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Today I’m sharing a book review and my upcoming TBR list.


July Book Review, Currently Reading, and Upcoming Reads

Night Film: A Novel (REVIEWING)
Mexican Gothic (NEXT READ)

Finished Reading

Night Film

Night Film a Novel

Author| Marisha Pessl

Pages| 640

Genre| Thriller, Suspense

GR Rating | 3.78

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The Review

This book first landed on my Good Reads List in 2019, as well as my “Good Reads for Fall” book list.  Set in October this book follows a reporter (McGrath), a hostess (Nora), and a former friend of Ashely’s (Hopper) as they band together to find out what happened to Ashley Cordova the daughter of famous filmmaker Stanislaus Cordova who hasn’t been in the public eye for 30 years.

It has all the nuisances that I enjoy in a mystery/crime novel.  Investigating Ashley’s death takes McGrath and his team into tales of the occult mixing, mental hospitals, and the strange traditions of the filmmaker’s family, and fans.  This Hitchcock-ESQ filmmaker pushes his crew and actors to the very edge of the reality of what can be filmed. Cordova’s “Night Films” were sadistic and banned from most theaters, as he did more than push his actors to their limit and the boundaries of reality but sent them fleeing in terror as their lives would forever change after their encounters with him.

Ashley Cordova was 24, a gifted pianist, confident, and brilliant, with a strange upbringing and mysterious past.  Was her family using her for their own means? Did Ashley stumble into a world of the occult that she couldn’t turn away from? Or can the whole answer to this mystery be solved by knowing that a father would do just about anything to save his child?

This novel starts slow, picks up, and just when you think you’ve figured out what’s happening, your confused again.  The style of writing is sharp, witty, and unexpected.  I highly recommend this novel as it has the right setting, and is perfect for Fall.  I have it 4-stars because it is rather long, but all in all a very good read.

Currently Reading

The Select: A Novel 

The Select: A Novel

Author| F. Paul Wilson

Pages| 441

Genre| Thriller, Horror

GR Rating | 3.91

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | Any student should consider themselves lucky to receive an invitation to apply to the Ingraham College of Medicine. About an hour outside of Washington, DC, it’s one of the most respected and prestigious institutions of its kind in the United States. With the school completely subsidized by the Kleederman Foundation, students receive a full-ride scholarship for all four years, including room and board. That’s a hard deal for Quinn Cleary to pass up.

But after she and her new friend, Tim Brown, gain entrance into this dream school, everything soon becomes a waking nightmare as a student after the student begins behaving as if they were brainwashed. Now Quinn and Tim must hurry to uncover the dark truth before it’s too late

Upcoming Read

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

Author| Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pages| 320

Genre| YA, Fantasy

GR Rating | 4.15

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Future Read

The Shadows, A Novel

The Shadow A Novel

Author| Alex North

Pages| 336

Genre| Thriller, Horror

GR Rating | 3.87

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis |You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.

Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.

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