Monday, October 1st 2018

Ghosted

GhostedGhosted by Rosie Walsh
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on July 24th 2018
Pages: 337
Goodreads
four-stars

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.
Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened--there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.

This book ended up being more than just a story of a woman being ghosted. Based on the title, I knew what was going to happen, I just didn’t know how it was going to make for a 300+ page book. But I have to say that I really enjoyed the sub-plot of this book. I did not read any synopsis of this book before reading it. I went in completely blind. That’s not to say that I think you should go in blind, that is just what I did. And I did enjoy the twist/curveball.

I enjoyed Rosie Walsh’s writing style for the most part. I do think she strayed here and there in over-describing some scenes, but it wasn’t so overdone that I put the book down.

I enjoyed most of the characters, however, I wish there had been just a little more development with some of Sarah’s friends. I felt like I had to fill in some gaps myself with how the mechanics of some of the friendships/relationships worked. I did enjoy Sarah as the main character as well, even though some of her thoughts/actions drove me batshit crazy. And I loved Eddie, even though for a good portion of the book we are supposed to feel slighted by him. But I knew there was more to the story.

My only big gripe about this book is the beginning. I am not one to be bothered by just being thrust into a story without much context right away, but for some reason, it just did not sit well with me for this book. I can see others getting frustrated a few chapters in and giving up. It all made sense the further I got into the book, but it was difficult to stick it out at first.

four-stars

Tuesday, March 6th 2018

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on August 23rd 2016
Pages: 308
Goodreads
three-stars

It all started at a dinner party. . .
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I am getting really tired of the whole, “If you liked Gone Girl.” Or “if you enjoyed Girl on the Train.” No. Just no. This book wasn’t terrible…but it had a shit-ton going on. Almost too much. In fact, there was a whole side drama thing going on in the background that didn’t need to be there. I think it was meant to throw the reader off of the whole “who done it?” but it just annoyed the shit out of me. And I didn’t really like any of the characters. All of them were pretty shitty and made pretty shitty decisions. The only reason I even remotely enjoyed this book enough to give it 3 stars was the mystery aspect. But I feel it was more a mystery and less a thriller. Honestly, the more I think about it I feel that if I reread this book, it will get a lower star rating. If you like “who done it?” books, give it a try, but I don’t think it’s going to rock your socks off or anything.

three-stars