The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

The Silent WifePaperback, 326 pages
Published June 25th 2013

The Silent Wife was part of the choices for Best Mystery & Thriller novel for 2013. I’m a mystery and thriller fan and wanted to read an adult book, so I thought this would be perfect.

Picture this, Todd, a notorious cheater, has decided to end his 20+ year relationship with his wife after finding out that his much younger mistress, a mistress he watched grow up, is pregnant with his baby. Jodi, the faithful wife, has known about the countless cheatings, but always overlooks them because, at the end of the day, Todd always comes back to her. However, this time is different. Todd wants things to end, but Jodi won’t let him. The more he pushes and pushes, the more she latches on and tightens her grip. Alas, you can only do that for so long. So what’s a girl to do? Her husband is a cheating pig and she’s left with nothing more than with bitter memories and an eviction notice. At this point, there’s only one thing she can do. Murder. I mean, if anyone deserves to be killed, it’s him right?

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing AmeliaHardcover, 384 pages
Published April 2nd 2013

I wanted to like this, but the writing is really bad. Really bad. Really, really, really bad. Plus, some of the plot points simply made no sense. There are certain things you can suspend your disbelief to and that’s fine and normal when it comes to any form of fiction, as long as it makes sense in their world the author created, but there is a limit. There’s no way a detective would bring the mother of a victim along with him to interview witnesses and get statements. It….. No, just no.

Unless, he wasn’t really a detective and was only hired to act like one so Kate could find the truth. If this was the case, then I’m fine with it. However, that doesn’t happen. He’s just a cop who is investigating the suspicious death of a girl and decides that it would be fun to let the dead girl’s mom take lead in the investigation.

Yea…that would never happen. Never.

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Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Fire with FireHardcover, 528 pages
Published August 13th 2013

After reading Burn for Burn, I wanted to see what would happen next; especially, since the book ended on a cliffhanger. So off I went to pick up Fire with Fire, the second book in the series. The writing is still great and some of my questions were answered, but I’m not sure what happened here.

To start off with, Fire with Fire had no business being 500+ pages long. It really didn’t. Even though the writing was smooth and helped provided for a fast read, there were times when the book dragged on and on and on. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me. If a book is long, then that’s great as long as it has enough content to sustain it. But Fire with Fire didn’t. Unlike Burn for Burn which had only one revenge plot, Fire with Fire had one. And it wasn’t even as intricate as the former plans, why? Simple. Because only Lillia is the one doing things here, while Mary and Kat take a backseat in this revenge plot and in the book in general.

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for BurnHardcover, 358 pages
Published September 18th 2012

What do you get when three girls, who come from different walks of life, decide to take on three people who wronged them? You get Burn for Burn, a delicious novel about revenge and friendship.

Lillia, the popular rich Asian (yay for minorities in books), has had a horrible night out with her best friend Rennie. Since then, Lillia hasn’t really been feeling all that chummy with her and is started to get annoyed by Rennie’s mean girl behaviour. Also, her best guy friend, Alex, might have hooked up with her little sister.

Kat, the social outcast, use to be best friends with Rennie, but once Lillia showed up, Rennie dropped her. Not only did Rennie drop Kat, but she relentlessly teases her and insults her on almost a daily basis. She also hooked up with Alex, but then she finds out he was two timing her.

Mary, the new girl, just wants Reeve to notice her. After everything that happened to them in the past, it’s the least he can do. But he doesn’t, in fact, he acts like she doesn’t exist. Mary wants him to suffer like she did.

So when the three find themselves in the bathroom, they decide to get revenge, once and for all.

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