Book Review – Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller

This book centers around a private school in Vermont, the Ellingham Academy, where the wife and daughter of the school’s founder were kidnapped and murdered in the 30’s. The only clue was a riddle that was signed “Truly Devious”.

Flash forward to current day and we follow Stevie Bell. Stevie is obsessed with true crime and becomes a student at Ellingham Academy in hopes of solving the murders that took place all those years ago. One big problem is that Stevie thinks she sees a new riddle which is also signed by Truly Devious . . . how can that be?

This book reads really fast and I loved the cliff hanger/teaser at the end! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

I rated this book with 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The Existence of Amy

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva
Genre: Fiction

FULL DISCLOSURE: I was contacted by the author asking me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

On the outside, Amy appears to have her life together. She has a good job, friends and her own place. What no one knows, however, is that Amy suffers from severe OCD and anxiety which eventually lead to a depression so deep she is not able to function.

This book was such a great opportunity to learn more about mental health and how someone can work their way back from a dark place in their life. I really enjoyed this story.

I rated the book 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Aiden Bishop has been given eight days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. No one knows who Aiden is because each day he wakes up, he is in the body of someone else and the day of Evelyn’s murder begins all over again. If he doesn’t solve her murder in time, he won’t be allowed to escape back to his own life. Will he be able to trust everyone he encounters and will he be able to solve this murder?

It took me some time to get used to all of the characters in this story. The days also jumped around which was confusing until I got used to it. I will say, however, that once I was able to wrap my head around these things I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride filled with great twists and turns and an ending I wasn’t expecting!

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

Book Review – Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Genre: Young Adult

Stella Grant has Cystic Fibrosis and has been in and out of hospitals most of her life. She has to stay away from anyone or anything that she could catch an infection from because she’s on a list for a lung transplant.

The only problem is that she meets Will Newman who also has Cystic Fibrosis. Will is just counting down the days until he turns 18 so that he can stop his treatments and go travel the world.

The connection between Will and Stella is undeniable but if they get too close physically it could jeopardize Stella’s chances of receiving her lung transplant.

This was such a good read! I didn’t know a lot about Cystic Fibrosis before reading this book but I now have a new found appreciation and compassion for those that suffer with this horrible disease. Be warned that tissues will be needed while reading this beautiful story.

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

September 2019 Wrap Up

Where did September go?? I cannot believe that we are into October and it’s now officially Fall! This is my absolute favorite time of year. The trees are gorgeous where we live and we should be at full peak with the colors within the next week or so.

I had a great reading month! I had two five star reads and one four star. I also think I’ve read my favorite thriller for the year! In total I read 1,203 pages and my average rating was 4.67.

Full reviews of each of these books can be found in prior posts here on my blog. Listed below are quick summaries of each book:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Genre: Chick-Lit
Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 5/5 Star
The Whisper Man by Alex North
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I already have my tbr pile picked out for October thanks to my husband! There is a challenge currently going around on Instagram where your significant other picks your reading pile. I’m so glad to be doing this because unbeknownst to him, he picked books that have been on my shelves for far too long!

If you have a special someone in your life willing to do this, join in and, as always, Happy Reading everyone!

Book Review – The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man by Alex North
Genre: Thriller

If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . . If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.

Tom Kennedy is a recent widower and decides to move to a new town with his young son, Jake, for a new beginning. The town he’s chosen to move to is Featherbank and unbeknownst to Tom, Featherbank has quite a dark past. Twenty years ago a serial killer kidnapped and murdered five young boys. Frank Carter was eventually caught and was given the nickname The Whisper Man because he would whisper outside the windows of his victims at night in order to lore them from their homes.

At the time Tom and Jake move into their new home, a boy vanishes and his disappearance bears unnerving similarities to Frank Carter’s crimes. Pete Willis was a Detective on the Frank Carter case and he’s now brought in to assist Detective Amanda Beck in the search for the missing boy.

Jake has told his father that he has heard whispering outside of his window and begins to demonstrate some disturbing behavior. Is the Whisper Man really back and is Jake possibly one of his next victims?

This book definitely gave me creepy feels! For me, the suspensefulness wasn’t consistent throughout the book. With that being said, however, I really did enjoy the book and ended up rating it 4/5 stars.

Book Review – The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Genre: Thriller

** spoiler alert ** This story follows the investigation into a serial killer who leaves a chestnut doll at the scene of each of his gruesome murders. The victims have all been accused of abusing their children but beyond that law enforcement can’t seem to figure out who the killer could be. The other problem is that the fingerprints found on the first chestnut doll found belongs to the daughter of a government official, who went missing a year ago and someone already confessed to murdering her.

I loved this debut novel from Soren Sveistrup! It kept me on the edge of my seat up to the very end. This has definitely become my top read in the thriller genre for this year!! Don’t be afraid of the 500+ pages. It really is a fast read and the majority of the chapters are short. I’m not a fast reader. I started this book on a Tuesday and I finished it in just over 5 days which is really fast for me.

I HIGHLY recommend this book and ended up giving it a 5/5 star rating.