They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall – Review

Hello my dear ladies and gentlemen! I hope you are having a great start to your week. Today, I will be reviewing They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall. This was great at parts and boring at others. The plot was interesting and the characters were definitely not what they seemed.

Book: They All Fall Down

Author: Rachel Howzell Hall

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, with six strangers—an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, a young widow.

Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents keep them suspicious of each other, as one by one . . . 

They all fall down


*Miriam. I really liked how Miriam seemed like an okay person who just did a few wrong things. But by the end of the book, I despised her and half wished that she would pay for her crimes, while I also half wished that she could get a second chance to learn from her mistake. She’s also a very unreliable narrator which made it hard to discern whether she was telling the truth, or she was sugar-coating or lying about whatever she said.

*Plot and Setting. The plot was okay. Slow at the start, but once things picked up, most of it didn’t slow down. There were parts which were boring, and others which were exciting. The setting definitely helped enhance the story and added an extra level of despair for the characters.

*Ending and twist. The ending shocked me, and I don’t want to spoil it by telling why. There was a twist that I did not see coming, and the way things ended was brutal but also realistic. A few people have said that this is like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, but I haven’t read it, and I think that made me enjoy TAFD more since I wasn’t comparing the two.


*Characters and their pasts. I think this aspect was rushed and not done well, especially with Wallace. There was a lot of reveals happening at once, and a bit of info-dumping which helped increase the shock factor, but also took away from the thriller aspect because I spent a few minutes trying to process what I’d just read.

*Miriam’s POV. It was a bit annoying and hard to be in Miriam’s head the entire time because she constantly tried to portray herself as the victim, while she was also not what she seemed. The way that she also only cared about money and was really self-centered made it even worse.


I liked this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! Miriam can be annoying, the plot was at first slow and then a bit choppy, but in the end, the twist and revelations saved the book for me. After reviewing it however, I think I’m going to give this 3.5 stars rounded up instead of 4.

One sentence summary: An okay thriller with an interesting plot and an unreliable narrator.

Overall, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4

★★★★☆

That’s it for this book review! Have you read They All Fall Down? What did you think? Did you initially support Miriam too? Have you read And Then There Were None? Do you think that I should give Christie’s book a try? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The ​7 1⁄2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Review

Hello friends, and welcome to my review of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I really liked this, but felt like it was a bit confusing in the beginning. I really wanted Aiden to get out, and maybe take Anna with him and was shocked by that ending.

Book: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.


Quote: “How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”

*Original and Unique plot. I loved the idea of Blackheath. I loved the idea of putting Aiden in different bodies so he can experience the same day through multiple viewpoints which will help him solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. It was unique, refreshing, and something I have not seen before, at all.

*Mystery. The mystery itself was intriguing and all the twists surprised me. However, I think the ending was a bit too grand? Or just, a bit excessive. The mystery was great, and I was in suspense for most of the story. Evelyn’s murder is a whole lot more intricate than it seems.

*Aiden Bishop. I honestly felt so so sorry for him. Blackheath seemed like a barbaric place that only served to make people lose their minds. However, Aiden took it in stride, and it was really amazing how he didn’t go crazy with all the clues, and all the secrets and horrors that he kept discovering. My head was bursting and I wasn’t even experiencing it in real life. Even though we know so little about him and who he really is as a person-besides the few glimpses we catch when he’s trying to control his hosts-he still seemed like a complete and great character.

*Eight Hosts. The way that the hosts influenced Aiden and his actions was really cool, and also how he personally tried to fight some of the urges his hosts felt. I thought that, at the end, he’d taken a bit of each of his hosts personalities with him which was good.


Quote: “Anger’s solid; it has weight. You can beat your fists against it. Pity’s a fog to become lost within.”

*Confusing. I was honestly really slow at getting a hang of the story. I was so confused for about the first 20% of the story while I tried to wrap my head around how the different hosts worked, and what the rules were. It also didn’t help being in Sebastian’s head, but it was still important and I liked it once I understood.


Quote: “Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.”

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! This was at first confusing, but it turned out to be a great historical mystery with a very unique and amazing plot. However, I couldn’t give this 5 stars because my confusion made me not like this story at the start.

One sentence summary: A unique historical mystery with a great main character.

Overall, 4 stars!!

★★★★☆

Have you read The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle? What did you think? Have you read a historical mystery similar to this one? Chat with me in the comments below!

Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci – Reivew

Welcome guys!!! Today’s review is of Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci. This was an amazing thriller with a political conspiracy that was so twisted, I couldn’t see, let alone guess the ending. I also really liked Oliver Stone, and loved Mary Chapman.

Book: Hell’s Corner

Author: David Baldacci

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci’s most stunning adventure yet.An attack on the heart of power . . . “In sight of the White House . . . “At a place known as . . . “HELL’S CORNER John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he’s fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It’s in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing. British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone’s partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake. In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell’s Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone’s and the Camel Club’s last stand.


Quote: “Everyone has choices. You make them and then you live with the consequences.”

*Oliver Stone aka John Carr. I read the last book in the series, without knowing, and yet I was still able to enjoy this. It even made me more curious to learn more about Stone and his past. Even though Stone is old, he is still as sharp and quick as he was in his younger days and I liked that. He didn’t let age get the better of him, and he also didn’t really care about the fact that he upset a lot of important people. He only cared about his friends, his partner, and his back. He was willing to sacrifice himself for them and I really admired that.

*Mary Chapman. I. Need. More. Mary. I was horrified when I found out that this was the 5th book and the current last one, and that it was also published in 2010 meaning that there is pretty much a 0% chance that I’ll get more Mary. She is really sassy, and I loved her amazing British self. She’s also much younger than Stone, but just as seasoned and smart as he. They made an amazing team and she also added a lot of humor in an otherwise humorless book. She’s also from MI6 which is terrific, since I love MI6 (and FBI and CIA…). I also liked how she learned to question orders, and also how, even though she was loyal from the start, she grew even more loyal as the story progressed and was ready to sacrifice herself for Stone and his friends. And that’s really something, because she doesn’t really know his friends but she trusts Stone and he trusts them, and so she trusts and helps them too. It was just uplifting and put a permanent smile on my face.

*Plot. I really liked the conspiracy aspect, and how it was introduced from the get-go. I had a few theories, and was exasperated at first because no one seemed to be thinking about my ideas, but it turned out that my theory was wrong. The plot was intense, the characters were being led all around the place, and I was following right behind them. I also really liked the dynamics between the FBI, NIC, NSC, CIA, ATF, and all the other countless agencies that were involved. It was also hilarious how Mary was baffled at all the politics going on, and the fact that agents didn’t even trust their agencies, and how each agency seemed to be trying to bring the other down.

*The Ending. I was shocked, I was in disbelief and I really believed that (no spoilers!) it actually happened. I was going to cry. It was so amazing, fast paced, and wowing, and it was a really satisfying end, even though I sincerely wish that there were more books with Mary, or that she got her own series. *sighs*

*Restaurant Scene. There is this scene, Chapter 79, page 330 in the hardcover, in which Stone and Mary were arguing at a restaurant, and Mary got up to go, and Stone grabbed her wrist to stop her, and this guy comes over and tells Stone to let her go. And then Mary says:

“We were just arguing over who was going to pay the check. But thanks for coming to a lady’s aid, love.”

Chapter 79, Page 330

I just loved it (And I also loved the “love” part too lol). It’s pretty trivial, and I’m probably over-exaggerating, but I really really liked that moment. It just made me feel so happy and warm.


Quote: “And just because they’re no longer a superpower doesn’t mean they don’t want to be again.”

*Nothing. I can’t think of a single thing that I disliked about this. Maybe it should have been a bit faster, but no, I think it was perfect.


Quote: “Every time I walk with Alex I’m reminded both how lucky I am to have friends like him and also how unworthy I am to have friends like him.”

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The plot was great, the characters were fabulous, and the ending was totally unexpected and shocked me so much that I couldn’t believe it.

One sentence summary: An amazing political thriller with two spectacular main characters.

Overall, 5 stars

★★★★★

That’s it for this review! Have you read Hell’s Corner? Were you just as shocked by that ending? Do you know any books with amazing female agents from MI6 or another government agency? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner – Review

Hello and welcome to the last week of July. Can you believe that 7 months of the year are over already??? Today, I’m going to review Look For Me by Lisa Gardner. The characters were great, I liked the mystery and the ending surprised me. However, I did skip some parts to try and hurry the story along.

Book: Look For Me

Author: Lisa Gardner

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and “Find Her”‘s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl’s life . . . or bring her to justice. 

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.


Quote: “It takes a villain to make a hero. And it took a monster to make me.”

*D.D. and Flora. Both were amazing characters and I loved their relationship. Flora’s vigilante work and her past made the story more interesting and also explained her peculiar relationship with D.D. I loved D.D. because even though she was a great detective, she was also a mother and a person outside of her work. Her annoyance at Flora meddling in the investigation and her grudging respect for her made them a great pair.

*Mystery. The mystery was intriguing and there were a lot of possible guilty suspects. I had no idea who it could be. The Baez family also had so many secrets that they were hiding which didn’t help. The ending and the identity of the killer surprised me, but in a good way. I also really liked the police procedure aspect of the book and learned a few things.

*Struggles. The Baez family went through so much and the story lightly touched on the effects of alcohol addiction and foster care. It was really saddening and I felt so pained after it was revealed how much they had turned their life around just for it to be ended. Roxy’s essays were amazing and I wished so much that they could go back in time to stop the murder.

*Side plots. I really liked the parts in which D.D.’s son and her husband went to get a dog and also the moments in which the mystery wasn’t the main focus. It was just sweet and a chance to step back and breathe.


Quote: “Bad people don’t want to deal with the powerful. They prey on the weak.” 

*Impatience. I found myself skipping some portions so that I could hurry and find out who the murderer was, but I think that was more because I was impatient and nervous, than because the story was boring.


Quote: “Being a survivor didn’t just mean being strong. It meant being lonely.” 

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The mystery was engaging, and the topics that the story lightly touched on were heart-breaking while also being realistically portrayed. D.D. and Flora were both really amazing.

One sentence summary: A great mystery with strong and amazing main characters.

Overall, 4.5 stars rounded up!

★★★★★

That’s it dear friends! Have you read Look For Me? What did you think? Have you read any other books in the Detective D.D. Warren series? Let’s chat in the comments below!