Review of “China Rich Girlfriend”


What a nice, light read!  I like Kevin Kwan’s writing style and got hooked onto this trilogy only after watching the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (catch my review of the movie on an earlier blog post).

The characters of Nick and Rachel are endearing, and the reader can definitely empathize with Rachel. Rachel is your “regular professor” who is thrust in the midst of billionaire families in Singapore when she starts dating (and later gets engaged) to Nick Young, a member of the ultra wealthy Young family in Asia.

This novel provides an insight into Rachel’s family, especially who her lost father is and how she, herself, has ties to the wealthy in Asia.

The reader gets throw into the soap opera-like dramas of the ultra wealthy first world problems, and the descriptions of clothing, cars and jewels are first rate. I think that this book is truly reflective of a different kind of lifestyle that most people in the US are not exposed to, and it shows a side to Asia that is both novel and eye-opening at the same time.

If you are looking for a light beach or airplane read, this is the trilogy for you.  I can’t wait to read the third one in the series!  I do recommend that you start the series with the first book since it will be difficult to connect with the characters if you start with the second or third books.

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Review of “The Breakdown”


This was an amazing book!  It wasn’t so much the writing style as the plot that really grabbed my interest.  I simply could not put the book down since I found the main character, Cass, so empathetic and interesting. The use of dementia, murder, and marital issues all in one plot is definitely a reflection of how talented the author is.  I found this novel so much more interesting than her first one, “Behind Closed Doors”.  Albeit “Behind Closed Doors” was good in its own right, “The Breakdown” was definitely more of a page turner for me.

The main character, Cass, is a teacher and newly married to Michael.  The book is told from Cass’ perspective, and the reader is able to get a first hand view of Cass’ relationships with friends, colleagues as well as her husband. The reader also is able to feel her fear about a recent murder that occurred near her home. All in all, without adding in spoilers (which is so hard to do!), I highly recommend this novel!//

Review of AJ Finn’s “The Woman in the Window”


This novel is a page-turner!  This was my first A. J. Finn novel and it definitely will not be my last! I enjoyed the writing style and the twists and turns that kept me wanting to read to the end.  If I didn’t value sleep so much, I would have stayed up to try and finish this book in a single night.

The author really described agoraphobia in realistic detail; I feel that I can empathize with people inflicted with this disease now that I have seen it from the main character’s, Anna Fox’s,  perspective.  It is interesting to discover how the main character developed the disease and how debilitating it is. The novel touches on alcoholism and isolation as well. However, the beauty of how AJ Finn depicts these issues are woven in a thrilling mystery plot that engrosses the reader.

Anna Fox , due to her agoraphobia, spends most of her day viewing her neighbor’s activities and happens to see a horrific event.  What unfurls is a series of plot twists that keep the reader guessing. Highly recommend. Click on this link to purchase:


Review of “In The Woods” by Tana French


This was my first novel written by Tana French that I read.  I finished it last night, and it was a good read. However, I felt that the reviews caused me to have high expectations that were not met.  The end was a great segway into the next novel of the series, but I was hoping to have the ending tie up all the loose ends.  Now that there is a “cliffhanger”, so to speak, I am looking forward to the next novel.

The writing was excellent, and I really felt that Tana French developed her characters , especially the main one of Detective Ryan, extremely well and did not leave out any details. I felt like I was inside Ryan’s head and understood his flaws and intricacies of his personality.  He was not very likeable but this is what made him “human” in my eyes.

What I did not like about the book was the fact that the ending (or the the solution to the mystery) was not as exciting as the clues leading up to it.  The first half of the book was definitely more enthralling than the second half. What made me finish the book was simply to find out “whodunit”, but, needless to say, I was disappointed with the lack of thrills towards the end.

All in all, I do recommend this book, but don’t believe the reviews stating that this is the “one of the best thrillers” this year.

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