Books Lately Vol. 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been getting back into reading lately.  I work right by library so I’ve been stopping in there every few days to check out their selection or pick up one I have on hold.  I powered through these books right around Christmas & New Year’s.

The Good Girl – Mary Kubica
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

I loved this book.  I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of psychological thrillers & this one fit perfectly.  The ending really ties the entire story all together & it blew my mind.  Spoiler, kind of:  I struggled with Mia’s Stockholm Syndrome.  I understand that this is a true disorder but it was really hard to read sometimes as I cannot imagine how a person feels when they are captured.

Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica
In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew. 

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.  

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

I actually didn’t intend to read this book right after The Good Girl.  I was dropping it off at the library and decided to wander through the new releases when I saw this one on the shelf.  While the story behind this book was pretty interesting, it was a little harder for me to get into.  I was kind of struggling to understand the characters, specifically Esther & her sister, when she ended up in the small town.  The ending of this book was really twisted & I didn’t see it coming at all.

Two By Two – Nicholas Sparks
At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Sparks ever since A Walk To Remember came out as a movie when I was in middle school.  I’ve read the majority of his books & they usually never disappoint…. until this one.  At 500 pages, this one took me a little bit longer to read.  Along with the fact that the story was just plain boring so that also made it harder to get through.  I wanted to give up on it so many times but I decided to push on in hopes that he would redeem himself (he did not).  This book felt so much different compared to some of his others.  So much of it was spent talking about their failing marriage with a 5 year old girl sort of stuck in the middle which was pretty depressing.  Goodreads has some really mixed reviews– some people love it while others hated it.

What have you been reading lately?  

Life According to Steph

16 Comments

  1. The Good Girl has been on my list for a long time!

    I didn’t see the end of Don’t You Cry coming either.

    Thanks for joining us!

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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      Right! I was so thrown off by the ending of that book. I hope you like The Good Girl & get to read it soon!

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  2. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration
    January 10, 2017

    Both The Good Girl and Don’t You Cry on my TBR. I like psychological thriller so they are right up my alley. Too many goods and not enough time!
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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      Agreed! I love any kind of psychological book so these were awesome. I hope you get a chance to read them soon!

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  3. Jana @ Jana Says
    January 10, 2017

    I’ve heard good things about the Kubica books and they’re on my TBR but I haven’t gotten to them yet. Maybe this year!
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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      I had honestly never heard of Mary Kubica before until I saw them at the library. I love any kind of psychological thriller book so I thought they would be good and they did not disappoint! I hope you get a chance to read them soon!

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  4. Olya @ The Siberian American
    January 10, 2017

    I used to love Nicholas Sparks, but I haven’t picked up any of his books in years! Sad you didn’t like his latest!

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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      He has always been a favorite of mine too so I try to give him a chance whenever a new book comes out. I was really disappointed with this last one though so I hope he starts coming out with some better material!

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  5. Kristen
    January 10, 2017

    i haven’t read a nicholas sparks book in years. i also loved a walk to remember haha 🙂
    i read don’t you cry last year and i enjoyed it because i didn’t see it coming but lordy it was slow, right?! i will have to add the good girl to my list.
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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      I always try to read his books as soon as they come out. I really hope that his next one ends up being a little more of his older style. This one was just… depressing. I agree, Don’t You Cry was a little slow but I did not see that ending at all. I hope you get to read The Good Girl soon!

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  6. ShootingStarsMag
    January 10, 2017

    I really want to read something by Mary Kubica. I love psychological suspense novels.

    -Lauren
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    1. Megan
      January 10, 2017

      They were both very good! I hope you get a chance to read one!

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  7. lauren
    January 12, 2017

    I loved the good girl, seriously loved the plot. I haven’t picked up don’t you cry yet – adding to my TBR!

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    1. Megan
      January 14, 2017

      Yes! The Good Girl REALLY threw me off at the end! I could not put it down!

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  8. Dara
    January 14, 2017

    I loved The Good Girl and hated Don’t You Cry. I couldn’t believe they were written by the same author!

    — Dara || http://www.peoniesandbees.com

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    1. Megan
      January 14, 2017

      The Good Girl was SO good & kept me intrigued the entire book. Don’t You Cry was very different & hard to get into at first. The entire story wasn’t terrible but yes, surprising that they were written by the same person!

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