The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
I really liked Room, so I decided The Wonder was worth a try. Lib, a nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale, is sent to Ireland to observe a young girl who has not eaten for four months. Is it a hoax, or is the girl really able to survive without eating? My problem with this book is it took me forever to get into it. I really liked the last fourth of the book but had a hard time getting there. It was a unique read, which I really appreciated, but I wish it took less time to set the story.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
In general, I liked this story of Flynn trying to figure out what happened to his girlfriend January after she went missing. This book is both a thriller and a coming of age story. I liked Flynn as a character, but I felt like the mystery was a bit formulaic and predictable. It was a decent read but not one I would go out of my way to recommend.
Siracusa by Delia Ephron
I have mentioned it in the past, but I strongly believe that sometimes you read a book and don't really like it because of the frame of mind you are in at the time. I think that's what happened with Siracusa. I liked the writing, but most of the time I was really annoyed at the characters. The story did get better as it went on, but it never really wowed me.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
How far would you go to help your child excel? Devon is a child gymnastics prodigy, and her parents have devoted years to her success. Then, six weeks before her tryouts for Senior Elite, a tragedy occurs in the gym. I really enjoyed this book. I know how crazy the gymnastics world is, and this book explains it well. The thriller aspect was a bit weak at times, but I still really enjoyed it and read it in a day.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
After eight years in captivity, Lily's kidnapper finally makes a mistake, and she escapes. This book is the aftermath of what happens-to Lily, her daughter, her twin sister Abby, her mother, and her kidnapper. It's suspenseful and emotional, and I couldn't put it down.
Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow
I really liked this first book in a new detective series (though I think it works well as a stand alone). Iris is a unique character-an FBI agent who left the field after losing her husband at the hands of a serial killer. Two years later, a case makes her come back as a consultant. Then, the serial killer contacts Iris, and the story becomes even more interesting. This was a great thriller. It was interesting, with a few unique twists. I would definitely recommend it to those who love detective novels.
All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford
This book surprised me. I saw quite a few negative reviews on GoodReads and thought I would hate it. There were definitely some problems: it was really a thriller and never felt suspenseful. I also wasn't a fan of the ending. That said, I thought it was a good character study. I mostly liked Pen, and the diary format worked. It's not the best book I have read, but it was definitely interesting!
Favorite reads in October: You Will Know Me, Baby Doll, and Beautiful Maids All in a Row