend checking this book out especially if you’re into mystery/thrillers or family dramas because it’s a bit of both.
Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository