PositiveSan Francisco Book ReviewMy highest praise for this book would be that it is filled to the brim with complicated characters. I agree with the tagline that \'no one is innocent in this story.\' I loved watching the characters evolve and change their viewpoints as they discovered more information and found out the truth about each other. The plot was intriguing and I enjoyed seeing how the Innocence Project works. There’s a prevailing theme here that the justice system is great, but it’s just as flawed and complicated as the people who are a part of it. You should check it out.
Catherine Ryan Howard
RaveSan Francisco Book ReviewEven though I had a rough idea of what was going on with Ciara, I was still able to be surprised by the twist. I enjoyed the timeline jumps and the same story being told from both Ciara and Oliver’s perspectives. It gave a really rounded experience and reminds you that you don’t always get the whole story from one person. Perfect addition to your reading list!
RaveThe Portland Book ReviewWhat an incredible, sad story. This is the kind of story that lingers long after you’ve finished reading. It’s dark and twisted, with no redemption for the characters. And yet, it is probably a more realistic ending than the ones we normally read about. Secrets and lies damage all those involved, seen very clearly in this story. If you enjoy dark, gritty thrillers, then I recommend you read this book. Just be warned that there are no happy endings here. If you dislike the reality of broken lives, this is not the book for you.
RaveThe Seattle Book ReviewAnother fantastic installment from Ellison Cooper in the Sayer Altair series. I love the amount of detail that goes into each case, showing how knowledgeable the author really is. Each book is not just suspenseful and entertaining but also interesting and enlightening as well. The neuroscience behind psychopathy and the mythological elements of each story are what drew me in, but each and every character kept me engrossed to the very end and always wanting more. If you love Meg Gardiner’s Unsub series, you will also love this series. I can’t wait to see what Sayer deals with next!
MixedThe Manhattan Book ReviewI have read a couple of Lori Rader-Day’s books, and I usually enjoy them more. This one wasn’t my favorite. The storyline sounded very intriguing, but I think it was a bit oversimplified. Right off the bat, it was fairly obvious what was really going on. The only real mystery was what was happening behind the scenes that led to all this. The storytelling itself was okay, but again it was not the author’s best that I’ve read. I actually found the information at the end of the book about why she chose to write this story to be the most interesting. Overall, this book was fine if you need something to do, but I would definitely recommend you check out her other titles instead.
RaveThe Manhattan Book ReviewI failed to guess how much I would love this book. Marissa’s character resonated with me, as I tend to feel based on movie scenes as well and can be somewhat socially awkward. Little’s style of writing in this book was perfect. Marissa’s thought process written down is not unlike what goes on in my own head. The podcast interviews between chapters were also a fantastic addition. Any cinephile will enjoy this book. All the movie quotes and references alone were worth it, but add in a colorful cast of characters and murder, and you’ve got something irresistible.
PositiveThe Manhattan Book ReviewI am not the biggest fan of Ruth Ware’s books and yet, for some reason, I keep reading them. I was pleasantly surprised at this story. It was much better than any of her other ones and actually very creepy. There were a couple of times that I was wishing I was not home alone while reading it. If you like ghost stories and mysteries, you will enjoy this thriller from Ruth Ware.
PositiveTulsa Book ReviewI did enjoy this book, and I hope that the author is able to turn it into a series with Ben constantly sticking her nose in other people’s business. However, I found the plot explanation in the final showdown to be a little complicated ... The author did a great job of noting the way a small town works ... She also described Ireland beautifully ... Overall, an entertaining read that I hope leads into a profitable series for Ms. Carter.
MixedThe San Francisco Book ReviewI don’t have a lot of feelings either way about this book. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the plot or characters, but there’s nothing really outstanding either. It was fairly predictable, both in who the killer really was and how it all played out. I didn’t find Kate to be a very relatable character, but I also didn’t dislike her ... I do think readers who enjoy Ruth Ware and Megan Miranda will enjoy this book. It has a similar feel to their styles of writing as well as similar kinds of storylines