THAT’S A WRAP | SEPTEMBER 2019

September was a great month of reading for me! I read a lot of 4 and 5 star books. Volume-wise, I read more than I usually do to so that’s a win in my book (you see what I did there). Below are my brief reviews for each. For full reviews, check out my other blog posts.

Recursion – Blake Crouch

★★★★★

What a whirlwind of a novel! When technology is both your friend and your enemy. I really enjoyed the story line of this book. It kept me hooked the whole time.

Becoming – Michelle Obama

★★★

Look, for me this book didn’t live up to the hype. Michelle Obama’s life story is incredible and I think she is an amazing human. I just didn’t enjoy the book as much as I was hoping I would.

It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

★★★★★

I really enjoyed this one. It was a beautiful story adapted from Hoover’s life. It’s inspired me to read more romance novels. Trigger Warning: domestic violence.

The Chestnut Man – Søren Sveistrup

★★★★★

What a page turner! This thriller had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Investigating multiple murders throughout the novel I couldn’t wait to find out what happens.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

★★★★

Great romance novel! Really cute and interesting story line. I would say this errs on the side of erotic but don’t let that turn you away.

Only Mostly DevastatedSophie Gonzales

★★★★

This was so adorable! Set to release in March of 2020, this LGBTQ YA (that’s a lot of acronyms) really pulled all the heartstrings. All. The. Feels.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

★★★★

Oh the long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. This was everything I needed. I was so upset at end of The Handmaid’s Tale that I needed to know what happened. If you loved The Handmaid’s Tale, definitely pick this one up.

The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory

★★★★★

I am seriously not normally a romance reader but I read so many this month and loved it! The Wedding Date is such a cute, funny contemporary romance story. The typical, “let’s pretend to be dating” story done really well.

Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

★★★★★

Sager is definitely a new go-to author for me after this one. So many twists and turns. You’ll never guess “who done it.” If you love psychological thrillers, be sure to read this book.

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

★★★

I just wanted more from the sequel to The Kiss Quotient. It was definitely a slow build. It was a quick and easy read but with all the other great books I’ve read this month, it wasn’t the best.


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Book Review | Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

★★★★★

“Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.”

Riley Sager, Lock Every Door

I thought Final Girls was good, Locky Every Door by Riley Sager was just as good! Through all the twists and turns I was hooked on every page. The premise was something completely unique. I feel like with psychological thrillers, you tend to get some similar themes, but this was new. 

In Sager’s latest novel, Lock Every Door. Jules Larsen has no family, is broke, and was chated on by her boyfriend. She finds herself looking for a new job and when the “too good to be true” add for an apartment sitter at one of New York’s highest-profile buildings, The Bartholomew, pops up she can’t turn it down. Jules comes to learn that there a lot of rules that come with the job, no visitors, no spending the night away, and no bothering the residents. For the sum they’re paying, she thinks she can live with the rules. However, when apartment sitters start missing from the Bartholomew, Jules knows something isn’t right.

Sager just does the most amazing job of really throwing you in the wrong direction. Whenever you think you have the story all figured out, he throws something new at you to distract you from what’s really going on. In Lock Every Door, Jules’s past life has a lot of parallels with her current day life. I really enjoyed the similarities and thinking about how things in her past affect her present actions. Sager gives you enough of a background to really make you focus on things like these instead of what’s really going on.

I just love a good psychological thriller. Lock Every Door was a real page-turner for me. At one point, I found myself downloading the audiobook from my library so I could listen in my car too. Not only did it have me hooked, it just got better and better as I read on. Riley Sager is now a go-to author for me. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next! 

You can buy Lock Every Door by Riley Sager on Amazon.


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All opinions are my own.

Book Review | Final Girls by Riley Sager

★★★★★

“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.” 

Riley Sager, Final Girls

Final Girls is a psychological thriller about 3 girls who were the ones left alive after a mass murder. Quincy, the main character in the story survived the Pine Cottage killings. After Lisa, the first final girl, is found dead in her apartment, Quincy can feel in her gut that there’s something not quite right. Then Sam, the second final girl, shows up at Quincy’s apartment and creates chaos. 

Rily Sager did such an amazing job with this one. There were so many twists and turns, I kept thinking I was on the right track to solving everything and then he’d throw a wrench in everything. I should’ve known though, the foreshadowing in the book is incredible. At one point in the story, we learn that Quincy won’t say the Pine Cottage murderer’s name since it all happened. Then, in the next retelling of Pine Cottage, we learn his name. Somehow, even though all that foreshadowing is there, Sager still managed to baffle me.

The story goes back and forth telling Quincy’s present-day story and exposing what happened that night at Pine Cottage. I loved the way Sager would narrate something about Quincy’s life now and then go right into something related that happened at Pine Cottage.

I read this book as a buddy read and we were supposed to read up to chapter 30, well I couldn’t put it down. The story was so engrossing, giving me something new to hook onto after each and every chapter. If you like psychological thrillers, I highly recommend picking this one up. It has a different premise than any other thriller I’ve read. And it was a really great read! 

You can find Final Girls by Riley Sager on Amazon.


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All opinions are my own.