Review: Crimson Lake

Clammy, crock-jammed wetlands in Australia, a cop accused of abducting a 13-year old girl, a quirky tattooed convicted murderer turned private eye, and a sweet brood of downy baby chicks combine to make Crimson Lake a refreshing take on the thriller genre. At its core, Crimson Lake is about two broken people who come together to solve the disappearance of a local author. While solving his case, they unearth the

2018-03-27T12:11:43+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Crimson Lake

Review: How to Walk Away

I rarely read fiction and, if I do, I generally reach for a suspense novel or historical fiction—a fool for crimes and country manors, I guess. I’ve been on an extended non-fiction binge and wanted to break away to something entirely different for the weekend. So, I picked up (an advance reader copy) of How to Walk Away by Katherine Center—only because of the cover blurb: “If you read just

2018-03-27T12:03:19+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: How to Walk Away

Review: Blessed are the Dead

Although I never read the book by Thomas Harris, I watched the movie Silence of the Lambs at least sixteen times, tugged by the mechanics of Hannibal Lecter’s mind and his unique bond with Agent Clarice Starling. There’s something alluring about madness—particularly the kind that shapes a serial killer responsible for the most horrendous murders. Blessed are the Dead also features a serial killer and a gutsy Italian reporter, Gabriella

2017-10-11T12:31:32+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Psychology, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Blessed are the Dead

Review: Slider

This is my first book by National Book Award winner, Pete Hautman, and it won’t be my last. Slider is a quirky, warm upper middle grade novel about a (sort of) regular kid named David Miller who, untrained, can eat an entire pizza in less than 5 minutes and who lives his life sandwiched between a needy, overachieving sister and an autistic little brother who the family refuses to label

2017-09-27T11:25:46+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Middle Grade|Comments Off on Review: Slider

Review: Nothing Stays Buried

Although the eighth book in the Monkeewrench series, Nothing Stays Buried, was my introduction to the collection. And I loved it! The opening chapter was captivating and heart-wrenching and among the most high-impact openers I’ve encountered in a long time. My empathy for the character, Marla, haunted me even after putting the book down. From there, the book splinters into two story lines which eventually converge at the end of

2017-08-17T12:42:03+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Nothing Stays Buried

Review: Next of Kin

Next of Kin by James Tucker My rating: 4 of 5 stars I'm lovin' this book for two reasons. First, it's by a new, local author--book one of a two book deal with Thomas & Mercer. Second, it's just a super-fun read--heart-stopping suspense from page one. Ben, the 10-year old lone survivor of the savage murder of his wealthy family, will take hold of your heart and carry you through

2017-07-08T21:51:38+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Next of Kin

Review: Perfectly Undone

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree My rating: 4 of 5 stars Meh. This is what I thought when I read the inside flap of Perfectly Undone. But I was in a tough spot: I wanted a new fiction read and this was the most promising option among the stack of advance reader copies in front of me. So, I grabbed the book, expecting little more than to tide me over

2017-07-08T19:37:37+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Family Life, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: Perfectly Undone

Review: The Finishing School

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes a book delivers exactly what you want when you want it. The Finishing School did just that for me so I'm giving it—and Joanna Goodman—5 stars for extraordinary timing and sensational storytelling. I read a lot of nonfiction--mostly nonfiction. Of course, I absolutely love it--I love to learn, I love to stretch, I love to challenge my

2017-07-08T19:34:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: The Finishing School

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Dear Reader: You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved." This appears on the first page of the book and is the first line of a letter written to the reader by the author.When I read it, and the content of the letter to follow, I knew that this was a book I would love. And

2017-07-08T18:28:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Sociology, Young Adult|Comments Off on Review: Holding Up the Universe

Review: The Girl Before

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not since the 1990 film, Pacific Heights, has a home spooked me so convincingly. The Girl Before is a creepy-good psychological thriller with all the heart-stopping components to suck the reader in--a traumatized lead seeking a fresh start; an unsolved death; a suave and debonair gent, and a tech-enabled "living" home. This is a super-engaging, swift and fun

2017-07-08T18:07:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: The Girl Before
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