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 Fourth Monkey – J.D. Barker
Book Reviews / 6 January 2018

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 woman. And here he is, about to deliver an ear, laid out in front of them dead!

The Drowned Girls – Loreth Anne White
Book Reviews / 16 December 2017

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 herself responsible. Her vice? Anonymous sex with men she meets at a club.

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 Killer Inside – Kerry Wilkinson
Book Reviews / 6 December 2017

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 after I’d finished. On my Kindle, I just see the percentage complete. But apparently, it’s 400 pages! Who knew? Not this girl!  This good read flew by!

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 pleasantly surprised. A Dark Lure was all story all the way through to the end. Sure, there’s some background info – what story doesn’t have that? But the background info was just enough to be exciting and not so much that it dragged. Great balance!

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 little bit out of control. He’s undergoing a painful divorce, kids are bullying his son Ollie, he’s desperate for work, and his neighbors are horrible. Woah… that’s a lot for a guy to handle.

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.

Hidden – Kendra Elliot
Book Reviews / 27 August 2017

Hidden by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the Bone Secrets series. There’s no better way to start off a series than with a 5-star rated book. Bravo!

There is so much going on in Hidden, that I don’t even know where to start. That’s a good thing though.

A Merciful Truth – Kendra Elliot
Book Reviews / 15 August 2017

A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot is a fantastic follow up to A Merciful Death. Mercy Kilpatrick and Truman Daly are back, and they have another case together.

I love the Mercy Kilpatrick series, but I don’t feel this is a series where you could read the books out of order and still understand them. While the case is completely different than that in A Merciful Death, the background on Mercy’s family (especially Levi and Rose) will leave you confused in A Merciful Truth if you haven’t read the first book.

That said, I enjoyed A Merciful Death greatly, and is worth reading before A Merciful Truth.