29 08, 2016

Review: DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen

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Review: DARKTOWN by Thomas MullenDarktown by Thomas Mullen
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 13th 2016
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Thrillers, Crime, African American
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In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption.

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.

Set in the post-war, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane, and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

This is such a moving piece of fictionalized American history. In 1948 the first black officers are hired in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Racial tensions are still very high and although the city appoints these officers to patrol over their own streets they have very little power; no patrol cars (no radios […]

23 08, 2016

Review: THE PERFECT GIRL by Gilly Macmillan

By | Tuesday, August 23, 2016|8 Comments

Review: THE PERFECT GIRL by Gilly MacmillanThe Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan
Published by HarperCollins on September 6th 2016
Pages: 464
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Mystery & Detective, General, Women Sleuths
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The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew returns with an electrifying new novel about how the past will always find us...
"Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters - for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.”   — Rosamund Lupton

Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same. 
Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

This is the story of a teenage prodigy who got herself into trouble. Zoe looks perfect and plays the piano so well that she earned herself a scholarship into an elite private school. One night Zoe makes a horrible mistake and ends up killing 3 of her classmates in a DUI accident. She […]

28 08, 2015

THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum

By | Friday, August 28, 2015|2 Comments

THE DROWNED BOY by Karin FossumThe Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum
Series: Inspector Konrad Sejer #11
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 25th, 2015
Pages: 240
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, International Mystery & Crime, Thrillers, Crime
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A new addition to the captivating Inspector Sejer series, the first sinceThe Caller, from Norway's finest crime writer
Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyard pond. When Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, Carmen reports that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Down syndrome, wandered into the garden while Nicolai was working in the basement and she was cleaning the house. Skarre senses something is off with Carmen's story and consults his trusted colleague, the famed Inspector Sejer. An autopsy reveals Tommy's lungs to be full of soap.
When Sejer and Skarre revisit the couple, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, confessing that she'd been knocked unconscious by a seizure while bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond.
But Skarre and Sejer's doubt is not appeased and the case is reopened. What more could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will she take to cover her guilt? As Carmen's own family starts to doubt her, Skarre and Sejer work to find the truth.

This story is a bit sad. The prologue tried to put me in a funk as it describes what it is like for someone to drown. The Drowned Boy had some really unlikable characters and a few good guys. This book had me really just hoping for justice for little Tommy. The synopsis […]

1 08, 2015

TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave

By | Saturday, August 1, 2015|10 Comments

TRUST NO ONE by Paul CleaveTrust No One by Paul Cleave
Published by Atria Books on August 4th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, General, Mystery & Detective, Crime
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In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page.

Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of forty-nine, Jerry’s crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?

Hailed by critics as a “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers “ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel” (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes “Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers” (Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.

I was completely torn over the facts of this book. Trust No One is a guessing game from the very beginning. The book has a very just title. Jerry is either a murderer with a conscience, or not, he can’t remember. Let’s go over the facts: Jerry Grey is a crime writer who […]

25 07, 2015

Win a SIGNED copy of Christine Carbo’s THE WILD INSIDE!

By | Saturday, July 25, 2015|0 Comments

Win a SIGNED copy of Christine Carbo’s THE WILD INSIDE!The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 16th 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Crime, Mystery & Detective, General

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A haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild—and the even darker heart of human nature.

It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted’s father and dragged him to his death.

Now, twenty years later, as Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted gets called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night. Except this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling. Ted teams up with one of the park officers—a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the hazardous terrain surrounding them. Residents of the area turn out to be suspicious of outsiders and less than forthcoming. Their intimate connection to the wild forces them to confront nature, and their fellow man, with equal measures of reverence and ruthlessness.

As the case progresses with no clear answers, more than human life is at stake—including that of the majestic creature responsible for the attack. Ted’s search for the truth ends up leading him deeper into the wilderness than he ever imagined, on the trail of a killer, until he reaches a shocking and unexpected personal conclusion. As intriguing and alluring as bestselling crime novels by C.J. Box, Louise Penny, and William Kent Krueger, as atmospheric and evocative as the nature writing of John Krakauer and Cheryl Strayed, The Wild Inside is a gripping debut novel about the perilous, unforgiving intersection between man and nature.

Want to win a copy of Christine Carbo’s latest gripping thriller The Wild Inside? Then today’s your lucky day! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. But hurry! The contest ends on 8/13. Editorial Reviews “…stays in your mind long after you’ve put the book down. I’m still thinking about it. Prepare […]

16 06, 2015

SECOND LIFE: A NOVEL by S.J. Watson

By | Tuesday, June 16, 2015|10 Comments

SECOND LIFE: A NOVEL by S.J. WatsonSecond Life: A Novel by S. J. Watson
Published by Transworld Publishers Limited on February 12th 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective
Also by this author: Before I Go to Sleep
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The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep . . .She loves her husband. She's obsessed by a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything.She knows what she's doing. She's out of control.She's innocent. She's guilty as sin. She's living two lives. She might lose both . . .

I flew through this book. At first it was due to scheduling, then it was because I couldn’t put it down. This book hit a nerve with me. It just made me uncomfortable until I began to understand the protagonist. Second Life was a thriller that kept me guessing. Julia just found out […]

19 05, 2015

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

By | Tuesday, May 19, 2015|14 Comments

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon BoltonLittle Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on May 19th 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Suspense, Thrillers, Women Sleuths
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In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely...When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.But three islanders--Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum--are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

This book had my attention right away. The author took me on a guided tour of the Falkland Islands. Little Black Lies exposes the shallows of a little town with a missing child problem. It also delves into the depths of hatred and regret. In the beginning of this story we meet Catrin, […]

30 04, 2015

THE BOTANIST by L.K. Hill -review & giveaway

By | Thursday, April 30, 2015|8 Comments

THE BOTANIST by L.K. Hill -review & giveaway

THE BOTANIST by L.K. Hill -review & giveawayThe Botanist by L. K. Hill
Published by Jolly Fish Press on March 1st 2015
Pages: 475
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers
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In the heat of summer, a previously undetected serial killer, dubbed The Botanist by the press, re-emerges in the rural, southern Utah town of Mt. Dessicate. Detective Cody Oliver becomes the lead detective in the case as Mt. Dessicate is plunged into chaos. Alexandra Thompson, a beautiful woman from the past, may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer and lived to tell the tale. There’s just one problem: the killer remembers her, too, and is determined not to let her get away this time.

A baffling case, a media circus, an unsupportive father, and too many leads for Mt. Dessicate’s tiny PD to handle alone leave Cody fighting just to catch his breath. Meanwhile, hands come out of the darkness to snatch at Alex every time Cody’s back is turned, and his desire to protect her soon becomes more than just professional. If Cody can’t piece together the mysterious past of the land of the mass grave, decipher how Alex is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice—or at least to civilization—he may lose the people in his life he’s come to value most. He must confront the Botanist on feral ground or risk being the only one left standing in a desolate, desert graveyard.

What a surprise this book was for me.! This surprise landed in my email, and I am so glad I was able to read it. The Botanist actually came out this week and I am so excited to share my thoughts and a chance for you to win this book! If you love […]

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