The Fisherman by John Langan


Publication Date: June 30th, 2016

This review does not contain spoilers.

‘Goodreads Blurb’

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other’s company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It’s a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.

My thoughts

This was definitely an interesting story, and unlike anything I had ever read before. I really enjoyed the sections about Abe and Dan, and how they became fishing buddies, and it’s very much a story about tragedy and loss, with some horror bits mixed in. When Abe and Dan are sitting in a diner for breakfast before leaving for a new fishing spot, one of the locals warn them, and begin to tell them about the creepy things that have been rumored to have happened there. From this point, the attention is taken away from Abe and Dan, and the author then decides to write about the tale that the local warned them of. It is essentially a story within a story, and this can work; however, I thought this chunk of the book went on for way to long. There were definitely scary elements to this section of the book, but I did find myself nodding off a few times, just because I was more interested in the present with Abe and Dan. After you get past this section, we see what eventually unfolds during their fishing trip to this particular spot. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile now, and even though when I first started it, and was sure it was going to be a 5 star read, I ended up giving it 4 stars on Goodreads. I would still recommend this to anyone who likes horror, and I think they would really enjoy this. Its not a very long book at all, but the author took several years to write it, and I can definitely see that he put a lot of thought into this story.



What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan


Publication Date: December 1st, 2015

This review does not contain spoilers

As Rachel walks along a path in the woods with her eight year old son Ben, he suddenly asks her if he could run ahead little bit on the path. Reluctantly, Rachel allows him too, and she soon realizes that she makes the worst decision of  her life when she finds that Ben has suddenly disappeared. After running into another women on the trail, and asking for help to look for him, the police are called, and from this point, the story takes off with an investigation in the disappearance of Ben.

In this story we are introduced to not only Rachel and Ben, but also Rachel’s sister Nikki, her friend Laura, her ex husband John, and several of the police officers involved in the case. We learn that not everything in Rachel’s life is what it seems. Many secrets come out during the investigation, and we also find out that Rachel is recently divorced from her ex husband John, who left her for another woman. After a televised interview with Rachel goes horribly wrong, much of the public believe that Rachel is actually guilty.

As for my thoughts, I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was quite long, at almost 500 pages, it read pretty quickly. It is told from 3 different perspectives, Rachel, Officer Clemo, and the therapist that sees Clemo throughout the length of the story. I was easily sucked into this story, and I never had a problem picking the book back up when I had to set it down. I am definitely interested to read more from this author in the future. Excellent debut thriller! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.



How often do you review books for authors who request? (Discussion)

Over the past few months I have become inundated with review requests from authors. Many of the book reviews I have listed are from authors who have graciously provided me a copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. While I absolutely love to be given the opportunity to give back to these people who have worked so hard, I have started to think that I need to take a little bit of a step back.

When I first started my blog, it was solely for the purpose of talking about all the great books I have chosen to read for myself, and hoping to get the chance to read some for review as well. I started to list my blog name under book blogger lists and directories and became really excited when I started getting an influx of requests on a daily basis. During this point in time, I would pretty much accept anything. There are definitely a few titles under my book review list that I would have never considered reading in the first place, but had felt bad about rejecting. While I never lied in my reviews if the book wasn’t good, there are still many times that I have been brought into horrible ‘reading slumps’ because of them, and it has gotten to the point many times that I don’t even want to read. Unfortunately, I am now in a dilemma because I know I told people that I would review their books; however, I am no longer excited for them.

At this point in time, I have about 6 books that I am ‘supposed’ to read and review; however, I think I am going to have to narrow it down to 2, and then start out fresh. I am currently reading one (and am enjoying it), and that is ‘Home to Roost’ by Chauncey Rogers, and I have another one that I am interested in, but after that I think it will be time for a break.

I want to read and review more books that I WANT to read, and feel less pressured into pumping out the reviews from requests. Since I am not getting paid around here, its time to start being a little more picky with what I choose to read. With that being said, how often do y’all review books for authors that request?


When Houses Burn by Lauren Lee


Release Date: August 15th, 2017

This review does not contain any spoilers.

*Thank you to the author for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Goodreads Blurb

Dr. Delilah Hedley is a well-respected Doctor of Psychiatry in a small, affluent city on the East Coast. Despite her professional success, Delilah is physically unable to have children, causing increasing turmoil in her marriage. When Delilah begins seeing a new patient, a man previously accused of murdering his parents, a woman is simultaneously found dead in the river. As the hunt for Jane Doe’s killer intensifies, Delilah falls deeper and deeper for her new patient, despite his dark past. Will the doctor get a taste of her own medicine, or will she find an escape from the flame in time to save her own life?

Personal Thoughts

Im going to get it out of the way and say it now, this was the best book I have read by an author who has provided me a copy in exchange for a review so far. This is very well written, and well thought out, and has to be one of the better thrillers that I have read as of late. You immediately get sucked into the story, and it is very hard to put the book down once you get going, and that is exactly what I look for when I read from this genre.

This fast paced story left me gripped and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I was never able to guess how the story would go. It is told from Delilah’s perspective from the present tense as well as past tense, and you also get little snippets from inside the investigations taking place. You see how Delilah’s relationship with her husband slowly crumbles away, but you also see her build this relationship with her new patient, leaving you unsure of who you want to root for because all the characters are unstable in their own right, even Delilah herself. I really think that this title is so deserving to be the next big thing within this genre, and no I am not going to say the next ‘Gone Girl’, because that was so TWO years ago. This is exciting, new, and FRESH.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.