A summer almost 15 years ago her neighbors, Beth and Cal Murphy, were shot right on their farm with Cal’s own gun. This murder remained unsolved, but June’s own brother, Jonathan, was and still remains to many the main suspect. June returns to Jericho, Iowa officially to help her friend Cora with the library, unofficially she wants to convince her daughter to move with her and solve this murder once and for all. There are things about the night of the murders that no one can seem to put together, but June might just hold the pieces.
Taylor Jenkins Reid was able write these characters with such depth you would think this is a true story. These characters each have complex stories and they are brought to life by the author’s writing. You see the struggles the family go through, the heartache they feel, and can even visualize their unique personalities. This story is unconventional and will leave you wanting to know more about the Riva family.
Alright, I must admit I would NEVER have picked up this book if it weren’t for a certain Netflix show. I can say I’m glad I did read The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George, it was a predictable, but an entertaining romance. It is a good feel-good story to read when you need some romance in your life, the same reason we all rewatch The Notebook a billion times.
This book was quite the page turner for me, I could not put it down. The time jumps are fast and a little confusing at first, but I think that added to the what is going to happen next excitement. Unfortunately, for me, the ending was completely underwhelming. There was no big twist or even happy ending, the one twist was predictable. It leaves a sad taste in my mouth considering how much I was enjoying it.
I was worried the writing would be more juvenile than I remember just by taking in the fact it was written for a younger audience. Thankfully, I was entirely wrong. Were there a few moments? Sure. This story was still written in a way anyone could read it and was just as enjoyable as the first time.
This story has you believing one thing and then throws a curveball to make you completely suspicious of something else. I am so excited I was able to read an advanced copy of this book. It kept me on my toes and had my mind whirling the entire time trying to pinpoint the blame on someone. Before I knew it, I was finished the book and could not guess the ending. As a thriller enthusiast, not being able to guess the ending was infuriating, while being completely refreshing.
This is a story about hope and rebuilding when you think your life has gone to shit. Hannah’s life in both scenarios has gone places she never expected and has been ruined in ways she couldn’t have imagined, but she picks herself up. It feels like a love story at first, but it really ends up as a hopeful tale of how your life will work out no matter how horrible it may seem right now and that somethings in your life are just destined to happen. That there is more than one soulmate for everyone and sometimes it’s the person that just falls into your life at the right time.
This book takes you through the ins and outs of a rape case, including what a nurse goes through with the rape kit. It also walks you through the court system, jury selection, and the theatrics that will make you question the justice system. Now not only is Rachel trying to record her podcast and decide herself if Scott Blair is innocent, but also if Jenny Stills had something much more tragic befall her all those years ago.
Our character Jules finds herself with a job of a lifetime. She gets paid to live in a beautiful apartment right on Central Park. This beautiful and historic building draws her in, and she feels like she is in a dream. What Jules doesn’t know is she willingly walked into a nightmare.
Most importantly she learns that forgiveness isn’t just something we give to other people, but we give to ourselves. This book was a great uplifting story about hope. Hope to move on when bad things happen to you and hope to grow because of these things. You can go numb, you can keep people at a distance, but life will always fight its way back in.