The Necklace by Claire McMillan
The necklace in which this story revolves around gives this book’s story the anchor but the author gives the story the life, and what an incredible life it is, such a captivating story rooted in both the past and present, one won’t be disappointed they picked this book up.
Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: July 4th 2017
Why I chose this book: I am about to give up a deeply held secret of mine…I found this book during one of my Target “runs.” Like many people, I always walk into Target needing ONE thing (in this case, socks). However, like many people, hours later I walked out of Target with MUCH more than socks. These hours in Target are usually spent standing in front of the book section hunting for my next great read (I admittedly may be more alone in this Target habit). So anyway, I found this book at Target, read the back flap and HAD to read it.
Why I liked this book: Boy am I glad I picked this book up! The author, Claire McMillan, did a GREAT job flipping us back and forth between the present day and historical events as she unwinds the story around an extravagant necklace. Undeniably, I am a sucker for “flashback books” such as this, but Claire did such a great job of keeping the reader hooked, switching back to the present at just the right times. The Necklace introduces us to MANY characters both friends of the Quincy family and within the Quincy family themselves, but never did I feel lost. This is what the author did such a phenomenal job with, even the “sideline characters” have story development that gives you something to remember them by!
What I disliked about this book: After reading the book’s description on the back cover of the book, I was worried the book was going to be too caught up in the materialistic necklace in which the story surrounds. The way the book is described, the reader is led to believe that this necklace, the only item specifically left to Nell after the death of Loulou, will be the sole focus of the book and while this is 100% true, it fails to capture the story that is woven into this benign description. The necklace gives the story the anchor but the author gives the story the life, and what an incredible life it is, such a captivating story rooted in both the past and present, one won’t be disappointed they picked this book up.
*Disclaimer: This book was graciously provided to me by Touchstone in exchange for an honest, thoughtful review.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Lying Game played off a similar story line I loved from In a Dark, Dark Wood, women separated for decades, suddenly thrown back together. The author, Ruth Ware, continues to do such a great job at constantly throwing you unexpected curve balls keeping her reader engaged until the very last page. It feels as soon as you think you’ve figured the book out Ruth introduces another bend in the story.
Rating: 3.4 stars
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Why I chose this book: Ruth Ware quickly hooked me as an author after reading her first novel In a Dark, Dark Wood (which I highly recommend). After absolutely becoming CAPTIVATED, I felt obliged to read her second novel The Women in Cabin 10. I’ve found that most people I’ve encountered LOVED The Woman in Cabin 10, but I was left wanting more. In hopes Ruth would redeem herself in her third book, The Lying Game, I picked up a copy.
Why I liked this book: While In a Dark, Dark Wood remains my favorite, The Lying Game certainly provided redemption after I was left desiring more from The Woman in Cabin 10. The Lying Game played off a story line I loved of Ruth’s from In a Dark, Dark Wood: Women (always female leads) whom have spent years apart being brought back together for some event. In The Lying Game, Ruth quickly sucks you in, and keeps you latched on throughout her MANY twists and turns. Unlike the countless suspense novels I read, Ruth introduces more than one shocking twist. It feels as soon as you think you’ve figured the book out Ruth introduces another bend in the story.
Why I disliked this book: For the same reason I loved the book, I also disliked it. It felt like Ruth went back to writing what she knows, women separated for decades, suddenly thrown back together. While the author certainly got out of her comfort zone on her sophomore novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, she quickly returned to comfort in this most recent release. Ruth does such a great job throwing you curve balls, I would love to see her to continue to venture into new underlying narratives.