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Last, Present and Next Reads

Following the WWW Wednesday format

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June has been a busy month reading wise. I’ve been meaning to get back into writing about books and starting with the WWW Wednesday format seemed perfect. It asks what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading and what you want to read next.

Most Recently Read: The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe

I received this thriller from a youtube giveaway back in October.

The book centers around Hannah McClellan (previous Catton). Ten years ago, her husband was found with his throat slashed in the marital bed. Hannah has no recollection of what happened that night.

Present day, she is trying to move on with her life, deciding whether to marry Dan (a father figure to her daughter Evie), and obsessing over a former mental hospital where her grandmother was once a patient.

A man sits in jail accused with the death of her husband and attempted robbery.

A podcast called Conviction is conducting an investigation to the Graham Catton murder. They are known for overturning convictions and the host is gunning for providing that Hannah is guilty.

Content warnings: physical and verbal abuse, violence

I found this book really hard to put down. The book is broken down into sections based on which episode of Conviction is currently playing. This leads into to a mix of timelines from present and the past. This was one of my favorite parts of the book, as I thought that the segue ways were well done. The characters seem a little cookie cutter at the beginning of the book- the adoring and protecting boyfriend, the best friend who is also the boss, and the adorable loving daughter. However, these are shaken up throughout the book. The loving daughter soon becomes the daughter who cares only for justice. The adoring boyfriend eventually reveals his doubts. I won’t cover what the boss does as I try not to provide spoilers.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5. It’s a compelling read that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Currently Reading: #noescape by Gretchen McNeil and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

#noescape: I’m excited for this one, as I love reading puzzling adventure stories. I really enjoyed the Inheritance Games and I’m piqued to see if this plays out anything like that series, minus the romance and add a killer.

It Ends with Us: I’m giving into the hype. I don’t tend to like romances on their own. However, the buzz created on social media intrigues me. I’m not really holding many expectations for this book, except the fact that it may surprise me.

Next Read: Uncertain

This is a month where I’m not really planning ahead on what I’m going to read. I’m just kind of going with what catches my attention. I am reading more books that center around murder or adventure, but that’s based on reading challenges I’m competing in. However, I’ll venture a few books I might make the next one:

  1. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco- Midnight Carnivals? Slasher mystery on a boat? I’m intrigued. I’ve been putting this one off due to things I’ve been hearing about an interruption in Audrey and Thomas’s relationship. However, I do want to finish the series before I begin to forget details of the previous two books.
  2. Superstitious by R.L. Stine: He dazzled us as children through the Goosebumps series and struck fear into us as teenagers with the Fear Street sage. How does he do when writing for adults? I want to find out while reading this book, about multiple murders, set in a small college town.
  3. Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivian Chien- I’m slowly falling in love with cozy mysteries. I read Death By Dumpling last week and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to continuing the series, soon.

What have you been reading lately or currently reading?

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