Greetings from Boston! I’m just starting to get caught up on sleep after my vacation. My reading pace has been seriously affected by the tiredness. Also, I totally messed up my Week 5 post. It appears as a page instead of a post. That’s how beyond tired I was last week. Anyway, Week 6 covers February 5 – 11. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I thought this was pretty great. It’s historical fiction and a mystery at the same time. Annabelle and Bay seem to have everything, but Janie and Anne find Bay stabbed and Annabelle missing during the ball at their new estate. Then it turns out that Annabelle may not be who they thought she was. The novel goes back and forth between their story and Janie’s quest to find out the truth about what happened during the ball and why. I definitely did not have this one figured out in advance. That is probably a spoiler, but I’m leaving it in. I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This was just okay for me. The characters weren’t particularly likable. You already know who the murderer is. It’s more a matter of whether the real murderer will be held accountable and/or whether the accused will be released and also whether the accused might deserve to be punished for their actual crimes. I maybe understand why this was lost in obscurity over time. I’m giving it 3 stars.
Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace – I received this as an actual book via a Goodreads giveaway. This was just okay for me. I think it’s because the narrator was so freaking awkward. It’s a good story. Edsel Bronfman wins a contest, a beach vacation for him and a plus one. Bronfman has never been on a date. He endeavors to find a girlfriend to take on vacation before the deadline. It’s awkward. It’s also hard to not watch the car wreck. I am also giving this one 3 stars.
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I really liked this thriller. Jake and Alice are asked to join The Pact upon returning from their honeymoon. It seems pretty straightforward at first, but turns out to be a cult. The punishments for not following the rules can be severe. I couldn’t put this down. I had to know if they would disentangle themselves from the pact or if they would end up dead. It was pretty surreal, but we live in a world with Scientologists, so really anything is plausible. I definitely recommend it. I’m giving this 4 stars.
And that is it for Week 6. Let me know if you have any suggestions as to what I should read next. I definitely appreciate your feedback.