If I'm being completely honest, I read this book back in May or June of last year and totally forgot to write the review. In hindsight, my memory of this book is that it's twisted, sad and slightly unbelievable. Click in to finish reading what I thought of Then She Was Gone.
Overall, I most enjoyed hearing the perspective from French wine country during WWII. Even though this book is fiction and the characters are made up, there was still quite a few real facts and events depicted throughout. As someone who loves historical fiction, specifically the WWII era, I sometimes forget the part France played in the war so this was a nice change. Click in to continue reading my review!
I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of all the books I posted in 2020 and list them in order by my ranking. If there was a tie, I ordered them how I would recommend them. Hopefully this helps narrow things down if you're looking for a good read in 2021. Continue reading to find out what my favorite book of 2020 was!
This was our October book club pick. Chosen specifically because we all wanted to read something spooky but not actually scary (LOL). In the end, this book was neither scary or spooky. It reads more of a mystery/suspense but I found most of the plot to be fairly predictable. For me, it started out pretty slow but I stayed engaged because I wanted to get to the heart of the mystery.
If I'm being completely honest, I found this book a little unbelievable and predictable. Not to say I didn't enjoy reading it, I read it in 48 hours [mostly motivated by our impending book club discussion] but I definitely wouldn't have finished it if I truly knew what would happen or if I simply wasn't interested.
It took me a bit longer to get into this book but after the first few chapters I was hooked. That said, this isn't a super happy, feel-good type read. I found myself pretty frustrated with the protagonist for most of the book. It honestly feels like watching your best friend marry/date the bad boy who doesn't treat her how she deserves yet she keeps going back to him.
I'm reading this book as part of a book club with my girlfriends and it was super easy to get through. Interestingly enough, people had a better overall impression of this book before coming together as a group to discuss it, myself included. One of the things I really enjoyed in Something in the Water was Steadman's style of suspense writing. She has the ability to make even the most mundane acts bone chilling through words alone.