The Sanatorium – Sarah Pearse // Oh wow. I really liked this book – I was honestly hooked by page 10, and couldn’t stop it. I loved all the characters and how they wove into each other – I loved the underlying family dynamic part of this book, and it even gave you a cheeky little epilogue. It had that all alone in the wilderness vibe that makes the book extra creepy for me, which is always a plus. Definitely recommend!!
The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner // Another really, really good one. This one was so interesting! I loved Caroline and Gaynor and Nella and Eliza – all strong, bad ass females. I loved how the story went back and forth between England late 1700s, and present day, and I loved the mystery woven into the story. It was just really really good, and I’m glad virtual book club made this pick.
Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller // Man, can she write a mythology book. This was so good. I did not know of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, and this book put you right there. The book is told from the viewpoint of Patroclus, and you can feel everything he feels. It was incredibly well-written – detailing how the relationship developed as they were young boys and through the Trojan War. I’ll be in a book hangover over this one for quite awhile.
The Last Victim – Jason Moss // One of B’s coworkers, who has become a true-crime friend, told me about this book. We share good true-crime podcasts, documentaries, etc, and he sent me this book. This author sent out letters to infamous serial killers – Gacy, Ramirez, Manson – to try to get into their brains. He actually found himself sitting next to Gacy in prison weeks before his execution. This book is incredibly graphic and at some times disturbing, so if that bothers, you skip it. Definitely an interesting and super creepy read.
Black Buck – Mateo Askaripour // I flew through this book – it was so good. I loved how real the whole book felt the entire time. Darren is such a well-thought out character, and his supporting cast of characters and even the tiny twist at the end was just well-written and interesting. Loved this one.
Galatea – Madeline Miller // A super-super short story, but Madeline Miller owns my mythology loving ass. A statue who was blessed by the gods and became alive and gave birth – she does what she needs to save her child. I need more from her!
Pretty Things – Janelle Brown // I really liked this one – I was worried at first since it was a bit long, but it kept my interest the whole time. I loved Nina, and how she came into her own throughout this whole book. I really like how the story came full circle, and Nina’s realization how the person you trust the most can sometimes be the complete opposite.