Don’t Keep Me in…

…suspense! Unless it’s one of these recently read books…

–Marissa

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian was an infuriating read! A great premise, though..a female flight attendant with a drinking problem wakes up next to a fare the morning after arriving in Dubai… except that things are very wrong when she awakes. This was infuriating because she kept making TERRIBLE DECISIONS. Another thought provoking Bohjalian novel, though!

I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon is told in a really unique way. One chapter is from present day backwards from the perspective of Anna Anderson (who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov… was she?), and one chapter is told from the past forwards to the terrible moment of the execution of the Romanovs. A really interesting storytelling style, and it keeps the reader guessing until the last few pages. Great for historical fiction fans!

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh was so evocative for me, since the main geographic location is Beachy Head in Eastbourne – just a few minutes from where my grandmother lived my whole life. 🙂 This is another great omigod-the-twist! novel from Macintosh, though it felt a bit draggy in parts, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Anna’s parents committed suicide by jumping of Beachy Head exactly one year apart… but when Anna receives a note, she’s not sure suicide was involved at all… what a great set up!

Tangerine by Christine Mangan didn’t hit the mark for me, despite all the advanced hype and movie optioning. Morocco in the 1950s: Alice has just moved here with her husband when her estranged college roommate Lucy shows up out of nowhere and everyone gets super twitchy. Mangan was clearly trying for a Hitchcock/Highsmith kind of vibe, but it felt so telegraphed and drawn out and frankly… boring. Not worth the read at all – and I HATE the cover. :-/ Maybe it will be better as a movie…

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson wasn’t his strongest (go back to The Kind Worth Killing!) but was another serviceable suspense novel with a few twists for fun at the end. Admittedly, though, I didn’t retain much of this title’s spark after I put it away…

I also read Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark (it was a serviceable enough audiobook listen) as well as The Elizas by Sara Shepard (it was “eh” at best) and The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon (fine, but forgettable).

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