Read On | 2016 In Review

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

28187230Ruth Ware, The New York Times Bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood is at it again with her latest release The Woman in Cabin 10. Ware does not disappoint with this murky tale of journalist, Lo Blacklock, aboard the cruise liner Aurora in the depths of the North Sea. Things take a creepy and suspenseful turn when Lo is convinced she hears someone being thrown overboard and glimpses a woman floating to her watery grave in the middle of the night. Lo is adamant the woman in cabin 10 was murdered, however nobody on the ship believes her and she is told there was never a guest of any kind residing in cabin 10. With poor Internet connections, clues going missing and threatening messages appearing, Lo must discover who the mysterious woman in cabin 10 was and find the murderer before they find her first. A classic, spooky, suspenseful thriller, The Woman in Cabin 10 is ideal for any modern day Agatha Christie lover and the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter day.

The Girls by Emma Cline

26893819Set in the late 1960s, The Girls by Emma Cline follows naïve Evie Boyd, a lonely, reflective teenager looking to find her place in the world in Northern California. When Evie discovers Suzanne, a free spirit who takes her under her wing, her boring life will never be the same. Suzanne opens up her uninhibited, loose trippy world to Evie, and in turn Evie allows herself to sink deeper and deeper into an infamous cult, becoming obsessed with cult leader Russell. When a horrific crime unfolds, Evie’s new way of life in the cult implodes.

Once learning The Girls took place in California in the late 1960s and was a fictionalized account of the Manson “family” murders, I was fascinated and so excited to turn this book inside out. However, I was extremely disappointed and got absolutely nothing out of it, except anger. I hated all the characters, understandably. Nonetheless, Cline’s writing was absolutely beautiful and I look forward to reading more from her. Warning, this book is extremely explicit.

The Trespasser by Tana French

29430013The Dublin Murder Squad is back with Tana French’s sixth installment The Trespasser. We learn that a woman named Aislynn was murdered in her home, with little to no clues or DNA left behind. Aislynn was extremely mediocre and led a boring life, or so it appears. As detectives Conway and Moran dig deeper into the vic’s life, they discover maybe she wasn’t so boring after all and realize they may be in over their heads when the trail leads to the unthinkable- a member of their own squad. As with French’s other five installments in the Dublin Murder series, she delivers a page turning, suspenseful read that keeps you guessing until the end, and usually with French, the things right in front of you are hardest to see. The Trespasser packed the weakest punch of the series and I was a tad disappointed, however I highly suggest you read the series if you are interested in the crime/thriller/suspense genre. Each book is very, very loosely connected to the previous but they do not necessarily need to be read in order. Here is the full series in order for your reading pleasure: In The Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser.

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