Book Review: She’s Not There by Joy Fielding


Genre: Mystery

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (rounded up to 4 on Goodreads)

When Caroline jets off to Mexico with her husband and two young daughters, she believes they’re heading for a dream vacation.  However, the trip soon becomes her worst nightmare when her youngest daughter is kidnapped from their hotel room.  As years pass, Caroline is unsure whether she will ever be reunited with the daughter she lost.  When a girl calls claiming she may be the missing girl, Caroline is hesitant to get her hopes up.  But she can’t help but wonder, could it really be her?

My favorite part of this book was the surprising conclusion.  I thought I might know who the kidnapper was but was completely surprised when they were revealed.

Although I liked the book overall, there were a couple things that prevented me from giving it a 5 out of 5.  The plot was a little slow at times and didn’t drag me in like other mysteries I’ve read.  It was also hard to read about Caroline’s life following the disappearance of her daughter.  Caroline was left to fend for herself, with no support from her family or workplace.  The scenes with her mother and remaining daughter ranged between frustrating to heart breaking.  I wanted to see one of her family members or co-workers step up and give her the support she desperately needed.

Overall, this was an interesting read, with a surprising conclusion.  I will be sure to keep my eye out for other books by this author in the future.

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Series Recommendation: Will Trent by Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Awhile back, I stumbled across a recommendation for Pretty Girls and it led me to this awesome series!  From the very first book, I was hooked.  The series follows special agent, Will Trent, and later his love interest, Sara Linton.  I love the series for a lot of reasons – the addicting plots, chilling criminals and more – but the main reason is because of how much I love Will and Sara together.  The series focuses just as much on Will and Sarah’s personal lives, as it does on the killers they work to stop.  The writing can be a little gruesome at times but in my opinion, it only adds to the suspense and creepiness appeal of the books.

Here’s the full list of Will Trent books:

  1. Triptych (Will Trent, #1)
  2. Fractured (Will Trent, #2)
  3. Undone (Will Trent, #3)
  4. Broken (Will Trent, #4)
  5. Fallen (Will Trent, #5)
  6. Criminal (Will Trent, #6)
  7. Unseen (Will Trent, #7)
  8. The Kept Woman (Will Trent, #8)

If you’re a fan of mysteries or police procedurals, I highly recommend checking this series out!

Favorite Finds: April Edition

Happy April!  Here are some of my favorite finds for this month:

  1. Favorite Trend – I love the look of criss cross shirts like this one for Spring.
  2. Favorite Scent – With the weather getting warmer, I’m ready to bring out my spring candles.  My favorite scent by far is this one from Bath and Body.
  3. Favorite Treat – Easter’s right around the corner, which means these treats are popping back up in stores.
  4. Favorite Idea – My husband and I are thinking about making one of these for our dog.
  5. Favorite Story – I love this story about a sweet pup who was born deaf and blind and training to become a service dog. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by the blog. 🙂