Monthly Archives: August 2015

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Another “psychological thriller” compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.  This one does not compare. Ani FaNelli has a great job, wealthy fiancé, and the perfect life she made sure to take for herself.  While she doesn’t want to risk losing everything she worked so hard for, she has secrets from her past that can ruin everything.  Ani dealt with tragedies growing up in a prestigious high school, but the author left them sounding like everyday occurrences.  Knoll could have left us with a more thrilling story, rather than a quick way to tie it all up.  Even with the reveal of her tragic past, I was not rooting for Ani at the end.

Luckiest Girl Alive

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

51R8AA8QEVL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_   So yes, this is technically a YA novel, and you might find a kid reading this… but there’s a reason it’s a Newbury Medal winner. I finally picked it up, as it’s been on my “to-read” list for a while now.  Dystopia fans will like it, but beyond that is a beautiful story about the power of choice, love, and  many of the things we take for granted every day.  It was a quick read and really enjoyable.  Put it on your “to-read” list!

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

This amazing novel, set in the 1950’s, explores how a group of tragedies in a town in NJ affected families for generations to come.  Airline travel was still new, exciting….. and dangerous. Coincidence that these crashes all occurred in one town, with one airport?  Judy Blume takes you away, on an emotional journey back in time from the viewpoint of a 15 year old girl, and her friends and family.  Life goes on, yet people from this town remain changed forever…

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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Another great psychological thriller by Mary Kubica.  Each chapter is from the point of view of a different character, making this a real page turner and impossible to put down.  It begins as a feel-good story and quickly turns into a suspenseful mystery and doesn’t stop there.  Just when you think you have figured out this story, it takes a twist that you never saw coming.  This is one you definitely don’t want to pass up.  If you haven’t read Kubica’s debut novel The Good Girl you MUST pick it up!

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