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The Tenth Girl

Today Kim brings you a video review of The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring.  Please note that there WILL be spoilers (she warns you first) and she also becomes very passionate about the last 60 pages……

The Tenth Girl
Author: Sara Faring
Published: September 24, 2019
458 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

Kim’s Video Review:

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Someone We Know

Someone We Know
Author: Shari Lapena
Published: July 30, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 7-16, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book  Description:

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .

“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .

You never really know what people are capable of.

Jessica’s Review:

Yet another thriller that had an intriguing premise that did not deliver for me. The beginning definitely pulls you in with a brutal murder, but from there the book just did not work for me.  I really did want to like this novel. The idea of a teenager sneaking into homes and getting on people’s computers and possibly finding out things…. Oh yeah!  But I was not attached to any of the characters or care about them in any way. I just know one thing: I would not want to live in this neighborhood as everyone has secrets.  This one was ultimately forgettable for me. 

Do yourself a favor and read Lapena’s first novel The Couple Next Door. I LOVED IT! Other than her first novel, Lapena may be another author I need to steer clear from as all of her other novels have fallen short for me. 

My review for The Couple Next Door is here.

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The Whisper Man

Author: Alex North
Published: August 20, 2019
368 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 5-14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

Jessica’s Review:

Did I just read the same book as all the others who have reviewed this one so far?  The Whisper Man has been listed as “The Most Anticipated Read of Fall 2019”.  Well, not so much for me as I am in the minority in my opinion of this novel. 

I was expecting something along the lines of the movie The Mothman Prophecies.  We have so many ideas of the boogey man (IE Slender Man) and then you add a serial killer of children who may or may not be ‘back’ 20 years later it sounds like a book that I would not want to put down, yet it was the total opposite. I was not attached to the characters and honestly did not really care what happened.  I kept hoping there was going to be something that would click and pull me in.  There were a couple of instances where that almost happened but the book just did not work for me.  The only time where I was a little ‘freaked out’ was when the whisper man jingle was said and I heard it in the voice of the card that came along with my arc copy of the book.

The idea of this serial killer is frightening: a killer whispering in kids windows.  The boogey man really does exist! It was just predictable as you knew what was going to happen with the main character.  There is also a twist involving one of the police detectives and his past that was so extreme that it did not work for me. And if this had been ‘real life’ he would have had to recuse himself from the case. But did he???? No, and look at what happened.

Though The Whisper Man was not for me, if you like serial killer novels and/ or thrillers it may be for you as most reviews are glowing.

 Many thanks to the publisher Celadon Press for sending me an arc copy to review. I wish my review had been a positive one.

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