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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: Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger opens with a commuter train that has stalled and Selena Murphy striking up a conversation with another passenger named Martha. Martha admits that she's having an affair with her boss. Selena confesses that she thinks her husband is having an affair with the nanny. A few days later, Geneva, the nanny, disappears causing Selena's life to fall apart, and Selena begins to wonder just who Martha is.

I belong to several book related groups on Facebook, and Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger was recommended by another member. When I read the synopsis on Goodreads.com, I was immediately intrigued and purchased the ebook version from Barnes and Noble Booksellers.  At first, I wasn't sure I would like the book, but I persisted, and I am so glad I did.  The further I got into the story, the better it got, and I absolutely ended up falling in love with this novel, so much so that I want a sequel.

The story was told from various different perspectives, and at first, I wasn't sure how they all connected to one another. It definitely kept the story twisting and turning, which I loved because I definitely didn't have a clue how it was going to turn out. The one thing to keep in mind if you plan on reading this book is that it switches back and forth between the present day and the past. At first, this threw me for a loop.

Characters were very well developed in my opinion, even the children in the book were evolved, which was a nice change to see. There were characters that I loved and felt emotionally attached to.  And, of course, there others that I despised and wanted them to get their just dessert. Furthermore, the writing was superb. My heart pounded in all the right places and broke where it was supposed to.

I've seen several people compare Confessions on the 7:45 to the novel Strangers on a Train. I haven't read the latter, but it definitely makes me want to read it so I can make a comparison and form my own opinion. There's nothing bad I can really say about this book. I gave it five out of five stars, and I plan on reading more books written by Lisa Unger.

If you liked Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger, you may like Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.


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