Book Reviews by Author

Author’s Last Name


A – D

Atomic Anna

Rachel Barenbaum

From the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.

Good Rich People

Eliza Jane Brazier

A destitute woman deceives her way into the guesthouse of a Hollywood Hills mansion and inadvertently becomes a target in the twisted game of the wealthy family upstairs.

The Match

Harlan Coben

Found abandoned in the mountains as a boy, Wilde has finally decided to pursue the story of his past – only to end up in the sights of a ruthless killer – as he searches for his birth family.

When I Ran Away

Ilona Bannister

When I Ran Away is an unforgettable first novel about love – for our partners, our children, our mothers, and ourselves – pushed to its outer limits.

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E – I

The Sign for Home

Blair Fell

When Arlo Dilly, a sheltered young DeafBlind man, decides to take a writing course at the local community college, he hires a new tactile ASL interpreter who exposes him to much more than English.

Sadie on a Plate

Amanda Elliot

Just when Sadie thinks her culinary career is over, she gets a lucky break on her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme. On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke… who she cannot contact for 6 weeks due to filming.

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J – N

The Change

Kirsten Miller

Big Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick—a gloriously entertaining and knife-sharp feminist revenge fantasy about three women whose midlife crisis brings unexpected new powers—putting them on a collision course with the evil that lurks in their wealthy beach town.

Portrait of a Thief

Grace D. Li

Five Chinese American college students try to steal priceless works of art from major museums in order to return them to the homeland from which they were pillaged.

The Tourist Attraction

Sarah Morgenthaler

Nothing is going as planned on Zoey’s dream vacation to Alaska. But a grumpy local may be able to both turn her vacation around and bring some much needed romance into Zoey’s life.

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O – R

The Verifiers

Jane Pek

Claudia Lin is a lifelong mystery reader and a new employee at a company that verifies the identities of its clients’ online love interests. When Claudia’s newest client ends up dead, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her suspicious death.

Real Easy

Marie Rutkoski

Samantha is a kind-hearted dancer at the Lovely Lady strip club who takes a new dancer under wings. One night, when the new girl needs a ride home, Samantha agrees to drive: a simple decision that turns deadly.

The Alice Network

Kate Quinn

Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

56 Days

Catherine Ryan Howard

56 Days is about a couple who start dating before Dublin is under its first COVID-19 lockdown. While it is fast, they decide to move in together for the 2 week lockdown. However, 56 days later one of them ends up dead.⁣

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S – V

Maus

Art Spiegelman

Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. 

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W – Z

How to Fail at Flirting

Denise Williams

Professor Naya Turner is a bit too tightly-wound and stressed. After her friends’ make her a to-do list to step outside her comfort zone, Naya meets a handsome stranger in the bar… who may just destroy her career.

No Land to Light On

Yara Zgheib

Hadi and Sama are a young Syrian couple living in Boston, expecting their first child, and chasing a bigger life. Suddenly, Hadi’s father dies in Jordan, and Hadi flies back for the funeral. Upon return to the U.S., Hadi discovers that the President has issued a travel ban for anyone from Syria, regardless of refugee or visa status. Will Hadi and Sama find a way back to each other?

A Flicker in the Dark

Stacy Willingham

Psychologist Chloe Davis has tried to escape her dark past. Her father has been in prison since she was 12 years old for the murder of six teenage girls. Now, 20 yeas later and in a different city, teenage girls begin to go missing and her past comes crashing back.

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife

Ashley Winstead

A college reunion turns dark and deadly in this chilling and propulsive suspense novel about six friends, one unsolved murder, and the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other—and themselves—for a decade.

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How I Rate Books

I provide an overall star rating at the end of reviews. I also conclude reviews with my thoughts on the book in totality.

All star ratings are broken down into the components I consider. These components are different for fiction and nonfiction.
– For fiction: writing, plot, and character development.
– For nonfiction: writing, cohesiveness, and storyline (for narrative nonfiction and memoirs) or organization (for more subject-matter focused nonfiction).

My Star Ratings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. It made me think AND feel. I will highly recommend this book to everyone and urge them to read it pronto.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me think OR feel, not both. I would highly recommend this book to nearly everyone.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is your average book, which I enjoyed. I would recommend it, possible with some caveats.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I thought this book was okay. My overall thoughts can be summed up as meh. I may recommend this book to certain people.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I actively disliked this book or it was highly problematic. I am unlikely to recommend it.


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