Monday, October 15, 2018

The Forbidden Door by @deankoontz Book Review


Synopsis: 
When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.
“We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.”
She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.
But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now.
As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door. 
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My Review:

The Forbidden Door is book 3 of the Jane Hawk series.  This novel was a rather quick read as we see young Travis depend on Cornell, as he gets comfortable with Travis enough to divulge his family history and why he's alone.  We see everyone around Borrego Valley get implants and they struggle to find Travis' grandparents.  Jane has a plan to get Travis to safety before the Arcadians find him.  Let's hope she does before it's too late.



About the Author:
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Field of Bones by @JAJance #Book #Review

Synopsis:
Sheriff Joanna Brady’s best intentions to stay on maternity leave take a hit when a serial homicide case rocks Cochise County, dragging her into a far-reaching investigation to bring down a relentless killer in this chilling tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

Filled with the beloved characters, small town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady series perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J. A. Jance’s legion of fans.
 
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My Review:
 A teenage boy caught with a human skull found in a clearing is the introduction to another intriguing mystery in the Joanna Brady series.  This time Sheriff Brady is on maternity leave and as she juggles life and assists her temporary Sheriff with the case, she begins to realize that she misses investigating.  As they close in on the killer, he makes one huge mistake that changes his fate forever.

This was an exciting mystery that had me looking behind my back!  I cheered along with the officers when they made a break in the case.  It's an action packed crime mystery everyone will love.

About the Author:
Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Best Life Together Book Review

Synopsis:

Whether you've been married a few months or decades, couples need regular, quiet moments together to renew their love and commitment to each other and to God.

In OUR BEST LIFE TOGETHER, Joel and Victoria Osteen want to encourage you in your marriage and remind you that God brought you together to help each other succeed and to become all He created you to be. There's no better way to experience the fulfilling marriage God intends for you than to set aside a devotional time together each day and set your minds in the right direction for a positive, happy, faith-filled marriage. When you live together in unity, you honor God and open the door for His blessings to flow into every area of your life. If you will do your part, God will do His part, and you can live in love!

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My Review: 

As a newly engaged couple, I started this bible study with an extremely open mind.  I also invited my fiancé to set aside a time when we could read it together.  To my surprise, he agreed and was shocked by how much we both learned by taking a little time every day in devotion.  Thanks to Joel and Victoria we have learned to be the people that the Bible says that we are.  To be the strength in each others weakness and that alone has brought us closer together.  You would be surprised how much more in love we've become and how much more we appreciate each other.  This is a fantastic book for busy couples, each day is short yet in depth enough to give us something to think on during our day.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by @pcalhenry #Book #Review

Synopsis:
In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

“Patti Callahan’s prose reads like poetry as she deftly unearths a lost love story that begs to be remembered and retold. I was swept along, filled with hope, and entirely beguiled, not only by the life lived behind the veil of C.S. Lewis’s books but also by the woman who won his heart. A literary treasure from first page to last.” – Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

"In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan Henry breathes wondrous fresh life into one of the greatest literary love stories of all time: the unlikely romance between English writer C.S. Lewis and the much younger American divorcee, Joy Davidman. Callahan chronicles their complex and unconventional relationship with a sure voice, deep insight into character and eye for period detail. The result is a deeply moving story about love and loss that is transformative and magical." -- Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

“Patti Callahan has written my favorite book of the year. Becoming Mrs. Lewis deftly explores the life and work of Joy Davidman, a bold and brilliant woman who is long overdue her time in the spotlight. Carefully researched. Beautifully written. Deeply romantic. Fiercely intelligent. It is both a meditation on marriage and a whopping grand adventure. Touching, tender, and triumphant, this is a love story for the ages.” – Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia
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My Review:
Joy had recently found God amidst the trials in her marriage.  She'd tried to be a perfect wife to Bill but it caused her to neglect her writing.  But she had some questions regarding Christianity, so after reading an article, decided to write a letter to C.S. Lewis in England.  Who would have thought that would start an amazing friendship.

Wow! What a beautiful story of a friendship blossoming into love.  It teaches that in order to find love, you must first love God, then yourself.  The miraculous healing was also an amazing story of faith.  This novel was brilliantly written, and really touches one's heart.


About the Author:
Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work, and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wrong Light #Book #Review by @coylem


Synopsis:

Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code.

Naomi Hendrix's sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn't the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking Naomi, hiding in the shadows of the night, waiting for the right moment to snatch her and fulfill a twisted fantasy.

When Naomi's radio station hires PI Rick Cahill to protect Naomi and track down the stalker, he discovers that Naomi is hiding secrets about her past that could help unmask the man. However, before Rick can extract the truth from Naomi, he is thrust into a missing person's case--an abduction he may have unwittingly caused. The investigating detective questions Rick's motives for getting involved and pressures him to stop meddling.

While Rick pursues Naomi's stalker and battles the police, evil ricochets from his own past and embroils Rick in a race to find the truth about an old nemesis. Is settling the score worth losing everything?



My Review:
Naomi Hendrix, known only as the sultry voice every lonely man listens to late at night, until... someone begins leaving threatening love letters and a promise of a union.

Rick Cahill is hired for her security, meanwhile juggling dangerous people from his past.  Somehow he must do both and quickly before more people die.

I love dark thrillers and this certainly did not disappoint.  The chemistry between Rick and Naomi was steamy and their attraction happened a bit too fast to actually be believable.  That was the only flaw I found with the flow of the book.  The suspense kept my interest right up to the very end.  I loved that there were two stories in one, that was extremely exciting.



About the Author:
Best-selling author Matt Coyle is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, and the San Diego Book Award. Matt has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. Dark Fissures is the third in his Rick Cahill crime series, following Yesterday's Echo and Night tremors . Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus. 


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

#TheCrookedStaircase by @deankoontz #Book #Review



Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime, in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.  
“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”
 
Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern Southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.


My Review:

Jane Hawk is back again and still out for revenge for the death of her husband.  As she climbs higher up the totem to stop them from creating their version of utopia, she begins to wonder how much further she must go.


Simon Yegg  is a rich and powerful man.  He will do anything for his brother, and doesn't ask questions.  When Jane appears, he tries to outsmart her and sets up a signal to let his brother Booth Hendrickson know that Jane is with him.  But when Jane encounters Booth, could she have met her match.

Jessie and Gavin Washington have sworn to keep Travis Hawk safe.  They feel that this is their part in this war.

There are many changes in this book that had me thinking it was insanely riveting.  There's nonstop excitement that will leave you at the edge of your seat, anticipating the arrival of book four. 😍


Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names
Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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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.