Quick Summary: The story of a family & how their lives when one daughter is getting ready to have birth after losing her 2nd child, how a husband & wife are dealing with past relationships & the girl they brought over to save from Germany, & a daughter who has a goal of making amazing swimming goals.
**NetGalley Book / opinions all of my own
This book did not go where I thought it was going to go. After just the first first, or second chapter, I was stunned. But I was hooked on where this story was going to go & how it would end up.
This is a book that has a different POV every chapter & hearing from every person in the story over & over. I love books like that - to me, it brings everyone's personality out better.
In the end, I really was hooked in this. I wish they would have taken the story just a little further & given us the conversation between the parents & Frannie - but... I know some things are left to the imagination.
If you read this- be sure to read the Author's notes where she explains how much of this story is true. It's pretty amazing.
“This, she realized, was what it felt like to grow old. Eventually people felt so weighed down by the yoke of their own bad decisions that they could scarcely move.”
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes
*** 1/2 - Liked it a lot
Quick Summary: The hot girl group of the early 2000's are all grown up & their group has split up years before & they find out that one of the group members has committed suicide & we get to look back at their years as a group & how they got to where they all are in life
Just a heads up - this book starts with a page of trigger warnings & it's legit. There's a lot that happens in this book.
I honestly nearly gave it 4 stars but I got a little frustrated with how they handled Cassidy & her relationships in a way. It took a turn at one point that just didnt feel like it really matched who the author wrote her at the beginning. It just didnt feel organic to me.
But I really did enjoy the story & seeing everyone's point of view. Going back & forth in time - hearing Cassidy's view of things too. I will say, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending - I wanted more answers for Cassidy's story.
What made me really like this book is the Author's Notes on why she wrote this book. It really made me connect more to the story & a lot of things clicked in place more.
Be warned - this one really does hit triggers... we have a lot of things happening in this... physical abuse, sexual assault, obviously suicide, depression ... its a heavy book really.
In the end, I really couldnt put this down once I started.
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
**** / Really Liked It
Quick Summary: Pippa needs to do a project for her class & she takes on a local murder case to see if the person who is accused of doing it was really responsible.
I so enjoyed this book. I'm not used to reading mysteries & I need to do it more.... but also know that once I'm into it - I cant stop until I know who did it.
This one was so interesting to me. I love the character Pippa & this makes me excited to see that this is the first in a series. I'll totally pick up the next one. Pippa's sense of humor & wit totally made me laugh out loud. Once a book does that, I'm totally in.
This took twists & turns & the ending caught me by surprise - which is always a thumbs up.
The only down side to me on this one... SO MANY CHARACTERS. I mean it. I really needed to keep a chart of all the people & draw lines to it like a legit crime scene board. I'll know this for the next book.
“Pip wished she was strong enough, but she’d learned that she wasn’t invincible; she too could break.”
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