The House of Thunder – Dean Koontz

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Wow. Okay so this was my first Dean Koontz book. I know he’s popular. I have friends who are huge fans. When I did a thrift store book haul I was sure to include him as an author to try out, and I got this book. I kept thinking, “This may, or may not, be one of his better books.” I decided to get started on it the other night.

There might be kind of a spoiler here, so don’t read further.

There was definitely suspense! It started off setting a foundation for the story and then all these other little factors started coming into the picture. It played games with my mind. Is something wrong with Susan or are there evil deeds at play? I kept going back and forth with that for a long time and the suspense was building. Things started getting quite crazy and I had to know what was really happening.

When the truth was finally laid out, I was more shocked than satisfied. It was interesting that the truth was something I would have never, ever imagined. I was impressed by that. But it was also based around a topic I have little interest in, so for that reason, I didn’t find the ending satisfying. Compare it to, let’s say, a friend inviting you to a party and they’ve spent a lot of time hyping it up, and you’re really excited to go. But when you arrive, you find out it’s a football game party and you have zero interest in football. That’s how I felt. It’s the shock of the unexpected that I enjoyed, but not the theme of it. If that makes any sense.

I really liked that it was easy to read and I didn’t get lost in too much detail. I am looking forward to reading more of his books! After I finished it, I received recommendations from friends for other books of his to read! I’m excited!

Bring me Back – B.A. Paris

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This is going to have spoilers.

This is both the third book released by B.A. Paris and I’ve now read all three. I finished this very quickly, it took me a couple evenings. I really grew to long for books by this author, especially after the first two. It has the psychological thriller thing going that keeps me highly interested, but there were a couple things that threw me off. This is where the spoilers come in.

The first thing is the repeated mention of the Russian dolls. It got to a point where I felt they were mentioned on every page or every paragraph. They got thrown into the mix too much.

The other thing that threw me off is the twist at the end. The girl the main character falls in love with goes missing, ten years later he meets her older sister, falls in love because he misses the younger sister. He starts getting hints that the younger may still be alive and he gets obsessed with seeing her again, so a bunch of psychological drama happens. The big reveal turns out to be that the older sister he ended up with was actually the younger sister all along. Apparently, after she disappeared, she saw her older sister killed and was mentally affected to where she took on her looks and personality. She sought out the main character and approached him as her sister and he had no idea. It was like both sisters were living in one mind and the younger sisters mind started resurfacing, wanting to reclaim him and take him from the older sister. Like a multiple personality disorder.

The concept is interesting and I enjoyed it in that way, but I feel it is so far fetched to imagine that the main character would still mistake her for being her sister, even though a decade, hair color, style, etc. had changed. Sure, someone can really change their looks, but you also notice very odd little features about the people you love, whether it be moles or shape of their toes. And no plastic surgery was mentioned in the book. So I just find it far fetched to live with someone two years and not be able to somehow recognize them after ten years, even if they purposely changed their looks. I don’t know.

Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Geek Love – Katherine Dunn

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This book is very detailed and bizarre. I’ve been mainly seeking mystery and psychological thrillers since I started reading fictional books. A good friend of mine let me borrow this book so I figured it was worth checking out. It was hard to get into at first because there were things happening on different timelines and it took me a minute to figure out each persons nicknames to figure out who everyone was. Also, like I mentioned, it’s a very detailed book. Very descriptive. I often got lost int he details looking for the plot. I did appreciate the detail sometimes, especially when something foul was being described. It always turned out to be very funny.

Once I figured things out, I started following the plot better and it really was bizarre. I wanted to find out what happens. I’m glad I read the book! I wish they’d make a movie of it. I see it being a lot like the carnival season of American Horror Story, just less horror and more odd. Maybe more sentimental.

 

Too Late to Say Goodbye – Ann Rule

It took me a while longer to get through this book. This one is actually a true story and it was pretty intense! I had never heard of this case, so I went into it not knowing anything, and also played on the suspense by not peeking at the pictures in the middle section to see actual pictures of the people this book was written about. Nor did I sneak on the internet to find out anything. I was determined to read first.

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It was a very interesting read. The author was very descriptive and detailed. I was so curious to see the pictures in the middle section of everyone that I plowed through the first have of the book. One thing about seeing the pictures-there was a bit of a spoiler that got blown. There was still other mysteries that had yet to be discovered, but I kind of wish I hadn’t found out the outcome of that particular thing just yet. I did put the book down for the majority of the week. I was determined to finish it this weekend, though, because I wanted to know how the rest of everything played out. I also have a lot more books to read!

I really enjoyed the part at the end when the detectives were working so relentlessly to obtain crucial evidence. It was very suspenseful. I’d like to know if there’s any good documentaries about this case, or any movies made. Very good book, very sad case.

 

The Breakdown – B.A. Paris

 This is the second book I’ve read from B. A. Paris…Wow!

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She wasted no time in getting right into the situation! I was very into this book, so curious about how things would unfold! The crazy thing was I was up till 10pm reading and had to put the book down so I could sleep, even though I was at the ultimate peak of mystery, just waiting for everything to start making sense!

I continued the next day and then all the answers started falling from sky! I was shocked when the truth came to light. I ordered her third novel today, can’t wait to get it!

I bought another book! Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

This arrived in the mail and I haven’t started it yet, but I’m excited! I loved the last psychological thriller/mystery book I read, and I heard this one has good reviews! 🤗

7/15/18 Update! I finally started this book and read it within a day! I love it! It was intense and well written! I love psychological thrillers and this filled my need. Well, at least for now. I just ordered another book from this author! I’m going to find a friend to give this book to so they can enjoy it and pass it to another friend, after.

I finished a book. The Wife Between Us.

Instagram somehow knows I like psychological thrillers. I was checking my feed and up pops this advertisement for mystery books. The funny thing is I’m not much of a reader. I might have to change that now!

I took a chance and bought this book. It promised plot twists and it came through! I thought I knew what was going on, but I really didn’t! I recommend this book!

I recently gave it to a friend and signed the inside of the cover with the year. I told him to do the same after he reads it and then pass it along to someone else. I think that’s the way I prefer to handle books. I need to make a habit of this.