The Elevator Pitch meets Book Club. Here you will find the latest picks from my neighborhood book club and our short, informative, sometimes persuasive opinions. Like Cliff Notes, abridged. Happy reading!
The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn
’Shaw also said, alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.’
About: A house-bound psychologist with PTSD self-medicates with pills and wine-lots of wine-and witnesses a murder from her window; or did she?
Book Club Says: OUTSTANDING; GRIPPING; CHILLING; One of my favorite books of all time; Binge-read chapters into the wee hours of the morning; Will read anything else by AJ Finn; Excited to see the movie starring Amy Adams in October 2019!
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
About: Two college roommates, Alice and Lucy, lose touch after graduation but are randomly reunited in Tangier, reigniting feelings, fears and ultimately their fate.
Book Club says: We all really enjoyed it, especially the time period this book is set in; the layout of the book and the chapters switching from Lucy to Alice’s perspectives is interesting and easy to follow; protagonist is frustrating because of how easily she acquiesces to having her life controlled by others; Tangier made for an exotic and captivating backdrop.
The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
About: The Queen Isabella is about to be retired, but first, it sets sail for Hawaii with a select, invite-only group of passengers aboard. Halfway to their destination, the crew goes on strike, a random fire breaks out in the engine room, and chaos ensues.
Book Club says: The ending left them wanting and wondering; Miriam and Mick were the only characters worth getting to know; The food descriptions make you salivate; Lots of loose ends and shallow character development.
Have you read The Last Cruise? What did you think?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
“No thank you,” I said. “I don’t want to accept a drink from you, because then I would be obliged to purchase one for you in return, and I’m afraid I’m simply not interested in spending two drinks’ worth of time with you.”
About: Eleanor has been an office assistant her whole adult life; fiercely independent, witty and blunt, she approaches her mundane life with accidental sarcasm; but a random ‘love at first sight’ moment changes her priorities, and together with the unlikeliest of acquaintances, she faces the demons of her shrouded past while mending her present.
Book Club says: Endearing Eleanor; Quirky mess; beautiful new words; You’ll think twice before passing judgment on even the dullest of strangers!
Have you read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine? What did you think? Please share your opinions below!
“Hope was such a painful thing, far more painful than rage.”
About: Two women, one living in the past, one living in the present, and strong in different ways, make unlikely companions when they join to find someone; but they must unpack a female spy network to discover the truth and find they have more in common than they could have ever imagined.
Book Club says: Dangerous; suspenseful; emboldens the female spirit; spy sisterhood; another kind of heroism.
Have you read The Alice Network or another novel by Kate Quinn? What did you think? Leave your comments below!