The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
Psychological thriller, horror, fiction.
A group of teenage girls at a boarding school become
best of friends and create a game called the Lying Game. It has some rules that
are common sense to have. An incident happens and the four girls part ways. As
adults, they all are called for a meeting because of that incident. Now they
have no choice but to continue to lie so that they don’t get into trouble. It
is a fight to make themselves look as innocent as possible. When the truth
comes out, someone was murdered, and it is a fight to escape.
This novel was fine and well written. Didn’t really
understand the plot much and it confused me of what happened. Ruth Ware has
other great novels, this one wasn’t the best Ware’s written. This review is
short because I don’t know what else to say. Don’t lie to anyone because lying
is wrong. That is the main message of this novel. Lying has consequences and
those consequences can be severe. I did like the thrilling scenes that did
occur in this novel. Wasn’t happy with the ending though.
Friction – Sandra Brown
Thriller, mystery, detective, fiction.
Crawford Hunt is a widowed man who only wants his baby
girl, Georgia back. However, his parent in-laws don’t want Georgia with
Crawford due to certain actions he committed in the past. Crawford had worked
in cleaned up his act and is awaiting his fate with Judge Holly Spencer. During
his court hearing is occurring, a shooter breaks into the courthouse, shooting
at people, and escaping. Crawford saved Holly, but this is the only beginning
of what sinister acts to follow. Crawford is on the hunt to discover the truth
as well as regaining custody of his baby girl. He succeeds in both discovering
the truth of the court hearing shooting and getting his daughter back.
Didn’t really like this novel at all. It wasn’t really intriguing enough for me. It was a light read and too mediocre. It was predictable from the first few chapters and I prefer something more challenging and more page turning suspense. This lacked a lot of suspense. Too quick paced to the point where I couldn’t and didn’t understand what on earth was going on with the novel. It went back and forth between Crawford and Holly in a manner that I couldn’t keep track of the plot line.
Timeline – Michael Crichton
Science fiction, time travel, horror, thriller.
A man was found wandering the desert, speaking nonsense at first, then dies shortly after being admitted to the hospital. In another part of the world, an archeologist grad students comes across a shocking discovery at a current site that dates to the medieval ages, among papers, a letter from the professor who is assisting the archeologists. What the shocking twist is that the professor went missing. ITC, a company who is funding the archeologist grad students and their investigations, give them an offer. The team can go back in time to rescue their professor and be able to take note of history. Whether they come back or not isn’t the matter, surviving in the past is harsh and unbearable. Quickly the archeologist grad students fight for their lives and try to survive to come back to the present.
Michael Crichton sort of disappointed me with this book. It wasn’t as thrilling as his “Jurassic Park” and “Lost World”. However, this novel was good with the plot line and such. Just a slight disappointment that’s all. I’d had such high hopes for this novel, but overall time travel is a fun subject when paired up with history interactions. Its just this novel wasn’t piece of work.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
Inheritance, succession, suspense, fiction, thriller
A young woman by the name of Hal works as a tarot
reader just to get by with paying bills and such. She is presented with a
letter saying she must come forward to receive some sort of inherited money
from a deceased family member. The awful twist is that she doesn’t recognize
the name and knew the little family she had, all passed away. Hal not only
struggling to make ends meet, but during this horrible timing, Mr. Smith, a man
whom she borrowed money from, sends a messenger to her to tell her Mr. Smith
wants his money back. Hal does an impulse move, respond to the letter by
showing up. Even though she has no connection to these people, this might be a
shot at getting at something or fail horribly. Hal has come to terms that these
strangers might be her actual family and that her recently deceased mother had
never spoken of them. There is a possibility that her mother might’ve been
connected to this family. Hal is faced with a sudden realization that she knows
she doesn’t belong and is about to embark on fraudulent journey and solve the
mystery of this situation as well.
I think I have read another novel that Ruth Ware had
written, In A Dark, Dark Wood, and
enjoyed her suspenseful story telling. At first the book was slow and
depressing but things got a bit thrilling when Hal is being chased after by
money sharks as well as receiving a possible small fortune from a deceased
person whom she has no connection to or possible connection. I love how the
book slowly builds up. Also, I had binged read this novel because it made me
want to read more and more about what would be the outcome of this scenario
that Hal was put in. Totally worth rereading again and I highly recommend this
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Parents, children, murder mystery, gossip, scandals, fiction, thriller, domestic violence victim, single mother.
A new and single mother, Jane moves into this town
hoping to find herself a permanent home for her and her son. Jane meets two
other mothers, Madeline and Celeste. An incident happened at the kindergarten
orientation and Renata, one of the big shot mothers, is blaming Jane’s son,
Ziggy for hurting her Amabella. Ziggy never did harm Amabella but it’s a
showdown between Jane and Renata. This scandal is only the beginning when a
trivia night ends with a murder. A mix of alcohol and scandalous gossip tend to
reveal truths and nothing good happens in the end. A murder resulting from too
much alcohol, domestic violence, and a case of post traumatic stress disorder.
I loved this novel and the author is perfect. The plot
line was perfectly written, and intricate truths revealed here and there made
the novel juicer. I simply couldn’t stop reading. The only issue I had was with
the parents who decided to be self-righteous, prudent, and gossip spreaders. It
did add some drama, but I didn’t like that element. I loved the fact Jane
decided to become a single mother rather than give up. The strength and the
extent she went for her child was beautiful and how she was accepted for it was
incredible. This novel sent many messages that a lot of parents should take
note such as listen to all the children when it comes to bullying and deal with
it appropriately. Don’t single out anyone because that is bullying.
Dark Places – Gillian
Horror, thriller, investigative, homicide, children of murder victims, crimes against family, juvenile crimes, cults, mystery, fiction
Dark Places is about this young girl, Libby Day” who survived and escaped when
her family got murdered in “The Satan’s Sacrifice” in Kansas. Thinking because
of her brother, Ben’s, mysterious behaviors and obsession with the Devil, she
wrongfully points the finger at him for killing the entire family. As an adult,
Libby is contacted by this group that swears that Ben is innocent and that the
killer is on the loose. This group helps aid Libby in seeking out the true
killer and set free Ben. At the end, Ben is freed from prison and Libby feels
better in some ways. Both worried about how they are going to go on with life
with the new information that freed Ben as well as how they will cope together.
This book starts off sad and really depressing. The plot is excellent and its thoroughly detailed. However, not my cup of tea of the type of genre. I don’t like to read sad and depressing literature because I seek literature to make me feel happier not depressed.
FLYNN, GILLIAN. GILLIAN FLYNN COLLECTION: Sharp Objects, Dark Places, Gone Girl. WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON, 2015.