Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recent Reads

I have always loved reading, but I had a hard time finding the time to read for fun when I was in college.  Since graduating though I have been able to get back into it and I read three books last month and am halfway through a fourth.  Below I have for you mini reviews of each book and let you know which ones you should definitely read!

When the worlds of Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and elite colleges come together something juicy is bound to happen.  This debut novel by an author who worked and lived in all three of the aforementioned worlds is sure to keep you on your toes.  While it is a thriller I found it to be less "scary" than other novels in its genre, which is something I liked.  Throughout the book looms a murder mystery that left me dying to know who the killer is, but leaves you hanging in suspense until the last minute.  In addition to this murder mystery there are numerous other compelling storylines going on that include power plays, sex, relationships, and lots of money and really keep your attention.  
Recommendation? I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend giving it a read even if thrillers aren't your typical genre of choice.

This page turner is the definition of a thriller and much to my surprise I couldn't put it down.  The novel is a chilling read and the story could be straight out of an episode Law & Order: Special Victims Unit or Criminal Minds.  This book centers around the twenty year old unsolved mystery of a young college girl's disappearance and the aftermath.  It tells of how a family is ripped apart by the disappearance and how the family, especially the missing girl's sisters, is preyed upon and their issues further exacerbated by one person.  All of their eyes are opened though when that person, one of the sisters' husbands, is killed and their lives are all turned further upside down by what they learn next.
Recommendation? I would absolutely recommend it, however, if you don't like thrillers then this may be too much for you.  This book though has officially turned me onto thrillers and I read it in only two days because I needed to know what happened!

Touted as a cautionary tale for parents of teenagers this debut novel is what I would categorize as a "light" thriller.  This story is about a teenage girl who runs away from home and across the country to be with a boy that she met on Facebook.  The book focuses on the girl leaving home and the full scale social media campaign that her parents launch to get her back.  The narration alternates between the girl and her mother detailing both of their experiences in the time in which the girl is away from home.  In my opinion though this book focuses more on the familial relationships than anything else, which made it boring.  There's a (very) brief period of suspense, but that was not enough to hold my interest and throughout the book I found myself annoyed with both the mother and the daughter.
Recommendation? I would not recommend this one at all.  It felt like it took me forever to get through just because I was so bored and it did not hold my attention.  Compared to the other books I've read this was a snoozefest.

This is the book I'm currently reading and am finding it to be an intriguing mystery so far.  Another thriller, this book is about the kidnapping of a prominent Chicago judge's daughter, the impact it has, and the aftermath of her return home.  It shows the toll a high profile life can take on a family and that what is seen in the media is not always what is true.  It definitely leaves you guessing and I cannot wait to finish it and see what happens!
Recommendation? So far I would recommend it!  It's very interesting and makes me want to keep reading.

What books have you been reading recently?  I'm looking for some new recommendations so if you have any please share them!

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1 comment:

  1. I read Pretty Girls and really enjoyed it. I liked the twist half way through. Thrillers are definitely my thing.


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