I can’t believe April is almost over! Isn’t that insane? I feel like I was just doing my March list. I read 15-16 books this month but only provided 14. I’m going to try to change some of my blog designs and some layouts here soon so look out for some fun changes!
The Cinderella Murder – Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
A continuation of the Under Suspicion series – I really enough seeing the character development when you read shorter books but longer series. I think that these are the types of books I could find myself writing. Great premise, solid base characters and unique storylines that keep you hooked. Can’t wait to read the next book. – Probably will see that later in this post.
W is for Wasted – Sue Grafton
I find that Sue Grafton is good at staying consistent within characters. She never has them do something that are against character without stating that that character is deciding to go against their baser instincts. We see more of Kinsey in circumstances that are uncomfortable for her with family and exs, and her more careful way of handling people she doesn’t know. Really enjoyed the ending of this book.
All Dressed in White – Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Another installment in the Under Suspicion series, a series that I highly recommend and really enjoy. I tend to go into mystery or suspense books trying to figure out “whodunit” without getting far into the book. So far with this series, I’ve been caught off guard with every single book. This may sound disappointing but it actually excites me. I feel like with books and tv/movies that I can usually guess the outcome. That makes them sometimes less enjoyable when I know how it’s going to go down. This series has been really fun for me.
What Friends Do – C.E. Shields
I found this book through an open call out on twitter asking for some indie author’s books that I could purchase on my Kindle. I love doing that because A.) It helps me connect with other authors/writers and B.) I have found some great gems that way. What I liked most about this book was the characters and their development. I think that they were very different but wanted similar things in the end. I also think that I could see myself in both of them, the good and the bad, and that’s not always easy to portray.
The Wife – Alafair Burke
So let me just say I LOVED THIS BOOK. I found Alafair Burke through the Under Suspicion series that she did with Mary Higgins Clark and have found a new author to wholly consume. I love finding authors that are similar or write a similar genre to books I’ve already loved in the past. I’m surprisingly not great at researching authors and finding ones I like. I also think it’s nice when you find them a little more organically like that.
So without giving a lot away since I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to write a review on this one, it has very Gone Girl vibes. Suspense, conniving and accusations run rampant. I think she even says the phrase “gone girl vibes” in it but that just might be my faulty memory. If you enjoy stories of strong women that rise above even if their methods are a little unconventional.
The Ex – Alafair Burke
Clearly when I like an author or find a new to me author, I try to read everything they’ve ever written. That’s an over-exaggeration but not by much. If you read my blog more and more you’ll see that. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as The Wife. I think it really helps that Xe Sands ready both of them on my audio book app and her voice literally makes everything better. I think the reason that I didn’t like this one as much was because I wanted their to be more. I get how there was secrets and betrayal, but there were aspects that I would have added as well.
Never Tell – Lisa Gardner
I’ve said this several times this month so far but I LOVED THIS BOOK. Besides being a part of a series that I adore, this was a really fascinating story line. I learned so much more about the dark web and the ways it works very similar to normal business practices, which I wouldn’t have had any idea about. I also love the characters D.D. Warren and Flora Dane. I really hope we see another book with them in it and include Evie too!
The Melody Lingers On – Mary Higgins Clark
So I almost DNF this book. I enjoyed the characters and their backstories but I will admit I didn’t entirely love the storyline. A bit of a spoiler but I don’t love when part of the story is a woman getting duped by a man that she’s in love with. I feel like this can be a common trope but in this story it just annoyed me. I really love Mary Higgins Clark so I’m going to continue to read her, but I couldn’t give this one five starts on Goodreads.
X – Sue Grafton
I didn’t think that I was going to like this book, but I ended up getting sucked in and enjoyed the ending quite a bit. I thought that the beginning seemed to be all over the place at first, couldn’t figure out why there was so many characters and how they were going to end up tying into each other. Pleasantly enough, they don’t all tie in together! This book in the series had more than one mystery to solve and worked out well!
Just Take My Heart – Mary Higgins Clark
Sometimes Mary Higgins Clark is really hit or miss with me but I actually enjoyed this story. I think that her courtroom stories are her better stories; she knows how to add just the right amount of suspense to them. Normally I enjoy books that have a lot of character development or heavy into their backstories and what makes them tick. This book had only the bare minimum it felt like but I still enjoyed the storyline. Would recommend.
The Sleeping Beauty Killer – Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
The fourth in the Under Suspicion series, I found this novel to be much different than the previous three. This one went onto investigate a murder/conspiracy that had previously been “solved” and someone had already served time for! I think my only qualm on this book is that we didn’t get to hear how they explained everything for the cameras in the end like they did the previous books. Besides that, I really enjoy this series and will probably continue on with the fifth book.
Every Breath You Take – Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
What did I tell ya! I did continue onto the fifth book. And it was okay. It was a good storyline, had interesting characters. Just wasn’t my favorite in this series so far. I really did love the first one, which can sometimes be the case in a mystery series for me. I want to read the sixth and I think final one, but it’s wait listed on my library app. Let’s see what I’ll read next.
Where Are You Now? – Mary Higgins Clark
For most of this story, I had no idea what direction that it was going in. A lot of characters that seemed hard to keep all of them straight, at least for the first half of the book for me. The “investigation” seems a little messy and you honestly don’t get a great look into everything the cops know. The story ended up tying in a nice little bow at the end but probably wasn’t one of my favorites for the month.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
OKAY, so, I know this book/movie combo was popular a few years ago, but I hadn’t hopped on that bandwagon then. There is going to be a spoiler in this little blurb because of how I feel about this book. I was so disappointed. Disappointed that she worked so hard and got her hopes so high. I was disappointed in how it ended and how the love story just fell apart. Haven’t decided if I’m going to read the second one, someone let me know if it’s worth it.
I actually finished two more books – one as I was writing this (audiobook) and one that I am saving for a book review on Thursday! In the past I’ve included those but I figured since Thursday is only a few days away, you’ll just have to wait to see what it is!
As you can see I read a lot and I read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark! We went on a trip at the beginning of the month so I spent a lot of that time reading. Not as much time writing, as I should have! Working on some new projects that I can’t want to show you though. Follow me on twitter to make sure you see everything as soon as it pops in my brain.