RaveBookreporter... a gritty mystery, set in dark, bleak winter days in a secretive Irish village whose inhabitants have futures to protect and pasts they don’t want discovered ... Banville does a stunning job of capturing the chill --- of the residents, of the aristocratic Osbornes, of the weather --- and he uses it all to great advantage in creating a sinister mood, and joining it all together to build an atmosphere that will send shivers down your spine and have you running for a well-lit, warm room.
RaveBookreporterThe characters are the true driving force and a huge part of the charm. Their unique voices will linger long after you finish the book ... They are full-blown personalities—witty, tragic, sad, forgiving and enviable—the many emotions one finds in the waning years of one’s life. British TV personality Richard Osman’s debut novel is an exceptional gem. I guarantee you will want to join the Thursday Murder Club.
RaveBookreporterWhile you might see what’s coming and want to yell, \'No, don’t go there!\' you know it’s going to happen anyway. But the real mystery in Karen Dionne\'s The Wicked Sister is in what happens next. And there’s always something happening next. Diana Cunningham is a truly wicked character. And Rachel, the one who sees the best in everyone, does figure it out, but she’s the good sister, which keeps her from totally embracing how wicked Diana is. This is classic good versus evil. A real live cat-and-mouse game. Moreover, it’s an absolutely eerie delight to read.
Sarah Stewart Taylor
RaveBookreporterFar beyond a simple mystery, The Mountains Wild is a gorgeous rendering on paper of Ireland in all its beauty. Sarah Stewart Taylor captures the moodiness of the Irish mist, the bustle of Dublin’s streets, and the crisp bite of the morning air. You can hear the Irish brogue in the pubs, smell the Guinness in the pint glasses, and feel the warmth of the peat fire after stepping in from the cold. Taylor has a lyrical style to her writing that makes every sentence a pleasure to read, and every pleasurable sentence brings readers closer to answering the crucial question: What happened to Erin? This is a five-star read.
PositiveBookreporterWhile the concept behind this novel is fascinating, I found it challenging at times to keep straight which reality the reader was inhabiting: Edward’s or Madeleine’s. It changes frequently, often from paragraph to paragraph, which may be intended as a device to allow the reader to experience Madeleine’s plight. Psychologically, it twists the brain time and time again. Plus, there’s the bonus of a murder mystery to solve. All in all, After She Wrote Him satisfies on many levels.
PositiveBookreporterErica Spindler’s The Look-Alike is such a quick read that you won’t need to set aside much time for it. Once you open the book, the pages will turn themselves.
PositiveBookreporterNine Elms is the first Kate Marshall thriller, and I know it won’t be a one-off. The main character has lots of baggage --- baggage of the type that readers want to see worked out because they can relate to her. Kate is tough but infinitely human ... Along with superb characters, the plotline is a rollercoaster ride that will keep your stomach churning and your head spinning. Nine Elms, quite frankly, will terrify readers.
PositiveBookreporterThe pacing of Saul Black’s Anything for You will have you absolutely soaring right through it. One surprising twist after another will keep your head spinning. You’ll walk alongside Valerie as she agonizes over her future and bemoans her past. Valerie is a tortured soul; she needs guidance to steer her on the right path. Will she find it? See if you agree with her decision --- rather, decisions --- at the end.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
PositiveBookreporterWhat looks like a classic romance turns into something else. And while every character has two distinct faces --- at least --- it can be hard to recognize if you’re seeing the yin or the yang. They wear different hats, assume different personas, and show the world what they want the world to see at that point. These characters are all very flawed, making them easy --- and hard --- to like. The Murder List is a new animal in the world of legal thrillers. Predatory and lethal.
PositiveBookreporter... breaks the mold on thrillers. Author Sarah Lotz is off and running from the day in the graveyard that Shaun learns about his uncle to the day that the killer is unmasked. During that timeline, every page reveals a new nugget of Teddy’s life --- and another clue to his death. There are many quirky characters, with their online usernames, which can lead a reader to want a chart for reference. But as soon as you get to know them individually, with their unique personalities, you’ll want to step into their lives and learn more about each one of them ... not just about finding Teddy and what happened to him. It’s also about the cast of players here. Every one of them has a burning need for growth. Some achieve it. Others --- well, read and see.
PositiveBookreporterI\'ll Never Tell is a fiendishly clever twist on a story of family members pitted against each other. With so much at stake, trust flies out the window. However, in order to unmask Amanda’s attacker, they must expose some of their innermost secrets ... Who did it? Prepare to be shocked.
RaveBookreporterJoshua Kane is one of the most unique serial killers ever created ... It will take someone who can think outside the box to catch him. Following Flynn as he works out the solution to this case shows how fiendishly clever he is. Thirteen earns five stars for its gripping premise, page-turning pace and ability to thrill. It truly is a game-changer in legal suspense.
RaveBookreporterPrepare for a thrilling journey into the world of spooks and spies ... True Believer is the real deal here. Author Jack Carr spent a lot of time as a Navy SEAL sniper himself, so he knows the job, the politics and the dealings firsthand. His life inside the SEALs lends authenticity to his main character and Reece’s team. Carr’s own experience gives the reader an eye-opening look at the realities of the war on terror and the corruption rampant in government. Not to be missed!
PositiveBookreporter... turns the notion of old folks languishing in a retirement home on its head. These Londoners live in their own flats, plot devious ways to become the most popular among them, snag the eligible bachelor, and hold social events galore. They may be almost centenarians, but that doesn’t mean they can’t act like teenagers. A little bit love story, a lot character study, Live a Little will touch your heart and your funny bone at the same time. Go on, enjoy!
PositiveBookreporter\"Margolin’s style simply goads his fans to read one more chapter. It’s almost impossible to stop once you’ve started one of his books. The Perfect Alibi is no exception. Besides, Robin Lockwood is one strong, modern, no-BS kind of woman. Nothing holds her back. She’s going to become a favorite. Don’t miss out on her cases.\
PositiveBookreporter\"Author Jessica Strawser is known for her slow-burn intrigue, and no more so than in Forget You Know Me. The burning question is: Who was the masked intruder? Any number of plausible possibilities present themselves, but the answer will blindside you ... This book is not just fiction, not just about a marriage crumbling and a friendship at risk. It’s about how life unfolds, the traps in which we find ourselves, and the choices we make.\
RaveBook ReporterThe nail-biting action packed into this book stems not only from the bold killer executing a murder in plain sight, but also from the self-destructive detectives themselves. Brilliant as they both are, they have a tendency to make all the wrong choices, at least during their off-duty hours. They seriously need to get their lives together, or they may be cut short. Into the Nights is both hair-raising and downright entertaining. Sarah Bailey could be a new favorite author for a lot of readers.
Jonas Jonasson, Trans. by Rachel Willson-Broyles
PositiveBookreporter\"If you’re in the mood for some hearty belly laughs, pick up this sequel ... The book is full of irreverence, absurdities, silliness and, yes, even intelligence. It attacks today’s politics and political leaders with a vengeance.\
Ian K Smith
PositiveBook ReporterAll the makings of a superb thriller. Author Ian K. Smith draws on his own experience with the Harvard final clubs, injecting authenticity into every rich layer.
PositiveBookreporter\"The Winters plays off of Rebecca, but with a darker twist. While Daphne du Maurier’s novel was plenty spooky, Lisa Gabriele’s reimagining takes spooky to a whole new level. If you’re a true thriller fan, you’ll want to spend this Halloween month checking out what’s happening with the Winters at Asherley.\
PositiveBook ReporterArmstrong House sits on Fogland Point, overlooking Narragansett Bay. It’s the spooky old place that David Hazard remembers as the scariest spot to hang around on Halloween. The mansion has fallen into disrepair now, but David still thinks of it as super creepy. He grew up in Little Compton, a small town where nothing happens. We can’t always choose where we live in our childhood years, but we sure can when we’re old enough. So David chose to leave as soon as he could. Not all of his memories from that time are good ones. Now, reluctantly, he’s come back after receiving a frantic call from his grandmother...he heads out in a panic late at night and arrives to find her dithering around her house. Exasperated, he finally coaxes something close to the real story out of her, discovering that the problem did not lie with his grandmother but with her neighbor. Poor Emma. She will be missed.
Positive20SomethingReads...a lovely story of how people pull together for each other ... curl up with your own favorite pet and escape into Guthrie for a few hours. You will come away a richer and happier person.
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
RaveBookreporter.comTwists, twists and more twists. The Wife Between Us will keep readers off balance through the whole story. It may seem obvious what’s going on here. But keep in mind: nothing is obvious in this book. Vanessa was Richard’s nervous Nellie, the beautiful but skittish young woman he vowed to take care of. But now he’s replacing her with Emma. What was it that Vanessa did to push her handsome husband away? You’ll never guess.