Anna has been watching the world from her windows for the past ten months. A little ironic that a psychologist would develop agoraphobia, but this is the situation she finds herself in. After she witnesses a probable murder through one of her windows, she tries to convince those around her that someone is in danger but somehow things get twisted and people are finding it hard to believe Anna, considering all that Anna has been through herself. It’s even getting hard for Anna to believe it herself, but she knows what she saw… or does she?
This is a psychological thriller crisply written and immaculately spun. There are twists and turns in the plot that would have Agatha Christie surprised and that had me exclaiming out loud to the pages of the book (ask my family – it’s true!). Those pages had to keep turning or I could not sleep! The characters are not all that fully developed, except for that of Anna’s, but it’s not that kind of a story. It just works.
Let’s just say that if you start this book, be prepared to not be able to put it down until you finish it.
Got to give it a “Must Read!” Just for the fun of it!
Wanting only to reconnect with his son, Ryan, Jake agreed to pick him up at the movies, when his wife, Pam suggested it. Encouraged by the beginning of the first real conversation he’d had with Ryan in awhile, he hesitated only briefly when on the way home, Ryan asked to drive, even though it was slightly after the curfew for those with only drivers’ permits. What happened after that changed their lives forever, bonding father and son together but binding them in a web of lies that almost tears them apart forever.
The writing in this book is not what keeps it a page-turner; rather it is entirely plot-driven. But the plot is well-navigated and drives through twists and turns that keep the reader absolutely engaged. The characters are also each very likable, so that you really care what happens and feel a warm sympathy toward them, in spite of their flaws and very bad decisions.
This is suspense novel that is extremely suspenseful – a fun, quick read.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
This book is a definite page turner! In this book, a district attorney named Andy Barber, is shocked by the fact that his son is the one accused of murdering a fellow student and recounts the story of his trial. Andy is persistent in proclaiming his son’s innocence and is seemingly blind to the defects in his son’s character that create the possibility of doubt. His wife, Laurie, however, seems to be more concerned about their son’s personality issues and this difference in perspective seems to slice a wedge into the family dynamics. As the novel progresses, it becomes evident that there are actually two criminal investigations going on and the ending is a great twist of events.
Even while a bit disturbing and depressing, the suspense is continuous and it is very hard to put this book down. It will not go down as America’s greatest classic, but it sure is a suspenseful, fun book to read! Enjoy!
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
This is truly the perfect summer/beach read. The story is about a couple who are about to celebrate their 5th anniversary and suddenly the wife, Amy, goes missing. There are, of course, shady circumstances surrounding her disappearance and the story takes many, many very unexpected twists and turns. This is the kind of book that when you read, your own spouse gets annoyed because every so often you’re yelling at the book (“Oh, no!” or “Seriously??”) like a bit of a fool. But you won’t be able to stop yourself because it’s that crazy!
I had fun with this one. The characters are very complicated and while the husband is certainly the protagonist, he’s not exactly a hero in my mind. And until the very end, the author is relentless with the surprises!
I will admit, I did quite a bit of yelling at the book at the end. It felt initially as if it stopped short. But after digesting it for awhile, I realized that it was the way it had to end.
I would love for others to read this one to see if you agree!