Hello all! Today I bring you two mini reviews, one for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and one for One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus! As you may know, mini-reviews are something new for me, but every now and then I read a book that I don’t quite have enough thoughts for in order to merit a full review, but I want to share my feelings either way!
When a car accidentally crashes into the house Gina shares with her husband and two children, the aftermath is worse than she could have ever imagined. Because of the car crash, it’s revealed that her husband was actually a serial killer, and Gina had no idea. Now, she spends her time moving from place to place and changing her name as well as her kids names, in order to avoid the threats she gets from the people who think she knew about her husband’s recreational activities. Although her (now ex) husband is in prison, she doesn’t feel safe.
When Gina, now going by Gwen, ends up in Stillhouse Lake, she feels like she can finally settle down and make a home for her family. Unfortunately for Gwen, that may not be possible. When a body is discovered in the lake behind her house, killed in much the same way that her husband murdered his victims, the police start asking questions that she can’t answer. In addition to the body, threatening letters start showing up from her ex-husband…how does he know where she’s living, and how are the letters getting past prison security? Gwen will do whatever it takes to keep her children safe, even if it means revealing her true identity in the town she thought she’d finally settled down in.
After his wife’s death, single dad Ben has been doing his best to raise his two young sons, Noah and Jake, alone. When Ben meets Amber, he’s immediately enamored with her. She could be everything that’s been missing in his life, and it appears she feels the same way about him. The only problem is Ben’s mother, Judi. Judi feels confident that something is off about Amber. Things are moving too quickly, and Ben only sees what he wants to see. In order to protect her son and grandchildren, Judi will do whatever it takes to make Ben see the truth about Amber.
The more Judi learns about Amber, the more lies she uncovers, and secrets are revealed that may just break her family apart for good.
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. One is her home life. First is her home life, where she lives in a poor neighborhood and is regularly witness to gang activity and violence, but second is her life at school, where she’s one of the only black students. Here, she watches that she says and does to ensure she’s not labeled as the “angry black girl” or any of the other stereotypes she could accidentally end up being labeled if she doesn’t keep her cool. Starr’s two world collide in a horrific turn of events, when she witnesses her childhood friend Khalil shot by a white cop during a routine traffic stop.
As the only witness, Starr is torn between protecting herself and her anonymity as Khalil’s death begins to attract media attention, and speaking out about an unjust killing of a black teen.
Christopher is a psychiatrist working at a psychiatric hospital with the most deranged serial killers you could imagine. When a new patient arrives at the hospital, Christopher is asked to make a diagnosis on whether he thinks the patient is lying about not remembering the crimes he committed, or whether he has a genuine psychiatric condition that prevents him from remembering them. When he initially meets the patient, the patient looks familiar, but he can pinpoint why. The more time he spends with the patient, the more he is put on edge. His patient, Donny, seems to know more about him than he should, but Christopher doesn’t know why.
As odd things start happening around him, Christopher questions whether he himself is going insane the same way his schizophrenic father did…is he losing his mind, or is that just what Donny wants him to think? In order to catch a serial killer, Christopher may end up losing his grip on reality.
Lazlo Strange is a young librarian who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. The day the heroic Godslayer shows up from the city of Weep is the day Lazlo always dreamed about. The Godslayer is looking for people to join him to help him solve a problem Weep is facing. With limited details and no useful skills, Lazlo is desperate to join the small group of people headed to Weep, and convinces the Godslayer to bring him along.
What ensues is a journey that Lazlo won’t soon forget. Why did Weep disappear two hundred years ago, what is the problem that needs to be solved, and who is the girl named Sarai that keeps showing up in his dreams…and why is she blue?