It has been awhile since writing any mini-reviews. I’ve been a bit busy and the short reviews are almost harder to write than the longer ones I do for the ARC’s I’ve read! I did enjoy all three of these and they would all be good fall reads.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Publication Date: July 2019
“Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.”
― Riley Sager, Lock Every Door
Riley Sager is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. Both books I have read by him were great psychological thrillers that really kept me guessing! I totally thought this one was going to go a certain way, but when it was finally revealed what was really going on in the Bartholomew apartment building, I was totally floored! I never would have guessed that in a million years.
Jules was a great main character and a totally believable one. The circumstances that led her to be an apartment sitter were totally believable and I loved her mindset to become independent again. She was brave when she needed to be and pretty quick witted when the circumstances called for it.
The other residents were a fun eclectic mix of eccentric old people and others who were just minding their own business and wanted to be left alone. But they all new what was really going on, even the people who worked there, which made that ending all the more chilling. To what depths would you go to to save someone you loved?
If you are looking for a psychological thriller with a really surprising twist at the end, this is one you should take a look at.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
“Men don’t have to pay attention the way we do. Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female”
― Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group
If you are really into horror movies, then this is a book that I think you will really appreciate. It has a lot of horror movie tropes and themes running through it. I have seen a few horror movies in my day, but they really are not my thing, so some of the insider knowledge was lost on me.
Lynnette was an interesting main character, although there were many times I wasn’t entirely sure about her sanity. There were a couple of instances when I thought we were going to find out that everything that had been happening was entirely in her head, but that never panned out. She was paranoid, with good reason, and a bit of a sociopath, which made it hard to like and root for her.
While there was a lot of action in this book, I wouldn’t exactly say that it was fast paced. There were a lot of times where we just sat in Lynnette’s head while her thoughts spiraled. There were some pretty good twists toward the end, although the killer wasn’t a huge surprise.
I did enjoy the concept of the final girls group, and there were parts that I really liked, but the entire book just felt slightly off to me. But if you like horror and are a huge fan, this book just might be the one for you.
Homegrown Hero by Khurrum Rahman
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
” I’d run it over and over in my head until it made nothing but sense, I was just a pawn in their game. for them to move around as they pleased and topple over when they were done.”
— Khurrum Rahman, Homegrown Hero
I saved the best for last, so I hope you made it this far. This second book in the Jay Qasim series was even better than the first! I just loved how every character was morally flawed but you ended up caring for them and wanting the best for them no matter their past or what they were doing now.
Jay basically just wants to be left alone to live his boring yet safe life, but circumstances gets him caught up in something bigger than his small life. He just wants to do the right thing, and not get caught up in the vicious cycle of vengeance that seems to grip everyone he knows. Jay’s big heart gets in his way though, as he tries to help even those who maybe he shouldn’t.
There are a lot of new characters in this one and lots of points of view. This story was all about vengeance and how hard it is to break that cycle. Everyone is culpable of horrible things in this book, and everyone is doubting themselves along the way. There are also a couple of truly despicable characters, but you can still feel for them and for what they have been through.
This is an excellent thriller that is very relevant to the times we currently find ourselves living. There is a lot of important thoughts and themes running through this book that will make you stop and think about your own actions, or inactions. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.
I hoped you enjoyed these mini reviews and found something to peak your interest. I hope you are having a fantastic reading week!