Man, it's been a LONG time since I wrote a post about books. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? I don't even understand.

 

I've been reading a lot in the past few months and have a few good ones to share with ya today!

 

 

Before I go to Sleep // S.J. Watson

Book summary from Amazon: Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis--all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted?

My opinion: THIS WAS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!! Well, maybe not ever. But it was definitely, like, Top 5. I reeeeeally enjoyed this book- to the point where every time I had to stop reading I would turn to Mike and say, "THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE IT!" But my (weirdo) older brother said he skipped a bunch of the book because he thought it went on a little long... so you be the judge on who's right about this book. Seriously- read it. And then let me know when your mind is BLOWN at the end. Also... I just discovered that it's a MOVIE?!! Who knew!

 

 

Every Secret Thing // Laura Lippman

Book summary from Amazon: Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families. Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances.

My opinion: Meh. This book was okay. I read it all, but I wouldn't say I recommend it. Not bad, but not good.

 

 

Fragile // Lisa Unger

Book summary from Amazon: Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It's a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another's kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows's insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients' lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie's intuitive gift proves useful to the case--and also dangerous. Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene's disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely.  Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.  In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father.

My opinion: It took me awhile to get into this book. It's told with a lot of different story lines so it's kinda hard to keep track of characters, timelines, etc. BUT... it got better. I wouldn't say it was the best, but a pretty good book. It's the first in a series so I might check out the others to see if it gets better :)

 

 

The Silent Wife // A.S.A. Harrison

Book summary from Amazon: Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

My opinion: I enjoyed this book! It was an easy, short read that kept me hooked.

 

 

The Fever // Megan Abbott

Book summary from Amazon: Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes' seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile sense of security. 

My opinion: This one was GOOOOOOD. I was annoyed at the ending (I was expecting it to be crazier), but the book overall was great! I read it in approximately 24 hours because I couldn't put it down.

 

 

Goodnight Nobody // Jennifer Weiner

Book summary from Amazon: For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia has been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. When a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is the most exciting thing to happen in Upchurch, Connecticut, since her neighbors broke ground for a guesthouse and cracked their septic tank. Even though the local police chief warns her that crime-fighting's a job best left to the professionals, Kate launches an unofficial investigation -- from 8:45 to 11:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, when her kids are in nursery school.

My opinion: Meh. This was a LONG book. It was entertaining, but I think it would appeal more to mothers with children? (I guess that's a redundant phrase, if you're a mother you have children...)

 

 

The Vacationers // Emma Straub

Book summary from Amazon: For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

My opinion: I reeeeeally liked this book! It was an easy read and really cute and entertaining. It would be a good summer/beach book.

 

 

Have you read any of these? What'd you think?

What books have you been reading lately?