The Silent Girls by Dylan Young is the first book in the Anna Gwynne series. What a great start! 17-year-old Nia has a sleepover in her family's stable for her birthday one evening. Her father goes to check on her and finds her friend drugged and barely conscious and his daughter missing. Soon, Nia is found dead, in a shallow grave, with her arm reaching out and stab wounds all over her body. Strikingly similar to Emily's body found eigh...

Holy crows, The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen is twister than my intestines on the day after Thanksgiving. What. The. Hell. Just. Happened? Nicole Foster - if she wasn’t in need of therapy at the beginning of this book, she sure will be needing it by the end. Oh. My. Gosh. Nicole is down on her luck. She has a gambling addiction; she’s lost her job, her pup, her ass-hat boyfriend (ok, not much of a loss there), and is sleeping at a women’...

His Kidnapper’s Shoes is the first book I’ve read by Maggie James. This was a little gem of a book. It’s shortish, so it’s an easy read (or listen in my case!). But don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot of story packed into those 200-some-odd pages. 26-year-old Daniel has never truly bonded with his mother the way most kids have. Then, he and his stepfather just outright did not get along. (He refers to him as asshole many times throughout...

Carol Wyer is my favorite author, and The Silent Children is the 4th in her DI Robyn Carter series. What else can I say, other than "Fantabulous"!? At first, I was a little confused because I was expecting the book to be about children. But that doesn't make it any less of a book, once I realized it wasn't. Perhaps the adults are categorized as children. LOL A little boy discovers a body in Cannock Chase of a man deceased in his vehicle,...

The Fourth Monkey Killer starts with a man getting hit by a bus, and in his possession they find a notorious white box tied with black ribbon. In the box? An ear. Detectives Porter, Nash, and Claire (she has a last name, but she mostly went by Claire) kick into gear, when they realize that this man is the Four Monkey Killer. The Four Monkey Killer kidnaps women, delivers their ears, eyes, and tongue in succession before finally killing ...

The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White is a novel that delves much more deeply into the past of Angie Pallorino, the heroine of book 1, The Drowned Girls. There are a lot of series books you can get away with reading out of order, but I don’t feel this series is one of them. Do yourself a favor and read The Drowned Girls - the 5-star book 1 in the Angie Pallorino series. It’s hard to discuss The Lullaby Girl without giving away The Drowned G...

Loreth Anne White has done it again with The Drowned Girls. WOW. She is the queen of backstories and romantic thrillers. The Drowned Girls isn’t even a mystery; it’s an actual thriller. Really and for true. And don’t let the length of the book fool you, it will keep you ensnared. I promise. Angie Pallorino is a sex-crimes detective, vying for a spot in homicide investigations. In the past, Angie has lost a partner, which she still holds her...

Holy-crazy-balls, Crossing the Line is by far my favorite Kerry Wilkinson book. And I’m not just saying that because I am part of the Publication Day Blast. It’s for true and for real. Let me preempt this by saying, you DO NOT need to have read any of the prior books to read Crossing the Line. Sure, it’s #8 in the series, but this functions very well as a stand-alone novel as well.

Previously released as "Locked In" published by Pan Macmillan, The Killer Inside by Kerry Wilkinson was re-released by Bookouture in 2016. The Killer Inside is the first book in the Jessica Daniel series. I am committed to this series, as I love Kerry Wilkonson and his books.  The Killer Inside was no exception. While it took me a while to read it (holidays, work, everything gets in the way!!), I was surprised to see how long it was afte...

One sentence of advice. Go into Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll blind. Seriously, I would not have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had known the subject matter I was going in. Because of that, the primary twist was a “Woah” instead of a “Meh.” “Ah-knee” Finelli has it all. The perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect fiancé, the perfect life. But deep inside Ani Finelli, things just aren’t perfect. Because once upon a time sh...

A Dark Lure – Loreth Anne White
Book Reviews / 28 November 2017

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White is a harrowing story of pain, survival, and new beginnings. That seems neat and tidy, but it's not. It's a windy, intricate story. I listened to the Audible version of A Dark Lure, and when I initially saw it was 14 hours, I groaned. BUT I was committed to the blurb and reviews, so I started listening. In my experience, 14 hours of audio typically means three collective hours of minutia. I was very...

The Memory Watcher – Minka Kent
Book Reviews / 20 November 2017

It is hard to believe that The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent is a debut novel. Woah, I was seriously impressed. Ten years ago, Autumn Carpenter gave up her baby for adoption. And one day, she magically finds her on Instaface. (Picture Instagram!). The reason I phrase it that way is that we don't know how she located her. We just know that she did. By way of Instaface, Daphne and Graham McMullen have the picture-perfect life, wit...

Duplicity – Sibel Hodge
Book Reviews / 13 November 2017

Duplicity is my first book by Sibel Hodge, and what an excellent choice I made if I don’t say so myself. Max and Alyssa are newlyweds, when just a month after their wedding, someone kills Max in their home. Alyssa escapes by way of the bathroom window and runs to her neighbor's house nekkid and afraid. Intertwined with Max and Alyssa's plot is a story about the "other one." A girl who has grown up on a farm with an abusive fath...

The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
Book Reviews / 7 November 2017

Title: The Good Daughter Author: Karin Slaughter Genre: Fiction Publisher: HarperLuxe Release Date: 22 August 2017 Format: Audible Pages: 560 Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind… Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville...

The Surrogate – Louise Jensen
Book Reviews / 5 November 2017

The Surrogate is the first book I’ve read by Louise Jensen and indeed won’t be the last. Kat and Nick are desperate for a child. After being unable to have their own, they turn to adoption. Kat and Nick are devastated after two adoptions fall through and they are at a loss on what else they can do. Enter Kat’s best friend from high school, Lisa. Lisa offers to be a surrogate for Kat and Nick, and graciously, they accept.

The Girl Who Was Taken – Charlie Donlea
Book Reviews / 28 October 2017

Charlie Donlea wrote The Girl Who Was Taken, and woah-what-a-thriller. I listened to the audible version of this book, and I listened to it ferociously. I saw a bunch of mediocre reviews, but I don’t see it the same way they do. The Girl Who Was Taken was a fantabulous read for me! Two girls, Megan and Nicole, go missing from a beach party right before they are due to head off to college. Two weeks later, Megan returns. Nicole doe...

The Devil’s Work – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 26 October 2017

If you've ever had a job from hell, then The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards is for you! After taking time away from her career to stay home with her daughter Daisy, Sophie Greenwood has just now returned to the workforce. Sophie is beyond excited as she begins her dream job at Jackdaw Books as a manager in their marketing division. But right from the very first day, things begin going wrong. Starting with tension with her attract...

The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Book Reviews / 25 October 2017

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a masterfully woven tale. Like plaid, where the reds and blues overlap in some parts and are separate in others. What a great book! Let's start with Vanessa. Vanessa lives with her aunt. She's an emotional wreck, reeling from her divorce to the wealthy, benevolent, and charming Richard. Richard becomes engaged to his new lovely, and Vanessa is borderline stalking h...

The First One To Die – Victoria Jenkins
Book Reviews / 19 October 2017

The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins is even better than her first King & Lane book, The Girls in the Water. First things first, how AMAZING is the cover? I wanted to read The Girls in the Water, but my TBR was so big that I was afraid I couldn’t squeeze it in. I’d seen fantastic reviews for it, but I didn’t want to overextend myself on how many reviews I owed already. But how in the world did Victoria Jenkins know how much...

The Lucky Ones – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 13 October 2017

In Mark Edwards' The Lucky Ones, he ventures into a detective/crime thriller, which I've never read by him before. Bravo, I think he did a fantabulous job! Detective Imogen Evans is working on a case, where bodies are showing up dead, seemingly in peaceful bliss, complete with smiles on their faces. This serial killer has been dubbed, "The Viper." Ben, my book boyfriend. In a separate storyline, Ben Hofland's life is a littl...