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review 2019-09-07 12:55
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
Before She Knew Him - Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him was the second book I’ve read by Peter Swanson and it’s obvious he’s improved in the craft. His characters are now fully formed; however his plot does suffer ever-so-slightly as a result, although I did enjoy this.


Hen and Lloyd move in next door to Matthew and Mira and when the aforementioned couple go to Matthew and Mira’s house for the evening Hen spots an item on display that was embroiled in a murder investigation. This ignites her suspicion of him and thus begins a game of cat and mouse between the two. It’s better to know very little about the plot before you go into this thriller, so I’ll leave it there.


The novel is narrated by Matthew and Hen predominately, with a few chapters from the perspective of Mira (Matthews wife) and Richard (Matthews brother).

There was a lot of detail pertaining to character traits which really helped me connect with them, however this sometimes veered into the needless and slowed down the progression. For example, we’d be continuously told what someone was making to eat, which had no bearing on the plot. The pace was sometimes a little slow with chapters ending sedately, meaning I didn’t always care about reading on. The style and tight prose sustained me, though, plus I knew major themes were in the works.


There was a nice twist towards the end, not the best, but good enough. From reviews I read I was expecting something more, but it wasn’t anything I suspected, so there was that.


The characters were the best element. I cared about them and wanted to find out what happened to them, so I’d definitely say this is worth the time if you’re looking for something lightish.


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text 2019-09-04 11:14
Reading progress update: I've read 43%.
Before She Knew Him - Peter Swanson

It was getting a bit slow and then bam! Looking forward to hopefully finishing it today. 


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text 2019-09-02 10:20
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Before She Knew Him - Peter Swanson

I needed an easy read and this is perfect. It's immersive, I like the characters and it's easy to fall into.





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review 2019-07-05 16:46
Book Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Amanda Quick

Book: The Girl Who Knew Too Much


Author: Amanda Quick


Genre: Fiction/Historical/Mystery/Romance


Summary: When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head off to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It's where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool. . . The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist - especially since she's just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene's investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are more powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment. Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician - until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can't let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago . . . With Oliver's help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past - always just out of sight - could drag them both under . . . -Berkley, 2017


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review 2019-07-04 03:05
Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: Life As We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: The Last Survivors, 1
Format: ebook
Length: 746 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3.5 stars


Synopsis: Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.


Favourite character: Matt
Least favourite character: Miranda & Megan


Mini-review: This was kind of incredible. So why the low rating, you may ask? Good question.

First though, I want to talk about how scary this book is. I'm talking about, it's so well written and believable that when you put the book down, you have to convince yourself your not in that world and if you go get a snack your not wasting your supplies. 

The bad part(s) of this book? If it hadn't been narrated by Miranda and if Megan had been less overzealous.


Fan Cast:

Miranda Evans - China Anne McClain

Laura Evans - Danai Gurira

Matt Evans - John Boyega

Jonny Evans - Caleb McLaughlin

Mrs. Nesbitt - Hayley Mills

Megan Wayne - Cailee Spaeny

Mr. Evans - Anthony Mackie

Lisa Evans - Kate Mara

Dan - Alex Wolff

Sammi - Gracie Dzienny

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