B’s Thoughts on The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do like an intense, fast and entertaining book that makes my head twist and turn and has me asking myself, what is going on? That’s what Shari Lapena has done for me with The Couple Next Door.

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B’s Thoughts on Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary GraceOrdinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ordinary Grace is a beautifully written coming-of-age story. Told by 13-year-old Frank’s perspective 40 years later. The story takes place in 1961 in a small town with a close-knit community.

I found it to be a slow moving, wonderful story of family and community. With flawed characters, that touched my heart. The well-written characters gave me a good understanding how they arrive at and journey through their experiences. I wouldn’t say it’s a story about a mystery but more of secrets.

I love when a book gives me a good sense of place and time. That brings characters to life and the understanding of how they relate to each other. That’s what William Kent Kruegar has done for me with Ordinary Grace.

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