There is only one word to describe how I read David Bell’s new book and that word is devour. I simply devoured this book and could not turn the pages fast enough to see what happens next. This was the definition of fast paced edge of your seat thrill ride with all the twists and turns that a thriller junkie lives for. Imagine your having a romantic evening at home with your spouse when the doorbell rings and it just so happens to be an ex. Then this ex frantically tells you that you had a child together nine odd years ago and that child is now missing… WHAT!? Bell does a fantastic job of making you believe one thing and then BAM another theory starts brewing. This takes family drama and buried secrets up a notch and I love that the whole book takes place in a one night time span.
I read Bring Her Home last year and I knew I loved Bell’s style of writing and quick paced story telling, after reading Somebody’s Daughter he has proven to be a top author in the thriller category for me and one I will recommend to almost anyone. I cannot wait to read whatever he comes out with next!
“You should never trust people who yearn to be something other than who they are.”
When I am listening to an audiobook the narrator can really make or break the story for me. With that being said I thought that the narration by Nick Hendrix for Our Kind of Cruelty was five stars 🙌🏻 It took hearing Mike’s point of view up to a whole other level of creepy and I loved it! I purchased the audiobook from Audible but I also wanted to say thank you to FSG Books for sending me a physical copy, the cover is pretty freakin neat. What I loved most about this book was the constant guessing of whether what Mike was feeling was real or if he was a complete psychopath. Every time you start to lean in one direction something else happens and it leaves you thinking hmmm maybe I was wrong. Overall I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I had so much fun discussing it more last night during our Black Heart Reads book club meeting 🖤
“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway.”
This book rocked me to the core. Backman did an amazing job of weaving together a heartbreaking story. His writing didn’t gloss over heavy subjects, it was honest and raw but also beautiful. My love (or hate) for every single character sparked so many emotions that I was a complete mess in the best possible way. I wanted to jump into the story and stand behind Maya and Benji while also wanting justice to fall upon Kevin and all the people in the town who knowingly (or blindly) took his side. I am not big into sports and I know exactly zero facts about hockey but the team camaraderie oozed from the pages and into my heart. BEARTOWN is hands down one of my favorite books I have read so far this year and I give it all the stars!
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