Review of The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

After leaving a bartending job with a boss who relentlessly sexually harassed her, Jess decides to crash with her brother Ben in Paris to get back on her feet. However, when she arrives, Ben is nowhere to be found and as time goes on, it becomes clear that some sort of foul play has occurred. As Jess works to find out what happened to her brother, she uncovers dark secrets about Ben’s neighbors and how he had become entangled in their web as he worked on his latest story.

I has such high expectations for this book. I absolutely loved The Guest List and I couldn’t wait to dive back into another thriller after going on a big of a sappy Colleen Hoover bender (reviews to come). Unfortunately, I was incredibly underwhelmed by this book. All of the characters are terrible and lack depth.At over 200 pages in there had been barely any character development or plot progression that I found myself simply reading because I was too far in to give up. Without giving away any spoilers, many of the plot twists are so far fetched. Also, I felt like there were many plot points that were simply dropped or the resolution was loosely inferred which left me feeling disappointed.

Ultimately, this was not the page-turned I was hoping for. While I appreciate a thriller with a slow burn, this novel lacked suspense and the ending was sloppy, rushed, and disappointing. Since The Guest List was such a hit with me, I definitely haven’t sworn off Lucy Foley completely, but I just expected so much more from her.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read this book and help a girl out with some good recs because book morale is low over here!

2 out of 5 stars

Review of Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Reckless Girls is about Lux and her boyfriend Nico who are hired by two friends, Brittany and Amma, to sail them out to the remote island of Meroe in the South Pacific that has quite the dark history and his completely cut off from civilization. When they arrive, they quickly bond with another couple, Jake and Eliza, who are also exploring the island and are seemingly enjoying paradise together. However, slowly things begin to unravel. Relationships are not what they seem and the truth has deadly consequences.

To be honest, giving this book 3 out of 5 stars feels generous. I kept reading all 300+ pages because I kept anticipating some crazy twist was coming given the overall eeriness and slow-burn pacing of the book. However, I didn’t anticipate the “twist” to happen in the last 10 pages of the book. It felt rather rushed and overall unsatisfying from a reader’s perspective. Additionally, none of the characters are particularly likable. When negative things would happen to them or I would find out more with regard to what a particular character was capable of, I didn’t really have much of a reaction. I just found myself being rather unsurprised that these rather flat characters got even worse.

Although this book missed the mark for me, I would definitely consider reading another one of Hawkins’ books. Despite not enjoying this particular story line, I did really enjoy her writing style and think I would be easily captivated by another one of her works. If you’ve read Reckless Girls, I would love to hear your thoughts and if you’ve read any of Hawkins’ other works that you enjoyed, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

3 out of 5 stars

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Matthew & Marissa Bishop seemingly appear to have it all, until Marissa cheats on Matthew. In hopes of rebuilding their relationship, they enlist the support of Avery, a therapist whose unconventional methods have left her without a license to practice. As they move through her ten sessions, it becomes very apparent that there is much more to the story than a simple act of adultery.

I haven’t read a thrilled in a while and it became very apparent that this is what I needed in my life because I simply could not put this book down. The best way I could describe the overall vibe of the book is deeply unsettling. The entire time I was so unclear as to who to trust and who had ulterior motives. While reading this book, I felt similarly to when I was reading Behind Closed Doors. Although the pacing is a little slower in this book, it still had the same effect on me. I found myself tearing through pages at 1am, unable to rest until I finished this truly spooky story.

The book nerd in me is also very fascinated by the writing process of Hendricks & Pakkaenen. I don’t think I’ve read many books with multiple authors other than in an academic setting and the whole book flowed so seamlessly. I would be very curious to learn more about how they go about writing together and blend their own individual styles into something as great as this book.

If you’re looking to jump back into the thriller world, bump this to the top of your TBR list because it’s just SO good. I really can’t say enough good things about it.

5 out of 5 stars