#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks

download“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”

MY REVIEW

Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons.  She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil.  When she was contacted by the missing girls’ family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn’t work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max “Cap” Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms.  But will this cool-headed man and “goofy” dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets?  Will she be able to find the girls in time? Continue reading “#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks”

#BookReview: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson @iamcarterwilson

“My father created Mister Tender, and Mister Tender nearly killed me.”

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How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

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#Book Review: Bloody Mary (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, Book 2) by J.A. Konrath @jakonrath

“He wonders if other people look at their partners at night, peacefully dozing, and imagine killing them…when he finally falls asleep, it’s to the image of cutting her open and bathing his face with her blood.”

A serial killer is chopping up bodies and has a vendetta against sarcastic Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, highest ranking female cop in the Violent Crimes Unit in Chicago.  Battling with her mother who is furious that Jack wants her to move from Florida to Chicago to live with her due to a near fatal fall, a partner who is on a hopeless diet and having a mid-life crisis, and a diaper-wearing, sadistic cat named Mr. Friskers, how does she find the time to find a killer?  No problem.  He’ll find her.

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#BookReview: Beginnings (Same Face Different Place Book 1) by Helen Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources

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Release Date:  February 2012
Pages: 311

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Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.

Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.

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Book Review: Triple Cross Killer (State Detective Special Forces #1) by Rosemarie Aquilina (9781946143389)

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Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Series
Release Date:  December 5, 2017
Publisher:   Fiery Seas Publishing
Pages: 320

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Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters?  In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.

In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.

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#BookReview: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks

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“The definition of insanity, Fox,” Wesley used to remind me, paraphrasing Einstein, “is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.”

Dr. Anna Fox is agoraphobic and has been holed up in her home for ten months after her tragic accident.  She spends her days drinking and medicating herself watching her neighbors through her window.  When her new neighbors, the Russell’s, move in, her life will never be the same.  She witnesses a murder and no one believes her.  Will her persistence put her life in danger?

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#BookReview: Into Hell’s Fire by Douglas Cavanaugh (9780985468415)

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It seems as though all hell has broken loose in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the administration is more than a little perplexed about how best to proceed.

Lucas Martin is a retired U.S. government agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help prove that the Serbian militia is murdering Croatians and Muslim people in Bosnia.  His Croatian family ties and contacts from earlier government assignments in the Balkans help him infiltrate the country.  However, the task is nearly impossible with dire consequences for anyone being caught by the militia.  Will he get the intel in time for the U.S. government and the United Nations to step in and help the people in Croatia?

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Book Review: The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (9780345546807)

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Jane Hawk is a rogue agent fighting for her and her son’s life and avenging her late husband’s murder.  Silicon Valley billionaire David James Michael and owner of the biotech company, Far Horizons, is her target.  His company is making nanomachines injected into the bloodstream to be used as a control mechanism “eliminating people who will push civilization in the wrong direction”.  Her husband was a product of the experiment and as she delves deeper into the peculiar town of Iron Furnace, Kentucky, she finds a “menace of place as felt in Dachau or Auschwitz, or in the Soviet gulags”.

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Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)

51UWJVnlHuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.

When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”.  The one what?  It took several years to find out what the man meant.

Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide.  Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?

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Book Review: Shadow Shepherd by Chad Zunker (9781542045544)

51mWa70ntcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A random rookie attorney, an infamous German assassin, a political reporter, and the CIA.  What was the thread that tied the puzzle all together?  Sam Callahan is the only one that can solve the puzzle, but he has to get out of Mexico with no passport or money, go to New Orleans to find a man who may be tied to his past, and save his kidnapped girlfriend in D.C., all while trying to escape an assassin’s bullet.

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Book review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (9780307990402) Audiobook

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Nick and Amy Dunn were the golden couple;  the couple everyone wanted to know, but after losing both of their jobs in New York the marriage started to wane.  Nick finds out that his mother dies which prompts them to move to Missouri to run the family bar.   To Nick’s surprise Amy disappears and the investigation uncovers all kinds of secrets that point to Nick as the abductor and killer.

Written from Nick and Amy’s points of view this is a sociopathic tale revealed right before your eyes.  This is an incredible read and your emotions will be ripped apart and thrown in your face.  A must read for those who like a disturbing mystery.

Book review: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (9781427205032) Book on CD

In reading the second installment of the Gretchen Lowell series, I was interested to find out what happened with the unusual relationship of Archie Sheridan (Portland police detective) and Gretchen Lowell (serial killer). Ms. Cain did not disappoint me.

Archie Sheridan is trying to mend his relationship with his wife and children. He has kept away from Gretchen Lowell, but his thoughts are always with her and the pills he takes for the pain caused by being Gretchen’s last torture victim, are taking their toll. Archie wants to die and Gretchen’s escape from prison has given him a plan to make his wish come true.

Susan Ward wants to expose Senator Castle’s past “affair” with a 14-year old, but there is a cover up that involves murder. Who killed her mentor, what have the bodies in the park have to do with the Castle story and who is trying to kill her?

Again, a great suspense thriller with two nail-biting mysteries to keep you reading until the ultimate climax. On to book 3.

Book review: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross (9780062196194)

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end!  Dr. Henry Steadman is on his way to speak at a medical conference and then play some golf with his friend.  Little does he know that his life will change forever in 15 seconds.  After arriving at his destination, he is pulled over for a minor vehicle infraction, he is rudely asked to step out of the car at gun point and  frisked and handcuffed for no apparent reason.  After his registration is called in, he is let go, but before he can start his car, another vehicle stops and a shooter kills the cop that pulled him over and drives away.  Instead of staying with the officer and risk being arrested for murder, he decides to follow the shooter. And the story gets even more intense as it goes.

I loved this book!  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a scenario that no one would ever want to be in and the choices Dr. Steadman makes may not be the best, but he is doing them for a very important reason.  Does he find the shooter?  Take the ride and see!

Thank you to Mr. Gross and Book Browse’s First Impressions for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Millennium #2), 9780739384176, Book on CD

This book is just as attention-grabbing and action-packed as the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

At the end of the first book, Lisbeth doesn’t want anything more to do with Mikhail, but this time she is in trouble and Mikhail has to prove her innocence for a brutal triple murder.  The odds are stacked against her, but with Mikhail’s tenacity and fortitude, and the help of a few friends, right is on their side.

Book on CD narrated by Simon Vance.  On to book #3.

Book review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose (9781451621495)

Jac L’Etoile and her brother Robbie are the products of a revered perfume dynasty involving mysterious fragrances and the history behind them.  However, their father is in a home with dementia and has left the company close to ruins.  Will they have to sell off their most notable fragrances or has Robbie found a valuable Egyptian artifact filled with a unique fragrance that could make them millions?

Can Jac, who is not in the perfume business anymore, come back and help her brother who has become a suspect in a murder investigation and can she bear to team up with her former lover and close friend of her brother who betrayed her so many years ago?

This is a maze of a book.  Fourth in The Reincarnationist series, this is a tale of intrigue and how the hunt for a fragrance instills danger, passion and memories of past lives that can either enrich or destroy those who dare to take it.

Thank you to Ms. Rose, Simon and Schuster, Inc. and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity to review this book.

Book review: Book of Days by James L. Rubart (9781433671517)

Cameron Vaux is literally losing his mind and he needs to find the “Book of Days” before it is too late.  Both his dying father and dying wife refer to this book as God’s life history of everyone in the world even showing the future whether you want to see it or not.  Cameron takes a quest to a remote town in Oregon to find the book that will help him fulfill his father’s and wife’s last wish, but he finds that there are people in the town who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

Ann Bannister is the host of an outdoor program and a foster sister to Cameron’s deceased wife.  Cameron contacts Ann asking for her help in finding the book and even though she thought it was folly to see him again considering she has been secretly in love with him for years, she agrees to help.  But she has a secret of her own.  Her mother was raised in this same town and she wants to find out why she abandoned her so many years ago.

This is an interesting Christian fiction/mystery where the characters are well-rounded and the storyline is very engaging.  In other words, it’s a page turner.

Thank you to Mr. Rubart and LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (9780553808070)

Keye Street is a recovering alcoholic, former behavioral specialist for the FBI and currently a private detective including a process server and bail recovery agent in Atlanta, Georgia. Needless to say, her job is very unpredictable at best and currently the infamous Wishbone Killer has a personal connection with her.  Street’s friend and confidant, Lieutenant Aaron Rauser, is in charge of the Wishbone Killer case and is concerned about Keye’s safety and welfare.  Especially when it is suspected that the killer may know her better than she thinks.

The events are a bit predictable, but the characters are interesting enough to keep the storyline moving.  Will Keye Street solve the case before it’s too late and will the killer be someone she cares about?  You’ll have to read it and see.

Thank you to Amanda Kyle Williams, Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: The Protector by David Morrell (0446614033)

Ex-Delta Force officer, Cavanagh is assigned to protect a seriously overweight and extremely nervous biochemist named Daniel Prescott who has invented a dangerous drug to induce fear in everyone including those trained to feel no fear.  Unfortunately, appearances can be deceptive.  Cavanagh finds himself alone and fighting for his life and trying to track down Prescott, the man he was supposed to protect, but who turned out to be more dangerous than the people who wanted Prescott dead.

If you like action and adventure, this book is for you.  I found this book to be a very good suspense thriller and it definitely kept me on pins and needles wondering if Cavanagh was going to blow off his promise to protect Prescott and just kill the bastard.

David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.  For more information go to the author’s page at http://www.davidmorrell.net/.

Book review: Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds #1) by J.A. Jance (0060828412)

Ali has lost her job, her marriage and her best friend all in a few days. The job and marriage are a wash due to replacements with younger women, but her friend’s alleged suicide does not ring true. Ali moves home to Sedona, Arizona and with the support of her family and friends starts an investigation of her own into her friend’s death.

A good, but predictable ending.

Book review: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (0312368461)

This book pulls you in from the very first chapter which is a flashback of a female serial killer torturing one of her victims. The victim happens to be Archie Sheridan, a homicide detective who has been called back to duty after recovering from his harrowing experience two years before. He is put in charge to investigate another series of murders in Portland, Oregon, but is he up to it? He is addicted to pain killers, he is separated from his family. and he has an unnatural bound with his torturer, Gretchen Lowell who is now in prison and meets with him every Sunday to give him information on the 200+ victims she allegedly killed.

Susan Ward is assigned to write a story on Archie Sheridan and the recent serial murders of several high school girls. She is young, ambitious and had a rough childhood. Can she handle the unhappy memories while returning to her old high school where some of the murders have occurred?

This is an action-packed thriller that keeps you guessing to the end. The flashbacks of Archie Sheridan’s torture are terrifying and something you want to stop reading, but you just can’t. The female serial killer is an interesting premise and I look forward to finding out how Ms. Cain carries Gretchen Lowell over into her other books.