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He started It is about these three siblings whose grandfather has just passed away and in order to receive the inheritance he left for them they need to embark on the road trip they once took when they were all kids.
I liked the premise of the story, I thought it was super original and unlike anything I have ever read before. The build up of anticipation was very well done and the little twists that take place definitely kept me engaged and wanting to read more. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book but I thought it would be a lot more intense than what it actually was.
Beth I was thinking was going to be a bit of an unreliable narrator, I truly thought at times she was a little bit crazy and as the storyline continued I definitely think she had some mental health issues that she clearly needed to work through. The way she was so obsessed with her sister came across as strange to me. But I guess if I were in her situation I may of ended up in the same boat, especially given the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
The other two siblings I didn’t really form any kind of attachment to. I was definitely intrigued by them and wanted to find out the parts they played in the road trip and why they were all so hesitant in discussing what happened. They all had secrets they were clearly keeping from each other and Beth never really seemed to notice anything that was happening around her in regards to them in particular.
I would of liked to get more of an insight to their grandfather and his mindset throughout the course of the first road trip as well. As the book progressed we do get of sense of the kind of person he was but to get maybe one of two chapters from his perspective right at the end explaining the whys and how’s might of made me more satisfied.
I think overall this was a solid psychological thrilleresque book. I was 100% invested from the start and wanted to figure out what was happening and I definitely didn’t predict any of the twists and turns. I just thought the ending could of been a little stronger! We got so many interesting, weird things happening throughout and the explanation and reasons behind the whole thing was mundane and boring. Shocking, but boring nevertheless.
⭐️3/5 stars Immersive but in the end fell a bit flat!
The Guest List is about a wedding between a rising television star and a smart and ambitious magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland where someone turns up dead.
This was my first taste of the who-done-it murder mystery novel and I actually quite enjoyed it. At the start I was left a little confused as we are kind of thrust into the story with a multitude of names and different characters and the relationship between them all.
Honestly I didn’t really care for Will or Jules. I found them both to be very self-absorbed and entitled. But I think that was intentional, I really can’t see anyone finding them likable at all. Which I think was explored throughout the course of the book through the experiences the other characters have with them.
Hannah was probably the most relatable out of all the characters. I enjoyed reading from her perspective and finding out more about her relationship with her husband and Jules. Olivia was very secretive and a cagey at first but as we learn more about her and what she has endured over the last year you can’t help but sympathize with her.
The way the book was formatted with the dual timelines definitely kept me invested and eager to read on to find out who was killed. The reveals were made a precisely the right times in the book as this was a little slower paced and it there were periods where not a whole lot is happening.
I predicted a couple of the little twists that occurred throughout the course of the plot line but the main revelation definitely came as a surprise.
⭐️3/5 stars entertaining.. not exactly mind blowing!
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This book revolves around Shay Miller, she just recently lost her job and is temping at a law firm. She is running late for a job interview and she happens to witnesses something tragic that will change her life forever.
I liked Shay. She is endearing and likeable. She doesn’t necessarily have her life sorted the way she would like and this makes her quite relatable. She always has the best intentions in her heart which doesn’t always translate in her favour. She definitely walked into the web of the twins unaware of their motives but I’m glad she was able to pick apart the little clues she collects and figure out what was really happening.
I was a little confused at first about Cassandra and Jane and their connection to the other 4 women. What their group was and why they were so interested in anyone who had talked to Amanda prior to her death. This definitely kept me engaged in the book and eager to read on.
I enjoyed the time jumps and the different povs, it really enabled us to delve deeper into the histories of all the different characters and their motivations for choices that they have made. I especially liked finding out about the other women in the twin’s group and how they all met and the connection between them. Even though what they are doing is wrong and manipulative I quite enjoyed their sisterhood dynamic and the trust they have with each other. Jane and Cassandra influence them heavily but they did help the other women out and changed their lives for the better!
This is a book where even though it’s a little slow and tedious at the start you really need to be paying attention to every detail. Things that you assume are unimportant or irrelevant actually turn out to be the tipping point of the plot. The twists were well placed and the pacing though quite slow at the start picked up heavily around the half way point of the story. It was entertaining, thrilling and in the end I was highly satisfied with the book as a whole!
⭐️4/5 stars numbers never lie!
I have figured out over the last year that I actually really enjoy mystery/thriller books. I had previously just stuck to either fantasy or contemporary but I have finally broadened my reading horizons’ to include some other genres which I greatly enjoy!
These are the five mystery/thriller books I plan to read this year:
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Shining by Stephen King
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
Lock Every Door follows our main character Jules over the course of 5 days after she is accepted as an apartment sitter for a very prestigious building in New York where some weird things start to occur.
Jules is very easy to relate to and empathise with. We learn a lot about her character over the course of the book and what she has had to endure not just in the last few weeks but also throughout her life with her family. These experiences definitely play a role in her decision making throughout the course of the plot and it makes sense why she chooses to do certain things. Not giving up on Ingrid after what happened to her sister and wanting to do whatever it takes to find out what happened.
I definitely didn’t trust any of the characters that live at the Bartholomew. Even when Jules started to talk to them all and make connections with them, there was just something about them all that felt off.
When Jules started putting two and two together through her search for Ingrid and finding these clues and uncovering secrets I was highly invested. When she came up with what she thought was the reasoning behind all of the disappearances I was completely on board with her theory. It made sense, especially since David went missing shortly after. Then when the actual reason is uncovered and Jules finds out the truth it is even more shocking as it has nothing to do with any otherworldly, satanic rituals.
The pacing was very well done, I thought the premise was very original and captivating. The steady rise in tension throughout the plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the mystery aspect kept my highly entertained!
⭐️4/5 stars Suspenseful, tense, shocking!