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Review: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
By Lydia Millet
W. W. Norton & Company, 9781324021469, October 2022, 240pp.

The Short of It:

Brief but packed with meaning. The kind of read you keep thinking about long after turning that last page.

The Rest of It:

Her exquisite new novel is the story of a man named Gil who walks from New York to Arizona to recover from a failed love. After he arrives, new neighbors move into the glass-walled house next door and his life begins to mesh with theirs. ~ Indiebound

I have high praise for Dinosaurs. Millet tells the simple story of a man suffering from loss, but it’s not at all sad. It’s hopeful. It’s hopeful in the way Gil interacts with other humans. His quiet observations and his easy going manner, allow him to guide and inform those around him, but completely without judgement.

After his long trek from NY to Arizona, the hours spent walking in solitude allowed him to process the past so he could step into the future. He arrives at his new home with no expectations but when he sees that his new neighbors have a glass house, he realizes that he will probably get to know them quite well. Giving full transparency a whole new meaning.

It’s hard to tell you exactly why I loved it so much. Not a lot happens but through Gil’s observations, we see what drives and motivates humans to do what they do. To know someone who can so seamlessly step into your life, offer support and much needed friendship, without judgement, is rare. I throughly enjoyed these characters. They aren’t perfect but they are good people trying to do their best.

Highly recommend.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

Review: The IT Girl

The IT GirlThe IT Girl
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781982155261, July 2022, 432pp.

The Short of It:

Everyone knows an “IT” girl.

The Rest of It:

You know who she is. She’s the one everyone gravitates towards. She is a little unhinged but doesn’t care. She might annoy you but life without her would be grim. April is this girl and when Hannah meets her at Oxford, she knows that they will be more than roomies. What she doesn’t know is that April will weave her way into a very close circle of friends and then show up dead. Murdered.

The night of April’s murder, Hannah watched someone exiting the stairwell and her testimony is what led to the suspect’s prison sentence. But now the suspect has died in prison and Hannah begins to question his innocence. The entire time he has claimed to be innocent. Could she have gotten it wrong and sent an innocent man to prison?

Ten years has passed since that horrible night but Hannah cannot get it out of her mind. Now, married to one of her classmates and expecting her first child, she becomes a little obsessed with finding out the truth. Against her husband’s wishes, she returns to the scene of the crime to see if anything stands out to her. What she thought was an open and shut case becomes something much more complicated.

I’ve been cautious about picking up every Ware book that comes out because they were beginning to feel a little formulaic but The IT Girl was just what I wanted. It keeps you guessing, the pace is good and if you like to read for entertainment then this will check all the boxes for you.

Recommend.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.