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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: Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

book review every vow you break peter swanson

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson - Abigail Baskin falls in love with millionaire Bruce Lamb. During her bachelorette party, Abigail has a drunken one night stand and instantly regrets it. When the guy from Abigail's bachelorette party shows up every where she is, including her wedding and honeymoon, she's frantic.

Fast paced and unputdownable is how I would describe Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson. Enjoyable from page one, I couldn't wait to see how it would end. Although it was a bit predictable, I loved this novel so much more than I did his Eight Perfect Murders. I was ecstatic that he didn't give away any endings to other books this time. However, if you haven't watched The Wicker Man, you may want to watch the movie before reading this book because he does give away the ending to it. Thankfully, I had already seen the remake of the movie with Nicholas Cage.

Several of the characters were unlikable like Bruce and Scottie. With that being said, at one point I kind of liked Scottie, but that didn't last too long. However, there were some likable characters . . . I liked the main character, despite her indiscretions and her best friend Zoe. I even liked the only other female guest on the island, Jill.

Even though Every Vow You Break was a bit predictable, as I mentioned before, it still had my heart racing at parts. It was very entertaining yet disturbing at the same time. Some things that were great reminders about real life that were in this book was to take breaks from social media . . . it really is addictive, and to not ignore any red flags you see in relationships or other aspects in your life. 

I don't really have any complaints for Every Vow You Break and can't wait to read another novel by Peter Swanson. I gave this book five out of five stars.


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