Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson ~ Fiction Book Review

Her Every Fear: A Novel by [Swanson, Peter]This author’s The Kind Worth Killing was fantastic. Like, super awesome, wish I had written it first fantastic, even though it lost the teeniest bit of steam in the end. In this one, the author mastered suspense and atmosphere. If felt like reading a Hitchcock movie. The characters felt vivid, the dialogue rang true, but at the same time, as good as certain aspects of the book was, it felt off. To be totally honest, it felt formula.

It lacked the raw, gritty, even the author didn’t see it coming until he wrote it surprise. In other words, it was predictable. Not quite boring, but it definitely lacked the organic thrills and suspense of the other. I will refrain from mentioning the other book written by this author because I hated it. One love, one hate, and one just the bright side of meh.) 3.75 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

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Truly, Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty ~ Fiction Book Review

Truly Madly Guilty by [Moriarty, Liane]Hmmm. My first introduction to Liane Moriarty was the book “Big Little Lies”, which I seem to remember really enjoying. This is the fourth book I’ve read by Moriarty now, and I’ve got to say, I have mixed feelings about her books.

She seems to rely on a heavy dose of foreshadowing, teasing the reader along so that they have to stick around long enough to find out what it is that all the drama and worry is about. It’s gotten rather annoying. Then you, the reader, finds out, and there’s a certain, “That’s what all the fuss was about???” kind of feeling. But you keep reading. Because, by then, you’re just vested enough in the characters that the intricately woven web of human nature, cause and reaction, the humanity that she weaves keeps that book in your hand and your butt in the seat until it’s all worked out.

Part of me hates it. I feel tricked and duped by her evil little ploy. Yet, I find myself unable to put it down until I find out how it’s all worked out. It’s a sickness, really. Each time I tell myself I’ve read my last Moriarty book. But I always end up coming back for more. 4 stars and a woeful head shake (whether at myself or the author, I do not know).

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

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After Anna by Alex Lake ~ Fiction Book Review

After Anna by [Lake, Alex]This book had such an interesting and fresh idea that I wonder if part of my disappointment with it is that there were endless, ENDLESS!!!!, possibilities, but it seemed to follow what was probably the most predictable route.

My wild imagination envisioned so many great, crazy scenarios that I couldn’t wait to read. Unfortunately, I feel the author stayed in the box instead of braving new horizons. It also could have been a good bit shorter if some of the repetition in the main character’s train of thought was reduced. It was mildly annoying at times. Not a spectacular read, but fun. 4 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan ~ Fiction Book Review

The Perfect Girl: A Novel by [Macmillan, Gilly]I really liked this author’s other book, “What She Knew”. It had a great twist that I never saw coming and impressed me enough that I gave this one a try when I came across it and recognized the author’s name.

This book was good, but it pales in comparison to the other. It felt mundane and erred on the side of the predictable. The characters weren’t as vivid. The stakes didn’t feel as high. That sense of ‘wow’ and breathlessness that her other book left me with was completely absent here. It was good, but not in the way that makes you take notice and remember the author’s name. 4 stars.

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