3 Books I’ve Loved Recently and 1 I Didn’t

3 Books I've Loved Recently and 1 I Didn't

I made it a goal to read more in 2018 as it is something I love to do but hardly ever make time for anymore. I’ve been successful in my opinion so far. We’re almost done April and I’ve read 5 books, which I’m pretty sure is less than I’ve read as a whole last year. So, today I thought I would share 3 books I’ve loved recently and 1I didn’t.

To preface this, I’m super into thriller/mystery books right now, which you’ll be able to see since all of the books I’m going to talk about fall into this category.

Here are 3 that I loved:

The Couple Next Door

This book got super intense just a couple pages in and never slowed down. It was so gripping and suspenseful. I managed to read this one in two days because I couldn’t put it down!

Synopsis: How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself? 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicityand unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

A Stranger in the House

This book is written by the same author as my first recommendation. While it wasn’t as intense as the first one, it was still really well written in my opinion! The storyline really keeps you guessing all throughout the book, which is something I really like.

Synopsis: You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife. But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she’s not there.

In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned.

Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them. It looks like she’s left in a blind panic.

You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is.
Then you call the police.

The police tell you that your wife’s been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something?

The police think your wife was up to no good.

You refuse to believe it, at first.

Then, as the stories and facts don’t line up, and your wife can’t remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You’ve been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . .but maybe you don’t.

The Woman in the Window

This one was a bit slower paced than the other two, but not in a bad way. The character development was really well done in my opinion and I liked all the little plot twists that led to one big one at the end! It’s a definite must-read.

Synopsis: Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbours.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.


And the one I just didn’t like:

The Woman in Cabin 10

This book had such rave reviews and seemed right up my alley. In truth I found it really slow moving and the plot wasn’t overly exciting in the way I found the others to be. I’m not sure if my expectations were jus too high or what, but this one was definitely overhyped in my opinion.

Synopsis: In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea.

At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.


Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them?