Final Girls

20171014_141256.jpgFinal Girls by Riley Sager follows Quincy Carpenter ten years after the massacre of her friends at a cabin. She was the only survivor that night. Since then, her life has been on track toward normal. She has a man in her life that takes care of her. She bakes and blogs from home. Everything is great.

That is until another final girl, Lisa, is found dead in her bathtub. Her death was ruled suicide. Shortly afterward, Sam shows up at her home. Sam was another final girl that had survived a massacre. Quincy’s life gets turned upside down as Sam seems determined to make her relive that fatal night at the cabin. Things begin to spiral out of control as Quincy pieces that night together finally.

My Thoughts

I decided to read more Halloween style books this October, and decided to kick the month off with Final Girls. I constantly saw this book in stores and online, with many positive reviews. I love thrillers and I grew up watching scary movies and slashers. This book definitely scratched an itch, while still sticking to the psychological thriller style that I love. Just so I’m upfront, this is not a straightforward slasher book. The book is about the aftermath of a massacre with slasher elements sprinkled throughout. 

“But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster,  fought harder. We survived.”

The beginning of the book was a tad slow. There was a lot of baking and Quincy convincing herself that she had left that awful night at the cabin behind. Obviously nobody could truly leave behind such an awful event. Quincy wasn’t always the easiest character to like, but Sam was even harder to like. Quincy’s boyfriend was so two dimensional that I forgot he existed at times.

After Lisa is found dead and Sam comes into the picture, things start to twist a bit and suspicion goes through the roof. I didn’t particularly like the characters in this book, but I don’t believe that’s really necessary. There were a handful of scenes in the book that I found myself rolling my eyes at, but that’s just because they seemed like really stupid things for the characters to do. Then again, in most slashers characters tend to do stupid things.

“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”

I decided to try to come up with my own theories toward the start of this book. I had these big ideas for twists that could come later in the book. And, honestly, I would have been extremely disappointed if I was right. Thankfully, I was completely fooled and the twists genuinely surprised me. I really love when a book can trick me.

The ending of the book was a shocker for me. I definitely didn’t see it coming. Although the ending seemed like it was mostly for shock-factor, I wasn’t disappointed. The ending didn’t just shock me, it picked its pace back up to thriller again at this point. The book made me constantly feel like something bad was going to happen. The relationship between Sam and Quincy was an uneasy one, which made for an interesting dynamic.

“I’m a fucking Final Girl.”

I would definitely recommend this book to people who love fast-paced psychological thrillers. Although the beginning was a tad slow, the book kept a constant eerie undertone. This book definitely satisfied my need for a Halloween psychological thriller. Even better, it takes place in the fall. Although the characters weren’t the most likable, I found myself excited to pick this book up again. This was a great book and I would definitely check out this author’s future books.

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Dark Matter

20171006_161036.jpgDark Matter by Blake Crouch follows Jason Dessen as he gets abducted by a masked man. The only words spoken to him by this masked abductor are:

“Are you happy with your life?”

Jason awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. A man he has never met before says to him, “Welcome back my friend.”

This new world Jason woke up to is not the world he knows. His wife isn’t his wife anymore. His son was never born. He is no longer a college professor. Instead, he is a celebrated genius who has achieved the impossible.

Is this his real life or is the life he knew the real one? How can he make it back to the family he loves?

My Thoughts

I didn’t realize when I first bought this book that it was the same author as Wayward Pines. I haven’t read those books, but I did watch the series based off of them. After I realized this I was even more excited to dive into this book. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this book, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance. This quickly became one of my favorite thriller reads.

“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”

The story kicks off very quickly. Things take a turn for the strange within the first handful of pages. This book was full of questions and not many answers. At first, anyways. This may sound like a problem, but it worked amazingly well for this book. Also, I really enjoyed the science parts of the book.

This book is unlike anything else I’ve read. It would be wrong to just categorize this book as a thriller. But I fear that telling people that this is also a sci-fi book would be a negative for some. But I must confess, I rarely read sci-fi, and this book was so much more grounded in reality. I really enjoyed the way the book explained the concept without completely info-dumping.

“If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?”

The writing in the book isn’t the best, but it’s made up for with content and speed. The choppier way it’s written, in my opinion, fits the quick-paced style and adds to the suspense. I genuinely enjoyed the writing and wasn’t bothered by it in the least. Besides, I loved this story for its unique plot and the constant thrills. I felt on edge for much of the book and loved the direction it took.

“It’s terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, branches off into a new world.”

The characters in this book are what drove it forward. I really enjoyed reading about Jason and his struggle to find his way back to his family. You meet an array of convincing characters along the way. Jason is a very likeable character. You genuinely want things to work out for him. Or should I say them? (wink, wink)

I would definitely recommend this book to people who love thrillers and don’t mind some sci-fi mixed in. The science parts of this book fit so well and are explained extremely well as well. I really enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely check out what else Blake Crouch comes out with next. My favorite thing about this book is just how hard it is to categorize.

The Breakdown

20170930_164430.jpgThe Breakdown by B. A. Paris follows Cass as she returns home from a party during a thunderstorm. She promised her husband that she wouldn’t take the path through the woods home. But she decided to anyways in order to get home quicker. Because, honestly, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

Cass sees a car in the woods with a woman sitting inside, but decides not to stop. The next morning, that woman in the car was found dead. Could cass have saved her life?

Why can’t she seem to remember things? Things like the alarm code and where she left her car. And how come she keeps getting silent phone calls? Why does it always feel like someone’s watching her?

My Thoughts

I had my eyes on the book Behind Closed Doors by this author last year, but opted for a different book instead. Eventually, I had completely forgotten about that book. But then I saw this book online for preorder and read the synopsis and absolutely had to check it out. Boy, am I glad I did. I enjoyed this one so much that I even bought and read Behind Closed Doors.

“I never really remember doing any of it, which should worry me more than it does because it means the pills are playing havoc with my already failing memory.”

It’s no surprise, if you’ve read my other reviews, that I love psychological thrillers. I really enjoy when I discover something genuinely different in the genre. Although this book wasn’t completely different from the other ones in the genre, it still felt different enough to keep me entertained. Although this book won’t be for everyone, I definitely feel like it should be given a chance if you’re a fan of this genre.

This book took me by surprise. The premise does require you to suspend belief, but I generally have no problem doing that. This book had me guessing right up until the end and I finished it quickly. I really enjoyed the way it made me feel on edge almost the entire time. The paranoia permeates through the book. There were many points in the book where you begin to wonder if Cass is actually going insane.

“The sound of relentless rain drags me from my sleep. My limbs feel heavy, as if I’m wading through water.”

Toward the end of the book there are text messages that are really fun to read. They give the book a different dimension, and allow the pages to fly by even faster. For obvious reasons, I can’t disclose what the texts are about, or even why they’re in the book. But I really did enjoy this part of the story.

Generally with books like this, the plot can really drag. This wasn’t a problem for me with this one. The plot kept moving at an enjoyable pace with many twists and turns. There’s nothing better than a book that you can’t wait to dive back into. This one definitely fit that description for me. I couldn’t tell you exactly what drew me in so much, but it had me hook, line and sinker.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Behind Closed Doors, or psychological thrillers in general. Although this one is distinctly different from her first novel, I enjoyed it very much. If you love books with fast, thrilling plots, and can suspend your belief, then this book is for you! I also really enjoyed the way the book ended. This was a really enjoyable read, and this is an author I will continue to read.

One of Us Is Lying

20170923_184714.jpgOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus follows five students of Bayview High as they’re all called into detention. Each student follows a cliche as the brain, the beauty, the criminal, the athlete and the outcast. Simon, the outcast, runs an app that is filled with juicy gossip about the students at the high school.

But Simon never leaves that room alive. The police don’t believe this was any accident. Simon was just a day away from releasing gossip about the four other kids in the room. So, if his death wasn’t an accident, what really happened? Are one of the kids left in the room a murderer? Or are they just the perfect setup for a murderer on the loose.

My  Thoughts

Okay, so it’s no secret that I absolutely love murder mysteries. I even have a love for good young adult books, since they’re what developed my love and interest for reading. So, when I saw this book about a possible murder at a high school, I had to check it out. There were comparisons of the Breakfast Club meets Gossip Girl and has a baby that is then raised by Agatha Christie. That sounds amazing, right?

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

Well, simply, this book was a fun read. Although that is a bit of a stretch comparison, I have to agree that I got strong Breakfast Club (which I love) and Gossip Girl (which I have admittedly never seen) vibe from it. There are strong cliches throughout the book that took me right back to my high school years. It’s easy to forget when you graduate just how big high school once felt. To some, high school is everything. It’s a world of its own with its own set of politics. This book captured this well.

I also really enjoyed getting into each character’s head. Every time I thought I had an idea of who was guilty, I had to second, third and fourth guess myself. I actually found myself liking each character for different reasons. The author did a great job of starting out with cliche characters that fall under certain categories, then fleshing them out to bend and even break those stereotypes.

This book felt very much young adult, but the writing was a bit above the typical level of many in the genre. I thought it was fun reading a young adult murder mystery. There aren’t many that I know of. The book felt very well thought out and contained a fun cast of characters. One thing I sometimes dislike about young adult novels is the way some authors treat their audience like they’re children, rather than teenagers and adults. I’m glad this book didn’t do this.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”

I’m actually a fan of multiple POV books, so this part of the book didn’t bother me one bit. I really enjoyed the weaving created by this method. I believe this book did a great job making this writing method work for the story, and I honestly couldn’t imagine it any other way. This book is definitely different than what I have been reading lately, but I loved it.

“I guess we’re almost friends now, or as friendly as you can get when you’re not one hundred percent sure the other person isn’t framing you for murder.”

I would highly recommend this book for people who want a good mystery intertwined into a high school setting. It really was an enjoyable young adult novel about murder and deception. You really get to know the diverse characters and the people involved. The climax of the novel was intense. I really hope to see more works like this from this author in the future.

I See You

20170916_145835.jpgI See You by Clare Mackintosh follows Zoe Walker as she goes about her daily commute. Her commute is the same every single day, making her moves fairly predictable. One day while browsing the classified ads, she notices a picture of herself with a phone number and a dating website link.

Over time, other women begin appearing in the ads. These other women have become victims of increasingly violent crimes, including murder. With the help of a detective, she slowly uncovers the sinister design behind the ads.

My Thoughts

I preordered this book because I absolutely loved Mackintosh’s first novel, I Let You Go. Her first novel was absolutely brilliant and extremely well-written. Needless to say, this one was on the top of my list. I was really looking forward to the idea that somebody is watching you at all times, creating urban paranoia. I’ve been on a psychological thriller binge, so this one came at the perfect time.

“Louder, closer.”

This book was really enjoyable. It was a little hard to get into at first, but once it picked up and grabbed ahold of me, I found it to be really fun to read. I really felt the rush that the characters felt, right along with their fear. Also, I wasn’t able to guess the ending. I really like when a book has twists, so I’m glad this one didn’t disappoint. Although this book wasn’t as jaw-dropping as her first novel, I definitely enjoyed the slower pace and creepy vibes.

The book definitely requires you to suspend your belief, which isn’t too much of a problem for me. I enjoy reading plots that push the line between possible and improbable. This one was definitely edged more toward the possible side of the spectrum, which gave it an eery vibe.  I honestly had little problem believing that something like this could happen, even now.

The concept of being followed and documented is absolutely terrifying. I couldn’t completely relate to the story in ways, due to the fact that I live more in the country than a big city. If you live in a big city, this book could be really creepy. Although I don’t live in a bigger city, I had no problem putting myself into that setting.

“Variety is important. Even the finest steak becomes dull when you eat it all the time.” 

I really enjoyed that the story went back and forth between a cop and the main character. This gave the book more dimension, allowing for you to know how the investigation is going and how the characters are handling the situation. The author did a great job of putting you into the lives of her characters, which allowed the story to become more realistic. I actually enjoyed the characters in this book, and didn’t find them very irritating.

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good thriller mystery with some fun twists. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming, which I definitely appreciate. If you haven’t read her debut novel, I Let You Go, I highly recommend it. I will continue to buy books by Clare Mackintosh, and sincerely hope to see more from her in the future.

The Lying Game

20170829_141855.jpgThe Lying Game by Ruth Ware follows four girls that once went to school together. When three of them receive a text from the fourth, a text they have been dreading for a long time, they go back to the town with so many memories. The town where they went to school together. Where they invented a game where they lied in order to gain points.

Their past quickly catches up with them as they deal with the reality of the consequences their childish game has brought upon them. When their past is dredged up, they must face what they have been fearing for so long: the truth.

My Thoughts

Ruth Ware is one of my favorite authors of the psychological thriller genre. She is one of the first ones that got me into them, and I enjoy her cozy way of writing. So, needless to say, I bought this book the day it came out and couldn’t wait to devour it. The premise of the book is intriguing and I found the setting to be both eery and unsettling. Sadly, though, this book wasn’t my favorite of hers.

“A lie. I’d almost forgotten how they feel on my tongue, slick and sickening.”

The problem is, I didn’t like the characters very much. This usually isn’t a deal-breaker for me, though. I actually enjoy books with rough and unlikable characters. But Isa in this book really irked me. Her refusal to hold herself accountable for her lying was one thing, but she constantly made herself the victim, even when she was the one inflicting the emotional pain on others. She is a selfish character who I felt I was made to like, but honestly couldn’t. The only character I actually liked was Fatima. Her character was the only one with proper sense, in my opinion.

With that small gripe out of the way, this book was genuinely enjoyable at times. I may not have liked this one as much as Ware’s other novels, but it was still very well written and engrossing. I was very curious about what was going on, and there were some very unsettling things that happened throughout that kept me on my toes. I had to stop myself from jumping forward to see what transpires in the next chapter.

“A lie can outlast any truth.”

The novel jumps back and forth between present and past, but it keeps the timelines working together the entire time. Having the past to read about helped weave a proper and full story. I actually enjoyed reading both past and present, as both were entertaining and full of information. I liked how the story would reveal more of the past and it would line up with something happening in the present.

This book is a bit of a slow-burning psychological thriller. But what I liked about it is that even when there was nothing major happening, you constantly felt like something could happen. And don’t worry, something did happen. This book wasn’t very full of twists and turns, but the story was interesting enough that it didn’t matter. The characters are interesting, even if I didn’t necessarily like them, which definitely helped drive the story forward.

“…it’s amazing how quickly it comes back, the facility to lie.”

I would definitely recommend this book if you have read Ruth Ware’s other novels and enjoyed them. If you haven’t read Ware’s other novels, I recommend checking them out along with this one. This one is definitely worth checking out. Although I was a tad disappointed with this story compared to her other works, I still enjoyed it. I am still a huge Ruth Ware fan, and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.

City of Ashes

20170902_155117.jpgCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. This installment follows Clary as she reels from finding out that she is a shadowhunter and everything that goes with it. No matter how badly she wishes to be normal again, she knows that’s not how it works.

As the dangers of Valentine and his rebellious tendencies grow, so does the tension between shadowhunters and downworlders.

My Thoughts

Well, the good news is that I enjoyed the first book enough to continue the series. The first book wasn’t my favorite fantasy novel, but I really enjoyed the world. Naturally, this book would be the deciding factor on how I would feel about the series. I definitely wasn’t let-down. I must warn, since this is a second book in the series, this review may contain spoilers for the first book.

Some of my biggest gripes with the first book was the strange relationship between Clary and Jace. Although I’m sure (or sure hope) this sorts itself out in later books, I wasn’t very excited about their “forbidden love”. You know – because they’re supposedly brother and sister. But this fact doesn’t seem to matter as much as you would think. Bleck.

“If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”

With that out of the way, I genuinely enjoyed this book. I even liked it more than the first book. This one definitely had me excited to continue the series. There was much more action in this book, with most of it happening toward the end. Also, we are introduced to the world of the Faeries, which is pretty exciting. I really hope the future books continue expanding the world and its potential.

The character development in this book was much better than the first book, which is to be expected. I already liked Simon in the first book, and his character has some major developments in this book. I like him just as much as I did before. Jace is actually growing on me. I really enjoyed his development in this book. Clary was still just an okay character for me. I found myself enjoying her at times, and not so much other times. Isabelle wasn’t fleshed out very well in this book either, so I hope to see more of her in later books. I’m somewhat indifferent of Alec currently, but I feel like he was much more fleshed out in this book. I also really enjoyed Magnus. There are many characters throughout this book, but those are the ones I felt are worth mention.

“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.”

“Why?” Isabelle said.

“So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.”

Another thing, which I mentioned above, is that this book has much more action. There’s a bit of a climax toward the end of the book, the pages of which I found myself flipping through at an alarming rate. The beginning of the book burned a bit slowly for me, but it didn’t take too long to pick up the pace.

I hope to see more of Simon in the future books because, quite simply, he is my favorite character. This series shows some serious promise, and I really hope it keeps up the momentum. Even though some of the characters aren’t my favorite, there are definite redeeming qualities for each of them, making it easier for them to grow into likeable characters. Besides, reading about unlikeable characters doesn’t bother me.

“Look on the bright side,” said Simon, “If they need a human sacrifice, you can always offer me. I’m not sure the rest of you qualify anyway.”

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you’ve read the first book and enjoyed it. Even if you weren’t necessarily fond of the first book, I believe this book deserves a chance. The character development in this book was significantly better than the first book. I really enjoyed the world of shadowhunters and downworlders, and definitely can’t wait to read the next book.

A Monster Calls

20170826_162343.jpgA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a novel inspired by Siobhan Dowd who unfortunately passed away before her original idea could come to fruition. This story follows Conor as he faces the monster that shows up at his house in the night. This monster doesn’t want to harm Conor physically. This monster isn’t the one from his nightmares, the one that has plagued him every night since his mother started her treatments.

This monster is something different. This monster wants the most dangerous thing of all:

The truth.

My Thoughts

This book had been on my list for a really long time before I eventually bought it. The concept of a boy facing his demons through the form of a large monster kind of excited me. I love books filled with beautiful illustrations and a meaningful plot, so this was definitely right up my alley. This book wasn’t terribly long, so I’m not going to go into deep detail for this review.

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

This book works for both children and adults. I definitely felt that I was reading a book designed for a younger audience, but the message seems to be meant for a slightly older audience. This book reads relatively easily and it is short. I really liked the length, as it allowed me to finish it in a sitting and it didn’t drag at all. The idea of using the literal form of a monster to represent Conor’s internal struggles was very interesting.

“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.”

The edition I have of the book has absolutely beautiful illustrations throughout. These drawings help aid in capturing what Conor went through and helped me visualise the monster in the book. If you have the choice between the regular version of the book and the illustrated edition, I highly encourage you to choose the latter.

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The themes in this book brought out some of my saddest memories while I read it. It makes you think of those you’ve lost and those that you never want to lose. This book is very relatable for those of us who have experienced and had a hard time accepting tremendous grief. It’s an interesting interpretation of human relationships and family ties.  

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”

I would highly recommend this book to most people who have had hard times in their lives and don’t mind revisiting those moments. The illustrated version is absolutely gorgeous and the story itself is well-written and thought-out. I love the idea of making Conor’s demons into a literal monster that forces him to face the truth. This story was absolutely stunning.

The Couple Next Door

20170819_170848.jpgThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena follows Anne and Marco Conti as they are invited to a dinner party at their neighbors house. Their babysitter cancelled, so they decide to take turns checking on the baby every thirty minutes during the dinner party. They also use a baby monitor that they bring with them to the dinner party.

Some time later that night, they arrive home to their baby missing. With everyone lying and keeping secrets, who could have taken the baby? Can anyone be trusted?

My Thoughts

I initially picked this book because I’m always on the lookout for a good psychological thriller. I absolutely love the twists and turns they take you on. The unreliable narrative is one of the best tools an author of this genre can use. Some of the best books I’ve ever enjoyed have been in this thrilling genre. This book may not have been the best psychological thriller I’ve read, but man, I really enjoyed it.

“She knows how judgemental mothers are, how good it feels to sit in judgement of someone else.”

My favorite thing about this book is the fact that you can’t trust anyone. Every character you’re introduced to has a secret they’re hiding, and could potentially be the one who took the baby. The characters aren’t all that likeable but, in my opinion, they don’t have to be. The story was thrilling and had me compulsively turning the pages. This was definitely a speedy read.

This book is quick-paced and full of twists and turns. I was excited to see what would happen next and couldn’t wait for the conclusion. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, and I can gladly say I didn’t see many of the twists coming. I really enjoy when I can’t guess what’s going to happen next in a book. The unreliable narrative in this book is interestingly done and, although not my favorite, was very entertaining and surprising.

“The wife is always the last to know, right?”

Although the story isn’t completely realistic, it’s also not an impossible premise. There are some flaws throughout the story, and may require suspension of belief in order to fully enjoy it. The characters weren’t very well drawn out, and the story focused more on the thrill and mystery. I honestly wish there were more fleshed out characters in this book.

If I were to compare this book to something, it would be like a Lifetime movie, but better. There were some eye-rolling moments and even more nail-biting moments. The momentum of the story helps drive it forward. The mystery behind who took the baby only lasted about half of the book, but the momentum never stopped. There were still plenty more twists and turns remaining after the big reveal.

It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich.”

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns. As long as you don’t mind suspending your belief a bit, this story is very enjoyable. This book was full of unlikable and lying characters, twists-galore, and plenty of suspense. The story wasn’t the most believable at times, but I honestly enjoyed this book.

And Then There Were None

20170812_170902.jpgAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie follows ten guests that are mysteriously invited to an island mansion by a “U.N. Owen.” During the dinner, a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret. By the end of the night, one of the guests dies.

The group becomes stranded by a violent storm, while being haunted by the nursery rhyme that seems to be counting down their lives. Which among them is the killer? Will anyone survive?

My Thoughts

Agatha Christie is known as the Queen of Mystery for good reason. Her mysteries helped define the genre and reinvent it at the same time. Mystery has always been one of my favorite genres. I love trying to guess whodunit and why. My favorite part of reading them, honestly, is how wrong I can be about my theories. It’s actually more disappointing when I’m able to guess the end of a book. This definitely isn’t the case for this book. This is one of my all time favorite mysteries.

“In the midst of life, we are in death.” 

I knew I was going to like this book when I first bought it. I had heard all about Christie books, this one being the most talked about book by her, and for good reason. This book follows multiple characters throughout, creating a dynamic and well-rounded read. I enjoyed reading about the different characters, and discovering their big secrets that brought them into this predicament.

Just when I thought I knew who the murderer was, that person was killed off too. This was exactly the type of mystery I love. There were many shady characters and many who believed they had done nothing wrong. It was hard at times to know who was telling the truth. The characters aren’t super fleshed out, but you get a rough idea of who each one is and where they come from. It was hard to like some of them after you figured out their “guilty secrets.”

“Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.”

This isn’t a terribly long mystery, coming in at less than three hundred pages. Personally, I believe this helped make the story strong and effective. The book definitely didn’t drag and was a nice speedy read. Some of my favorite books get right to the point and keep the momentum going the whole way through. This book definitely kept up the suspense, but in a more subtle way at times.

One thing I love about reading Christie books is how well she wraps things up at the end of her books. This book wrapped up beautifully and the conclusion shocked me. I was reeling for days after finishing this. I really enjoyed the idea behind the book and it kept me guessing the entire time. The premise was very similar to Clue, but with a clever nursery rhyme and more death.

“It had come about exactly in the way things happened in books.” 

I recommend this book, along with many other Christie books, to anyone who loves a good mystery. I would consider this a cozy mystery to read at any time of year, but especially summer. This story is timeless in plot, but brings you back to the late 1930’s. This book was shocking and brilliant. This book made me fall in love with classic mysteries.