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3 03, 2015

Review: Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

By | March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |4 Comments

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dark rooms book coverReviewed by Cal Cleary

Beautiful but wild teen Nica Baker is found dead, raped and shot in a graveyard just off campus from her prestigious Connecticut boarding school. In her wake, she leaves a family in chaos. Her mother leaves and abandons them to pursue further academic and artistic achievement, her father descends into alcoholism, and her older sister Grace slips hard into drug addiction. But while Grace manages to get clean after blacking out on pills and  waking up in a strange bed, a surprise pregnancy from the night derails her life. She drops out of college, moves back home, and rededicates herself to solving her sister’s murder.

It’s a story you’ve probably seen a thousand times: A young woman lives fast, dies young, leaves a beautiful corpse. What Lili Anolik offers in Dark Rooms focuses less on

28 02, 2015

Review: Misdirection by Austin Williams

By | February 28th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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misdirection book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Rusty Diamond, a burnt out magician has left the bright lights of Las Vegas to return to his hometown of Ocean City, Maryland.

He finds a kindly older woman who rents him a house for considerably less than the going rate. And since he hasn’t told anyone he’s back, he doesn’t exactly have references. Obviously, the landlady has a good heart. When Rusty’s landlady does not come by for the rent, he goes to her house to check on her and finds that she has been murdered by having her throat slashed.

Like a good citizen, he calls the police. When they arrive, they look him up and down and sideways (remember, life has not been kind to him in Vegas). Lucky for Rusty, a high-school acquaintance of his is a detective. Rusty is released and decides to

25 02, 2015

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

By | February 25th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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the good girl book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Mia Dennett is an art teacher with a strained relationship with her family, especially her father who is a prominent Chicago Judge. I enjoyed Mia’s character; I thought she was independent and exactly what a heroine should be like. One night, Mia Dennett is taken away by Colin Thatcher. Now his actual job was to deliver Mia to someone else, however, he decides to defy his superiors and takes her for himself.

The kidnapping is not as clear cut as it seems and there is a deeper meaning behind Colin’s decision to keep Mia. I liked Colin’s character the most–I have a weak spot for bad guys with a good heart! I’m glad that this novel didn’t explore the worst stages of Stockholm Syndrome, if Mia and Colin’s “relationship” even falls into this category. The plot was different and

24 02, 2015

Blog Tour: Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall

By | February 24th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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miramont's ghost book coverPlease join Elizabeth Hall, author of Miramont’s Ghost, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

Miramont’s Ghost is a hard story to review without giving away too many spoilers. Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall is not your typical ghost story. This story is a chilling, haunting tale of a young girl, Adrienne Beauvier, who is a clairvoyant and struggles with it throughout her short life.

The story opens in France and the readers are then transported, together with Adrienne, to Manitou Springs, Colorado, where Miramont Castle was built. Adrienne was close to her grandfather because he seemed to understand her “gift/curse”. Unfortunately, he passes away leaving her alone with a distant uncaring mother, an absent father, two younger siblings, a manipulative, abusive aunt (Marie), and an abusive cousin (Julien). Her only real friend is Lucie,

23 02, 2015

Review: The Autumn Crush by Andrew Anselmi

By | February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: |2 Comments

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autumn crush book coverReviewed by Alysia George

An epic story of pursuing the great American dream, Andrew Anselmi’s novel, The Autumn Crush, follows the Bennett family from Aquino, Italy to New York. When Dante Di Benedetto, a passionate, hot-headed teenager, leaves his simple Italian life, working his family’s vineyard, for the possibilities and freedoms available in America, he can’t imagine the kind of legacy he will be building for generations to come.

The Autumn Crush is a riveting multi-generational tale of hard work, ambition, the fulfillment of dreams, and, most of all, the everlasting bond of family. When 17-year old Dante arrives in New York, he is so eager to become a true American, he changes his name to Bennett and resolves to do whatever it takes to meet his dreams head on. Savoring life in his new country, he begins to believe he

23 02, 2015

Review: Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

By | February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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sweet damage book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Ever since reading Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, I’ve been anxiously awaiting another thriller-type mystery from this author. I got my wish with Sweet Damage; all I needed was to see her name on the cover, and I knew it was my very next read.

The plotline and characters are slowly introduced from the alternating first person account from Tim’s perspective and the third person narrative shown from Anna’s point of view. Tim rents a room from Anna, a wealthy twenty-year-old with a tragic past who suffers from agoraphobia. Over time, Tim and Anna grow close, causing Tim’s ex-girlfriend Lilla to interfere in their lives and affect their growing bond.

Sweet Damage is a quick read, although I wouldn’t necessarily call it a page-turner. It didn’t quite have the same chilling effect on me that Beautiful Malice

20 02, 2015

Review: A Portrait in Time by Charles J. Schneider

By | February 20th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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portrait in time book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

If you love mystery, intrigue, history and out-there theories, you will love Charles J. Schneider’s A Portrait in Time. Set in Paris, the book opens with the grotesque scene of a mangled and crushed body  and a beautiful, naked, and mysterious young woman strewn about Paris’s most famous museum. Thrown through time, this beautiful young woman, Nicole, wakes up in the Musee d’Orsay naked, cold, scared and confused. Beside her is the mangled corpse of a man she does not remember. She realizes she’s neither in the same location nor in the same time she came from. Nicole suffers from amnesia; she only knows that she must hide away and figure out who she is and what events led up to her being left in a museum next to the grisly body of the strange man.

A glimpse

19 02, 2015

Review: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

By | February 19th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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unbecoming book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Rebecca Scherm’s Unbecoming is a dark and intimate tale full of emotion, lies, excitement and deception. The novel bends through time and elaborates how sometimes a heavy past, and the people in it, are never far away from the future no matter how much one tries to escape. Grace, also known as Julie, the book’s main character has been trying to escape her past and the people she left behind in Garland, Tennessee by fleeing to Europe and essentially going off the grid. Grace’s lies however, are not as buried as she thinks and as the novel moves along, she chips away at her secrets and reveals more and more about herself.

Grace and Riley have been in love since they were ten and in their small town, their group consists of Riley’s friends Alls and Greg, with

12 02, 2015

Review: Crooked River by Valerie Geary

By | February 12th, 2015|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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crooked river book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Sam and Ollie are used to spending their summers living in a tepee with their father “Bear”. Now that their mother has died, they are attempting to prove to relatives that they will not only survive, but also thrive living there with their father full time.

That was the plan, but when a dead body is found floating in their swimming hole that summer everything changes. Their father is accused of the murder, and all evidence points to the tepee dwelling beekeeper; his appearance and ​lifestyle make him the perfect suspect.

Both Sam and Ollie ​are endearing, quite bright, and love their father. Ollie doesn’t talk when she is upset,​ and she can ​see​​ things that others do not. She sees things called “Shimmerings” that warn her about good and bad. Sam knows why Ollie doesn’t talk,

5 02, 2015

Blog Tour: Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd

By | February 5th, 2015|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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hunting shadows book coverPlease join Charles Todd (a mother-and-son writing team) as they tour the blogosphere with their new book, Hunting Shadows!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Hunting Shadows is the 16th book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. The book is written by a mother-and-son team under the pseudonym Charles Todd. They are responsible for the Bess Crawford series as well; I really enjoy reading both.

Someone with a grudge to settle kills an Army Captain on his way to a wedding. No witnesses, no clues, and no one could even guess where the shot was fired from. A little more than a week later, another man is shot at a political rally where he was going to give his speech declaring why he should be the one elected and sent to parliament.

With no real clues left behind, the local police feel obliged to call in Scotland