The Girls. Emma Cline’s debut novel that has drawn a lot of attention since it was first published back in June of this year. The cover had caught my eye, a photograph I immediately associated with Lana Del Rey and soon found out that the photograph was indeed taken by Neil Krug, who often photographs her.

And that Lana Del Rey esque feeling continues inside the book as well. Hypnotic and dreamy with a sour tinge. A hauntingly accurate portrayal of how it feels to be a girl growing up and the intense power of female friendships.

The Girls is set in the late 1960’s when the narrator Evie is fourteen years old, and flicks forward to her as an adult. Set in Northern California, we follow the normal-enough teenage Evie, her less than perfect home life, her crush on her friends older brother, going to school. Her internal narrative is realistic and mature while reading I related to some of the thoughts and feelings that Evie described, thinking back to myself as a fourteen year old girl.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s book review, I’ve finally broken my reading drought and am now practically devouring any book I can get my hands on. Spurred on by how much I enjoyed Lie With Me, I decided to see what other short psychological thrillers I could download and read within a day.

I came across a book called Behind Closed Doors, written by B.A. Paris, and was intrigued by the title as I have written a short story called exactly the same thing…though the plots are vastly different.

Behind Closed Doors was at first confusing to me. Although written in my favorite style of 1st person narrative, and with different chapters switching between past and present, I found the narrative voice a little hard to follow and at times a little too…wordy.

I haven’t done a book review in what seems like a very long time. While I’m at university I find it hard to actually commit to a book because I’m constantly having to read other things to write essays or concentrating on writing my own work. But now that I’ve finished university for the summer, I’ve finally gotten back into reading again!

The first book I read to break my reading drought was 11.22.63 by one of my favourite authors Stephen King. Although this book was very good and something I’d definitely recommend, I felt more compelled to review the book I devoured in one sitting,
Lie With Me.  

Written by Sabine Durrant, Lie With Me is an addictive psychological thriller, perfect for anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl, The Girl on The Train or any of the other fantastic thrillers that have been recently dominating the market.