Winter Book Reviews – 3 Books to Curl Up With

Posted Jan 10 2018, 7:00 am in , , , , ,

It’s that time of year. Days are short and fires are crackling. What better time to discover a new book? Below are three books I’ve read this winter that left a mark on me. Hope you too find that book!


I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, read a few pages, and put it down. Then at lunch recently, a friend asked if I’d read it and when I told her only a few pages, she informed me I was to pick it right back up and finish it. I’m so glad I did! Otherwise, I would have missed knowing Eleanor Oliphant, a beautifully flawed, deliciously quirky character whose journey of self discovery kept me reading late into the night. Eleanor is both socially awkward (to say the least) and completely endearing. The layers of her past unfold during her conversations with Mummy. And, although tragic, her story is told with wonderful humor. I laughed out loud several times. There’s a reason Reese Witherspoon chose this novel for her book club AND bought the movie rights. I say give this one a shot. And keep reading. It only gets better!



The Likeness is book two in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French (with whom I’m completely obsessed.) French’s written style is sublime. And The Likeness is my favorite of the three I’ve read so far. Set in rural Ireland, this mystery follows Det. Cassie Maddox, a former undercover officer who finds herself undercover once again when a woman’s body is discovered. A woman who looks identical to Cassie and is carrying an ID with the name, Alexandra Madison, Cassie’s old alias. Intrigued and a little frightened, Cassie goes undercover to not only find the killer but also the woman’s true identity. There is one caveat. This story requires the reader to have suspension of disbelief. Could this plot ever really happen? Uh, no. But if you can’t let go of “that would never happen” then this isn’t the book for you. The Likeness requires you to just go with it. To enjoy the “what if” along with Tana French’s beautiful world building and intricate character development. If you allow yourself to get lost in this book, you won’t regret it.



Wendy Walker’s book Emma in the Night is just about the yummiest book I’ve read in a long time. I devoured it! It is an engrossing psychological suspense with effortless prose and (my fav) flawed characters. This story is told from two points of view: Cass, a young girl who returns home one night after disappearing with her sister three years ago at the age of fifteen and Dr. Abby Winter, the forensic psychiatrist who is trying to make sense of Cass’s wild story of where she’s been and why Emma, Cass’s sister, is still missing. Dr. Winter must look deep into Cass’s dysfunctional family which was ruled by a narcissistic parent to find the truth. Wendy Walker hides the mysterious pieces to this puzzle beautifully in her writing. She knows when to give to the reader and when to take away. She makes it look easy which means she must have toiled greatly over it. You will not want to put this book down, even when you’re done!



Happy reading, everyone!



2 responses to “Winter Book Reviews – 3 Books to Curl Up With”

  1. Marlene Bell says:

    Thanks for the reviews, Jennifer! I’ll have to check them out. Emma In The Night sounds intriguing.

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