I'm so lucky to have a great local library, which is also part of an extensive county system, so I can get practically any book I want. On the very rare times they don't have the book I'm looking for, I can actually make purchase suggestions. Here are some mini-reviews for two books my library recently purchased from my requests!
One Click by Andrea Mara (2018)
Psychologist and photography blogger Lauren snaps a picture of a woman on the beach in Italy. After she posts it, she is contacted by someone demanding to know who the woman is. Lauren's life is turned upside down when the anonymous troll begins to stalk her.
I liked that this book delved into some of the darker sides of social media, and how sometimes maybe we can share too much or how it could be used against us. I felt for Lauren at times, because her family was so critical of her and her desire to be on social media. To me, she sounded like a normal woman who wasn't sharing anything outside the ordinary.
I had suspicions of who was stalking Lauren and thought it could be any number of people, so Mara really did a good job of keeping me in suspense. However, I did have some issues with the book. When the stalker was revealed, I was surprised, but not necessarily in a good way. I thought it was a big stretch and kind of convoluted. Also, the writing felt stiff and stilted at times. 3.5 stars
Ripple by Rachel Odell Howe (2018)
When Jillian is involved in a car accident, it will take five strangers to save her, each with their own story of survival.
I love stories that play with the ideas of fate and destiny, and I also love stories with a big cast of characters that, throughout the story, we learn are all connected in some way. Ripple certainly fit that criteria. The main character is Jillian, an elite athlete who is involved in a terrible accident on her way to the airport. As the story progresses, we meet the people who will be integral in her making it out alive. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that each of those people was involved in a life or death situation at some point in their lives. Is it fate that is bringing all of them together now?
This story was a short, quick read. The dialogue was awkward, to say the least. The conversations and thoughts of the characters were so wordy and unreal-sounding - lots of telling, not showing. As the book progressed, I had to suspend my disbelief so many times and honestly I was rolling my eyes a bit at all the coincidences. BUT - this book was totally saved by the ending, where a big twist in the last couple pages had me sighing with relief. 3 stars