Recently I came across a few book covers that looked so similar that I ended up getting confused about which book was which! Inspired by my lovely friend Cait from PaperFury, who recently wrote a post on different types of YA covers, I decided to run with her idea and categorize some popular trends I see with thriller/mystery book covers!
So, if you didn’t already know, I was on a cruise to the Bahamas the first week of September! My birthday was also on August 31, so between my birthday and being out of the country, I didn’t have time to write my August Wrap Up before I went out of town!
That all said, I’m back in town now and everything has settled, so despite the fact that we are more than a week into September, I’m posting my August Wrap Up now!
In the month of August, I read 21 books! Below I’ll list everything I read, and let you know which ones were my favorites!
Tom is happily married to Karen, and are still in the blissful newlywed stage. When Tom arrives home from work one day, he finds his house unlocked, but Karen is nowhere to be found. Her purse, ID, and cell phone are all still at home, and his gut tells him something is wrong. Shortly after he calls the police, he gets a knock on his door. Unaware that he’s just called to report his wife missing, the police show up at his house to inform him that his wife has been in a car accident and that she’s been taken to a local hospital.
Luckily, Karen is okay, however she has no memory of the night. She knows she was speeding recklessly and that she crashed her car into a pole in the middle of a bad neighborhood, but she has no idea why she would have been there, or why she was in such a hurry to leave. When a murder is reported and found to have taken place around the same time and place the police begin to question whether or not Karen was involved, Karen quickly realizes that she needs to recover her memory and prove that she’s innocent – especially when she realizes someone has been in her house and has been moving her things around.
On her way to work Jen sees her neighbor drop his keys outside of his house. She picks them up, and attempts to flag him down, but he drives away before she’s able to get to him. In an attempt to be helpful, she uses the keys to enter his house, find some paper, and leave a note that says to call her to pick them up.
When she’s later called into the police station and is accused of entering the house and completely trashing some valuable artwork, she is shocked. In an attempt to clear her name before she’s arrested, she starts to do her own investigation and realizes she’d better work fast before she puts herself in more danger.
For more than five years, the Chicago police department has been on the hunt for a serial killer they’ve deemed as the Four Monkey Killer, 4MK for short. When his body is found after being hit by a bus, they find information that leads them to think his most recent victim is still alive. Detective Sam Porter is working the case, and is determined to save the girl that’s been taken my 4MK, and when he finds a diary in the pocket of the body, he finds himself in the mind of a psychopath that will stop at nothing to exact “punishment” on his victims.
Told in alternating timelines between the present day and diary entries that detail 4MK’s childhood, The Fourth Monkey is an edge of your seat thriller that you won’t want to miss!
Occasionally Cait over at Paper Fury posts mini-reviews on her blog, and I’ve always loved the idea. Every now and then, I don’t feel like writing a full review on a book, so I’ll post some quick thoughts on Goodreads.
Lately, I’ve had a string of “meh” books that I didn’t love but didn’t hate, but I just couldn’t muster up the effort of writing full reviews on them. Instead, I’m going to take a page from Cait’s book and share some mini reviews on 8 different books I’ve read recently!
Detective Sargent Jessica Daniel is called to investigate a murder, and she quickly notices that there are no signs of a forced entry – all of the doors and windows are locked when she arrives, and no keys are missing.
When a second body is found killed in the same way, Jessica knows she’s up against the clock and that she needs to crack the case before the killer strikes again. How are the victims connected, how is the killer able to get in and out of the house, and who is this journalist that seems to know more about the case than anyone else?