WWW Wednesdays #276 – July 8th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I was in the mood for a cute contemporary so I decided to finally pick up my TBR jar pick Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn. I’ll also be starting the third Detective Jane Phillips book Deadly Vengeance by OMJ Ryan for the upcoming blog tour…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (4/5 stars) REVIEW 27/07
Look out for my full review during my stop of the blog tour!!

2. Opium And Absinthe by Lydia Kang (3/5 stars) REVIEW 12/07
I admit that it was cover love at first sight when I saw Opium And Absinthe, but I was completely sold as soon as I read the blurb. I’ve enjoyed Lydia Kang‘s books, including The Impossible Girl, in the past, and another historical setting with a medical twist sounded simply fantastic. I liked the historical setting, the Dracula element and the investigation into Lucy’s death as well as the medical details… But the slow pace, the repetitive and sometimes dull plot and constant focus on the substance abuse instead of a proper focus on character and plot development ended up being mostly a letdown for me.

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone (5/5 stars) REVIEW 19/07
I already knew Dear Martin was probably have an impact on me after all those raving reviews, but I was blown away by just how much it hit the mark and left me reeling. This is such an important, powerful and absolutely heartbreaking debut and helps educate us just how real the American race problematics are even to this date. In the light of recent events, Dear Martin is even more of an eye opener and I cannot thank the author enough for getting Justyce’s story out in the world.

4. Entre Senderos De Lavanda by Mariela Gimenez (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 25/07
I read this book as part of the Masa Critica Argentina program through Babelio, and I had an excellent time with this story! It’s a contemporary romance read set in France with a wonderful cast of characters. I really enjoyed the building up of the different relationships despite the appearance of the love triangle, and I think this has to do with the fact that a lot of the focus is on familiar relationships as well as self discovery too. I wasn’t going to post a full review on my blog at first, but as I prefer writing my reviews in English first anyway before I translate them to Spanish, I decided to put it on my blog too in case someone is interested in a Spanish read.

5. The Cry Of The Lake by Charlie Tyler (2/5 stars) REVIEW 21/07
I admit that it was cover love at first sight for me, but I liked the sound of the blurb too… Sadly, I wasn’t too convinced by the story itself. The three different POVs didn’t complement each other but distracted instead, the plot itself felt too chaotic and unrealistic and I couldn’t warm to the writing either. The lack of information was confusing instead of adding the intended dose of suspense, and the characters themselves didn’t feel realistic and were hard to like. All in all not the experience I was hoping for.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I need to make my way through my August ARCs ASAP as we have started a huge home improvement/DIY project and once the painting/cleaning phase of the project arrives I probably won’t be having any free time/energy left to read. xD First up are two thrillers: Save Her Soul by Lisa Regan and Echoes Of Guilt by Rob Sinclair. I’ll probably take a break from ARCs in between with Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras as I’ve been dying to read it… And I have a new TBR jar pick! Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. I can’t say I’ve had this one on my radar lately, and I’m not sure how long it will take to actually read it as I have a pile of other books I want to read first, but we’ll see how things go I guess.


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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Girl From Widow Hills – by Megan Miranda #blogtour #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours @CorvusBooks

Hello and welcome to my stop of the The Girl From Widow Hills Random Things Tours blog tour! A huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda‘s psychological thrillers ever since I read All The Missing Girls back in 2016, and I was stoked to have the opportunity to read her newest´story early. It’s without doubt another solid read! Want to know why? Please join me while I share my thoughts…

Title: The Girl From Widow Hills
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: June 23rd 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Finished reading: June 13th 2020
Pages: 352

“A story about you doesn’t necessarily belong to you. It belongs to the writer. To the witness. To the teller.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda‘s psychological thrillers ever since I read All The Missing Girls back in 2016. I’m always looking forward to new titles and I added The Girl From Widow Hills to my most anticipated 2020 releases list as soon as I first heard about it. I was stoked when I received the blog tour invitation and jumped at the chance to read this story early… And it turned out to be yet another successful psychological thriller read.

The first thing that stands out in The Girl From Widow Hills is the plot. I really liked the structure of the plot, where the present storyline with Olivia is interrupted by flashbacks to 2000 to help us learn more about what happened to her back then. They are not ordinary flashback chapters, but instead transcripts of different interviews, 911 calls and even excerpts from the book her mother had written after the event. This definitely livens up the plot and I liked how they contributed to the story as a whole. It was fascinating to slowly learn more about the past as well as trying to understand how such event and the media attention both during and after can change someone’s life forever… Let’s just say that I can understand why Olivia changed her name and wanted a fresh start.

The writing is without doubt engaging and I was drawn in as soon as I started reading The Girl From Widow Hills. While I do have to confess that the pace and the story itself can be a tad slow in parts and takes a long time building up, it was the final part of this story that mostly made up for that. The slow building up of suspense and the mystery around the past as well as the present murder investigation make you wonder what secrets people are hiding and how to distinguish the truth from the lies. The plot twists are inserted in convenient places to help ensnare you and keep you on the wrong track… And I most definitely didn’t see that ending coming!

As for the characters… Olivia herself is an intriguing character and while not completely likeable, both her past and her current situation manage to draw you straight in and you can’t help but feel sympathy for her after everything she endured both in 2000 and the years after. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be hunted and basically bullied by the press as well as other people who think that they have a claim over you… Thinking about it alone already gives me the chills. It was interesting to see her character as well as her past developed as the plot evolved and there were quite a few things I didn’t see coming. The other characters are a bit of a mixed bunch, but I like the role most of them played in the plot (the most prominent exception probably being Jonah) and it was interesting to see the dynamics between the different characters as well.

In short, if you enjoy a well written, slower paced and mostly character driven psychological thriller with an explosive ending, The Girl From Widow Hills is without doubt an excellent choice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Megan Miranda is the author of All The Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, which was the August 2019 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.


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