A Noise Downstairs

A Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs
By Linwood Barclay
Source Purchased
Published by William Morrow on July 24, 2018


College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.

Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.

But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. . . .

I heard good things about this thriller leading up to its release, so I was super intrigued and bought it when it came out.

This was a really quick read! I didn’t want to put it down the whole time I was reading.

This book was a wild ride! It was very twisty, but several of the twists were predictable. There was so much (too much?) going on, but this was a fun thriller.

If you’re looking for a fun, twisty thriller, check this out!


Week In Review

August 6 – 12


Happy weekend! I’ve been carrying on with a Gilmore Girls rewatch all week, which has led to me going back and listening to my beloved Gilmore Guys podcast. I’ve just started season 3. These early seasons are my favourites, and I’m trying to pretend that I don’t know the annoying things that are coming up in a few seasons (boo Digger and Logan and Marty!).

I’ve also been very into my Happy Planners (inspired by Hannah at So Obsessed With). I’ve got the classic Happy Planner, and I’ve just bought one of the mini planners to use as a reading journal. It’s been very fun so far for tracking my reading, which I’ve typically done electronically, using Goodreads. But I love the idea of having a physical record of what I read.

New books:

I’ve recently bought a bunch of ebooks for my Kobo for some very good sale prices:

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan;

The Cafe by the Sea, Jenny Colgan;

Foe, Iain Reid; and

An Ocean of Minutes, Thea Lim.

Books read:

I only finished two books this week: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, and First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy.

Current reads:

I’m reading a bunch of books right now: Dare Me by Megan Abbott; Roomies by Christina Lauren; and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (on audio).


I posted two reviews this past week:

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake; and

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott.

I also posted a Waiting on Wednesday post about Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser.


 Time for more coffee and Gilmore Girls. Happy Sunday!

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your HandGive Me Your Hand
By Megan Abbott
Source Purchased
Published by Little, Brown and Company on July 17, 2018


Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

Oh wow. I loved this book so much. I’ve read two others by Megan Abbott (The End of Everything and You Will Know Me). Those were both good, and I really liked You Will Know Me, but I was completely blown away by Give Me Your Hand. It’s in the running for best book I’ve read of 2018 so far (along with White Tears).

I don’t really know where to start with what I loved about this book. It was so well-written, and burrowed its way into my brain. When I had to put it down, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, about Kit and Diane.

I was enthralled by Kit and Diane’s story and how they were intertwined, as friends and academic rivals, that supportive and competitive way that friendships sometimes are. The story weaves together ‘then’ and ‘now’ and reveals Kit and Diane’s history slowly, building up to something that connects them once again. It was fascinating.

The PMDD element of the story and Kit’s experience in the lab as a woman were so interesting (PMDD is a a really severe form of PMS). I felt like the book was so much about female experience, I loved it. I’ve read some YA novels this year that gave me the same feeling (Courtney Summers’ Sadie, Claire Legrand’s Sawkill Girls, Kara Thomas’ Little Monsters) and I want more.

Give Me Your Hand was sharp, engaging, complex, and so well written. I almost envy someone about to read it for the first time! This is a mystery, a psychological thriller, but it is, as others have said, a slow burn. It builds and builds and builds. Highly recommended.


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Today my pick is Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser, out February 5, 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.

Liza and Molly are life-long best friends—or at least they used to be. Ever since Liza moved to Chicago to pursue her career, leaving Molly behind in Cincinnati with a husband and two kids, the distance between their two lives has grown more and more insurmountable. In a last-ditch effort to save their friendship, they arrange a “girls night” over webcam, wine in hand, catching up like they used to. But when Molly runs upstairs to check on a crying toddler, Liza watches, horror-struck, as a masked man enters the home of her best friend.

After calling the police, Liza frantically tries to reach Molly, but when she finally responds, her message is icy and terse, insisting that everything is fine. Liza is still convinced something is wrong—that her friend is in danger. But after an all-night drive to rescue her ends in a brutal confrontation, Liza is sure their friendship is over.

Meanwhile, Molly finds herself wondering whether she’s dodged one ruinous mistake only to make another in its place. Did she sacrifice her oldest friendship to save her marriage? Or has she inadvertently sacrificed both?

Liza and Molly can’t avoid each other forever, and soon, they’ll face a reckoning that will force them to decide just how much weight a shared history can carry.

I can’t remember where I first heard about this book (maybe Book Riot Insiders), but as soon as I read the synopsis, I added it to my TBR.

Its release date is still a ways off, but I am really looking forward to reading this book. I think it’s giving me a Liane Moriarty vibe, so I can’t wait to check it out!

What are you waiting on this week?

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns #1
By Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Source Received from the publisher
Published by HarperTeen on September 20, 2016


When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

I’ve had this on my TBR for ages!! I really don’t know why I took so long to get around to reading this, but now I’m super excited for the other books in the series.

I love Kendare Blake’s books, and I had heard that this series was good and dark, so I was pretty sure once I finally read Three Dark Crowns, I would enjoy it.

It took me a while to get into this book, but by the end, I was fully invested. I really liked the worldbuilding, and the characters were so interesting (Arisone was my favourite). And the end of the book took some turns that I didn’t see coming, leaving me wanting to read the next book, One Dark Throne, ASAP.

If you haven’t read this book, and if you’re a fan of dark YA fantasy, you’ve got to read it!


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