A Novel About my Wife by Emily Perkins
Goodreads rating- 3.3/5
My rating- 3/5
“This is what we had become, after the first symbiotic year of our living together: a couple who needed another couple to be around.”
Emily Perkins is an excellent writer. If you’ve read and liked the novel We Need to Talk About Kevin (amazing book with the same type of thriller angle), then you’ll enjoy this. A Novel About my Wife follows the main characters memories of his wife, and how she became mentally unwell. Unfortunately- the main character is unlikeable and does unfavourable things throughout. I don’t believe MC’s have to be likeable all the time, but you at least have to be rooting for them, or else why should you care what happens to them? I didn’t connect very well to his wife either, probably because the MC thinks his wife is mysterious, therefore we don’t ever get a huge insight into her personality or thoughts. Regardless of the lack of connection I had to the characters, the plot is awesome and it keeps you guessing until the end. If you like a tidy ending, you won’t enjoy this book!
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Goodreads rating- 4/5
My rating- 4.5/5
“It’s about who walks into your life, says ‘I’m here for you,’ and then proves it.”
I had only read one Nicholas Sparks book previously, See Me, which I did not enjoy. However, he’s a very successful author and I decided to give his most recent book a go (I also badly need to catch up on all his previous ones!). I’m aware that most of his books are romance, of two people falling madly in love and overcoming obstacles to be together. Two by Two was NOT a romance. It’s actually about the disintegration of a relationship. My favourite aspect of the novel was the main character’s relationship with his daughter, it’s very heart warming. I read this book in two days; it’s an easy read but in parts slow moving. It is very predictable which I had no problem with. It’s a realistic and beautiful story about love, loss, and raising a child. If you like a simple, slightly sad read where you fall in love with the MC, then go for this. If you like twists and turns and an unpredictable plot, you won’t enjoy this.
The Roanoke girls by Amy Engel
Goodreads rating- 3.7/5
My rating- 4/5
“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”
This book was offered to me by a friend who enjoyed it. It’s about a well-known and wealthy family living in a small town in the US who keep A LOT of dark secrets. The story is mostly told through first person from Lane, a girl who ran away from the home ten years ago. It flicks back and forth between past and present and reveals why she ran away, and where her cousin Allegra has disappeared to. I got SO sucked in to this book, and I loved the sub-plot about Lane’s romance with the bad boy in town. Thrillers can sometimes irk me if there is only one huge twist/reveal that comes at the end, because I feel like I want to rush through. In this book the twists come throughout and the ending ties everything up, which is what I enjoyed most about it. I loved the characters and felt empathy for them, until you question whether they have something to do with Allegra’s disappearance!