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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Breaking In

After her father’s death, Gabrielle Union, who plays Shaun Russell, a mother of two, is at her father’s Wisconsin house to get the estate ready to sell. Her father’s house is an expansive, secluded property tucked into a wooded area.

While sipping a glass a wine and waiting on hold to order a pizza, Shaun is attacked outside the house with her children stuck inside, but she isn’t going down without a fight.

The attackers are after $4 million dollars that is stored in a safe somewhere in the house. Shaun will stop at nothing to defend her family and her home.

This thriller isn’t bad, but there is nothing particularly memorable here. Rated R

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Makani Young has moved to Nebraska from Hawaii to live with her grandma. Her parents are essentially divorced and have shipped her there after a disastrous incident took place. Now a senior, Makani is just counting the days until graduation. She has two really close friends and a crush on the token loner guy, Ollie. Everything is going good until the first murder.

One by one students are being killed. Makani is almost one of the victims but is able to escape. She is able to give the police new clues, including that the killer is male and comes into the victim’s houses and gaslights them first and then comes back and kills them. Makani doesn’t want to sit around and wait for the killer to come back for her, so she enlists Ollie and together they try and figure out who the killer will target next. Will they be able to find the killer in time? Or will the next victim be someone close to them?

This book was so good. And it was so creepy. It really freaked me out. Especially the fact that someone is in your house, moving things around, just messing with you and then they kill you. Creepy!


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Unsane

Claire Foy (The Crown) plays Sawyer Valentini, a young woman who is starting over in a new city but is having problems adjusting. She decides to see a counselor on her lunch break. She feels better after speaking to someone and signs some paperwork the therapist says is just their standard, boilerplate documents. She is waiting in the lobby to book her next appointment when she is called in back.

The next thing she knows, she is told that she voluntarily signed herself into a psychiatric ward. They took her phone and purse but allow her one phone call. She calls the police, who don’t take her seriously, since they receive those types of phone calls regularly.

She has no choice but to wait out her time, but her behavior gets her stay extended. One of the nurses that administers the medications is the man who was stalking her and the reason she left Boston. Of course, no one believes her. What will her stalker do her before she can get out (and if she can get out)?

This was pretty entertaining with a suspenseful plot to keep you interested throughout (plus an unexpected cameo). Recommended. Rated R


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Tyler Perry’s Acrimony

Taraji P. Henson stars as Melinda, a college student, who meets Robert on campus. The two start dating, and shortly after, Mel’s mother dies, leaving her their house and several hundred thousand in life insurance money. Her older sisters had never liked Robert, questioning his intentions with Mel and suspecting he just might be after her money. Robert has spent his college career working on a battery that will recharge itself, which he believes will make them millions one day, and promises Mel a boat and the home of their dreams.

Fast forward to several years later and Robert is still working on his battery. Mel works two jobs to support them and has lost all of her inheritance from her mother. In fact, they’ve had to remortgage her mother’s house to try to keep up with bills as all of their income gets sucked into Robert’s battery invention.

Mel is completely burned out and can’t take supporting Robert financially anymore, so she asks for a divorce. Once the divorce is over, Robert’s battery business takes off and he has a new girlfriend. But Mel wants her old life back, all the things he promised her, and damages for all the years she supported him. And she will do whatever it takes to get it all back.

This movie was entertaining and kept my interest, but Henson’s acting is over the top, which might turn off some viewers. Rated R


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Keep Watching

The Mitchell family has just come back from vacation. As they are settling in for the night, the electricity goes out. Unknown to them, someone is watching.  There are cameras planted throughout the house watching their every move. As the dad goes to investigate, he is attacked. Now it is up to the stepmom, the teenage daughter, and young son to find away to escape. They soon realize the outside of the house has been re-enforced and they are locked in. They will have to try and outwit these intruders to try and make it out alive.

This was a pretty good horror movie. I jumped a couple of times. It was a good storyline with a twisty ending. Starring, Bella Thorne, Ioan Grufford, Chandler Riggs, and Natalie Martinez. Rated R


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The Sandman by Lars Kepler

When 23 year-old Mikael is found wandering in the countryside outside of Stockholm, it comes as a shock to many. Mikael and his sister Felicia have¬†been missing for 13 years, and were thought to be the victims of serial killer Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence inside a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive, and that they were being held by The Sandman, but he’s unable to give them any details about their captor, or the location.

13 years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna sacrificed everything to try to catch Jurek, always certain that he had an accomplice. Now, it becomes imperative to get Jurek to talk as time runs out for Felicia. Joona brings in the only officer he trusts to be able to infiltrate the hospital, and be able to stand up to Jurek’s mind games – Saga Bauer. Saga will have to go deep undercover in the psychiatric facility where Jurek is being held, and she’ll have to get to him before he gets to her.

To label this book as a “thriller” is an understatement. It is a never ending roller coaster ride of non-stop twisty action that never lets up, even at its conclusion. Even if you’re not a fan Swedish crime fiction, definitely put this one on your TBR list!

 


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Wish Upon

Clare’s dad, Jonathon (Ryan Phillippe), finds a box with Chinese writing on it. He thinks Clare (Joey King) will like it and gives it to her on her birthday. Clare and her two friends are always getting bullied at school, especially by the most popular girl, Darcie. Frustrated one night, Clara is holding the box and wishes that Darcie would rot. The next day, she finds out that Darcie is in the hospital actually rotting. Clare thinks it is a coincidence and keeps making wishes. But every time she makes a wish, someone she knows dies. Now Clare has to find out how to break the curse before it is too late.

I actually really liked this movie. It had a good concept and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. And if you are a Stranger Things fan, Barb is in it! Rated PG-13