Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a backlist title I’ve been meaning to read for ages and a new release that was on my most anticipated list… And both turned out to be excellent reads.


Title: Triptych
(Will Trent #1)
Author: Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Detective
First published: August 15th 2006
Publisher: Arrow
Finished reading: December 14th 2020 
Pages: 514

“If only these monsters had horns. It would be so much easier finding them.”


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I still can’t believe it took me this long to actually meet Will Trent, but I’m glad I finally did! I’ve had this series on my TBR for years now, but somehow even after enjoying her stand-alones I never actually picked up Triptych. It might because of the fact that it’s always daunting to start a series that has quite a lot of books, but I’m definitely kicking myself for not starting this one sooner now. I had an excellent time with this first book, and Will Trent makes for a very interesting main character. Things definitely got quite gritty and uncomfortable, and certain characters were absolutely despicable, but Will’s character made for a nice contrast and the plot itself was very intriguing. With the help of different POVs, the story gives you insight in which different angles are in play, and while the identity of the killer is revealed quite early on, the story doesn’t get boring at all. In fact, the story most definitely ends with a bang and I already can’t wait to continue the series. I’m making a promise to myself to catch up with the rest of the books before the end of 2021!


Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
First published: August 13th 2020
Publisher: Viking
Finished reading: December 15th 2020
Pages: 304

“The universe tended towards chaos and entropy. That was basic thermodynamics. Maybe it was basic existence too.”


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I’ve been wanting to read The Midnight Library ever since I first read the blurb earlier this year, and after I saw it was the Goodreads Choice Awards fiction winner I just couldn’t resist any longer. I definitely understand the love for this story now! It turned out to be such a powerful, fascinating and moving read, and it is without doubt a story that will stay with me for a long time. Fiction flirts with the surreal, mixing sci-fi and fantasy with the different lives of the main character Nora in a way that will have you fully enchanted. The writing is splendid and managed to draw me straight in; I was literally glued to the pages and couldn’t stop turning them! The idea behind this story with the Midnight Library and the possibility to try the different lives you might have let if you made different choices is absolutely fascinating. And not only that, this story has a deeper meaning too, as it shows us to appreciate what we do have in our lives and that regrets, dreams and wishes usually aren’t the right way to ‘fix’ your life. I really liked how this story wrapped up in the end too, and The Midnight Library is without doubt one of my reading highlights this year. 100% recommended if you are looking for something different as well as splendid!


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