Tag: Mystery

The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

One of my favorite book tubers highly recommended ‘The Broken Girls’. After her description of the book, I knew I had to pick it up. ‘The Broken Girls is a mix of historical fiction, mystery/thriller, and ghost story.    I thought I try a new type of review and give my top ten things I loved about ‘The Broken Girls’ by Simone St. James.     10. The creepy girls boarding school, ‘Idlewild Hall’ and it’s garden that grew nothing. The gloomiest setting I’ve ever read about.   9. The friend bond between Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta. In tough circumstances girls often turn on each other but the roommates stuck together and became true friends.   8. Sonia’s back story. Sonia hasn’t recovered mentally or physically  from her time in Ravensbruck consecration camp. It’s easy to forget that WWII really […]

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle…by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle…by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a twisted mix of Freaky Friday, Groundhog Day, and Clue (yes, it’s that good). The narrator of this novel must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Evelyn is murdered during a party hosted by her family. The twist? The narrator relives the day of Evelyn’s murder eight times. Each time he is in a different body in a different guest at the Hardcastle party.    This story is an amazing labyrinth of scenes and characters. Scenes and timelines were created 8 different times, with 8 different points of view. It is just amazing that the author is able to have a character in the right place and at the right time to correspond with previous ‘lives.’  Although the storyline is confusing at the beginning, tiny details are revealed with each new POV. These details slowly […]

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Sneaking Out…By Chuck Vance

Sneaking Out…By Chuck Vance

‘Sneaking Out’ is the first installment in the ‘Chase’ series. The setting is an élite New England boarding school. Oliver and Luke are roommates at said school. They sneak out one night to meet up with girls. During this meet-up they witness a murder. They can’t confess up to what they know without being expelled for sneaking out (hence the title). The setting of a  boarding school in New England really intrigued me. It is interesting to take a peek inside their rules and routines. I hadn’t realized that boarding schools were so strict. The students have to have quiet time and are expected to do things like dress up for formal dinners. The whole atmosphere of the school seemed really rigid and creepy. The murder mystery storyline is interesting. Although I guessed the identity of the murderer early on, […]

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

“People change.Thank God. I can’t imagine a world where everyone is the same as they are in highschool.” “Enzo and I went to the thrift store, because he liked looking for messages in books.” “These notes are little pieces of history no one cares about,” Enzo told me, “But they remind you you’re not the first person to hold that book.” ‘The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett’ is actually (despite the name) about a high school student named, Hawthorn. Hawthorn struggles with her self-identity and her relationships with others. At the beginning of the story, it is revealed that Lizzie Lovett goes missing while on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Lizzie is a former cheerleader that graduated from Hawthorn’s high school.  Hawthorn becomes obsessed with Lizzie’s disappearance. This seems to be due to an incident several years earlier when Lizzie […]

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The Life We Bury…by Allen Eskens

Posted July 18, 2016 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , , / 0 Comments
The Life We Bury…by Allen Eskens

“Yes,” he said. “There is a difference. I’ve done both. I’ve killed… and I’ve murdered.” When I read the goodreads synopsis of the ‘The Life We Bury’, the premise intrigued me. A college student, Joe Talbert, sets out to find an elderly person to write a biography on for his English class. He stops at a nursing home to see if there is someone he could base his paper on. The employees direct him to, Carl Iverson,  convicted murder and arsonist. Carl is dying of cancer and is ready to give Joe his ‘dyeing declaration’. The problem is Carl still insists he is innocent of the murder charges. As the story progresses, the stories of both Joe and Carl’s lives come to light. Joe has an alcoholic mother, an absent father, and an autistic bother. Carl was a war hero in […]

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