Sunday, April 30, 2023

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein



Deep Tide by Laura Griffin


Such a strong start -- great setting, great characters -- and then it just fell apart at the end with totally predictable events.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman



The Gifts by Liz Hyder


Interesting premise: a few women start growing wings. Interesting issues: gender, class, medicine, magic. But the payoff was not what it could have been.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, April 24, 2023

The Jetsetter by Amanda Eyre Ward



A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman


This was so much fun. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson


This was definitely uneven, with the strongest parts at the beginning and then at the end. It's hard to say more without giving away a twist or two.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Every by David Eggers

 I think I really liked this.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Watch My Disappear by Janelle Brown


There were several twists here that I did not see coming, which made this fun.

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling


Ended up being very clever in a way that I did not expect.

Eternal Life by Dara Horn


Very clever; very interesting.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

You Should Have Known by Rebecca Keller


Because I read a lot, some plots and tropes become tired. I was so pleased that this book was different. The setting of an assisted living home made it interesting and novel. There were also interesting reflections on aging and family. I was completely loving this book (despite the silly cover), when it fell victim to the most dreaded of conclusions: The Extremely Unlikely Coincidence.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Armada by Ernest Cline


This was so much fun -- I don't know why I didn't hear about this sooner?

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Wonder Land by Jennifer Hillier


If I told you the plot, this would sound stupid. But I actually someone enjoyed reading it -- it managed to work as a suspenseful, engaging, character-driven novel even though the plot was a bit of-the-top.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown


This was unusually good -- twisty and clever but also with interesting commentary on the age of social media.

Sunday, April 09, 2023

Homecoming by Kate Morton


I mostly loved this -- and Claire Foy is a fantastic narrator -- but there was one little plot twist I didn't like.

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth


This was surprisingly good -- it wasn't predictable, it didn't feel formulaic, and it touched on some interesting ground.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis



The Likeness by Tana French



The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett


I'm embarrassed by how much I liked this.

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