The Fall Guy

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Let me just start by saying that psychological thrillers are my jam. I could read them all day and only slightly be affected by the nightmares that would ensue afterwards. I think the obsession started with Gillian Flynn’s novels and has increased with every Harlan Coben story I’ve inhaled, but I digress.

I picked The Fall Guy by James Lasdun from Book of the Month, which by the way is amazing. Basically, it’s a subscription service for books but you actually get to choose your book of the month from the selections given to you based on which genres you choose. Plus, if you don’t like your selections, you can always skip the month for free! Anyway, (so many tangents) this was the book I chose for October.

To be honest, this was not my favorite read. I didn’t enjoy the writing, I thought the story was slow, and the plot kind of lacking. The story is set in a vacation town in the mountains of New York and follows Matthew, the main character and narrator, his cousin Charlie, and Charlie’s wife, Chloe. Matthew turns out to be obsessed with Chloe and sees himself as a surrogate for Charlie, who he admires and doesn’t want to disappoint but really only because of his own resentment towards him. With some plot twists, which are far-fetched in my opinion, the story ends badly. It really turns out that all three of the characters are terrible people, so I don’t feel badly for any of them. The story kept me interested enough to want to finish it, but I will never read it again and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone either. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

1 down, 51 to go!

What’s your favorite genre to read?

kate.

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2017

Two years ago I challenged myself to read 52 books within a year. It was so challenging but I loved working towards a goal and completing it! Because of that, I get asked for book recommendations and I decided that I needed a place to document my literary thoughts. Ergo, this blog! I challenged myself to read another 52 books this year so I will (hopefully) be updating about once a week.

How many books are you wanting to read this year?

kate.