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Book Review AND Bonus Excerpt: Kill Club by Wendy Heard

Today I’m bringing you the first in a series of several mystery/thriller reviews with bonus excerpts, brought to you (and me) courtesy of the Harlequin Book Review series. When I was first approached about joining I was reticent – Harlequin, in my mind, was still the bodice-ripper romance books that my friend’s mom used to read when I was a kid… Don’t be fooled as I was. Harlequin is SO not the flimsy paperbacks populated by cowboys and pirates anymore – their catalog is robust and full of some of the best thrillers I’ve read this year. Today I’m pleased to introduce you to the first of them: Kill Club by Wendy Heard. It’s a tale about the quest for justice in a system that all too often ignores the people who need its protection the most, and it’s brilliant. Don’t trust me? There’s an excerpt at the end, so you can see for yourself! Do be aware, there is profanity in this excerpt. Enjoy – I know you will…

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How far would YOU go to save the people you love?

That’s been the central question in a number of things I’ve read/watched lately, and Wendy Heard’s take on the topic was a trip through the dark that demonstrated just how badly the “system” often fails the very people who need it the most. When it does, someone/something always steps in to try to address the failure – and The Kill Club is what happens when that someone/something plays out… Continue reading Book Review AND Bonus Excerpt: Kill Club by Wendy Heard

Book Reviews: The Vanishing Season and No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen (The Ellery Hathaway Series)

Today I’m beyond pleased to introduce you to the amazing – and DARK – world of Ellery Hathaway, a survivor of a horrific abduction as a teenager who becomes a cop and determined to save others from similar horrors. This review covers the first two books. The eagerly-awaited third-in-series (All the Best Lies) will be reviewed next month so be sure to check back! Enjoy… The books offer a rough ride but are well worth it!

The Vanishing Season
What a fantastic find this series was! This is not a story for the faint of heart. Ellery is a survivor of a horrific abduction/rape/torture that occurred when she was fourteen. After years of dealing with what happened, she is living an anonymous life (or so she thinks) as a cop in a small town far from the site of her trauma. But the past has a way of catching up with all of us, and unfortunately for Ellery, she’s no exception…

I loved this first book – Ellery is a dark, damaged protagonist but striding through the darkness with her is surprisingly enlightening… Continue reading Book Reviews: The Vanishing Season and No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen (The Ellery Hathaway Series)

Book Review: Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

You may not know Jeff Lindsay by name, but if you pay any attention to pop culture, you likely do know who he is – he’s the man who introduced Dexter (sociopathic blood spatter expert) to the world. I confess, I haven’t read the Dexter books. I have seen the television show, and it’s creepy and eerie and fascinating – like so many sociopath stories are – which left me feeling just familiar enough with the type of character that Lindsay creates to be intrigued by the prospect of a new series. I have a long-standing love affair with master thievery goes back to Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, so I figured a blend of master criminal and masterful character development would be a good fit for me.

My instincts were good – this was every bit as entertaining and engaging as I thought it would be. Continue reading Book Review: Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

Book Review: Black Fall by D.J. Bodden

I LOVED this one!

I enjoy supernatural tales and have read a lot of them. It’s getting tough to for me to find original plots and characterizations of different creature types as a result. I don’t usually mind – there’s a comfort level in reading things that feel familiar – but it’s always a delight when I find something that feels fresh and engages me from the get-go. Black Fall did just that. Continue reading Book Review: Black Fall by D.J. Bodden

Book Review: Blackquest 40 by Jeff Bond

I was intrigued by the cover and concept for this one – both caught my attention straight away and promised a dark tale of corporate greed. The book went a little farther than I thought it would, and while I must admit that I rolled my eyes once or twice and had to suspend disbelief more than a few times, the tale on the whole was an entertaining and enjoyable ride.

What starts as a corporate training exercise quickly devolves into a radically insane race against time – but to do what, really, and for whom? Resolving those questions becomes an obsessive mission for Deb Bollinger, a software prodigy with some personality quirks that waver between believable and not-so-much so… Continue reading Book Review: Blackquest 40 by Jeff Bond

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