Posts Categorized: Mystery

Jan 19
Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

When you’re a teenager, and your best (and only) friend is brutally murdered, it’s likely you might become a but unhinged.  For Kippy, still grieving the loss of her mother, Ruth’s death hits her extra hard.  Kippy’s father, Dom, a high school guidance counselor, was already overprotective, but now he worries about Kippy even more.  No One Else Can Have You begins to show its flashes of black humor when Kippy is asked to give a eulogy at Ruth’s funeral…. Read more »


Dec 11
Review: S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

Review: S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

S. provided me with a reading experience unlike any other.  As soon as I heard that J.J. Abrams was involved with a book, I knew I had to read it.  The central concept of S. – two strangers get to know each other by exchanging their thoughts in the margins of a book – was conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst.  S. is more of a “package” than  a book, and the package consists of a novel called… Read more »


Oct 07
Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Do you know who Amanda Knox is?  Your answer to that question may impact how you approach this book.  I probably know more than a lot of people about the real-life murder case involving Knox, simply because I have a cousin who is very, very interested in the case, and I’ve spoken to her many times about it.  If you don’t know, Knox was an American college student convicted of murdering her roommate while the two were studying abroad in… Read more »


Oct 04
Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Before you decide to read Six Months Later, you should ask yourself this question: Are you OK reading a mystery that is not mysterious whatsoever?  I’m not particularly adept at guessing endings, but in this case, I figured out the big secret very early on.  As I continued reading , it became increasingly evident that I was correct.  I was still prepared to enjoy myself, but everything here fell apart as the ending neared, and the story grew increasingly sillier…. Read more »


Sep 28
Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

When we are introduced to Anne Dowling in Prep School Confidential, she kind-of, sort-of accidentally sets her Manhattan school on fire.  He parents decide to ship her off to a boarding school outside Boston, and Anne immediately decides she wants nothing to do with these “Mass-holes.”  But even as she rebuffs her classmates, she is quickly absorbed into the cool clique. Anne’s roommate, Isabella, is definitely not one of the cool kids.  Isabella brings out Anne’s protective side, and the… Read more »


Sep 05
Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark gets off to an amazing, horror-filled start.  A few people in the small town of Oleander, Kansas inexplicably murder their friends and neighbors one day.  Only one of the murderers survives, and she has no memory of her crime.  The way-out-of-his-league police chief described it thus: “A lot of people had a bad day.” While the town is still recovering, a devastating tornado rips right through the middle of it. The sights described are horribly graphic: aside… Read more »


Aug 12
Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is being marketed as the next Gone Girl, and I worry that may turn off readers.  Whether you enjoyed Gone Girl or not (I did), the comparison is tiresome.  Aside from the fact that both books feature a mystery, there are no similarities in the stories, and Night Film can stand on its own merits. Ashley Cordova, the daughter of a mysterious and reclusive film director, is found dead in an apparent suicide.  Her death immediately captures the… Read more »


Aug 01
Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Review: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

I Am the Weapon had me hooked within the first ten pages, and the fast-paced action and tension kept up right through an ending that completely blew me away.   While reading I Am the Weapon, I thought I could predict how this story of a teenage assassin would play out.  I was right in some ways, but I was spectacularly wrong in other ways.  My misconceptions about how this story would end are a major factor in what made it… Read more »