BOOK CLUB: October
I’m so excited to finally discuss this months book club reads. I guess it’s better late than never, right?
This month we read Final Girls, a psychological thriller based in New York, and The Secret History of Us, a young adult novel about memory loss and the secret lives we keep.
I can’t wait to see what you guys thought of the books! Let’s start by discussing Final Girls.
FINAL GIRLS BY RILEY SAGER.
Oh boy oh boy I loved this book. It was basically everything I thought it would be and more.
I generally have a knack for guessing the ending of many psychological and crime thrillers. I can almost always tell who the killer is half way through, and my score is even higher when it comes to movies of the same genre. Some might call it educated guessing, but I think a lot of the times my intuition kicks in and I picture myself as a part of the story. I don’t really know how to explain it, and I guess it’s kind of weird, but it usually makes mystery/suspense novels a bit unexciting for me.
Well, that did not happen with Final Girls, let me tell you.
I was guessing up until the very end, and even then was in complete slack-jawed SHOCK at finding out the culprit of the Pine Cottage murders. Were you guys expecting it at all?
I kind of liked how all of the separated parts of the Pine Cottage story linked together in the end, and I was also kiiiiiinda shocked at the Tina Stone/Samantha Boyd drama. I mean, it makes a little bit of sense, but I was still shocked.
There’s just something so creepy about a lone cabin in the woods…
Up next, we’ll discuss The Secret History of Us.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF US BY JESSI KIRBY
Now, I wasn’t expecting to like this one much, as I’m on a biiiiit of a crime novel binge… BUT this book was incredible.
I loved how strong Olivia was after the accident in refusing to just accept the way her life was told to her. As we later found out, she had good reason to ask so many questions.
I will say that I kind of expected the ending, and I knew what was coming, but if anything that made me read it even faster to find out if my suspicions were true.
This novel has such a strong story line backing it, which makes it one of the best young adult novels I’ve ever read. I couldn’t help putting myself in Olivia’s shoes at certain points within the story to see if I would react in the same way. I think it’s a good sign when I can see parts of myself in the main character. It just makes the story more relatable.
I guess the only criticism I’d have would be that the ending was too short. I want more!
Let’s continue the discussion in the comments – you might have noticed that I kept this review spoiler free, and that’s because last time I unfortunately gave away the endings to some of you who hadn’t finished yet… (sorry!)
So for those of you who are still working through the books, this is your warning – DON’T READ THE COMMENTS UNTIL YOU’RE DONE. There’s nothing worse than knowing the ending, am I right?!
Okay, nowwww we can get into the nitty gritty.
I want to know which book you read, and if you read both, which was your favourite?
Who were your favourite and least favourite characters in each of the novels?
Were you expecting the ending? Both of our books this month were kind of mystery-based which is like my favourite thing ever, so I was glad that the ending in Final Girls at least was completely out of left field!
Leave me a comment below so we can discuss our October books a little more! I can’t wait to hear from you.