Reading Roundup // 06

Confessions: The Private School Murders, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
This is the sequel to Confessions of a Murder Suspect, which I absolutely loved when I listened to it. I really enjoyed the narrator with the first book so I listened to this one as well. While investigating the murder of her brother’s girlfriend in an attempt to prove his innocence, Tandy Angel is also pulled into a new investigation when one of her classmates is found murdered in the park. I love Tandy and her family so I enjoyed reading about them again. I actually found both cases in this book to be just as interesting as the case in the first. If you enjoy murder mysteries and teen sleuths, you might enjoy these books.

What I Thought Was True, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Gwen’s plans for the summer are to focus on her new job as a caretaker for an older woman on her island as part of an attempt to lose the reputation that she has with her classmates. She has no room in her life for boys. But then Cassidy takes a landscaping job on the island. I was excited to pick this up because I loved Fitzpatrick’s first novel, and this did not disappoint. It was different than the first, though. This one doesn’t have a lot of heart-pumping moments, but I didn’t think that the events in this novel were less interesting than in the first. I really enjoyed the realness in this novel; in the family situations and the characters relationships with each other and their friends. It felt very authentic to me and I really enjoyed this glimpse into their lives.

Don’t Look Back, by Jennifer Armentrout
This is the first book by Armentrout that I have read and I’ve been looking forward to it as I’ve heard great things about her novels. Samantha and her best friend went missing one night and when Samantha reappears, she has no memory of what took place–or of her life before her disappearance. Pressed by police to remember the night she disappeared so that they can try to locate her best friend, Samantha starts talking to the people in her life to find out what she was like. The more they tell her, the more she dislikes the person that she was, and the more she starts to wonder who may have tried to hurt her. I loved this novel! I had a lot of fun getting to know Samantha and the other characters. The mystery was entertaining. I did guess what happened before I was even halfway through the novel, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the novel.

What have you read lately? And remember to nominate a book for the November’s book club book!

Other books I’ve read since my last Reading Roundup post were discussed in the following posts:
// Favorite Book of the Month // August 2014
// #scsbc14 Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge – Final Update
// Favorite Book of the Month // September 2014

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