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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 has been compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train by many, so there was some hesitation on my part about reading it at first but the pull of it being reminiscent of Agatha Christie was greater. After reading a synopsis of the novel, I desperately wanted an Advanced Readers Copy but that wasn't in the cards for me. 

When it was released to the general public, I purchased The Woman in Cabin 10 from Barnes & Noble with the intent of reading it while on my first cruise. However, I had second thoughts figuring it probably wouldn't be such a good idea for me to read a thriller taking place on a cruise ship while I was actually on a cruise. So, I put off reading the book, and boy, was I ever glad I did so because I would have been paranoid and imagining things the entire time. 

This was the first novel I've read that was written by Ruth Ware and actually had never heard of her before. It kept me guessing to the very end and did not disappoint. I definitely enjoyed it way more then Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and I'm not really sure why it was compared to them. 

One of my first thoughts after finishing the book was that I wanted to read the whole thing again followed quickly by the thought it could have been a modern day Agatha Christie novel. I'd compare it to Christie's Murder on the Orient Express or Evil Under the Sun. I give it four stars out of five.


Synopsis of The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock, the main character, wakes up the first night to see a person thrown overboard . . . a person who just happened to be staying in the cabin next to her. According to the employees of the cruise ship, no one was staying in the cabin next to Blacklock. 

The majority of the novel is spent by Blacklock trying to convince people that she wasn't crazy . . . that there really was someone staying in the cabin next to her who went overboard while trying to find out what happened.



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