First line: It’s the cooling bathwater that wakes me.
Livia has been planning her fortieth birthday party for twenty years.
She wants it to be perfect. Everything is in place and it looks like it
is going to be a beautiful day. She does not want anything to spoil it.
But she has a secret she has been keeping from her husband. She knows
she should tell him but she doesn’t want to ruin the day. So she decides
to wait until after the party.
Adam, Livia’s husband, wants
Livia to have a great birthday especially since she has been planning it
for so long. He has a big surprise for her but when he learns something
that may ruin her life he has a dilemma on whether to tell her or wait
until after the party.
My Thoughts: This wasn’t a thriller
in the traditional sense. No one is murdered. It is just lots of
miscommunication and secrets that cause problems throughout the plot. I
really enjoyed it. I was very anxious about how it would end. I made
myself not look at the end so I didn’t find out what happened. It was
hard not to. I needed to know. This is a book that I really had to put
down so I could sleep. Even after that I kept thinking about it. So
immediately I had to finish it in the morning.
I did get a
little annoyed with the characters and their misunderstandings. So many
secrets involved in this. Lots of messed up relationships. But it gave
the book a lot of shock factors. I know I gasped a few times. B. A.
Paris is a really good author for a fast paced thrill ride. Give her
books a try if you haven’t already!
Littleport, Maine is a small coastal town that spends half the year
catering to the wealthy visitors on summer vacation. The Loman family is
the richest and most prominent family in the area. One summer the
Loman’s daughter, Sadie develops a friendship with a local girl. They
become inseparable. As their friendship grows, Avery is brought on to
manage the family’s local rental properties and other business ventures
in town. Then one summer everything changes. Sadie is found dead. The
police rule it as a suicide but Avery feels like things do not add up.
Who could want to hurt Sadie and why?
My Thoughts: This
is a perfect read for summer vacations. It is set on a coastal town with
beaches, bungalows and bistros. While reading it I desperately wanted
to be sitting outside with a cold drink.
Miranda does a great
job a spinning a tangled web. The story jumps back and forth between the
summer Sadie died and the next one without her. But at the same time we
get glimpses farther back into Avery’s past as well. There seemed to be
so many possibilities for the ending. I was shocked by the big reveal
at the end. The last 50 pages fly by so fast. It was hard to put down.
FYI: My favorite Megan Miranda books is All The Missing Girls. It is fantastic. The story is told in reverse. You would think it would give away so much but it does not. Both of these books are perfect for your summer reading list!
*If you would like to listen to the audio book it is available on Libby.*
This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of how the
renowned 1970s rock band Daisy Jones & The Six rose to fame—as
well as what led to their abrupt and infamous split while on tour in
Chicago on July 12, 1979.
Summary: Daisy Jones, a young
girl in the late 1960s who spends her time on Sunset Boulevard, sneaking
into clubs, drinking heavily and dreaming big of a life as a rock star.
Billy Dunne is the lead singer of an up and coming rock band called The
Six. They each have a unique sound but when their producer decides that
the way to make them superstars is to combine their talents.
through interviews with band members, family, friends and colleagues we
get the story of the legendary band known as Daisy Jones and The Six.
My Thoughts: If you loved the movieBohemian Rhapsody then you should definitely check this out! And listen to the audio book. I find that the style of the writing is very hard to read because it is an oral history. The book is composed of interviews which bounce back and forth between different members. But the audio has a full cast and it feels like a documentary. I kept having to remind myself that this was fiction not an actual band.
I did not grow up in the
seventies but I can imagine that Taylor Jenkins Reid does a great job of
portraying it. Life was wild at the time. I really loved hearing about
Daisy. She sounds like the typical female rock star of the time who
struggled with drugs and the crazy lifestyle. However, I kept rooting
for her to figure it out.
Each of the other characters has their
own demons but they are mainly supporting characters. But I did enjoy
hearing each ones perspective on the same events. It is crazy how
different each person views and remembers the same thing. The one
character that I really struggled with liking was Eddie. He drove me
crazy. He was constantly complaining about everything, even though most
of the stuff had nothing to do with him.
First line: Lately, the line between real life and the movies has begun to blur.
Summary: Hollywood was not always the glamorous place it is today. At the dawn of the motion pictures were Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. Their friendship and collaboration created many of the earliest movies. Each took their careers in hand and made a name for themselves. Marion as a screenwriter and Mary as “America’s Sweetheart”. Through a duel narration, we see the changes of the movies, their lives and the nation.
Highlights: Melanie Benjamin is becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes amazing stories of strong women. I am completely enamored with Mary Pickford and Frances Marion after reading this novel. I really liked both characters. Each woman is independent but they have a strong friendship that they rely on as well. The history behind the beginning of the motion picture was fascinating to see through the eyes of women who actually experienced it when women were barely working outside the home.
I have inter-library loaned several of their movies as I read in order to watch the movies discussed in the story. Having never watched a silent film, it will be a fun experience. My first one will be Sparrows starring Mary Pickford.
Lowlights: The middle of the plot was a little slow. Especially when Frances was in Europe during the First World War. It is an important point in her life but when the rest of the story is centered around Hollywood and the movies it was not as interesting.
FYI: If you like The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty then read this!