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What I Read: December

For the last month of 2017 I read some of my favorite books of the year. I plan on posting all of my 2017 reads and my top 5 later this week but this past month may have been my favorite month so far!

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

5 out of 5

This book was just so so good. I have truly loved all of Beatriz Williams novel’s I’ve read and this one did not disappoint. This book centers on the life of Vivian Schuyler who one day receives a package of a suitcase from a woman named Violet Grant. This woman turns out to be her long lost aunt’s suitcase and the story of her aunt’s life brings tragedy, love, and heartbreak. I couldn’t put this one down and loved how it ended.

The Trespasser

3.5 out of 5

Antoinette Conway is one of the newest members on the murder squad when a call comes in to her and her partner, Steve, about a murder of a young beautiful woman. Thining this is another lovers quarrel gone wrong, Antoinette and her partner soon find out that there is more to this case than what meets the eye. And they continue to wonder why other squad members are so quick to charge the boyfriend rather than work to investigate this case more throughly. This was not my favorite Tana French novel but also not my least favorite- it was just okay.

Maybe Not

4 out of 5

I just love Colleen Hoover. I should probably have read this book before her Maybe Someday book which also focuses on the same characters. This was a very short book (only like 80-100 pages or so) and focused on two people who accidentally fall in love with each other. Both having broken pasts they learn to navigate their new relationship and fall in love head over heels.

The Good Daughter

5 out of 5

I was a little hesitant to pick up Karen Slaughter’s newest book, The Good Daughter, because I was so disturbed by Pretty Girls (that was a darrrrk book, friends). But this book did not disappoint and was so so good. This book focuses on two daughters, Charlotte and Samantha, who watch their mother get shot and are then held at gunpoint and forced into the woods to meet their fate. One sister gets away and the other is shot and burried alive. Suprisingly, both survive. Now, 28 years later, they are both forced to relive their past after a school shooting takes place where a 17 year old girl is thought to be the perpetrator. This was a page turner and was so so good.

Lie to Me

5 out of 5

A play off of Gone Girl, this book focuses on a married couple who from the outside seem to have it all. The career, the money, the perfect house, etc. That is until one morning when Ethan comes downstairs to find a note from his wife, Sutton, declaring she’s leaving him and to not come looking for her. Ethan notices that nothing of his wife’s is missing; her phone, purse, lap top, everything is still at home. He suddenly begins to think something very wrong has happened to his wife. Unfortunately, getting the police involved puts him right in the spotlight as the suspect for his wife’s disappearance. I didn’t see the ending on this one coming at all and was pleasantly surprised by how the plot twist transpired.

Little Deaths

4 out of 5

Two children are found missing from their mother’s apartment one morning in Queens New York in 1965. All evidence points to a kidnapping until the children are found dead just days later. The police turn all of their attention to the mother, Ruth, with her shady past and begin planning their evidence for her arrest. Pete, a reporter, decides he’s going to find out the truth on what really happened. This book makes you wait until the very last page (literally) to figure out what happened and I never saw this ending coming either. It’s a good one for sure.


5 out of 5

I’ve said it once I’ll say it again- I love Colleen Hoover. She’s just so good at what she does and this book was another of my favorites. This book focuses on 18 year old, Lakeyn whose family has recently moved to Michigan after the unexpected and tragic death of her father. Her family moves into a street where her new neighbor Will and his younger brother live. Their siblings immediately hit it off and she and Will quickly become attracted to each other. Through tragedy and the simple fact that Will and Lakeyn can’t be together you learn about each of their pasts and the struggles they currently face both together and separately. I read this one in one day (as I do most Colleen Hoover books because they are impossible to put down!) This was no different.

I can’t wait to share my favorite reads of 2017! I ended the year with 59 books read and my goals for 2018 is pretty lofty of 100. We’ll see how that goes.

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