What I Read in November- Goodreads Goal Update

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I really didn’t think I was going to do it. A few weeks ago I was still 13 books away from my 50 book goal of the year. Well, take note people, it is now December 9th and I only have 3 books to go!

I had taken a long break from reading, I didn’t intend to go so many months without picking up a book, but hey, it just happened. I changed jobs back in March which drastically increased my commute… I know, I know, you would think I would have read more with all that extra time on the train, but I was just so darn exhausted all the time the last thing I wanted to do after a day at work was continue to read. It didn’t help that I hadn’t found a book I couldn’t put down in a little while.

Below I have included all of the books I have read in the past few weeks and my review of each. I am on a thriller/suspense novel kick if you can’t tell… I would not be able to keep track of all of the books I read if it weren’t for Goodreads. I HIGHLY recommend this app for anyone that reads a lot to easily keep track of everything you have read and want to read. I’m also highly competitive so I love the reading challenge and trying to one up myself each year.

How Could She: A Novel by Lauren Mechling

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Geraldine struggles to keep her life moving in a positive direction following a breakup with her fiancé. Finally fed up with sitting on the sidelines and drowning her sorrows in takeout and junk food, she decides to up and move to New York City where two of her closets friends, Sunny and Rachel, live. Following the lives of Geraldine and her friends, Lauren explores the nuances of female friendships and navigating the lifestyles of influencers.

My review: Written from the point of view of three different characters, How Could She depicts the very real and very raw experiences of adulthood. From navigating tricky friendships to bouncing back after facing career trouble, Mechling crafts the most relatable characters you can’t help but root for.

I’ve Got My Eyes On You by Mary Higgins Clark

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Eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found at the bottom of her family pool, fully dressed, the morning after a party she hosted. At first thought, maybe she was intoxicated and fell into the pool and drowned? Or was it her boyfriend she fought with during the party? Maybe it was her twenty-something-year-old neighbor she did not invite.

My review: The true “Queen of Suspense” brings us yet another thrilling page turner gripping you until the very end. I get sucked into every single Mary Higgins Clark book I read. You know that it is never any of the obvious suspects, it’s never that easy. True to her style, everything comes to a head in the last 50 or so pages. While I love ALL of Mary Higgins Clark books, this one being no exception, I have to say I have some favorites. I enjoyed this current setting though I was able to pick out the suspect as soon as he was introduced. Every character has a reason for being introduced… So while I did not find myself as shocked by the outcome, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark

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When “CRyan” reaches out to investigative journalist, Gina Kane, about a horrible experience in the workplace and then goes silent, Gina does some digging to find that CRyan has died in a tragic jet ski accident. Or was it an accident?

Meanwhile, REL council Michael Carter is approached by several female employees with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter devises a scheme to make himself rich and approaches the CEO of REL offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements to remain silent.

As Gina digs deeper and comes closer to the truth about what CRyan wanted to expose, more suspicious deaths arise and Gina finds herself in a dangerous situation. Is it all connected?

My review: Touching upon prevalent themes in today’s society, Mary Higgins Clark is at it again with a gripping novel holding your attention until the very end. I found protagonist, Gina Kane, to be very relatable (yes, I know, that is the goal) and while I was invested in the situation she was investigating, I was equally invested in the outcome of her personal relationships.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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Erin and Mark are passionately in love while they embark on their honeymoon to paradise. While scuba diving off the island of Bora Bora, they discover something in the water that changes everything.

My review: The book starts off with the main character burying someone. Immediately you find out it is her husband whom she just recently married. So how the eff did her honeymoon lead to this? Well… you will have to read it to find out, but this was another book I COULD NOT PUT DOWN. The only thing I did not super love was that even in the end, I wasn’t totally sure where it all went wrong. I guess that is the point though.

I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll

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Journalist, Alice Henderson, receives a chilling call one Wednesday afternoon at work. Thinking it is just a hoax, she is ready to dismiss it until it happens again the next Wednesday. It soon becomes clear it is all about her. Each Wednesday, the threats continue to get worse and worse, until things come to a head. Can Alice figure out why she is being targeted before it’s too late?

My review: I pride myself in my ability to figure out “whodunnit” but damn, did this one have me. What really intrigued me about this book is that it is inspired by real life events the author, Teresa Driscoll, experienced. When she first started out as a young journalist, she received three threatening phone calls, one week after another, happening on the same day each week.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Alicia Berenson has a perfect life… until one night when she shoots her husband in the face five times. She never speaks again and is placed in a secure forensic unit in North London. Then comes, Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, determined to get her to talk and uncover the mystery of why she shot her husband.

My review: Holy WOW. I don’t think I have ever been more shocked by the turn of events in a book. I read this book in two sittings. One morning on my way to work and then the next afternoon (which was a dreary Saturday.) Ok, last Saturday. I just had to know where it was going. This book was NOT a let down, the ending had one of the best plot twists I have ever read. I thought I knew what happened, but NOPE. I have never been more shook. It is no wonder that this book won best Mystery & Thriller for the 2019 Goodreads choice awards.

Bonus: Books on my to-read list

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