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Book Review Dump

Life has been a little crazy lately – at least to the point where I either can’t stand to be on my computer any longer than the work day or I have been on vacation and haven’t been on my computer at all. But I’ve still been reading! So here’s a quick rundown of the last books I read.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson was excellent. A black woman becomes a spy during the Cold War and must decide between the man she loves and obligation to her country. I liked the way it was told, as the main character, Marie, telling her sons the story.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown was a quick and powerful read about Brown’s own experience in a racist world. Her parents named her Austin so she would at least get an interview when she entered the adult world, since everyone would imagine Austin as a white male. She discusses her experiences as a black woman growing up in school, college, working in different organizations, and in social settings. A must read!

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a good October read with a creep factor. But it was a little too sci-fi for me. Noemi receives a disturbing letter from her cousin and travels to see her and find out what is wrong. Her cousin’s husband and his family appear to be welcoming, but then strange things start happening in the house. If you like sci fi and suspense you should read it, but it was a little too weird for me.

Finally, The Shadows by Alex North was a perfect October read. Just the right amount of creepy and suspense. It was a little slow at times, but it definitely kept me guessing and trying to figure out the truth when Paul is thrown back into his past and a legend about a murder that has lived on in infamy on the internet.

The last two were books sent to me by a friend, which is the best kind of mail to get, especially these days! Check these out and let me know what you like or didn’t like!


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The Lying Game

It was nice to revisit an author who writes spectacular thrillers. This is the fourth book by Ruth Ware I have read and I would recommend them all. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware did not disappoint. Four friends end up back together when one, Kate, send out a text, summoning them back to her hometown where they briefly went to boarding school. Something happened during the one year they were there and is now resurfacing, possibly implicating them all in something illegal. They are thrown back into the past, especially the three who do not live in Salten, as they try to figure out who they can trust and what actually happened those many years ago.

It will definitely keep you guessing trying to figure out who done it (although I was close the whole time and not completely off). Enjoy!


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And Then You Were Gone

I’ve finally broken out of my historical fiction trend to my other favorite – suspense/mystery. Of course I liked And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs because it’s set in Nashville and a lot at my alma mater (VU!). And Jacobs lives in Nashville, so bonus points right off the bat.

I will say for a suspense, there were some holes in the storyline. Or maybe I just watch and read too many crime dramas. There were definitely some things that I feel like the cops would have done but I am no police investigation expert. The book starts with Emily and her boyfriend, Paolo, on an overnight trip and she wakes up to him gone. Completely gone. The story continues with more murders and many stupid decisions by Emily trying to figure out what is happening. And although her bipolar diagnosis explains a lot of her actions, it didn’t really make me like her any more. But it’s always fun to know exactly where things are taking place, to be able to picture them.

So not my favorite main character, but the storyline was still great. There’s murder, suspense, virus and epidemic research. So also very appropriate at the moment. Enjoy!