Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgTitle: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Published by: Penguin Books on May 12, 2015

Genres: General Fiction

Pages: 297

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 7/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. 

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.


Review:

When I first picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I thought it was going to be a suspenseful novel. And although there is a mystery, lydia’s death, I feel the main plot evolved more around family dynamics and the different relationships between each member of the family than the mystery itself.

Saying that, the writing is very poetic. The characters are developed nicely. And the story is very emotional and thought-provoking.

I think if you’re looking for a good contemporary drama you will really enjoy this book. However, if you pick it up hoping for a page-turning mystery you might be a little disappointed.

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About Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017.

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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

#BookReview A Reliable Wife by Robert GoolrickTitle: A Reliable Wife

Author: Robert Goolrick

Published by: Algonquin Books on January 5, 2010

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 305

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 5.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. 

With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, Robert Goolrick’s intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.


Review:

In a nutshell I was disappointed.

I picked up this book thinking it might be good to put into book club. Unfortunately, I decided it wasn’t good enough.

For me the characters were flawed, unlikable, and unrealistic. I couldn’t sympathize with any of them.

The story was quite dark and seemed to overly revolve around sex. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a little sex in a book. However, this book took that to another level. Literally, if the main character wasn’t having sex, then he was talking about sex or he was thinking about it.

On a positive note, the story did have some beautiful sentences and the harshness of life in the early 1900s in the Midwestern United States was clearly depicted. And even though for some the plot might have been predictable, I think for others there would be a few unexpected twists.

Overall, I would say if you are someone who has lots of time to read, give it a shot. If not, I would suggest giving it a miss.

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Fallen by Karin Slaughter
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#BookReview Fallen by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarinTitle: Fallen

Author: Karin Slaughter

Series: Will Trent #5

Published by: Bantam on October 16, 2012

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother… 

“You know what we’re here for. Hand it over, and we’ll let her go.”

When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they’ll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore — she’s a witness. She’s also a suspect.

The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light — or bury it forever.

Karin Slaughter’s most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.


Review:

Fallen is a well-written, suspense-filled book.

The plot is full of twists and turns, a mystery you can’t help but try and solve, and of course, a little romance thrown in just to up the ante a little.

The characters are complicated but endearing, with tough grandmothers, innocent babies, flawed law-enforcement officers, and violent gang members.

What more could you ask for.

 

This book is available now.

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About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programing. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.

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Slow Ride by Cathryn Fox
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#BookReview Slow Ride by Cathryn Fox @writercatfoxTitle: Slow Ride

Author: Cathryn Fox

Series: Playing for Keeps #1

Published by: Entangled: Brazen on September 28, 2015

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 100

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’s looking for love. She’s looking for trouble…

As a successful doctor and weekend cowboy, Chase Cooper enjoys a full life with plenty of female company. But lately, something hasn’t felt right. He’s been distracted. Antsy. Damn it, he’s been lonely. With an eye on settling down with a nice girl, Coop invites his high school best friend down to his ranch to see if maybe she’s the one for him…

Instead, her twin sister shows up. The one who loathes him.

Julia Blair is already halfway to Coop’s ranch when she learns the invitation wasn’t for her, but her vivacious twin sister. She has two choices: slink back home, or see just how far this farce will go. One glance at hotter-than-sin Coop, and she knows she’s playing a dangerously hot game. Because what this cowboy wants, this cowboy gets…


Review:

A predictable rom-com…but oh so sexy.

The wrong twin. A sexy cowboy. Ooh…but also a successful doctor.

Quick read. Lots of romance, fun, and of course a little sex.

I have to recommend it. Really, who doesn’t like cowboys?

 

This novel is available now.

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About Cathryn Fox

New York Times and USA today Best selling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews
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#BookReview No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews @AmyAndrewsbooksTitle: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Author: Amy Andrews

Series: Naughty or Nice #1

Published by: Entangled: Brazen on September 29, 2014

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 200

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

Synopsis:

He’s done playing the nice guy…

Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.  

Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.

And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.


Review:

What can I say… I liked it.

Yes, the storyline was predictable. Yes, it’s been done lots of times before, but isn’t that why we love these types of books.

No More Mr. Nice Guy was fun, romantic, and sexy all in one. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t had a crush on a friend’s brother at one time or another?

It was an easy read with a happy ending.

Indulge. I don’t think it will disappoint.

 

This novel is available now.

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About Amy Andrews

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets.

Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat.

She loves good books and great booze although she'll take mediocre booze if there's nothing else. For many, many years she was a registered nurse which means she knows things. Anatomical things. And she’s not afraid to use them!

She lives on acreage with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes the ocean was lapping the back fence.

Book Challenge for 2016

So it’s the start of a new year and it’s time to give myself a challenge.
How many books can I read and review in 2016?
I’ve decided to aim for 200. I think I can do it.
Time will only tell. I’ll keep you updated!  🙂 
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