Category: Reviews

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian

Posted January 27, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian

Great mix of plot-driven mystery and character-driven psychological drama. It deals heavily with the mental toll a child abduction case has on the investigative team and the victim’s family. One of the most interesting parts for me was the close look at the involvement of social media in high-profile cases. In the eyes of others, […]

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Posted January 21, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Extremely accessible introduction to gender identity issues. This heartwarming story of an ordinary family fighting to make a safer world for their transgender daughter is both engaging and informative. While the Maines family is central to the book, there is also a ton of information on the science behind gender development. This is one of […]

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Posted January 17, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Fun start, slooooooow finish. Nora hasn’t spoken to her high school best friend Clare in a decade, until one day she receives an invitation to Clare’s hen party. Nora is immediately wary of the invite, but she decides to attend anyway. The story opens after the party has taken a tragic turn for the worst […]

And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

Posted January 14, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

Haunting novel rooted in a political reality. I received this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This title will be released February 16, 2016. Draw yourself a straight line, walk backwards on it to erase your footsteps and you will trip and crack your skull. Straddle the two sides of […]

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Posted January 12, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Beautifully written retelling of the Aladdin story told from a unique perspective. I loved the luscious landscapes, the mythology, and the political intrigue but I wasn’t sold on the romance, which was a central part of the novel. I received this ARC from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. It will be […]

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Posted January 12, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Challenging, surreal, character-driven novel with dark psychological themes and powerful imagery. In this three-part story, the author explores the ripple effect of an act of rebellion in an authoritarian environment through the conflicts in a single family. Deeply unsettling. At times, it felt like a horror novel rooted in a dream-like reality. Translated into English […]

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Posted January 7, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Alex Dale is a functioning alcoholic and very-part-time journalist working on a story about comatose patients. While Alex is visiting the Neuro-Disability ward at the hospital, she recognizes Amy Stevenson, a young woman who was left for dead in the woods. It was a huge case in the local media, but the perpetrator was never […]

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Posted January 1, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

“We’re old enough not to care what our parents think, but somehow we do,” Paul admitted, philosophically.“That’s for sure. ” “Because they allowed us to exist. ” She had once concluded everyone on earth was a servant to the previous generation—born from the body’s factory for entertainment and use. A life could be spent like […]

The Case of Lisandra P. by by Hélène Grémillon

Posted December 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Case of Lisandra P. by by Hélène Grémillon

It’s not just loud noises that accompany disasters, little sounds do, too, and even silence. An intriguing, multi-layered mystery with a fascinating historical context. Lisandra is found dead on the sidewalk outside the window of her sixth-floor apartment and her husband Vittorio is the main suspect. He is a psychoanalyst and one of his patients, […]

Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles

Posted December 10, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles

We shape the world in our own measure, and that soothes us. Under the apparent chaos, maybe there really is order in the universe. However, it certainly won’t be our order. Samuel, a lecturer in German Studies, wakes up on New Year’s Day expecting the start of another lonely, unexciting year, same as all the […]