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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Blog Tour: Excerpt of Hide and Seek by Mary Burton


Author: Mary Burton
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.

While investigating with local sheriff Mike Nevada, a former colleague and onetime lover, Macy discovers a link between Tobi’s case and several others that occurred around the same time as her disappearance. As Macy interviews victims and examines old cases, she uncovers a sinister picture of a stalker who graduated to sexual assault—and then murder.

Macy and Nevada race to put this monster behind bars before he can come out of hiding. But the murderer’s had years to hone his skills, and soon Macy herself becomes a target. She’s no stranger to pain and terror, but will Macy’s first profiling case be her last?


Excerpt: Hide and Seek by Mary Burton

Vivid blue sky, white clouds, and golden fall leaves blanketed the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains and created a picture-perfect day in the valley. In Macy’s book, the beauty was wasted. If she had God’s ear, today would have been cold, overcast, and damp. Save the pretty days until she caught this killer.

As she drove south down I-81, Macy mentally replayed her ten minutes of regional research. In the last couple of decades, the Shenandoah Valley’s population had ballooned thanks to a growing university, its proximity to Washington, DC, and a thriving tourism trade peddling vineyards, Civil War battlefields, and railroad museums. Filling in the economic gaps were warehouse distribution centers, chain hotels, and strip malls.

The voice of Macy’s GPS cut through AC/DC’s Back in Black blasting from her playlist and instructed her to take the upcoming exit toward Deep Run. As she rolled onto Route 250, a sign for her go-to fast-food eatery gave her an excuse to stretch her legs before driving the remaining ten miles to the crime scene.

Parking, she gingerly rose up out of the car. Her leg hurt. Stretches weren’t optional any more. She grabbed her ankle and pulled until the bunched muscles in her thigh released. After a quick walk around the lot, she made a beeline for the restaurant bathroom.

She glanced into the mirror as she washed her hands. Even after five months, she still didn’t recognize the woman with the short hair and thin face.

Nevada was in for a rude awakening.

She wiped her face with a paper towel. “Macy Crow, you’re above ground and headed in the right direction. That’s what counts.”

At the counter, she ordered a supersize bucket of fries and a large soda. It wasn’t that she loved the food—okay, maybe she did love the fries—but the chain restaurant’s predictability and sameness was comforting after so many life changes.

A few fries later, she was in her car and backing out of her space when her phone rang. Nevada’s number appeared. She cleared her throat and sat a little taller.

“Agent Macy Crow,” she said.

“Ramsey tells me you’re on your way. Where are you?”

He was direct, rarely charming, and she always knew where she stood with him. “Fifteen minutes from the barn.”

“I’m here now.”

The transition back into a working relationship appeared effortless. Whatever they had was over and done. No hard feelings.

“See you soon,” she said.

En route on the interstate, she ate her fries and drained her soda. There were no guarantees on when the next meal would be.

The last few miles took her down smaller roads until she spotted the driveway marked by stacked stones. Gravel crunched under her tires as she passed a freshly cleared field. Over the rise of a hill, she saw the old barn encircled by yellow crime scene tape.

When she had been researching the area, slogans such as “Best Quality of Life” and “Raise Your Family in Deep Run” popped up on her computer screen. As she had read about the area, she had kept glancing toward her open case file filled with images of Tobi Turner’s scattered bones. Recent pictures had captured the barn surrounded by dozens of state and local law enforcement vehicles crammed side by side in the grassy field.

Now as Macy parked, she noted that all the vehicles were gone expect for a lone black SUV. She grabbed her Glock from the glove box, holstered it, and stepped out of her car. Her worn hiking boots sloshed in the damp muddy soil. She tugged on an FBI windbreaker and draped her FBI credentials around her neck. As a stiff breeze blew a lingering chill and autumn scents, she checked her pockets for latex gloves, sunglasses, a small pocketknife, and pendant light.

Edginess and excitement fused as she strode toward the stretch of yellow tape and searched for Nevada. She ducked under the tape and stepped inside the barn.

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Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six romance and suspense novels and five novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: Haunted House by Jack Kilborn

Author: Jack Kilborn
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: April 2018

At Butler House, a series of grisly murders over a century have lead many to believe it's haunted. To one scientist, it's the perfect place for an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience, are offered a million dollars to spend one night at Butler House. They can take whatever they want with them-religious items, survival gear, and weapons. All they need to do is last the night. But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil . . . and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality. There are much scarier things than ghosts. Things that will kill you slowly and delight in your screams. Things that won't let you get out alive.


Haunted House is the fourth and, I believe, final book in the Afraid series.  This one features characters from the first three books as well as a couple from another series.  I would love to say that this holds up well as a stand alone book, but it doesn't really.  You could read it first, but it really spoils who survives in the first three books.  

I thought this one was pretty enjoyable.  It did remind me of Endurance, but wasn't as over the top gruesome.  The house was really creepy and the scares would make good movie scenes.  The one thing that I liked was seeing how each of the survivors were affected by the events of their stories.  Often we don't get to see what really happens weeks or years later.  For most of them, it wasn't a complete HEA.  I definitely recommend this one, especially if you love haunted house stories.  



  

Monday, April 22, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Author: Lucy Parker
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of publication: April 22, 2019

Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.

She can’t take her eyes off him.

Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes—or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.

Instead all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.

As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous…but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.

The Austen Playbook is the fourth book in the London Celebrities series.  I had high hopes for this one as I have seen good things written about it.  I will admit that I wasn't a fan of the first book, Act Like It, but had heard that the stories get better as later in the series.  This is only the second of the series that I have read.  While it was slightly better than the other one, I still didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked.  The biggest issue was again, major lack of chemistry between the main couple, Griff and Freddy.  I never felt it; even in the end.  These two books are the only ones I have read by this author, so I'm not sure if this is usual for her main love interests.

The one thing I did enjoy about the book were all of the Jane Austen reference and character name drops.  I love Austen and am a big fan of her works, so that was a lot of fun.    I would recommend this one for fans of this author and the series.  For me, I like more heat in my romance.


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About Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes and vineyards. She has a degree in Art History, loves museums and galleries, and doodles unrecognisable flowers when she has writer’s block.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well, and the rest was history.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spotlight: Excerpt of Biker Baby by Penny Dee


Author: Penny Dee
(Kings of Mayhem MC #3)
Publication date: April 19th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I was about to make a huge mistake.
And when I say huge, I mean, approximately ten inches’ worth of mistake.
But after the week I’d had, this was just what I needed. A night of big bad mistakes with a big bad biker. 

Honey Scott
Finding out your boyfriend is a cheating loser is a real buzz kill. Finding out you’re actually the other woman, is devastating. Call it temporary insanity, but I decide the best way to get over the loser I’d dated for two years is to get under a biker with tattoos, dimples and a hard body he knows how to use.
He’s going to make everything better with numerous mind-blowing orgasms. But just for one night.
Except one faulty condom means my one-night stand isn’t so one-night after all. 

Caleb Calley
After a night of insane sex, the beautiful blue-eyed brunette gave me the slip. And even with all the women on offer afterwards, I can’t get her off my mind. So when she turns up at the Kings of Mayhem MC compound I’m quick to give her a second night of amazing sex and crazy orgasms. But this time, I’m not ready to let her go.
There’s just one problem— she’s not interested. 
But if she thinks she’s going to give me the slip again, then she’s got another thing coming. I know she is keeping a secret from me but I don’t care what it is. I want her and I’m going to make her mine.
Biker Baby, book three in the Kings of Mayhem MC series.
Please note: you must be 18+ to read and due to the content there may be triggers.


EXCERPT:
“That bitch!” Autumn seethed, taking a sip of her hot chocolate. We were sitting on her couch, the one I would be sleeping on until I got my bed and furniture back. “I always knew you couldn’t trust the little thief.”
“Caleb seems to think he can get my things from her,” I said, leaning forward and taking my peppermint tea from the coffee table. I took a sip of the minty water and savored the sweetness on my tongue. It was the only thing I could keep down, and thankfully, it also calmed my nausea.
“I don’t doubt it, he seems very . . . capable.” She looked at me over her mug and I could see the twinkle in her eyes. “Did you tell him about the baby?”
I glanced away. “No.”
She gaped at me. “Honey!”
“I know. I should’ve told him but—”
“But—?”
“I got distracted!”
She gave me an unimpressed look. “That is the worst excuse ever. You got distracted? By what, his big cock?” When I glanced away again she tsk-tsk’d and shook her head. “You ho.”
I gave her a pointed look. “Speaking of hoes, how was your night?”
She shrugged it off as if it was nothing. “It was . . . you know . . . it was okay.”
She tried to sound nonchalant, but her voice raised an octave, so I knew she was lying.
“Just okay?” I eyed her suspiciously because she wouldn’t look me in the eye. “Oh my God, you like him!”
Again, she tried to downplay it. “Of course I like him, I let him inside my vagina. Three times, to be precise.”
“But you like like him! I can tell.”
She avoided making eye contact with me and busied herself picking at the cushion on her lap.
“Don’t try to deny it. I’ve been your best friend for too long. I know when you like someone.”
She sighed. “Okay, so I like him.”
“But?”
“I don’t know. I guess I just didn’t expect to like him.”
Autumn had trouble with commitment.
“So are you going to see him again?”
“Don’t try to change the subject,” she said, cocking an eyebrow. “We’re talking about you telling Caleb about the baby you’re growing in your womb.”
I bit my bottom lip.
“You know, maybe I don’t need to tell him,” I said.
Autumn looked at me like I was crazy. “You’re joking, right?”
“Why do I need to tell him? I don’t need some guy to help me with this. I’m quite capable of raising this baby on my own.”
“He’s not just some guy, he’s the baby’s father. And don’t you think he deserves to know?” Seeing the pained look on my face, she gave me an empathetic look. “Look, you of all people know how hard raising a kid by yourself can be.”
She wasn’t wrong. My childhood had been a disaster thanks to my hair-brained, selfish mother. It was the kind of childhood that made you not want to have children. I saw firsthand how easy it was to crush someone’s self-worth and confidence. My childhood was lonely. I grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in Vegas with a mom who was always out cruising the casinos and bars for her next meal ticket.
I spent most nights home alone, and on one of these nights, after watching a Martha Stewart show about cupcakes, I decided to learn how to bake. Mom wasn’t home to supervise or to tell me how to do things, and one time my eight-year-old self almost burnt down our tiny kitchen. But thanks to some fast thinking I was able to stop a disaster from unfolding. Although, the stench of burnt cake and wax paper was hard to get rid of. Not that Mom noticed when she got home hours later, reeking of booze and too drunk to care.
By the age of nine, I was an enthusiastic cupcake baker who knew her way around the kitchen. Money was tight. So I would use the walks home from school to wander through parking lots of the casinos looking for spare change so I could buy ingredients for my next baking adventure.
I was also really good at English, so at school I started my own essay writing service, selling five-hundred words for five bucks. Some weeks I made up to twenty-five dollars, which meant I could afford to buy some baking books and experiment with different recipes and ideas.
My mom made my childhood lonely and sad, but her abandonment gave me the love of baking, and as a result, a rewarding career.
And probably the best mothering skills in the world.
Because I wasn’t going to be anything like her.
I took another sip of my tea. “I want to tell him. I do. But I just don’t know how to do it.”
“Stop having sex with him would be a start.”
“I’m serious, Autumn. I don’t know how to bring it up.”
“So am I.” She gave me a stern look. “You need to go over there right now and tell him you’re having his baby.”

Author Bio:

Penny Dee writes contemporary romance about rockstars, bikers, hockey players and everyone in-between. She believes true love never runs smoothly, and her characters realize this too, with a boatload of drama and a whole lot of steam.

She found her happily ever after in Australia where she lives with her husband, daughter and a dog named Bindi.





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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: Act Like It by Lucy parker

Author: Lucy Parker
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of publication: November 2015

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?


Act Like It is the first book in the London Celebrities series.  The book features two London stage actors who must pretend to be in love in order to save the reputation of the play they are wok ring one.  The problem is that Richard and Laini can't stand each other.  

Normally, I love enemies to lovers stories.  They can be a lot of fun.  I was kind of disappointed when I finished this one.  My biggest issues with the book was the huge lack of chemistry between the two main characters.  Even when they first kissed, there were no sparks.  I did see how they came to like each other as friends, but there was zero spark.  The ending was cute, but for me, it was a stretch.  The other thing I wasn't a fan of was the fade to black love scenes.  The author spent so much time building up the the scene, then it switched to hours later.  I have heard that the later books in the series don't have this issue.

It's not a bad romance.  There were some funny moments and I did like the ending.  I just wanted more from the couple.



Friday, April 19, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of Before She was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition 
Date of publication: April 16, 2019

A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover—movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.

Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe—even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.


I am  always on the hunt for a good thriller.  I had high hopes for Before She was Found.   Three girls sneak out of a hosue and one ends up bloody, one runs away, and the other is rendered speechless. The beginning started out well and sucked me into the story.  But I have to confess, it started fizzling out for me about halfway through.  The book is told through multiple perspectives, diary entries and medical notes.  I think that may have been the biggest problem for me.  Too many voices got a little dull.  I felt for Cora the most as she had little self esteem and was picked on pretty ruthlessly.  But the rest of the characters pretty much blended together.  I didn't like the ending as it was a little too wrapped up in a nice bow and was fairly unrealistic.  It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't a thrilling thriller either.  I think fans of this author will enjoy this story.



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About Heather Gudenkauf


Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound.  Heather lives in Iowa with her family.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black

Author: Lacey Black
Publisher: Lacey Black Books
Date of publication: January 2019

Marissa Grayson’s dream went up in smoke. A devastating fire has ripped apart her family’s bed and breakfast, leaving her off-kilter and scrambling to repair the damage. What she doesn’t need, or have time for, is Rhenn Burleski. Sexy, confident, and dangerous to her heart. A man who clearly knows his way around the female body and will leave the moment the sheets start to cool. Yet that doesn’t stop her from making a deal with the devil himself.

Work hard, play harder. That’s Rhenn’s life motto. An electrician by day, Rhenn turns it up at night, always with a different lady friend in tow. He makes sure they know the score: he’s not looking for anything more than one night of fun. However, he knows the second he meets the shy daughter of the bed and breakfast’s owner that his life is never going to be the same. As hard as he tries, he just can’t resist one taste.

What happens when their time is up and Rhenn must leave, returning to his old life? Will they be able to walk away, hearts unscathed, or will their time together prove to be nothing more than a fading memory?


Love and Pancakes is the first book in the Rockland Falls series.  This is Marissa and Rhenn story.  Marissa's life goes up in smoke when her family's bed and breakfast  has a fire.  Rhenn is hired to do all of the new wiring for the rebuild.  I thought this was a really cute love story. Both Rhenn and Marissa are relationship shy having dated cheaters in the past.  I loved how Rhenn made Marissa feel like she was the only woman in the room.  She had always lived in her sister's shadow and her confidence wasn't too high at first.  These two were made for each other.

The book was well written with fun characters.  The great aunt was really funny and made me laugh out load on multiple occasions.  I think this is a spin off series, but it worked fine as stand alone.  Marissa has 3 other siblings, so I'm sure there are more stories to come out of Rockland Falls.  The next book, Love and Lingerie, comes out soon, so stay tuned!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2 in 1: Afraid and Endurance by Jack Kilborn


Author: Jack Kilbon
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of publication: April 2009

Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now . . . 

A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn't come to their town by accident . . .


Afraid is the first book in the "Afraid' series.  Out of the three I have read so far, this one was the mildest one in terms of violence.  Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty violent, but the gore factor is not as high as Trapped or Endurance.  I did like this one.  I was kept guessing and was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong in the end.  I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't ruin the plot.  I liked most of the characters and loved that I had a couple that I was rooting for to make it out alive.  I definitely recommend this one.

Author: Jack Kilborn
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: June 2010

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.

ONCE YOU CHECK IN...

When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.

...YOU'LL BE DYING TO LEAVE

One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

Endurance is the third book in this series and the one I have liked the least.  Have you ever seen the X-Files episode "Home"?  Were you completely grossed out by it?  If your answer is yes, then you should avoid this book.  I thought Trapped was at peak grossness level, but no, Endurance topped that one.  I'm not squeamish, but this one made me a bit nauseous as I read it.  I can't really say that I enjoyed it.  For me, it was a little over the top.  Maybe don't read this one on your lunch break.

The nice thing I can say about this series is they can all be read as stand alone books.  I read them out of order and found it really didn't matter.  I am looking forward to reading the fourth and latest book, Haunted House very soon,


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of Forgiven by Carrie Aarons



Today we are celebrating the release of a standalone title by Carrie Aarons. FORGIVEN is available for purchase now, and it is the second book in the Nash Brothers series! For a limited time, you can get the first book in the series, FLEETING, for 99 cents! You can follow Carrie for exclusive updates about the series.

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In a split-second, a car crash killed almost everything between them. Ten years later, can one accidental ride fix tattered spirits, uncertain futures, and broken hearts?

Lily Grantham has always done what she’s been told. The daughter of a senator, she grew up as the good girl of Fawn Hill, and carried that torch right on through to adulthood. Her only wild streak? Bowen Nash. She loved that boy since the day they laid eyes on each other, and it nearly ended them both. A decade later, and Lily still can’t move on. Even if Bowen has made it clear he doesn’t love her anymore. Bowen Nash never wanted the life he’s trapped in. Destined for baseball fame and the love of his high-school sweetheart, that existence vanished in the flip of an old pickup. Now, he’s stuck in the town that produced his worst nightmare. Pretending to hate Lily Grantham guts him day in and day out. But to protect her from the ultimate secret, it’s necessary to break his own heart each time they pass on the street. They’ve been fighting fate for as long as it’s been chasing them. And now, time is up.

My thoughts:

Forgiven is the second book in the Nash brothers series. This is Bowen and Lily’s story.  I really enjoyed this one. Bowen and Lily’s story is heartbreaking. It was fun watching them reconnect and admit they still had feelings for each other.  I can’t imagine having to stay away from “my person” for ten years.  I did think the reason was a little anticlimactic and unnecessary, but to Bowen’s credit he was a young kid.   The epilogue was sweet and hinted at Penelope’s HEA. I hope we get her story soon!  I definitely recommend this one as well as the first book, Fleeting.



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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.
When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.
 

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Hangman by Jack Heath

Author: Jack Heath
Publisher: Hanover Square
Datre of publication: June 2018

A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a disturbing ransom call. It's only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.

Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He's also a sociopath - the FBI's last resort.

But this time Blake might have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he's faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he's so desperate to forget.

Timothy Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one…


I never thought in a million years would I ever say I liked a character like Timothy Blake.  Why?  Because he is the most likable cannibal I have ever read about.  Yes, Timothy Blake is a cannibal.  He is also a brilliant puzzle solver and last resort for the FBI when solving hard cases. And despite being a sociopath, he's actually pretty likable.  He has an agreement with parts of the FBI that for every case he solves, he gets to have criminal up for execution.

I ended up really enjoying Hangman.  The mystery was good and kept me guessing.  Through flashbacks, we learn more about Timothy and how he came to be a cannibal and work for the FBI. He was a very sympathetic character.  As for the flesh eating part, those descriptions were kept to a minimum. So it wasn't really graphic.  The next book featuring Timothy comes out in a couple of months.  Stay tuned for a review.