Three books I’m going to write about today! THREE!!! Two were from my Book of the Month books, and one was just a continuation of my favorite series.
So, we’ll start with that one.
I’ve written about the Maggie Hope series before, and this is the latest installment in the series.
Maggie Hope is dropped into the middle of occupied Paris on the search for her missing half-sister and a fellow spy who had recently gone missing as well. We learn early on in the book that the spy has been compromised and flung herself off the Avenue Foch, home of the German secret police. Paris is changed by the occupation, and the author does a good job in describing how gray the city looks and how fortress like it feels with the police, army, and swastika’s strewn about. Maggie witnesses a horrible incident while on her way to take cover as an Irish National, and it clouds the story from there. Alternating between the various spies in Paris and the head of the Gestapo, one gets a sense of the particular horror of WWII and how people cope (or didn’t cope) with it. It was a great addition to the series, and it felt a little darker. It ended on such a cliffhanger that I’m dying to find out what happens next to intrepid Maggie Hope!
Now, for a complete change of pace. How about a horror-like book.
Apparently, this was one of Stephen King’s best books of 2017 so far. I heard so much buzz about it that when it was offered as part of my BOTH membership, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. And boy, I’m glad I did. Twisty, turny, not all that horror-y. It was a great. Final Girls refers to the women who survive massacres. In this particular book, it’s tied between three woman who went through very different experiences, but who all were the sole survivors of mass murder. The main story revolves around Quincy, a woman who survived an attack in the woods that left several of her college friends dead, and her with an inability to remember anything about that night. She thinks she has successfully moved on from her trauma, but it’s brought right back to the forefront of her life when the first “final” girl is found dead of an apparent suicide. Then, another “final” girl arrives on her doorstep forcing her to try and relieve the memories. Each time I think I figured out what was going on, I was thrown for a loop. And let me tell you…..I did not see the end coming AT ALL. The reveal is bananas. I had to finish this book in a day b/c I wanted to know the truth!
Okay, and finally….from an author I wrote about before:
I was a big fan of her other book “The Woman in Cabin 10″…super suspenseful and whatnot. This one was just okay for me. It centers around four women who all met at a private school and all left the private school under strained circumstances. They hadn’t spoken in a while when they get a mysterious “I Need You” text from one of their members. Isa is the character that we follow through the story, and we learn about the circumstances that all led them to leave the school in suspicious circumstances. Of course there is a dead body. And of course we don’t really know what happened. It was very reminiscent of “I know what you did last summer”…mysterious notes, vague threats, and a moody atmosphere. So, it was okay. The twist at the end was ‘meh’. Not as good as the other book….definitely read that one if you have the chance.