12 10, 2016

Review: FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie

By | Wednesday, October 12, 2016|12 Comments

Review: FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzieFractured by Catherine McKenzie
Published by Amazon Publishing on October 4th 2016
Pages: 349
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Contemporary Women
Also by this author: The Murder Game
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Lake Union Publishing

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"Welcome, neighbor!"
Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, "The Murder Game." Since Julie doesn t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
"We know where you live. "
After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly."

FRACTURED starts with a woman named Julie who moves from Tacoma to Cincinnati to get away from a stalker. Julie is a writer who wrote a book called The Murder Game. The book is similar to something that actually happened to her in college. One of her college acquaintances became obsessed with her […]

24 09, 2015

Review: THE VISITANT: A Venetian Ghost Story by Megan Chance

By | Thursday, September 24, 2015|10 Comments

I am so in the mood for a scary stories. The Visitant came to me at the perfect time, with lovely descriptive writing of a creepy home and a very odd situation. Elena is a guest a Basilio palazzo, a ruin of a mansion. Elena has been tasked by her parents to help […]

31 08, 2015

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

By | Monday, August 31, 2015|5 Comments

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. BannerThe Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
Published by Amazon Publishing on August 25th 2015
Pages: 196
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Contemporary Women
ARC provided by BookSparks

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From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you...

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about--quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That's what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah's happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true--about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

This really fell short of physiological suspense. I was hoping for more oomph, but this book fell flat by chapter three for me. The Good Neighbor had a good premise, but the delivery was not so good. Sarah lives in a very nice neighborhood where everyone would want to live. Her husband, Johnny, […]

19 07, 2015

OLIVAY by Deborah Reed

By | Sunday, July 19, 2015|9 Comments

OLIVAY by Deborah ReedOlivay by Deborah Reed
Published by Amazon Publishing on July 7th 2015
Pages: 272
Length: 6 hours, 51 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
Paperback provided by St. Martin's Press, TLC Book Tours

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We don t believe that our lives can change in an instant until they do.

Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bombs detonate across the city; mayhem and carnage fill the streets; and her loft is covered in broken glass and her own blood. Henry is skittish, solicitous, and strangely distracted. Who is this man she s marooned with as the city goes on lockdown? Why is she catching him in lie after lie? Is he somehow connected to her husband s death and the terrorist attacks outside?

With eloquent and suspenseful prose, "Olivay" explores the wreckage of loss and the collision of grief, desire, and terror in its aftermath. As the characters get pushed outside their comfort zones, forced to walk the thin line between destruction and salvation, "Olivay" keeps readers guessing what will become of Olivay and Henry until the very end."

Olivay is a book that draws you in and makes you want to find out what happens to the protagonist. From the first page we get the feel that this story won’t be an easy read. Something horrifying happens in the first chapter and filters the lens for Olivay. Every thing else stems […]

15 06, 2015

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan Hyde

By | Monday, June 15, 2015|5 Comments

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan Hyde

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan HydeWorthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Published by Lake Union Publishing on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 321
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Literary
ARC provided by BookSparks

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They might ve been a family.Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiance set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.

Worthy was such a simple heartwarming story. I am happy to report that no animals made me cry in the reading of this story. Worthy was a happy tale about second chances and family. Virginia is a waitress in a small town. She has fallen for a recently widowed single father. The night […]

27 03, 2015

YOUNGER by Suzanne Munshower

By | Friday, March 27, 2015|7 Comments

YOUNGER by Suzanne MunshowerYounger by Suzanne Munshower
Published by Thomas & Mercer on March 1st 2015
Pages: 316
Genres: Fiction, International Mystery & Crime, Medical, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
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When PR pro Anna Wallingham gets dumped by her last client, she finds herself running out of options in LA, where looks trump experience. Desperate to prove she is still relevant, the fiftysomething accepts a shady job offer from Pierre Barton, secretive billionaire owner of Barton Pharmaceuticals. Isolated in a facility outside London, she agrees to test a new top-secret product guaranteed to make her look thirty years younger. Anna is starting to look on the outside the way she feels on the inside: ageless. But she soon discovers that her predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, leading her to research just who stands to gain--and lose--with this miraculous product. When Pierre drops dead in front of her, she takes off on a dangerous journey across Europe hoping to stay alive long enough to uncover the truth. With the hard-won knowledge that younger isn't always better, Anna is determined to escape and reclaim her life before it's too late.

This book had me hooked. Younger is a bold book about looking young and the lengths we go to get there. Anna is a woman I felt sorry for and was jealous of, all at the same time. Anna has just been laid off. At 57 years old, finding new work is not […]

12 03, 2015

SHADY CROSS by James Hankins- Review & Giveaway

By | Thursday, March 12, 2015|6 Comments

SHADY CROSS by James Hankins- Review & GiveawayShady Cross by James Hankins
Published by Amazon Publishing on February 24th 2015
Pages: 298
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
ARC provided by TLC Book Tours

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In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."

From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

I really enjoyed this story. Shady Cross is a story about a crook named Stokes who finds himself at a crossroads. Hankins has created a story here about redemption. Stokes is the perfect character to pull this off and in need of redemption more then he realizes. Stokes spent the whole morning in […]

28 02, 2015

WRECKAGE by Emily Bleeker

By | Saturday, February 28, 2015|7 Comments

WRECKAGE by Emily BleekerWreckage by Emily Bleeker
Published by Lake Union Publishing on March 1st, 2015
Pages: 304
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thrillers
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Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.

I devoured this book in one day. I seriously could not put it down. Now that I am finished reading Wreckage, all I can say is, wow! I am shocked at the ending, but overjoyed after all the loss and struggle these people went though. Excuse me while I try to review this […]

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