2018 Weekly Updates · contemporary · crime · fiction · March 2018 · mystery · thriller

Weekly Update: March 19-24, 2018

Week 2 of my weekly updates! I’ve accomplished a lot, reading-wise, this March. Thanks to all the Goodreads challenges I’ve joined. I hope to be able to keep this up. 

Have Read

03/21Goodbye, Vitamin

Author: Rachel Khong
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Summary from Goodreads:

Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits – in the absence of a cure – of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.

My Rating:   

03/23 6th Target

Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women’s Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies–but the kidnappers aren’t demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she’d face–with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

My Rating: 

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03/25 All the Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

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Currently Reading

 Joyland by Stephen King – Wow, after another week, I’m still reading this one. I’m not even halfway through! 

 7th Heaven by James Patterson – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this book would be as brilliant as the one before.

 Next Book to Read: This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book Suggestions

  • The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (re-read)
  • Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

I have a task in one of my challenges that I’m still having a hard time deciding.

Read a book with a backside on the cover (butt, bum, ass… You get the picture. May include other body parts, may be clad) OR a book with a five-letter title.

Any thoughts?
fiction · horror

Review: Tales of the Lost

Author: Richard Howard

Publisher: Matador

Genre: Horror, General Fiction

Summary from Netgalley:

“Something in that magical atmosphere had subtly changed as if the previous stillness had been merely a portent to some mysterious event… He tilted his head to catch whatever sound it was that suddenly made him feel that someone, or something, was watching him.”

Tales of the Lost is a book of short stories for adults, ranging from realms of fantasy to modern-day settings. Richard Howard’s stories are born out of a lifelong love of ghost stories and ‘curious tales’, which he read as a child. Some are ghost stories, others are simply scary, and most have a twist in the tail. In each story, there is a character who, one way or another, feels lost.

One story, Flora’s Return, takes its main character from Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, which was filmed in 1960 as The Innocents. Richard takes this story, which he believes is one of the finest ghost stories ever written, and continues it with an exciting new twist.

Richard’s stories are based on his experiences of growing up in a house with its own ghosts during his childhood. Ghosts created by the author M.R.James, the many aspects of horror and disquiet by William Hope Hodgson, the dark humour of Saki and the relationship between man and the forces of nature in Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood have all inspired the author to contribute to the short story genre.

From science fiction to fairy tales, stories have been written that allow us to enjoy feeling scared in a safe environment. This collection will not disappoint.

Comments:

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

I don’t usually read a book of short stories so this was a welcome change. I got to admit that I also was drawn to this because of the pretty book cover. After finishing the book, I think the cover could be more interesting and could perhaps be more connected with the stories.

The short stories in this collection varies in length and introduces different creatures from ghosts, to folklore, to even Greek mythology. I enjoy the horror genre, but not particularly some of those which were presented in this book. Still, it was an enjoyable read. I did have a couple of favorites – Flora’s Return and Outrage. There was an air of mystery on both accounts and although they were predictable, still made me excited to have the whole plot revealed.

Overall, I would recommend this to those who would delight in short and easy reads, mostly on fantasy-horror.

My Rating: ★★★ (3)

drama · fiction · young adult

If I Stay

Author:  Gayle Forman
Date finished reading: January 10, 2014

Comments:
I’m so relieved that I didn’t read this book just because it was a popular hype. In fact, I just randomly borrowed the book when I was meaning to read Just One Day and it wasn’t available.

It was the start of a perfect day. Mia and her family went off to visit friends and family. Little did they know that an accident will take place – one that will leave a huge crater on those around them. Nonetheless, Mis being the sole survivor gets to decide for herself – to leave or to stay?

I’m usually not into cheesy literature stuff, but there is something about this book that kept me going. One of the reasons would be the love I have for the characters. It wasn’t Mia; it was the people in her life. I love the back stories on her parents, grandparents, best friend, boyfriend all interwoven to create a unique symphony. It was also how music was such a huge part of this project. I can even picture them, on that accidental celebration of labor day, sitting around the campfire and playing music to their heart’s content. I profess that I lack knowledge when it comes to the musical selection for this book, but that was okay.

The only thing which was off for me was the last part – and that was what most readers seem to compare to Lovely Bones. C’mon Mia, there are a lot of others reasons for you choosing to stay. It’s not just about Adam. It must be the hormones, but hey I expected her to be deeper than that.

Overall, this is a feel good book. 😉

Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.

My Rating: ★★★★★