Book Review

Mini(bot) Reviews: The Chalk Man

I actually read something that wasn’t middle-grade, fantasy or sci-fi! I read a thriller!

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Book Review: The Girl in 6E

The Girl in 6E
A.R. Torre

My Edition:
Paperback, 336
Redhook, 2014
ISBN: 9780316404419

When I picked up this book, the only clues I had to its contents were what was given to me on the back:

My life is simple, as long as I follow the rules:
1. Don’t leave the apartment
2. Never let anyone in
3. Don’t kill anyone
I’ve obeyed these rules for three years. But rules were meant to be broken. 

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Book Review: Night Film

Night Film
By Marisha Pessl

My Edition:
Hardcover, 599 pages
2013, Random House
ISBN: 9781400067886

From the book jacket: On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova – a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. 

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Book Review: In The Forest Of Harm

In the Forest of Harm
By Sallie Bissell

My Edition:
Paperback, 367 pages
2001, Bantam Books
ISBN: 0553582704

Mary Crow and her friends Alex and Joan are taking a long weekend in the mountains of North Carolina, near where Mary grew up. Mary is a young prosecutor in Georgia and after a particularly popular trial she’s hoping to escape into the wilderness with her friends, and also confront her haunted past. Along the way they run into more than just wildlife – they are pursued by a deranged hunter who gets a thrill from hunting humans and a man obsessed with getting revenge on Mary.  “[The women] will be pushed to the limits of their endurance – and beyond – as they discover their own chilling capacity for loyalty and violence.”

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Book Review: Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner
By Elizabeth Haynes

My Edition:
Paperback, 394 pages
2011, Harper
ISBN: 9780062239426

5/5 stars

From the back of the book: “When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his controlling behavior, she tries to break it off and is stunned when her friends don’t believe her. Isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine – now Cathy – is trying to build a new life in a new city. The trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of a normal life. Until the day the phone rings…”

This book was actually recommended to me by someone I follow on Instagram (livresque) – realistically, her review of this book was that it was chilling and horrific and it made her anxious and she wouldn’t want anyone to read this, yet clearly Haynes was a phenomenal writer to give her such feelings, so I just had to get my hands on this book.

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Book Review: Singapore Noir

Singapore Noir
Edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

My edition:
Paperback, 237 pages
2014, Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781617752353

3/5 stars

I won an advanced reading copy of this book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Singapore Noir is a short story collection focusing on the darker side of Singapore. I’ve never previously heard of the Noir books, but apparently Akashic has a whole line of them from a variety of cities and countries such as Boston, Istanbul, Rome, San Diego and Wall Street!

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