What I've Been Reading | 2017 Fall Reading List

I'm in an unofficial book club with some people I work with. We have a makeshift library in our office, where books filter through our tiny group. They all pretty much fall into the category of psychological thriller, with the main protagonist's being women. Brendan thinks I solely read novels where battered wives slay their husbands.

That's not true.

But it's not completely false either.

It's probably going to seem true, considering this list of what I've read recently paired with my personal thoughts minus the spoilers.

The Woman In Cabin 10 is about a travel journalist Lo Blacklock who is sent on assignment to review a new luxury cruise ship. It's a project she's been dreaming about, having been waiting for an opportunity to prove herself to her boss and break into the world of travel writing. Hours before she is to board the ship, Lo falls victim to a robbery. Shaken from her experience, she insists on attending the cruise. Seemingly safe in her cabin, Lo quickly becomes a pawn in another horror story. She witnesses a body being thrown overboard and becomes consumed with reaping justice on the mystery victim's behalf.

While I enjoyed the book, it wasn't my favorite female-lead mystery. At times, it felt like the author honed in on certain details repeatedly. Like, I understood that the protagonist struggled with anxiety and continued to drink to excess, worsening her symptoms. Can we talk more about details I actually care to know more about, like Lo and Ben's past?

In A Dark, Dark Wood is about Leonora, also a writer (swoon), who is invited to a bachelorette party for a friend she hasn't spoken to in 10 some odd years. Begrudgingly, she agrees to go. Several tequila shots and a few lines of coke later, Nora and friends realize they aren't alone.

I thought this was the better work of Ruth Ware's. It dragged on at certain parts, rehashing the same small details like Cabin did, but overall it was a good read that I gasped at a time or two. The twist was certainly better - for a minute you think the book is going one direction, but it takes a way better turn and the things that go down and why they go down are well thought out. Certainly made me rethink any kind of bachelorette party in the woods I might be invited to.

The Kind Worth Killing was one of the first books I've read in a while written by a male author that wasn't Chuck Palahniuk. Peter Swanson did, in my opinion, take on the roles of the good, the bad, and the ugly for both sexes in this mind-screw of a tale. Basically boy meets girl, girl lustfully agrees to kill for boy, and something goes horribly wrong. There are more players in this tale then you would think, which makes the twist that much better.

Killing was definitely worth the read. I would say more, but then I'd spoil the ending.

This Is Not Over. God, can I even summarize this? Not my favorite book. Basically the tale of a woman who rents her home as an AirBnB who cannot live with one negative review, and a woman who made it her life's purpose to destroy said renter's reputation on the internet (something I would totally do, and one of the only aspects of the book I truly appreciated).

On a more scholastic note, I did enjoy the layout of the book and the way the conflict came to light. Overall, though, I would say pass on this one. It was a major time suck for a lack-luster twist at the end.

All The Missing Girls is up next. I read a few chapters and then got distracted with other things, but so far so good. What are you reading?