Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

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4/5 ⭐s

It’s been a while since I read something this fast and I missed it, the word “page-turner” was invented for the likes of this book. “You” is totally gripping, addicting and it really – REALLY sucks you in. IT IS creepy in its own way and let me tell you why… 

First of all, I have to say – the narration is poisonous. The whole entire time you’re inside the mind of an obsessed stalker named Joe who is, well okay – obsessed with a beautiful aspiring writer named Guinevere Beck (or Beck for short) and surprisingly, you can’t help but sympathize with him, no matter how twisted, crazy and out of this world he is. He is that character that you can’t bring yourself to full-pledge hate even though he is obviously downright evil – and for me, that’s what makes this book even more creepy! Like who the f*ck roots for a sicko stalker! Like hell no! But yeah, I did and I am having that love-hate-disgusted relationship with Joe and myself, and it’s freaking crazy. And wait here you’ll hate me more: I f*cking hated everyone except Joe. B*TCH PLEASE, what the hell is happening to me, right?! (I cursed too much I know, and I’m sorry, forgive me)

Will not dive in too much with the list of all the twisted evil things Joe did, better to know and ‘witness’ those for yourself – but a point that this book planted in my mind and made me question all my life choices in the past, is the stalking. It was very easy for Joe to know all about Beck just because of a f*cking credit card, supplied with the fact that she was an open book in social media. So excuse me while I delete everything now on the internet *delete delete delete* Haha. Seriously though, it was legit scary. 

I do recommend this to you guys who love a good suspenseful and creepy read that will keep you awake in the wee hours of the morning – because it definitely did to me. However, i’m not VERY crazy about the book, I mean I am crazy (just thinking about how it made me root for something evil) for it but not so much as I would’ve expected. Because although it is tagged as a thriller, for me well it’s not very thrilling (like on-the-edge-of-my-seat thrilling), there are some scenes that for me fell flat and a little predictable. Just a little and that’s just for me though. 

Do give it a try if you want a book that will make you drop everything that you’re doing to finish it. This is definitely one of those! 

Till next book guys!

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Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

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4.5/5 ⭐s

So the first thing that caught my attention about this book is EVERY REVIEW I FREAKING READ says the ending is “totally” unexpected. Okay, I’m actually nervous about that because in the back of my mind, I fear that this book might be a little overrated. So I didn’t set my expectations too high, I don’t want to be overly disappointed too in the end BUT boy oh boy – this book! I live for this!

I don’t want to dive in so well into details because that defeats the purpose of me recommending this book to you so we just go into basic ones. First the characters, haha I’m already smiling like an idiot while typing this – here’s the thing: I’m a very easily annoyed person, haha, I don’t show it as much but I get VERY easily irritated by lead characters. Hahaha I swear, even for books that I end up loving, I can’t help being annoyed by the main characters at some point. I am a notorious MC hater. LOL. Anyway, this book is NO exception. One of the characters here annoyed me so much my head hurts. But I guess if it weren’t for this character’s stupidity, then we won’t have an amazing plot here so I was quite okay with that. It didn’t bother so much as how The Girl on the Train did (God I hated it – the MC anyway, I gave away my copy. lol)

Next, exchanging POVs – I adore this kind of style. I love it that I get to see sides other than one continuous telling of stories. This actually helped me calm down when I am so irritated with one of the characters. Which is disturbing at some point, like – I can’t be rooting for someone who is ‘obviously’ the bad guy, but f*% it, i’m weird like that.

My only issue while reading this book that made me give it less than half a star is because it took a little while before I am fully absorbed in the story. I read it like a few days ago and wasn’t very enthusiastic as it didn’t leave a POW effect on me. Turns out I just had to have patience – it all went crazy (good crazy) just a few chapters in. I also had a VERY slight impression that this is Gone Girl all over again – but I guess you have to see for yourself. 🙂

All in all, this is a very compulsive, absorbing, exciting and chilling read! I can’t recommend it enough for people who loves a good shock – because this one DEFINITELY has that! I was literally speechless after reading that ending. TOTALLY SHOOK. 😳  I do have a bit of a worry though for people who gets irked by a certain kind of genre – which was unexpected here. I don’t want to reveal though, I just hope you keep reading, it’s worth it!

Thank you again to Book of the Month for sending me this! It’s one of their February selections and I almost always end up loving their picks. 👍 You can still get Feb selections (this book included) on their website!

Till next book!

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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4/5 ⭐s

Okay, I LOVED this book! It was true that I was rather expecting a read that would “scare” me a little bit more than this book did, like literally the way a horror/suspense movie does, but man – this book is TERRIFYING. I swear I am troubled so much while reading this that I can’t put myself to sleep immediately without diverting my thoughts to other happier things. You know why this book is utterly frightening? It’s because it is possible to happen. I don’t wanna make you a little paranoid but can you conduct a background check of your suitor/boyfriend/girlfriend right about now? 😂 Kidding… (or not)

If you’re looking for twists and shockingly unexpected turn of events (*cough* Gone Girl *cough* vibes) then I am afraid you will be disappointed not to find that in this book. It’s not that it doesn’t shock you – it’s just not as surprising as we hope it should be for a book tagged as “suspense” and yet it pulls strings – it’s definitely something. To put it bluntly, it is kinda predictable and yet, I don’t know how the author does that but it’s still greatly intriguing at the same time. It does not exhibit suspense – it gives terror. There was one statement from one of the characters towards the end of probably after 5 or 6 chapters that made my skin prickle so violently I just had to stop reading for awhile to call my boyfriend. Lol.

The choice of characters, the way they act, the way the author lets them be perceived – for me at least, is perfect. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Depending on each and everyone of them, they generate feelings so far contradicting, you can’t help but read more to see how they’ll cope. Some characters break your heart, another makes you think murderous thoughts (grrr), this one you adore, the other annoys the hell out of you. The mix of these people were just so right, you can feature somebody else in your real life to compare with.

The situation the main character was in I must say, terrifies me so much. Although there was not too much physical violence, the thought of being in that kind of situation appears worse than any sharp knife could inflict. It was emotionally, mentally and spiritually draining, I swear I would go mad being in the character’s shoes. There were moments that I say to myself “what the hell, this character should have done this, should have done that” but no man, I must’ve been just as stagnant as the character was if – God forbids – that was me. So you see now how frightening this book is?

The only reason why I can’t give this a perfect 5 star rating is because at some point during the beginning, I felt that it was overly and unnecessarily detailed and slow to get into. It wasn’t the usual bullet train ride I experience when reading a psychological thriller. But it was all worth it as soon as you get past the buffering chapters. Definitely unputdownable! And the ending, I just have to say that though it was simple as it is, I perfectly loved it. 👌 My heart was hammering like crazy on thinking there was still something more to it, whatever though, I was glad it ended the way it did.

So yes, I definitely recommend reading this if you’re keen to read disturbing and terrifying stories that you can read in one sitting – because this one definitely is!

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My Halloween TBR

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Hello October means HELLO HALLOWEEN READS! 😀

This is one of my most anticipated month because I get to read creepy books and watch scary movies. Lol. I don’t look like I play the part, but I actually really enjoy these kinds of things. I haven’t made a very scary TBR tho but this would probably change so let’s see, but so far, here are my October planned reads:

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Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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Note: This has been on my most anticipated reads since last year and I cannot wait to see if this will really creep me out! I’m actually starting this right now 🙂

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Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Credits: Goodreads.com

Note: This will be a buddy read along with @jesyshelf and @infinitetbrlist and I am so excited. It looks really interesting!

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Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

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Note: The moment I got this from Penguin, I am excited to read it but I never had much time. So this month, I want it to be officially part of my TBR. 

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The dying woman turned to Father Gorman with agony in her eyes. “Stopped….It must be stopped….You will….”

The priest spoke with reassuring authority. “I will do what is necessary. You can trust me.”

Father Gorman tucked the list of names she had given him into his shoe. It was a meaningless list; the names were of people who had nothing in common.

On his way home, Father Gorman was murdered. But the police found the list and when Mark Easterbrook came to inquire into the circumstances of the people listed, he began to discover a connection between them, and an ominous pattern….

Every name of that list was either already dead or, he suspected, marked for murder.

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Note: I’ve made it a promise to myself that every month,  I will include an Agatha Christie books on my TBR. She has too many awesome books and I NEED to read them all!

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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of the vampireCount Dracula.[1]

The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by ProfessorAbraham Van Helsing.

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Note: I haven’t really gotten around reading classics so I want to be able to fix that and I’ll probably start it with an intimidating one. lol God bless me with fast reading skills this month. 

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If I have like a change of hearts, a few more that I am considering to read are:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson;

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You by Caroline Kepnes;

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and The Shining by Stephen King.

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And that is it for my Halloween TBR. I really hope i’ll somehow stick to these! PLEASSSSE! 😅

What are YOUR choices this Halloween? Let me know!

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Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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4/5 ⭐s

Okay so I chose this book out of the five that the Book of the Month club sent me. This, because it’s a thriller, mystery book and you know how much I am a sucker for those stories. To be honest though I was really worried that I’ll end up not being amazed by this one because I’ve read too much crime/thrillers in the past that it turned me into a very hard to please woman. lol. Fortunately though this book really had it in for me.

So this is about a couple who partied next door and leave their 6 month old baby alone in the house, they came home and tadaaa the baby is gone! First of all, I don’t know about you – but the fact that they left the baby all alone really bugged me big time. Like COME ON, ARE YOU FOR REAL?! So yeah, there’s already a substance of character annoyance from the very first chapter of this book. But the good thing about that is it is the kind of irritability that will drive you to read about them more and not the other way around. I am a VERY easily annoyed person and for these characters to be tolerable for ME – well, that’s something. 😂

What I absolutely loved about this is that it knows how to grip readers until the very end. I read this very late a few nights ago and it’s the first thing I held on to when I woke up in the morning. It’s like I can’t bear not knowing SOONER who the culprit is.

Also, I am next level crazy, so imagine my delight when I keep on finding out the different twists this one had in it’s entirety. Man, it’s just CRAY! It had a few moments though were I felt that the way the story goes was a little predictable. It was crazy but at the same time there were a handful of moments that doesn’t quite do justice to the whole wild of an idea that it kinda falls off bland. Well, that’s a way to put it up. 😀

I don’t want to say much because this is obviously best experienced when you have totally no clue about it at all (as for all the mystery books).

I’d highly recommend this! It’s a debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Hopefully she’ll come up with just as good or even better ones!

Till next read!

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Book Review: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

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2/5 ⭐

Consider me generous with the 2 stars. I really thought I would love this book. Sad to say, this book really put me in a bad mood.

Okay, so it’s 1:00 in the morning and I am righting this review because I cannot put this up until tomorrow (or later). I need to let this go. Let it all out…

This is a story about a girl named Jaycee (which is not a very catchy name if you ask me, I keep forgetting it) – whose bestfriend, Rachel had been murdered. What’s the catch? On the night Rachel was murdered, she was trying so hard to contact Jaycee and warn her, but stupid girl is busy kissing a boy whose brother is really her long time crush. Wait, can I say that again, Rachel was actually an “ex-bestfriend” cause they had a falling out. Reason? A boy. Who? The kisser’s brother. Yeah. Twisted and sounds quite interesting.. At least, that’s what I thought.

First of all, I am not a fan of how this story was worded. I don’t know anything about editing a book but I kind of like assume there are proof readers somewhere. Like, someone pointing out to not use the exact same opening sentence on two consecutive paragraphs: “As soon as I heard the door shut I let out a breath bla bla..” Next paragraph: “As soon as I heard the door shut I opened the bag bla bla”. Seriously, how many times will this certain door shut?

Next, I have never been so infuriated with a protagonist like this before. Forgive me, but she really is stupid. Ugh. Pulling-my-hair-out stupid! If a dead girl tells you not to trust anyone but just a certain person, DO NOT FREAKING TRUST ANYONE YOU DUMB*SS. And seriously, how many times will you lose or willingly give out to someone a clue to finding out who killed your bestfriend. God she was really a pain to read! She was presented as the goody good girl, I get that, but I somehow hoped there would be some kind of like a character development, but NO. Nadah. Na-ah. Not that I’m saying I want her to be bad, I just wanted her not to be dumb! Is that too much?! There are a few moments when she stepped out of her shell but it just looks like a chic wanting to get out of it’s egg when she doesn’t even have her other wing yet. Half baked. Everything about her screams NOT ENOUGH.

The ONLY thing that kept me going is I want to find out who freakin’ killed Rachel. I’ll give credit to the author for doing a pretty good job throwing in the almost non-existent suspense until the end.

These “clues” that Rachel left does not make any sense to me though. I really wanted to like this book, believe me, I did. But for me it appeared as if it tries so hard to be a hardcore mystery but in the end, these little pieces just doesn’t add up at all. Moreover, these stereotypes about religion, racism, and insane amount of teenage gang issues was all just too much for comfort and credibility for this book, it just makes it dull.

Also ****WARNING (a little, probably non-bearing) SPOILER****there was that scene towards the end that implies they saw a ghost of Rachel and I was like…uhm, You.did.not.just.do.that. No. That was wayyyyy too unnecessary. Do not even try jumping off to another genre. No. Don’t. ***END OF SPOILER****

There were good points though, I have to admit. I can’t put it down at first. It was really engaging and the storytelling seems nicer around in the beginning. I just don’t know what happened and it suddenly annoyed the crap out of me. It was trying so hard to give readers a lesson like “listen to your parents; do not disobey them” or “go to church” or  choose your friends” or whatever cliche realizations there is you could think of. I felt that this book was afraid to step up and show a little fang. I’ve seen no edge and it made me a bit sad because that was a really good plot line there. It could have been a better one.  In the end for me, it was that book that I was just relieved it was finally over.   

I may not like this book but it could be your thing so I’m not really telling you not to read it. Those are just my opinions and we all have them so.. no hate 🙂

Till next book!

nikki

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