Yes, this is a picture of a hurricane. The hurricane that made my life and many of my friend’s and family’s lives miserable this month and for many to come. Her name was Florence and she brought the worst rain my state of North Carolina has ever seen. We were fortunate in my town to have only experienced some localized flooding, but for many people, their lives were literally picked up and washed away.
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With that said, and I apologize for this late post, here are my top reads for the month of September!
1. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware has been called the Agatha Christie of our time. I disagreed with that until I read this book. It had the missing element that her other books lacked, I think. What that element is I can’t quite put my finger on, but I really enjoy a mystery/suspense involving a dusty, old creepy house, full of secrets. A cast of interesting characters, to say the very least! This was a little slow going, but stick with it, and you won’t regret it! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars! This was the last book that I hadn’t read by Ruth Ware, so I am anxiously awaiting her next one, which will probably be a rather long wait, unfortunately!
2. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
A ghostly presence in the night, a family curse, and a road only a select few can see, make this the type of delightfully spooky book that will keep you up at night, no matter what age you are.
Ruth has had the same nightmare for as long as she can remember. She is on a sinking ship and her late mother is shouting her name. She thinks it’s just a dream until she visits her mother’s hometown for the summer. She realizes there’s more to the dream than she thought, and that it may not be a dream at all. Together with her cousin Ruby, she investigates an ancient family curse that has plagued her relatives for centuries. Will she break the curse before time runs out for her too?
The publisher sent me a copy of this book to review, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I adore books like this. It tells a great, spooky story, and it also highlights the importance of family and loving each other despite past mistakes. This would be a great read for elementary and middle grade children. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
3. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
I was expecting as shocking of an ending with this one as her previous novel, Behind Her Eyes, which didn’t happen, but it was still a very well done thriller.
Lisa thought she had left her past behind, but in the back of her mind, she knew it would catch up with her someday. She never thought it would be this soon or this explosive.. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars!
I apologize for the very short list this month! Between hurricanes and a higher stress level this month, it didn’t leave much time to focus on reading. I will have some more spooky reviews for you next month, as October is one of my favorite months for reading!