The Child

Guys. It’s been FOUR months since the last time I wrote about a book I read. I’m so sorry! There has been a lot going on for us the last few months, and it looks like 52 books this year is not going to happen. However, I still have been reading and plan to catch up on blogging, never fear!

The Child by Fiona Barton was a Book of the Month pick because I read Barton’s previous novel, The Widow. When I saw the selections for July, I thought Fiona Barton’s name looked familiar and had to look it up when I realized I read The Widow last year. (This is exactly why I need to write about the books I read because I could NOT remember what happened in that book at all. I had to read a synopsis before I vaguely remembered reading it.)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t wait to see how all the pieces fit together – and when I did, I had an audible “A-Ha!” moment. (I love when that happens.) You don’t have to read The Widow to follow along with The Child but they both feature the same protagonist, Kate Waters, an investigative journalist for a prominent UK newspaper. I would recommend reading them both.

In a dying age for journalists, especially the “pen and paper” kind, Kate Waters needs to find a story to remind her Editor that she’s still there. After a demolition crew on a building site discovers the remains of a baby, Kate decides to see what she can dig up. After hearing contradicting stories and stumbling into a much bigger web than she bargained for, the question on everyone’s mind (including my own) is, who is the Building Site Baby?

I rated this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

kate.

Big Little Lies

What can I say about Big Little Lies? I’ve read this book previously, (like in 2014, maybe?) but I decided to read it again before the premier of HBO’s mini series based off the novel, two weeks ago. I love this book. Big Little Lies started my love for Liane Moriarty and I have since read all of her books except one (which I am currently reading and will be posting about soon.) This is one of my go-to recommendations because it has a little bit of everything; mystery, friendship, romance, and murder.

The story is narrated by Jane, a single mom who is new in town; Madeline, Jane’s defender who has problems of her own between her eldest daughter and ex-husband; and Celeste, who is in an abusive relationship but can’t seem to admit it to herself. Throw in the drama surrounding their kindergarten children, and somehow this book ends in murder. Seriously, read it. Then, watch the mini-series so we can discuss it. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.

What’s your favorite book-to-screen adaptation?

kate.

You Will Know Me

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This week’s read is You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. I, once again, picked this from Book of the Month. You may or may not know this about me but I am obsessed with the Olympics. Like, I cry every time I watch a medal ceremony, obsessed. I watched all that I could of the Rio Olympics and that most definitely included the women gymnasts. (I just want to be friends with Aly and Simone!!) Anyway, when I saw that this book was about a star gymnast, I was already hooked and to top it all off, it’s a thriller, too! I loved it. I loved this book so much that I was skipping words and sentences because I was reading so fast and trying to figure out what happened next. It was creepy but not in a scary way. I mean, no one jumps out or is lurking in the shadows or anything, but it definitely kept my attention, which I appreciate. Oh, and I thought I had it figured out at the end, but there was a twist and I was wrong.

The story is about Devon, a star gymnast on her way to becoming Elite and then an Olympian, but written from her mom’s, Katie, point of view. When a death in their community happens, it threatens to ruin everything they have worked for, but Katie and her husband, Eric, will do whatever it takes for their daughter to succeed, including keeping secrets from each other. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.

 

kate.