The Forest of Vanishing Stars

I finished this book in two days. For me, that's pretty dang quick and usually means forfeiting much-needed hours of sleep and disregarding some of those pesky adult things like laundry or cleaning. This book was really good, like if The Nightingale and Where the Crawdads Sing got together and had a baby, it would be this novel.

The Maidens

The story kept me guessing right up until the reveal at the end, but I was disappointed and let down by the twist and the killer's motivations. It was mentioned in the book how the killer was almost theatrically going for the shock factor with the murders and the way the bodies were positioned. Seems to me that maybe the author was doing the same thing, but it just didn't hold water for me.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation by Linda VillarosaPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: June 14, 2022Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Racism, Medical HistoryHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis In 2018, Linda Villarosa's New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality … Continue reading Under the Skin

The Maid

The only thing really carrying this story was Molly herself, but that was plenty for me, as I really liked her. For other people, it may not be enough, though. This is not a deep-thinking book. There's no pulse-pounding thrills, nothing too complex, just plain easy reading with a feel-good ending.

I See You

I have been on a real thriller kick lately, but some of the ones I have read have left me anything but thrilled. The premise of this one sounded super creepy, and wasn't what I was expecting at all!

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead

While I enjoyed this book, it didn't quite have the same spark as the previous book in the series. While the first book was light and fun, this one was definitely more serious. Still, I really enjoyed hanging out with Finn and Vero again and seeing what they are getting themselves into.

The Paris Apartment

There was a dark, Hitchcockian feel to the setting that lent to the evilness of the apartment building, and for about the first third of the book, I was excited to see how this unfolded. However, on the whole, this book was a bit underwhelming.

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

The real life mystery of what really happened during the 11 days that Agatha Christie went missing remains unsolved, the truth dying with Agatha and perhaps her ex-husband, Archie. Still, the mystery has provided much speculation and spawned entertaining tellings of what might have happened, as in this novel.