Today, I’m trying something new on the blog! If you don’t already know this, I love reading. In this post, I’ll be reviewing a few of my latest reads!
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda- When Nic Farrell returns to her hometown to tend to her sick father, a girl goes missing days later. The mystery is similar to when Nic’s best friend Corrinne disappeared ten years ago. The disappearance still haunts Nic, and she starts on a journey to figure out what has happened to the new missing girl. I loved this one! The story is told in reverse, so I was constantly trying to piece together information to figure out the mystery. I felt this made the story that much more of a page-turner! I enjoyed the descriptive writing style and was truly invested in the main character’s story. The ending definitely took an unexpected turn for me! I highly recommend.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I picked this up from Target after seeing that this book was adapted into a show for HBO. I thought this book was phenomenal!! However, it is DARK. If you’re looking for a light mystery, this may not be for you. Camille Preaker is an investigative journalist living in Chicago who gets assigned to do a story on the murders of two young girls that happen to occur in her hometown of Missouri. Camille has a strained relationship with her mother and a half-sister she hardly knows. Staying at her childhood home and diving back into her past, Camille begins to identify with the victims of the murders. Although I had an idea of what was going to happen early on, I couldn’t put this book down! I found that this story was more about the characters and their relationships than the actual mystery… and I loved it! If you were a fan of Gone Girl you will definitely want to pick this up (it is also by Gillian Flynn!). Although the subject matter and pace of this novel was very different from Gone Girl, I still connected with Flynn’s writing. Can’t wait to see how it translates into a show!
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda– After having to step away from her career as a journalist in New York, Leah Stevens moves to Pennsylvania to take a teaching position. Before deciding to make this big move, Leah runs into her old college roommate Emmy. Emmy just got out of a bad relationship, and is looking for a fresh start. Emmy convinces Leah to move to Pennsylvania with her. After a woman in their new town is found dead, Emmy goes missing. Leah soon realizes how very little she knows about Emmy, and questions if what she does know about Emmy is true. As Leah begins to unravel the truth, the mystery of Emmy Grey becomes even more twisted. This was a quick read for me! I was so interested in finding out what happened I couldn’t put it down. Megan Miranda does it again! I usually can figure out the ending of a mystery novel early on, but I was totally shocked at the conclusion! If you like a mystery novel with multiple twists and turns, you need to pick this up!
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- When Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their high school’s bell tower, an unlikely friendship forms. Violet is dealing with the loss of her sister and is counting down the days until graduation. Finch is fascinated with death, but is determined to make the most of his life in the present. The pair begin to help each other without even realizing it, and form a relationship neither one of them would have ever expected. This book was incredible!! Although it’s technically a young adult novel, I think it’s a great read for adults too! This book made me laugh and cry, and the conclusion stuck with me for months. This book was so much more than a story for me, it had an important message behind the plot.
Has anyone read any of these books? If so, what were your thoughts?? I’m always looking for a new book to read so let me know if you have any recommendations!