Oct 012018
 

SCAR TISSUE by Patricia Hale
Genre: Thriller
Published by: Intrigue Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 194
ISBN: 978-1-940758-85-5
Series: Cole and Callahan #3
Review Copy from: Publisher
Edition: ARC TPB
My Rating: 5

 

Synopsis

Track star, Ashley Lambert, has just been accepted into the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, so when she jumps eighteen stories to her death her parents hire the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan to find out why. The investigation exposes a deeply disturbed family hiding behind a façade of perfection and follows Ashley’s descent into performance enhancing drugs and blackmail. Ashley’s coaches, peers and even her parents come into question. The disturbing truth behind Ashley’s death is testimony to lines crossed and allegiances sworn…. in the name of love.

Meanwhile, things don’t add up next door. Britt’s working overtime researching their new neighbors whose one-year-old son disappeared four years ago. Rhea McKenzie, has a secret and bruises aren’t the only thing she’s trying to hide. When an off-hand comment discloses a connection to Ashley Lambert the two cases become entwined, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Britt is sucked into an alliance with Rhea and driven to make decisions that challenge her ethics, threaten her relationship and in the end, push her over a line she never thought she’d cross.

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW

5 stars

The P.I. team, of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan are back and taking the reader on another exciting case!!!

This is the third book in the series but easily read as a stand alone. You can see my review of THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY CHILD HERE.

Griff and Britt have been hired by the parents, whose daughter has supposedly committed suicide, which they don’t believe since she was an exceptional student with a very promising future.

During this time, the couple has also made a big step in their relationship, when they buy a house together. But something isn’t right with their new neighbors and Britt starts to investigate. What really happened when the neighbor’s 1 year old son went missing and never found. And now that this mother is pregnant again, but the bruises she is hiding, infuriates Britt and she will stop at nothing to help.

The story grips the reader from the very first page and doesn’t let go! The author’s writing style is fluid and descriptive. The characters believable. An engrossing read with an ending that had this reader holding her breath!

Highly recommend!

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  • Sep 252018
     

    A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena
    Genre: Thriller/Suspense
    Published by Penguin Books
    Publication Date: May 29, 2018
    ISBN-10: 0735221138
    ISBN-13: 978-0735221130
    Pages: 336
    Review Copy From: Library
    Edition: HC
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis (via GR)

    In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

    He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

    Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

    There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

    The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

    Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

    Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

    My Thoughts

    I remember seeing a lot of buzz about this book prior to its publication and recently I read another book, AN UNWANTED GUEST by Ms. Lapena, so I put a reserve request for this one at my local library.

    Tom and Karen Krupp have been married 2 years and are extremely happy, that is, until that fateful night of the accident. From that point on, their lives are changed drastically.

    An intricate and convoluted plot. The suspense flowed throughout the story making it unputdownable. However, I was a bit ambivalent about the ending. The whodunit was surprising but I was somewhat disappointed as it ended with a cliffhanger.

    If you enjoy domestic thrillers, this is one book you should pick up!

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  • Sep 212018
     

    AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
    Genre: Thriller/Suspense, Women’s Fiction
    Published by St. Martin’s Press
    Publication Date: January 8, 2019
    ISBN-10: 1250133734
    ISBN-13: 978-1250133731
    Pages: 384
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

    Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

    When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

    From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

    My Thoughts

    After reading THE WIFE BETWEEN US, I knew I had to read this book and asap. If you haven’t read either book, put them on your list.

    Jessica Farris, a makeup artist, is just about making ends meet financially. While at a client’s home, she overhears her say that she has an appointment the following day for a survey being conducted by a psychiatrist at NYU, which is paying $500, but the client states she is not showing up. Jessica, in an impulse decision, checks the client’s phone for the information to take her place. But what ends up being a generic survey turns into so much.

    Jessica ends up being Subject 52 but soon learns that she is the sole focus that the psychiatrist wants for her Morality and Ethics study. What ensues is more than Jess has bargained for. Did she just sell her life and soul for financial gain?

    An intricate, complex and profound psychological thriller that will leave you breathless. A chilling white-knuckle read!

    Highly recommend!

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  • Sep 202018
     

    09/20/18

    INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins
    Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Women’s Fiction
    Published by Riverhead Books
    Publication Date: May 1, 2018
    ISBN-10: 0735211221
    ISBN-13: 978-0735211223
    Pages: 400
    Review Copy From: Personal purchase
    Edition: HC
    My Rating: 4

     

    Synopsis (via GR)

    In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

    My Thoughts

    Last year I read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, which I liked but didn’t feel that it was as exciting as all the buzz I saw/heard about it. Fast forward, I read mixed reviews for INTO THE WATER and decided to read it for my own satisfaction and see if the buzz was correct for this title.

    Nel Abbott, author and photographer, is writing a book about the Beckford Pool, which is also called the Beckford Drowning Pool. History and myths claim that this body of water is not a suicide spot but is a place to get rid of troublesome women (pg. 89). Many women, starting in 1679 to present, have died here. Nel was researching if the deaths were suicide or was there something more sinister happening? There are many secrets and despair but what is the real truth? However, Nel doesn’t get the chance to finish her book because she becomes the latest victim of the Beckford Drowning Pool.

    I really liked this book. If I had to choose which book was more engrossing and kept me captivated, it would be this one. Throughout the book I kept changing my opinion as to the outcome and who was hiding the biggest secret but then the last chapters brought it all together and I was only partly right.

    This book held my interest to the very end!

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  • Sep 192018
     

    CROSS HER HEART by Sarah Pinborough
    Genre: Mystery/Suspense Thriller
    Published by William Morrow
    Publication Date: Sept. 4, 2018
    ISBN-10: 0062856790
    ISBN-13: 978-0062856791
    Pages: 352
    Review Copy From: William Morrow
    Edition: HC
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.

    My Thoughts

    O!! M!! G!! This is one hell of a psychological read!

    After reading BEHIND HER EYES, I have been waiting for this book. And let me tell you, it was another chilling read by Ms. Pinborough.

    From these words in Chapter 1, He will destroy her, begins a continuous inventive and mysterious read.

    Lisa and Ava, mother and 16 year old daughter seem to be living a “normal life”. That is until Lisa starts receiving items and messages that someone knows her past. And it gets worse when Ava saves a little boy from drowning and their pictures are in the newspapers and shown on T.V. Someone alerts the media outlets that Lisa is someone else and is a murderer.

    An intricate psychological thriller that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. This is an engrossing and hair-raising book! A white knuckle read!

    Kudos Ms. Pinborough!!!! You outdid yourself with this one! I truly hope your next book is in the works. I can’t wait!!!

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