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Review: Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park
By Katherine Faulkner
Gallery Books, 9781982150310, January 25, 2022, 384pp.

The Short of It:

If you are into page-turners, Greenwich Park should be your next read.

The Rest of It:

Helen and Daniel are expecting a baby. They live in a beautiful house that Helen’s family left to her. Every day Helen realizes how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful home and after several  miscarriages, she is finally looking forward to having a baby boy. Plus, she’s lucky to have her brother Rory and his wife Serena, also pregnant, living close by.

One day, at a pre-natal class she meets another young mother by the name of Rachel. Rachel is a little bit odd. Kind of loud and brash. The father of Rachel’s child isn’t in the picture so when Rachel attempts to make friends with Helen, she reluctantly gives in, feeling a little sorry for the girl. Lunch here and there. Tea. It isn’t such a horrible ask until Rachel shows up with bruises around her neck and asks to live with Helen and Daniel.

Daniel is immediately put off by the request but Helen, fearing for the girl’s safety, allows her to stay for a day or two. What is this girl’s story? Who is hurting her? What does she do in her free time? She has plenty of money but doesn’t appear to have any kind of job.

As Helen’s due date approaches, the mystery ramps up and the tension runs high as Helen tries to figure out a way to get rid of Rachel without hurting the girl’s feelings.

What Helen doesn’t realize is that none of this is accidental.

Oh, I love a book that gives you a reason to forgot all household duties. Dinner? Nah. I gotta get back to my book. Laundry? Only if I can read in-between loads. I RACED through this one. Actually, I tried to read it a long time ago and put it down for something but when I picked it up again this past week I flew through it. I highly recommend it.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Books Reviewed in 2021

This is a list of the books I read and reviewed in 2021. What a year this was!! All the time to read and yet so difficult to focus. I still managed to hit my reading goal though and did manage to read some really good books.

Each link takes you directly to my review of that book. Happy New Year!

2021 Reviews

  1. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
  2. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  3. Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
  4. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  5. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
  6. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
  7. Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West
  8. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  10. The Distant Dead by Heather Young
  11. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  12. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  13. Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson
  14. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
  15. First Person Singular – Stories by Haruki Murakami
  16. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
  17. Brat: An 80’s Story by Andrew McCarthy
  18. The Beauty of What Remains by Steve Leder
  19. Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  20. When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
  21. Outlawed by Anna North
  22. The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic
  23. We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker
  24. Vera by Carol Edgarian
  25. Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter
  26. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  27. Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
  28. Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
  29. The Push by Ashley Audrain
  30. Broken by Jenny Lawson
  31. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  32. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  33. The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
  34. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
  35. Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster
  36. Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
  37. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  38. Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
  39. Falling by T.J. Newman
  40. Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy
  41. Count The Ways by Joyce Maynard
  42. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
  43. Where The Truth Lies by Anna Bailey
  44. The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding
  45. Billy Summers by Stephen King
  46. Bloodless by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  47. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  48. We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
  49. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  50. The Family Plot by Megan Collins
  51. Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
  52. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewel
  53. My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  54. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  55. The Guide by Peter Heller
  56. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  57. The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth
  58. Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
  59. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  60. Dune by Frank Herbert