There was a lot of positive response to my Summer Reading List, so I thought you guys might like to see a book review every once in a while. I’m thinking once a month I’ll write a little recap on the books I’ve read the month before, and maybe those on my “to-read” list for the current month. I usually read on average, three to four books a month – but I’ve also been known to get stuck in one book for three to four months – so there’s no telling how much variety you will be getting. 🙂
Regardless, I always love getting book recommendations, and most of my reader friends do as well, so why not share the love here too?
So here’s what I read in June…
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
The Winter People put Jennifer McMahon on my list of must-read authors, so I was super excited to start The Night Sister. This book didn’t grab me quite like The Winter People did, but I still loved it. The story centers around two sisters, Piper and Margot, and their childhood best friend, Amy. Trying to solve a mystery from Amy’s family’s past, the girls stumble upon a secret 29th room in the motel and vow to never speak of it again. Years later, a tragic event brings Piper and Margot back to the motel and that fateful summer from their childhood.
The story keeps you guessing until almost the very end on how all the pieces of the puzzle fit and what exactly happened to Amy and her family.
My recommendation: Read it.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
I loved this book. Loved it. Short of maybe the first twenty pages, I read it in one afternoon. This story is about a woman named Heidi who notices a young, homeless girl carrying a baby while waiting for the train one day. Unable to get the girl and baby out of her mind, Heidi eventually invites her back to her home – much to the disapproval of her husband and teenage daughter. But is she trying to help the girl, or herself? And what happened to leave that girl and her baby on the streets in the first place?
I was expecting Pretty Baby to be a dark and mysterious thriller, but instead what I found was a heartbreakingly sad story. Plenty of mystery is still to be found here though – I loved how nearly every assumption I made as I read my way through turned out to be wrong in the end.
My recommendation: Read it.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Tanya Dubois finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs. She didn’t kill him, but she doesn’t have an alibi and knows it’s only a matter of time before the police start liking her for his death – and discover that she’s not really Tanya Dubois after all. Afraid that dark secrets from her past will resurface, she goes on the run.
Have you read the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz? If not, I highly suggest them. Lisa’s humor is just my kind of sarcasm and I can’t get enough of the super dysfunctional Spellman family. The Passenger is not part of this series, but still carries the same fabulous, dry humor. That said, this book was a bit up and down for me. I loved the beginning, found myself a little bored in the middle, but then loved the ending.
My recommendation: If you’re already a fan of Lutz – read it. If you’re not, or haven’t read her other books – go read those first.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I’m about a quarter of the way into this one, and absolutely love it. It may even be better than Pretty Baby. I haven’t had the time to devote to reading it lately, but I imagine I’ll be spending an upcoming night or two with my nose stuck in the pages of this one.
After You by Jojo Moyes
Still on my to-read list. I never did make it to the theater to see the movie version of Me Before You, and it’s been over a year since I read that book, but it’s just not the kind of tale you can forget. I can’t wait to see what’s next in After You.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What’s on your list of “must reads”?