The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica
Page Count: 352
Keywords: Missing, PTSD, Entitlement
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Narrators: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, Andi Arndt
Duration: 10 hours and 38 minutes
Younger Readers: NOT for children. Language, sexual content, mature situations.
My Review if You Have Not Read This Yet:
Know that this is a bit of a difficult one to get into initially. If you can stick it out, do it. I really enjoyed this one and the best way to go into it is not knowing much past the synopsis. I went in not knowing much and it was great.
If you listen to this as an audiobook PAY ATTENTION TO THE CHAPTER TITLES. This tripped me up a bit when I first started reading. Specifically, if it says “before” or “after”. If you do this it will be a much smoother reading experience with less confusion.
If You Want to Ignore My Above Advice or Have Read it, Continue Here:
Still going to be a bit vague here…
I know this was highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl, but I noticed more of a similar tone to an older version of Everything I Never Told You. It is a very reflective and wistful novel where characters react to events in the face of crisis, all while being flooded with emotions and memories. This makes for a bit of a slow novel at first. It is intriguing enough to keep you going though. Around the half way point I noticed it picked up considerably as the two time frames began to converge.
Colin is creeeeeepy when we first meet him. Yet so much happens that he is easily my favorite character, followed by the very down to earth Gabe.
Eve is the typical mother from this genre, wants so much for her daughter yet does not take an active part in her life. She seems afraid to upset her daughter and lose her. I did enjoy as the reader is carried beyond the first impression of her though. Her backstory and a closer look at her thoughts reveal a much more interesting woman.
Solid narration all around. A had a hard time not giggling when the voice of Colin was reading what Mia was saying. It almost sounded mocking at times, the high girlish voice. The reading was a bit slow for my tastes so I set it to 1.5x speed. At this speed I didn’t have any issues understanding what was being said. Became a bit muddled around 2x.
If you are interested in thrillers at all or a cat person, this is an amazing read. The ending was completely shocking and the buildup to it was thoroughly emotional. Overall, not at all what I was expecting but completely addicting. Highly recommend checking it out.
Heirs of Grace
Author: Tim Pratt
Page Count: 286
Format Read: Kindle and Audiobook
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Keywords: Magic, Siblings, Inheritance
Kid Appropriate: No
Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.
Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his twenties and they hit it off right away-and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk…and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.
This book gave me vague Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris vibes (if that book sounds familiar it’s the first in the Sookie Stackhouse series that HBO’s True Blood is based on).
The storyline was a little all over the place with outlandish circumstances and unrealistic situations occurring every couple of pages, but if you go in knowing that this is not necessarily a book to be taken seriously and are simply looking for a fun, light read this book could be perfect for you.