The Child by Fiona Barton

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read The Widow by Fiona Barton when it first came out and it was definitely one of my favorite books out there. I was excited to see what the author would come up with in her next novel so I was super happy to have received this ARC! Here is my review:

When an old house is demolished, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton buried for years. When journalist Kate Waters hears this, she believes this story will turn out to be a great scoop. However, she needs more answers to her questions, especially the ones surrounding the identity of the baby. As Kate begins to investigate, she discovers a connection to a crime that occurred a decade ago: a newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward and was never found, leaving the parents devastated. But there is more to the story, and Kate gets drawn into the pasts of the people who once lived in the neighbourhood being demolished. And the more secrets she discovers, the more torn she becomes on what she can and cannot reveal.

I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book! Just like in The Widow, the novel features a journalist who is amazing at investigating and putting together the clues; in fact, she does a better job than the police! I love how kickass Kate is; for once, the woman solves things and doesn’t just get pushed to the side. Kate doesn’t make stupid mistakes. She is perfectly capable of handling the situation and doing a competent job. This is one of the many things I love about the novel. Having a journalist as the main character was really awesome to see and gave me a really cool insight into the world of investigative journalism. This book was all about motherhood and the ways in which we see mothers in the world. This book also deals with sexual violence and can be quite graphic, so consider this your trigger warning. My main attraction to this novel was its focus on multiple women and the way they handled traumatic situations in their lives. I honestly did not see the ending coming until most of the clues were given to me, and the thrill factor was definitely ramped up with this story! My one teeny complaint would be that I wished that when they talked about the court proceedings, the author had gotten into more detail; it felt a bit rushed after this amazing drawn-out story. Overall, another amazing thriller from Fiona Barton that you definitely do not want to miss out!

Happy reading ~

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This is a novel that is quite different from my usual choice. I heard that it was going to be made into a movie and it also received a great review from Oprah so I would have to be foolish to ignore it. I’ve waited for quite a while to get my hands on a copy of this book. It started off slow at first but I was soon hooked and I finished it in one sitting. I still feel like I’m stuck in the pages of this book, it was that enthralling. But anyways, here is my review:

Tom Sherbourne is done with the War and all he wants to do now is return to Australia. So when he is offered a posting as a lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock, he jumps at the chance for peace and solitude. Not only is this lighthouse a sight to behold but it is also connected to a quaint town, where Tom meets Isabel and falls deeply in love with her. They return to the lighthouse to begin a life of happiness. But after two miscarriages and a stillborn, Isabel is at her wits end. When she hears the wails of a baby, she dismisses it as her own delusions. But when Tom goes to investigate and finds a boat with a dead man and a living baby girl, Isabel knows that this is a “sign from God” and begs Tom to let her keep the child. Unable to deny his loving wife this request, Tom hides all evidence of the child’s  discovery. What neither of them know is that this decision will change their lives forever.

This novel spent a great deal of time creating a backstory in the first few chapters. However, it was really useful in building the characters. As I kept reading, the story become more engrossing and heart-wrenching. By the end of the novel, I didn’t even know who I was crying for. Every angle was explored with so much detail and  the pain of every character was so vividly described that I truly felt it in my own heart. This novel asks the million dollar question: how far would a mother go for her child? And the author does a fantastic job answering this through this story. I hated, and loved, and pitied every single mother in this book and their struggles were so realistically portrayed. This novel is definitely worth reading and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good heart-wrenching realistic fiction.

Happy reading ~

Where They Found Her by Kimberley McCreight

Now that school has started, I’m probably going to slow down on the blogging. Believe me when I say that this makes me really sad. But the thing is I have so many books to read for my own courses that I don’t know if I can handle writing more than biweekly – and that is IF I find time to read a book for pleasure. I’m thinking of blogging about some of my fiction novels that are required for class but I’m not confirmed on that yet. In the meantime,  I’m going to try to push out as many new books as I can!

When Molly Anderson moved with her husband and young daughter to Ridgedale, it was in the hopes of putting their past behind. Molly is still trying to recover from the loss of her baby and has taken up a job as a freelance reporter at the local newspaper. When she gets sent out in the field to cover a murder, she is confident that this is the break she needs. However, the topic hits too close to home when she discovers that the body in question is that of a newborn baby. As she grapples with her past to uncover the truth behind this death, she realizes that this idyllic town may not be as pleasant as it seems.

I actually really liked this book. There were a lot of strong female characters who gave their voice to this story. I find that to be quite rare; most authors only use one or two female voices and there is almost always a strong male presence. I liked the way things connected and how the ending wasn’t storybook-perfect. There was a revelation that I felt hadn’t been rooted as strongly but I can understand why the author felt it was necessary to take that path. All in all, it was a really good novel and I enjoyed reading it very much!

Happy reading ~

The Rosie Effect

After the success of the first book, it was all I could do to get my hands on this one. It took me a while to get it and then a while to read it (school came crashing down hard) but I finally did and …. I feel very … weird about it. You’ll see what I mean.

The novel continues from where the last book left off, with Rosie and Don happy and together. They are now married and Don has found out that Rosie is pregnant. Now, Don has decided to gain some much-needed experimental data on infants and how to raise them. However, he is also trying to save Gene’s marriage. And he is helping another friend out with financial trouble. Don’s plans continue to guide him from one misadventure to another until he finds that he may have created more problems than he has solved.

Okay so this novel was also really cute but I didn’t like it as much as the first one. For one thing, it was weird to see Don actually thinking and feeling emotions as he was quite bereft of this in the first book. Also, there is something to be said about too much action; it took away a lot from Rosie and Don. I also didn’t like the way the novel ended. By this, I don’t mean the outcome itself but rather the way the book reached the outcome. It seemed rushed and almost too fake; although Don may be emotionally slow, Rosie is definitely not and her character at the end of the book behaved in a way I wouldn’t have expected. If you liked the first book, I’m sure you will like this one. But maybe not AS MUCH as the first.

Happy reading ~