A Stranger in the House {Shari Lapena}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

My Thoughts:

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2 Stars

Let me begin by saying that I LOVED Shari Lapena’s debut novel, The Couple Next Door.  I couldn’t put it down (review coming soon)!  As soon as I finished reading that amazing book, I was on pins and needles waiting for this one to be released.  The bar was set HIGH when I began reading this one…and it was painfully obvious from the beginning that the poor bar was about to be dramatically lowered.

This book was boring.  Even the scenes which were supposed to be exciting somehow still came across as boring.  None of the characters were particularly memorable and this entire story just kind of fell flat.  The description for the book is great, this book sounds exciting!  And then once I started reading…I was just so bored.  Took a few days to finish, yet it felt like I had been reading for years.

The ending was interesting and had me second guessing my feelings that I had been feeling throughout the whole book…maybe it wasn’t as boring as I thought?  But then I remembered…yes, yes it was (side note on a life lesson: don’t ever second guess yourself).

I’m very much looking forward to reading Shari Lapena’s newest book, An Unwanted Guest, only because The Couple Next Door was so amazing.  Fingers crossed her newest book proves to be more exciting than this one…

Bottom Line:

I read this book while laying on a gorgeous beach in Mexico with mouth watering guacamole next to me and yet I was STILL bored while reading.

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November 9 {Colleen Hoover}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

My Thoughts:

2 Stars

I love the idea of love at first sight.  I believe in Serendipity (I actually saw the movie 10 times in the theater)!  I love any kind of cheesiness, especially when it comes to love.  This book should be right up my alley…but sadly, it was not.

I really didn’t enjoy this book.  None of the characters were particularly likable or memorable.  I found the entire plot so unrealistic and hard to believe from the second Fallon and Ben met (which itself was a ridiculous scene). And they couldn’t just exchange phone numbers?  Really?  Even after “knowing” each other for years? They put their entire lives on hold for each other year after year when the entire basis of their relationship consisted solely of a few (strange) hours together?  As the novel went on, so did the ridiculousness of the entire plot.  I just couldn’t get on board with this book although I absolutely LOVED another book by Colleen Hoover (review coming)…

Did anyone read this?  Do you agree or disagree with me? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Bottom Line:

If you know me in real life, you know how cheesy I am.  When a book is too cheesy even for ME…well…that’s just a whole lot of cheese.

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The Flight Attendant {Chris Bohjalian}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

2 Stars

I waited months for this book to come out…and then felt like it took me months to finish reading it (although I read it in less than 1 week).  This book felt LONG. Everything about this book seemed to drag on…the various storylines, the character developments, the unanswered questions, all of it.  I don’t think I have ever read a book with a more unlikable main character. I kept wanting to root for Cassie throughout the story but as the plot thickened so did my dislike for her.  How is it even possible for 1 person to make so many completely horrible and questionable day to day life decisions??? I wish more could have been written about the short time that she spent with Alex in Dubai (including more of a character development of Alex).  The entire book was spent discussing and referencing that very short amount of time yet the reader was only given a very quick and surface glimpse into what actually happened and the man who he was. A great deal of this book involved topics which are of little interest to me…FBI, CIA, nuclear weapons, spies, etc. If these are topics you enjoy, you will definitely enjoy this book more than I did!  I gave this book 2 stars because of 2 reasons: 1. I found myself enjoying the behind the scenes glimpses of flight attendants and learned some very interesting tidbits about their profession. 2. There were a few interesting twists at the very end which I did not see coming.

Bottom Line:

How in the world is this book only 354 pages?!?  It. Felt. So. LONG.

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The Perfect Nanny {Leila Slimani}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

2 stars

This book made me feel uncomfortable many times throughout its course. I thought this was going to be a lighthearted read of a nanny and her complex relationship with a family. The reality was this was a very dark and disturbing account of child abuse and death. Although the storyline was incredibly difficult to read, I found the actual story to be a quick read and I finished it within a few days. I always say that I hate reading the first 100 pages of any story because of all of the background knowledge which has to be told in order to “catch the reader up”. This story wasn’t like that and although briefly allowing us readers a glimpse of past events, it never fully developed any of the characters. I found this to both be a positive as well as a negative. Without this detailed description, the story was able to truly begin on page 1 and provided a quick read. However, this lack of background and character development also provided a lack of complete understanding into each character’s persona. This never allowed us as the reader to dive into the storyline/characters as deeply and completely as if we were granted more character development. The overall entire style of writing was juvenile. Easy to read sentences, lots of fragments. I hated the way the book ended. I had so many theories of possible endings as I was reading, all of which would have been more interesting than the actual ending. The front cover claims it is a “#1 international bestseller” which confuses me as it lacks so many aspects of what a bestseller should contain??? I think there is a lot that got lost in translation here…

Bottom Line:

Dark and disturbing…but a quick and easy read.

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