While my reading progress this year hasn’t been as amazing as I would like it to be, I’ve still been really lucky to have picked excellent books and enjoyed every second of them.
I think the biggest thing I’ve learnt about myself lately when it comes to reading is that I’m either all in or not at all. Like I’m either settling down for a six hour reading marathon, or not picking a book up for a month.
Are you the same? I’d be really interested to know. I wish I was one of those people that had a regular reading routine, but to be honest, it’s the last thing I feel like doing sometimes. I’d much rather watch ten David Dobrik vlogs on my phone and fall asleep half way through the eleventh one. Maybe one day I’ll be an actual adult with an actual bedtime reading routine???
Anyway, here are some books I’ve read lately…
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
It’s promised by the author that when you read this book, you’ll find yourself making many assumptions – and that is so true. Think of a twisted love triangle with so many twists and turns that you’ll struggle to keep up. Definitely a must read for psychological thriller lovers.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
This was my first step into the world of Karin Slaughter, and to be honest, I was a little disappointed at first. The story started out so strong, but then a few chapters in I felt like it lost its momentum. Boy – was I wrong! I kept going for a few more chapters, and all of a sudden I wasn’t able to put it down! The ending was so *beyond* intense, but it’s also had such a lasting impact on my mind. I think of this story at least once a week now, which speaks to how insane Slaughter’s story creation is! A must read for basically anyone, however please be advised the story contains some graphic content that might not suit all readers.
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
This is another book that I basically just assumed I knew the ending throughout, but again – was I wrong or what? Prepare yourself upon starting this book that there are a lot of changes in perspective and flashbacks, but really – that’s kind of the bread and butter of psychological thrillers these days, right? I tore through this book until the very end, but was left super confused by that last scene. Can anyone explain it to me please? I still haven’t been able to figure it out and it’s driving me a little insane. Still – an incredibly creepy and unsettling read.
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
I went into this book thinking it was a psychological thriller but I think it’s more a domestic drama thriller that errs more on the side of drama. While I did enjoy this book, I found the protagonist to be super annoying and frustrating to read through. I also found the ending both sad and disappointing, but I’m not going to give any spoilers! I think if you’re going to pick this one up, just go into it with zero expectations – you’ll really enjoy it if you do it that way. I just went into it expecting something way different than what it actually was, which is why I was left feeling disappointed at the end.
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Okay, so this is another one that I was a little disappointed in, but only because I really struggled to actually fall in love with the story. It’s suspenseful and creepy and awfully eerie, but for me there was just something missing. Maybe I didn’t relate to the protagonist? I’m not sure, but I do know that a bunch of my friends have read and LOVED this story, so it’s probably just me. I did enjoy the first and last few chapters, but I can’t say I loved reading the entire book. Pick this one up if you’re into creepy stories about social media and high-school friendships.
What books have you been reading lately?