The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

I wasn’t sure about this one when I started it, but I liked Denfeld’s writing. The book is a mix of sadness and that search for a happy ending. I won’t give anything away, but the journey is worth taking. The main character, Naomi, is relentless and doesn’t let anyone walk over her. While there were a couple of connections that felt oddly pieced together, this was still a really good book.

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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

I found this book to be entertaining and surprising. I enjoyed how the different perspectives from the main characters intertwined, but it was a bit confusing at times. Still, I did not see the ending coming, and that is always a nice treat. This is a wonderful blend of suspense, mystery, and psychological suspense. I gave it 4 starsĀ and definitely recommend it.

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A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau

This book started out with such promise, but it failed to fulfill that promise. It’s difficult to even place it into a category as it hold elements of magical realism, adventure, supernatural, and a mystery. The more I read, the more I wanted the book to be finished. I gave it three stars because there were positives to it, but not enough to make me want to know what was going to happen. In the end, I believed very little, and was incredibly disappointed.

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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

I really didn’t enjoy this book all that much. It wasn’t horrible, but it definitely wasn’t good either. My biggest problem was the dialogue, particularly with the junior high boys. Their speech was not what you would actually hear from real kids that age, and some of it was so repetitive. I give it 2.5 stars and as I reflect on the book and where it ended up, I still don’t see the point.

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Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed

This was an interesting book and out of the normal genres I read. She went through something that I can’t relate to, and I applaud her for her ability to overcome two tragic life events at the same time. I found her journey compelling, and she kept me drawn in until the very end, though I did find it a little irritating that she painted herself as flawless throughout the book. There are two or three sides, at least, to every story, and I felt like she did everything exactly right while her ex was a complete ass. That may have been true, but it would have been nice to see some of her flaws along the way as well.

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