Turning the Page, Volume 4

October book review

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!

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Goodreads Excerpt:

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Goodreads rating: 4.22/5

My Review:

I will have to say I was surprised by the complexity of this book and how quickly it drew me in. Honestly from the second chapter I was hooked and didn’t stop reading until I finished the book. Literally, like I didn’t do work, I didn’t participate in life or my marriage or my duties as a human until I finished and I cried. This book was so heartbreaking and wonderfully written. It is definitely in my top 5 and I suggest everyone read it. This book shows the true complexity of relationships in your life and the importance of communication. Life can be misleading at times and if you are not willing to talk through the hard times and have tough conversations with the people who matter then you’re truly never letting anyone in.

My personal rating: 5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

 


The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Goodreads Excerpt:

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Goodreads rating: 3.56/5

My Review:

Ruth Ware has been a favorite of mine for awhile and I will give any book of hers a try! I am happy to say she never disappoints me and I ended up enjoying this book! I read In a Dark Drak Wood recently and I will say that though the characters and scenario are different there is still the same feel and storyline. Female friends, a betrayal, lives being shattered. Like I said I enjoyed the book but I hope Ruth Ware doesn’t keep repeating the same motifs in her future books and finds new territory to explore.

Overall,  the book provides you with plenty of characters and plot lines to keep you interested and frustrated all at the same time. If I had to use one word to describe the book I suppose it would have to be heartbreaking. In a nutshell, without giving away any spoilers… life is already hard enough without going out of your way to make it more difficult. I have no time for those who have the ability to make a situation better but they chose the path of resistance and end up hurting those around them.

My personal rating: 4.2/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.


A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Goodreads Excerpt:

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

Goodreads rating: 3.89/5

My Review:

I remember off the bat I wasn’t that impressed mostly because it is like every other mystery book that has been out lately. Looking back it was well written however, you could guess the next plot twits 2 chapters ahead. Overall, it was very predictable and left me a bit bored and underwhelmed.

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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Comments

Emily

Goodness, EVERYONE has been saying the most amazing things about The Good Daughter. I need to get my hands on that ASAP.

Taylor

I will have to check out the good daughter! Based on your list, you might like a book i read (and loved) recently – “Idaho” by Emily Ruskovitch. It’s the story of a woman who marries a man in rural idaho; he suffers from early-onset dementia and is losing his memory of his first family, including his wife who is convicted of a terrible crime and his missing daughter. She works through the details of his past trying to sort out what happened to them all and where his daughter is. Super creepy and beautiful and excellent for this time of year!

    Alexandria Drake

    ohh… that sounds really good! I will add that to my list now. THank you for the recommendation!

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

All three of these books are on my Goodreads list. Have you read The Marriage Lie? It’s a thriller type book like these you’ve read and I really enjoyed it!

    Alexandria Drake

    It’s on my Goodreads list but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Once I do I’ll let you know my review!!

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