book review

Heartsick

by Chelsea Cain

Length: 336 pages

Published: September 4th 2007 by Minotaur Books

Medium of Consumption: Paperback

The Rundown:

Leading Detective Archie Sheridan found he was on the wrong end of a serial killer investigation.  After being tortured for ten days his captor released him and the murderess Gretchen Lowell was put behind bars.

Two years pass and Archie, heavily medicated, goes back to work.  Another serial killer is on the loose in Portland, Oregon, abducting teenage girls and dumping their bodies.  With help from a punk rock journalist, Archie searches for clues and connections to the killer.

What I Thought:

This book has been popping up on my Goodreads suggestions since, like, forever.  Whilst browsing a used bookstore an hour and a half away from my home, serendipity struck when I saw this gem on the shelves!

I loved Archie’s character, he is such a broken person but still pushes himself to do the job that he does.  I also didn’t realize this was a series!  I may not read the next one for a bit, but I sure look forward to picking it up when I do.

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4/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you like Thomas Harris novels
  • If you like The Detective Alex Cross series
  • If you like deranged serial killer books
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Where She Went

by Gayle Forman

Length: 264 pages
Published: April 5th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
Medium of Consumption: eBook

The Rundown:

Three years after Mia’s accident, we are reacquainted with Adam (Mia’s now ex-boyfriend).  Still trying to cope with a life without her, Adam has found himself living in the limelight with his now platinum record selling band.  The day before he leaves for their European tour, he runs into Mia.  Spending the rest of the evening together, and answering questions that have been brewing for three years, will they rekindle their relationship or part one another with complete closure?

What I Thought:

I loved If I Stay so much that I jumped right into Where She Went.  Although I read this one just as quickly, and I cried and I laughed just as I did with its predecessor, but I was slightly disappointed with this one.  It was a little too… romantic for me?  Adam’s constant pining for Mia was kind of annoying.

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It wasn’t as “grab you by the gut” as If I Stay, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  I just wish it didn’t have such a hopeless romantic vibe to it.

4/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you read If I Stay
  • If you really like sappy stuff
  • If you thought Noah from The Notebook was the dreamiest guy ever
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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

Length: 261 Pages

Published: April 6th 2010 by Speak

Medium of Consumption: Paperback

The Rundown:

A car crash leaves Mia’s life hanging by a thread.  As she watches helplessly the events unfold post crash in an out-of-body experience, she learns the fate of her family, witnesses the strength of her loved ones, and knows that she has to make the ultimate decision of living or dying.

What I Thought:

I never saw the movie, I never knew what this was really about, I only knew that there was some hype about this book.  It blew me away.  There were parts that made me tear up and parts that made me laugh out loud.  I could not put this book down.  I ultimately needed to know, did she stay?

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I loved this story so much that when I finished, I immediately picked up the second one and read it that same night.

5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you need a cry
  • If you want a quick read that packs a punch
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Shutter Island

by Dennis Lehane

Length: 369 Pages

Published April 15th 2003 by William Morrow

Medium of Consumption: Paperback

The Rundown:

Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane sits on an island in the cold Atlantic waters eleven miles off the Boston shore.  Ashcliffe houses only the most violent patients, and unfortunately one has escaped.  U.S. Marshalls Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule have been sent to the island to aid in investigating and finding Rachel Solanda.

As a hurricane tears through the island, will the Marshalls be able to uncover the secrets of the hospital and find the missing patient, or will they be consumed by the madness that is Ashecliffe?

What I Thought:

I have collected a stack of Dennis Lehane books this year so I figured it was time for me to crack one open.  I totally saw this movie years ago when it came out, so the end wasn’t a surprise to me.  Regardless, I loved it.  It totally kept me on the edge of my seat, and I stole as much of my workday I could reading it.  This is also one of those awesome cases of the movie being just as good as the book! (I mean, it was directed by Scorsese and starred Leo, so automatic win in my book)

I cannot wait to read my next Lehane book!

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Recommended To:

  • If you like big WHATTTT endings
  • If you want to stay up all night and binge a book
  • If you want to get reprimanded at work because you can’t put your book down
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Lies She Told

by Cate Holahan

Length: 304 pages
Published: September 12th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
Medium of Consumption: Hardcover

The Rundown:

Liza Jones is stressed.  She is undergoing fertility treatments, trying to have a family with her husband of 12 years, who is distracted with the disappearance of his best friend and law firm partner.  Liza is also under pressure from her editor to write a rough draft of her latest novel in the next 30 days.

Meet Beth, the star of Liza’s novel.  A new mother suffering from postpartum and suspicious of her husband’s late nights at work.  

Is Liza’s new book a work of fiction, or based on something closer to home?

What I Thought:

This book is a total two in one!  Each chapter alternates from Liza’s life to the book she’s writing.  I loved how both stories start very different and you start to see parallels in Liza and Beth’s personalities and lives.  I really enjoyed the twists even though I could see most of them coming, but the read was fun nonetheless!

It was a really good unreliable narrator/shitty female character book (which is totally my favorites), but at the end I felt like it fell a little short for me.  I really couldn’t tell you why, I just didn’t feel that awesome book high when I finished.

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Pick it up and see for yourself!

3.75/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • Mystery/thriller fans
  • If you like stories within your story
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They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

Length: 384 pages
Published: September 5th 2017 by HarperTeen
Medium of Consumption: Hardcover

The Rundown:

Death-Cast called Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio between the hours of 12:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. September 5th to tell them they will die today.  Both are devastated.  Both are strangers to one another.  

The two teens connect through an app called Last Friend, subsequently made due to the mysterious Death-Cast calling company.  Bringing out the best in one another, they experience their last hours on earth together.  They are each others best-last friends.

What I Thought:

You go into this book knowing the ending, but the journey to the end is so lovely.  The compassion and need to grieve emotions in this book are touching.  This book made my heart cry.  The main characters and dialogue are written so wonderfully, I compare it to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Yunior’s narrative (if you haven’t read that yet, you are fucking up.)

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It does make you wonder what you would do if you got a phone call telling you you were doing to die within the next 24 hours?  What affairs would be your priority?  Who would you see?  I absolutely loved the idea of Death-Cast and if Mr. Silvera felt so inclined to write another book with different characters, I would be in line to read it!

5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you need a bittersweet read
  • If you don’t mind the excessive use of the word “mad”
  • If you need a good friendship story
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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

by Lindsey Fitzharris

Length: 304 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Scientific American / Farrar Straus and Giroux
Medium of Consumption: eBook ARC

The Rundown:

Dive into the gory Victorian era of surgery- certainly not for the fainthearted- in this beautifully written historical biography.  Follow Joseph Lister, a young man from a humble Quaker family with an enthusiastic love for microscopes, as he studies to become a surgeon in a seemingly barbaric time in medicine.  

Although he endured persecution from his peers about his findings that microbes called germs caused post-op fatalities due to sepsis and other infections, he continued to lecture and provide examples that by simply using an antiseptic in the operating theater, mortality rates would drastically plunge.  

From the introduction of using anesthetics to Dr. Lister’s antiseptic methods, learn the leaps and bounds that were made in patient care.  Lister’s keen commitment to science coupled with his genuine concern for the human body forever changed the medical field.

What I Thought:

This book was everything a non-fiction book should be.  Intriguing content, fast paced, and constantly keeping the reader at peak interest.  I would like to say, DO NOT READ THIS WHILE EATING.  Seriously, its pretty gory, the last book that made my stomach roll was 120 Days of Sodom.  But please do not let that deter you!

I was compelled to request this book because of how much I loved Destiny of the Republic.  Joseph Lister’s antiseptic method is discussed in a good portion of the book and ultimately could have been used to save James A. Garfield’s life.  I was not dissapointed in my choice!  Linsdsey Fitzharris’s writing is so accessible and in a way I could hear this book being narrated as a History Channel documentary.

Pick this up next month (October 2017) at your local bookstore or choice eBook store!

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This is my first ARC book review and I’d like to thank Farrar Straus and Giroux for allowing me to read and review The Butchering Art!

5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • Victorian Era buffs
  • If you are thinking about going to medical school
  • If you want a non-fic gore book for Halloween
  • If you feel unappreciative towards your doctor (THANK GOD YOU DIDN’T LIVE BACK THEN)

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