Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May Book Review

It's time again for my monthly reading recap.  May was thriller/suspense heavy as those seem to be super popular right now.  I do try to mix it up but I obviously wasn't very successful with that last month.


Lie to Me - Sutton and Ethan Montclair seem to be made for each other but when Sutton disappears, Ethan falls under suspicion.  The secret lies behind their marriage come to light when the police begin their investigation.  What happened to Sutton and how is Ethan involved?

I've learned that in order to enjoy these types of books, you have to allow yourself to believe that a string of crazy events could possibly happen.  This one was okay.  It was fairly fast-paced and kept my interest, but definitely not one I'd mark as a favorite at the end of the year.

The Innocent Wife - I did like how the plot in this book was a little different from other thriller/suspense novels.  Dennis has been in prison for 20 years for the murder of a young girl, a murder he claims he didn't commit.  He becomes the subject of a documentary series, which supports his innocence and hopes to reveal new clues.  Samantha becomes obsessed with Dennis' case and begins to exchange letters with him, eventually leading to their marriage.  After Dennis is freed from prison, Samantha learns more than she wants to and begins to question Dennis' innocence.

This one was, again, just okay for me.  I didn't love it, but I didn't dislike it either.

The Other Mother - I fear that if I write out what this is about, I'll give something away.  I was able to figure out most of the plot twists with this one.  Honestly, these first three books were all about the same for me.  They were quick, easy reads, kept my attention, but at the end of the year, they'll all blend together and be completely forgettable.  They could all be lumped together as good beach/vacation reads.

The House Swap -  Imagine entering into a week long house swap with a stranger and finding pieces from your past, a past full of secrets, all over the house.  This book was seriously meh for me.  It's supposed to be a thriller but it didn't read like one at all and I was able to figure out almost every plot twist, of which there weren't many.  In addition, all of the characters are completely unlikeable and I could have done without the sex scenes.    


An American Marriage - Everyone's talking about this book and it really is that good.  A year into their marriage, Roy is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit.  It takes five years for his conviction to be reversed.  What happens to his marriage while he's in prison and afterwards?

Not only was this extremely well written, all the characters were likable.  It was impossible for me to pick a favorite or to root for one outcome knowing that someone would get hurt.  I really enjoyed reading this and would highly recommend it to everyone.


I Am, I Am, I Am - I liked this memoir not only for the poetic writing but the manner in which she shares her life.  The author chose to highlight 17 brushes with death and while not all of these are OMG, how did you survive, some of them are.  I really felt like I could relate to her and thoroughly enjoyed reading this.  If you like memoirs, check it out.


To see what I've read so far this year and the books I read in prior years, click here.

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