Review: Before She Was Found

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Publication Date: 4/16/19

Publisher: Park Row Books (Harper Collins)

Rating: 5/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of this book from TLC Book Tours & Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: Before She Was Found is the first book I’ve read from Heather Gudenkauf. This thriller follows three preteen girls involved in attempted murder investigation in a small quiet town in Iowa. One girl is severely injured, another is in a shock state, and the last one refuses to help the authorities. Wow what a twisted and mind f*** of a book! This deserves all the stars and it’s the third book this year that I gave a 5 star review. I loved the format and the various perspectives in this novel. The story kept me engaged and on my toes from page one. I really loved Heather’s writing style and how she was able to create such depth with multiple characters. Her way of being able to write adult and child perspectives is captivating. Also just when I thought I was figuring out the ending, another twist I didn’t expect comes in. Overall, I highly recommend anyone who loves thrillers to pick up this book. You don’t want to miss out!

Review: The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Publishing Date: 4/30/19

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rating: 4/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.

Review: The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is the second book I’ve read from Balli Kaur Jaswal. This contemporary novel is a heartwarming story of three estranged sisters who go on a pilgrimage to India to fulfill their mother’s dying wish. Overall, this was a great read. The book started off slow, but started picking up momentum towards the middle. I love that the author was able to combine serious issues along with implementing the culture of India and adding some humor in some areas. I also really liked how all the sisters were complex characters and how the reader learns about the strained relationships and secrets. If you loved Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows, then you’ll definitely want to read this one!

Review: A Woman Is No Man

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Publication Date: 3/5/19
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5

Review: I decided to choose A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum as my February BOTM pick. This contemporary novel follows three generations of Palestinian women living in Brooklyn: Fareeda who moves to America from the refugee camps in Palestine, Isra who has an arranged marriage with one of the sons and faces motherhood, and Deya who is the daughter of Isra and faces whether to enter into an arranged marriage of her own or take control of her future. Overall, this debut is extremely empowering and tragic. It shows the resilience and strength of women, the oppression of culture, and the choices that affect others. I took my time with this one because the content was so heavy and emotional. The beginning started a bit slow for me, but I didn’t mind due to the intriguing plot line. Etaf’s writing style can be described as raw and beautifully tragic This book gave me into a bit more insight about the culture of Palestine. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a book that sheds light on a culture that isn’t discussed much in fiction and that will resonate with you.

Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Publication Date: 2/5/19
Publisher: Celadon Books
Rating: 4/5

Review: My January BOTM pick was the psychological thriller, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a psychotherapist is determined to uncover such a heinous act. This thriller started off a bit slow, but the premise grips you from page one. The author does an amazing job capturing the depth of the characters. I also really liked the psychology aspect of the novel. The alternating narratives were great which kept the story moving. I didn’t see the twist coming and I liked the way the author ended the story. I would recommend picking up this one if you love psychological thrillers.

Review: When You Read This

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Publication Date: 2/5/19
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.

Review: When You Read This is a heartfelt, funny, and sad contemporary novel. This bittersweet book is about a young woman who passes away due to lung cancer and how the people around her cope with her passing. The story is captured through emails, texts, and blog posts. I love stories in this format because they are interesting to read. The author does a beautiful job expressing grief through multiple perspectives, moving on? And new beginnings. One of the strong points of this novel is how endearing and relatable the characters are. I would highly recommend picking this novel if you loved Goodbye, Paris and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

Review: I Owe You One

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Publication Date: 2/5/19
Publisher: The Dial Press (Random House)
Rating: 2/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from The Dial Press (Random House) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since high school and I was so excited to receive an ARC of her latest novel, I Owe You One. This chick lit follows Fixie Farr who has a knack of fixing things. She always picks up the slack from her siblings at their family owned store. One day Fixie meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop who asks her to watch his laptop. Once she saves it from a disaster, they ended up exchanging IOUs. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this upcoming novel. There were some cute moments, however, the romance felt pretty weak. The plot was pretty weak as well which didn’t hold up for the entire book The characters go through the typical transformation in a Sophie Kinsella book, but I found all the characters to be a bit extreme and annoying. Fixie was too much of a doormat that after a while it was getting unbearable to read about her. Her siblings seemed too much of pretentious pricks and used Fixie’s lack of a backbone to their advantage. There were also some excess characters which served no purpose in the book. The only reason I even finished the novel was so I could give a fair review. I would recommend skipping this one as there are better books by Sophie Kinsella.

Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Publication Date: 2/5/19
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: C.J. Tudor’s second novel, The Hiding Place, is more horror than a thriller. The novel follows Joe Thorne, a teacher, who returns to the town he grew up in. Joe comes to town to purposely settle a score of his troubled past, but he also uncovers a dark secret in the midst of everything. Overall, this novel felt more horror than thriller and it was creeper than I anticipated. C.J. Tudor’s writing style is definitely different than The Chalk Man. I really liked her character development and she definitely has some very profound quotes in there as well. However, I didn’t really care for the mystical elements and some of the scenes were a bit too cheesy for me. Personally, I preferred the The Chalk Man over The Hiding Place, but this is still a great intense mystery thriller to pick up.