Mind…..Blown…..

Have you ever read a book and felt like you knew exactly what was going on the entire time?? Thought you had it all figured out….until the final few chapters and then all of a sudden the truth hits you out of nowhere? Yeah, that was this book!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is one of the most amazing, addicting, intriguing and consuming books that I have ever read. I can honestly say that I was consumed by this book. I stayed up way too late on one too many occasions reading this book. After the first night of reading the book, 92 pages in (30% of the book read at this point) I thought I had it all figured out. I wrote this comment on Goodreads “I’m addicted and starting to think I have a theory….don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I feel like Adele has cancer or some other terminal illness at this point. She knows her husband is cheating but instead of getting angry she’s befriending his mistress and making a plan?”

 

Well….let me just say that I was so far out in left field with that guess that it wasn’t even funny! Okay maybe it was a little funny?? As I continued to read the book my mind did change a little bit and I think I came up with at least 10 other different scenarios that could’ve been possible. I’m not gonna lie for the longest time I honestly just thought that Adele was certifiably crazy! Then just like Louise I feel for her act and almost felt sympathy for her and began to think that David (her husband) was the crazy, manipulative and overbearing one in the relationship. But when I thought about that theory I thought to myself, that can’t be possible because he doesn’t treat Louise that way so why would he treat his wife that way?? Granted it could have been because he wasn’t happy in the marriage but why not just divorce her? David and Adele had some secret that was holding them together but what could be so terrible that he can’t divorce her??

I could talk about this book for hours….in fact I talked about it to a friend for a good hour! But I don’t want to give any spoilers! So here is the summary that Goodreads has on their website.

“Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.”

After reading that I’m sure you know why I picked this book for my selection from Book of the Month! (I mean honestly this was the best idea ever….thanks Book of the Month for existing!!). This book clearly did not disappoint me one bit and I can promise you that if you read it, it wont disappoint you either!!

Have you ever read any other books by Sarah Pinborough?? If so what book was it and what did you think of it?? Have you read this book?? What did you think of it??? Leave it in the comments below!!! Happy reading!

Xo’s Shelby

1 Short Story With a Big Twist!

I opened this book and I will say the first line had me in….shock? I won’t tell you what the line is because if you read the book I want you to have the same first reaction that I did! But what I can tell you is that I absolutely loved this short story!

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I have ever read and The GrownUp did not disappoint one bit! I never knew that a 64 page book could give someone chills! (Yes I just said this book was only 64 pages!)

Flynn’s writing played with my mind the entire time I was reading this story. I kept thinking to myself that I knew exactly what was happening and what was going to happen. But the more I read the more I kept questioning myself. Originally when I completed this book I thought to myself, “I need more!!” But now that I’ve had some time to process…I’m glad that it was left open-ended.

There are some instances where explanations and closure are needed, and when it comes to books I am usually all about getting closure. This book was different, this book plays with your mind and gives you, the reader the opportunity to create your own truth and your own ending and I really enjoyed that.

In this novel a canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. One rainy April morning, she is reading auras at the Spiritual Palms (where she works) when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our narrator immediately notices that Susan, though rich, is an unhappy woman who is eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, why this “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home, the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes that she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s stepson, does not help matters with his disturbing and sometimes terrifying manner and imagination. As you read this short story you will follow these three characters through a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and hat, if anything, can be done to escape it.

In case you couldn’t tell this is kind of a ghost story! Which was another reason I loved it!! I read it all in one sitting. Now…since this was a short story…I will leave you with a short review. I mean I could definitely talk about this book a little bit more, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it!

Have you read this book or any other book by Flynn? If so leave it in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

 

2 Types of People In This World…

There are two types of people in this world. The type of person who believes in science and facts. Then there’s the type of person that believes in fate and dreams. Or maybe you’re like me and you believe in both?? And there’s nothing wrong with that! Except that’s not what this blog post is about!

In the amazing book, The Sun Is Also a Star written by Nicola Yoon, we follow two very different people through a very interesting “love story” (I use those words loosely here!).

Natasha is the type of girl that wants nothing but the facts presented to her. No fate, no destiny, no dreams that will never come true. Her reasoning behind this is very understandable. Her family is less than 12 hours away from being deported from New York City back to Jamaica. This girl is desperate to do anything to help her family to stay. She wants to be in NYC with her friends, her whole life is in this city. On her way to meet with an attorney about her families problems, she runs into this boy on the street. Then she runs into him again….and again. Coincidence or is this something else? Natasha wants to blow it off completely. She has no time for foolish things like this. She isn’t the type of girl that would run into a boy, by chance, on a crowded NYC street, and fall in love with him….or would she?

Daniel on the other hand is the type of person who believes in fate, everything happens for a reason! He’s an aspiring poet, who spends his free time writing poems about heartbreak, even though he has never had his heart broken….at least not yet. He’s always been a good son, a good student and the one who has always lived up to the very high expectations of his parents. Until he met Natasha…there was something about her that made him believe that fate had something more extraordinary in store for him….for the two of them actually.

Natasha and Daniel are both funny, flawed and fully developed characters who feel as if they are old friends. However, as the day unfolds, so does their love story. This love story is anything but simple, and you will find yourself (much like me if you’re at all a sucker for romances….) rooting for them from the beginning until the very last page.

I won’t spoil it by telling you anymore than I already have. Will Natasha get deported? Will Daniel get his heart broken? Or will they end up happily every after? Find out for yourself by picking up a copy of this amazing book!

Ps. The Sun Is Also a Star has a style of switching narrative between the two main characters, which made the story flow very easily. I will say that I was a little skeptical at first because in the past I have not enjoyed books written in this style, but I loved this one so much. I only mention this at the end because I know that the style in which books are written can turn readers away. It used to turn me away.

If you’ve ever read this book, or any other book by Nicola Yoon please leave your thoughts in the comments below! And be looking for my review of Everything, Everything (the book…not the movie!) coming soon!

Xo’s Shelby