A Double Life by Flynn Berry

Thank you to Penguin First To Read for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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Title: A Double Life

Author: Flynn Berry

Pages: 272

Genre: Mystery, Thriller (Domestic & Crime)

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Rating: 4/5

I had never heard of the Lord Lucan case before reading this book and I was instantly intrigued by the premise. I’m not sure how closely this story follows the real case but it is a really puzzling crime. One of my favorite parts of the book were the flashbacks to the time when the crime was committed. I found it all so interesting and I do plan on finding out more about Lord Lucan.

The way that the story was told took me a little bit to get used to. Everything is told from Claire’s perspective, even the flashbacks of her parents before she was born. As the story progressed I didn’t mind it as much but it felt a little odd to have the narrator narrating in such detail things that I don’t think she could reasonably know. She does say that her mom told her and all that but some of it felt a little odd. Later the book does just do a flashback of just Claire’s mom perspective and I’m not sure why we didn’t just have that the whole time.

The book really shined when Claire was actively searching for her father. She does a whole investigation where she befriends someone from her past and I loved those parts. The reason I gave this book four stars is because I would get so into the investigation and then it would change to something about her friends or what was happening with her brother. I felt like the book could have been stronger if some of that had been cut out because not all of it was necessary to move the story forward. To clarify, not every thing in a book has to move the story forward but it also shouldn’t hold the story back either.

The last chunk of the book had me so hooked that I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to know what was going to happen and so obviously for me that was the most suspenseful part of the book. I didn’t expect or see the ending happen at all. There really isn’t any twists in this book but there was a lot of doubt if her father committed the murder or not. For me, the ending was a little out of left field but I was so invested in Claire that I didn’t even mind it. I feel like if I wasn’t as connected to Claire then I might have been a little annoyed at the ending. Thankfully I was and this ended up being a really great read for me.

I feel like this would be a great book for anyone who enjoys a domestic crime thriller. Also, it is another British thriller and I feel like a lot of the best thrillers come from there. Does anyone else feel like that?

~Cassie

July Wrap Up

I never do wrap ups but July was a crazy month for me and I didn’t get to post hardly anything. Almost everything I posted last month was a review that I had started preparing for in June. I also never let you guys know how the Read EH thon went for me. I did pretty good with my reading last month, which means that I have a lot of catching up on reviews in August. I have realized that when things get hectic the first thing I drop from my “to do’s” is my blog. I really do enjoy writing and sharing all my thoughts with you so thank you for reading and supporting my blog ❤

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Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

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The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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I read this for the ReadEhThon. The challenge this completed was a book written by a female author.

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This was also for the ReadEhThon and completed the challenge of reading about indigenous people. I believe that was the challenge although I feel like I worded it horribly.

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This is the last book I completed for the ReadEhThon. I believe the challenge this book fit into was having an E and H in the title- even though mine was backwards, it was the closest I could find 🙂

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Watch The Girls by Jennifer Wolfe

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Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

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Those are all the nine books that I read last month. Let me know what you read last month!

~Cassie

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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Title: Believe Me

Author: J.P. Delaney

Pages: 352

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Rating: 5/5

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

One out-of-work British actress pays the rent on her New York City apartment the only way she can: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the cops begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife–and potentially others–they ask her to lure the suspect into a confession.

But with the actress pretending to be someone she isn’t, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible–and deadly.

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This was such a fun and twist filled story. This is definitely one of those books I want to re read and “see” it from the perspective of knowing the twist. This book was nothing like what I thought it would be based off the synopsis. It was so much darker and I love the whole idea of the story. I read this book in less than two days because I just had to find out what was going to happen next.

The main character, Claire, was such a complex character who was constantly surprising me. She could be so upset, so smart, so vulgar, so sad and I really felt her emotions with her. She is an actress, and acting takes center stage in this story, so if that is something that you aren’t interested in, you might not like this story as much as I did. I don’t ever want to act but I found it fascinating to read about her acting classes and I felt like I got an inside look into an acting class/school. Delaney did such an excellent job of writing the character of Claire and felt so connected to her the whole story. There was even a couple of times where I held my breath because I was that into the story.

The ending was so surprising to me. I’m usually pretty good and guessing at least parts of an ending correctly and I never saw this one coming. Just like with the rest of the book, the ending had so many layers to it. I feel like Delaney did such a beautiful job with this story. It was so rich and complex and it was all balanced out so well. I felt all the emotions and I was so confused at who to trust and who to believe. Believe Me is, in my opinion, a flawless thriller.

~Cassie

July Book Haul

I only bought three books last month! I didn’t even realize how few books I bought until I sat down to make this post. I think it’s because I read a ton of books through my library in July and so I didn’t feel the need to buy as many books. Which is totally something I should keep in mind for the future!

 

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There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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I’ve already raved about this book on my blog but I read it as an ARC and I really wanted my own copy. If you are interested in my thoughts on this book and/or learning what is about then I will link you to my past post here.

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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I hope you all had an excellent reading and bookish July!

~Cassie

The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware

Pages: 368

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: Gallery/ Scout Press

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Rating: 4/5

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

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It took me about 100-150 pages to get into this book but once I was I really got into it. I know everyone says it, but I’m going to say it again, Ruth Ware is a brilliant writer. She has the ability to make characters and settings come to live in such a magnificent way, where I actually felt like I was in the house with the family or sitting in the car or train with Hal.

Once Hal reaches the family of the deceased women there is so much that happens and things are constantly shifting and changing. I was so impressed with the twists in this story and the setting of the story was so spooky and chilling. I wish that Ware hadn’t spent so long in setting up the story because to me it just dragged on. To be honest though, I feel like that might be more of a me issue because I was so anxious to “see” the house and for all the family drama to start. Maybe on a re read I will appreciate the beginning more because it was still beautifully written and it really cements the readers relationship to Hal.

I heard or read a review where someone said that reading this book made them feel cold and it is so true! This book would be the perfect read for a cold stormy weekend. I own all four of Ruth Ware’s books and the only one I haven’t read yet is her debut, In A Dark Dark Wood. I’m thinking of reading it in October because I would love to see how her writing as transformed over the years. This book is an excellent mystery that I think any mystery fan would enjoy as well.

~Cassie