Book Review IV.

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Title: The five people you meet in heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Hachette

Publication Date: 2003

Edition: 2014

Pages: 196

Special Features: None

Summarization: The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom. It follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. Eddie is killed and sent to heaven, where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive.

Review: Following the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. As he makes his way to Heaven, his journey is meeting five people who had an impact on his life that he didn’t know about until that moment.

A heartfelt book. One of my top five books of my entire life. It has everything you need in it. It is a quick read, but not quick enough to where you finish it too quickly. It has just the right amount of pages. It focuses on religion, but not too much to where you are smothered with it on every page. It is a page turner like no other and will keep you reading even after it’s over.

If you want a good, quick, heartfelt read that is about a old man and his journey through heaven then this is the book I recommend for you.

-H.S

 

 

Book Review III.

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Title: Girl Last Seen

Authors: Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: 2016

Edition: 2016

Pages: 262

Special Features: N/A

Summarization: Kadence Mulligan’s star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady’s boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence… As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself.

Review: Two girls. Both alive. Until one is reported missing. After the falling out of their friendship the two girls decide to go their separate ways until one night they are both at the same event. The day after. One is missing.

Overall, the book was written very well, but missed the shot at the end. It had climatic writing, scenery, and character driven work that left you wanting to know more about the characters. It makes you want to defend Lauren Desanto’s innocence. Or show her guilt. Kadence’s character has fell short sadly, as despite her development, you aren’t left wanting her to be okay, but to simply find out what happened and move on.

If you like a mystery book that isn’t too mysterious with rather semi-well written characters that will leave you turning the page until the very end to solve the mystery, I recommend this book to you.

-H.S

Book Review II.

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Title: Here Lies Daniel Tate

Author: Cristin Terrill

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2017

Edition: 2017

Pages: 387

Special Features: N/A

Summarization: A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this “unique suspense novel with twists.”

Review: With an unreliable narrator as the narrator himself, this young street savvy con artist had conned his way into the wrong family. A family just as much secrets that he has himself. You read as the character Daniel Tate, who isn’t Daniel Tate. His real name? Never tells it.

Overall, it is a mystery within a mystery. You going into the novel not believing anything our main narrator and character says, to believing him, and then back to not believing in him. He doesn’t know anything about the family and neither do you. You go with him on this journey to discover who they really are, while discovering who Daniel Tate really is as well.

If you’re someone that likes suspense at every page turn, mystery, crime, heartbreak, and unreliable narrators then this is the book for you.

-H.S