It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Traveling Sisters Read Review by NORMA, BRENDA and LINDSAY
Date read: May 26 – 27, 2017
4.5 stars rounded up to 5
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME by AMY HATVANY is a formidable, compelling, thought-provoking, and a bold novel that explores the emotional side of a friendship torn apart after a tragic night spent drinking, leaving lives forever changed. Exploring the fallout and betrayal of trust between friends.
AMY HATVANY delivers a brutally honest portrayal here of a subject matter that is hard to talk about. The story unfolds in alternating points of view of our two main characters, Amber and Tyler, which added credibility to the story and forces us to see both sides of their stories. It switches time periods from before and after and gives us a backstory of their friendship which was somewhat confusing for us at the beginning until we understood the shifting time periods.
Amber and Tyler are complex and well-developed characters both with mental illnesses. AMY HATVANY does a really good job with exploring, addressing, and following through with their mental health which was a very satisfying aspect of the story for us.
There was one part of the story that we all found to be a little over the top and felt it was done to add a dramatic effect to the storyline but in our opinion it was unnecessary and boundering a little on hypocritical territory. There was definitely lots of conversing and questions raised over this aspect of the novel.
Overall, we all thoroughly enjoyed this novel and really enjoyed the conversation that developed over this extremely thought-provoking and emotional journey that this novel took us on. Highly recommended!
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date read: May 27 – 30, 2017
It was definitely a rewarding experience for me to have gone into this book totally blind!
HE SAID/SHE SAID by ERIN KELLY is a slow-building, dark, and twisted psychological thriller that is cleverly formatted into parts that conforms to the five stages of a total eclipse of the sun. With each phase of the eclipse more details are revealed to us.
This book started off a little bit slow and tedious for me as the information and details that were given regarding eclipses didn’t really hold my interest and I was also a little confused of why the characters were behaving the way that they were. Then when I got around to 100 – 150 pages in everything started to fall into place and then I couldn’t put this novel down.
ERIN KELLY delivers an extremely fun, atmospheric, and enjoyable read here with some surprising twists and turns and a few unexpected reveals! I did not actually figure out one of the reveals until the dynamics of the novel changed from the viewpoint of one of our characters. The story is told from alternating points of views of our two main characters, Kit and Laura with two different timelines from 15 years ago and present day.
This was not an action-packed read but there were definitely some jaw-dropping moments as the tension gradually builds to reach that ever so exciting climax and then it doesn’t end there as there is a final twist in the last paragraph. I would definitely recommend!
Trigger Alert: There is a rape scene early on in the novel and is discussed throughout.
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Erin Kelly, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book for a fair and honest review.