It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done one of these posts… like, since July. So I have a lot of books to catch you up on.

 

I scanned my checkout history (does your library do that? Best feature ever! I always forget what I’ve read…) and here’s what I’ve been reading for the past few months! 



 

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In a Dark, Dark Wood // Ruth Ware

Book Summary from Amazon: What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

My Opinion: Hooked me from the beginning… REALLY good. I read the book in about 24 hours because I just couldn’t stop!



Portrait in Death // J.D. Robb

Book Summary from Amazon: After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot... 

My Opinion: Amazing as usual. Love this whole series.



Vengeance in Death // J.D. Robb

Book Summary from Amazon: He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit--always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives.Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past--a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.

My Opinion: Amazing as usual :)



Obsession in Death // J.D. Robb

Book Summary from Amazon: Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She ? and her billionaire husband ? are getting accustomed to being objects of attention. But now Eve has become one person?s obsession. Someone who thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her ? again and again. And Eve knows that underneath the worship, a terrible threat lies in wait.

My Opinion: Weirdly, I gave up on this one about a quarter into the book. I’m not sure if it was the story or if I just wasn’t feeling it? Sometimes I go through phases with authors, so maybe I’m just in not in the J.D. Robb phase at this moment. It’s probably a good book and I’ll probably read it eventually- just not now.



Triptych // Karin Slaughter

Book Summary from Amazon: In the city of Atlanta, young women are dying—at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy. But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open….

My Opinion: This was REALLY good. But also really weird. I almost gave up on it in the beginning because I really hated one/some of the characters (trying not to give it all away… haha) but I’m glad I stuck it out!



Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life // John C. Bogle

Book Summary from Amazon: Throughout his legendary career, John C. Bogle-founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group and creator of the first index mutual fund-has helped investors build wealth the right way and led a tireless campaign to restore common sense to the investment world. Along the way, he's seen how destructive an obsession with financial success can be. Now, with Enough., he puts this dilemma in perspective.

My Opinion: Gave up on this one halfway through, after skimming most of that first half. Was too intense of a money/business book. I love personal finance and money but this was just too much. Meh.



To Have and to Hold // Jane Green

Book Summary from Amazon: Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she’s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes. But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own. 

My Opinion: I loved this! It was an easy, “chick lit” kinda read.



The Husband’s Secret // Liane Moriarty

Book Summary from Amazon: Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive… Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

My Opinion: I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed it! It has a lot of plot lines that all weave together, which kept the book interesting.



Pretty Baby // Mary Kubica

Book Summary from Amazon: Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. Nevertheless, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home, despite her family's objections. As clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into an unrelenting web of lies and a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

My Opinion: I really wanted to like this book, but I honestly didn’t. It was kind of boring. I kept waiting for something huge to happen, some big plot twist, but the major events were just kinda... “eh”. Bummer.



Luckiest Girl Alive // Jessica Knoll

Book Summary from Amazon: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

My Opinion: I hated this book- and I don't say that often about books. It is definitely not a “feel good” story in the least. It’s well written, but the situations in the book are horrible and just made me sad and angry. Ugh.



The Kind Worth Killing // Peter Swanson

Book Summary from Amazon: On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché. But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . . Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth. Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

My Opinion: I was recommended this book by Tanja (thank you!!!) and it did NOT disappoint. This is probably my favorite one out of this whole list! :) You should definitely check it out.



What have you read lately? Share your recommendations! :)