Mar 182019
 

DEAD IN A WEEK by Andrea Kane
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 1682320294 (ISBN13: 9781682320297)
Series: Forensic Instincts, Zermatt Group
Review Copy from: Author
Edition: ARC TPB
My Rating: 5

 

Synopsis

In a globe-spanning chase, from the beer halls of Germany, to the tech gardens of California, to the skyscrapers of China, and finally the farmlands of Croatia, Aidan’s team cracks levels of high-tech security and complex human mystery with a dogged determination. Drawing in teammates from the Forensic Instincts team (introduced in The Girl Who Disappeared Twice), the Zermatt Group will uncover the Chinese businessmen responsible, find the traitors within NanoUSA who are helping them, and save Lauren from a brutal death.

 

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW

5 stars

Caveat: I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, Andrea Kane’s Forensic Instincts’ series dating back to 2012. You can see my past reviews by clicking on the title: THE LINE FROM HERE AND GONE, THE MURDER THAT NEVER WAS, and A FACE TO DIE FORA FACE TO DIE FOR.

When I found out that a new book was in the works I patiently waited to get my hands on a copy thinking it was another book from the Forensic Instincts’ series. I soon realized that DEAD IN A WEEK introduces a new company, the Zermatt Group. Would this new group of characters, plot, settings, etc., be as great a read as her previous novels?

And Andrea Kane did not disappoint her readers that love the Forensic Instincts cast since they did have a hand in solving the case that the Zermatt Group is currently working on.

Aidan Devereaux founded the Zermatt Group 5 years ago, a covert operation, along with his team, Simone, Philip, and Terri. They don’t have boundaries, can’t be hired but they find cases that only they can solve using their experience and unlimited contacts around the world.

And this case involves the kidnapping of an American young college student, Lauren, in Germany. Her father, Vance Pennington, VP of a highly secure technology company, NanoUSA, doesn’t even know that his daughter has been taken until Aidan pays him a visit. Not only is this information terrifying, but they only have 1 week to find her or the kidnappers will kill her if what they want isn’t delivered.

I was very impressed with the details of this book with both the settings and the technology. The research had to have been meticulous, vast, and extremely thorough as the story takes place in different parts of the world.

The story hooked me from the very beginning and didn’t let go. I found my heart pounding faster and harder as the days slipped by and the clock was ticking. At times, I even found myself holding my breath due to the action. A thrilling read that had me on the edge of my seat!

The characters were amazing. And just a little hint…there was a familial connection to the Forensic Instincts.

Now to answer the question, would this new group of characters, plot, settings, etc., be as great a read as her previous novels? The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I can’t wait to see what is next for both the Zermatt Group and Forensic Instincts!

**Stop by tomorrow for Q&A with Andrea Kane**

Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

REVIEW DISCLAIMER

  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
  • I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. I am providing link(s) solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this Book/EBook.
  • Mar 182019
     

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    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Sunday:
    THE MCAVOY SISTERS BOOK OF SECRETS by Molly Fader ~ eBook from Harlequin via NetGalley
    Tuesday:
    NOT BAD PEOPLE by Brandy Scott ~ ARC TPB from William Morrow
    PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev ~ ARC TPB from William Morrow
    29 SECONDS by T.M. Logan ~ eBook from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley
    Wednesday:
    ONCE A MIDWIFE by Patricia Harman ~ TPB from Reading With Robin
    Thursday:
    THE SUMMER WE LOST HER by Tish Cohen ~ eBook from Gallery Books via NetGalley
    A CURVE IN THE ROAD by Julianne MacLean ~ eBook via Amazon Prime

    Mar 152019
     

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    Hosted by McGruffy’s Reader and 15 and Meowing

    This week’s Fill-Ins:

    1. I could live on an_____________________.

    2. I rarely __________________, but when I do, ______________________.

    3. I would most like to be known for _________.

    4. If you want _________, you have to _________.

    My answers:

    1. I could live on the island of Aruba.

    2. I rarely drink wine, but when I do, it’s Pinot Grigio.

    3. I would most like to be known for being a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend.

    4. If you want achieve your goal, you have to work hard to get it.

    Mar 122019
     

    UNTIL THE DAY I DIE by Emily Carpenter
    Genre: Suspense / Women’s Fiction
    Published by Lake Union Authors
    Publication Date: March 12, 2019
    ASIN: B07CZJZ2L7
    Pages: 325
    Review Copy From: Lake Union via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

    Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

    Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.

    My Thoughts

    Hold onto your seat and don’t forget to breathe!

    Five months ago, Erin Gaines lost her husband, Perry, and Shorie, her father in a tragic car accident. Perry, Erin, and their longtime friends Ben and Sabine Fleming were partners in a successful tech company that they created an app for a comprehensive personal budgeting app. But since that horrible day, things have gone downhill.

    Erin is constantly working and the tension with her daughter is palpable. Shorie does not want to start college but wants to work full time at the company but Erin forbids it thinking that is what is best. But then, Erin isn’t her usual self and her family and friends feel that somethinging is drastically wrong with her especially since she is talking about selling the company. Her family and friends have an intervention due to her erratic behavior, including having blackouts, and suggest that she go to an exclusive rehab facility in the Caribbean so she can heal. She agrees but soon realizes something is wrong. Very wrong!

    The story moved along holding my interest and then about halfway through the book, it went from 0 to 100 in a second and didn’t let up until the very last word.

    Over the past year, I have been addicted to psychological thrillers and this book will definitely be on the top of my list. The intricate details that bring this story to a chilling close will have the reader picking their jaw up off the floor. At least it was the case for me.

    This is the first book I have read by this author but I am already on the search for her other books.

    I highly recommend it, but will give fair warning, once you pick it up be prepared to not being able to put it down!!

    Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

    REVIEW DISCLAIMER

  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
  • I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. I am providing link(s) solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this Book/EBook.
  • Mar 112019
     

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    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Wednesday:
    WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Sophie Hannah ~ TPB from William Morrow
    ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson ~ TPB from William Morrow
    Thursday:
    THE CUTTING ROOM by Ashley Dyer ~ ARC from William Morrow
    GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR by Kelsey Rae Dimberg ~ ARC from William Morrow
    Saturday:
    BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Rea Frey ~ ARC TPB from St. Martin’s Press via GR win