Mini Reviews: The House in the Cerulean Sea, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

I find most of the audiobooks I’ve been listening to tend to get put under mini reviews because it’s more difficult for me to annotate something while I multitask. That said! I’ve had a fair share of my favorite reads so far coming from audiobooks, and only a small part of it is how well it’s been narrated. The other part is mostly due to the fact that the story itself is riveting, and I’ve certainly gotten invested.

That seems to be the case of these two books, which I highly recommend!

The House in the Cerulean Sea reminded me somewhat of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, only more focused on the well-being of the actual orphanage itself and less convoluted in its plot. I really liked this book because more than anything, it was a character study of the children, the orphanage’s caretaker Arthur Parnassus, and the social worker investigating the goings on of Marsyas Island Orphanage. Also, it brought about a lot of hope and nods towards tolerance.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder definitely gave me One of Us is Lying vibes, and the dramatization of the audiobook was spectacular! Different voices were brought in for interview portions, and like Pippa, I had a running list of suspects and continued to go back and forth between a number of them to figure out the murderer. There is a twist, though! Also, trigger warning for animal death and mentions of rape.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

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