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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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The Girl Who Lived

There are so many ways to read books these days, especially when those ways are free! I rent most of my Kindle books from the library (you can read through the Kindle app on any device – smartphone, tablet/iPad, or actual Kindle) but can also get them through Amazon. Prime Reading is a completely free way if you have a Prime membership and Kindle Unlimited is another way if you want to pay a little more. I had a free trial of Kindle Unlimited for a while, but found that I still mostly got books from the library, so I didn’t want to pay for it. But if you have the patience to browse through Prime Reading options you can find some good ones!

The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson is on Prime Reading and was such a quick read. I did enjoy it, but I may have enjoyed it more because the book before was not very good. So the bar was a little low. But I still think it was good overall! If you like trying to figure out who did it, this is a book for you.

Faith’s sister was murdered in front of her after they walked into the scene of her father, best friend, and best friend’s mother having been murdered. Somehow she escaped. The murderer and his accomplice, who she saw, got away after the police decided her father had committed the murder-suicide. And Faith’s life spiraled into a struggle with drugs, alcohol, anger, and an obsession with finding the murderers. Most of the story takes place days before the 10 year anniversary of the murders, when Faith is released from a mental hospital.

Overall, the story is great and every few chapters you think someone else did it or is involved. It definitely keeps you guessing. My only complaint is that even for someone who experienced a very traumatic event, Faith’s actions are very stupid. It’s understandable that she has trouble trusting people, but some of the things she does, whether drunk or not, are just a little unbelievable. I think the author tries to justify this at the end by making it vague whether Faith actually suffers from mental illness or not. But overall, I wanted to keep reading and find out who done it! If you like psychological thrillers, I recommend. And it doesn’t drag out at all. Enjoy!