For July, I decided to randomly grab a book off of the shelf to be my summer reading for the month.  The only way I knew this was going to work was by going to the thriller’s section at our local bookstore, close my eyes and pull the first book I touch.  Slowly opening my eyes, I almost got discouraged as it was a James Patterson’s book (haven’t found many that I have liked so far) but gave it a chance as the plot line was based in Stockholm, Sweden.

SIDE NOTE: For those of you who don’t already know, I am a dual citizen – both Swedish and American.  Hence why the location of this book jumped out at me… it was like a bright, neon sign flashing in front of me during the most homesick part of my summer!

The book begins with no hesitation, launching you into a murder scene in Europe involving innocent tourists.  New York detective Jacob Kanon flies all the way over to begin a chase all around continental Europe in hopes of catching the killers.  When another postcard is delivered to a Swedish journalist, Kanon jumps on the first flight in hopes of catching the murderers before it is too late.

While I won’t deny that this is not the most intriguing book I have ever read, it was easy enough to read that I was able to complete it within only a couple of days.  It keeps you wanting to flip to the next page to see what was going to happen, were the bad guys going to be caught, or who was the next couple whom would be matched up.

Overall I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5, worth a read if you can find it at the library or borrow a copy from a friend.

**Just found out that this book will be released on the big screen in 2007**

What have been your favorite summer reads so far?




Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies tells the story of a single Mom Jane and her son Ziggy right after they relocate to a small beach town Pirriwee in Australia.  Soon after the move Jane quickly befriends two women during a kindergarden orientation day for their children.  As the book progresses, so does their friendship which leads to secrets, betrayal and internal struggles bubbling to the surface.

To be completely honest, I didn’t get through this book very quickly.  Not because I didn’t like the story  line or the characters but because I started it on my honeymoon and as soon as we got back I was jam packed with 101 things that took priority.  I know what you are thinking, “What takes priority over YOU time?”  Well, we moved houses and I got a new job – so “me” time had to wait.  When I finally did pick up the book again, I can say with 100% confidence that I did not put it down.  I think this is due to the fact that it keeps you guessing through out the entire 460 pages.  The thing that really kept me going was the fact that you are following a police investigation but you are not sure exactly why or what is going to be the reason for the police to be involved.  Only in the last couple of pages do you actually learn what the crime was and who committed it.

Overall, I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 and recommend anyone to read it (especially before the movie comes out in 2017)

Have you read any of Liane Moriarty’s books and if so which ones?