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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May Wrap Up

I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!

Pride by Ibi Zoboi⭐️3.5/5 stars

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio⭐️4/5 stars

Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl⭐️4/5 stars

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne⭐️4/5 stars

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning⭐️3.5/5 stars

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence⭐️5/5 stars

Save the Date by Morgan Matson⭐️3/5 stars

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young ⭐️5/5 stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness⭐️5/5 stars

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera⭐️4/5 stars

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland⭐️4/5 stars

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima⭐️5/5 stars

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang⭐️4.5/5 stars

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart⭐️4/5 stars

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5 Quotes from last 5 Books I’ve Read

These are five quotes that stuck with me from the last 5 books that I’ve read! I believe this was a prompt for Top 10 Tuesday and I thought it was a fun idea so I figured I would give it a go!

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

“Every evil overlord needs a fluffy cat to stroke.”

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Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl

“We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.”

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

“For someone who loved words as much as I did, it was amazing how often they failed me.”

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

“never let the streets know when you’re upset. Don’t let any strangers see you cry. Hold your head up and look as if you’re ready to destroy the world if you have to.”

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”

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Never World Wake Review

91tzv+xgsslIt’s been a year since Bee has spoken to any of her friends since the mysterious death of her boyfriend. Now after a whirlwind night that leaves them all walking away from a near fatal car crash something strange has happened. They are stuck in a sort of time-lapse called the Never World Wake where they have to vote for only one person to make it out alive.

This book was super obscure and very interesting! I liked the slow build up 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. The mystery surrounding Jim’s death and what happened that night, as well as trying to figure out what the Never World Wake is and how they are going to get out of it.

I was definitely intrigued by Bee. She comes across as so innocent and nice and the other characters even mention it about her. No one would ever suspect her of any wrong doing ever and she is always immediately dismissed as decent and pure. But I had a feeling throughout that she was not as guiltless as everyone perceived.

I thought the way that information was discovered through the use of the Wake was fascinating. Especially one Martha figured out how to jump to different Wakes and how that affected the times. I was very engaged and was eager to read on to figure out how it was all happened and what their connections to the Wake were. The twist at the end as well I thought was very well executed, the doubt that is plied consistently throughout the course of the book really helped to completely blind side me when we eventually find out what really happened and everyone’s motivations for what they have done.

I thoroughly enjoyed my read of this. Again I didn’t know what to expect and I was actually pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. For some reason I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book because it was so hyped but this was another instance that I feel like the hype was justified!

⭐️4/5 A wild ride from beginning to end!

May TBR

All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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Red Sister by Martin Lawrence

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