5 Mystery/Thriller Books Update

This year I really wanted to branch out from fantasy and get into some other genres and mystery/thrillers always interested me, I just never picked any up. So back in February I posted 5 mystery/thriller books I wanted to read in 2019 and I thought since we are now in mid-June I would give an update on what I’ve read and some of my thoughts on these books!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I liked the twists and revelations that occur in the book as well. I am not really an avid reader of mysteries or thrillers so all the tropes are relatively new to me. I enjoyed the steady progression of suspense and the flashbacks really helped to establish Anna’s frame of mind and why she is so adamant in finding out the truth. It definitely kept me intrigued and eager to read on and see what was going to happen next. I couldn’t predict any of the plot points so I was definitely surprised when the truth was finally uncovered.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

The overall tone of the book was very dark and foreboding and also very cold, be it the weather or the house and even Mrs. Warren. I finished this book in basically one sitting and I was swept into this story by Ruth Ware’s immensely detailed and descriptive prose. I loved every second of this book. The mystery elements really kept me on my toes; the pacing was perfect and the plot twists… OMG! I did not see anything coming and I was very much surprised and satisfied with how this book ended!

My Rating: ⭐️5/5 stars

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Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl

This book was super obscure and very interesting! I liked the slow buildup of tension throughout the plot and how things started unraveling as the storyline progressed. I didn’t really know what to expect from the premise but I enjoyed the direction the book went with.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen

I love how we are always misdirected in this book. It says it in the blurb to not make assumptions about this love triangle but of course I thought Vanessa was just another alcoholic housewife whose husband has left her and moved on to greener pastures. I was so invested in the storyline that I almost forgot that it was a thriller and when that first plot twist hit me I was thrown.

My Rating: ⭐️4/5 stars

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April Wrap Up

I actually had a great reading month… I’m not quite sure how it happened but I deviated from my original TBR and actually read a lot more books than I was originally planning too and I’m not mad at it! I kind of listened a little more to my mood this month and read what I felt like reading instead of just solely sticking to my TBR and I feel like that approach really enabled me to read a lot more! 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne⭐️5/5 stars

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard⭐️4/5 stars

HP and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling  ⭐️5/5 stars

Circe by Madeline Miller⭐️3/5 stars

The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert⭐️3/5 stars

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins⭐️4/5 stars

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid⭐️4/5 stars

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 stars

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry⭐️4/5 stars

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn⭐️4/5 stars

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima⭐️5/5 stars

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima⭐️4/5 stars

Final Girls by Riley Sager⭐️4.5/5 stars

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The Woman in the Window Review

40389527A solid mystery/thriller!

This book follows the story of Anna a woman who for the past 10 months has been stuck inside her home with an intense form of agoraphobia. Everything is going fine until one day she see’s something happen across the street that she wasn’t supposed to see.

Even though this a highly popular mystery thriller I still don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, so just bear that in mind.

I found the book to be a little slow at the beginning. Learning about Anna and her life and going through the motions was a little repetitive but effective in perspective as we are really getting a feel for what she goes through everyday. It really highlights how easy it is to be able to survive in this modern era without ever having to leave your home.

The pacing really picked out and continued to grow throughout the course of the book. The major plot point happens pretty early on in the book and then having the seeds of doubt planted into Anna’s mind making her second guess herself really prolonged the suspense. 

As a character I found her to be a little unlikeable yet relatable in a way. She stays true to her convictions and she still tries to help other people and doll out advice and just an ear to people like her. I can’t really fault her in any way as she does the best she can with her current circumstances.

I liked the twists and revelations that occur in the book as well. I am not really an avid reader of mysteries or thrillers so all the tropes are relatively new to me. I enjoyed the steady progression of suspense and the flashbacks really helped to establish Anna’s frame of mind and why she is so adamant in finding out the truth. It definitely kept me intrigued and eager to read on and see what was going to happen next. I couldn’t predict any of the plot points so I was definitely surprised when the truth was finally uncovered.

⭐️4/5 I can see why it was so hyped!

April TBR

This month I’m focusing on continuing on in the series I’ve started and also getting into more of the books that I have had on my TBR for a while now! Super excited to be finally getting to some of these books and I look forward to a great reading month! 🙂

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Sightwitch & Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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Circe by Madeline Miller

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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The Exiled Queen & The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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5 Mystery/Thrillers I want to Read in 2019

I would really like to broaden my scope for 2019 and try a few different genres out, I know I will always love fantasy but sometimes I do get a bit bored of them and need something different to cleanse my palate. I would usually pick up a contemporary but I kind of want to get into mysteries/thrillers this year. These are 5 books that I have been seeing around a lot and some have even made it into the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2018 so I figure let’s give them a go!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Harcastle by Stuart Turton

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen

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