Genre: Thriller

The Fever by Megan Abbott

The Fever by Megan Abbott

My initial feelings about The Fever were pretty lukewarm.  While conceptually interesting, this book doesn’t get very good ratings on Goodreads and nobody has really been talking about it.  In short, the buzz about The Fever has been (if anything) that it’s just “fine”.  And after reading it, I agree. There are a lot of things that could have happened in this novel.  Megan Abbott is not a bad writer.  There was a minute when I thought this was going to end up a gruesome swamp-thing-esque horror novel and damn I was there for it because that would have been SO unique and […]

Posted November 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

I added Nerve to my TBR when I first heard about the movie.  A YA Thriller?  These are pretty rare, especially when they’re done well, so count me in.  While I am the actual worst about seeing movies and haven’t seen the adaptation yet, everything I’ve read says that the book and film are two very different animals.  Having seen the trailer and now read the book, that seems very accurate.  It gives me hope for the movie. There were some definite issues with Nerve.  One of the things I’m trying to do in judging main characters is to step back and remind myself: just […]

Posted August 10, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I’ve always found the conspiracy and the theology and the science in Angels and Demons fascinating.  It’s been over a decade since I have read the book, so most of what I remembered of it comes from the movie (which, in all fairness, I still think is a fantastic interpretation).  It seemed time to revisit, so here I am! Most of this is still very good.  The pacing keeps you on your feet the whole time.  The treasure map through Rome is fascinating – even though there’s murder, Dan Brown has done a fantastic job making the reader excited for the next stop.  As […]

Posted June 19, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Glass Town by Steven Savile

Josh Raines inherits a mystery from his grandfather – a mystery about a young woman beloved by his great-grandfather and his great-great-uncle.  Eleanor Raines disappeared off the set of Hitchcock’s unfinished Number 13 and was never seen again.  So what happened to Eleanor?  Something is rotten in the Rothery, and Joshua can’t help but to be swept up in it all. Glass Town had its up and downs.  There were parts of it that absolutely drew me in.  Some of the fantastical elements reminded me of something out of that SyFy show from a while back, Warehouse 13, while other parts reminded […]

Posted February 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I couldn’t not pick this one up.  How many YA thrillers are there?  With Stephanie Perkins success with Anna and the French Kiss, I was curious to see what she had to offer in different genres.  I think that overall, There’s Someone Inside Your House is just okay, but it’s appropriate for its intended audience. Mikani Young has a past, one that has been expunged from her record and she doesn’t want her new friends in Nebraska learning about.  She’s startling to settle in here – she has two friends, a routine, and that fling she had over the summer that may turn into something.  But no […]

Posted February 9, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //