The Silent Girls – Dylan Young
Book Reviews , Spotlights / 19 January 2018

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 eighteen years earlier.

The Silent Children – Carol Wyer
Book Reviews / 11 January 2018

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, shot in the neck. Next thing we know, seemingly unrelated bodies start piling up.

Crossing the Line – Kerry Wilkinson
Book Reviews , Spotlights / 12 December 2017

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.

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 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 her! Woe is Vanessa.

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 I loved roses? When the cover reveal was shown for The First One to Die, I HAD to read it. So I dropped what I was doing and read The Girls in the Water. I wanted to be ready for when The First One to Die was available. A testament to how cover design is a potent marketing tool.

The Mistake – K. L. Slater
Book Reviews / 1 October 2017

The Mistake by K. L. Slater the kind of book you hold up in front of you while you’re bumping into walls, as you make your way through your house.  Not that I speak from experience or anything.  (Rubbing forehead)

I simply COULD NOT put this book down.  (I wasn’t kidding about bumping into the wall).

Rose is a 30-something bulimic, broken woman who’s had a rough life. Sixteen years ago her 8-year-old brother, Billy disappeared, while under her watch.  Billy is found dead and Rose’s world unravels.

The Lost Child – Patricia Gibney
Book Reviews / 29 September 2017

Patricia Gibney’s The Lost Child is more shocking than a bug in a zapper! WOW! I spent a lot of time bouncing in my seat, waiting for this book to come about for us to review. It was worth the impatient wait!

DI Parker and DS Boyd attend to a murder on the outskirts of Ragmullin. It’s a senior woman, at her daughter’s house. And the daughter is missing.

From that point on, The Lost Child takes off. There are flashbacks of a girl in a mental facility. A drunk prostitute who keeps having babies. A drug ring. And twisty relationships that weave in and out of each other. It’s a crazy ride.

The Girls in the Water – Victoria Jenkins
Book Reviews / 22 September 2017

The Girls in the Water is a strong debut by Victoria Jenkins.

Holy Moley Guacamole.  Women detectives in a twisty book go straight to my heart faster than food in my belly.  

A crime novel through and through, Victoria Jenkins introduces us to detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane. They are investigating the murders of two women, found in the water (SHOCKER!) in a park. And soon enough, Chloe realizes she may be in danger as well.

The Doll House – Phoebe Morgan
Book Reviews / 8 September 2017

Yes, yes, yes, The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan is another new to me 5-star author. 2017 has been a great year for discovering new 5-star authors, and it makes me grin ear to ear.

The Doll House is a dark and creepy tale with an astonishing ending to which I hope there is a sequel. (hint, hint).

Phoebe Morgan’s story centers around two adult sisters, Corrine and Ashley.