Welcome back bibliophiles!
A couple days back, I shared my April Book Haul with all of you- the list included four bookstore picks and two library picks. Today, I'll be sharing my review of two of the bookstore picks!
(My review for both library picks can be seen on "AZE Reviews a Classic.")
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Contis seem to have it all: a loving relationship, a lovely home, and a beautiful baby. But one night, when they attend a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. When Detective Rasbach notices that the panicked couple is hiding something, suspicion falls on the parents. The couple soon discovers that each has been keeping secrets. Will their lies get in the way of solving an unsettling case?
The Couple Next Door is a quick and fun novel. While the book isn't necessarily suspenseful, it's definitely thrilling enough to hook the audience into some binge reading. From the first chapter, I found myself completely enthralled by the story. The characters were definitely memorable. Each was so different from the rest that their personalities served to piece the puzzle together. Although this was truly a great read, the outcome of the mystery seemed a bit predictable. Regardless, I gave The Couple Next Door 5 stars because it's a fresh, memorable novel! If you're in the mood for something to get you out of a slump, this is a great choice!
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
When the body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found, deputies rule it a misadventure. However, not everyone is convinced. The truth of what really happened on that dreaded night is locked in the memories of a close-knit group of friends, the people who were with Tom that night. Twenty years later, notorious investigative journalist Scott King conducts six interviews in the hopes of uncovering the shocking events and truths of that tragic night.
Six Stories is a very distinct mystery novel. While most books in this genre are narratives that have a beginning and end point, Six Stories is divided into 6 chapters- each introduces the reader to a new character and adds a different perspective to the story. The novel is also different in that it reads like a podcast. It's as if the reader is listening to a podcast on the radio instead of reading a book. These two elements make for a very refreshing read. The writing is fun and easy to understand, and the characters are very intriguing. While each appears to be honest, it's quite evident they all have something to hide. Nonetheless the novel left a couple questions unanswered, because of this I gave the novel 4 stars as opposed to 5. If you're looking for something different in the mystery genre, Six Stories is a good option!
For my reviews of Murder at the Vicarage and Hercule Poirot's Christmas check out "Book Review (Bookstore Picks): Part Two"