December 20, 2014

Never Think About Love at Night by Valerie Nelan

Cass Ingram throws a dinner party to celebrate buying her first house in midtown Memphis, Tennessee. Rye, Cass's perpetually single best friend, is obsessed with one of the party's married men but is seeing someone else. Another guest is planning an abortion without telling her husband of 15 years, and another is deep in a postpartum depression. Then there's newcomer Ben Lockhart, who has Cass's attention from the moment he appears.

With voyeuristic access into every character's head and heart, you'll soar into the wonder and hope of new love, then plunge into the deepest parts of love's madness. Friendships are cast into doubt, marriage crumbles, love begins. There's a near-murder, extra-marital sex, soul-wrenching confrontations, and brutal honesty that'll leave you cringing.
This book is interesting because for the majority of it, the setting does not change except for excerpts with flashbacks. It is about a bunch of friends at a house warming party. A party for the ages because everything goes wrong. Secrets are exposed and lives will never be the same.

For a book that deals with pretty harsh and saddening topics, it is a fairly light read. It is easy to get through without much effort. Not much happened, but a lot happened at the same time. It was interesting enough to make me keep reading it at least. 

I didn’t really understand the purpose of the “Chorus” parts of the book. They didn’t do anything for me.

I wouldn’t say this book was significant enough to change my life, but it was an interesting read overall.

3/5 stars Romance book with a side of dark topics.

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December 18, 2014

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realize that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?
With how much I loved Gillian Flynn’s other two novels, I expected to love this one right away. I think that is where I went wrong. To me, the first chapter just did not make me all that interested. I knew what the book was about, so it didn’t really introduce anything new.

I also didn’t really like Libby as a character.

Once she met the Kill Club and Lyle it started to move along at a nice pace. At least that happened at the beginning.

This one really kept me guessing until the end. Her books have a good way of doing that, and I think that is why I love them so much.  I kept changing my theories throughout the book, but I never guessed the ending. Maybe it was obvious to other people, but it wasn’t to me.

The way it was written made the build up even better as well. It reminded me of Gone Girl in a way. You are getting the back-story as you are getting the current timeline as well. It switches from chapter to chapter.

The more I read, the more I didn’t want to put the book down. Once I got into the story and into the characters, I was hooked. Libby still wasn’t a great character, and I never really liked her, but it wasn’t enough to make me dislike the book.

The storyline was just creepy with all of the talk about Satanism and devil worship. Ben as a child was also a disturbing character which made his arrest seem so obvious. It was the most interesting to read the chapters that were written from his point of view.

4/5 Stars

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December 8, 2014

Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson


Unsolvable cases

Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

Impossible murders

When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.

The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan

While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

I am very conflicted over how I feel about this book. I was really looking forward to reading it after the first one. I was happy about it in one way, but disappointed as well.

Overall, I did enjoy the storyline. The cases were interesting to me and they kept me reading. That is the part I was not disappointed in. The book had a good pace, and it kept me interested the whole way through.

I was disappointed in the lack of character development. We don’t really learn anything knew about anyone in this book. I almost felt like I was reading the same book just with different cases. They have remained pretty flat so far. I felt like this would be the book to make them into deeper characters, but it just did not happen.

The only sort of change in character is that Jack became really unimportant to me. I feel like Justine, Del Rio, and Cruz are really taking over, and they are the more interesting characters to read about.

Jack being the main character in this series reminds a little bit of How I Met Your Mother. Watching that show, I felt every other character was exponentially better than Ted. I feel the same way about Jack. I hope that changes in the next one or these books may start to get a bit boring.

Justine is still my favorite character. I would love if she and Lindsay Boxer teamed up.

3/5 stars

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