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.


Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble 


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.

Purchase: Amazon





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.


Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble | CBD



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.

Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble



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.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wings of the Wind by @connicossette Book #Review

Synopsis:
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble | CBDParable  

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

Alana thought she had lost everything she had and decided to exact revenge on the Hebrews that took the lives of her brothers and father.  Instead she gets injured in the battle and forced to wed the Hebrew that rescued her to insure her safety.  But when she begins to have unexpected feelings toward her captor and decides to stay, she uncovers the truth about the death of Tobiah's best friend and her life is forever changed.

I loved how this story tied in with the Old Testament story where the Hebrews were at the end of the forty years of wandering in the desert and the collapse of the walls of Jericho.  This story was so rich in history and truly depicts what Jesus constantly teaches us; God has a plan and purpose for everything that happens to us.  We're just unable to see the big picture when events take an unexpected turn.

About the Author:
Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There is not much she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Haven of Swans by @colleencoble Book #Review

Synopsis:
A beautiful woman stands by the side of the road, barefoot and bleeding, a child in her arms. Someone just tried to kill her, but she wouldn't recognize him if she saw his face. She doesn't even remember her own name.

A suburban cop surveys a kitchen in disarray—a woman and child missing, a chilling note. This crime scene is unlike any he has ever seen.

The man who calls himself Gideon waits and plans. He sees himself as a destroyer of evil, one who rids the world of abominations. He has already killed five. He will kill again.

And somewhere in the wilderness, in a secret geocache near where the wild swans gather, lies the unspeakable clue that links them all together.

Michigan's rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula is the setting for this absorbing tale of love and loss, beauty and terror, grievous sins and second chances. A deftly woven thriller from the bestselling author of the Rock Harbor novels.

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

Elena Cox is found barefoot and cold walking on the side of the road with her baby girl. She has bruises, a stab wound, and no memory. Bree Matthews is determined to help her get back on her feet and get her memory back. Other than her name she remembers nothing but has immense fear that the attacker has followed her to Rock Harbor.

Then there's Gideon, his quest is rid the world of evil. He's taken to leaving bodies at geocaching sites, with messages about their sins. He's got his eye on Elena, he needs retribution for her past sin.

Colleen Coble has written a wonderful mystery. There is so much depth to the story, I just could not put it down. It kept me guessing until the very end. I was screaming “oh my gosh!”. I also loved the sweet romance that grew throughout the novel.

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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Thursday, April 27, 2017

When Will You Be Home Book #Review by @AuthorGVD

Synopsis:
Paige Scott believed that moving back to Philadelphia was the right move. She needed to tie up the frayed ends of her past and recreate a life for herself, independent of the support of others. She swiftly learns that this may have been a terrible mistake, as she becomes mired in past relationships.

Polly, Olivia and Lucien, best friends since college, are finding their current situations unstable and their futures uncertain as each inch toward their own difficult crossroads. Polly yearns to have a family, but is caught up with the handsome and unavailable Lucien, while also caring for a friend who is mentally unstable after enduring terrible tragedy. Olivia flees her unhappy marriage to contemplate divorce in her aunt's home in Key West, and finds herself unwinding her tightly repressed life in the arms of a younger man. Lucien hires Paige, a lost love from his past, causing Polly further distress.

As their lives entwine, all must learn that life is bittersweet, and finding your home in the world is about love, not geography... 



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

When Will You Be Home is book two of The Running series.  Paige Scott has returned to Philadelphia to tie up loose ends.  But she quickly realizes that she's more alive now than when she was dumped by her ex husband in a small town, in a sad looking fixer upper. As she begins working for her ex boyfriend Lucien, she begins feeling the suffocation from her past life pressing in and questions what she really wants.  Meanwhile, Polly has a  bizarre relationship with Lucien, bringing forth a searing jealousy when Paige reappears.  Olivia, Polly's BFF, has run away from her marriage and insufferable lifestyle to the beaches of Key West.  Will these three women figure out what they want and what is important to them?

I loved the continuation! It made me feel like I was revisiting old friends. I can't wait for the next book to find out where everyone happens to end up.  This was a great read with even a few budding romances.

About the Author:
I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I went to boarding school in Maine, college in Boston, NYC, then back to Philadelphia, where I have been ever since. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. Creative writing major in College, I have been working on novels over the years, but haven’t finished anything until now. Like Mitt Romney has binders full of women, I have binders full of unfinished novels. Resides in Philadelphia with husband, 7yr old daughter, a cat, several fish and a one-eyed dog.
Running Against Traffic is my first novel.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LOLA by @mscrivnerlove Book #Review

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.

Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


My Review:
Lola belonged to a gang in South Central Los Angeles.  Everyone thought that she was just a member, but the reality of it  is that she leads them. Because of society's way of thinking, it's assumed that her lover Garcia is the leader.

Then there's little Lucy. Her mother is a drug addict and Lola is determined that Lucy doesn't end up like her and has a better life than she ever did.

This was a fantastic book with a strong female lead. There's tons of action and twists to keep you riveted. Melissa Scrivner Love has written a wonderful novel everyone will enjoy. 


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

About the Author:

MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by @MeganLMiranda Book #Review

Synopsis:
In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a “fiendishly plotted thriller” (Publishers Weekly)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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

Leah thought that she knew everything about her friend Emmi.  They both desperately needed a fresh start and chose a small town to do so. Suddenly a young woman is found assaulted and the woman looks remarkably like Leah.  Added to that Emmi has not been home in days  and Leah suspects foul play.  With the help of a newly transferred detective she uncovers much more than she bargained for. 


I absolutely loved this book! The story is scarily plausible and kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.   It was so suspenseful that it had me intrigued and I was drawn in from the very beginning. This is an amazing novel that every mystery lover will enjoy.  

About the Author:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults, including FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
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