Light Fiction in Mini-Reviews

September 23, 2021 Uncategorized 6 ★★★

Light Fiction in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Last Time I Saw You
Author: Liv Constantine
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

This fast-paced thriller about a woman who starts receiving creepy threats after her mother was murdered was the sort of light read my brain can handle right now. The writing was good and the frightening situation kept me turning pages. I enjoyed how information about character’s past connections was revealed over time. However, an author in the book gets a review describing her story as both predictable and unbelievable. That might seem contradictory, but I think that was true of this book too! I guessed immediately who the bad guy was and was only thrown off the scent in the middle of the book because the author withheld information in a way that doesn’t feel totally fair to me. And the way we got back to my initial suspect being the bad guy required some pretty melodramatic, nearly unbelievable twists. Not an amazing book, but a fun one and just the sort of read I needed when I picked it up.

Light Fiction in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O'Leary
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

This was one of the sweetest, most adorable books I’ve ever read and I loved it so much! The set-up, with Leon and Kate sharing a flat and a bed without ever meeting because of their work schedules, was delightful. The main characters each had distinct voices and seeing them get to know each other through notes made for one of the most convincing relationships I’ve read. The author didn’t solely rely on a cutesy set-up to make this book work though. Leon and Kate meet early enough that there’s lots of room for their relationship to grow. The author also tackles some really tough topics and seeing the two main characters’ kindness to each other as they each worked through things made me warm and fuzzy inside. Really loved this one and can’t recommend it enough.

6 Responses to “Light Fiction in Mini-Reviews”

  1. Lisa W.

    I have found that I am not as fond of Liv Constantine as so many people for the exact reason you gave the book 3 stars! Everything just feels a bit too contrived for me to really enjoy!

    • DoingDewey

      Yes, so much that! Thanks for letting me know that’s true of her books in general. I probably won’t give her books another try.

    • DoingDewey

      I’d been hearing great things about this too or I might have taken even longer to get to it. I’m glad I picked it up and I did think it lived up to the hype!

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