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

159413605X.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_ This story has as many twists and turns as  Lombard Street  in San Francisco.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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