book reviews || "Undetected", "The Silent Patient", "The Guardian" & "The Japanese Lover"

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So, I mentioned a couple blog posts ago that I’ve been reading books so quickly that I haven’t been able to keep up with book reviews - and that’s still the case!

Instead of doing one book review in this post, I’m going to do four.

Ready?!

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende ||

I tend to gravitate towards love stories (and I write them, too!) and I fell in love with this multi-generational love story. It was one of those stories that I couldn’t decipher how the end was going to go, and that’s a really big bonus for me. The author did an excellent job with her research, and I loved how the story traveled through years and years of history, with a beautiful ending waiting for you at the close.

Overall, I’m giving it four stars because there were a few moments in the book that seemed to slow.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ||

I was given this book by one of my best friends, and as she put it in my hands, she said, “You have to read this book!”

The author really kept me guessing throughout the majority of the book. I had a couple of theories, one of which turned out to be mostly right. There were a couple moments where I thought, “This doesn’t add up.” It didn’t, of course, and the twist at the end made everything else make perfect sense. I also very much enjoyed the diary entries mixed with the main character’s point of view. It was different, and I loved it.

I heard this was becoming a movie, and I will definitely be heading to the theaters when it does.

I’m giving it five stars, which seems fitting for reading it in only two days.

Undetected by Dee Henderson ||

Let me start off by saying that I genuinely enjoyed the first book I read by Henderson, Taken. It was a little more detailed than I thought it needed to be, but I enjoyed the story and it was Christian-based, which is a definite plus for me.

So, when I saw Undetected on the “For Sale” shelf at my local library, I grabbed it, expecting to like it just as much as Taken.

However, my review is mixed.

First of all, Henderson is a fantastic researcher. I can only imagine the hours of research she puts into her novels, and as an author myself, I seriously applaud her for taking that time to get all of her facts straight. But, this book unfortunately had a little too much research for me.

One of the main characters, Mark Bishop, is a submarine commander for the U.S. Navy. We find out quickly how dedicated he is to his job, and then we hear a lot about his job. I, unfortunately, scanned over a lot of the submarine details, searching for the love story throughout the pages. It didn’t take me long to find the story, and once there, I found myself flipping the pages quicker.

The relationship part of the book is a little “out-of-the-box”, but it’s wholesome, truthful, and God-centered, which is hard to find in a romance novel nowadays.

Overall, I’m giving it 3.5 stars because I loved the budding relationship between Mark and Gina, and I commend Henderson for her extraordinary research, but it would have been just a great of a story without so much detail about being in a Navy submarine.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks ||

Sparks has been one of my favorite authors for as long as I can remember. I love his style of writing and how his love stories are always unique with a bit of twists and suspense.

I haven’t read The Guardian since I was in high school, and I forgot about the majority of the details. I also forgot about how much I loved it! There wasn’t a part in the book that I thought lacked or lulled, and the suspense paired with the romance kept me turning the pages as fast as I possibly could.

As with most N.S. books, five stars from me.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!


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