Genre: Suspense / Thriller

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Feb 20
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood is a thought provoking new thriller and if you’ve never read any of his previous novels, you don’t know what you’re missing! Cooley is a favorite of mine and you’ll see why. We have really good characterization. Sour Manco is a broken man and I wasn’t sure what to make of him. I really enjoyed getting to know him and finding out about his past. You’ll easily root for him and while I hope we’ll see more of Sour in future books, I think he’s done telling his own story. We have a wide array of secondary characters that play a role including Jill, a former Army Ranger and a Congressman, Homer Blunt. Then we have our Congressional Killers, a trio of men who… Read more »

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Jun 24
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

I really enjoyed Aaron Cooley’s Shaken Not Stirred and when he asked if I’d be interested in reviewing part one of Four Seats, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! If what I’ve read so far is any indication of what the rest of the book will be, then you’re in for a real treat! Four Seats will truly be one of your favorite summer reads and can’t be missed! We have a lot of characters who are vital to the narrative and Cooley doesn’t sacrifice character development. Our hero is Jason Lancaster and he’s also the government’s prime suspect. Lancaster’s resume is pretty impressive and I won’t go into detail, but it’s easy to understand why he’s on their radar. Known to be punctual, Lancaster is employed through the Supreme… Read more »

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Aug 19
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

I’ve made no secret of my love for Chelsea Cain and her Archie & Gretchen series. When I heard she was going to put Archie & Gretchen to the side to focus on a new series, I admit, I was heartbroken. No Archie and the gang for another year or two? Ack, my heart couldn’t take it! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read One Kick, but hey, if I love Cain’s writing then she couldn’t disappoint. Right? As far as characterization, it’s a bit weak but keep in mind this is a series and no doubt the main characters will be fleshed out as it continues. Kathleen “Kit” Lannigan was kidnapped as a child and her rescue made headlines. She’s an unlikely heroine in that she… Read more »

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Jul 28
Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

I’ve always wanted to read Wendy Corsi Staub’s books and when the opportunity came to review her upcoming release, The Perfect Stranger, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! After reading The Perfect Stranger, you look at the internet a little differently. As for characterization, we have a several characters that play a vital role. Just a quick note: if you’re the type that needs to focus on two or three characters in order to fully follow a story, you might want to proceed with caution since the amount of characters Staub introduces might overwhelm you. Take your time reading the first couple of chapters in order to get acquainted with everyone. Now, I’d say Landry is the most important character since she’s the one who initiates contact regarding attending Meredith’s… Read more »

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Oct 03
Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Short stories are difficult to review without going into extensive detail and revealing the plot. Martin is doing great and has everything he could hope for. He’s a big fan of playing games and doesn’t think twice accepting an invite to play a game version similar to Scrabble with a stranger. When VN76 begins to play, Martin is smug and knows he can easily beat them. The next day he goes about his normal business until he begins having one of those days. You know the type, where one thing goes wrong and suddenly everything goes downhill. When his dog goes missing, he goes home only to realize there’s more to VN76’s word play and begins to frantically find out their identity before it is too late. Overall, I liked… Read more »

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Sep 09
Blog Tour: Review-Angela Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Angela Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet + Giveaway

I’ll go ahead and admit it: I wanted to be part of the blog tour based on the cover alone! It’s gorgeous, but when I actually read the synopsis, I was intrigued and Angela Carlie doesn’t disappoint! Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet is a story within a story and by that I mean, we get Jenny’s story and a glimpse into the book she’s writing. Jenny is an author and dreams of publishing her book and it becoming a bestseller in order for her husband, Jason, to quit his job and spend more time with her and the girls. I really enjoyed Carlie’s writing and she knows how to throw a curve ball I didn’t see coming. The alternate text from the story Jenny was writing was engaging and at times,… Read more »

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Aug 22
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go

Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go is the sixth book in her Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell series. If you haven’t read the series, start with Heartsick and work your way down. For a standalone, read The Night Season. Let Me Go is not a standalone and Cain mentions a few cases and people from the other books, hence the reason I recommend starting with Heartsick. Let Me Go picks up shortly after Kill You Twice leaves off. Gretchen is still at large and for once Archie takes things in stride. When Archie receives some unsettling news, he sets out to meet with Leo Reynolds, son of drug lord Jack Reynolds and a secret DEA agent. Soon Archie finds out Jack is the one pulling the strings and Leo is being… Read more »

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May 20
Blog Tour: Review-Panos Nomikos’ Fateful Eyes

Blog Tour: Review-Panos Nomikos’ Fateful Eyes

Panos Nomikos’s Fateful Eyes is about self discovery. Peter is going about his normal business and out of the blue receives a mysterious message. Someone wants to meet with him and he has no idea why. Through a series of flashbacks between 2005 and 2001, we learn Peter is looking for a woman who claims to be his daughter. As he attempts to uncover her identity, Peter goes through his own personal journey to find his place in the world. He’s experienced success, but he’s also had a series of setbacks. When someone claims to be his daughter, questions are raised if it could be true or if it’s someone trying to blackmail him. Unfortunately, Peter doesn’t believe the young lady and by the time he comes to grip with… Read more »

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Apr 10
Book Review: Digger Cartwright’s The House of Dark Shadows

Book Review: Digger Cartwright’s The House of Dark Shadows

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers because nothing turns out the way you thought it would. Digger Cartwright does a phenomenal job with The House of Dark Shadows. I thought I had everything figured out due to the clues he gave us along the way, but I was blown off course. The ending isn’t exactly what you expect nor is it your typical Hollywood ending, but it fits. Alex Rommel has everything a bachelor could ask for. He’s successful at his job and quite the ladies man, but he’s missing the love of his life. Years ago Shannon left him and he’s been haunted with memories of her and desperately searches for her. He runs into an old university friend, Brad, at a café and Brad mentions how he’s… Read more »

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Jan 13
Book Review: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Book Review: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl has been sitting in my to be read pile for awhile now and even though I’m late to the party, I have finally arrived. I’ve never read Gillian Flynn before and even though I’ve seen her books around, nothing really prompted me to read anything of hers before. I kept seeing people rave about her latest and I finally decided to see for myself. I can’t believe I waited this long. What I can say about Gone Girl without spoiling it? Nick Dunne isn’t going to win the husband of the year award and when his wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, questions soon arise about his true character. Nick himself is hiding a few secrets and he maintains his innocence regarding his… Read more »

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Nov 12
Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

G. Brailey’s debut novel can be described in one word: brilliant. Deathloop captivates and through a series of twists and turns, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zack Fortune is successful, charismatic, and gorgeous. He’s also a bastard of the first order and makes no apologies for it. In fact, he’s the first to agree that he’s one. Sam, his best friend, once said he was a romantic bastard. You know the type, will wine and dine you and in many ways romance you the old fashioned way, then out of nowhere dump you. One night Zack reluctantly agrees to participate in a past life regression and is given clear instructions “no matter what you see do not come out.” His regression is terrifying and nothing… Read more »

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Sep 22
Book Review: Rebecca Reid’s The Coop

Book Review: Rebecca Reid’s The Coop

The Coop is the first book in the Thickets Wood Trilogy and Rebecca Reid’s debut novel is a dazzling array of intrigue. I finished The Coop a little over a week ago and since then have reread it twice. It’s rare that I reread a book shortly after completing it, but her book captivates. Some authors gradually feed us information and we can slowly piece together the threads, but Reid’s different. This book will keep you guessing and at the end, blow your suspicions right out of the water. Nothing is as it seems or is it? There are six central characters in The Coop. We have Lilly and Howard who take us on journey through Thatchbury and in many ways provide the central storyline regarding Matthew and Jodie. It’s… Read more »

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