Book Review: Book Recommendation Roundup


To kick off the first book review, I thought I would make a list of my favorite titles I’ve read so far this summer, instead of focusing on just one book.  I’ve listed each of them below, along with a short explanation.  I typically read more mysteries/thrillers than any other genre, so most of them are a little on the darker side.

  1. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter  – I’ve read almost all of Karin Slaughter’s books and this one was by far my favorite.  It is very suspenseful, and in my opinion, the darkest out of any of her books.  The plot follows two estranged sisters who are forced to reunite after the disappearance of a teenage girl leads them to confront their troubled pasts.  As a warning, this book is very graphic and has some disturbing content. (Side note: If you enjoy this book, you may also like Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series.) (5 out of 5 stars)
  2. The D.D Warren Series by Lisa Gardner – Lisa Gardner’s writing is very similar to Karin Slaughter’s.  This series follows a police detective, D.D. Warren, and almost all of the books focus on an individual mystery.  If you would rather just read one of the books, instead of the whole series, I would recommend the second book. (5 out of 5 stars)
  3. The Silent Girls by Erik Rickstad – I discovered this title on another blog and it was just as good as the review said it would be.  The plot focuses on a private detective who is working to track down a missing girl, while dealing with a disturbing event from his past.  It also has a bit of a cliffhanger. (4 out of 5 stars)
  4. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica – This book was one of my favorites I’ve read!  It was a page turner that kept you guessing until the very end.  If you are looking for more of a mystery/thriller that is not quite as scary as the books listed above, this is the book for you.  The story follows a woman who reaches out to a homeless teenage girl with a baby and attempts to dig into the girl’s mysterious background. (5 out of 5 stars)
  5. What Pretty Girls Are Made Of by Lindsay Jill Roth – This books is very different than the other titles I’ve listed so far!  It is definitely a lighter/chick lit read.  It’s about a girl who makes a career change and begins working for a cosmetics brand and has to navigate office politics and a difficult boss.  The main character is very likable and the story line is relatable to anyone who has had to adjust to a new job. (5 out of 5 stars)
  6. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan – This is another book I consider chick lit, but is a little more serious than, What Pretty Girls Are Made Of.  This book also focuses on a woman who is adjusting to a new career but delves into the dynamics of her home life, as well. (5 out of 5 stars)

That wraps up the first book review!  If you’re still looking for something to read after going over the list above, here’s a list of books I’m looking forward to but haven’t had the chance to read just yet.  The first four are mysteries/thrillers and the fifth is a romance.  I will do a review on these later on!

  1. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell (*Update: reviewed here)
  2. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (*Update: reviewed here)
  3. You by Caroline Kepnes (*Update: reviewed here)
  4. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (*Update: reviewed here)
  5. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin (*Update: similar review here)


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