Murder She Read: July Book Discussion

Oh hey…did you miss me? Were you wondering where the hell this book club went to because I legit did not post for an entire year?

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out this post before continuing.

Anywho. I fucked up. Sorry friends.

In June 2020, I completely fell off the face of the earth and deserted this virtual book club that all three of you have come to love. I didn’t read. I didn’t post. I didn’t check in at all. And I’m sorry for that, but also, I was pregnant and tired. So…my bad.

But guess what? I’m back bitches! I’m picking up where we left off last year and continuing this virtual book club right through 2021.

So if you’re not sure what’s going on, here’s the deal: I stopped reading/posting after our June book. That means we’re now on to the July 2020 book. I read it…did you?

Next month, we’ll read the August 2020 book, and so on and so forth. For 2022, I’ll come out with a brand new list of books to read, and I’ll do my very best to stay on track this time.

So let’s jump right into it, shall we?

In July we read Her by Britney King.

Once again, I picked this book for one reason and one reason only: Amazon suggested it to me.

I had never heard of this author prior to this suggestion, but I was a bit intrigued by the synopsis, so I figured, “why the eff not?”

Well friends, if you’re like me and didn’t particularly care for this book, IT’S NOT MY FAULT, OK?!?! Amazon did me dirty.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED THE BOOK!

Haven’t read the book yet? Grab it here.

“After four, I quit counting. What’s the point if you know it isn’t going to stop?”

Sadie is jealous. Why wouldn’t she be? Her life is falling apart. 
Meanwhile, her new neighbor is everything she is not.Ann is perfect—the kind of woman everyone loves to hate—and a best friend to die for. She hosts over-the-top dinner parties, takes parenting to an entirely different level, and makes ambition look sexy as hell.

Sadie learns quick: the best way to cure jealousy is to befriend it. She also learns there’s more to her new friend than meets the eye. She’s patient, she’s kind, and possibly a serial killer.

It isn’t until Ann’s proclivities hit a little too close to home that Sadie has to ask herself how much she’s willing to overlook in the name of getting what she wants.

Exquisitely paced, Her is an unnerving and electrifying psychological thriller about jealousy, passion, and the dangerous places desire can take you. Full of enough tension and twists to make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat, it keeps you guessing until the very last page.


This was yet another book that I really had a hard time getting in to at first. But once I got to know the characters a little better, I was pretty compelled to keep reading.

Were you hooked right from the beginning? Or did it take you some time to become interested?

Let’s start with the relationship between Ann and Sadie.

Obviously we’re dealing with two totally different personalities here, and I’m really curious who you gravitated more towards.

Did you like Ann’s dynamic, confident go-getter attitude? Were you drawn to her powerful, yet sinister, vibe?

Or did you find yourself relating to Sadie a bit more, sympathizing with her social anxiety and insecurities?

Personally, I consider myself to be a pretty strong and confident person, and I know that my personality can come off as very assertive and outgoing. So for me, Ann hit a little closer to home. I definitely don’t think my motives are quite as sinister as hers, and I certainly can’t say I’ve ever been that hellbent on revenge!

How about that sex scene between the pair?! Talk about bringing the heat! I thought it was a nice inclusion because it showed just how far Ann was willing to go to get Sadie to do her bidding. I loved the manipulation at play, and the desperation on Sadie’s part.

What did you think? Was it too graphic? Or just enough spice to keep you interested?

Throughout the whole book, I kept wondering where their relationship was going, how Ann was going to use Sadie, would Sadie fall for Ann’s tricks…And when everything came to a head in the end, it was by far the most twisted, sick, crazy ending of all the thrillers I’ve ever read. No competition. I absolutely did not see that coming, nor could I ever have imagined that’s what was really going on.

Had you figured out the ending before it actually played out? Or were you just as surprised as I was?

What were your overall thoughts on the novel? Let me know in the comments!


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