What I Read in April

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Plot: Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends -- and the mix between the regulars and "the weekenders"can sometime make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens...in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything - Via Goodreads

What I Thought: This was an easy, quick read perfect for a couple of days by the pool. The characters were mostly likable and the setting helped me pretend I was on vacation on an island for a bit. The story had just enough suspense and a little romance and overall it was a pretty good book.

Should You Read It?: I don't think by any means that this book will become your new favorite of all time, but its a good story and worth the read.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Plot: In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare's hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room...

Some things can't stay secret forever - Via Goodreads.

What I Thought: Twisty, twisty, twisted! I wanted to read this last year around Halloween time but I never got the chance. I wish I had made the time then because this story had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire thing. I read it in a day and a half, and now I can't wait to read another book by Ruth Ware.

Should You Read It?: Yes!

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Plot: Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. 

Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. 

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims - Via Goodreads

What I Thought: I had mixed feelings about this book. I wanted to read it for awhile (and before they make it into a movie with Leonardo Dicaprio) but I kept putting it off. It reads almost like a history book and although the imagery was really well written, I found myself getting bored by too many details in some sections of the story. The chapters about H.H. Holmes are really well written and incredibly creepy, which kept me wanting to get through the chapters about the fair so I could read more of the others. Overall, it was a well written and incredibly informative book, but not the best for entertainment value.

Should You Read It?: If you're looking for an easy, entertaining read then this is definitely not the book for you. But if you're looking for something interesting where you might learn something along the way, than I say yes give it a try.
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