“The End of Her” by Shari Lapena

Genre: Domestic Mystery & ThrillerThe End of Us.
Publisher:  Random House UK
Pub. Date: July 23, 2020

While on vacation, looking for beach reads I downloaded two novels by Shari Lapena. “Someone We Know,” and its sequel “The End of Her.” The author returns to the suburban town of Aylesford, nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley.  I read “Someone” first and then “End of Her,” both were terrible. In this one, there is a young couple with colicky newborn twins. Again, the father is accused of murder. Once more, there is a woman who is trying to or already sleeping with  the men in town. The characters were two-dimensional with no depth. The twist is laughable. Even the beautiful island beaches where I read these books could not help me enjoy either novel. I have enjoyed other beach/mystery reads by the author, but after these two, I doubt I will be reading her again. Maybe, because I read the novels in a row, influenced me on how much I disliked this one.

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“Greenwich Park” by Katherine Faulkner

Genre: Psychological ThrillerGreenwich Park
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub. Date: Jan. 25, 2022

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In this debut psychological thriller, what appears to be a growing friendship between two pregnant women leads to many unpleasant twists. The novel is filled with good levels of tension. My big issue with the story is that the protagonist is ridiculously unaware of the obvious. This does not mean that I guessed the twists, it just means that no one can be as naïve as our heroine, which the author should have realized.

I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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