First, there is John Hart's latest, The Hush. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while (I understand your reluctance to identify yourselves!) know that, as Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman, I am a "big, huge" fan of his books. I think his last 3 were 4.0, 4.0, 3.75 (and I liked his 1st 2 too). So I was obviously very excited about reading The Hush. How was it? Beats the heck out of me. I just didn't get it. I don't know what John was thinking. The story didn't make a lot of sense to me. There was tons of description that put me off immediately and that showed up throughout the book. And then there was some metaphysical stuff that I just couldn't wrap my arms around. For me it didn't connect with the rest of the book. Or maybe I just didn't care. Regardless, I'm giving it a 2.25/4. And only because I like John personally (he always responds to FB messages) and because I recognize what a good writer he is. Otherwise, uh, uh.
P.S. John's ratings for his last 4 books on Goodreads out of a max 5:The Last Child - 4.11
The Iron House - 4.09
Redemption Road - 4.08
The Hush - 3.64
It's obviously not just me.
My other short review is of A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window. I liked this one much better - 3.25/4. It came very highly rated from friends that I trust. It was a little Girl on the Train for me in that it was very well-written, but I didn't emotionally connect with the characters. In fact, it was very similar to Gone Girl because I didn't really get engaged until about half-way through. However, that was all compensated for (at least to some degree) by the fact that it was suspenseful and had a real shocker toward the end. We all know I'm not that adept (a classic understatement) at figuring out what's going to happen in a book. But I think this one shocked everybody. So it was good.