50. Kate White – Over Her Dead Body

Yay! I finally read my 50th book of the year! The book was Over Her Dead Body by Kate White, one of her Bailey Weggins mystery series. If you’ve been following me at all, you know how much I love Kate White’s books.

However, this one was a little disappointing for me at first. Since this is the fourth book in a series and I’m familiar with the character, I expected to just jump right in and enjoy the book (as I had with the previous ones). But for some reason the book really wasn’t holding my interest at first.

I wonder if it’s because at the start of this book, Bailey loses her job that she’s held throughout the series and starts work at another place. Maybe since that story line was different it made it seem like I was starting an entirely new book as opposed to one from a series.

In any case, the book did pick up for me after a while. Basically, once the mystery part kicked in, I was hooked again. As I’ve said before, Kate White’s books are kind of cheesy, but I still love them and the stories keep me coming back for more.

Kate White - Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)

So, in this book, Bailey Weggins starts at a new magazine, as I eluded to before. She hasn’t been working there very long when one night she goes in late to pick something up. She hears some strange noises from her boss’s office and heads over to take a look – only to find herself in the middle of a crime scene.

The cleaning lady is on her knees with a gash in the back of her head and Bailey’s boss is on the floor convulsing. She calls 911 and help comes, but the boss does not make it.

Since the magazine she’s now working for is a celebrity gossip mag, Bailey, as the resident crime reporter, is assigned the story of her boss’s murder. This means she has no choice but to investigate the case on her own.

Bailey comes up with numerous leads and follows them to find out who the killer was.

As I mentioned before, the book started off slowly for me, but once it got going, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I almost never figure out who the bad guy is in White’s books until right before it’s revealed, so with this one, I was hoping my first instinct would finally be right (of course, it wasn’t).

I was really intrigued to find out who the killer was, and I was taken (almost) completely by surprise. I like to think I figured it out just a moment before it was supposed to be revealed. 🙂

Anyway, I liked the book. I also can’t wait to read the next one, mainly because I want to see how her love life situation plays out next, haha.

I think the Bailey Weggins series was one of White’s first published works, so as I mentioned before, they do seem a little cheesy at times. I’ve read some of her newer books, and I think her writing has really developed, and I look forward to reading her newest novel after I finish with this series.


37. Peter Swanson – The Girl With a Clock for a Heart

I have a really serious problem.

Right now, I only have two books in my to be read pile. And no money to buy new ones! What am I gonna do if I run out of books?!

I just ordered two more books, but I was hoping to save those to bring to school at the end of the month (don’t remind me…).

Anyway, I was looking through all the books in my room to see if there were any unread ones I had missed. I found this book that I bought a while ago but wasn’t super excited to read.

I found The Girl With a Clock for a Heart at Costco at the beginning of the summer. I find that when I book up a book at Costco that I haven’t heard of before, it usually doesn’t end well for me. But for some reason, I had gotten this one, and I decided to give it a try.

I”m still not too sure how I felt about it, though.

The main character is a guy named George. When George was in college, he fell in love with a girl who had gotten into some pretty serious trouble (like possibly murdering someone!) and then disappeared from his life.

Peter Swanson - The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (photo taken by me)
Peter Swanson – The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (photo taken by me)

That is, until he randomly sees her at a bar he frequents twenty years later. Liana shows up and asks George for a favor. He can’t help but to say yes, because he’s still kind of in love with her and wants to keep her safe. However, things are never as they seem with Liana.

The book jumps back and forth telling the story of George and Liana’s relationship starting when they were in college and what happens when she reenters his life now.

As I’m sure you can guess, George gets mixed up in some shady stuff and finds himself in danger more than once. Even though she’s betrayed him before, George can’t help but love Liana and try to protect her, but he comes to find he’s been a part of something he didn’t fully understand.

This book surprised me with how much I liked it (since I usually don’t enjoy books I pick up at Costco), but I still wasn’t a huge fan. The story was interesting enough, but had kind of a cliffhanger ending that just left me feeling like it was unfinished. In terms of suspense novels, this one wasn’t too scary but still left me wanting to know what happened next.

It was definitely an easy read, which is why I think it stood out to me compared to other books I buy there, they usually are too boring for me to get into. I flew through this one and it didn’t even feel like I had been reading it that long.

If you think this book sounds interesting, I’d recommend it, because it doesn’t really disappoint. I think the story overall was intriguing, albeit far-fetched, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.

28. Kate White – The Sixes

I don’t know about you guys, but this summer has been off to a busy start for me! Last Thursday was my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend, then Friday I had to wake up early to take a train to New York City for my sister’s bachelorette weekend! We celebrated Friday night and went out to a karaoke bar Saturday night, and after getting three hours of sleep I got up to take another train home so I could make it to my boyfriend’s graduation party! Talk about a long and busy weekend.

Anyway, all that train riding gave me plenty of reading time (when I wasn’t catching up on sleep), and I finished my newest book on Tuesday night. I didn’t have time to write this yesterday because I had to spend the day traveling to Massachusetts to pick up my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding. Jeeze, I’ve been busy lately.

So the book was The Sixes by Kate White. If you’ve been following along, you know that I really like White’s books (check out my reviews of her other books I’ve read, Hush and Eyes on You). They are all kind of similar in nature, and once you’ve read one, you might be able to see the twists coming in the rest of the books, but I still really like them. I’m on a kick of suspense novels lately, feel free to suggest any you think I might like!

Kate White - The Sixes (photo taken by me)
Kate White – The Sixes (photo taken by me)

Anyway, The Sixes follows a woman named Phoebe who was a writer living in New York City until her life turned upside down. She had been writing books about celebrity gossip and was accused of plagiarism on her latest book. The allegations turned out to be true because her research assistant hadn’t labeled her research.

So Phoebe ends up taking a break from her city life and moving to a small town in Pennsylvania to work as an adjunct professor at a college where her friend is the president. One night, Phoebe is walking across campus to head to dinner when she notices a large crowd gathered in the lawn. It turns out that a student has gone missing, and Phoebe remembers that she had a conversation with the student recently. The student, Lily, confronted Phoebe to ask for advice on how to start her life over after getting into a tough situation. Those are all the details that Phoebe knows, but she wants to find out more, so she begins investigating.

Phoebe soon learns about a secret society of girls on the campus, the Sixes. She thinks that they might have something to do with Lily’s disappearance, so she starts to look into them. And then Lily’s body is found floating in a nearby river. This changes Phoebe’s investigation.

The dean of the school tells Phoebe that he thinks it might be the work of a serial killer, and presents her with similar cases in the area and at other schools. Phoebe now not only wants to figure out what is going on with the Sixes, but feels the need to find out who the murderer is too.

This book is full of turns, and I honestly didn’t know who the murderer was going to be until right before they are found out. At the beginning, the book might have gone a little slow, but I stuck with it and by the end I didn’t want to put it down. If you like suspense, this is definitely a good read.

26. Kate White – Eyes on You

Hey guys! I’m so glad to be getting back into the swing of things with reading a lot and posting on here. Besides reading, I’ve still been up to a lot lately since I just got home for summer vacation. On Monday night, my boyfriend and I went to the movies to the Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was so good. I must confess – I haven’t seen the first Avengers movie, but I like superhero movies so I still went to go see it, and I’m glad I did… besides the fact that our movie started skipping partway through! Have any of you guys seen it yet? What did you think of it?

Anyway, I just finished another book, Eyes on You by Kate White. I love Kate White’s books. A while back, I read Hush, and I couldn’t put it down, so I looked into other books she had written. I got Eyes on You and I’m currently waiting for another one of her books to show up in the mail. After that, I’m going to start reading a mystery series she has. I can’t wait.

Kate White - Eyes on You (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Eyes on You (photo taken by me)

So this book is about a woman named Robin who is a coanchor on a nightly celebrity-news-ish show. At the start of the book, she’s having a lot of success, both with her show and with a book she wrote about to be released. However, some weird things start to happen to her.

At first, she finds a nasty note slipped into her purse, but it quickly escalates. All these weird, creepy things start happening to her at work. Robin thinks she knows who’s behind all these attacks, but no one at her work will believe her, and she has to try to prove it by herself.

It’s a really good book. I love suspense novels (unless they’re cheesy), like Gillian Flynn’s books. I think Kate White’s books are just as suspenseful as Flynn’s, but less gory. One criticism I had is that since I knew the big plot twist in her other book I had read, I kind of suspected the turn in this book too, but it was still a good read.

I could hardly put this book down and I’m still looking forward to read White’s other books. If you’re into suspense books, she’s definitely an author worth checking out.