In a weird turn of events, my wrap up is going up late because I had too many posts scheduled for the first week of January. What a nice problem to have, honestly! December absolutely flew by, between the holidays, going to Disney, and the end of the year stuff, but it was a great month, mainly because I only worked two weeks out of the month, and came back (slightly) refreshed.
December started off as a slow reading month, reading Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz, which was a huge let down and not at all a retelling. But, from there I read nothing but thrillers, and loved all but one of them. They were:
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (5 stars): I did a full review on this one, so I won’t go into it fully again, but this is definitely one of the best new thrillers coming out in 2018. It’s already getting a lot of great reviews, but don’t let the hype scare you away — it’s worth it!
The Party by Robyn Harding (1 star): The plot of this book was well and truly pointless. A rich teenager turns 16 and has a sleepover. One of the girls falls over a table and cuts her eye. That is the ~*big scandal*~ of this book! It’s 300+ pages about an eyeball, and a broken marriage, I kid you not. There is no depth, the characters are all terrible, and I encourage you to pick up something else.
Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan (5 stars): A thriller with the depth I had been looking for for a long time, Odd Child Out looks into how sickness impacts those around us, the refugee crisis in the UK, and the complexities that come with families from “opposite sides of the tracks” so to speak. It also took a dive into how photographers in the West are lauded for taking powerful, though disturbing photos in war-torn countries, but never asked how those photos impact the people in them. Loved this, and can’t wait to read more my Gilly Macmillan.
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (4 stars): Another mystery/thriller with depth! I was on a roll in December. This one follows two young women in the year 2000 after their mother vanishes after sleepwalking into the night. Or so they think. There is so much to this book that I loved, but I don’t want to give anything away. If you like character studies mixed in with your mystery, I highly recommend this one.
The French Girl by Lexie Elliott (4 stars): Another one I did a full review on, this new thriller is the story of a group of Oxford students on a weeklong vacation that ends in disaster on their last night. Ten years later, a body is found and the case that haunted them is reopened. A definite must-read if you like those literary thrillers about friend groups gone wrong. I flew through this one.
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (4 stars): A thriller that is best read in one marathon sitting, Stillhouse Lake takes a look into a marriage gone horribly wrong — like, you find out your husband is a gruesome serial killer with bodies in your garage wrong. This book was fantastic, and a great start to a new series. Pick it up if you’re in a slump, I can almost promise it will get you out.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (4 stars): I’d heard a lot of great things about Peter Swanson, and this book in particular, and I finally know why. I loved this book, I loved all the horrible characters, and I loved the writing. This tells the story of a man who meets a woman in an airport bar, and tells her he wants to kill his wife. It only gets weirder and better from there.
Total books read: 8
Book of the Month picks: Eleanor Olliphant is Completely Fine and The Chalk Man
Best Books of the Month: The Chalk Man and Odd Child Out.
Most Popular Post: Top 10 Books of 2017
How was your last reading month of the year? What are your plans for 2018?