Book Review 13: Who Did You Tell?

My friend had finished Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara whilst in Fiji and passed the book on to me. It’s a crime/thriller-esque book. This isn’t my go to genre and I have a bad habit of wanting to know what happens before finishing the book. I usually can guess the endings or shocking things that may happen in books and movies and it turns out not to be shocking at all. However, per my friend’s recommendation I went for it. 

The book follows a woman who is combatting her demons while recovering from being an alcoholic. After rehab she’s moved into her mom’s cottage in a small beach town in England. The small town should be sleepy and boring (and it was for a while), but all the sudden things start falling into place for the main character when she meets a man (of course). He’s kind, wholesome and currently between jobs so he came to the town for the summer to help his dad renovate a house. He makes her feel that she can love again and his dad commissions her for a painting, getting her back into her lapsed career. 

Everything is going great and she’s even made a friend in AA so why does she feel like someone is following her? Her thoughts are confirmed when she starts getting notes and threatening messages. She obviously doesn’t go to the police or tell her mom/boyfriend because that would be too normal. 

The book is written in her point of view, but every so often there’s a quip or paragraph in a different font that looks like someone’s thoughts or portion of a journal entry. Those little sections were driving me crazy. I wanted to know who was thinking/saying these things and I couldn’t quite pin it. Those portions alone kept me reading. I was desperate to know how the book ended so I read throughout the day and finished it the same day I started. It ends a little too cleanly to be possible, but it all unfolded well. 

I did like the book, but it was my natural curiosity that kept me reading on. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a little suspense. 

Goodreads Synopsis

“It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for…”

Book Review 11: The Sunday Girl

When I lived in NYC I was part of an alumni group’s book club. We met monthly and it was honestly one of my favorite nights of the month. In addition to the book discussions, the evening was a always a good way to catch up and socialize with a great group of women. I miss a lot of things from home and the book club is definitely on the list. One of the Sydney Facebook groups I’m in started a book club last month. I couldn’t commit to the February book, but I decided to join for the March book, The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale. We’re doing weekly threads on Tuesdays discussing the book and then plan on meeting in person at the end of the month. 

A potential trigger warning: this book talks about domestic violence and other possible topics that could be triggers. 

The book is a pretty pink, but the story really isn’t pretty at all. The chapters are broken down into days of the week so it’s an interesting way of seeing the mess unfold in a short amount of time. The story follows a very toxic relationship and how the main character, Taylor, chooses to deal with it. I didn’t find Taylor to be very likable and a lot of book had me on edge wanting to scream out to her and her stupid choices. That being said the author did a wonderful job in making us understand her motives even if we don’t agree with them. 

Something about the text just annoyed me too. It seemed like a lot of the page was being wasted and that there was a lot of open space, but looking back at the book I think it was just the choice of text.

Even though I didn’t love this book I found myself struggling to put it down. The last third of the novel was when it got really good and the “thrill” started to come to play. This is another easy read I would recommend and especially if you’re looking for a little bit of suspense. I’m looking forward to meeting up with the girls in the book club to discuss the book at the end of March (hopefully I’ll still remember everything).

Goodreads Synopsis

“The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …

Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.

Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle, he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again. So Taylor consulted The Art of War and made a plan. Then she took the next step – one that would change her life forever. 

Then things get really out of control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.”

Check out my previous book review.