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All the Books I Read in February 2024

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1. The Locked Door – I keep reading more of Frieda McFadden’s books because I loved The Housemaid so much but most of them don’t quite captivate me as much. This one is good and the ending will definitely keep you guessing, but it wasn’t a favorite for me. Nora is a successful surgeon and lives a quiet, peaceful life. This is her choice because of the horrific childhood she endured growing up. Her father was a serial killer and once he was caught became very famous. She has been trying to outrun his notoriety for years and has seemingly found anonymity. Until one of her patients is murdered in a similar manner to her father’s victims and she fears someone is a copycat killer. I did love that the ending was a huge twist that I didn’t see coming but overall it was good but not great. Rating: 7.5

2. His & Hers – LOVEDDDDD! I loved this book! And to be honest, I have read a few other Alice Feeney books and didn’t love them but this was really captivating. This book is told from three different perspectives which I really enjoyed. It was easy to follow and interesting to see the story from varying perspectives. Anna is a reporter for a British news station and is asked to cover a murder case in a small village nearby. She is hesitant to report on it because she knows the victim and has history with her. Additionally Anna has to communicate with the investigator, Jack Harper, whom she also has a past with and wants to avoid. Jack just wants to solve the case but when he realizes that HE also has a connection to this victim, things get really complicated quickly. The story is told from Anna and Jack’s perspective as well as the killer’s perspective which really throws you off throughout the story. The final reveal is totally shocking and unexpected! Rating: 9

3. The Last Party – Too many characters to follow and I kept getting confused as to who was who. Rhys Lloyd is a popular singer that is found dead on New Year’s Eve after hosting a huge party at his home. When investigators begin to question the party goers, it becomes quickly apparent that Rhys Lloyd had many enemies and the suspect pool becomes quite large. Investigators also have to question all the people in the surrounding community which is very small but adds more complications to the investigation. The actual murderer was a complete surprise but getting there too way too long and involved too many people. Rating: 6

4. I Know You Know – Another disappointment sadly and I almost didn’t finish this book because it didn’t keep my attention. Cody Swift is a filmmaker that travels back to his hometown to investigate the deaths of his two childhood best friends. The case was never solved and Cody wants to try uncover new evidence that may lead to an arrest. Jess, the mother of one of the boys killed, is first on Cody’s list to speak with but she wants nothing to do with his investigation. Jess has her own sordid past that she doesn’t want to revisit but she is suspicious of Cody’s true intentions. Once Jess decides to ask her own questions about the case and remembers forgotten events from that fateful evening, the truth may not be what Cody is actually seeking. Overall, the story was a hard to follow and not that interesting. Rating: 5

5. Girl, 11 – I saw a review of this book on Tiktok and immediately added it to my “TBR” (to be read) list. When I finally got around to reading it, it did leave me a tad underwhelmed. Elle is a former social worker that now hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cases surrounding missing and abducted children. She decides to revisit a serial killer case that was never solved but has haunted residents of her community for decades. Elle has a special connection to this case that hardly anyone knows about but it is what drives her to try and catch this elusive killer. After being inactive for nearly 20 years, TCK (the countdown killer) seems to be terrorizing this community once again and Elle is determined more than ever to help the police find him. But when TCK’s next victim is a close person to Elle, she realizes that this may be more personal than she thought. Rating: 7.5

6. I Know Who You Are – This book was also written by Alice Feeney and after falling in love with His and Hers, I decided to try another one of her books (though I have not previously been a fan of hers). Sadly, this again confirmed my thought that His & Hers was a one off for me because this book was not enjoyable. And to be honest, the ending was a tad shocking and not in a good way. Aimee Sinclair is a well-known actress with a troubled past. She has worked for years to distance herself from it, but when her husband goes missing she must face her past in order to figure out who could be targeting her. IF you do read this, just know that the final reveal is shocking in a truly gross way. Literally any other plot line would have been welcome except this one. Ewww. Rating: 5

All the books I read in January 2024

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All the books I read in January 2024

All the books I read in January 2024

1. Anna O

Anna O is a 25 year old woman in the prime of her life. But one night she kills two people for seemingly no reason. And afterwards falls into a deep sleep and never wakes up. The clinical term is resignation syndrome and Anna is held in a psychiatric facility with hopes that she will wake up one day and face the consequences of her horrendous actions. After 5 years of no success in waking her, Anna is transferred to a new facility to be under the care of Dr. Benedict Prince, an expert in the field of sleep-related homicides.

Dr. Prince’s techniques work and soon Anna is awake and can finally explain what happened that fateful night. But the actual events that occurred are not what people think. And soon both Dr. Prince and Anna are in danger. It wasn’t my favorite book of the bunch but it did keep me engaged and there are a bunch of twists and turns that throw me off. Rating: 8

2. The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti

I am more of a fan of mysteries and thrillers, but I do love a feel good book from time to time. Priscilla, Devon and Bailey are sisters mourning the recent loss of their mother. And while settling her estate, they discover that she had a home on the Amalfi Coast that they never knew about. Along with the ownership papers, the sisters find a love letter from a complete stranger that seemed to have a relationship with their mother years ago. Though the 3 sisters have grown apart, they decide to travel to Italy to settle their mother’s estate and get answers about her past. They discover things about their mother that they never knew and a romance that shaped the course of their mother’s life. A tad emotional from time to time, but it’s a cozy read that gives you a nice boost of serotonin. Rating: 8 

3. The Other Mothers

Back to regularly scheduled programming with this next mystery. Lots of characters so it can be hard at first to keep up but it gets easier as the book goes on. Tash is a freelance journalist and mother to a young son. She befriends other mothers at her son’s playgroup in hopes of building relationships and feeling less alone. But when a local nanny is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Tash’s journalist mind kicks into action. She wants to find out what happened to this nanny and soon realizes that many of the other other mothers know more about this than they are letting on. Rating: 8

4. The Perfect Son

I know Frieda McFadden’s books are very popular but I’ve only really ever LOVED one. And the others are enjoyable but not amazing in my opinion. This was a really good but not great mystery but still worth reading especially if you like her books. Erika’s life seems perfect and happy with her loving husband and two teenage children. But Erika’s son has always been a bit off. He is incredibly charming, handsome and intelligent but exhibited very disturbing behavior as a child that Erika fears could eventually escalate into something more dangerous. So she is vigilant about his life, his whereabouts and especially the girls he likes.

Erika’s worst fear comes true one night when a young teenage girl goes missing and her son, Liam was one of the last people to see her. Did he kidnap her? Or even worse? Liam is adamant that he did not do anything to her and doesn’t know where she is, but Erika isn’t sure she believes him. The ending will definitely be a surprise and one that you may not see coming! Rating: 8.5

5. Watching You

I kept thinking I had this book figured out but each twist and turn kept me second guessing myself. Joey is a newlywed and after living in Ibiza for a few years, returns to her hometown of Bristol England with her new husband, Alfie, to start their life together. Because finances are tight, Joey and Alfie move in with Joey’s brother and his wife to save some money in order to eventually move out on their own.

Joey’s neighbor, Tom Fitzwilliam, is the principal of the local high school and incredibly charming. And soon Joey finds herself somewhat infatuated with him. But there are allegations surrounding Tom Fitzwilliam and a local woman is convinced that he is responsible for inappropriate relationships with his students. After a horrific murder occurs, it looks like Tom Fitzwilliam may just be the monster that some think he is. But Joey isn’t sure and worries they are pinning this crime on the wrong person. Rating: 8.5

6. Dead of Winter

Ugh, I really struggled to get through this one. So many characters and while the premise of the book seems interesting, it dragged on and on without ever building much suspense. Which was odd because the reviews all talk about how gripping and intense the story is but I did not agree. Christa and her boyfriend join a tour group heading to the Rocky Mountains to go exploring. It’s the dead of winter so conditions are dangerous. But their tour guide is experienced and well-versed in guiding groups through this area. But an intense snowstorm unexpectedly hits the area and the group is forced to take shelter in a small remote cabin.

While they are waiting out the storm, their tour guide goes missing and is found mutilated a short distance away from the cabin. The group has no idea who could have committed such a heinous crime. But before long more of them are killed and Christa is wondering why this is happening. There is definitely a huge twist at the end but the build up to it was so tedious that I almost didn’t get through to that point. Rating: 6

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