July Reading Wrap-Up
The Outsider by Stephen King
After loving my first Stephen King novel, 11/22/63, I really wanted to give another novel by the King (see what I did there?) I figured I'd try out his newest book, The Outsider.
The book is begins with a horrific crime with DNA, fingerprints, and eye witnesses all pointing to a prominent figure in the community. Detective Ralph Anderson and Flint City's police department quickly makes the arrest but it turns out this prominent figure has a strong alibi.
The book continues to unfold and take many turns. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a crime novel that keeps you guessing.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
This book has been on my Want to Read list for quite awhile. The recommendation to read this book came from my husband.
Jon Ronson creates a collection of stories of public shaming from people who make jokes deemed inapproparite to porn stars to tweets that have caused an outcry from angry mobs on the internet. This book shows just how public shaming is coming back in a big way via social media.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
I've read Ruth Ware before (In a Dark, Dark Wood--I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and The Woman in Cabin 10--for some reason I didn't rate this one but I remember liking it!) I've also tried reading The Lying Game by Ruth Ware and just couldn't get into it so I was hesitant to try another Ware novel but Crime by the Book (an Instagrammer I follow who reviews crime/psychological thrillers) recommended it and I thought I'd give it a shot.
Hal is drowning in debt and is terrified of the people she borrowed the money from. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she receives a letter in the mail inviting her to her "grandmother's" funeral and will reading where she will receive her inheritance. Knowing that the deceased woman is not actually her grandmother and that the letter was sent to her by mistake, Hal is decides to go anyways due to her desperate need to pay of her debtors before it's too late.
Hal meets the Westaway family and immediately has a strange feeling about the goings-on in this family. What unfolds is a mysterious thriller, keeping you on your toes.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
That's it! I read way less than I anticipated while traveling, but I had a blast nonetheless.
What did you read in July? I'd love to know!