Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books that drained my emotions

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is the Top 5 books that drained my emotions. I could easily list more, but this are my top 5. Harry Potter is more of the whole series, not just the first novel!

What book drained your emotions?

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Snap by Belinda Bauer

Snap

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long.

But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.

Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.

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I feel like I have been reviewing a lot of 2 or 3 calculator reads lately, so I’m super happy to be reviewing a novel that I really enjoyed! It’s so much easier to review novels that I loved instead of only felt ok about.

The best part about Snap was the characters. I loved 14 year old Jack, even though he is unlike any teenager boy I have ever read about! I really enjoyed reading his story and his perseverance in finding his mother’s killer.

I even liked the detectives Reynolds & Marvel who are working for the first time together. Marvel is a homicide investigation and he doesn’t hide his disappointment when the biggest crime in the town is a breaking and entering case.

Even though I tend to love thrillers that throw out a lot of big twists, I really enjoyed Snap. It’s a slow burn novel that doesn’t have any crazy twists, but it’s still a great thriller.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read it and I will have to check out more of Belinda Bauer’s novels! Any recommendations?!

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Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace #5) by Peter James

Dead Tomorrow

“Lynn gripped the sides of the armchair, trying to put aside her own inner terror. ‘I can’t believe I’m thinking this, Ross. I’m not a violent person, even before Caitlin’s influence, I never even liked killing flies in my kitchen. Now I’m sitting here actually willing some stranger to die.”

The body of a teenager dredged from the seabed off the coast of Sussex is found to be missing its vital organs. Soon two more young bodies are found.

Caitlin Beckett, a fifteen-year-old in Brighton, will die if she does not receive an urgent liver transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down, Lynn, her mother, turns in panic to the internet and discovers a broker who can provide her with a black-market organ – but at a price.

As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter’s life…

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Another novel that could of been reduced by half of it’s pages. This is the 5th novel in the Roy Grace series and I think I may need a break from the series. The first novel was amazing, but it’s gone downhill since then.

Like in the previous novels, there are a number of storylines with a lot of characters. There is Lynn and her daughter Caitlin, who is dying and is in need of a liver transplant. Then there are teenagers discovered in the water who have had some major surgery, removing organs, before they died. And then there is Roy Grace, our lead character, who needs to piece together everything and has a lot of personal issues on the side. It’s fairly easy to pick up what links up all the stories, so there isn’t a big shocker or surprise.

I like Roy, but I’m finding his story to be getting old. His wife, Sandy, disappeared and he has not heard anything from her in almost 10 years. I’m so tired of this plot as it has been dragging out over the last 5 novels. At least in this novel, there is a major clue about what happened to Sandy.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m taking a break from this series.

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Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

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Is it just me or have you also been reading a lot of thrillers about female best friends? In these thrillers an event happens and then they realized that their friend wasn’t the person they thought they were? I feel like I have read a ton of them! I’ve read some good ones (Best Friends Forever) and some horrible ones (A Simple Favor).

I liked Her Pretty Face, but I feel that there is a bit of a pattern with these types of novels and I’m not a huge fan of them. There was no big shocker, just how to react to a friend who isn’t who you thought she was.

Similar to her earlier novel, The Party, I flew through it. There is something about Harding’s writing style that has me flipping pages way too quickly. There were some other similarities, including multiple perspectives which includes a mother and a teenager. It could be me, but I can’t relate to Harding’s teenager characters at all. They don’t act like any teenager that I know (or grew up with)!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more of Harding’s novels!

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WWW Wednesday – November 14, 2018

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

Her Pretty Face

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

What are you currently reading?

Dead Tomorrow

“Lynn gripped the sides of the armchair, trying to put aside her own inner terror. ‘I can’t believe I’m thinking this, Ross. I’m not a violent person, even before Caitlin’s influence, I never even liked killing flies in my kitchen. Now I’m sitting here actually willing some stranger to die.”

The body of a teenager dredged from the seabed off the coast of Sussex is found to be missing its vital organs. Soon two more young bodies are found.

Caitlin Beckett, a fifteen-year-old in Brighton, will die if she does not receive an urgent liver transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down, Lynn, her mother, turns in panic to the internet and discovers a broker who can provide her with a black-market organ – but at a price.

As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter’s life…

What do you think you’ll read next?

Snap

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long.

But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.

Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.

What are your WWW? Have you read Her Pretty Face, Dead Tomorrow or Snap?

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