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His & Hers by Alice Feeney [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: His & Hers

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: July 28, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

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There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.


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MY REVIEW

Anna is a news reporter, and she returns to her hometown to report on a murder. The murdered woman was a friend of Anna’s. One of the detectives on the case is Anna’s ex-husband Jack, and he also knew the murdered woman.

Told with the alternating points of view of Anna, Jack, and the killer. Anna and Jack are divorced. Anna still lives in London, but Jack moved back to Blackdown. Anna’s return to Blackdown is more involved than simply reporting on a murder. While there is a murder investigation, there is also a lot of drama going on in Anna and Jack’s personal and professional lives.

His & Hers is a complex mystery that kept me guessing. Flawed and unreliable characters. Lots of drama. Dark, twisted, and clever.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Alice Feeney:
  1. Sometimes I Lie
  2. I Know Who You Are
  3. His & Hers
  4. Rock Paper Scissors
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Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: Blacktop Wasteland

Author: S.A. Cosby

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: July 14, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

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A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.


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MY REVIEW

Beauregard, aka Bug, is a former criminal who has gone straight. He owns an auto body shop, but business is down. He’s worried about how he will provide for his wife and kids, keep his business open, and pay for his mother’s nursing home care. He needs money… and he is the best wheelman around. When a former associate tracks him down, he decides to take one last job.

Bug is a complex character. He is haunted by memories of his father, who was also a wheelman, and left when Bug was a boy. Bug doesn’t know if his father is dead or alive, but he knows he wants to be the man that his father never was. He wants to be a good husband and father, and provide well for his family. Bug has tried to leave the old days as a wheelman behind him, but he is drawn back when he sees no other way to get the money he needs for his family.

While Blacktop Wasteland has wonderful character development, it also has plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader wanting more. Of course, Bug’s “one last job” isn’t as simple as that, and he is pulled in so deep that it puts his family in harms way.

A novel about one man’s struggles with family, poverty, and crime. Recommended for fans of literary fiction and crime fiction. Gritty, compelling, and authentic.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by S.A. Cosby:
  1. Blacktop Wasteland
  2. Razorblade Tears

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The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman [Book Review]

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Title: The Girls Weekend

Author: Jody Gehrman

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publish Date: August 11, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

BOOK BLURB

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.


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MY REVIEW

June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.

The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.

Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.

This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. The Girls Weekend is an atmospheric and dramatic thriller.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Jody Gehrman:
  1. Watch Me
  2. The Girls Weekend
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The Request by David Bell [Book Review]

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Title: The Request

Author: David Bell

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: June 30, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Request by David Bell

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Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.


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MY REVIEW

Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman’s house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman’s home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn’t sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe.

A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in his past, and he continues to make questionable decisions throughout the novel. He isn’t the only one making mistakes though, and it makes for a fast-paced and entertaining thriller.

A fun mystery thriller. Fans of David Bell’s other novels will surely enjoy his latest book. Exciting and twisty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by David Bell:
  1. Cemetery Girl
  2. The Hiding Place
  3. Never Come Back
  4. The Forgotten Girl
  5. Somebody I Used to Know
  6. Since She Went Away
  7. Bring Her Home
  8. Somebody’s Daughter
  9. Layover
  10. The Request
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The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda [Book Review]

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Title: The Girl from Widow Hills

Author: Megan Miranda

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: July 23, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

BOOK BLURB

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and help vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking up outside her home. Until late one night, she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.


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MY REVIEW

As a child, Arden Maynor was rescued after being caught up in a rainstorm. She was missing for days, and it was a miracle when she was found alive. Now, Arden is an adult, living far away from her home town and going by a different name. She wanted to get away from her past, but it catches up with her when a man she knew from her childhood is found dead outside her home.

Arden changed her name to Olivia and lives where no one knows about her past. As a child, she was the focus of a lot of media attention after her miracle rescue. She lived through a traumatic event in her childhood, and she wants to leave it in the past. Olivia is an intriguing character. She’s independent and determined. She’s also a little bit unreliable, since she occasionally sleepwalks and doesn’t remember things from her sleepwalking episodes. When a man from her past ends up dead outside her home, she is forced to face her past and find the truth about what really happened years earlier.

The Girl from Widow Hills is a suspenseful mystery that slowly unravels. Well-paced story with interesting characters. A good read for fans of mysteries and thrillers. Atmospheric and captivating.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Megan Miranda:
  1. All the Missing Girls
  2. The Perfect Stranger
  3. The Last House Guest
  4. The Girl from Widow Hills
  5. Such a Quiet Place
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Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little [Book Review]

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Title: Pretty as a Picture

Author: Elizabeth Little

Publisher: Viking

Publish Date: February 25, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

BOOK BLURB

An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder–the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.

It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.


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MY REVIEW

Marissa is a skilled film editor who gets sucked into a real life mystery on her latest job. The job is working with a demanding director on a set in an isolated location. The film is based on the unsolved murder of a girl that happened 20 years prior. When Marissa arrives to work, she soon learns that something is wrong on set, and everyone is on edge.

The unsolved murder had a big impact on the locals. Everyone believes they know who did it, and the director sets out to solve the case in his film. It’s not as clear as everyone would like to believe though. Marissa gets involved with a couple of teens looking to find the real killer, and things get more complicated.

Pretty as a Picture is a slow-burning mystery. I enjoyed Marissa, a socially awkward woman wanting to prove herself in the film industry. The teen podcasters she helps to solve the mystery are entertaining and on point. The isolated setting adds to the intriguing atmosphere. Suspenseful, clever, and witty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Last Day by Luanne Rice [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: Last Day

Author: Luanne Rice

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publish Date: February 1, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Last Day by Luanne Rice

BOOK BLURB

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.

Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.

Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.

Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?

Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession . . .


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MY REVIEW

When Beth and Kate Lathrop were teenagers, they suffered a tragedy that left their mother dead and a valuable painting stolen. Now, Beth and Kate are grown, and it seems life is repeating itself when Beth is found murdered and the same painting is once again missing.

There are a lot of characters and points of view in Last Day, though the story is primarily from Kate’s POV. Kate discovers her sister Beth has been murdered. Conor is the detective working the case, and he has a link to the sister’s past. Pete is Beth’s husband and a primary suspect in her death. Nicola is Pete’s mistress. Sam is Beth and Pete’s daughter. There are also a lot of friends mentioned throughout the book.

Last Day was a disturbing and mysterious thriller. This book hooked me at the start, but disappointed me in the end. It’s a good mystery, and I imagine a lot of readers will enjoy it. For me, the number of characters and their various stories bogged down the novel. While some tangents were entertaining, the primary mystery was the only thing I was interested in.

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Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine [Book Review]

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Title: Bitter Falls

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publish Date: January 21, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: Stillhouse Lake #4

My Rating: 4/5

Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine

BOOK BLURB

She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?


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MY REVIEW

Bitter Falls is the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. Gwen Proctor and her family are back, and they are finding it harder and harder to fit into their local community. Gwen’s trying to keep her family safe and also keep herself busy. She takes on the cold case of a missing young man. Gwen’s investigation leads to her discovering other victims, and wanting to discover who is behind the disappearances.

This is an action-packed and exciting series. Gwen and her kids are not well-liked, and it is extremely difficult on the kids. Things are becoming more serious in their community, and the entire family is uncertain of their futures. I like the different viewpoints, and that each family member’s take on what is happening is represented. The characters in this book are likable and easy to root for. Gwen is still a badass, and she’s raising her kids to be strong, smart, and independent.

A fast-paced thriller that kept me wanting to read more. Interesting mystery with plenty of bad guys, in both Gwen’s personal and professional lives. Intriguing, dark, and intense.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books in the Stillhouse Lake series:

  1. Stillhouse Lake
  2. Killman Creek
  3. Wolfhunter River
  4. Bitter Falls
  5. Heartbreak Bay
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How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann [Book Review]

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Title: How Quickly She Disappears

Author: Raymond Fleischmann

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

BOOK BLURB

The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family….

It’s been twenty years since Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She’s in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister.

But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth’s sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if she fulfills his three requests.

Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister’s voice saying, Come and find me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself—and her family—in danger.


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MY REVIEW

Elisabeth Pfautz lives in a small Alaskan town with her husband and daughter. While her husband is away on business, a stranger, Alfred Seidel, arrives in town and needs somewhere to stay. The Pfautz home is the place where locals direct someone in need of a room for a night or two, and Elisabeth reluctantly agrees that the man can stay there. Shortly after his arrival, he kills a local man. While in jail, Alfred wants to speak with Elisabeth, and only Elisabeth. To convince her to help him, he says he knows what happened to Elisabeth’s sister, Jacqueline. Twenty years earlier, Jacqueline disappeared, and Elisabeth is consumed by her need to find out what happened to her sister.

The remote setting is fantastic. It really sets the tone for a moody and somewhat depressing read. The characters are intriguing. Elisabeth is lonely, and has never gotten over her sister’s disappearance. Even putting herself and her family in danger doesn’t hold her back from learning about what happened.

A slow burning and atmospheric mystery. While there were some compelling parts to the novel, I was never fully drawn into the story.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters [Book Review]

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Title: The Dead Girls Club

Author: Damien Angelica Walters

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publish Date: December 10, 2019

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

BOOK BLURB

A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.


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MY REVIEW

When Heather was twelve, she and three friends were members of The Dead Girls Club. They talked about true crime, bizzare deaths, and the supernatural. One of their supernatural stories was about the Red Lady, a vengeful witch. It’s all fun and games until one of Heather’s friends ends up dead. Nearly thirty years later someone wants the truth of that night to be revealed.

Told with alternating timelines – then and now. Heather has worked to forget her past, but she is forced to remember what happened when she receives a necklace in the mail. The necklace her friend was wearing on the night she died.

A coming of age story and suspenseful mystery. This novel has been listed as horror by some, but it reads much more like a mystery thriller. Dark, dramatic, and creepy.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay [Book Review]

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Title: Just Watch Me

Author: Jeff Lindsay

Publisher: Dutton

Publish Date: December 3, 2019

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: Riley Wolfe #1

My Rating: 3/5

Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

BOOK BLURB

A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels.
 
From the author of the wildly successful Dexter series comes a new, mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe. He’s a master thief, expert at disguise, and not averse to violence when it’s needed. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to kill them when they’re in his way: he despises the degenerate and immoral rich and loves stealing their undeserved and unearned valuables.
 
In this series launch, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will make history. Riley will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but the true attraction for grabbing them comes down to one simple fact: it can’t be done. Stealing these jewels is absolutely impossible. The collection is guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection.
 
No one but Riley Wolfe. He’s always liked a challenge.
 
But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who is barely a step behind him.
 
With the aid of his sometime ally, a beautiful woman who is a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will either make him a legend—or, more likely, leave him dead.


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MY REVIEW

Just Watch Me is the first book in a new series by Jeff Lindsay. This series features Riley Wolfe, a master thief. Riley loves a challenge, and prefers to work heists that seem impossible to pull off. In this book, Riley plans to steal the Iranian Crown Jewels.

Told using multiple points of view, this is a cat and mouse story involving a thrilling heist. Riley is charming, confident, and ruthless. He doesn’t mind taking extreme measures to get what he wants, and this makes him hard to like. That said, I enjoy books with unlikable and morally corrupt characters. Riley is a criminal who lies, cheats, steals, and kills to get his way. He has attracted the attention of FBI agent Frank Delgado, who is determined to bring Riley down.

Just Watch Me is a fun read for fans of heist novels and Lindsay’s Dexter series. Outrageous and exciting. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Books in the Riley Wolfe series:
  1. Just Watch Me
  2. Fool Me Twice
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In the Dark by Loreth Anne White [Book Review]

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Title: In the Dark

Author: Loreth Anne White

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publish Date: December 1, 2019

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

BOOK BLURB

A secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you.

The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.

Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.

Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.


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MY REVIEW

Eight guests travel to a secluded lodge for a luxury spa vacation. They soon learn everything is not as described. A storm is heading their way, but they are trapped. Not only can they not get away, but one of them is responsible for luring the group there. Meanwhile, a search team is looking for the missing group.

Told with multiple points of view and alternating timelines. The viewpoints include the lodge guests and two members of the search party. The timeline for the search party is set in the “now” and follows the tracks of the lodge guests from days earlier. The writing is well done, and the POVs and timelines are easy to follow.

In the Dark is a fast-paced and intriguing mystery. Recommended for fans of And Then There Were None, which is referenced quite a bit in this book. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and clever.