Mystery

B+
The French Girl

I had high expectations for Lexie Elliott's The French Girl. It's a British thriller about a group of long-time friends, each of whom is struggling to piece together the truth about a terrible tragedy that occurred ten years before. I love novels with characters who prove difficult to trust, so this ...

C-
Sunburn

Sunburn is the latest standalone thriller from author Laura Lippman. It's a story with a lot of surprising twists, but in many ways, it failed to hold my interest. A woman calling herself Polly is just passing through the small, struggling town of Belleville, Delaware. Or at least, that's what sh ...

D
The Lying Kind

I'm always on the lookout for compelling mysteries, so I was thrilled when I read the synopsis for The Lying Kind, the first book in Alison James' new series featuring Detective Rachel Prince. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to my expectations. The story opens a few months after six-year-old ...

C+
The Bookworm

Sometimes I do judge a book by its cover. Or at least, I make the decision to read it based on cover art and back blurb. That’s what happened with The Bookworm, a gorgeous cover and intriguing back blurb lured me into picking it for review. Unfortunately, the book’s interior didn’t quite match ...

B+
Look For Me

If advertisers are to be believed, the perfect family can be obtained by making the right purchase. The right house. Right car. Right furniture. Right coffee. In her latest novel, Look for Me, Lisa Gardner explores the complex ideas of families and perfection, and how little it takes to destroy eith ...

B-
The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis has received a great deal of buzz in the months leading up to its publication. I've heard people call it addictive, spellbinding, and unputdownable, so, of course, I had to give it a try. It's a complicated story filled with extremely flawed characters, and I imagi ...

D
The Night Market

Jonathan Moore's The Night Market is the third novel in the author's loosely connected trilogy that takes place in the San Francisco of the near future. The author's website indicates that the novels can be read as standalones, and I took him at his word, diving into The Night Market without even gl ...

C
Two Girls Down

Sometimes, a book blurb grabs my attention and won't let go until I give in and read the book. This is exactly what happened with Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down, although unfortunately, the story itself wasn't able to live up to its synopsis, and I came away feeling rather let down. Single mother J ...

A-
If You Knew Her

What if you were trapped inside your body, fully able to take in the world around you, but unable to communicate with anyone? What if you had knowledge of a serious crime, but no way to make anyone aware of what you knew? If these are questions you've ever found yourself pondering, Emily Elgar's If ...

B+
I Know My Name

Anyone who knows me knows the psychological thriller is one of my very favorite genres to read, and C.J. Cooke's I Know My Name is one of the better ones I've read lately. I'm not normally a big fan of plots involving amnesia, but something about the synopsis caught my attention and I decided to giv ...