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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Nicolette Farrell has returned home to help sell the house she grew up in. While there a local woman goes missing. This brings back the memories from when Nic’s best friend, Corinne, went missing ten years ago. As she is packing up the house, memories and new clues about Corinne come up. Could her dad have had something to do with the disappearance?

This is a short review because I don’t want to give anything away! I listened to this book and the way it is written it was a little confusing to follow. The author starts in the present but then goes to day fifteen of Nicolette’s visit and then goes backwards. It is a neat concept but it is probably better to read then to listen! This was a good mystery and one I recommend.

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The Belko Experiment

It is just another day at the Belko Company, an American business located in Bogota, Columbia. As they go about their day a voice comes over the building’s intercom saying they had half an hour to kill two people. Everyone is confused and thinking it is a joke. Until the building goes into lock down and no one can leave. When the half hour is up and no one has been killed, everyone is relieved. Until the heads start exploding. Now it is a kill or be killed situation. Will anyone survive or will this experiment kill them all?

I really liked this movie. I didn’t know who was going to turn into a killer and who was going to try and keep their humanity. I definitely recommend this one. Starring, John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker.  Rated R

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Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) is an American who winds up in Germany. He ends up staying and working for drug smugglers and falls in love with Juliette (Felicity Jones). He quits his job and lives happily with Juliette. Until she because sick and they need to get back to the States for an operation. He needs to make money quick and goes to his old boss. He is given a job to steal a truckload of drugs. When he fails, Juliette is kidnapped and now Casey will do anything to get her back, even if it means sacrificing himself.

This was a pretty good action movie. A lot of car chasing scenes that were fun and a pretty decent storyline. Also starring, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.  Rated PG-13

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The Wave

In a Norway there is fjord in the town of Geiranger. It is predicted that part of the mountain will eventually fall into the water and cause a 85 meter high wave. That day has come.

Kristian and his family are all set to move. Kristian is taking the kids to a hotel in the city and his wife, Idun, is working at the local hotel. Before they leave, Kristian needs to pick up the rest of his stuff from his job, where he is a geologist. While at the office , he notices something in the readings but no one really believes anything is wrong. To humor him, they check it out. Soon they realize something is happening at the mountain. And then the ground starts to shake. Everyone has ten minutes to get out of the wave zone or end up dead.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was intense and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they would survive. Rated R

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

On the surface, the small village of Beckford is just a sleepy little town beside a river. But the river has always held some secrets, and has long been the source of a strange fascination for Nel Abbott. Nel is a single mom who grew up in the village, and she’s been working on a book about the river and its sordid past – the drowning of witches, the Drowning Pool, the suicides. When Nel herself is found in the river,  her estranged sister Jules returns to the village to care for Lena, Nel’s teenage daughter, whose best friend was also recently found in the river.  Jules finds herself caught between her duty to Lena and her memories of the past, as the mysteries of the two women’s deaths are unraveled.

In Beckford, Ms. Hawkins has created a creepily atmospheric little village where virtually everyone could have “done it”.  Although uneven in spots, there’s enough intrigue in the story to keep you reading. You might need a character chart though. There are a lot of people in the story – all of them unreliable, and it gets tricky at times to keep track. Definitely well worth reading if you enjoy the psychological genre.

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Nocturnal Animals

Susan (Amy Adams) is an art gallery owner. One day she receives a package from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). It is a draft of the book he has written that is about to be published. As Susan reads it, the book stirs up the past. How Edward and Susan met, got married and eventually divorced. In the book, Edward tells the story of Tony and his wife, Laura (Isla Fisher) and their daughter, India (Ellie Bamber). They are driving to their vacation destination when they become victims of a roadside attack. Laura and India are separated from Tony and later found dead. Susan is very disturbed by the story and reaches out to Edward. She also starts to wonder if she made the biggest mistake all those years ago letting him go.

I really didn’t care for this movie. My biggest problem was that it left questions unanswered. Or maybe it was just over my head and I missed the answers. Also starring, Armie Hammer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Laura Linney, and Michael Sheen. Rated R

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

1e3c0cb68882781b9a0f6a7067000e6bA private jet flying from Martha’s Vineyard to New York goes down in the Atlantic and no one knows why. The only survivors are artist Scott and a toddler JJ. After hitting his head in the crash, Scott comes to in the water, sees the boy, and swims to shore.

Among the crash victims are the flight’s pilot and crew, the CEO of a big-time news show and his wife, Maggie, their daughter and another wealthy couple. Scott is only an acquaintance of Maggie’s who he met at the farmer’s market and invited him to fly with them to NY since they both were going at the same time.

As the authorities look for clues to learn what happened, the reader is introduced to each character, their background, and possible reasons for wanting the plane to crash. Meanwhile, Maggie’s sister and her husband have custody of JJ, and Scott seems to be the only one the little boy will talk to.  Furthermore, Scott’s avoidance of the media has them questioning what he was really doing on that plane.

This 2016 bestseller is a page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very end on the cause of the crash. Besides a deliciously good read, this book will make you think about media and how it influences our lives.