Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler [Book Review]

April 29, 2017
I've never thought I'd be the kind to enjoy a "medical thriller." Funny enough, I hate going to the doctor, so why not read a book about a doctor seriously off their rocker? I was describing a "medical thriller" to a coworker and made her laugh because when she asked me what a medical thriller was, I said, "Well it's basically someone killing people in a doctor-y way." So as the winter came to and transitioning to spring, I read a book called, "Don't Wake Up" by Liz Lawler.

IMG Obtained from NetGalley

First, you meet this woman, Alex, who wakes up on - what she realizes - is an operating table. She has no idea what's going on except she obviously got hurt in some way. Waiting for the doctor to tell her what happened, she takes in her surroundings. The lights, the noises. Then when the doctor doesn't say a word - although she knows he's there - things go off track really fast. She realizes she got knocked over the head and she is in danger here.  When she's later found, and recovered, she tells the story of what happened. The mind boggling thing here is that no one believes her story. Everyone thinks it's because she got knocked in the head by some branch (she was found out in the parking lot amidst some storm wreckage). Not her fiance, not her coworkers, not her family. People just think she hallucinated some crime. The key thing here is that the reason they believe this is that she wasn't physically harmed in any way.

Alex is a doctor who works in the hospital where she has been treated, making this all the harder for her to be doubted and questioned. Yet, while Alex is striving to be believed, more crimes happen. Two women die. And then things really start to fall apart for Alex because now the police are really suspicious.

There is so much going on in this thriller. To sound cliche, it will keep you in the edge of your seat. Alex is a strong, but vulnerable and likable character. I appreciated the fact that she didn't ever doubt herself, but continued fighting for what she knew happened to her. I felt so sorry for her - and outraged - while everyone was doubting her experience. I thought Patrick, her fiance, was kind of a flat character and I really despised him for thinking this was in her head. In fact that was so unbelievably annoying that everyone thought this about the main character.

There are some plot holes, one I thought was kind of big, but it didn't sidetrack me too much (I don't want to give it away as it pertains to a key factor of the plot). Also if medical thrillers like this make you feel squeamish, I don't think you have to worry. I'm not into the blood guts and gore, I only had to skim past a couple of scenes that were a bit too vivid for my taste. Most of this takes place in a hospital, and I know some people really don't like hospitals, so if that's you, you may want to pass.

This isn't available until May 18th but you can pre-order this on Amazon today. And make sure to add this to GoodReads so you don't forget!

I received the above copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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I Found You by Lisa Jewell [Book Review]

April 25, 2017
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Oh this book you guys. It starts out with three different perspectives - Alice, Lily and Graham and his family from 1993. Alice meets a guy on the beach who has no idea who he is. He has amnesia. Being the kind to take in strangers, she invites him home to live in her rentable shed as he puts together his forgotten life (he refused to go to the police). Then you have Lily. Lily has a missing husband. He didn't come home from work that night. She's at a loss, because she doesn't know anyone in this new country and she begins to realize she knows very little about her husband. Then you have Graham. Graham is living in 1993 and is on holiday with his parents and little sister in this beach town (the very beach town that Alice will live in). Well, everything is all fine and normal until they meet Mark who takes a liking to Graham's little sister Kristy.

The connections in this story aren't as obvious as you may think. When I first started reading this book I thought, oh of course Alice found Lily's husband, right? Well I will let you figure this out by reading this, but the way this story weaves it's tale story captured me. It did take me a little bit to get used to the idea of three different perspectives (I am never a huge fan of that) but it worked out to be an exciting way to figure out what was going on. The connection between the past and the present and all of these families becomes even stronger as the thriller continues. I like each character for unique reasons - Alice, for her dysfunction; Lily for her desperate need for everything with her husband to turn out okay; and Graham for his youthful, but outright suspicion of this new stranger in his family's life.

I absolutely didn't expect what is to come in this story and I'm glad I didn't. I love when the story is a mystery towards the end. The vivid scene of this beach town is also real for the story and I felt like I could imagine the restaurants, the crowd, and the beach. I don't like giving away an ending and I won't of course but I was VERY satisfied with how things turned out. Endings matter a lot to me and this was a good one. I could easily see this made into a movie and I can't wait to see if that is the case.

If you are looking for a thriller to read during your holiday season, you should check this book out. It's now available on Amazon for purchase. Be sure to add it to your Good Reads list! 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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The House by Simon Lelic - My Review

April 5, 2017

IMG Obtained from Net Galley

I just recently finished this really intense, unexpected thriller and I can't wait to tell you guys about it. Here is what the book is about -

Via NetGalley -

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door. And now the police are watching them...
My Review

When I started this book, I thought it would be a ghost story. Although you have some haunted characters, this isn't quite a ghost story. It starts out with the couple writing their stories about what has happened since they moved into their new house. Jack starts out focusing on the house and the discoveries he has made since they arrived. Following his initial reaction to the house, Sydney talks about this girl she befriends named Elsie.  This book is a close first person account about this couple's experience and at first it's as if you are privy to a private conversation and that is what makes this so unique.

One really incredible piece about this book is how you piece together what's going on in this couple's life.  I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that it's about how the past will catch up to the future. For any horror story or haunted house story fan, this book does remind us all - be wary of an old house with a great deal.

I'm also a fan of good endings and will never give the ending away, but I was highly pleased with house this story ended too. The only troubling part is Sydney goes over some abuse she handled as a kid by her father and that was almost too vivid and cruel for me to read. I actually had to skip through that.

I highly recommend this story and you will not regret reading it!

Right now it's going to be published later this year, so add this to your reading list on GoodReads.


You can also follow the author on Twitter too!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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An Excellent Subscription for Bookworms

April 1, 2017
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April is here! And you know, if you are a bookworm or if you know a bookworm, you should sign up for the "Book of the Month" subscription service. Here's why it's a stand out service:

1) You can choose which book you want to read for the month before they mail it out.

2) It's inexpensive! For example right now they have an April promotion for a 1-month subscription, for only $5! You can purchase a 3 month subscription for $9.99 per month AND you get a free tote. 

3) Really cool people select the books for the month! For example, Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ) and Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl) as judges this April.

So I think you should sign up. I've used it before and every time I'm always surprised by the book selection and also you can some fun little trinkets too like a bookmark or something extra special like that. 

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