22 06, 2016

Review: BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley

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Review: BEFORE THE FALL by Noah HawleyBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 31st 2016
Pages: 400
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Thrillers, Suspense
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From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

Oh how I enjoyed this story! It is about a guy who survives a private plane crash, but it is also so much more. It is about how a little things can mean so much. Scott Burrough is a painter, and the only adult to survive the crash. Two children also go down […]

12 05, 2015

THE ICE TWINS: A NOVEL by S.K. Tremayne

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THE ICE TWINS: A NOVEL by S.K. TremayneThe Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 19th 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, General, Psychological, Thrillers
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In the tradition of The Girl on the Train comes the UK bestseller THE ICE TWINS, a terrifying psychological thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Gillian Flynn.

One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity--that she, in fact, is Lydia--their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.

This book is everything I want in a thriller. The Ice Twins has a haunting setting, scandal, human interest, lies, cover-ups, and twins with a secret. I was caught between feeling really bad, and being really freaked out throughout most of this book. I even found myself telling my Miguel about it. I […]

7 05, 2015

MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci

By | Thursday, May 7, 2015|10 Comments

MEMORY MAN by David BaldacciMemory Man by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 21st 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers
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With over 110 million copies of his novels in print, David Baldacci is one of the most widely read storytellers in the world. Now he introduces a startling, original new character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder.

MEMORY MAN

Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

I just got this book last week. Once I realized that it was already published, I bumped it up on my list. I am so glad I got to read this. Memory Man was a really great read. It was a mystery with a very compelling story and complex characters. I could not […]

17 04, 2015

Review: THE DEAD LANDS by Benjamin Percy

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Review: THE DEAD LANDS by Benjamin PercyThe Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 14th 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Literary, Thrillers
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In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.

The Dead Lands is a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the adventures of Lewis and Clark. This book is nothing like the adventure I imaged for Lewis and Clark. This tale includes dark leadership, America 150 years after a super-flu, living mutants, fierce love, indifference, theft, loyalty, friendship, thirst, affluence, and an adventure across a […]

19 02, 2015

THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE by Seth Grahame-Smith

By | Thursday, February 19, 2015|12 Comments

THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE by Seth Grahame-SmithThe Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 13th 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Horror
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Vampire Henry Sturges returns in the highly anticipated sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter-a sweeping, alternate history of twentieth-century America by New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith.

THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. Henry's will be an expansive journey that first sends him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.

I got this book because I love the cover, and I love vampires. The Last American Vampire is the story of Henry Sturges. It is complete and covers the entire adventures of this vampire.This book had so many historical figures and facts it almost sounded as if it was written by someone who […]

27 01, 2015

THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher Scotton

By | Tuesday, January 27, 2015|3 Comments

THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher ScottonThe Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 6th 2015
Pages: 480
Genres: Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction
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After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.

Medgar is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin's grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the 'company' and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.

Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community.

This was about as real as a story can get. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth featured small town prejudices, old family rules, tragedy, and the losing/finding of oneself. This book was very engrossing and encompassed every thing I love about a good book. I have to admit that the beginning started kind […]

21 01, 2015

LACY EYE by Jessica Treadway

By | Wednesday, January 21, 2015|4 Comments

LACY EYE by Jessica TreadwayLacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 10th 2015
Pages: 496
Genres: Contemporary Women, Crime, Family Life, Fiction, Psychological
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Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter's happiness would lead to her husband's death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they're glad that Dawn - always an awkward child - appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud. But when Hanna and her husband, Joe, are beaten savagely in their bed, Rud becomes the chief suspect and stands trial for Joe's murder.

Claiming her boyfriend's innocence, Dawn estranges herself from her mother, who survived the attack with serious injuries and impaired memory. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to the family home saying she wants to support her mother, Hanna decides to try to remember details of that traumatic night so she can testify to keep her husband's murderer in jail, never guessing that the process might cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter.

Lacy Eye had me right away. The endearing tone of Hanna struggling though existence after a brutal attack. Everyone thinks her daughter is involved. The circumstances were just heartbreaking. This book shows the reader how dangerous a lacy eye can be. Ignorance is not always bliss. This review contains no spoilers. Feel free […]

8 01, 2015

THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel

By | Thursday, January 8, 2015|6 Comments

THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara BlaedelThe Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
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In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick--the new commander of the Missing Persons Department--is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed-and hidden-in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

This was an excellent thriller that drew me in right away. The characters were complex and very well written. The girls were heartbreaking. The Forgotten Girls was a mystery was set well and had me biting my nails until the revelation. I will be watching for more from this author. *This is a […]

9 12, 2014

SAVE ME by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

By | Tuesday, December 9, 2014|2 Comments

SAVE ME by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

SAVE ME by Kristyn Kusek LewisSave Me by Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 30th 2014
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
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Daphne Mitchell has always believed in cause and effect, right and wrong, good and bad. The good: her dream job as a doctor; Owen, her childhood sweetheart and now husband; the beautiful farmhouse they're restoring together. In fact, most of her life has been good--until the day Owen comes home early from work to tell her he's fallen head over heels for someone else.Unable to hate him, but also equally incapable of moving forward, Daphne's life hangs in limbo until the day Owen's new girlfriend sustains near-fatal injuries in a car accident. As Daphne becomes a pillar of support for the devastated Owen, and realizes that reconciliation may lie within her grasp, she has to find out whether forgiveness is possible and decide which path is the right one for her.

Save Me is about a woman who doesn’t necessarily need saving. A woman is faced with the end of her marriage. The thing she though would always be there has been replaced with uncertainty. This story was heart wrenching. Then it was empowering. Daphne is just living the dream. She has everything to […]

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