/Thriller & Suspense

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: The Lying Game

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.

2017-10-29T21:36:38+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: The Lying Game

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: 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: 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