My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and just recently moved back to Des Moines! I have Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction, and now hope to begin a novel writing career. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @notsotwentysomething. As with most writers, one of my passions is discovering and reading great books. I hope my reviews will spark an excitement for literature in people around the Great Lakes area!
Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
The premise of this book had me and I flew through this one. It’s a quiet tight-knit neighborhood with barbecues, pool parties and a message board. The kind of place where everyone knows everyone’s business, but it makes them feel safe.
Harper’s former roommate Ruby is serving time for a double homicide of a couple in their neighborhood. But now Ruby is out on a technicality and she’s back! Whoa. Can you imagine?
As Harper is trying to figure out what to do about Ruby, things are surfacing making her question what really happened plus who can she trust?
I enjoyed this one. The "we" perspective of the neighborhood was really well done. The neighborhood felt like its own character with a collective thought process & plan of action. I always love a "we" vibe. It gave me total flashbacks to Big Little Lies with this neighborhood oh and if you’re a Moriarty fan also Truly, Madly, Guilty!
This book had me hooked! I was listening nonstop to see what was going to happen to all of these crazy characters. I love a big cast so that was fun.
Ruby was actually the most interesting character for me, so I would have liked even more from her or even to get inside her head. I also feel like the build up was amazing but the end didn’t quite deliver for me which is why it loses one star. However, I do recommend this one, especially with a great audio performance! It’s a fun summer thriller.
You Will Remember Me
by Hannah Mary McKinnon (Audiobook Review)
I have been devouring thrillers this summer and listened to this one in two days! Hannah Mary McKinnon is a new author for me and I was so impressed! I will be adding all of her other books to my list.
Summary: "He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.
Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d purposely left behind.”
This was a wild ride! McKinnon did the amnesia trope well but added lots of fresh twists. So many secrets uncovered, feuds from the past boiling over, twists, deeply disturbed characters, and drama! I loved the audiobook with alternating narrators for the alternating perspectives. It was fast paced, emotional and messed up as all the best thrillers are. I figured a few things out but there were big surprises that left me with my jaw dropped! Another summer thriller to add to your list.