Genre: Mystery

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is like the marriage between an Alfred Hitchcock film and the perfect film noir.  It’s difficult to read the story and not imagine Humphrey Bogart acting as the determined Scott McGrath.  It’s good, it’s really good.  It’s also very slow paced, a bit boring at times, and the minor characters easily outshine the protagonist. But the villain?  The villain is sheer brilliance. This was a book I wanted to devour.  The twisted, dark journeys Marisha Pessl takes the reader on as you trail Scott in his investigation have the annoying feeling of only scratching the surface of an even darker, […]

Posted July 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Everything that happened to TifAni is terrible.  Really horrifyingly terrible.  There are all sorts of trigger warnings for this book – rape, youth violence, eating disorders, homophobia, severe bullying at the least.  The background story is disgusting and heartbreaking. But – and this is going to sound terrible – it’s really difficult to feel the full effect of the story when the main character is so unlikable.  Her personality doesn’t make any of the things that happened to TifAni any less horrible, but in choosing to make this character so shallow and judgmental and unrelatable, it deadens the blow. The first […]

Posted July 18, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

Ahhhh guys guys guys. I found a romance that didn’t make me want to puke. #notaromantic Lady Darby was accused of murder and acquitted.  Since the trial, she has fled to her sister’s country estate and has managed to avoid the worst of social gossip.  When her sister throws a dinner party and someone is brutally murdered, Lady Darby is the first to be blamed by the guests.  The only way to prove her innocence and protect her sister’s family is to find the real killer. Okay, so there’s a few things to know right off the bat: This is […]

Posted June 7, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Everybody seems to really enjoy this book, but it sort of made me angry. I have such limited tolerance for Spoiled Rich Brat Is Sad stories.  Lockhart tries to humanize Cady sometimes – she has chronic migraines and is sad and gives her stuff away.  But she’s so fake and selfish; other characters call her out on her selfishness sometimes, which is a bit satisfying, but it’s not enough for me to like her.  The tragedy in her life is genuinely horrible, but she is so disconnected from it… I couldn’t be bothered to care, either. Reading this novel, I felt […]

Posted May 9, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Obscura by Joe Hart

Obscura by Joe Hart

When I started reading Obscura, I had mixed feelings about the book.  For starters, I wasn’t crazy about all the time-jumping.  I don’t mind past and present… one or two aren’t bad… but suddenly we’re in different years back and forth, and there’s a couple chapters in different perspectives.  In a thriller, we’ve got enough to handle with just one or two ways of delivering information. At it’s core, though, Obscura is a pretty good book.  It has a sort of Michael Crichton sequel flare with elements of the science discussed in The Andromeda Strain and Timeline, but the characters have better depth than some of […]

Posted May 2, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

I’m not really surprised that this was a perfectly horrible book. I mean, it’s a series spun off the show Castle, and honestly… it just reads like bad fanfiction. Nikki Heat is an attractive but stubborn and alone detective.  When she gets saddled with a journalist by the mayor who shadows her on the job (sound familiar?), she brushes him off.  Then tragedy hits and Rook suddenly becomes useful… and interesting.  He connects her with great contacts and his boyish charm delights her, though she’d never admit it. Maybe, just maybe, she’s falling for him.  But first she’s got a murder […]

Posted January 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //