Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

Wow! What a ride! Trapped at a ski resort by an avalanche with a murderer on the loose! While not entirely unpredictable, Ware builds the tension and suspense in such a way that you have to find out what happens next! This one will keep you up late reading!

This was a good book, a classic is there or isn’t there a haunting with plenty of other mayhem going on in the background to craft a suspenseful thriller, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Good, but not great. It felt a touch cliché and predictable, like the author was checking off boxes on a formula list, but they use those formulas for a reason . . . so, to each their own. I’ve talked with someone who can’t say enough good things about this book, so maybe I was just in a fussy mood when I read it?

I just started:

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5 Books Like Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ To Add To Your Spooktober Reading List

Halloween’s my favorite holiday, but this year it looks like it’s going to be a little . . . different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be disappointing!

And if there’s one author who never disappointed, it’s the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie! And my personal favorite? You guessed it!

Here are 5 books to add to your Spooktober reading list if you’re looking for something like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None!

If you’re looking for more spooky books to add to your reading list, check out:

5 Gory Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Atmospheric Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Fun YA Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

The Lying Game: A Novel by [Ware, Ruth]I’ve been a big fan of Ruth Ware since her debut book, In a Dark, Dark Wood found it’s way into my hand. Her next book was a bit of a departure from the first, good, but a little far fetched and missing the dynamic of friendship and secrets she handled so well in the first. I was happy to discover in this book a return to her ‘roots’.

This mystery kept me guessing, not just who did it, but what did they do? What actually happened? Maybe the truth wasn’t a complete surprise (as shocking as it was), but it was impossible to know for sure, and that, my reading friends, always makes me smile. I’m anxiously awaiting Ware’s next book. 5 stars!


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

28187230This is a dark little mystery that took me on a wild ride, complete with a couple of plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which I absolutely adore experiencing.

I didn’t love the characters, but the cruise boat setting put a fresh spin on the locked room mystery, and I had to only mildly suspend belief for the ending. This author definitely does more right than wrong, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next! (BTW, I LOVED her first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood).

Bottom line – fun, imaginative and suspenseful. Easy reading, and it managed to throw in a  turn that REALLY surprised me, which very rarely happens. 5 stars!

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb18I LOVED this book! Not because it was so wonderfully written or such a great story. (Maybe I should amend my opening statement.) I REALLY enjoyed this book, for reasons that may be hard to describe. It was a nice blend of dark and light, of sinister and funny, which may or may not have been the author’s intention.  Plus, I have a soft spot for British books written with a strong vernacular.

The book centers around a hen party (bachelorette party in America). Can you think of a better setting for a murder? I mean, really, when I read the blurb I thought, “What fun! That’s the PERFECT situation for homicidal intentions to brew.” To be honest, I was a little jealous that I didn’t think of the idea first. The very premise of the book tickled my funny bone. I love plots with a sardonic edge. So maybe it was the idea of the book I loved more than the actual work – I’m not entirely sure – I think I’m too biased on this occasion to say for sure.

The bottom line is that for whatever reason, I really did enjoy this book. The humor may have only been in my head, but this was a quick, fun read. Exactly what I needed, when I needed it. 5 stars.

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