Believe it or not, I’ve been making more time for reading! In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll meet, if not break, my goal of 15 books that I set on GoodReads. I know, 15 isn’t a huge number but it’s something. Here are the last few books that I finished.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I finished this book back in April. I added it to my Kindle to read while traveling to London and it was pretty good. It reminded me of “Gone Girl” but it wasn’t as dark/twisted. It was a book that I found hard to put down and was filled with some clever twists. It had some pretty complicated female characters which is always great to see. I honestly wasn’t sure what was going to happen until the book came to an end! If you’re looking for a thriller, be sure to check this book out.
I’m pretty sure no one needs a summary of this. I had read the book before but with the new movie coming out, I wanted to give it another read. It’s interesting to see the changes that were made. I had forgotten how annoying Lex was in the book (she was younger as well), and how much they improved the character of Dr. Sattler in the movie. This is one of those times where I wouldn’t necessarily say that one was better than the other, but you can see why the changes that were made, happened. I am a little bummed we never got to see a Juvenile T-Rex though. (The book has two instead of just one). If you’ve never read the book before, I highly suggest picking it up!
You can’t tell me you didn’t see this coming! Oddly enough, I had never read The Lost World. But in middle school our homeroom teacher had read the book to us. Just like with the first book, there were major differences between the novel and the movie. Like the fact that the T-Rex never actually makes it off the island. And that Dodgson is a main character in the book as well. Man, how I wished he had died in the films. I do think Sarah Harding was a bit more bad ass in the book though. But you can tell the changes that were made in the film were done to create a new story that tied in with the first movie. Obviously another book I recommend!
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realizes she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late.
I’m not going to lie. The only reason I ordered this book was because it was only .99. The summary sounded like something I’d like and for that price, why not? It’s another crime thriller that ends up being about two different crimes by the end of it but the story does a good job of hiding that fact. One twist I didn’t see coming and afterwards I was surprised I didn’t pick up on it! I mean, I watch and read a lot of crime related stuff, so most of the time I’m quick to catch on. It’s a little tropey in the fact that the main character has her own dark past, and keeps to herself except for that one close friend. But it was a solid read and I’ve already purchased the next book in the series!
And there you have it! A nice mix of new books and old. There are still a lot of books I want to read like Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman. One of my reading goals included trying to read a little bit out of “comfort zone” and these two books would help with that!
What have you been reading lately? Have you set any goals for yourself?