These were BOTH so great. I feel like it's rare that I put two together that I really loved!
First, The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica, recommended to me by Robin, who has never once- not ONCE!- steered me wrong. There's not much to add to my initial thoughts: Oh my GAAAAWWWWWDDDDD this was good!!! So good. Predictable, but that didn't bother me at all. So good. My heart broke for every single person. So good. SO GOOD!!!
It's a mystery type thriller type or whatever the genre is called, told in alternating chapters of 'before she was kidnapped' and 'after she comes home' and it really WORKS with this story, you know? And the detective? I've never had a character so well developed- I initially didn't care for him bc he was sort of a dick who thought he was Too Cool For School (remember when he interviewed the boyfriend? Gag me) but by the end I was absolutely one hundred percent smitten.
I loved basically everything about this book.
From the back of the book: "I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND. And I completely agree with the blurb or whatever that is on the back, this book was 'addictively suspenseful and tautly written' no doubt about it.
Next, Little Lies (Big Little Lies in America...) by Liane Moriarty. Now this author...I don't know what to say about her. What Alice Forgot is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. Not that it was like 'the best book I've ever read' but more like...it made me think. It stuck with me. And I loved it. But then The Husband's Secret, I hated it. HATED. I don't get it. But libraries are free and I really did love Alice, so I grabbed this one day and started it, somewhat apprehensively, when we went camping one weekend.
And I didn't put it down until I was done. My goodreads review: So good!! So much better than I was expecting. I loved what Alice forgot, but I was mostly indifferent (leaning towards dislike...) about the husbands secret and I almost sent this back to the library without even opening it. SO GLAD I DIDNT!!! I don't know much about domestic violence (THANK GOD) but the part where her old lady babysitter tells her FIRMLY to get a new tennis partner SLAYED ME. I was actually sobbing. And Madeline!! Although I'm not skinny or fashionable, I don't know, I could REALLY relate to her. Oh man. This was just GOOD. And hey Angela- I didn't peek at the end!!! I sort of guessed the victim but I did NOT guess the assailant. So good.
Yall, it really is so fantastic. HIGHLY recommend.
From the back of the book: She could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her . . . then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream . . .
When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can't seem to stop their secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night . . .
So there you go, two books you should drop everything and go snag. SO GOOD.