Books Lately

It’s crazy to think how I used to read books all the time but somehow lost all interest in it the past several years.  Now that we don’t have a TV in our bedroom anymore, I’ve gotten back into reading before bed.  These are a few books I’ve read recently!

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…  My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

This is the first Liane Moriarty book I’ve read as it was the only one available at the library.  I didn’t think this book was terrible but I also didn’t think it was that great either.  You can pretty much guess what the secret is just by the title of the book.  I felt like the story really dragged on in places & I struggled to get through some of the chapters.  The ending actually surprised me after the entire story.

The Girl You Lost – Kathryn Croft
Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back. A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past. Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts. Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

I love anything psychological so I was pretty excited to read this.  Except I thought this book was terribly boring.  I had a really hard time getting into all of the investigating that Simone did and how she was able to get away with all of it.  But again, the ending was very surprising & tied everything together.

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

I really liked this book!  I thought it was interesting how she had lost 10 years of her life & then had to piece everything back together.  I also liked the Alice after she had lost her memory compared to the Alice before.  It’s hard for me to really come up with something else to say without really getting into all the details!

What have you read lately?  Any other recommendations?

8 Comments

  1. i’ve tried hard to like Liane Morairty books but I just can’t get into them 🙁

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    1. Megan
      December 16, 2016

      I struggled to get through The Husband’s Secret but I’ve heard such good things about her books so I don’t want to give up yet!

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  2. Mattie Dulka
    December 15, 2016

    The Husband’s Secret was my least favorite Liane Moriarty book and I also thought it was predictable, and What Alice Forgot is probably my favorite! I’ve heard good things about The Girl You Lost and my library doesn’t have it, so I recommended it and hope they get it…but it’s disappointing that it was boring! Someone else said they really liked it.
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    1. Megan
      December 16, 2016

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one with The Husband’s Secret! I had to get the Kindle version of The Girl You Lost as my library didn’t have it either. I guess it wasn’t terrible.. it was just kind of weird in some spots. I do have to say that the ending was something I did not see coming!

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  3. Jen
    December 16, 2016

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is great! I’m a fan of most of her books, but would highly recommend this one!! I also read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and it was AMAZING! I didn’t think I’d like it, but I couldn’t put it down.

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    1. Megan
      December 16, 2016

      I will have to check that one out! There’s usually a fairly long wait list on her books at the library so it might be awhile before I get a chance to read it. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors! I started reading The Storyteller a few years ago but never got a chance to finish it as I moved! I need to re-read it!

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  4. meghan meade
    December 30, 2016

    I love any psychological books too! I just read “All the Missing Girls.” It was pretty good. Right now I’m reading “I’d Know you Anywhere” by Laura Lippman, it’s really good so far!

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    1. Megan
      December 30, 2016

      I’ve never heard of either of those books but now I’m definitely interested in reading those now!

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