It’s been a while since I’ve posted about books (which is a shame because reading is one of my favorite hobbies). I have a two hour commute to work every day (one hour each way) on a quiet express bus. It is perfect for getting lost in a good book. I used to be unable to read in a moving vehicle because it made me extremely nauseous but for some reason I can do it on my iPad without a problem. Here are my thoughts on some of the books I’ve read lately:
Tempting Fate by Jane Green. I usually love Jane Green. Jemima J., Bookends and Mr. Maybe are amazing. If you have not read them, you definitely should. That being said, I wasn’t wild about Tempting Fate. Gabby is the main character and even though we have things in common (we have both been with our spouses for many years and have daughters) I didn’t find her terribly relatable. She was extremely flighty and superficial. We are told throughout the book that she is loyal, smart, dependable but her actions show her to be the opposite time and time again. Also, her husband is a kind and caring man and a wonderful father and she betrayed him throughout the book in both big and small ways. It was difficult to root for her. I almost stopped reading because I really did not care for her and was not interested in how things turned out. I would pass on this one.
Little Face by Sophie Hannah. I learned about Sophie Hannah in February and I have totally binged out on her books since then. I usually can predict the conclusion of a mystery novel in advance and then when I get there I am a little disappointed that I was right. Sophie Hannah is so talented at adding in bits of information that are misleading and changing the direction of the story throughout that I never know how it will end. She has fooled me in every one of her Spilling CID novels so far including this one. The premise is: Alice Fancourt leaves her new baby in the care of her husband, David, for the first time since giving birth. When she returns home she realizes that the baby sleeping in Florence’s crib is not hers. It is a different baby. Her husband swears it is the same child. This book is compelling, twisted and I couldn’t put it down. I definitely recommend it and the rest of Ms. Hannah’s books.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick, has a great life. She has three beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. While he is away on business she discovers a letter addressed to her that should be opened in the event of his death. The contents of the letter rock her entire World and change the lives of Rachel and Tess, even though they barely know Cecilia. This book tells three stories at once that intersect at the end. I was reluctant to read it at first due to all the hype but it was fabulous. I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out. I am now reading another Liane Moriarty book, What Alice Forgot, and I am totally sucked into it already.
What are you guys reading? Please share your thoughts on the books above or any standout books you wish to recommend!