Friday, July 21, 2017

"Girl in Snow" by Danya Kukafka






For the first time in three and a half years, Cameron started to cry. The tears were hot on his cheeks. They dripped onto the portrait, creating lakes where there had been only paper. Because Cameron could only do such realistic portraits of things he had seen. Lucinda dead on the carousel was one of them."....


This mystery thriller starts with the death of fifteen year old Lucinda. Found lying on the play ground, covered by a layer of snow. This small Colorado town is about to become hot with gossip. Lucinda was a shining star, why would someone want her dead?

The narrowed suspect range from stalker, Cameron Whitley, to Jade Dixon-Burns, a jealous girl. Is one of them guilty, or are they looking in the wrong direction? 

Investigating officer, Russ Fletcher, is the ex partner of the father of one of the suspects. Why is Cameron a suspect? What will Russ uncover, and will he tells what he knows, or protect Cameron as a favor to Cameron's father? 

Told from each characters perspective. As the story goes, you learn of their secrets and ultimately what happened to Lucinda. A definite page turner. I loved these well written characters. I couldn't wait to find out what they were hiding. Let's say each of them held big secrets. 

Thank you Danya Kukafka, Netgalley, and Simon & Schuster Publishing.



"Not So Sweet Maria" (Sisters by Marriage Book 1) by Jessica Spencer

                                                                                                 



"She had only one dream. She would go to America, buy back the plantation, and try to run it. If she failed, she would go to France and make bonnets. She wanted to earn her own money. She was six months short of being twenty-one and in her fourth season. If the "ton" did not know about the proposals she received, they would have pitied her, or mocked her for not snagging a husband. 


After the death of her parents, Mary is sent back to England. Only 6 years old, she is now in the care of her grandmother, a duchess. Now, she will be renamed Lady Maria. What will life have in store for this child? The year is 1793. 

As Lady Maria grew, she became known as "Sweet Maria." Her suitors were many, both rich and in pursuit of marriage. Although her background was slightly riddled with gossip. Her father had married an American woman of all things. Scandalous to those around her. Still she was sought after by many men, continually turning them away. 

A independent and unique woman of her time. The story is flowing with descriptive words and places. Her man, if there will be one, will be her choosing, not one who has been chosen for her. 

Maria has plans for her life. One that includes going back to America to regain ownership of her late parents property. Will she make it? Will she find a suitable husband? Will she be the center of yet more scandal? I don't think she cares if she is. I enjoyed the suspense caused by Maria's desire to protect herself. 

This is so far out of my typical crime, detective genre. Every once in awhile I make friends with authors, (G.R. is an example, though I prefer not to mention them all outright), that intrigue me. It's a wonderful change of pace for me. This story is proof of that foray into the unknown for me. I don't believe I've ever read what is considered a "Regency Romance." 

Life is meant to learn new things, both small and big. I've found a way to do that through reading. Being open to different genres broadens your view of the world. Reading this story is a wonderful example of that view. A world you know nothing about. Open the door, or in this case, the book, and take a peak inside another world. 

Thank you Jessica Spencer.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"The Redemption of Charlie McCoy" by C.D. Wilsher

                                                                                                                                          


"As he mounts the stairs, he thinks about what Amy said. I'll never forgive you. He's not surprised. Any closeness he felt was a figment of his imagination brought on by being in proximity to her for two days. They were strangers. Any shot he he had for a relationship with Amy disappeared when he was sent to the joint all those years ago. You don't get second chances in life. Hell, you get damned few first chances.".......


Charlie finds himself in a rather sticky situation. Set up as a fall guy for a burglary, he finds a way out with a little insurance for good measure. He's got some information on some corrupt locals, who'd probably like to see him dead. Charlie owes some people, who want their money yesterday, making it easier to lure him in. 

Charlie McCoy also has a daughter, Amy, and an ex wife. Unexpectedly he finds he's going to have to be more of a full time parent. Amy is young, and in the dark about her fathers past. She asks a lot of questions, much to Charlie's annoyance. If anyone is going to change Charlie's life of recklessness it could only be Amy. 


Lots of action, decisions to be made. A new relationship builds between father and daughter. Overall a great story. Can Charlie turn this mess around? The bad guys aren't just going to go away. Some of the bad guys are hiding behind a badge. Who ever wanted him dead is hot on his trail. What will he do with the incriminating evidence? Can he protect Amy? 

I enjoyed reading the changes these characters brought out in each other as the story progresses. There were times I did not like Charlie at all. Poor Amy, not a chance to understand her father before she was dumped on him. It's not just a tale of a criminal and his exploits, but of family, and the lengths he'd go to protect his child. Can he keep them both alive?

Thank you Chris Wilsher



Monday, July 3, 2017

"Retaking Pervaiske" The Army of Orphans Book Two by F. B. Veneziano


                                                                                             




"We all had our stories, Anton and I, along with our older sister, Irina, were given to the state by our father, an abusive drunk, and declared social orphans. Irina ran away with her boyfriend, Paul Orlik, while Anton and I were sent to a skolainternat, a boarding school for orphans. Dmitry and Liza came home from school one day and found an empty house. They had been abandoned. Misha'a parents were killed in a bus crash. Natalia's mother left at the hospital when she was born. And little Anna went shopping with her mother one day. She was told to wait next to the bread while her mother picked up a few things. Her mother never came back."


It's the year 2048, 3 years since Anton, Irina, and Alex were first left in the orphanage. Picking up where the first book "Army of Orphans" left off, we find the kids living on their own. They've left the orphanage and are in hiding. 

They are helping people escape the oppressive state in which they live, Pervaiske, Ekrunia in Eastern Europe. Now they are known as the "Army of Orphans." With other children and the help of resistance fighters, they are trying to help others escape. It's been 30 years since the rebellion first began. Can Pervaiske ever be returned to its once peaceful state? 

I was glad to revisit Alex and his siblings. I wanted to know if they'd found a home or peace for that matter. Right off in the first chapter there is a life altering event for the three. 

Working with adults in a resistance group, it's a way of someone looking out for them, and at the same time using them for dangerous missions. It's getting more dangerous when the next mission involves weapons being held by the government. With family involved, the orphans take on some scary missions. 

The story is fast paced and engrossing. Plenty of action. You can't help but root for these children, and at the same time want some one to swoop in and save them all. 

There are real orphans in European countries who live like this, or something similar to the survivalist existence. I can't imagine any country ignoring the plight of these children. How does one overlook such a thing? The casualties of war torn countries. 

While this could be read as a stand alone, you really would benefit to read the the first book in this series, "The Army of Orphans: The Beginning." It is a trilogy, so there will be another book to follow. Looking forward to another story by this author. The ending will leave you wanting more!


Thank you F. B. Veneziano 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Mine" by A. N. Senerella

                                                                             


                                  Expected publication is June 21, 2017

Foster is new at school. Anika seems to be his immediate interest. Anika would rather lie and say she's dating someone she despises, Brady, then give Foster the time of day. 

Not only is Brady willing to be her pretend boyfriend, but she got her two friends, Sierra and Mitchell, watching her back. Foster is watching everything else. 

Foster is a little cryptic, and a little bit on the stalker side. Will he win Anika over? Maybe Anika will find herself interested in someone she hadn't considered before.

The story was told from Anika's side and then Fosters. His side was way more serious. There became a creepy undertone as it went. Brady gave his version, along with Anika's friends. It was interesting to see their take on the situation as well. 

This young adult story was a fun and entertaining read. The authors sense of humor had me right from the start. It's was a nice change of pace from my regular crime and detective books. 

Thank you A.N. Senerella and Inkitt Publishing. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Forbidden Beginnings" Jacqueline's Tragedy by William Rubin


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 "Dad in a lifeless voice replies, "We don't know much right now, son, just that your mother was found badly beaten, lying on the street by the botanical gardens. She's in surgery at Jacobi Medical Center. We're heading there right now.".....

Dr. Chris Ravello is back, with the author giving the back story to what led Chris from surgeon, to a medical detective for the N.Y.P.D. His current story was told in the first book, "Forbidden Birth."

After Chris's mom is savagely beaten, his best friend, Kennedy, a police detective, helps Chris pursue the criminals. Kennedy is also the reason Chris is led to the job. Chris suffers from a medical condition that threatens his own health. Support of his wife, children, parents, and his best friend, give Chris a life surrounded by those who love and support him.

There is a missing family member that caught my attention. I was hoping that it would play into the story.

Will Chris and Kennedy find the men who beat his mother into a coma? There's a reason they're targeting a certain group of people. Chris and Kennedy have no intention of giving up until it's resolved.

I enjoy these well written, close knit, family of characters. You feel like you've stepped into their circle. Will Jackie recover? It will change Chris's future either way. It was hard to put down. Between the state of Jackie's condition, and Chris trying to find ways to save her, and Kennedy's pursuit of the guilty, it's an engrossing read. Start to finish.

Thank you William Rubin.

Monday, May 29, 2017

"Bad Mommy" by Tarryn Fisher

                                                                                   



"This was my future, this man. I loved him. He was everything I'd wanted when I was young and stupid, but instead settled for George..dull, monotone, silent.. George. He'd been waiting for me, only he didn't know it yet. The two of us carved out of the same block of wood. But, he was coming around. I could see it in his eyes. He used to glow when Jolene walked into the room, now he looked skeptical...bored. I'd be bored with her too."....

Darius and Jolene have a nice life. A nice house. Good jobs, and a beautiful daughter named Mercy. Fig Coxbury has a husband, and a lost child. Fig also has an obsession. Mercy should be hers. Darius should be hers as well. Now to get rid of the "Bad Mommy," and Fig can finally be happy.

We're talking crazy on a whole new level. Believable crazy is what makes this book so wild. I loved it from start to finish. The lengths Fig will go to be Jolene's friend, only to be planning to replace her. Is there anything Fig won't do? I kept expecting that some of this was made up in Fig's mind, only to have the story flip and be told from Darius's side, and then Jolene's. Not everyone is as nice as they seem.

Everyone has secrets and Jolene, Darius and Fig are no exceptions. I wish George would have been more of a character. I almost started to think he wasn't real. Was he or wasn't he? You'll have to read to find out for sure.

The last line of the book just got me. Absolutely loved it. Know any narcissists? You'll recognize them in Fig. The thing with crazy plans, they never really work out the way you think it will. Do they Fig?

"Resurrection America" by Jeff Gunhus

                                                                                            


"Things could have gone in a different direction for him, and Rick knew that. Bertie had taken a chance on him when he'd come back from the war a broken man, and not just because of the arm he was missing. Rumors followed him back into town, hushed conversations of a mission gone wrong in Istanbul. No one knew the details for sure, and no one was about to ask.".....


Sheriff Rick Johnson presides over the small town of "Resurrection, Colorado." First, the local mine has been surrounded and electric fenced. Suspicious that no one has notified the town of the mine being put back in use. Then on a day the town is celebrating a festival, armored vehicles, and men in hazmat suits arrive to quarantine his town. Fear of a deadly virus, has brought them to his door. 

Something suspicious keeps Rick, and his ex Cassie, from buying the official version of what's happening, in town and in the mine. As they discover holes in the "official story," something more sinister is at play. Everyone has been promised a vaccine. In 24 hours everything is supposed to be alright for everyone. Is it all a lie? What really lies beneath this takeover? 

Can Rick save his town? Can Cassie's scientific knowledge lead them out of this? How many lives will be lost? What is really happening in Resurrection? You'll find out that the one person running the show has his own secrets and plans. 

It was an exciting story line, right from the start. It will certainly make you think about the possibilities we could all face. Scary at times, action filled. A few surprises I didn't see coming. 

I enjoyed Rick's character. A former marine, having served in Afghanistan. His toughness, his no nonsense clear thoughts, the kind of guy you want watching over you, if something is threatening your life, and or safety. 

The future is coming. Things we can't even imagine. Overall a thrilling read! 

Thank you Jeff Gunhus







Monday, May 15, 2017

"Dangerous Ends" A Pete Fernandez Mystery by Alex Segura

                                                                                                
                                                         



"Part of being a private detective was accepting that you didn't have all the answers. You might not even after a case is closed. With that knowledge came the acceptance that you had to trust your instinct to guide you down the right path. Pete had felt a shiver of unease as he left the restaurant and Emily. It let him here. The idea of Rick being murdered wasn't the kind of information that would, under normal circumstances, make him rush into action. But something about the news report had stuck in Pete's head, buzzing around like a dream forgotten too soon after waking up."....


This is the third book in this hard boiled detective series. It's also a stand alone, with an interesting, and lots of action, story line. 

Pete Fernandez, P.I., is about to turn his little boring corner of paradise upside down. His partner, Kathy, talks him into taking on a case that nobody else wants to touch. An ex Miami police officer, serving prison time, for the murder of his wife. A murder, his daughter is sure he didn't commit. 

Off shoots of this story, include history of a man who dared to say no to Fidel Castro, causing him to flee to Miami. As you get further into the book, you realize how it relates to Pete. Eventually it relates even further to what he's trying to find out about the ex cop, Varela. 

Is the cop guilty, or was he really innocent all along? Can everyone accept the truth? Lives are in danger, unless Pete and Kathy can move fast enough to protect themselves. How does a drug gang, with ties to Cuba come into play?

Fast paced, and a few well placed surprises. Well written characters. This is always one of my favorite genres. Great story line that pulls you in, takes you for a spin, and tosses you out the other side with all the answers. It also leads you to what could possibly be the next in the series!

Thank you Alex Segura



Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Jeopardy in July" A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman

                                                                                              
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"After we said our good-byes, I sat in front of the dark computer screen lost in thought. How had my dad managed to make me feel so loved and so rejected all in a span of fifteen minutes? I was on an emotional roller coaster that I didn't remember buying tickets for. Here he had the chance to meet his only child, the one he didn't even know he had, and he blew it. The men in my life were stressing me out and I wished I knew what to do about it."........


Attorney Jamie Quinn is back in this fifth book in the "Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery." This story finds her investigating deaths at a local nursing home.

With colorful characters and even more colorful friends, like Duke, can Jamie solve the mystery of what is happening at "La Vida Boca?" She may put herself, and her friends in jeopardy, as she gets closer to the answers. 

New friend, Jessie, is there to give her a hand. I love Duke. He's a one of a kind friend. Jessie is special in her own right. She is providing animal therapy to the nursing home residents, while Jamie is supposed to be providing a legal service to the residents. All is not what it seems. From mysterious deaths to a forged painting, there's a few mysteries to be solved. 

The author has a great sense of humor. Jamie is a great character. It's a nice comfortable kind of book. I really enjoyed it. Some nice surprises. Some endings to some story lines that have been a common thread in the other books. Overall, an entertaining and fun, "who done it" book.


Thank you Barbara Venkataraman

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"The Perfect Stranger" by Megan Miranda

                                                                              
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"Emmy's car was on a flatbed truck now, and a news crew had arrived. Most spectators had left the area, but not all. This was the gritty part, the grisly part. This was the part you didn't report-that turned people away. The truth. The gut-wrenching truth that only we bore witness to."......

Leah and Emmy move to a small town in Pennsylvania. Leah running away from a mistake, and the boyfriend who ratted her out. Emmy leaving a bad relationship. Things start to turn when a girl resembling Leah, is found beaten near her home.

Emmy hasn't returned to pay her share of the rent. The police are asking questions where Leah is teaching at the local school. Everything is not as it seems. You could feel that something isn't quite right undercurrent as soon as you start reading this book.

This mystery, thriller, was a page turner. I had to see where this was going, and find out what happened to Emmy, and if Leah is going to survive the whole thing.

Who beat the girl near the lake? Did they arrest the right guy? Is someone stalking Leah? Will Emmy pay the price for Leah's mistakes? Small towns can be a terrible place to hide your secrets. Someone is always watching.

Does Emmy even exist? Leah is having a hard time with the truth. The detective on the case isn't about to go easy on her. Great ending! I love a book where all the unanswered questions come to light. The kind of story that sticks with you. Characters you'll love or despise. A few surprises along the way. A great read!

Thank you Megan Miranda, Netgalley, and Simon and Schuster Publishing.

     



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mute Desire "The Blast" Book 2 by Chris Lange

                                                                             


"His main task was to discover the identity and the location of people with extraordinary skills. In my last and clearer visions, I realized that stopping him at that point in time created a disaster even worse than the situation you're in now."........

In the second book of the "Blasted" series, we find our four adults and a child still in hiding from the "new world blasted." One has betrayed them.

Kat has found a letter from her past, that will be a guide to their future. Searching for the man who has turned human beings into caveman type behavior, their lives will be forever changed. Who is "Cranium?" Kat and her friends posses special abilities, it's what led them to each other in the first place.

When Cranium gets his hands on Holly. Things will be revealed that the group hadn't understood. Is it true? Or the means to the end Cranium is after?

Holly and Brackens relationship has developed. I felt her virginity and innocence was a little overdone. The theme, and story, was far more interesting than the romantic part of it.

A great cliffhanger. You'll definitely want to read the next in the series.

Thank you Chris Lange

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Gone on Sunday" A Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery Book 1 by Tower Lowe


                                                                            


"Good luck to you and Walker," Cotton Lee said. She'd never really liked Walker, but she didn't want it to show. "We plan to have all the luck in the world." Two Sundays later, Little Mary was dead, beaten to death on her screened in porch, the same way her grandmother, Bead Baker, had been found beaten to death in her kitchen four decades earlier."....


Such an intriguing story line! Cotton Lee's friend is murdered. The year is 1972. The place Homeville, Virginia. There is something that connects her dead friend, Little Mary, to a murder some 40 years before that. Her grandmother, Bead Baker, was murdered in 1932.

Although, what some might called disabled from polio, Cotton is anything but! The story alternates between what happened in 1972 and in 1932. Some things changed over the years and some didn't, including the suspect list.

Cotton is about to uncover some interesting secrets. With a list of suspects, she unravels both stories until they meet in the middle. Can she solve both murders? Is she in danger? Was there one killer of both women? Were others involved? The history and the rumors will need to be sorted. In the end will it make sense, or remain a mystery?

Cotton is tough, not to be dissuaded in any way, and loyal to her friends memory. I loved her character. Unusual murder mystery, different for a change. With a few surprises you don't see coming. I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you Tower Lowe.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"The Sacrifice" by Indrajit Garai

                                                                           
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These are three heart felt stories about what people are willing to do to survive. Some things happen out of their control. It's how they respond that are the heart of these stories.

The first story involve Guillaume, his son, and the hardship they face with the family farm. The losses they face. The change it will bring

The second story is about Matthew, who risks his life to save his favorite tree. Just a child, faced with so many life changing situations. The tree is his sanctuary, until someone decides to remove it.

The third story involves Francois, who makes a choice to save his grandson. Arthur has recently come to him, and Francois takes his new responsibility seriously, with love. So many things need to be done so they can carry on in every day life.

What ties them together is love, the desire to protect their loved ones, and the strength to continue on. While what is considered short stories, 70 pages each, altogether they show what "The Sacrifice" is all about.

Thank you Indrajit Garai

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Auburn Ride" by David Stever

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"I drove in a police cruiser thousands of times over my twenty- year career but last night was the first time I was in the back seat. I have been in the city's main lock up thousands of times but today was the first time I'd seen the view from the inside of a cell looking out. Not fun.".....


Hard edged, former cop turned private detective, Johnny Delarosa, is about to be taken on the ride of his life. An auburn haired woman by the name of Claire, is about to send him on a search for two million dollars.

Tough guy from the first page. A hard boiled detective story, with a storyline to hold onto, and characters to draw you in.

Is Claire on the up and up? Will Johnny be mesmerized by her, or risk it all to do the job she's hired him for? When the search for this money brings the mob into it things get rather dangerous for all involved.

When a girl he rescued becomes his new intern, things get a little dicey for Johnny and Mike. Taking her on might help or hinder them.

Lots of action, interesting situations, a little deceit to go around. Not everyone is going to make it to end. Is the two million for real? Who will get it if Johnny actually finds it?

Great read! Engaging until the last page. Promising series. Look forward to more "Delarosa" cases.

Thank you David Stever.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Molding My Destiny" by Patrice M. Foster


"I didn't realize that your past really sticks with you. You don't just walk through a nice new door and step into a shining opportunity. Even if you slam the door behind you, never glimpse through the keyhole or peek under the door frame, because that little chink of light from your old life still taunts you. Worse, no one tells you that its's a swinging door and that you'll always be able to glimpse the past. Sometimes you may slip back through that door into your old ways because even though you hate that place, it's familiar and strangely comforting.".....


This is the personal story of the author, Patrice Foster. From her childhood, which began in Jamaica and onto a life in America. Neglect, abuse and abandonment. This is how Patrice turned it around after suffering some of the worst things you can imagine.

It's a story of hope for anyone who has struggled with things out of their control, especially childhood trauma. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and eventually Patrice chose that path to the light and a new life.

Well written, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I can't imagine the life she had to accept and how hard she fought to make a new one.

Thank you Patrice for telling your story.



Thursday, February 16, 2017

" A New Normal" by Beverley Hollowed

                                                                                                    


                                                
"Grace wondered when this hurt was going to end. She missed him now more than she ever had. Two years had passed, but sometimes the emptiness inside was almost consuming her. Was it time for her to move on? She didn't know if she could. Some days, Grace didn't know if she could even continue on herself.".......

Grace is living her life, the best she can. She's living it without the love of her life, Adam. She accepts that this is her life alone now. If only her best friend, Brenna, would agree. Brenna is always trying to get her to agree to blind dates. 

Grace has lived the last couple years believing that there would never be a future with another man. Then a photographer named, Kenzie, enters the picture. 

Kenzie is somewhat of a challenge. His easy going life style and ways make it hard for Grace to give into him. Not to mention his age. Fate steps in though and puts them closer. It's up to Grace. Kenzie is smitten from first sight. 

Grief can be a hard obstacle to overcome. Hard to let go, and let someone new into your heart. Can Grace do that? Can she make peace with herself and Adam's death? 

Sweet, sad, heart wrenching. You want Grace to be happy again, but is she her own worst enemy? Kenzie is not Adam and nothing like him. Can she allow herself a "New Normal?" 

Like her other books I've had the pleasure of reading, this one is also captivating. Goes right to your heart. Well written, and characters that you will feel like you know and love. I love this author, and her books. Beautifully written. 

Thank you Beverley Hollowed. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Reaper's Claim" by Simone Elise

                                                                                                         







"The regret boiled within his eyes and his face twisted with guilt. "I'm sorry darling, I know you can't forgive me for this yet, but I wanted you to know I'm sorry. Sorry. Did it even fix it? Why do people think they can do awful things and then just throw sorry at the end of it like all is forgiven.".....

Abby Harrison is the daughter of Jed Harrison. Jed is the President of Satan's Sons Mother Charter. Her and her twin sister, Kim, grew up among the bikers and under their protection. 

One night, in a dark alley behind the clubhouse, Kade saves Abby. From there things change in ways neither was expecting. Kade is also known in the club as "Reaper." You can imagine why. 

The story takes place over the next few years. As the girls go from 16 years old to adults. Bad things can happen to the daughters of a biker president, and those that try to keep them safe. Kim and Abby are about as opposite as they can be. 

Hard story line, adult language, violent situations. What you'd expect from a biker story, and then some. Fast paced, with characters you'd probably think twice about hanging around with. I loved them! I think Abby's character was the biggest surprise. What you think of her, and then what she's capable of. Wow!

Kade lays his claim to Abby, but does he really think he can get around her dad? Does Abby even want him to? This isn't a love story exactly. More of a tug of war of hurt feelings, heart breaks, and misunderstandings. Great ending! Please be a series! 

Thank you Simone Elise and Inkitt!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"The Devil Crept In" by Ania Ahlborn

                                                                                                   
                                                            




"Or it could have been that Jude was the next Max Larsen. Dunk had told the tale a dozen times, probably more. A kid goes into the forest and never comes out. Two weeks later, his body is discovered. Mangled. Half-eaten. Swelling up like a balloon. The cops called it an animal attack, but everyone knew it was the work of a madman."....

Years ago a young boy disappeared, and later was found dead. Now another young boy, Jude Brighton, is missing. His cousin,Stevie, is desperate to find him, hopefully alive.

Around town pets have been disappearing. Would a killer of animals also be the killer of young boys? Are the cases connected? The story takes place in Deer Valley, Oregon.

We follow the horrifying twists and turns as everyone tries to find Jude. Will Jude be found dead or alive? Will the killer be a stranger, or someone they all know? There are things you won't see coming.

The boys don't lead very good family lives. Is evil lurking close by? Are there monsters in the woods? Shocking and scary. Jude won't be the only one you'll be afraid for.

If you've not read any Ania Ahlborn horror stories, I highly recommend them. If you want a different and unpredictable horror story, this is your author. When you can actually feel the fear coming off the pages through the characters, you know you've found a well written horror story.

Thank you Ania Ahlborn, Netgalley, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket 
Books. 


Friday, February 3, 2017

"Beautiful Broken Girls" by Kim Savage

                                                                                                   


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"Everyone wanted to touch us. Including you. So remember the seven places you touched me That's where you'll find the truth. Start at the beginning. In my words. "...

Sisters, Mira and Francesca, lived an over protected and lonely life. One neighborhood boy, Ben, is able to reach Mira. In a strange twist the girls commit suicide, drowning in the quarry. The story starts with their deaths.

After their suicide, a letter arrives from Mira to Ben. Something between them will be clues to where more notes will be found. He will learn of their life and secrets. Will he ultimately learn why they died?

This young adult story is both dark and tragic. The story line is actually not even what I thought it was going to be. It was actually shocking, and so compelling in many ways. The chapter names are parts of the clues to where the notes can be found. What a journey for Ben, mourning the loss of the young girl he loved so briefly. 

Thank you Kim Savage, Netgalley, and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. 

"Roam" by Erik Therme

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"And if I were you, I'd be skeptical about accepting a ride if someone does come by. Someone might drive past me and stop for you. After all, you're a young, beautiful girl walking alone down a dark, deserted road, and I won't be there to protect you if something bad happens. I'm not trying to scare you Sarah, but these are just facts. People get murdered and raped in this world every single day."...

It's Sarah Cate's twenty first birthday. What was hoped for with her boyfriend, Matt, is not what she gets. Broke down on the side of the road. Could this night be any worse?

Kevin, a Good Samaritan, saves Sarah more than once. Giving her a ride to a friends after trouble with Matt and her mother. Then there is Scotty. Dealing with things that make him feel broken. Tonight their lives are all going to intersect at a creepy "Bates Motel" kind of place. 

Trying to work out their struggles, each are going to have to deal with the consequences of their actions. A page turner until the end. Character driven story line, which you don't often see. I like the depth that each of them were given. Interesting story line as well, and at times spooky. This is the third book I've read by this author. His young adult stories never fail to entertain. 

Thank you Erik Therme

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"The Twilight Tsunami" by Shelby Londyn-Heath




"Grey, he went so far as to say we should get rid of law enforcement that is spending billions on the war on drugs, a war that has never worked, and instead, overhaul the entire system. He said an FBI report came out recently revealing we spend 151 billion dollars a year on the drug war. It's a crime to spend that kind of money to bust people on drugs, when we desperately need money for prevention programs and treatment centers.".......


Grey has spent a hard eleven years as a social worker. Taking children from their parents, the drug addicts, mental illness, the conditions deplorable, families have suffered. The life is catching up to him, burning him out. 

His co-workers are also severely stressed. One of them crosses the line, and sends Grey over the edge. The story isn't just about Grey's mental break. It's about the other workers as well. Lives fall apart of those trying to help the less fortunate. 

This isn't really fiction in a sense. Having known a wonderful social worker at one time. She passed away from cancer a few years ago. She also quit her job in protest over a case of a child, that should have never been removed from its family. This book is very close to those story lines, and how things really work in an overloaded and broken system. 

There is good and there is evil on either side of this story. It's sad because it rings so true. Not every case ends badly, but they never start well, and the scars run deep for the workers and the children, and the parents and families left behind. 

There is a worker that has her own issues. To the extent she's willing to burn every bridge with every co worker, and do her best to destroy them. What a heartbreaking story. You'll have to read to find out if evil prevails, or gets put in her place. 

In a total twist though, the ending was actually quite wonderful, and fun. I love how this book ended. Everything updated so you know how it all turns out. 

Thank you Shelby Londyn-Heath



Friday, January 27, 2017

"Maximus" A Harvey Nolan Thriller, Book 1



"She continued the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for a minute, but the situation did not improve. She started pounding on his chest with her first. "Harvey! Nolan! Don't. You. Dare. Die. On. Me!" Katie yelled at the cold body of Harvey, pounding his chest at each word."...........

Christina is missing. Kidnapped, along with other women. Professor Harvey Nolan is a suspect, according to the FBI. Harvey and the recently widowed Christina were friends. 

Katie Moulin is an FBI agent. Overworked with the massive amounts of drugs flowing into NYC. Katie and Harvey's lives are about to cross paths again. Her job and the missing women may be connected. 

As people around Harvey keep disappearing, and seem to be involved in illegal activities, it puts Harvey on the FBI's radar. Agents Frost and Darrow think they are following the leads that make Harvey their prime suspect. 

Harvey promised Christina's mother he'd help find her. Can he? Or will he be taking the blame for her disappearance? Maybe Katie and Harvey, together again, can put the pieces together. 

A steady pace mystery. I really like Katie's character. Harvey, the professor, was a little more reckless in his ways. I could have seen this as a "Katie Moulin Mystery Thriller Series." Thinking he could find Christina himself, he manages to be in over his head a few times. Over all a solid suspense book.

Thank you S.C. Abbey

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