Am I the only one who can’t believe we’re 8 1/2 months into the year? Before we know it will be holiday time again! In January I made a resolution to read at least one book a month, and while I slacked the first part of the year, I’m now more than caught up with my goal. I always like to get book recommendations from my friends and family, so I figured I’d recap my thoughts for you with my August Book Reviews!
One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
Basic Plot – “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
My Take – I liked this book a lot, but I think I may be in the minority of people who didn’t LOVE it. It was an easy read, but I was able to figure out what happened about halfway through. They did throw in a wrench I didn’t expect near the end though. The thing that kept me reading was getting to see the character development of the stereotypical high-school jock, princess, criminal and brain. 4 out of 5 stars!
Still Missing – Chevy Stevens
Basic Plot – On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
My Take – This book was frightening because it could 100% happen for real! It kept me hooked and I read it in about half a day. That being said, it contains a lot of triggers and is very graphic about the kidnapping and details of Annie’s captivity. I’ve been really into thrillers lately and I LOVED this one so much that I read another book by Chevy Stevens right after I finished this one. This was probably my favorite out of all the other August Book Reviews 5 Stars for me!
Those Girls – Chevy Stevens
Basic Plot – Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.
My Take – Another intense thriller by Chevy Stevens! This one was also REALLY good, but I have to say I didn’t like it quite as much as Still Missing. It took place over the course of about 20 years, and while the end wrapped things up, it felt kind of forced. All in all though worth the read! I’d give this 4 out of 5 stars.
The Thinnest Air – Minka Kent
Basic Plot – Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.
My Take – Without giving away too much, there are two main suspects in Merideth’s disappearance. I was really torn on who the real responsible party was throughout the entire book. This kept me really involved in the storyline. I really enjoyed this book, but the end REALLY annoyed me. The author tried to wrap it all up in a pretty little bow and I felt like there were a TON of loose ends and major character flaws being ignored. Outside of that, I’d still give it 4 out of 5 stars for keeping me guessing. Worth the read.
The Memory Watcher – Minka Kent
Basic Plot – When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence.
From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace’s every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account without so much as a warning.
My Take – Because I really liked the fast-moving storyline of The Thinnest Air, my friend Gina recommended this book by the same author. This is definitely a story of obsession! It really makes me consider how much I share with the online community for sure, and how easy would be for someone to track you down and watch you (or worse) if they really wanted to. Just like in most cases, the McMullen family’s looks are deceiving, and while they’re well off, they’re just as dysfunctional as anyone else. This book also kept me hooked and moved along quickly enough. It seemed pretty farfetched at parts but its also a BOOK so I get it lol. The ending threw me for a loop, but it made a lot of sense due to the main character’s questionable mental state throughout the book. I would give this one 4 out of 5 stars.
A Killer’s Mind – Mike Omer
Basic Plot – Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.
My Take – This book is CREEPY. It was my July free “Amazon First Read” so I don’t always know what to expect with that. Easily my favorite “first read” so far! Again, this one is very GRAPHIC and pretty gross at parts, but I think that’s part of what kept me hooked. Throughout the book, the narrator changes between the investigators and the killer, so you have a peek into his psyche without actually knowing who he is until the end. I really liked this one, and I think the author is going to write more books with the same investigators, so I’d definitely be interested in further stories from him. 4.5/5 Stars.
So I guess you could say I was on a bit of a Thriller/Mystery kick this month with my August Book Reviews! I find those are the easiest to cruise right through. They did bring on a bit of anxiety, so I’ve taken a few weeks off and I’m hoping to get back to it within the next few days. All the Kindle versions of the books are linked above, and if you order through my link, I do receive a small commission.