Okay folks! I am here again for my monthly book reviews. As I’ve stated before I am trying to read 150 books in a year (December to December) I usually average 5 books a month but in April I set a new record for myself and read 7 books! Yay! Go me! We’ll let’s get to it!
7. The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys by Marina Chapman
“In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her housing estate and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.
So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral; she lost the ability to speak, lost all inhibition, lost any real sense of being human, replacing the structure of human society with the social mores of her new simian family. But society was eventually to reclaim her. At age ten she was discovered by a pair of hunters who took her to the lawless Colombian city of Cucuta where, in exchange for a parrot, they sold her to a brothel. When she learned that she was to be groomed for prostitution, she made her plans to escape. But her adventure wasn’t over yet…
Okay, Intially I really enjoyed this story. The whole living in the jungle thing got my attention and I appreciated the details that answered the questions I might have. Like how does she go to the bathroom? Bathe? Etc.
But then she leaves the jungle and this is where the book lost me. She ends up at home after home filled with abuse and a few random kind people that she wonders what happened to over and over. Then after all of these horrible experiences, she finds a good home and the book ends. WTF! After all of that horribleness, we should at least get two chapters on the details of her new happiness.
Oh well….read this book if you want to be depressed. I gave it 2 stars on good reads
6. Titanic with ZOMBIES (The Zombie Apocalypse at Sea) by Richard Brown
“A mysterious infection turns hundreds of passengers into violent, flesh-eating zombies, sinking the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
Forget everything you thought you knew about the famous disaster. This is the zombie apocalypse … at sea.
All aboard. It’s about to go down!”
This was a great book! It really was. I’m giving it three stars because after a while it just felt wrong. The titanic was a traumatic event by itself but to add zombies just made it too much. Maybe i’m soft lol IDK it’s almost like somebody adding zombies to 9/11. Anyway it was great writing but I just was turned off…
5.Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman
“Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.
The killer with a secret…
Donny Ray knows things about Christopher—things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case, Christopher’s life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?
The terror that binds them…
In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, bestselling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth…even if it costs him his sanity.”
Okay….I really can’t review this book like I want to without giving away the entire story but here goes.
I knew from the way this book was headed that it would be like the movie shutter island, and I was right but also wrong. If that makes sense. I am so utterly confused that I think I will reread this. I personally wouldn’t call it a thriller because a lot of the stuff that Chris was going through didn’t seem real and after some time I actually wondered if the entire book was a figment of my imagination.
I’m not giving this book 4 stars because it was a great book. I’m giving it 4 stars because it has done what no other book has done before, confuse the shit out of me but at the same time make me want to read it again.
4. My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni
“Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.
When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.”
I’m only giving this book 4 stars because of the ending! This was a 360 book. Meaning what I was presented with in the beginning was also the end. All of the twist and turns and we ended up right where we started. A complete circle! Ugh I was so upset, but this does not take away from the greatness of the book. I was reading this book at work, on the bus, on the train I could not wait to see what happened!
But seriously one honest conversation between Tracy and the Police chief could have prevented this entire book (well not Sarah being abducted) but everything else that followed.
3. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
“Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.
The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.
In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.”
I rated this book 5 stars at first but then changed it to 4 stars. I realized the thing I enjoyed most about this book was the ending. I was pleasantly surprised. But other than that it was an average read. I figured out all of the “secrets and lies” almost immediately but still enjoyed watching them unravel.
2. Ugly Young Thing (Grand Trespass #2) by Jennifer Jaynes
“Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.
But Allie’s new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she begins to see shadowy figures outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, a nagging voice makes Allie wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.“
Up until I was about 90% done with this book it was a nice 4 star book. Not because it wasn’t as good as the first, I’d just become familiar with the authors style and figured out who the killer was fairly early. I also figured out how this killer related to Ms. Bitty. What sent me for a loop however was how this all related to Allie. I did not see that coming at all! And for that plot twist at the end, this book has earned 5 stars. I just wish that Ms. Bitty would have given Allie an explanation at the end. After all the girl had been through she deserved it.
1. Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass #1) by Jennifer Jaynes
“When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes without a trace, the residents of rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, launch a desperate search to find her. But few clues are unearthed, and before long another young woman disappears.
As locals continue to vanish, residents begin to discover that they might not know those closest to them as well as they had thought. Lies and insecurities quickly surface, leading everyone to question one another…and their involvement in the disappearances.
Meanwhile, an unstable, twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her—and of women in general—and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them.”
Hands down the best mystery/crime novel I have read yet for my reading challenge.It did start off confusing with all the different POV’s but it all came together nicely. The way the author gave you the killer’s POV without revealing his identity was brilliant. Especially because I could’ve sworn the killer was one person until I was about 70% done and I figured it out. Still a great story. I wouldn’t mind reading again. I rated it 5 stars on my goodreads page.