The Sun is Also A Star

“The universe stops and waits for us.” -The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Author: Nicola Yoon

(4.08 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Fiction / YA / Romance

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: November 1, 2016, by Delacorte Press (Hardcover)

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

#TheSunIsAlsoAStar #NicolaYoon

Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.

Romance. Yuck! OK, now that I got that out of my system, I LOVED this book. How is that even possible? How is it that a sardonic old cynic like myself can go gaga over a book that is entirely about two kids falling head over heels in love with each other? The answer is simpler than you think, but let’s read the book blurb together first…

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

No obstacles in the way, please. No one needs to get bruised up falling in love. I just want to fall the way everybody else gets to.

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon is a book that I originally included in my March Movie Madness challenge. I wanted to read the book then watch the movie and compare the two.

Then, in only a matter of days, the world changed.

With all the upheaval from jobs and schools, I was more than a little distracted. Instead of having more reading time, I actually find that I now have less. Instead, I am spending most of my time entertaining an 11 year old girl who is substituting me for all of her very talkative friends.

OK, so I didn’t finish this book during my March challenge, but I still really wanted to read it and watch the movie (the movie is still pending). I really surprised myself with how much I actually liked to read about these two people finding each other in such a random – or not? – way.

We’re meant to walk through this world together. I see it in her eyes. We are meant to be.

So how did Nicola Yoon manage to tug at my heart strings with this entirely cute book? Like I said before, the answer is easy: she included a character with whom I identify. Natasha isn’t a starry-eyed romantic. She believes in science and rules and facts. She doesn’t have a use for love or romance and, amazingly, she finds both. Yes, Natasha is a fictional character, but doggone it, I like to think that if her heart can be turned from the “darkside”, then there is hope for the rest of us!

The poetic heart is not to be trusted with long-term decision-making.

Give me a book like this any day – short chapters that let you travel through the story at breakneck speed or as leisurely as you’d like. And each chapter another insight into who these people are that we’re following all over NYC. I loved getting to know their families, those other motivations for the people that want to have some influence over them. Those other opinions and actions definitely make a difference to our main character and to the outcome of their stories.

In the end, this is more than a love story. It’s a story about fate and circumstance, about timing and how the decisions that others make have lasting effects on our own lives, time and time again. There is probability, there is chance, and there is a certain science behind the chemistry between two people and the possibility that they will be together forever. One can always hope.

The Sun is Also a Star Book Playlist:

  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1st trip to USCIS bldg / Natasha)
  • Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind (Daniel at home)
  • Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry (Natasha at home)
  • Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike (Record Store)
  • Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter (Coffee shop)
  • Abba – Take a Chance on Me (Norebang karaoke / Daniel)
  • Soundgarden – Fell on Black Days (Norebang karaoke / Natasha)

Ready Player One Movie Trailer

Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and lives in Los Angeles with her family. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you van fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. -Bio adapted from book cover


March Movie Madness Wrap-Up

A short wrap-up of my month that March Movie Madness.

Before writing this post today, I went back and read my March 2 post where I began the March Movie Madness challenge. I couldn’t have even imagined on that day that the world would change as massively as it has in less than a month.

I mean, I read about crazy things happening all the time in books, but – as realistic as they may be – I never truly imagined that my reality would ever really resemble any of those events I have read about. Same?

So, in light of all of our new life adjustments complete with a cadre of new buzzwords and social limitations, reading still seems to be a perfect escape from all the chaos and uncertainty.

I found comfort through literature, I loved getting lost in things as marvelous and as wonderful as books. 

I am one of those people who is fortunate enough to be able to work from home during this time of quarantine. That’s what I have been doing for the past two weeks while my daughter does her schoolwork in the room right next to me every day. We’ve been sheltering in place and coming up with a billion ways to keep cabin fever (and any other fever) at bay. All that to say that I’ve been fitting reading in where I can, but it hasn’t been my top priority recently.

I did, however, read three of the four books I originally lined up for myself for this month:

These were great choices for me. Engaging characters, compelling stories, and satisfying development that kept me absorbed until the last pages. I will still read the fourth book that I planned to include in this movie: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, but until I do, I want to share some of the reviews I’ve been reading about both the book and the movie.

  • Within the first 20 pages of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, I knew I was reading something special, and within the first 50, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite books of 2016. -Sabaa Tahir / Goodreads
  • This is a book about how the smallest gestures can form the biggest pictures, how the smallest actions can change the course of a life. How seeing a girl can change your life. -Elise (TheBookishActress) / Goodreads
  • So this book isn’t entirely realistic. Too many coincidences. But what it is is SUPER cute. -Lola / Goodreads

  • These kids’ heads are in the stars. The movie, however, largely prefers to keep its feet on the ground. -David Fear / Rolling Stone
  • Romance fans comfortable with suspending disbelief will find Shahidi and Melton luminous enough to make this uniquely New York City love story a sweet diversion. -Sandie Angulo Chen / Common Sense Media
  • The film manages to sell this madness, aided by the convincing visual flair of cinematographer Autumn Durald, whose birds-eye views of Manhattan convey the delirium of young love. -Pat Padua / Washington Post

As I close out today’s post, I hope you and your families are staying safe and that you have everything you need to be comfortable and entertained while staying inside – including a gigantic stack of books to be read!


Ready Player One

“In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was guaranteed.” -Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Author: Ernest Cline

(4.27 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Fiction / YA / Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: August 16, 2011, by Crown Publishers (Hardcover)

Pages: 374 (Paperback)

#ReadyPlayerOne #ErnestCline

You were born at a pretty crappy time in history. And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out.

I remember the 80s fondly. Banana clips and plastic sandals (“jellies”) made up my everyday existence, as did Cabbage Patch Kids, Chic jeans, and neon. Hey, don’t knock it – those were great times! We could actually go outside and play, we didn’t have to wear seat belts in the car, and we still had Michael Jackson – the Beat It version (love ya, Mike!).

Ernest Cline kicks us back to the 80s – my beloved era – by way of the year 2044. I know that doesn’t sound right, but it’ll all make sense in a sec…

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 

If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away…

My March Movie Madness series continues this week with Ready Player One, which seems kind of perfect in that it’s about gaming, and one of my favorite Nintendo games got a reboot that released this past Friday. Shout out to all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons players! But I am about as far from a true “gamer” as one can get; however, I do recognize the breed.

When Ready Player One hit theaters, I wasn’t initially aware of all the intense controversy surrounding it. Book purists were incensed by the departures and liberties taken for the sake of big screen audiences. I can relate to that for the most part. I know what it’s like to love a story and then to be disappointed when it’s depicted differently on screen than you imagined. Taking a book from page to screen is always bound to disappoint somebody.

These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one: READY PLAYER ONE.

Things I appreciated about the book have mostly to do with the nostalgia it made me feel. As we discussed, the book is set in a dystopian future, but tech genius, James Halliday, was a child of the 80s and completely obsessed with that era. Therefore, we’ve got 80s pop culture references to beat the band all throughout this story. Catch them all, if you can.

Even though people of a certain age – me included – will easily recognize and translate these references in Cline’s book, sometimes pop culture references actually work better on screen for a wider audience. Who can deny that describing a Delorean decked out with a Flux Capacitor is way clunkier than just putting a shiny one on the screen in the middle of an amazing race scene?!

But, in the end, both mediums persevere because they carry through the primary themes of tenacity, cooperation, and connection while incorporating a challenging quest, zealous bad guys, and an enigmatic love interest. So let the book purists rage, and let the gaming-geeks complain, but there is true adventure in Ready Player One, and I don’t think it should be missed no matter how you choose to take it in.

Ready Player One Movie Trailer

Ernest Cline

Ernest Christy Cline is an American novelist, slam poet, and screenwriter. He is known for his novels Ready Player One and Armada; he also co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. -Bio from Google


New or Old – That Smell is Incredible

Welcome to my book review blog. Thanks for dropping in!

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

–W. Somerset Maugham

Whenever I get a new book, or mooch an old book, or borrow a book from the library, for that matter, I bring it close to my nose… and inhale.

Sometimes the smell is crisp and warm, almost woodsy. Other times it’s ancient and musky, like well-worn furniture. Either way, it’s a great smell. Remember that episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory is showing Anna (future Yale student) around the library and she picks up a book and smells it? Yes, just like that: #bibliosmia.

So now you know I read old books and new – and I love them both equally. So if you’re here to just see reviews on all the hot new releases that everyone else is reading and blogging about, then you’re not in the right place. Sorry.

I do read selective New Releases, but I also have a lot of “Dusty Bookshelf” reads that I am committed to getting through in this upcoming year (I said that last year too), and a lot of books that people have recommended to me that I will finally get around to. The books I read/review won’t always be current, but they’ll always be interesting.

I prefer reading hardcovers or trade-sized paperbacks (there’s nothing like the feel of a book in your hands), but I also read several e-books and listen to a few audiobooks each month, so you’ll likely see reviews for publications in those formats as well.

Occasionally, when she lets me, my daughter and I will read her books together. She’s in 5th grade and has a bookcase full of chapter books that we work our way through whenever she’s not bogged down with school-assigned stories. When our read-along books are especially good, I’ll review those too.

I’ll also occasionally be featuring my favorite authors, book events in Georgia, upcoming new releases, links to free e-book deals, and throwback looks at my favorite childhood reads.

I’m a Goodreads member and belong to several groups there. The book cover pics I post will most often come from Goodreads along with mentions of their overall rating of each book. However, I do not – I repeat, NOT – allow the rating from “the masses” influence my personal opinion of any book I read. Reviews are my own individual thoughts and I am absolutely not receiving any compensation for anything I post here.

As you may have guessed, this is my first foray into blogging so I’m sure I have some kinks to work out. If something isn’t working or posting correctly, just bear with me and I’ll get it worked out. Eventually. ♥



China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians, #2)

Aiyah, these people aren’t just everyday rich with a few hundred million. They are China rich! We’re talking billions and billions.” -China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Author: Kevin Kwan

(3.83 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: May 31, 2016, by Anchor

Pages: 479 (Paperback)

#ChinaRichGirlfriend #KevinKwan #CrazyRichAsians

Beauty fades, but wit will keep you on the invitation lists to all the most exclusive parties.

It is no surprise that I do not come from money. I don’t mind being honest and saying that I wouldn’t know Chanel from Versace from Armani. I might possibly be able to point out a Birkin bag, but only because I’ve seen them on TV – and that’s probably about the closest I’ll ever get to one. Ever.

I loved reading Crazy Rich Asians and I almost equally enjoyed the movie the second time I watched it (the first time I was too caught up in comparisons to really allow myself to enjoy it on its own). Reading China Rich Girlfriend gave me the feeling like I was coming home again, but like someone had renovated and upgraded everything while I was away! Here’s the blurb…

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless oval-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birth father, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.
Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich… they’re China rich.

I don’t understand. How can a credit card ever be rejected? It’s not like it’s a kidney!

March Movie Madness continues for me with China Rich Girlfriend, the less romantic, but equally opulent sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. The book was published back in 2016, but the movie is supposedly in pre-production, scheduled for a 2021 release. With all that’s going on globally now, projected dates may get pushed back a little, but hopefully not too much!

Kevin Kwan is a master at crafting filthily affluent characters that – in any other book – we would despise for being haughty and pretentious. But in this setting, the richer they are, the better. With his hand also in the screenplay, I’m sure the film adaptation will be appropriately representative of all the copious fabulousness that follows these well-heeled Asians from coast to coast.

Behind every fortune lies a great crime.

So Rachel and Nick’s story continues, but somewhat belatedly. Several plot points have to be set in motion before we actually get to them. At first that bothered me, but once the story gets going, I didn’t mind missing them through those first few chapters.

The one story that had me clinging to every page was that of Astrid and Michael. Astrid’s character is so regal and protected. The book could have been 100% about her and we still would have had a great story.
But don’t count that as a complaint about the other characters, because we get more Kitty Pong!

Plus, we also added lots of new faces this time around that will add fresh energy to the movie set as well: Colette Bing, a profusely wealthy social blogger; Bao Gaoling, Rachel’s estranged father; and Carlton Bao, the brother that Rachel never knew she had. I can’t wait to see if the actors chosen for these roles match up with how I see it playing out in my head.

Basically, I love it when a book and movie and can come together in perfect harmony, pleasing both the reader and the movie-goer equally. I have high hopes for this adaptation and can almost count on Kwan not to muck this one up. With several of the CRA cast already agreeing to return, a lot of things would have to go wrong to ruin this story.

Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore, where he attended Anglo-Chinese School in the mornings and spent his afternoons either hiding from his Chinese tutor or chasing after neighborhood dogs on his bike. When he was eleven, he moved to the United States, where the next few years were a blur of trying to survive high school, reading too much F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion, and dreaming of living in New York. -Bio from http://kevinkwanbooks.com/

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, # 2)

“They were just pretending. Until they weren’t.” -P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Author: Jenny Han

(4.13 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Fiction / YA / Romance

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: January 31, 2017, by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Pages: 337 (Paperback)

#PSIStillLoveYou #JennyHan #ToAllTheBoysIveLovedBefore

Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love.

Ahhh, high school. I remember it well. All the teen angst and uncertainty. Does he like me? Do I like him? Does he like her more than me? Do we have a pop quiz in Algebra today? All of these were very scary prospects in 11th grade. Lara Jean Covey can definitely relate to teen angst. Let’s check out the blurb…

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. They were just pretending. Until they weren’t. And now Lara Jean has to learn what it’s like to be in a real relationship and not just a make-believe one. But when another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him suddenly return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? … Lara Jean is about to find out that falling in love is the easy part.

But the act of writing a letter, … it’s far more deliberate. … A letter is something to keep.

Since I’m highlighting stories this month that went from page to screen, P.S. I Still Love You is the perfect book to review today – especially since its highly anticipated Netflix premier was all the rage this past February.

I read the sequel to Lara Jean’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before story and I loved it almost as much as the original. But would I like the movie just as much as the book? Is that always and forever going to be the thing with page-to-screen? Are we always doomed to compare the two and proclaim which one is better? Can we ever just… love them both? <gasp!>

All I can say is, if that boy was my boyfriend, I’d never let him go.

So, the short answer is, yes. Just as I would advise Lara Jean that it is entirely possible to love two guys at the same time, we can definitely love both the book and the movie adaptation the same way. While I absolutely prefer the way the book handles this story, the movie has its own charm which I also really appreciate.

Jenny Han captures the heart of her characters so well. Readers get totally wrapped up in the lives of these teenagers – their loves, their disappointments, and their ability to bounce back from all kinds of craziness. I remember those days! And, just like I felt with To All the Boys…, the final chapter came much too quickly.

I loved this romantic YA novel and – dare I say it? – I’m really looking forward to Always and Forever, Lara Jean… the book AND the movie!

P.S. I Still Love You Movie Trailer

Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the author of bestselling books that have been published in more than thirty languages. A former librarian, Jenny earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. -Bio from http://dearjennyhan.com/

March Movie Madness

So do we love it or hate it when our favorite stories get made into movies? In March, I’ll take a look at some current page-to-screen hits and misses.

Have you ever been in the middle of reading a book and thought, “Wow, this would really make a great movie”? If the writing is good enough, I see it playing out in my head just that way. I don’t ever mind seeing a book I loved getting an on-screen treatment IF it is done respectfully and it stays true to the story as I read it (don’t even get me started on Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher again, shameful!).

I’m all for whatever transitions the book properly to a movie.

Gillian Flynn

The best place to start is at the top – with my favorite screen adaptation of all time: The Princess Bride! Of course it’s the best (surprisingly, the movie is better than the book), but let’s get a little more current with some of my other mentions, shall we?

This month’s TBR includes 4 books from my shelves that either have already hit the big or small screen, or will be released in 2020:

  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han was the highly anticipated sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before. When it released on Netflix in February, Bookstagram went insane. Full disclosure, it’s on right now in the background as I’m writing this blog. Oh, John Ambrose… he’s so lame in a cool way <wink>!
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan is another sequel, but this one is from the big screen. I absolutely loved the movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians and I can’t wait for a release date to be, well… released!
  • So I’m a little behind the times on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Sure, it hit the big screen in 2018, but I refused to see it then because I hadn’t read the book yet – even though it was sitting on my shelf then, just as it is now. So now I’m going to remedy that this month.
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon also hit the big screen, but in 2019. I missed it for the same reasons, but not by as big a margin at least!

The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader.

Paulo Coelho

What’s Coming in 2020?

So if you’re not averse to seeing some really good stories hit the screens (big and small), 2020 may just be a good year for you. Here’s what’s coming…

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett gets its modern-day adaptation on April 17th, 2020. I read this many moons ago, but now Colin Firth will add to everything I already know about this classic tale.
  • Jane Austen continues to rule as her classic Emma gets a 2020 big screen adaptation featuring Anya Taylor-Joy. It’s out now, so go get your Austen on.
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London was a grade school favorite for me. It did play like a movie in my head so it’s no surprise that Harrison Ford agreed to the adaptation of this popular novel. Not sure if I’m sold on a CGI Buck, but it’s in theaters now if you want to check it out.
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn has a release date of May 15, 2020, and will star Amy Adams. This book wasn’t one of my favorites, so I can only hope that its screenwriter did it some justice.
  • And because of my all-time biggest celebrity crush, I have to also mention that Frank Herbert’s Dune is getting a 2020 reboot on December 18th. Jason Momoa is set to play Duncan Idaho, and another favorite, Zendaya, also has a role! There’s no official trailer out yet, but here’s what we know about this adaptation so far…

There’s so much more – old and new – that I could mention when it comes to adaptations from page to screen. The ones I’ve listed here don’t even scratch the surface, the list is long. And maybe that’s just proof that the best movies really do come from books.

The Turn of the Key

“I know you don’t know me but you have to help me. I didn’t kill anyone.” -The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Author: Ruth Ware

(3.97 stars – Goodreads rating)

Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Mystery

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: August 6, 2019, by Gallery/Scout Press (Simon Schuster Audio)

Pages: 337 (Hardcover)

#TheTurnoftheKey #RuthWare

People do go mad, you know, if you stop them from sleeping for long enough…

Have you ever gone to a wedding reception, looked over, and marveled at a beautiful, intricately designed, smooth surfaced wedding cake? You know that bakers use fondant to create those ultra-smooth surfaces. Fondant gives cakes a designer look – it says, I am the best of the best. You add a lot when you add fondant to a cake: details, decoration, … cost. Where and I going with this? Let’s read the blurb and I’ll tell you why this book reminds me of fondant…

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

The ghosts wouldn’t like it.

OK, so what does a thriller/mystery have to do with cake icing? Well, fondant cakes are gorgeous, but fondant itself is disgusting. It tastes like sugar glued to plastic. And sometimes it makes the entire piece of cake inedible. Although you eagerly anticipate getting a slice of that beautiful cake, in the end there is only disappointment.

There is a lot to unpack in this book, but only because so much was added to make you think you are getting a great ghost story/psych thriller layered with deception and danger. But in the end, all of that is just a plate full of inedible fondant, and it is disappointing.

Piece by piece, I was being torn apart.

Adapted from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, this book ebbs and flows through the spooky supernatural and the naughty natural to present a tangled mess of a novel with an ambiguous ending that ties readers in knots. Normally a raw finish wouldn’t necessarily be a negative – especially with psych thrillers – but this one had SO many ups and downs throughout, readers deserved a more solid conclusion.

If Ware was attempting to emulate James with her “what the heck happened?” ending, it fell flat. Instead of feeling like a true mystery worthy of reflection, it felt unfinished with a thousand questions unanswered.

I struggled with this review at first – I like Ruth Ware and I never want to give any hard-working author a negative review. But I also understand that I can’t always only post reviews for books I like. So, I’ll embrace this two-star rating today and hope for better next week. I mean, what do I know – you may just like the potty-mouth nanny and the Elincourt’s poisonous progeny. I won’t judge.
However, if you’re looking for a haunted manor/spooked-out governess story, my advice is to stick with the original and read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.


Check out Ruth Ware’s Turn of the Key web page for some extras that are actually more interesting than the book!

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her debut thriller. -bio from Goodreads