Turning The Page, Volume 2

Turning The Page Volume 2

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!

Everything You Want Me to Be

Goodreads Excerpt:

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

Goodreads rating: 3.86/5

My Review:

So, to start out, I will say that this book is set up a bit different than most in the fact that you know the main character is dead from the start. Her story is told in three different view points; Hattie, Peter, and Del (who is the sheriff investigating Hattie’s murder). The book weaves in and out of the storyline leading up to Hattie’s death and the aftermath of her murder. Mejia does a good job of spreading out the clues and plot twists so that the chapters are easy to read and are not too choppy.

Basically, Everything You Want Me to Be is an attention grabbing and suspenseful portrait of a girl who is torn between what she wanted and what she thought everyone else wanted her to be (as per the title). For me, this plot line made the book all that much better because, clearly, Hattie has something so functionally wrong with her that it leaves you wondering how she became this broken person who lived her life by what she felt others needed from her.

Overall, I honestly enjoyed all the plot lines for the different characters and I thought this book was written well. I will definitely be keeping a lookout for  Mindy Mejia’s books in the future!

I have some deep personal opinions on this book but to not divulge spoilers I have kept them to myself but if you read or have read the book and would like to talk further you can shoot me an email.

Favorite quote:

“Mom warned me that I had a lot to learn about the world. I wished she would’ve mentioned how much the learning was going to hurt.” – Hattie

My personal rating: 3.8/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

Into The Water

Goodreads Excerpt:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

Goodreads rating: 3.54/5

My Review:

I will say I had mixed expectations going into reading this book. As you may know, it was written by Paula Hawkins who also wrote The Girl On The Train. To be honest, I always feel bad for a successful first-time author, when their second book comes out, because there is always so much comparison to their first novel – which is sometimes unfair.

What made this book stand out from its predecessor was that it had a magical element to it. At first, this literary device caught me off guard, and I was little put out, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the story.

The overall tone of the book was a chilling blend of eeriness, anger, and spitefulness (which all held true till the end) that created a world that was easy to get lost in. And beyond the plot, there were 10 very flawed characters that each had a questionable past that were very fun and intriguing to read.

My one complaint would have to be that there are so many character view points that it is hard to keep them all straight considering the story is told through all 10 of their altering perspectives.

This book had me feeling sorrow and helpless all the way to the end (but in a good way).

My personal rating: 3.5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

The Breakdown

Goodreads Excerpt:

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

Overall, there is no real profound reason that I liked this book so much. Honestly, I had just finished reading B.A. Paris’ other book, Behind Closed Doors, and I wasn’t ready to move on from her writing style. I started reading it immediately after and read it all the way through in one day.

So why was this book so good in my opinion?

Well, it boils down to an exhilarating plot execution. The quick pace, the heavy buildup of anticipation, and the constant spark of mistrust in everyone kept me on my toes until the end.

Not to give anything away, but life is a real bitch and this book makes you question who you can really trust. Is your life really everything you’ve made it up to be? Do you really ever know someone completely and how will you ever know to trust them?

Poor Cass is going to need some serious therapy after this plot line.

My personal rating: 4.5/5

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.


Rachel @ STCL

I’m reading Into the Water now! Totally get what you mean about authors with big success with their first book. It does put a lot of pressure on for what comes next!

Samantha@Elah Tree

Wowza, I need to up my reading game, haha! I’m working my way through some business books and they are taking me forever, haha!

Elizabeth Mayberry

Ah! all these books sound a little too scary to me!! hahaha. I need books that I can read at night and not get nightmares from! lol. But I’m glad you enjoyed them!

Paige | The Daily Paige Blog

Ahh! Those Goodreads synopses gave me little mini heart attacks over here. I am such a scaredy cat haha. But Into The Water sounds fascinating!!

xoxo, Paige

Emily of Em Busy Living

I’ve been iffy about whether or not I’d read “Into the Water.” I personally didn’t care much for “Girl on the Train” so I have been a bit wary of this one being too similar. I’m glad to hear it is different and it does sound very interesting.

Tori Dunlap

I was so looking forward to reading “Into the Water’, but am wondering if I need to after your review…haha

Tori || Victori Media

Anna Hubbard

The Breakdown sounds so good according to your review! I’ll have to add it to my reading list!


never heard of some of these books, but i absolutely gotta look into these! they all sound absolutely amazing!

Tiffany Khyla

I’ve actually never heard of any of these books, so I can’t wait to check them out. I’ve been dying to get my hands on some good books to read. The plot for ‘Into the Water’ sounds super intriguing to me, but since ‘The Breakdown’ had better reviews from you and on Goodreads, I may need to give that one a try first.

mckenna bleu

I have heard that the Breakdown is a great book but havent heard of the other one!


I’ve been looking for a good book to read during my down time at one of my jobs, may check some of these out!


Amy | Pastel N Pink

Bella B @ xoxoBella

Ive never heard of these books before, Ill have to check them out.

Jennifer Ashley

Love your reviews! I’ll be checking my local library for these books!

Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com

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