Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson #bookreview.

Hello everyone! Maureen Johnson, my all-time favorite author released her new book, Nine Liars! Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review of the book. Let’s get into the review!

Book: Nine Liars
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: Fiction, Murder Mystery
Age Limit: 16+
Trigger Warnings: Death, Panic Attacks/ Disorders, Murder

Goodreads Summary:

Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general.

Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax.

The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed.

Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.

My Review:

This book is a companion in the Truly Devious series. You don’t have to read the other four books, but I suggest reading them as they are classic cozy murder mysteries! This book is set in London and the story starts in 1995 where The Nine are going to the manor’s house for a party. At first, I felt that introducing so many characters in the story at once could confuse the reader. But, that was not the case. The author did a great job of establishing the characters and giving their personalities an identity.

In the book, there are statements from the six characters that were very interesting to read and a great addition to the story. There are character developments of Stieve and her friends. At some point, I observed that the author diverted a lot from the main murder and shifted the focus to Stieve’s love life. So, that did not blend well. Stevie and her friends visit London as David invites them. The author shares the history of London which blends with the main murder. I really like the way she linked real history and murder.

Maureen’s world-building in this book was immaculate. It gave off dark and gruesome vibes while reading the book. I really enjoyed it and could not stop thinking about the story. I guessed the killer when there were 150 pages left. It is a very quick-paced read as I finished reading this in 3 days and didn’t even realize that it was a 450-page book! Sometimes a book can be unnecessarily long and it can bore in between, but this was not the case here. One thing after the other the story unravels smoothly. Lastly, I would like to say that, I would like to kill David soon. Read the book and you will know what I mean.

What I Liked:

  • The whole story is set in London.
  • The blending of the history of London with the murder.
  • Character build-up was so good, did not confuse me while I was reading.
  • Dark and gruesome vibes in the story.
  • Quick-paced read and the story unraveled smoothly.

What I Did Not Like:

  • The story kept diverting from the main murder and focused on the main character’s love life.
  • I guessed the killer when there were 150 pages left, which is fine but then it kind of ruined the surprise element.

Other Books In This Series:

The first three books are a series, and The Box In The Woods and Nine Liars are companions. You can check out my review for The Truly Devious Series and The Box In The Woods.

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was my highly anticipated book of 2022 and I am so happy that I read this book. I must say that this was a bit different and not my favorite from other books in the series, but yes this book is worth reading! Let me know in the comments if you have read this book.
Happy Reading!

My 2022 Year in Books!

Hello, everybody. Happy New Year! I hope 2023 will be a happy and healthy year for you. I was away from writing for a long time and I am sorry for my inactivity. Things are still hectic as my finals are nearing. I have planned many things for my blog, but I cannot implement them due to time constraints. I will be free in April from all my exams and studies, still, a long way to go But, I will try to stay in touch with my writing and you all in between.

My Goodreads Goal.

I had kept a goal of 50 books and I was able to read 45 books this year. I must say that I read quite a mixed bag this year. There are many books that I rated 4-5 stars and there were many with 2-3 ratings.

Some Stats:

As I mentioned in my posts this past year, my reading tastes are evolving. 2022 was an experimenting year for me. I kept exploring different genres. Some, I instantly fell in love with and others I won’t get back to again.

In 2022, I explored different genres like realistic fiction, translated books, non-fiction, memoirs, and even romance because it was so hyped up. Many disappointments and many favorites in the past year.

My Year In Books:

I will be reviewing and discussing some of the books that I loved in my upcoming posts. It feels good to be back. Thank you for always supporting me and reading my posts. All the comments mean a lot to me, thanks again! I want you all to tell me in the comments how many books did you read in 2022.
Happy Reading!

Goodreads Monday 31/01/22.

Hello, Bookworms! I will be doing Goodreads Monday today, which is hosted by Emily @BudgetTalesBookBlog  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Book: The Strength In Our Scars
Author: Bianca Sparacino
Genre: Poetry, Self-Help

Blurb From Goodreads.

“The Strength In Our Scars” is Bianca Sparacino’s reminder to you: No matter what you’re going through, no matter where you are on your healing journey—you are strong.

Through poetry, prose, and compassionate encouragement you would expect from someone who knows exactly what you’re working through, Sparacino is here with the words you need.

“The Strength In Our Scars” tackles the gut-wrenching but relatable experiences of moving on, self-love, and ultimately learning to heal. In this book you will find peace, you will find a rock, you will find understanding, and you will find hope.

Remember: Whatever is dark within you has also carved light into your soul. Whatever is lost within you has also brought you back home to yourself. Whatever is hurt within you is also healing you in ways you may not understand at that moment in time. This book hopes to show you that. 

Why I Want To Read This Book?

We all go through something and I want to read this book to learn about self-love and moving on from the past.

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments.
Happy Reading!

Goodreads Monday 24/01/22.

Hello, Bookworms! I will be doing Goodreads Monday today, which is hosted by Emily @BudgetTalesBookBlog  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Book: 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think.
Author: Brianna Wiest
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Blurb From Goodreads.

Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

Why I Want To Read This Book?

I have kept a goal this year to read more self-help books. I want to change my way of thinking and habits. Hence, this book is on my tbr!

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading!

Goodreads Monday 17/01/22.

Hello, Bookworms! I will be doing Goodreads Monday today, which is hosted by Emily @BudgetTalesBookBlog  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Book: Grown
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Blurb From Goodreads.

Author Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another ripped-from-the-headlines mystery that exposes horrific secrets hiding behind the limelight and embraces the power of a young woman’s voice. When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields? Before there was a dead body, Enchanted’s dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey’s charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he’s dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted.

Why I Want To Read This Book?

I loved White Smoke by this author! I loved reading Mysteries and Thrillers, so I will pick up this book soon!

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Happy Reading!