Reviews by: Riley
BY CHELSEA MUELLER
This was a spontaneous read for me, and a little bit of a different flavor than I typically go for, but I was satisfied with this quick read none the less. Mueller sets a perfect crime in this page turning thriller with a wide cast of characters. Kylie and her friends are determined to have a great and fun last hurrah before they all go their own ways for college, and rent a picture perfect beach house on the Jersey Shore to party in after prom. There’s new boyfriend Liam, and best friend Aubrey, and all the ingredients to have a perfect weekend. Until someone ends up dead. Perfect for lovers of Stephanie Perkins’s There’s Someone Inside Your House, this book was a perfect rainy day read that combined a study of place and a study of connections. For me, what I liked best about this faced paced thriller were the people—through the range of relationships and personalities, Mueller explores different kinds of love and grief, from romantic to familial to friendship, and how far we’re willing to go for the one’s we love. A great finish-in one-sitting kind of book.
BY REBECCA SERLE
After a few books that had missed their target, I was looking for a bit of a wildcard when I picked up this book and I was not disappointed. A truly read-in-one-sitting kind of book, this book stays with you in the ways only the best and cleverest books do. Dannie is a go-getter. She’s a top lawyer and aggressive planner, and has her life mapped out to the dot. She can do everything she puts her mind to too—she has her dream job, her dream boyfriend and everything else is within reach. Her best friend, the ever whimsical Bella, is a polar opposite. She’s spontaneous and an artist, who falls out of love almost as quickly as she falls into it. And then one night Dannie lives just an hour five years into the future, and everything is different. So naturally, she sets out to fix it. A wonderfully thought provoking book perfect for more mature readers, Serle looks at the different kinds of love—the love for friends, for yourself, for significant others, and even for your job. A book as painful as it is wonderful.
BY EVA V. GIBSON
There’s a few trigger words that have been in book titles as of late that draw me to them instantly: mostly “secrets” and “lie(s)”. Using these as a guiding point have not disappointed me before—for example, there was the forever lovely We Were Liars and the poignant and breathtaking The Lies They Tell. And using those words as a guide didn’t fail me this time either. Crafted with an artistic prose, Gibson main character is Amy, who lives a double life—her summers in rural River Run Kentucky with “her boys”, fierce and unapologetic cousin Ben, and beautiful and strong best friend Teddy, and the rest of the year in elite DC culture training and conditioning under her mother’s watchful eye to sharpen her future as a promising artist. Every summer is perfect—until the summer where she and Teddy let themselves push the boundaries of friendship, and the following summer when Teddy’s little sister goes missing. One of my favorite lines I’ve seen about this book I think describes it perfectly: there was “the summer where everything changed, and the summer that changes everything”. Told through two interwoven storylines, Gibson’s pages are full of hope, grief and an undying need for connection. Despite the longer word count, this is a quick must-read for murder mystery fans.