Sunday, February 12, 2017

Reviews: The Nightwalker, Girl with a Peal Earring, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book, or my review itself.

Title: The Nightwalker
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense
Recommended If You Like: creepy reads, lots of twists and turns, a shocker of an ending

The Book:

Leon thought he was cured from the rampant and violent sleepwalking of his youth, but now his wife has disappeared. Desperate to find answers, Leon orders a motion activated camera to film what happens when he sleeps--and is stunned to see footage of him descending through a hidden door in his apartment that he has never seen before.

What I Liked:

This is a very suspenseful and eerie book. I could not put it down. Fitzek keeps the tension ratcheted up and doesn't let go.

The plot is so original too, I had to keep reading to know where the story was going. 

The ending--I won't go into details so as not to spoil it--but that last chapter is amazing, and packs such a punch. 

Anything I Didn't Like?

There really isn't anything I can think of that I didn't enjoy about this book. Every time I got worried Fitzek wasn't going to be able to live up the level of suspense and mystery he had created, he pulled out another twist. 


I would definitely recommend this book. It's a quick, extremely suspenseful read that is really original and clever. And that last chapter--worth the read just for that twist alone!

Chevalier has spun a beautiful piece of historical fiction around a famous painting. She tells the story of Griet, a maid in Vermeer's household, who becomes immersed in his world and his art.

Chevalier packs an emotional punch in a short novel, and makes art come alive through the written word. This is one of those books that truly deserves the hype it received upon its publication, and I'm only sorry I waited so long to finally read it.

I needed a light, fun read, and that is what I got here. I also got a book that manages to be emotional while still being funny.

Semple tells the story of Bernadette and her family. Bernadette has a past she doesn't talk about, and a beautiful but falling-apart home she hides away in. But when Bernadette disappears, it is left to her daughter, Bee, to piece what happened together. Bee uses faxes, e-mails, websites, and articles, plus her own experiences, to tell her mother's story, and find her.

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