Oct 232018
 

I KNOW YOU KNOW by Gilly Macmillan
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: Sept. 18, 2018
ISBN-10: 0062698605
ISBN-13: 978-0062698605
Pages: 384
Review Copy From: Library
Edition: HC
My Rating: 5

Synopsis (via GR)

From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.

Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.

For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.

When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…

My Thoughts

This year I have been addicted to psychological thrillers and this book did not disappoint.

What I also enjoyed, was the different approach of the story, whereas it was also a Podcast where Cody Swift would explain the new evidence he uncovered during the week in relation to the murder of his friends.

I thought I had this one figured out, however, once the mystery of the 3 deaths was unveiled I was a little disappointed. I thought it was a bit of a letdown BUT then came the last couple of chapters and I was floored.

Definitely a book to pick up if you are looking for a captivating read!!!

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  • Oct 172018
     

    THREE STRIKES by Ross Klavan, Tim O’Mara and Charles Salzberg
    Genre:Crime
    Published by: Down & Out Books
    Publication Date: September 10th 2018
    Number of Pages: 350
    ISBN: 978-1-948235-25-9
    Pages: 350
    Review Copy from: Authors
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis

    I Take Care of Myself in Dreamland

    by Ross Klavan

    Bartok is horribly scarred. Wounded in the Army, he roams through 1970’s New York, a city of perpetual night, punctuated by crime and populated by streetwalkers, hooker bars, strip clubs, easy drugs and a feeling of doom. There’s one thing on his mind: an experience he had when his Army truck exploded, an experience he calls Red River. More than bliss, more than spiritual. But nothing goes right. Bartok loses his girl, his money, any possibility of support and decides that he’s finished, he’s going to end it but before he does, he’s going out on the town for one last attempt to recapture the incredible experience of Red River. And when he does, he runs into others who see him as an easy mark for dirtier plans…plans that involve murder before suicide.

    Bartok’s story is told by a driver for the mob, a guy who’s heard it all and usually keeps his mouth shut because when he begins a trip, it’s almost always one-way.

    Jammed

    by Tim O’Mara

    Aggie’s back. After barely escaping with his life in “Smoked,” Aggie disproves the old adage of “Once burned…” This time around he’s heading from the Midwest to New York City with a sweet shipment of stolen maple syrup. He also has picked up an unwanted-and potentially dangerous-passenger; the fifteen-year-old daughter of his latest boss has hopped on for a free ride to the Big Apple and her on-line boyfriend. When they arrive in NYC, Aggie’s worst fears are realized when the “boyfriend” turns out to be a group of human traffickers. Aggie knew that running one of the world’s most valuable liquids across state lines was skirting the line between safety and danger, but he never knew it could get this sticky.

    The Maybrick Affair

    by Charles Salzberg

    It’s a couple weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor and a young reporter, Jake Harper, who works for a small Connecticut newspaper, is assigned a routine human interest story. A reclusive, elderly woman, has quietly passed away in her small cottage upstate. Anxious for bigger stories, Jake begins his assignment by trying to find out who this woman was and what kind of life she led. As Jake investigates the old woman’s death he finds that years earlier she was tried and convicted of murdering her husband in a well-publicized, lurid trial in London, England. And, after digging further, he, unearths evidence that she might have had a connection to an even more famous British serial killer and that the ramifications of this story might affect America’s entry into the War.

    My Thoughts

    Three novellas, two ‘new to me” authors and a few hours of escape!

    Being novellas, and not wanting to give anything away, other than the synopsis above, each story was unique and captivating.

    I enjoyed the writing style and descriptive narrative with each story. So much so, that I felt I was able to create vivid imagery as if it was a movie in my mind.

    Each story had enough suspense that it kept me turning the pages.

    I had read a book by Charles Salzberg, DEVIL IN THE HOLE, so I knew his story would be enjoyable and now I have 2 new authors that I want to read more of their work.

    Definitely, recommend! Three stories that are highly entertaining and gripping!

     

    **Stop by tomorrow for a Guest Post by Charles Salzberg and Excerpt**

     

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  • Oct 162018
     

    BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
    Genre: Women’s Fiction
    Published by Ballantine Books
    Publication Date: June 6, 2017
    ISBN-10: 0425284689
    ISBN-13: 978-0425284681
    Pages: 352
    Review Copy From: Library
    Edition: HC
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

    For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

    Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

    Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

    My Thoughts

    As the synopsis states, Avery Stafford stumbles upon a mystery that involves her grandmother.

    Based on a true life historical incident, this book was heartbreaking. Full of emotion, determination, loyalty, poverty, love, loss and family ties to last a lifetime.

    The author writes an amazing fictional tale based on a horrific and dark side of adoption that took place in the 1930s.

    A dynamic and gripping read! One that will stay with me for a long time!

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  • Oct 112018
     

    AFTER NIGHTFALL by A.J. Banner
    Genre: Thriller/Suspense
    Published by Lake Union Publishing
    Publication Date: Aug. 10, 2018
    ISBN-10: 1503949249
    ISBN-13: 978-1503949249
    Pages: 256
    Review Copy From: Library
    Edition: HC
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    Beware of friends with secrets…

    Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.

    Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.

    Bestselling author A. J. Banner keeps readers on a razor-sharp edge in this intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense…in which nothing is as it seems.

    My Thoughts

    This was a “new to me” author but after seeing many great reviews and recommendations in the FB book groups I follow, I thought I would pick it up at my local library.

    This is an edge of your seat read from the first word to the last. An elaborate puzzling plot that had me thinking I knew who the murderer was and then thinking it was another character. Not even close! And for the motive, WOW!, didn’t see that coming.

    This author is now on my “authors to read” list and I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

    Gripping! I definitely recommend it if you enjoy psychological thrillers.

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  • Oct 032018
     

    THE LIAR’S ROOM by Simon Lelic
    Genre: Mystery/Thriller
    Published by Berkley
    Publication Date: January 15, 2019
    ASIN: B07CKPBT1W
    Pages: 352
    Review Copy From: Publisher
    Edition: ARC
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis (via GR)

    ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT…
    Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

    But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

    Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

    And Susanna realises she was wrong.
    She doesn’t know him.
    BUT HE KNOWS HER.
    AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…

    The addictive new thriller with an ending you’ll never guess, The Liar’s Room is perfect for readers of Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door and A J Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

    SIMON LELIC – THRILLERS TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT:

    My Thoughts

    After reading THE NEW NEIGHBORS, I knew I wanted to read more by this author and was lucky, very lucky to receive an ARC.

    …”the past has a way of catching up” pg.268

    Susanna has escaped her past but her secrets are still hidden, or she thought until a new client has come in for counseling.

    Secrets are revealed but with a price! A taut and intense read filled with tension as each page is turned!

    I enjoyed this chilling tale!

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