I know this month’s book review is coming at you late and I was going to wait until next month, but I know a number of you look forward to these, so I apologize for it taking me so long. I was trying to get through my latest book to add to the review, but it’s just not happening. Guess you can figure out how much I like that one… 🙁
And since November is more than halfway over, I probably won’t do a book review until sometime in January – we’re heading into cheesy holiday movie season and that tends to cut into my reading time. I just love ’em. 😉
WHAT I READ:
Keep Quiet By Lisa Scottoline
Jake is desperate to connect with his 16 year old son, Ryan. In an effort to bond with him, he agrees to let him drive home one night even though he doesn’t yet have his driver’s license. A terrible accident occurs and Jake makes the split second decision to protect Ryan at all costs. Lies build upon lies in an effort to keep their secret, and begin to take their toll on Ryan, Jake, and their whole family.
I did not like this book. The story itself started out okay – I always like a book that makes me think through all the angles of what’s “right and wrong” – but this one soon spun out of control into straight up ridiculous. And don’t even get me started on the dialogue – it was terrible and forced and almost painful to read at times. People do not talk like that.
My recommendation: Skip it.
Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty
Madeline is a say-it-like-it-is, no nonsense, and passionate woman. Celeste is startlingly beautiful, quiet, and not living the picture perfect life she portrays. Jane is a single mom, new to town, and secretly doubting her own son. Madeline and Celeste immediately take Jane under their wing – completely unprepared for how the arrival of Jane and her son will soon alter the course of their lives forever.
This is the first book I have ready by Moriarty, but I will definitely read one again. The characters were engaging, the story was all at once intriguing, funny, yet extremely sad – it felt real. My one complaint would be this: the book starts by telling you an event has happened, and then starts a few months prior to the event and works its way forward. In a way I liked that because it kept you wanting to see what happened – but in another way I kept finding myself impatient and little bored waiting to get to the point. In the end it was worth it though – I wasn’t expecting the ending to be what it was and I always like when a book takes me by surprise.
My recommendation: Read it.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
This is the book I’ve been trying to get through for the past 3 or 4 weeks. I’m committed to finishing it since I’ve already dedicated so much time, but it’s not something I look forward to picking up every day. I have less than 100 pages to go – we’ll see how it ends up.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
I’m told it’s impossible to put down. I can’t wait to read it.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Hands down one of my favorite authors ever. I’m never disappointed by her books (ok that’s not true – I was disappointed once – Lone Wolf was not my favorite).
What about you? Have you read any of these? What have you been reading lately?