May, 2024

May 2nd, 2024, 4:53 p.m. - Claire and present danger

17. You'd Look Better as a Ghost (Joanna Wallace)
Other than a stretch in the middle that was painfully boring (but turned out to contain stuff that was important later), this was excellent. Wallace is great with twists that make you go, "I never saw that coming, but it makes perfect sense."

Up next: Day One (Abigail Dean)

May 6th, 2024, 7:56 p.m. - Alex Jones can suck it

18. Day One (Abigail Dean)
This was different from what I was expecting, but not in a bad way. That said, while I liked it for the most part, it was hard to figure out the intention of the book. Was it a mystery? Because it wasn't solvable. Was it a story about a community? We only got to hear from a few members. Was it a meditation on grief? I don't know. What I do know is that conspiracy theorists need to learn to keep their mouths shut.

Up next: Only If You're Lucky (Stacy Willingham)

May 11th, 2024, 4:13 p.m. - This is why I like to give writers a second chance

19. Only If You're Lucky (Stacy Willingham)
Last April, after I read All the Dangerous Things, I said, "Willingham may have lost me." I'm pleased to report that she has not. This was like a big puzzle that I was able to put together sections of, getting an idea of what it would eventually look like. When I got to the end, it all fit together. You won me back, Willingham!

Up next: Daughter of Mine (Megan Miranda)

May 18th, 2024, 2:32 p.m. - I can't believe Chekhov's swimming platform didn't pan out

20. Daughter of Mine (Megan Miranda)
This was also a big puzzle that I could only piece together a couple sections of. There may have been too much going on here, and it was a little slow even for a slow burn, but it was worth it.

Up next: Safe and Sound (Laura McHugh)

May 24th, 2024, 4:21 p.m. - This is what I think of the ending

21. Safe and Sound (Laura McHugh)
I was with this until about the last 25 pages. Absolutely insane.

Up next: Listen for the Lie (Amy Tintera)

May 30th, 2024, 8:29 p.m. - I want a series all about Beverly

22. Listen for the Lie (Amy Tintera)
If I hadn't liked Tintera's writing as much as I did, I would have abandoned this before I was halfway through, because slow doesn't begin to describe the pacing. I'd probably read another by Tintera, but she's on thin ice.

Up next: The 22 Murders of Madison May (Max Barry)

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