Turning the Page, Volume 6

book review

Remeber, I don’t give you any spoilers – I merely just run a few sentences together to let you know how the book made me feel and why I think you should or shouldn’t give it a try! Also, be sure to leave some suggestions in the comments below!

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Goodreads Excerpt:

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

Goodreads rating: 4.06/5

My Review:

Honestly, I randomly came across this book and I am so glad I did. It’s not for everyone and a lot of people would find it really unsettling but after reading The Never List by ** I was really searching for that next book that would grab my attention, pull at my heartstrings and give me knots in my stomach. The butterfly garden is unlike any book I have read in a very long time – “it’s dark, graphic, twisted, and touches on almost every taboo subject I can think of.” All the emotions of anger and disgust seethed through my veins with every next chapter. I will say that the ending did end up leaving me a little disappointed. I feel like the author wanted to give her readers with one more complex twist and a “happier” ending which left me with a bad taste in my mouth. This book was meant to unsettle you and I didn’t quite enjoy that she tried to sugarcoat things in the end.
My personal rating: 4.5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Goodreads Excerpt:

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Goodreads rating: 4.18/5

My Review:

In my opinion, everything Celeste Ng does is brilliant! Starting the book I was a little apprehensive about how it would turn out but not even two chapters in and I was intrigued. Overall, the book is basically about the complexity of family, relationships, and finding your way in life. The book brilliantly covers race issues, family dynamics, the uneven power of money and a controversial custody battle. Basically, this book has it all and will leave you with a sense of shock and sadness.

My personal rating: 5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Goodreads Excerpt:

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

Goodreads rating: 3.76/5

My Review:

This book was fucked up and so freaking weird and wonderful- the ending will shock you. There is no way to describe just how addicting and intriguing this book was. There is a slow build-up of suspense an confusion throughout the book because the entire ending and twist are dependent on certain aspect being kept secret until the end.

His personal rating: 5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

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Comments

Emily

I feel the same way about Little Fires Everywhere. Brilliant!

Lola Adewuya

wow a 5/5 review for little fires everywhere! I keep seeing the book but haven’t picked it up yet. I really feel like I should now…
Love this week’s roundup! They all honestly look pretty interesting.

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