Happy first day of fall, everyone! Today I thought I’d share my thoughts on three books that I’ve read lately.
All three books are completely different from each other, so hopefully I can help you pick your next read–whether you are craving historical fiction, mystery or a love story. Let’s get started!
Last fall, Fiona Davis released her debut novel, The Dollhouse. The story intrigued me from the first to last page, so naturally I couldn’t wait to read The Address, Davis’s followup effort.
Like Dollhouse, The Address centers around another famous New York landmark, The Dakota. The story begins in 1884. Sara Smythe, a young woman who works in a posh London hotel, saves a small child from imminent harm. Upon saving the little girl, Sara meets her father, sought-after architect Theo Camden. Theo is so overwhelmed with gratitude for Sara that he offers her a position at The Dakota, a cutting-edge, soon-to-be-open apartment building in New York City that he is helping design. Reluctantly but gratefully, Sara takes the job and moves to America.
Fast forward to 1985: Bailey Camden is fresh out of rehab, desperate for a clean start. Her boss won’t re-hire her, so money is tight. Luckily, Bailey’s close friend Melinda offers to let her redesign her apartment, located in The Dakota.
Throughout the novel, Sara and Bailey’s stories start to mirror each other’s, even though they are a century apart. Bailey is eager to find her footing after rehab, while Sara is adjusting to a new life in America.
While redesigning Melinda’s apartment, Bailey finds out that Sara and Theo had a fling that ultimately led to murder. Sara was accused of killing Theo in a fit of rage. As Bailey begins to investigate the case, she is determined to uncover the truth about Sara, and even discovers facts about her own family.
The Address encompasses a variety of elements—historical fiction, murder mystery, romance and even self-discovery. Like I said, this novel had me hooked from the first page! I highly recommend this one.
In The Light We Lost, Lucy and Gabe are college students who meet on one of America’s darkest days, September 11th, 2001. Amid all of the tragic events, they strike up a relationship.
Although their actual relationship is short-lived, Lucy and Gabe remain friends through the years, their paths intersecting from time to time. Gabe is immersed in his work as a travel photographer, and Lucy finds success as a children’s TV show producer.
As the book progresses, you begin to see the impact they have on each other, even years down the road. Although Lucy and Gabe are on different paths, are they still meant to be?
Jill Santopolo reminds me a lot of my favorite author, Karma Brown. She tells this love story in such a unique way. Although the chapters are brief and snapshot-like, emotion radiates from the pages. You really get invested in Gabe and Lucy’s relationship. Plus, every love story has to have a good twist, right?
Just a couple days ago, I finished The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. I am always looking for a juicy murder mystery, so I was eager to start this one.
This novel centers around four women: Isa, Thea, Kate and Fatima. They meet as teenagers at boarding school. The four girls become close and create The Lying Game, which is as sketchy as it sounds: Try to get away with telling as many lies to as many people as possible. If that doesn’t foreshadow trouble, I don’t know what does.
Some fifteen or so years later, this cruel game comes back to haunt them. Kate notifies her friends that a body has been found after disappearing years ago, and they have something to do with it.
Alright, here’s the deal with this novel. It had SO MUCH going for it. I was rapidly turning the pages, awaiting the truth to finally surface. But in the end, The Lying Game fell completely flat for me.
First of all, the four main characters weren’t developed enough. They were just super paranoid the entire time, especially Isa. I would have liked it if there was a little more backstory on each of them. What drove them to want to lie, over and over? How did they develop such a tight bond?
Also, there were a lot of filler, unnecessary scenes the story. The suspense was sporadic. Something really suspenseful would happen, and then it would suddenly end, not really concluding. I honestly felt like The Lying Game could have been so great, but all the details didn’t correlate well with the ending–which turned out to be so, so random.
I hope this review makes sense. I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn’t. If you’re looking for a good murder mystery, read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I am a HUGE reader, always looking for my next favorite book. What have you been reading lately? Let me know!