I’ve been reading a bunch of 2 and 3 star reads so I figured I would spice it up with books I’ve actually been dying to read.
The Line That Held Us by David Joy
Synopsis: Darl is out hunting a buck he’s been chasing for years when he finally kills it. When he goes to check it out, he realizes it wasn’t a buck he killed but a person. Will he confess or cover up the crime and live with the consequences?
Thoughts: This is an incredibly fast paced novel, and the content is right up my alley. For whatever reason, I couldn’t connect to any characters in this novel. The ending left me wanting a few loose ends tied up that weren’t. Overall, this book wasn’t for me but if you like thrillers it may be right for you.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Synopsis: This book is hard to describe without giving too much away. It’s about a woman who’s husband has left her for his new young secretary.
Thoughts: I had predicted a few of the twists and turns of this book, but that didn’t upset me at all. I really enjoyed how fast paced this book was. It was a great suspense book. I had heard so many great things about this and it really didn’t disappoint.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Synopsis: Khai is on the spectrum but is convinced he is unable to love. His mother wants him to find a wife so she searches for one overseas. That’s when she meets Esme and tells her that she will pay for her to come to the United States for the summer and she can win over her son. Esme has a daughter and is also looking for her American father that she never met. Her mother encourages her to do this for a better life for her daughter. Nothing goes as planned for either Khai or Esme. Will they fall in love, get married and stay or will Esme go back to Vietnam? Oh and Esme never mentioned her daughter to Khai or his mother!
Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book! Her first book The Kiss Quotient was also a 5 star read which was what made me so excited to read this one. It was less graphic than the first book but so tender and lovely. The characters were wonderful and for me I could see them so clearly. We are reunited with a few characters from the first book which is always fun. This had me in tears by the end. I never thought I would enjoy these two books so much but Helen Hoang is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for the next one!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Synopsis: Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood icon, is finally ready for her tell all and how she ended up with all those husbands. She will only talk to Monique Grant and no one knows why. Monique begins to form an unexpected friendship with the movie star. She thinks the best of her and understands the decisions she’s made. As Evelyn’s story starts to wrap up, it becomes very clear why Monique was chosen to write the tell all.
Thoughts: I’ve been hearing about this book since I started reading again a few years ago. It always makes me nervous to read a book that everyone else loves because then my expectations are so high. After reading Daisy Jones & the Six by Reid, I knew I had to pick this one up. I became so wrapped up in this story. I devoured it in 3 days. I didn’t want it to end. It’s a beautiful story and the perfect read for Pride month. This story breaks your heart over and over again. I’m not sure if it’s every put together but it comes pretty close.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Synopsis: Anna spends her days locked in her house and watching her neighbors. She watches old movies, drinks (a lot), and talks with her daughter and her husband, which she recently separated from. New neighbors move in and Anna starts focusing solely on them. One night Anna sees something she shouldn’t. Everyone is convinced she’s lying, unwell, on too many meds, drinking too much, etc. Did she see it or was it all in her head?
Thoughts: This one was another hyped up book of 2018 and it didn’t do much for me. There were a few twists that I didn’t necessarily see coming but weren’t too shocked by. It seemed like there was a lot of unnecessary detail throughout the book and could have easily been 50 pages shorter. I can see why people enjoyed it but it wasn’t for me.
Calypso by David Sedaris
Synopsis: Sedaris buys a beach house on the Carolina coast and the majority of the stories take place at the beach house. All of the family gathers there and it isn’t the relaxing beach house that you would expect it to be. There tons of laughs, a few dark moments but lots of family matters that everyone can relate to.
Thoughts: This was my first Sedaris book but definitely won’t be my last. He is so funny and strange but in such a perfect way. Some of the stories were a tad darker than I’ve heard him to normally be, but everything worked so well in my opinion. I’ve been really loving short stories lately but if you don’t like them then this might not be your cup of tea. It is the perfect beach read, especially since it’s mainly centered at a beach house.
June Wrap Up
The Line That Held Us by David Joy ⭐️⭐️/5
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Calypso by David Sedaris ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5