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March Book Club Discussion + April Book Choice

 

March Book Club Kristy Wicks

Past Book Club Discussions:

I’m speechless…. with both the ending of this book and the fact that this post is going live on April 10th… lol. Sorry guys, we meant to push this out last week but we’ve been insanely busy around here. Lots of great news & brand collabs that I’ll be able to share more about soon but.. did everything have to happen at once? Appears so.. As I said in my story earlier today… better late than never.

Next month I promise we’ll get our May book out on time. Now that I’m thinking about it.. that’s only 3 weeks away! :O  So read fast! We’re announcing April’s book choice at the end of this post so please be sure to check that out before you leave.

 

As always, please leave your opinions & reviews of this book in the comment section below. We always look forward to the discussion and input from all of you… especially your thoughts on the character development, plot choices, and writing styles from the author. This book was extremely interesting, and I know many of you have a lot of thoughts. Disclaimer.. If you don’t want to know everything about the book you may not want to continue reading. This is a discussion forum where we let our thoughts out, not a discreet review. ;)

 

Overall Review

7.5/10 

Our March book is “Just Between Us” by Rebecca Drake. This is Drake’s second thriller novel.
March Book Club Discussion + April Book ChoiceMarch Book Club Discussion + April Book ChoiceImage via Amazon

Jumping right in… I have to be honest, I had hoped this book would be an unforgettable page turner. After reading the description I thought it read like the novel turned HBO special, Big Little Lies. Instead – I found it to be a little more on the Desperate Housewives side of things. Don’t get me wrong… I loved that show but I expected this book to be a little more realistic. To put it simply, I found this book a bit too much. It started off on the right foot but as the story developed so did the ridiculousness. At least it did for me.

This story centers around 4 close girlfriends who live in an affluent suburb. They get together all the time and like many women friendships, there are secrets and confidences, insecurities and so much more.  When one is suspected of being abused by their husband the others do everything they can to help. They investigate and end up confronting their friend. Noone wants to turn their back on a friend being abused.

What I like about this book: 

  • Friendships – I love that the main characters are 4 different women friends who meet through their children/school. This is something that I can fully relate to having met most of my closest girlfriends through my daughter. When you have a close friendship group as an adult you tend to go through so many different trials and tribulations together. It helps to have others to lean on during this time period. I can’t imagine not having my girlfriends on hand.
  • Different viewpoints –  I love that each chapter is told from a different woman’s point of view. This gives us a good perspective throughout. It was nice getting to know more about each character, their family lives and their husband’s opinions. I often wonder what my friends are thinking.. ;)
  • Page Turner – this was definitely a page turner but not in the thriller sense. There were many crazy moments up until the end that had us guessing at every turn. (a bit much for me to find believable but more about that below) Either way, it was hard to put down.

Cons: 

Soooo many cons. (Sorry if you loved this book) Some of the moments in this book were just too unrealistic for me. I’m not looking for complete reality but… this was bananas. At the beginning of the book I completely understood the group’s concern for Heather, however… to go through all that they did to try and help her at the risk of losing so much themselves – just didn’t make sense to me. By the time you hit the middle of this book, there seems to be a dramatic incident at every turn; Heather kills her husband, the girls cover up his body, then the girls get blackmailed with a photo, the police are on their tail the whole time.. :O then we find out that Heather was cheating on her husband with a whackadoodle and her husband had never abused her. The guy she slept with ends up being the blackmailer – then ends up killing Heather himself and dies in a crash trying to escape. If that’s not strange enough, after everything… the girls end up going their separate ways. The police never find out about their involvement and as Allison says, “And I moved away and my husband never really knew, and the police never found out.”  Hmmmm…

Questions:

  • What did you think of this book?
  • Do you think that Heather is a bad person?
  • What was your opinion on the 4 main characters of the book?
  • Do you have a close group of girlfriends like I do that this reminds you of?

 March Book Club Discussion + April Book ChoiceMarch Book Club Discussion + April Book Choice

April’s Book: 

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bojalian!! Click here to shop the book. Wow guys – this book looks right up my alley. A few weeks ago, this book came out and the title stopped me in my tracks. As many of you know, I was a flight attendant for 20 years and I have never read a fictional thriller surrounding this career. Once I read the description…it blew me away. Here is a quick synopsis from the book: 

“Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home — Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?”

What do you think about the new book choice? Let us know below! 

xo,
Kristy & Emma

 

Thoughts?

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19 thoughts on “March Book Club Discussion + April Book Choice

  1. I agree with everything you wrote about March’s book… one unrealistic thing after another. Instead of paying blackmail money, it would have been more believable to go in together and help her get the best defense attorney.
    I am really excited to read April’s book! So glad you and Emma are doing this each month, thank you!

    1. Hi Alice – Yesss!! Bring the women together to help her in the court of law. Now that would have been a great read. Too unrealistic for us! I’m so excited that you’re excited to read April’s book.. Sounds so good:) xx

  2. So disappointed with this book. When I reached the part that started the crime I was debating on whether I would finish the book. I did but got headaches from shaking my head and rolling my eyes. Dumb and irresponsible women. And story.

    1. Hi Marilyn – it started out sounding good right? Definitely not a winner, but it kept us on our toes. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know how you feel.. and that we’re not alone! xx

  3. Hi!
    I have read The Flight Attendant. Great choice for a book club. Enjoy❤️I’ll be looking forward to your discussion.
    Jane

  4. i agree with everything you said also! i just found it so unrealistic that no one told their husbands?! right!!! the guilt would have gotten to me and i couldn’t keep that secret away from my husband because he would have helped me/us get out of the mess. Can’t wait for the next book!

    1. Right Tammy?! I mean I know everyone keeps secrets but it just seems so realistic to NEVER tell anyone ever again.. seems traumatizing.. time to head to a therapist am I right? I’m so glad you joined the book club and thank you for stopping by.. cannot wait til we talk about the Flight Attendant! :o

  5. It was a little wild but I still enjoyed it! I think my least favorite thing about the book was that it changed the point of view through the friends. I did enjoy the author enough though when I finished the book to get another book by her and read it too!
    Thank you again for the book club, it reignited my love for reading!

    1. Hi HW – It was so wild. What a great way to put it ;) And I love that you read another book from the author! I think she is great.. how was her other book? Would love to try that one as well…. thanks for stopping by! xx

  6. I completely agree! Every twist and turn was so unrealistic, but I still couldn’t put the book down! I’m so glad that you guys are doing this book club! I’m forcing myself to put my phone down and read.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Aww I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading & the book club.. we’re loving it too :) We couldn’t put it down either, we were so stressed! Lol. xx

  7. I actually listened to this book on Audible and it probably helped to hear all the different voices of the girlfriends. The readers did a good job of capturing the personalities. Lots of unbelievable decision making by the ladies and I guessed midway through that Heather wasn’t the innocent victim they thought she was. But, it was a fun listen, and I enjoyed it for what it is.

    1. Hi Catherine,

      This probably would’ve been a really great book to listen to.. that’s a great point. I didn’t even think about that! Wow. But it was a fun read, I’ll give ya that. Thank you for stopping by the blog :) xx

  8. Hi Kristy & Emma! No problem about the lateness, time just slips away!
    I completely agree with your thoughts on this book. It was really far fetched and not believable at all. I also found it very hard to believe that the 3 other girlfriends would pretty much drop everything to help cover up the death of heathers husband. As much as I love my friends I really don’t think that’s something I could do! Yet they went into it without much second thought! I also found the friendship between the 4 ladies quite unrealistic and at times it seemed as though they didn’t even like each other! There certainly wasn’t much trust there which I don’t think would be the case in a friendship group like the author was trying to feature. All in all I was pretty glad when it ended and I rolled my eyes at the end!! I was also expecting a BLL-type story; it started well but just didn’t satisfy me at all. Roll on this months book!

  9. So excited about the Flight attendant!!! Saw it on several lists and have been wanting to read it ! Will be my first KW book club book!

  10. Hi Kristy and Emma! I totally agree with you. The book was so unrealistic…how could all of them sneak out in the middle of the night and not have their families notice? As silly as the book was… I kept on reading and was compelled to finish it for some reason. I’m really looking forward to the next book and want to thank you both for the recommendations.

  11. I have to say I agree with all of the comments above. These are professional women in their early child rearing years. A busy time. You want to have a laugh with your girlfriends not help them kill their husband. I can’t help but wonder if Heathers status as a former model married to a wealthy plastic surgeon was an attraction for them. By the time they realized she was having a good time while they were sweating it out, it was too late!
    Also I don’t know if it was how it was written or me but I had a hard time following who I was following in each chapter.
    I am definitely looking forward to the flight attendant

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