The Trial by: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Trial

Book #47 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I think that by now, I have already told you that I will pretty much only read The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson.  I have read some of his other books and haven’t been impressed.  I like him as an author and fully admire his support independent book stores and getting kids to read.  It is nothing against the man himself.  I just don’t enjoy his other series as much as I do this one.

Anyway, James Patterson has come up with BOOKSHOTS.  They are short stories either written by himself and his co-authors or they are written by authors that he supports their work.  This BOOKSHOT is technically considered book 15.5 in the Women’s Murder Club series.  You can not read this as a stand alone because it picks up where book 15 leaves off.

Even though it is a novella, it does its’ job of packing a punch.  The story is fast paced and involves all of the same personalities as the full length novels in this series.

I gave it 4 crowns.



Life is a Cabernet by: Jan Moran

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This is a companion novella to the Winemakers.  It is beautifully written and gives a bit of a back story to two of the characters in the Winemakers.

It is set to be released in September of this year.

Read The Winemakers and read this novella right after.

I gave this 4 crown4_crownss.


The History Major: A Novella by: Michael Phillip Cash

The History Major

If you know anything about me, you know that I do not like history nor do I like to read Historical Fiction.  This is really neither of those things so I agreed to read this when I was given the opportunity to in exchange for an honest review.


After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger.

Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her.

Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

My Review:

I thought that the synopsis for this novella sounded interesting so I picked it up last night and finished it this morning.  In all fairness, as a physical copy, it is a mere 120 pages.  I have never read anything by this author before but I know that he has an average of 4 stars for all of his books that are listed on Goodreads.  He is an author from Long Island, New York and I love to read books that are written by fellow New Yorkers.

I loved the writing style of this book and found it intriguing.  It was a thriller but not really in a serial killer kind of way.  It was intense and thought provoking.  It was a bit philosophical and I really enjoyed that.  Even though the main character is a college student, I think that anyone who reads it can learn from it.

I gave this novella 4 crowns.


The Grownup by: Gillian Flynn

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About The Grownup from

Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.

About the Author from

GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the runaway hit Gone Girl, an international sensation that has spent more than ninety-five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been published in forty languages. Gone Girl is a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox. Flynn’s previous novels, Dark Places and Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, were also New York Times bestsellers. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children. 


My Review:  This is the first thing I have ever read by Gillian Flynn.  I watched the movie adaptation of Gone Girl and thought it was interesting.  It is my understanding that Gillian Flynn’s books are twisted and slightly unexpected.  The Grownup, although a short story, is exactly what you would expect from her.  I can’t say that I particularly liked this story but it wasn’t bad.  I am not sure if I would pick up another book by this author as I find that there is something disturbing to me about her stories.

I gave this 2 crowns.