Friday, July 20, 2018

Paradox #Book #Review

With unparalleled suspense and her trademark explosive twists, #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the terrifying mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this next installment of her riveting FBI series. When he fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must find him before he continues with his ‘kill’ list.

Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnesses a murder at dawn from the deck of her cottage on Lake Massey. When dragging the lake, not only do the divers find the murder victim, they also discover dozens of bones. Even more shocking is the identification of a unique belt buckle found among the bones. Working together with Chief Christie, Savich and Sherlock soon discover a frightening connection between the bones and the escaped psychopath.


Paradox is a chilling mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old secrets that refuse to stay buried, and ruthless greed that keep Savich and Sherlock and Chief Ty Christie working at high speed to uncover the truth before their own bones end up at the bottom on the lake.

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My Review:
Sherlock and Savich's five year old son is almost kidnapped by escaped convict Victor Nesser.  He's hell bent on revenge for the deaths of his love, Lissy Smiley and her mother Jennifer.  While searching for the body of his lawyer, Chief Christie realizes that their lake has been used as serial killer's dumping ground.  The quaint little town has been turned upside down.

Catherine Coulter has produced another heart pounding, spellbinding thriller.  It's very engrossing from the very beginning with so many nail biter moments that you'll be in awe.


Catherine Coulter is the author of 80 novels, including 75 New York Times bestsellers, occasionally, after exhaustive prayers, hitting #1. She earned her reputation writing historical romances to pass the time while aboard the ark. She added suspense thrillers to her repertoire – with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling “FBI Suspense Thriller Series” spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold well over 3 million copies. Since then she’s written 20 more bestselling thrillers in the series, including The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tailspin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play, Nemesis , and Insidious. Her 21st FBI thriller Enigma will be out in all formats in September 2017. Coulter is also writing a new suspense thriller series – A Brit in the FBI – co-writing with bestselling author JT Ellison. The 4th book in this action-packed series, The Devil’s Triangle, will be out in paperback August 29, 2017.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Beautiful Bad Book Review


In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry... That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian's romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, charlie; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.
 



My Review:

Maddie was working as travel writer and it seemed as if she was never working very far from her best friend Jo.  During most of the book you are given the impression that Maddie was a sweet innocent and inexperienced young woman.  Jo, on the other hand seemed to be a wild child but a very good friend to Maddie.  I didn't think Ian and Maddie would ever get together, but when they finally did she used his PTSD against him.

This book had me captivated from the first page.  It had so many twists, I couldn't believe what I was reading.  This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year.


Friday, June 29, 2018

The Outsider #BookReview

Synopsis: An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.


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My Review:
Terry Maitland, husband, father of two, English teacher and little league coach.  He's loved by this little community until tragedy strikes.  He has a solid alibi but there's proof he's at both places at the same time.  As they investigate further, other duplicates murder with solid alibis.  What in the world is going on?

To be honest, I was skeptical about this novel at first.  I thought it would be like It.  There's very little similarities but once you're drawn into the book, you won't be able to put it down.    Yes! It's that great!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Threads of Suspicion #Book #Review

Synopsis: 
Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.  
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

This was a fantastic mystery novel.  There were two cases to solve, and even with all of that, Dee Henderson managed to add a little romance into the mix.  As Evie struggled with whether or not to accept Rob's proposal, she realizes things about herself that she needed to face.  What a great example of trusting God to guide your life.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Lying Game by @ruthwarewriter #BookReview

Synopsis:

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

And how much can you really trust your friends?
 

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Lying Game is a fantastic example of what happens when lies get out of control.  They have been best friends and even though the years have passed, Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea are as close as ever.  They each had there own secrets, but Kate's secret could possibly destroy them all.  Will their friendship be able to survive the truth?

This was a very entertaining mystery.  It had so many twists, that I was completely engrossed until the very end.  The ending threw me for a loop, I didn't see it coming.  An absolutely great novel, The Lying Game is one  everyone should read.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I Know a Secret by @tessgerritsen #BookReview

Synopsis:
In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo—featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles—are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer.

The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.


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My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

I Know a Secret is book twelve of the Rizzoli & Isles series. In this portion, Angela and Frank Sr. have reconciled after he ran off with another woman and she threw him out.  What was she thinking, seriously???  Jane and Gabriel are happily raising little Regina.  Meanwhile, Frank Jr. is preparing to take the FBI exam and has the misguided idea that because his brother in law is an agent, he's definitely in.  Maura Isles is still trying to break ties with her biological mother.  She's currently in prison dying of cancer and insists that Maura is no different than her biological family of murderers.


All of this is the backdrop to the mysterious deaths of the former children that accused the owners of The Apple Tree Daycare Center of child molestation and devil worship.  Now Maura and Jane must uncover the truth, find out what really happened to Lizzie all those years ago,and find the killer before the final victim dies.  There's only one person that knows the truth and she intends to take this knowledge to the grave.

I don't know how Tess Gerritsen does it, there is little story lines in the background that are so detailed that it feels like you're in each character's living room.  The mystery was so intense, I wasn't able to solve it and was in complete shock when the murderer was revealed.  That is something that rarely ever happens and the reason I found this novel so extremely enjoyable.


About the Author:


Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.
 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Two Nights by @KathyReichs #BookReview




Synopsis:
Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found? It's time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Sunday Night lived a rather reclusive life. That is, until her adopted father contacts her with a missing persons case. A mother and her two kids were visiting a Jewish synagogue when an explosion killed the mother and son. The teenage daughter disappeared and now her wealthy grandmother will spare no expense to find her. Will Sunday be able to find her? Why does she feel a connection to this young girl?  Will saving this teen help her save herself. 

This was a fantastic psychological mystery, Kathy Reich has written another brilliant novel. It was filled with nonstop action and the story draws you in and keeps you riveted right up to the very end.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Egypt's Sister by @angiehunt #BookReview

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.


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My Review:
Angela Hunt has begun a wonderful new Christian series with Egypt's Sister, the story of Cleopatra.  No one had heard from God in four hundred years, yet the Jews were forever faithful servants.

This story was so filled with descriptions that you could picture each and every scene with amazing detail.  The characters were realistic and believable.  The story increased my faith and I'm sure it will yours.


About the Author:
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their thirties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls by @colleencoble Book #Review

Synopsis:
USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble returns to her beloved Rock Harbor—but both danger and romance hide in this idyllic small town.

Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff's dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.

Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams "He's going to kill me too" before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it's too late. Allyson's death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn't believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?

Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson's cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana's ex-fiance locates her, she's caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another. 




My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Once again we are reunited with the wonderful people of Rock Harbor.  This time, Bree's old friend Dana has moved back home to Rock Harbor to escape her abusive husband.  The entire town rallies to protect her. But when her friend Allyson, an investigative reporter, is murdered.  She begins to wonder if Allyson got too close to the truth.  With the help of her new friend Boone, she uncovers crazy dark family secrets.

This book took me completely by surprise.  I thought it would be a simple romance with a predictable mystery. Do not be misled! This is a Christian novel with an intense mystery that will make your head spin.  If you love mysteries, this book is for you. 


About the Author:
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

City of Miracles by @robertjbennett Book #Review

Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And perhaps most daunting of all finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

City of Miracles is book 3 of the Divine Cities series.  I didn't get the opportunity to read books 1 and 2, so it took me a little while to understand exactly what was going on.  However, once I did, holy cow! Robert J. Bennett has written an epic fantasy series.  He has a new fan of his writings and I cannot wait to read more of his work.