Posts Tagged: Mystery

Jul 30
Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

This poor book.  It’s a mess.  The first 20% of the book could have been an article in a women’s magazine titled, “My Rare and Potentially Fatal Illness,” by Penelope Landlow.  I learned more than I cared to know about Penny’s illness which results in her bleeding internally at the slightest bump and requires regular monitoring and treatment.  It goes on and on: Don’t touch Penny!  Don’t let Penny go outside!  Keep treating Penny like a helpless infant!  When it… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Before reading The Devil You Know, I read a few reviews that stated that the plot of this book was a lot like Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, a book that received a rare one star rating from me.  This was a big red flag, because Black Ice was ridiculous and nonsensical and just plain awful. But this is Trish Doller!  The woman who wrote the wonderful Where the Stars Still Shine.  Surely this book had to be better than Black Ice,… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

I was tempted to DNF The Conspiracy of Us several times in the first 100 or so pages, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  The plot was silly, Avery, the MC, was too Bella Swan-ish , and the two guys (of course it’s two) attracting her attention were not at all appealing.  As I continued reading, some strange things happened.  The plot, which grew increasingly ludicrous, was actually pretty fun, as long as you don’t spend too much time thinking… Read more »


Aug 06
Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Before I even start to discuss the plot of The Good Girl, I have to mention the formatting of the e-ARC I read, which is the worst I’ve ever seen.  (That is, I hope it’s ONLY the formatting of the e-ARC.  If the finished copy – or even the physical ARC – is formatted like this, it’s inexplicable.)  There are three POV’s in The Good Girl – all first person (the kidnapper, the mother of the kidnap victim, and the detective), and… Read more »


Jul 30
Review: The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

Review: The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

It’s impossible to read The Last Policeman and not think about what you would do in the event of an impending, doomsday-level asteroid strike on earth.  I have to admit that I find the idea exciting, in the same way that I find the ideas of a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion exciting.  (Yeah, I’m weird like that.)  While I’ve read and watched my share of post-apocalyptic books and films, pre-apocalyptic stories seem to be a bit harder to… Read more »


Jul 08
Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

After finishing Bittersweet, I’m wondering if I was supposed to love the MC, Mabel, or to hate her.  I suspect we’re supposed to regard her as plucky and resourceful, but she’s really quite awful.  When we meet her, she’s in the midst of what looks like a Single White Female type of obsession with (or possibly a crush on) her beautiful roommate, Ev Winslow.  I thought that this had the potential to be fun, but that angle is quickly discarded for a ho-hum… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Conversion combines a modern story of bizarre occurrences at an exclusive prep school alongside a recounting of the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen Rowley is the narrator of the modern story set mostly in her school in Danvers, Massachusetts.  She’s in her senior year at school, she’s fighting to become valedictorian, and she has her sights set on Harvard.  This is enough pressure for any teenager, but life gets even more stressful when Colleen’s classmates fall victim to a strange ailment… Read more »


Jun 24
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Complicit is Stephanie Kuehn’s excellent follow-up to her excellent debut, Charm & Strange.  Both novels feature some similar characteristics: a male POV exhibiting some psychological issues, past physical and/or emotional trauma, a big twist, a gut-punch of an ending, and Kuehn’s beautiful writing style.  This time, though, I was not surprised by the twist.  I thought it was telegraphed quite clearly at several points, and because I’d read Charm & Strange, I was already on the lookout.  But figuring out… Read more »