Believe it or not, it’s here again! Mid-month and it’s time for another Quick Lit post in which I share short reviews of books I’ve read so far in September. I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy as usual for her Quick Lit series.
What I’m Reading
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
I scarfed this book down in less than 24 hours over the Labor Day weekend. Wow, it was creepy– and different than any other psychological thrillers I’ve read lately. Similar to Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist, but much faster paced. You won’t be able to put this one down! 4/5 stars
The God Hunt by Karen Burton Mains
This is an older book that’s no longer in print, but I snatched a used copy a year or so ago and finally gave it a read. At first it seemed a little hokey and old-fashioned. . . but about a third of the way in I was hooked. The God Hunt is about learning to open your eyes to the evidence of God all around you, about noticing when the bush is burning. It was right up my alley and I’m glad I kept reading. 4/5 stars
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
A novel about a man whose wife has recently died of cancer, leaving him to raise his young family alone. He begins receiving letters from his deceased wife and uses the clues in them to piece together secrets of her past. This was a sweet book, but the writing is sophomoric and the plot is uber-predictable. It would make a fantastically weepy Lifetime movie, perfect for a rainy Saturday. But as a book it was just meh for me. 3/5 stars.
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Imagine if instead of abolishing slavery, the U.S. had instead ratified a constitutional amendment guaranteeing individual states the right to choose slavery within their borders. That’s the premise of this unique, fast-paced novel. It’s packed with social commentary on systemic racism and raises plenty of questions about the America we live in today. The story reads like a spy thriller, which isn’t really my style, so it was hard for me to follow in lots of places. But it you’re into that genre, you’ll love this one. 3/5 stars.
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
This one’s number 11 in the Inspector Gamache series and I think it might be my favorite so far. Much less of all the running back and forth to Montreal, and plenty of action right in the little village of Three Pines. . . which is the part of Penny’s novels I love the most. All my favorite characters were at their best in this one (including Rosa the duck!) and the mystery is fun and satisfying. This cozy mystery series is definitely worth your time! 4/5 stars