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The Saturday Night Ghost Club

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I was a 90’s kid, but there’s still something nostalgic that bubbles up in me when I read a book or watch a movie that is set in the 80’s. If you feel the same way, then you’re going to absolutely love The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson. First off, I want to say how incredible the cover is, it reminds me of so many things that I loved about being a kid (minus the burning houses of course).

The book starts off with present day Jake, who is an incredibly, for lack of a better word, interesting surgeon. The first chapter is shown through his eyes as an adult, and you’ll see when you read it, it’s quite telling. Anyway, after that we jump back to the 80’s when Jake was just 12 years old. Jake doesn’t have many friends, he’s not good at most things, and he’s really just kind of waiting for the next new kid to pop into town so they can be friends for the next three months. Until then, he spends a lot of time with his Uncle Calvin. This guy right here is a riot. He’s very eccentric, always looking to help Jake with all things magical and imaginary. Someone who really has Jake’s back through the hard times.

Calvin owns a shop that deals with things like the occult, magic, and the like. Calvin and his friend Len, along with Jake and the two new kids in town Dove and Billy create the Saturday Night Ghost Club, where things get a little spooky. In 12 year old Jakes mind, everything with the Saturday Night Ghost Club is all in good fun, but when present day Jake is looking back at his 12 year old self (present day Jake is the narrator of the book), he realizes there are somethings that just don’t make sense about his Uncle Calvin and the club.

This book was short but very fun to read. We all want to bring back that feeling of the 80’s and 90’s when everything seemed okay, so you’ll definitely want to read this one. it’s got a mixture of horror, paranormal, romance, and a coming of age story to match all others. Think Wonder Years mixed with Stranger Things. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Perfect Wife

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As you all may know by now, I am a psychological thriller buff, so when I picked up The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney, I was expecting this book to have a little bit of that element. However, what I got with this book was so so so so much more entertaining.

We start the book out waking up in the hospital. The first thing I notice about this book is that it is written in second person, which is where the author uses phrases like you, you’re etc, rather than he/she (third person) or my/I (first person). It’s not an easy perspective to write it, but it’s probably one of my favorites. It really pulls you into the story, and makes you feel as if the character being explored is actually YOU.

The next thing I noticed was the very crazy cliff hanger thrown in at the end of chapter one. Now, I love a good cliff hanger, but this one actually made me GASP out loud. To which my husband perked his ears, and I had to read the entire chapter to him. He seemed intrigued as well. That doesn’t happen often with books, especially when he’s playing video games. That right there should tell you how good this book is.

As I kept reading, I just got more and more interested in this book. The thing is, I don’t even want to tell you what it’s about, because I truthfully think it’s best to go in not knowing what’s going to happen, so you can get that awesome gasp at the end of chapter one (and probably like 15 other chapters as well).

Here’s what I will tell you, Abbie wakes up with no memory what so ever. She looks around and notices that her husband is sitting with her. He tells her all about who she is, and explains that she died five years ago. He also explains that she’s a miracle of science, and they are so happy to have her back…

Now, go out there and pick up this book because you will not be disappointed. It’s freaky, it’s creepy, it’s insane. Just go. Now. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, this brilliant masterpiece will be on every bestseller list, just watch.

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Lady in the Lake

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It’s the late 60’s, a time for free love and happiness, except for Maddie, who has just come to the realization that her marriage is in shambles. Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman is a juicy thriller that follows the path of Maddie and Cleo, another woman who was murdered, whose paths intertwine at Maddie’s insistence. You see, Maddie needs something to make her feel powerful again, and finding Cleo’s killer will do just that. But, at what cost?

With Maddie’s help in finding the missing Cleo, she has procured a job at the local newspaper. Now that she has all the information to create the story of the century, she’s ready to finally leave her mark on the world. And Cleo is going to help, whether she wants to or not.

Since this story is set in the 1960’s, it has a certain feel to it that brings me life. There are no modern advancements in this book, and it really makes the story pop. Though, at times I felt I didn’t really like Maddie (which could possibly be the point the author is trying to make), she seemed very selfish and only worried about what was best for her life. That included digging up the past and getting involved in the murder of Cleo, even though something seemed very strange about that.

I very much enjoyed the double narrative, Cleo’s character was energizing, it’s very sad she had such a tragic end. Laura Lippman is a wonderful author who knows how to bring you to the brink of insanity and then ease you back into the story before you lose your mind. I love her mysteries, they’ve always kept me on my toes. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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Never Look Back

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As I sit and listen to my 37th episode of my new favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder, I can’t help but see the parallels between it and this novel, Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin. There have been a couple of other books that have introduced the idea of podcasts within the plot, and I have to say, it’s probably one of my favorite things ever. I love that podcasts are becoming so popular, especially ones about true crime.

Quentin Garrison has his own podcast where he talks about a murder that happened forty years ago. Why does he have such an obsession with the murder? Quentin feels that the murders are the reason his life has been so difficult. You see, forty years ago there were two teenagers, April and Gabriel, who went on a killing spree and them decided to set themselves on fire. The thing is, no one knows if the two actually perished or if they ran off never to be seen again.

Quentin has lived most of his life wondering about the whereabouts of these two, especially after he receives some news that claims April isn’t dead. Now he’s on a mission to find her, and but he may have stumbled upon her unsuspecting daughter, Robin. Robin has no idea if her mother is the April that murdered all those people many years ago, but now that Quentin is in her life, she’s bound to find out the truth.

I love the flipping back and forth in time, and between perspectives of all the characters in this book. The story unfolds so organically, where it makes you feel like everything is falling into place at the right time. Though Quentin can be a little pushy at times, I did like his character, and wonder how he’d do as a detective haha. This book is great, I adored reading it, and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Perfect for fans of thrillers and podcasts :).

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The Islanders

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The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore (ooh I love that alliteration), is a summer smash hit. Set on Block Island, you’ll feel all the gorgeous sun on your skin and the sand between your toes as you flip the pages of this masterpiece.

Anthony is set out to find solace after he has been accused of plagiarizing his second novel. His first book was a best seller, but since then, he’s been disgraced by everyone. Including his famous writer father.

Lu is a stay at home mom who isn’t really happy with how her life is going. She’s started a blog, to write about all of her feelings that she can’t tell anyone about, but no one in her real life knows about what she speaks of online.

Then, there’s Joy. She runs the local bakery on the island. All of these character’s lives intertwine in interesting ways. The lives of Anthony, Lu, and Joy will never be the same after the summer on the island.

If you like books that immerse you one hundred percent and leave you begging for more once you flip that last page, then you are going to adore this novel. I love how each character has a different feel throughout each chapter, the voices of each person are unique to their story, and how they all merge together to create a huge story arc is a pleasant surprise.

This book was wonderful. I believe it will be one of the biggest books of 2019. It’s got reminds me of a Elin Hildebrand book, but even better! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.

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