Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman


I honestly can't believe this was published. The writing is spectacularly cliched, and the story is bizarre.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova


A really delightful book with a really lame ending.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Camino Island by John Grisham


This was a little different for him (i.e., not a legal thriller), but a fun read.

The Truth about Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell


The basic conceit here was . . . implausible?

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Puppeteer's Daughters by Heather Newton


This was very clever. Good characters, nice plot. Would be fun to discuss.

Review copy provided by publisher.

What She Knew by Miranda Rijks


This was a solid mystery (despite the somewhat cheesy cover). It had a good twist.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid


This wasn't very good -- it's an interesting idea, but was too short to be developed well.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister


This was so clever. 

Vox by Christina Dalcher


This was really amazing. It would be great to discuss.

Deep Work by Cal Newport


The book was a bit simplistic, but the concepts are solid.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Traitor King by Andrew Lownie


No doubt a fascinating story, but this book is written in a dull way and seems to uncritically use sources.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, August 15, 2022

All the Living and the Dead by Hayley Campbell


Fascinating story, excellent writing -- nonfiction just does not get much better than this. Highly recommended.

Overkill by Sandra Brown


Interesting plot, but a lot of painfully awkward writing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

All the Dirty Secrets by Aggie Blum Thompson


I would describe this as 'just ok' in terms of plot and characters. And the narrator for the teen girl was way too over the top -- it really distracted from the audio book.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin


This was a mediocre thriller with an exceptionally poor narrator.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan


This was objectively silly, but I still kind of liked it.

Monday, August 01, 2022

Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor


This was really well done -- the solution may have been a little too pat, but the character development was excellent.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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