2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review Blurb: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham


This was a wholly engaging, thoroughly original, utterly captivating tale – and yes, it deserves and requires all of those adverbs, conventional wisdom against them be damned… 

I loved the world Robotham crafted here. The characters are a marvelous amalgamation of broken bits pieced together into wholes that are truly stronger than their parts. The plot is well-crafted, complex, revelatory, and perfectly paced. And the setting is creepy and realistic and edgy. The result is a brilliant tale told with nuance and an eye for suspense that is superlative. The revelations at the very end were game-changing and left me frantically searching the internet for the announcement about the next book – which I didn’t find, much to my disappointment. Here’s hoping the next Cyrus Haven book comes quickly (with more immediately following) because there’s a LOT going on here and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out!

Books Review: The Secrets We Bury and The Lies We Tell (The Undertaker’s Daughter series) by Debra Webb

This series was a GREAT find. When I was contacted about reviewing it I noticed this was the second-in-series. The publisher graciously sent me the first so that I would be able to follow the storyline – from the opening pages of that first book, I was hooked.

As with so many thrillers, it’s tough to write a review that details what I like about each book with specifics but without giving anything away. Because the teasing out of the details, large and small, is so essential to what made these excellent reads for me, I’m going to give you the publisher descriptions of each book instead of lots of specifics. That way you know what you’re getting into without my accidentally giving you clues that are better left uncovered within the course of reading. I will wrap up with my overall thoughts though, as those apply to both books (and the prequel novella, The Undertaker’s Daughter, which sets out how Rowan and Julian find themselves as opponents) equally. Continue reading Books Review: The Secrets We Bury and The Lies We Tell (The Undertaker’s Daughter series) by Debra Webb

Book Review Blurb: Tin Badges by Lorenzo Carcaterra

This was my first book by Carcaterra but it definitely won’t be the last. He’s created a world that is violent, rough around the edges, and utterly compelling – and populated it with a cast of characters that is colorful, clever, and composed of a great amalgamation of personalities. The combination is fantastic – it delivers a no-punches-pulled tale of greed and regret and the importance of always moving forward. The writing is engaging and grabs you by the throat from the opening pages. The tale is fast-paced and holds your attention from beginning to end – much of which is spent on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment – this one ended with a doozy of a reveal and I can’t wait to see how it plays out…

Book Review: The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer

I thoroughly enjoyed The Tourist and dove right into this second-in-series to see what on earth Milo Weaver would find himself embroiled in this time. The Tourists are in trouble, Milo’s been in jail, people are dead… It had all the hallmarks of a throat-clencher – and it did open that way. Then in the middle the focus of the story started to shift between a woman we (eventually) discover is a semi-disgraced German intelligence agent and Milo, and that’s when things started to waver a bit for me. Continue reading Book Review: The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer

Book Review: End Times by Bryan Walsh

WOW. If I wasn’t worried BEFORE…

Seriously – if you are a worrier, this may not be the book for you. I tend to not be one – and even I’m freaking out a bit right now… Walsh has done a marvelous job encapsulating the top existential threats facing humanity – many of which are of our own making – and providing background, thoughtful commentary, and suggestions for mitigating the potential for worldwide disaster. Continue reading Book Review: End Times by Bryan Walsh




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