Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: August 2016
Underneath the axle grease and tats
About the author:
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: August 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
published by: Bantam
publish date: June 12, 2012
Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie, went on a killing spree that left an entire family and several others dead. Five years later, only days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. He claims he wasn’t responsible for one of the murders—and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.
This was one of those books that I got from the library. When it came time to read it, I was like "why did I pick this??" So, I kinda put it off, but I eventually got around to it. I don't know what the problem was, because I ended up really liking this book and hopefully I can get to the second book in the series some time soon.
Terrier is fed up with his family. They're all thieves and grifters. When his brother Collie goes on a killing spree, he leaves his family behind and starts and new life. Collie calls him to death row to make a confession that he didn't kill one of the victims he was accused of killing. Terrier doesn't believe him but begins his own investigation. Terry gets drawn back into the dealings of his family. His sister is involved with a lowlife, his uncles are in trouble with the mob. He has to clear his brother's name, find a killer and get his family straight.
One of the things I liked about this book was the names. Everyone in Terry's family was named after a breed of dog. I thought it was a clever little aspect of book. This was a really good mystery and I would for sure recommend this one.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: September 2015
Brave the Heat is the first in a series about five brothers. I think they are set up as a stand-alones because this book focuses on only Gavin. The other brothers show up in the end so the reader doesn't really get a chance to know them. Gavin and Jordan have a history. She ran away 15 years before and Gavin still has a thing for her. Now she is back in town, divorced and with two little girls in tow.
Friday, August 19, 2016
The American Girl is about, well, an American girl who is in France as an exchange student. One day, she stumbles out of the woods and, after getting hit by a car, loses her memory. The host family she was staying with is missing and she gets blamed for their disappearance.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Author: Cynthia Eden
First published in 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
TWO BRILLIANT AGENTS
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She's walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can't ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.
ONE DREAM TEAM
Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease...professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they're reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims' deepest, darkest fears for sport - but their investigative skills aren't enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.
Deadly Fear was a fast paced hunt for a serial killer involving two FBI agents who have a past history and are both battling inner demons. For the most part, I liked this one. I thought the mystery was really good and creepy. I liked the premise that the killer played on the victim's biggest fears. The identity of the serial killer was hard to pin down making it more exciting.
The main characters were just OK for me. I liked Luke, but Monica kept annoying me. I didn't understand how she got to be in the FBI while hiding her true identity or her past. Seemed a bit unlikely to me. I kept waiting for her to share as it probably would have sped up the investigation. The romance part of the book was a bit underwhelming for me. So I'd recommend reading this one for the suspense part, not the romance.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I've read all of the books in the series so far. For me, Haunted Destiny was just OK and definitely not my favorite of the series. The romance was a very rushed and forced. I'm not sure I bought into the fall into forever in a matter of days and the ending was kind of dumb and a bit hokey. The story was a bit slow at times and I missed having more of the Krewe working the case. It did keep me guessing until close to the end, so that was a bonus.
Deadly Fate is the 19th of the Krewe series and the second of the "trilogy". I liked this one slightly more than Haunted Destiny. The mystery was more exciting and kept me guessing. But, again, the romance was forced and really rushed. I'm almost wishing that there would be either more romance or none at all. It's seems that in these latest Krewe books, the romance has become an afterthought and just slipped into the story because it needs to be there. I'm not feeling the connection with the love interests even though I'm told I'm supposed to. Maybe it's time for a break from the Krewe. I'd love to see some stories with some of the old gang and their love interests. It might bring back some spice to the series.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Publisher: Minatour Books
Date of publication:May 2016
Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a domestic violence support town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
City of the Lost is the first book by this author that I have read. I have seen some reviews that say her fantasy series are better. Since I obviously have nothing to compare it to, I will just say that I did enjoy his book. I liked the premise of a town where people can go to hide and start over. Don't we all want to disappear at times? Anyone who is fortunate enough to get into the town of Rockton lives off the grid. Only a select few know the place exists. Casey and her friend Diana both apply to live in the town because they are both getting away from something. Rockton needs a detective and Casey is perfect for the job.
As I said, I liked this book. I really liked Casey. She is the kind of character that makes me want to read more books in a series to see how she grows and changes. I didn't even mind the quickie romance with Eric. I loved his character too. I won't comment on the mysteries here. It would spoil the overall story. There are a few twists that made it really interesting. The ending left me with some questions, so it will be interesting to see how everything plays out in future books. I definitely recommend this one and look forward to reading the next one coming out in 2017. In the meantime, I'm going have to seek out some of Ms. Armstrong's other works!
Monday, August 15, 2016
Date of publication: April 2016
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
I will admit that I almost made this one a DNF. But I'm really glad I stuck it out. It starts off a bit slow, but the wait is really worth it. Tessa has returned to her old home town after tens years. She hasn't been back since her mother abandoned her and she went to live with her grandmother. She and her best friend Callie helped put away the man who police say killed Callie's cousin ten years earlier. But Tessa has always wondered if they really saw what they testified having seen that night. When a local girl is murdered, it raises even more questions for Tessa.
The Darkest Corners has two mysteries really...Who killed local girl Ariel and was Callie's cousin Lori really killed by a serial killer? Tessa and Callie end up setting aside their differences to figure out the truth. I'm not going to say much more about the book. Just know that the plot was well planned out with reveals coming just at the right time. It really kept me guessing. There are a lot of twists and the ending has a BIG surprise. I definitely recommend checking this one out.
Like Kari, I didn't know if I was going to like this book when I first started. However, I got sucked in to story and it was a good one. If you've read it and want more, check out the TV show Slasher on Netflix. They have weird similarities. I say give both a try! Especially, if you like a good creepy/scary story.