I have a hard and fast book rule: engage fast and deliver the goods. I like quality. And I know it when I read it. If a book doesn’t cut the mustard in quality or engagement value in the first 50-75 pages, I quietly close it, return it to the library or tuck it inside my neighbor’s Little Library hoping that the author’s beloved art will connect with another reader.
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
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
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
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