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Blog Tour: One More Day (Review + Giveaway)

one more dayTitle: One More Day
Author: Kelly Simmons
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝  No one wants to be the mother whose child disappears. It’s unthinkable, the stuff of nightmares. But when she turns her back to pay a parking meter, Carrie Morgan becomes that mother. Ben is gone, and more than a year later, it’s clear that he is never coming back.

Until he does…for just twenty-four hours, before once again vanishing from his crib without a trace. Rumors start to circulate through Carrie’s small town. Whispers that she’s seeing things. That her alibi doesn’t quite add up.

Her husband and friends start to think she’s crazy. The police start to think she’s guilty. As the investigation heats up, Carrie must decide what to share, and why. Because the crime is about to be solved… and her secret revealed.❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for letting me participate in the Blog Tour. One More Day was quite different from my initial expectations, but in a good way. I was gladly surprised by the turn the plot tookContinue reading

Review

Review: Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls CoverTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Pages: 357
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.❞

For the longest time I’ve contemplated whether I should give this book a try or not, especially since Delirium did not live up to the hype surrounding it. I decided to give Vanishing Girls a go since the synopsis really appealed to me. Though I did enjoy the book on a superficial level, a closer inspection made me come to the conclusion that the plot is poorly executed, the book mediocre at best.  Continue reading

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Review: Sharp Objects

Sharp-ObjectsTitle: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: September 26th 2006
Pages: 254
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery

❝Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.❞

I’ve read Flynn’s books in reversed order, starting with Gone Girl and ending with her debut novel, Sharp Objects. The interesting thing is that even though I consider this one distinctly different from the other two, it’s still very dark and gruesome. I wouldn’t have it any other way, truth be told!Continue reading

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Review: Dark Places

Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: May 5th 2009
Pages: 349
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?❞

No author makes up story lines as twisted and dark as Gillian Flynn does. If it’s possible, Dark Places might be even more gruesome, more nauseating than Gone Girl was. And I love it!

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Review: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

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Title: The Rabbit Back Literature Society
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Release Date: November 21st 2013
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Mystery, Magical Realism
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❝ A highly contagious book virus, a literary society and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author ‘She came to realise that under one reality there’s always another. And another one under that.’ Only very special people are chosen by children’s author Laura White to join ‘The Society’, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher and possessor of beautifully curving lips. But soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual, ‘The Game’? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura’s winter party, in a whirlwind of snow? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, disturbing secrets that had been buried come to light. ❞

Sometimes when you read a good book, it’s impossible to write a review about it. The Rabbit Back Literature Society is like that. I really enjoyed it, but I can’t seem to pinpoint exactly what it is I liked so much. For the sake of my blog, I still tried to get my thoughts on paper (or screen).Continue reading