A Beach Lover: Quarterly Book Review

I cant believe I have almost fulfilled one of my New Years goals by reading 1 book a month this year!  It will be a miracle if I make it through the Holidays, but for now, here are the books I read from May to August.

May- All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

"It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched."

I honestly need to start drafting my book reviews right after I finish the book, because I had completely forgotten how this book ended (baby brain for sure) and had to go back and read some spoiler alerts.  It was definitely a page turner and I would highly recommend reading it if you like suspenseful twists.  The end is seriously amazingly genius!

This book is definitely unique as the author tells the story in reverse.  You will understand more when you start getting further into the book, but I promise it will all come together in the end.  I've never read a book in reverse like that before, but the author is pretty clever if you ask me!

June- The Shack by William P Young

"Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever"

I can't believe that I had never read this book before, I seriously bawled my eyes out.  I know its an older book, but since they had just recently made it into a movie I couldn't resist reading the book first (In my opinion the book is always 10X better than the movie).  

There were a few parts in the middle of the book that definitely could have been edited out, but for the most part the book had my attention the entire time because I knew there would be a good twist at the end.  The book definitely tries to change peoples perspectives on blaming god for things that are out of his control.  

I watched the movie a few days after finishing the book and once again bawled my eyes out. Similar to the book, I felt like they could have cut a few things out in the middle here and there, but the ending is just too good.

July- Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

"Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better."

Alright, this book is seriously one of new favorites.  I would have never guessed that the story would end up like it did, but I was very happy with the way it ended.

Without giving away too much, I will say that it always annoys me when people "struggle" to get out of certain situations.  I feel like it should be easier than they make it in books and movies sometimes.  Let's chat after you read it and you will know what I mean!

August- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

"Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?"

You know I love a good Jodi Picoult book!  This is one of her new ones that recently came out.  I heard they are making it into a motion picture soon too and I can't wait.  With all of the racism issues that we are facing today it made me really sad and disgusted to know that people are still treated this way around the world.

Per usual, Picoult is a genius and that is why I have read almost all of her books and even met her in person.  She is hands down my favorite author.  

You can see my obsession by clicking HERE and HERE

That's all I have for this quarter!  I would love to hear any recommendations that you might have.  Also, has anyone ever used Good Reads?  A friend of mine recently invited me to it, but I'm not sure if its worth it or not.  Would love to hear your feedback.

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