Tag: mysteries

It’s Not Easy Making New Friends

a simple favor

A Simple Favor

Directed by: Paul Feig

Grade: A

Forming friendships as adults can be really difficult sometimes. Hard to connect with people life gets in the way of new relationships and so on and so forth. So that’s why it was nice to see Stephanie and Emily’s friendship form in last years A Simple Favor.

Well, not so much but still. I finally watched this after putting it off for ages and it was just as nuts and fun as everyone told me.

So below what to look for in a new adult friend or not to look for depending on how bored you are/how much you value your life.

If It Seems to Good to Be True…

an anonymous girl

An Anonymous Girl

By: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Grade: B

Releases: January 8th

It probably is and you should run away.

When Jessica lies her way into a morality study the strapped for cash girl feels like she hit the jackpot when the Doctor chooses her for “further studies.” Unfortunately for Jess Doctor Lydia has her own goals for this one and may severely be in need of a therapist herself.

Soon Jess finds herself trapped in a maze not only with no way out but no clear definition of the rules.

The Power of Stories: Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

By: Diane Setterfield

Grade: A

Once upon a time a girl in the California desert was lucky enough to receive an arc of Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River. Her first read by the author and, if the river wills it, not her last.

It’s a story about stories. A story about lost children and a girl who seemingly rises from the dead but definitely from the river.

Secrets, Lies and Consequences

the lies we told

The Lies We Told

By: Camilla Way

Grade: A-

Clara seems to have the good life going on when he boyfriend Luke disappears. At first no one is overly worried about Luke until Clara discovers evidence he was being stalked. Further complicating matters Luke’s long missing sister shows up when she hears the news. She wants to help Clara- but she doesn’t want anyone to know.

And Clara’s left to deal with being left behind as well as discovering the secrets her boyfriend was hiding.

An Absolutely Split Mind on this One

an absolutely remarkable thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

By: Hank Green

Grade: B -ish

So how about another Green brother?

Hank Green’s first book is about a twenty-something woman called April May who stumbles over a new “sculpture” in New York that she dubs Carl, uploads a video and becomes the center of this great, vast and mysterious world-wide phenomenon. What are the Carls? How did they get where they are? Who put them there?

What Happened to Margot Kim?

searching

searching

Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

Grade: A-

David Kim’s daughter Margot disappears one night. And the search leads him down a rabbit hole of social media and discovery after discovery of what Margot was hiding in an effort to find her.

Part of me couldn’t help but think hey, if you stopped videotaping her for Youtube and talking to her by text, maybe you would have known?

Carpe Noctem

Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

By: Marisha Pessl

Grade: A+

“Look around. It’s almost gone. 

If only someone had told me that before. About life. If only I had understood.”

When I first read the synopsis for Pessl’s first YA novel about a girl and her friends who wind up in a purgatory like place and have to vote to see which single one gets to live it shot to one of my most anticipated of the year. It just sounded like something up my alley and like something that Pessl could knock out of the park and needless to say I definitely think she did!

Needed One Less Death

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

By: Stuart Turton

Grade: A-

What would it be like to wake up in a different body every morning? To have no memory of who you were? To have to repeat it over and over again in a loop until you were able to solve the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle?

Groundhog Day with a whole lot of liars, twists, turns, long-buried secrets and body hopping indeed.

It also could have used one or two less deaths.