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Book Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

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Last week, I ran to the library on my lunch break to pick up a book for one of the book clubs I belong to. Having trouble finding it on the shelves, I happened across Chevy Stevens' Those Girls. Reading the synopsis, it intrigued me, and I decided to check it out.
Was I ever glad that I borrowed this book! It was so well written that I couldn't put down . . . I read the majority of the book in a day, staying up into the wee hours of the night so I could finish it. Even though I was exhausted the next day for work, I wasn't sorry that I stayed up to find out what happened.
Although Those Girls is considered a thriller, I would classify it more in the horror genre instead due to the horrific things the three main characters endure in the first half of the book.  The subject matter is very heavy and not suitable for tweens or young teens as it does deal with rape. 
The book had me rooting for the main characters (Jess, Courtney, and Dani Campbell) from the very beginning; my…

Book Review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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Synopsis of A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena:  Tom and Karen Krupp have an idyllic life . . . a nice home in upstate New York, good jobs, and a loving relationship. One evening, Tom returns home to find the front door unlocked and dinner started but no Karen. Frantic to find his wife, he calls friends before calling 911. Within minutes of placing the 911 call, Tom hears a knock on the door. The police have found Karen. She's been in a car accident in a bad part of town and has been rushed to the hospital. She has no recollection of the past several hours. After being released from the hospital, Karen returns home with Tom, only to find things in her home keep being moved around and suddenly becomes a suspect in a murder. Is Karen really who she says she is? Is Tom hiding something? Karen and Tom become A Stranger in the House.
While shopping at Barnes & Noble, I found a copy of A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena that someone had randomly put down on a shelf. Intrig…

Book Review: The Switch by Joseph Finder

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Joseph Finder did it again with his political thriller The Switch. It was action packed from the very start to the very end. Set in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., The Switch alternates between the two main characters . . . Michael Tanner and Will Abbott. 
I loved the fact that you go to see both sides of the story instead of just one side. Characters were well developed with complex relationships. There were characters that I absolutely loved (Michael Tanner and his wife Sara), ones that I detested (Will Abbott), and ones that I didn't like at first but then grew on me (Earl).
Another thing I loved about The Switch is some of the little details about Boston . . . the orange and green lines of the train were mentioned. Different locations within Boston were mentioned as well . . . the South End and North End, Back Bay, and more. It made me want to go on vacation yet again to Boston.
With the exception of not returning the laptop to Senator Susan Robbins once Tanner r…

Book Review: Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay

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Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay is about a 14 year old boy named Tommy Sanderson and his two friends, Josh and Luis, who venture into the Borderland State Park in Ames, Massachusetts late one night during a sleepover. Tommy disappears into the woods after telling his friends that he'll meet them back at Josh's house and is never seen again. Elizabeth Sanderson, Tommy's mother, is beside herself as the police search turns up no clues and strange things are happening around town.
This book was chosen for a book club I belong to, and after reading the synopis, I was super excited to read Disappearance at Devil's Rock, and I immediately went to the library to check out the book. Although it started with great promise, the book turned out to be a great disappointment. It is touted as being in the horror genre, but it fits more in the mystery genre with a hint of supernatural with mention of one of the characters being psychic and mention of the devil thro…