August was full of twisty thrillers, audio books, and some of my very favorite reads of the summer. I made a commitment to myself to put my phone down and pick up a book more, which helped me get through so many more books.
The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy
This one was a quick read, which is always nice. But, overall, it just wasn’t for me. I could see where things were headed from the beginning, so there weren’t a lot of surprises and the main character made my skin crawl a little bit. I felt like I wanted to cover my eyes for part of it! Books that make me uncomfortable just aren’t my favorite, even when they hold my attention.
The story centers around two sisters (Mary and Hannah) and their lives before and after their Mom dies unexpectedly. It focuses on the choices that the older sister, Mary, makes to survive and the power of Mary’s love for Hannah.
If you liked Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is for you!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I am behind the curve on Wonder and just listened to it when I saw it go on a huge sale thanks to Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and her daily deals! I LOVED this book. As a Child Life Specialist who has worked with kids in hospitals and beyond, this book spoke to my heart. Although I’m sure I would have loved it just as much in physical book form, the narrators were fabulous and made the story come alive.
Wonder if the story of Auggie, a boy about to start middle school and school in general for the first time. Auggie has spent his life being home schooled due to medical conditions and a facial deformity and the book follows him, his friends, and his family throughout his first year of school. It is the story of kindness, friendship, bravery, and is relatable on so many levels for kids (and people) of all ages.
If you like a heartwarming story that isn’t always easy, this book is for you. Honestly, I think maybe it should be required reading to be a human and everyone should at least try it!
The Child by Fiona Barton
This was one of my Book of the Month choices and I enjoyed it! Even when I thought that I had things figured out, I could never quite guess the how or why of it all! I also generally love a book with multiple narrators, so this was right up my alley.
In The Child, a newborn baby is discovered buried near a building and it sets journalist Kate Waters out to uncover the story. Meanwhile, the story switches between a family whose baby was kidnapped many years before and a woman who used to live in the building. I’m really not sure that a plot synopsis is going to sell this book.
I’m really not sure that a plot synopsis is going to sell this book. It might sound too depressing and truthfully, there were a few moments in the book that I chose to skim right through, but overall I found it to be a twisty read that kept me guessing and wanting to read well into the night!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I’m still not sure how I felt about this one. For most of the book, I was confused (and not necessarily in a good way). There were multiple narrators (which I usually love), but for some reason, these were tricky for me to follow. I felt like I spent the first 100 pages flipping back and forth trying to remember who was who and what on earth was happening. By the end, I was still a little confused, but things also came together.
In Into the Water, a woman is found dead in a river and her death is suspicious of suicide. Multiple characters related to this woman (her daughter, sister, neighbors, friends, police officers, etc.) narrate different parts of the book as you learn the history of the river, about the deaths of other women in the river, and about the complicated relationships of family and a small town.
If you like to be on your toes and paying attention, this one might be for you.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
My theme for this month must be multiple narrators of twisty mysteries because I Found You is just that. I really enjoyed this one. Even when I was guessing, I wasn’t able to figure out the nuances of this book.There were maybe a few pages that I skimmed (what can I say, sometimes I don’t love the more hair raising details), but overall this one was a quick read.
In I Found You there are three narrators telling different stories. In one, Alice discovers a man on the beach who has lost his memory. Twenty-three years earlier, a brother and sister go on a family vacation in the same town. The third narrator is a woman whose husband disappeared and never returned from work. The book takes you through all of the stories of these three scenarios leading you to unravel the mystery.
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge
Castle of Water has been all over bookstagram lately and receiving rave reviews, so I knew that it had to get on my list. When I heard that the audible version was also getting a thumbs up, I jumped on and used one of my audible credits. I know that I would have loved this book if I had read it in physical form, but the audio version truly brought Barry and Sophie to life. Castle of Water gives alllll of the feelings. There were cheers and tears and I was captivated.
When a small plane crashes in the South Pacific, Barry and Sophie are the only survivors and find themselves on a small island, far from any other human life. What unfolds is more than you expect and the depth of the backstory is wonderful. If you are looking for a quick read that will suck you right in, grab this one!