July Reading List: One of Us is Lying, Crazy House, Into The Water.


I don't get to read leisurely as often as I used to because of the busyness of daily life.  But reading is one of the things I love doing so I decided to carve out even a little time each day for it.  Instead of browsing on my phone before going to sleep, I pick up a book or my Kindle.

Here are three books which I finished last month.  All of them are new releases so you might want to reserve a copy in Fully Booked or Powerbooks. I got mine from the US though so I'm not sure if all of them are available here already.


One of Us is Lying

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Are you familiar with the movie The Breakfast Club? The premise of this book is similar to that except that this one involves a murder.  There's the brainy girl Bronwyn who never breaks a rule, the beautiful Addy who is the picture-perfect homecoming princess, the notorious Nate who is a criminal and in probation for dealing, the sporty Cooper who is an all-star baseball pitcher, and the outcast Simon who is the author of a gossip app in their high school (which gives it an element of Gossip Girl too).  They all get detention but before the day is over, one of them dies. 

The book is a page turner.  Even if I read it only a few pages at a time (in the airport before a flight or while waiting in line somewhere), my interest in the story never wavered. One of Us is Lying would actually be a good teenage TV show which I would binge watch on Netflix.  The only thing I don't like about it is the lack of twists and turns. This book is very wholesome with only a little bit of adult content. I wish it were a bit darker like the TV show Riverdale on CW/Netflix.  



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Crazy House

No one gets out alive. Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reason into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down. Becca was never really good at either. Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

Crazy House is the newest book by James Patterson.  If you're not familiar with Patterson, he writes legal thrillers and was the one who came up with the infamous $300,000 book (read my blog post about Private Vegas).  Based on his previous work, I was expecting a murder-solving mystery or even something darker because of the synopsis published about Crazy House.  Imagine my surprise when I was confronted with a dystopian novel akin to The Hunger Games.  Regardless, I enjoyed this book and I hope there will be a second installment.


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Into The Water

I have been waiting for this book because it is from the same author as the bestselling novel Girl On The Train.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

Into The Water was intriguing in the beginning but I began to lose interest in the middle of the book. There were too many stories and characters that sometimes you would get lost while reading.  The momentum build up was good initially but it dragged on for too long and it became boring. There were a few twists and turns but nothing that created an impact.  The ending was also just okay.  Although I am not a fan of Girl On The Train (I prefer Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to which it is always compared to), I enjoy reading psychological thrillers and was counting on a better one from Paula Hawkins this time around. I expected more from this book but I was sorely disappointed.


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4 comments

  1. I am not sure if I will read Into the Water but One of Us is Lying is on my to read list!

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    1. If I had to pick one, I say go for One of Us is Lying!

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  2. Its very rare that I sit down to read a book! The only ones I read of late are when Dan Brown comes up with a new book. I used to read a lot as a kid, now I don't find time for it!

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