Thank you Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook!
When Ginette’s doctors tell her she needs an environment with less excitement, she moves to a sleepy suburban New York town.
She manages to find her own enjoyment watching neighbors through the window and making up names and stories for them.
It doesn’t take long though for the enjoyment to turn to terror. She begins hearing noises in the basement and her agoraphobia causes her to be trapped with whatever is down there. Or is she just going crazy?
💭 This was my first book by this author. I enjoyed the writing style. Ginette came to life for me even with the shortness of the book.
This trope has been done before in the way of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Finn’s The Woman in the Window. However I enjoyed the twist of having the house as a character of its own.
True love is loving someone for who they are, not what they are. — Mad Honey
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Olivia and her son Asher love a quiet life as beekeepers after Olivia leaves her abusive husband, Asher’s father. Meanwhile, Lily and her mother land in the same town after running from something in their past.
Asher and Lily find solace in each other until Lily ends up dead and Asher is arrested for her murder. Olivia can’t help but wonder if her son is more like his father than she realized. Or is the secret from Lily’s past the clue to her death?
💭 I went into this one knowing very little. I knew it would be twisty because that is what I have come to expect from Picoult books.
Told in alternating chapters, The story is revealed in pieces. Olivia’s chapters tell present day and also weave in the parts of her past that explain her relation with Asher’s father. Lily’s chapters are told in reverse and slowly reveal the secret that she has been hiding.
This is one that I can’t review without giving away major plot points. However I will say, as always, current, relevant and timely topics are addressed.
Plus, I can give props to any book that makes bees interested since they are a terror of mine!
When an animal is your most trusted confidante, all your secrets are safe.
Needing something to keep her busy after her husband died, Tova Sullivan took a job working the night shift at Sowell Bay Aquarium. One night while cleaning, she encounters Marcellus, a Pacific Octupus. Only he’s not in his tank. Instead, he’s tangled in cords in the staff break room. This begins an unlikely friendship between the two, and Marcellus is determined to help Tova learn what happened the night her son disappeared.
💭 This was 1000% a Bookstagram Made Me Do It and I am so happy I was influenced. I was so charmed by both Tova and Marcellus from the very beginning.
When we meet Cameron and start learning his story, it took me awhile to adapt to his voice and how he ties in with the rest of the story. Quite frankly, at first I resented the time away from Marcellus that I had to spend reading about Cameron.
However, as we learned more of Cameron’s story, I began to run theories on how he was connected. It kept me reading and guessing!
My only real complaint is there wasn’t enough Marcellus! I can’t wait to read more from this author if all the stories are as charming as this one.
To control or be controlled… that is the question.
When Shay hears about the death of her college roommate on her favorite true crime podcast, she is suspicious. Laurel’s death was ruled a suicide, but Shay thinks there is more to the story. Facing the sins of her past, and with the help of Jamie, the podcast host and friend, Shay is determined to find out the truth.
💭 Ashley Winstead… check. True crime podcast… check. Cults… check. Going into this book, I was convinced that I was going to love it. Initially, the story drew me right in. However, it wasn’t long before the subject matter took a turn to the… weird. From that point on, I waffled between cringing through and stopping altogether. I did finish because I needed to see it through. It was tough. I’m not ready to give up on Winstead though!
If you plan to read this, you should check out the trigger warnings. Feel free to message me for more details. There are some very sensitive topics covered in this one.