TURNING THE PAGE, VOLUME 3

Book recommendations

Turning the Page is a monthly article where I share with you books that I have been reading the past few weeks. Each article will feature the Goodreads excerpt along with my take on the book and my personal rating. But you don’t have to worry I will never write any spoilers in case you want to read the book for yourself. Also, I’ve provided you with a link so that you can read the first chapter of each book for free before deciding if you want to buy it. Below, I have linked to the previous articles in this series. Please feel free to leave me book suggestions in the comments!

It Ends With Us

Goodreads Excerpt:

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

Goodreads rating: 4.44/5

My Review:

Honestly, it’s not the typical book I would read but I decided to give it a try. I remember at first just thinking am I going to have to read about her story of almost having sex with two different guys through this whole damn book. However, as the book progressed graphic events began to happen and I felt as if I was always waiting for the bottom to drop out, again. Without saying too much, this book is extremely powerful and it’s not what most people will be expecting. It gets its power from the singular first-person narrative and we experience everything through Lily’s eyes. When she falls in love, we fall in love; when her heart is broken, our heart is broken; when she gets it all wrong, we do too. Despite the slow start to the book, I ended up finishing the book with a heavy set of emotions and I would definitely recommend it.

My personal rating: 4/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

 


Truly, Madly, Guilty

Goodreads Excerpt:

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

Goodreads rating: 3.55/5

My Review:

I love all of Liane Moriarty’s books and I finally got around to reading Truly, Madly, Guilty. Honestly, this book had some triggering moments for me. While my mother wasn’t a hoarder we did have our own issues and Erika’s relationship with her mother really struck a cord with me and was like a flashback to my own relationship with my mother. The dynamic of Clementine and Erika’s relationship os heartbreaking in my opinion and an interesting insight into the complexity of friendship and those close to you in your life. Overall, everyone’s biggest complaint with the book is that you spend the first 300 words reading through different points of view of one evening before you know what the big reveal is. However, I didn;t have a problem with the setup and while you there are quite a few plot lines to keep up with I don’t think it should be an issue if you read regularly.

My personal rating: 4.5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.


What She Knew

Goodreads Excerpt:

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

Goodreads rating: 3.89/5

My Review:

I’ll have to be honest that the ending of the book made me angry. Not from disappointment but from disappointment in the outcome of the plot. It just shows that you really never truly know the people around you even those that you put all of your trust in. However, I will say though that this book was quite slow for me and a little boring. After a bit of a slow start, I didn’t find this novel suspenseful and it lacked any real mystery for me.

My personal rating: 2.5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

Tell me your thoughts below and feel free to suggest me some books. You can also follow along with me on Goodreads.

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Turning the page is a monthly book review featuring 3 different books that I have read through the month.
Turning the page is a monthly book review featuring 3 different books that I have read through the month.

Comments

Emily

I love Liane Moriarty’s books and Truly Madly Guilty is the only one I haven’t read yet. I need to get my hands on it! I love the way she sets her stories up.

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

Truly, Madly, Guilty has been sitting on my nook for a little while now. I really like her books so maybe I’ll finally read it next. I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

Amy

I honestly haven’t looked into any of these yet (aka they aren’t on my list) but I will be checking them out! I love hearing what others think whene they read a certain books!
Great post lady!

joline

These aren’t my usual genre but “It Ends With Us” sounds interesting. I always consult goodreads before I purchase any book and if they ranked it pretty high and you ranked it pretty high then it must be worth a shot!

Diana

Truly madly guilty was such a great book for me, I ENJOYED EVERY BIT OF IT TOO! THERE WERE MANY PARTS I COULD RELATE TO ON A DEEP LEVEL SO I REALLY CONNECTED TO SOME OF THE CHARACTERS. IT ENDS WITH US SOUNDS INTERESTING AS WELL, I’LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT. THANK YOU FOR THE REVIEWS, THE PHOTO OF THE BOOK IS SO COZY LOOKING IT MAKES ME WANT TO CURL UP IN BED AND READ XX

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Bria | Tendril Wild Blog

Truly, Madly, Guilty sounds familiar…I think I’ve seen that title before. And now after reading your review, I really want to give it a try.

I recently renewed my library card and am trying to read more often, so you’ve given me a few to look for next time I stop by the library. 🙂

Jenna Condon

Reading is so much fun!! As an english major, i’ve been reading so much new material and i love it!

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holly

Great reviews! I actually haven’t read any of these books, but i’m happy to get some new recommendations. xx

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CHristen Tyre

I love this! I generally read several books at a time, and I love how this isn’t a single book review!

Ingrid Rizzolo

Looking at the way you structured your post concretized an idea I had for my blog. I have been toying with the idea of sharing the poems in my book with a brief explanation as to the circumstances of their genesis, then asking readers to share their thoughts in the comments. What do you think of this structure? Thanks for sharing

Abi

oooh I’m INTRIGUED with the ‘it ends with us’ book! I’m gonna check it out now

Elizabeth Mayberry

I love how much you read! And these reviews!!! Thanks for sharing!! I may have to check them out!

Torrie

I’ll admit, the one Liane Moriarty book I’ve read, I had a hard time with since the light tone didn’t seem to match the weighty matter of the book. Was that just The Husband’s Secret, or is that how all her books are?

I also like how you’ve structured your reviews, with both synopsis and average goodreads ratings. Great idea!

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