Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaTitle: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: August 23, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is sure to provide some thrilling chills to fans of the thriller genre. This book is so fast-paced, it will make your head spin. Also, Lapena does a fantastic job developing all of the characters that at some points, the reader is never really sure who the culprit really is. The writing is so descriptive as well, and it makes the events that unfold seem to come alive as you are reading this incredible story. Continue reading

Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine EganTitle: Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child #1)
Author: Catherine Egan
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 7, 2016

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom? Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
One that will she will be paying over this book and the two to follow.

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Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan is one of the most epic books I’ve read in a while. This fantasy novel has everything–witches, a spy, thievery, and a main character who can vanish. What I especially enjoyed was the original way that the witchcraft was incorporated. I adored this book and would definitely recommend it. Continue reading

Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa TotenTitle: Beware That Girl
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: May 31, 2016

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

This powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the mega-wealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

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 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten is an interesting read for fans of the psychological thriller genre. I started this book with really high hopes, which is probably why I ended up a little disappointed. This book is told in alternating perspectives and contains a super smart main character, which is enjoyable. The plot, however, is uneventful in certain parts and is quite boring. Continue reading

Review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy BlumeTitle: In the Unlikely Event
Author: Judy Blume
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 2, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

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Review: In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event is a classic Judy Blume story that will definitely satisfy the needs of her huge following. As a huge fan of Judy Blume, it was hard not to pass up on an opportunity to read this stunning novel. This work of historical fiction contains differing points of view and probes the themes of adolescence and grief. Continue reading

Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaTitle: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. 

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Review: Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is a hilarious book with a family that is comical. It is easily one of the best books of 2015. It contains a clever, goal-oriented main character and plenty of humour. This novel is a pleasant change from typical sick-lit YA novels. Continue reading