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The Same Deep Water As You by Chad Lutzke

The Same Deep Water As You
Author: Chad Lutzke

Published: January 6, 2019
120 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Music, beer, skateboarding, and tragedy star in this coming-of-age lesson on love and lust and the line that divides them, as 19-year-old Jex experiences a life that meets River’s Edge and Kids with Dazed & Confused––a parentless indie yarn with the dark heart Lutzke is known for.

Kim’s Review:

Ok let’s start with the missing star. It’s as simple as me not knowing anything about punk rock or heavy metal. I’m too sheltered so most of that just went right over my head! But aside from that, I really liked this book! The story was beautiful and the characters were real and emotional. I found myself tearing up several times while reading.

I liked how Lutzke seemed to both confirm and break stereotypes, depending on the character. Jex grew up. He embraced his individuality, yet he matured and tried to adapt to what he wanted his future to be. And I loved his working his way through the difference between love and lust! I would almost say that mature teens should read this book, but very mature. There are great lessons in this book and I can think of several people I know who would benefit from, or even just enjoy this book! Lutzke has a list of other books and I definitely want to read them!

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The Cabin

The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston
Published: September 6, 2016
327 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent.

When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it’s clear there’s a killer among them.

As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…

Kim’s Review:

Preston does such a great job of writing an interesting story, while making it so easy to read. This book is more of a simple murder mystery. While the cover is one of my favorites, the story is my least favorite and I didn’t have that figured out until the end. Everything was going pretty well, until I hit the last page, when it went from a fascinating murder investigation to a typical teenager dramatic production. I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed reading most of it and I even liked most of the characters. But that ending just did it in for me! If you like Natasha Preston, then I definitely suggest reading this book to round out her works, but this isn’t the first one I’d recommend to someone who has never read her books.

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Even If It Kills Her

Even If It Kills Her
Series: Bailey Weggins Mystery #7

Author: Kate White
Published: October 31, 2017
448 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Bailey Weggins’ great new friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into. All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.

Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more stunned when her still-gorgeous friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.

As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.

Kim’s Review:

This was a pick for my neighborhood book club. Thank goodness we seem to be on a roll with the good books! I was a little worried because it’s book seven in one of those long term character series, but White did a very good job of making it a stand alone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything and for once, my gut was right! As soon as the murderer walked in, I got a bad and in my head said, “that’s the murderer!” But until the end, White kept me in suspense. There was some extra rambling that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Bailey’s personal life was definitely part of the series so it got long and monotonous pretty quick, but other than that, I like the characters. The police and DA were kind of annoying, especially with their little power trip. But the mystery had me going all the way to the end and I was very engaged while reading! I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery! I enjoyed it!

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