Hello, readers! Today I will be bringing you my October Wrap Up!
Here is a quick overview of the books I read:
★★★: People Like Us by Dana Mele; The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay; The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw; There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
★★★★: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
★★★★★: The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Audiobooks: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager; The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Pages Read in July: 1,983 pages (not including the DNF’d books)
People Like Us by Dana Mele
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.53
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 378 pages
Genre(s): YA thriller
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: February 27, 2018
Plot: Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.
The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.42
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 272 pages
Genre(s): Horror, thriller, suspense
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 26, 2018
Plot: Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.
One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”
Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.15
My Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.5
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre(s): Thriller, mystery
Published: July 3, 2018
Plot: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.
And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
Click here for my full review.
The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.85
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre(s): Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: June 19, 2018
Plot:Not all secrets are meant to be found.
If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.
Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.
Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.84
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 308 pages
Genre(s): YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: March 6, 2018
Plot: Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.39
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.5
Page Count: 289 pages
Genre(s): YA Thriller
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: September 26, 2017
Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.
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Let me know in the comments what you read this month or if you’ve read any of the books on my list! Thanks for reading!