It’s mid-August (already!) and you know what that means! It’s time for another Quick Lit linkup with Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy.
Today I’m sharing short reviews of the books I’ve read so far this month.
What I’ve Read So Far
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware has written some really intense psychological thrillers. This isn’t one of them. I really enjoyed her last book, The Woman in Cabin 10, but this latest effort fell flat. The characters weren’t likable, they all made really stupid choices, and ultimately the plot was way too predictable. Good writing, but the story was lacking. 3/5 stars
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
I have to start this review by saying how much I’ve enjoyed Kubica’s other books. I gave her debut novel, The Good Girl, a 5-star rating. It kept me guessing up to the last few pages. She knows how to write a great thriller. But this latest book? Where to begin?
First off, there was the mistake of listening to this one on audio. Chapters are narrated alternately by a man and a woman. The female narrator was shrill and irritating. . . I always felt as if she was verbally assaulting me. I ended up having to read her chapters on Kindle, then switch back to Audible for the male-narrated chapters. So that was annoying.
Next was the writing. It was as though I was reading a first draft. . . so sophomoric and repetitive. For instance, this:
My feet sink down into the dirt. My shoes get dirty.”
The whole novel was like that. Short redundant sentences. Infuriating.
Then there was the plot. . . or lack of one. This is not a mystery. There is no mystery. I kept reading because I thought there would be something, anything, that resembled a mystery. There wasn’t. It was awful. Color me disappointed. Not sure if I’ll ever be able to chance another one of Kubica’s books. 1/5 stars
Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie
As I’m typing up these reviews, I realize what slim pickin’s I have to offer this month. So far, this little gem by Jennifer Cruisie is the best I have to offer! And it’s a – wait for it – Harlequin romance. I can’t even believe I actually read this, but after devouring Cruisie’s Bet Me last month (which I adored!), I checked this out on Kindle from the library and then realized it was a Harlequin romance. After the Kubica novel, though, I was up for anything. So I tore through this short book in a day and a half. It was cute and fun and a great palate cleanser. Cruisie writes middle-aged women really well! 4/5 stars
What I’m Reading Now
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
This book was recommended by a friend and I’m about a third of the way in so far. It’s a terrifying premise for a book and so far I’m having trouble putting it down. . . which is a good sign. Hoping to finish this one up in the next day or two.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I just started this one today on audiobook. It’s got really good reviews and it was available at the library, so I snatched it up. Hoping it doesn’t disappoint!
That’s it so far this month. Kind of a disappointing start to the month, so send me some recommendations! I want more unputdownable page-turners!!
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