Category: Debut Fiction

Review: The Widow

The Widow by Fiona Barton My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m so done with the Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comparisons. That marketing strategy is abused and often inaccurate. The police question Jean Taylor, the wife of Glen Taylor who is suspected of kidnapping a child, Bella, and child pornography. Being the doting wife, Jean takes on a different personality to cover up her husband’s secrets. The city becomes obsessed with Bella’s disappearance and with the Taylor family. Even Jean becomes obsessed with Bella, but she’s already obsessed with babies in general. She desperately wants children,...


Review: The Disappearing Girl

The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood My rating: 3 of 5 stars My very first thought when I started reading this was that the writing sounded very amateurish, like this was somebody’s first attempt at novel writing. Sometimes I’ll read a novel and I’m shocked to discover that it’s somebody’s debut novel because they sound like a veteran, but then I read a book like this and it’s obvious that it’s a debut novel. The storyline was interesting and eating disorders are hot topics, but the execution needs work. The story reminds me of the movie Hunger Point (I...


Book Review: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

Rating: I loved the storyline, but not the execution. I love novels whose main characters have a mental illness and the more screwed up they are, the better. I find those storylines fascinating. “If I Fall, If I Die” starts out strong, but halfway through, it got boring so I stopped at page 162. The novel is about an agoraphobic mother, Diane, raising her son, Will, in their home, but one day her son wants to venture outside. He learns that being outside is much safer than his mother lead him to believe and the world didn’t come to an...