January 2015 Recap

I’ve never done monthly blog recaps, but I thought I’d try one and see how it goes. Enjoy! Or not. I mean, I usually don’t read those types of posts on other people’s blogs…

Books Read: 10

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Books Reviewed: 7

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5) by Dani Pettrey (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay 3/5 stars
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama 2/5 stars
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister 2/5 stars
What If by Rebecca Donovan (NetGalley) 2/5 stars

Genres Read:
Adult: 8
New Adult: 1
Young Adult: 1

Memes:
Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Most Disappointed Reads of 2014
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club

Other Posts:

Discussion Post: Readers Problem: Library Waiting List
Re-blogged a funny post on SHIPs from the writer of Jackaby: SHIP
Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2015
I Joined BlogLovin

Review: A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

A Tap on the Window

Synopsis from Good Reads:

When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realises she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.

Linwood Barclay is by far one of my favorite mystery/thriller writers. He does such a great job of creating complex and well-developed main characters. I’ve enjoyed every Barclay book I’ve read, but this one fell just shy of being a 4 star read for me.

There’s a lot going on in A Tap on the Window. Our main character, private eye Cal, is trying to work through the grief of losing his teenage son. He spends his free time trying to track down the person he believes is responsible. One night when driving home from his search, he agrees to give a ride to a teenage girl who says she knew his son. In doing so he gets caught up in a bigger scheme.

The synopsis makes it sound like he’s the prime suspect in a murder, but only very little time is spent with that. He quickly goes from suspect to detective. As he investigates he stumbles upon new  plot lines – not only is there a dead girl and a missing girl, but another possible missing teenage boy, an underage booze ring, infidelities, corrupt cops and a possibly corrupt public official. The reader also gets another mystery by getting an unidentified third person POV of a woman and her son and the man they keep locked up, along with vague mentions of the things Cal is working on uncovering.

Overall, I enjoyed A Tap on the Window. While I thought there were almost too many plot lines, they did all end up cohesively fitting together and gave me a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, even after I was completely sure I had figured it all out. I would recommend it to fans of mystery/thrillers and character driven novels.

Rating (out of 5):

3.5 stars

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING:

(Don't You) Forget About Me

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn. I’ve only just started but so far it’s intriguing. The premise is interesting, if a little confusing, and I’m hoping things are better explained as the book goes on.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

A Tap on the Window  Damsel Distressed  Rebel (Reboot, #2)  Enders (Starters, #2)

A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay, Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke, Rebel my Amy Tintera, Enders by Lissa Price. These are all books I currently have from the library. I’m not sure which I’m reading next. And since I’m planning on doing NaNoWriMo, I’m not sure I’ll get the chance to read all of them before they expire.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?