The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins
Mystery, murder, fiction.
Jane moves into this town called Birmingham that is in Alabama to start a new life. She becomes a dog walker in a very rich neighborhood and is loved by all. When no one is looking she grabs some jewelry that no one will be missing in this society. Eddie is newly widowed and takes an interest in Jane. Jane was told about what happened to Eddie’s wife Bea and her best friend Blanche. Wanting to know more she asks more about Bea and Blanche to these women who knew of them. However, curiosity leads her to get extremely close to Eddie. The legend of Bea haunts Jane to the point that Jane double guesses herself. She can start her new life as his wife. Nothing can be in between the two of them except her past creeping in and the police lingering longer than they should.
I got this mostly for the synopsis and the curiosity of what happened to Bea. I consumed this book in one day because the way that the author wrote this book was guaranteed to keep the reader engaged and focused. The characters were very intriguing and mysterious in a way that kept me from wanting to close the book. The plot had some very dark twists that I hadn’t expected as well as certain perspectives. I honestly never read Jane Eyre to understand but this novel was supposedly was taking inspiration from that novel which later on I will hunt it down to read. Overall, enjoyed this novel and recommend it.
Stealing Her – Rachel Van Dyken
Romance, drama, comedy, fiction.
Julian and Bridge were inseparable and always had each other’s backs. That was until their parents divorced, Julian got his father whereas Bridge got his mother. Years later as adults, Julian attempted to send a white flag of peace to Bridge and it failed. Julian’s fiancé Isobel was going to break off the engagement, but disaster struck, and Julian landed in the hospital in a coma that she doesn’t know about just yet. Bridge’s father comes to Bridge with an offer he can’t refuse. Bridge takes on the role of Julian until Julian wakes up from his coma. Bridge is forced to live a lie and realizes all that comes with that single lie.
I was weirded out by the title of this novel and was interested so I had grabbed it so fast. I began to read, and this was extremely fast paced. I read this within 4 hours of checking this novel from the library. I hadn’t binge read a book since middle school. This book was a page turner and kept me on my toes. I never had thought that I would ever pick up a book that made me feel exhilarated as this one did. I regret not taking my time with this novel, but at the same time I was glad I found this novel. The author knows how to keep a reader hooked onto the story. This offered drama and romance as well as some comedy. I plan to read more of her novels in the foreseeable future.
The Weight of Ink – Rachel Kadish
Women historians, Jewish women, fiction.
Two different and drastic lives of women in two
different centuries use writing to cope. Both women must make decisions that
conflict with heart and mind. The aftermath of their decisions changes the
I only enjoyed a little of this short novel. I found
this novel to be very plain and boring, but the idea of the novel is great. I
think this novel could’ve had more to the story. Too much cliché that is not