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Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) - Gerry Schmitt
This was my second book by Gerry Schmitt and I am definitely looking forward to the third. As a matter of fact, I can't wait!

This book starts out with a helicopter being shot out of the air with a missile. The helicopter was bringing a new heart to the CEO of Diamond Shopping Network. He was all set to receive it. Well, that didn't happen. But it started this book off with a bang, literally.

While trying to discover if Leland Odin, the CEO, had any enemies or a reason why someone would want him dead, everyone lies. His partner, his wife, his stepdaughter and his rising star from DSN. This all turns out to bite them in the butt because Leland has taken something from a Thai gang leader and she wants it back. The cost is nothing, human lives or the money. She will get her investment back.

This book had me speed turning the pages from the very beginning. I loved the main character, Afton Tangler. She is a family liason for the police department but she has a detective's mindset.

The criminals in this book are ferocious. Human lives mean nothing to them. They are, in fact, pretty scary.

A book I sped through and thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Definitely worth checking out!

Huge thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Are You Sleeping - Kathleen L. Barber

I loved this book! 

Josie has made huge strides to let go of her family and her past. However, it all comes back to bite her in the butt when a blogger decides to do a podcast about the murder of her father a decade ago. This brings everything back to the surface and Josie has to put herself back into the family again. Unfortunately, Caleb, her live-in boyfriend thinks her parents died in a car crash and she is an only child.

The secrets that come out when Josie has to attend her mother's funeral are dark and jaw dropping. I sped through this book and enjoyed it very much.

Huge thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Desert Flowers - Paul Pen, Simon Bruni

Wow, what a secret this family is hiding!

The story starts out with the day to day life of Rose and Elmer and their four daughters all named after flowers. They seem to be a normal family other than the fact they live in the middle of nowhere. 

When a stranger happens upon their land one day, they treat him with kindness and allow him to spend the night. His ever increasing questions, however, have them considering their choice. Was it a mistake to let the stranger into their household?

Oh yeah, this secret was a jaw dropping one. I did not see it coming, at all.

A thrilling read that I sped through, especially towards the end.

Thanks to AmazonCrossing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Girls in the Water: A completely gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Detectives King and Lane) (Volume 1) - Victoria Jenkins

The very first thing that I liked about this book is the fact the two main detectives are women. Something that I haven't seen before. The second thing that I liked was the ride that this story took me on. Lots of plot twists with several stories going on at once. The third thing was the cover. I was immediately attracted to this book.

Chloe, new to the department, is working on who is killing these women and, she has a mission of her own. She knows her brother did not commit suicide and is bound and determined to prove it. While being suspended from her job and almost fired, she is searching for that truth. Has she missed something, something very dangerous along the way?

I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, when I finished this one and found the next book in the series available for review, I did not hesitate to request it. Yay, my request was approved and I will get to continue the journeys of Chloe and Alex.

Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Grace - Paul Lynch

When I chose to request this book I thought the premise sounded pretty interesting.

However, in reading the book, the writer's style, the slow pace and the difficulty in understanding what these characters were saying had me giving up on it very early in the book. 

Unfortunately, I decided that I didn't really care enough to try and "trudge - as in several feet of mud" through the book to learn about Grace's journey.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Trust: A Novel (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart) - Ronald H. Balson

There are so many good things going on in this book. I sped right through it. Not only was there suspense, action, and great plot twists, you also got to learn a little history of the "Troubles" in Ireland.

I went back and forth guessing the suspect so many times I thought I would get dizzy. Always a good thing when you are reading a "Whodunit".

I really grew to like Liam and his family and I was a little sad when it was over.

A great read with action, suspense, great character development, history of Ireland and totally unputdownable.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Leona. Kości zostały rzucone - Jenny Rogneby
The blurb for this book reads:

"This is a hard-boiled crime novel, filled with unexpected twists and turns, featuring an unusual heroine. Leona makes for gripping reading while challenging feminine norms and posing questions about what lies behind the choices we make."

And that is a very accurate statement for this book. There were several twists and turns in this book. I do have to say, though, that I did not care much for the main character. At least, I did not like the choices that she made in this book. She was a very narcissistic, uncaring person.

However, the action, the uniqueness of the crime and the crazy twists made this an enjoyable read for me.

Thanks to Other Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Holding - Graham Norton
This book did not grab me right away, but once it did - I was hooked. The author did such a great job with the characters in this book. I felt like they were real as to the way he developed them. I knew their feelings, their fears and their hopes.

This was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed. While I was hesitant at first about the book, it really didn't take me long to negate that thought and enjoy the journey.

Thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

The Ninth Hour: A Novel - Alice McDermott

or me this book was just okay. I would have, however, liked to have seen more of Sally and a lot less of the nuns. I think that had I'd known that most of it was taking place in a convent, I would not have requested this book.

Thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Cuban Affair: A Novel - Nelson DeMille

I loved the main character in this book. Daniel "Mac" MacCormick was such a curmudgeon but aslso very funny. I hope this is not the only book he appears in.

The story takes place in Key West (loved that) and Cuba. I hadn't read a book set in Cuba before. It sounds beautiful but full of a lot of shady characters who are called chivatos. They will do anything for a buck. It's also sad that the country is so depressed that they have to live like this.

The story is full of action and I sped through the pages enjoying every minute.

Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Nothing Stays Buried - P.J. Tracy

I have several books by these authors on my shelves but I have not had the chance to read them yet. I was glad when this book became available to read as I really wanted to read one of their books. The term "Monkeewrench" just sounded so fun.

And that's what this book was. Fun to read. I really enjoyed getting to know the gang and what a rig they have! I want one of those!

The story was action packed with a serial killer on the loose and a missing daughter who happens upon a dead body in the middle of the road. The tornado scene at the end of the book had my heart beating out of my chest.

Excellent read. I can't wait to read more by these authors.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Impossible Views of the World - Lucy Ives

WAY too much unneeded description of everything. I could only stand 15% before closing this book. I won't be going back to it. Reading a book should be entertaining, not agony.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was just impossible for me.

Thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

If the Creek Don't Rise: A Novel - Leah Chase Weiss Award from the National Council of Christians and Jews

The blurb was correct on this very entertaining book. I did get way down deep with my feelings for the characters and the setting of this book.

I really feel as though the author did a great job with the characters and making me feel as though I was really there in those hollers and mountains. The dialect used for the characters just really brought it all together.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Sad that the women had to "take things into their own hands" to get rid of their problems.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The End of Men: A Novel - Karen Rinaldi

I loved the name of this book "The End of Men". I was fortunate to get win a copy of the book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Books. Alas, after starting to read it, the fortunate feeling dissipated. 

Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. I thought it was going to be lighthearted and an enjoyable read. For me, it just turned out to be characters I really could not connect with who complained. A LOT!!

I have passed by it every day, several times, for over a month and have never went back to it. I thought if I shamed myself a lot, it would happen. Nope, never, ever ever is it going to happen.

The Dark Net - Benjamin Percy

First thought when I finished early, early this morning - WOW!

I had such a hard time deciding on reading this book. I loved Benjamin Percy's book "Red Moon" and was so excited to see this one offered by him. However, I was concerned with there being a lot of "geek speak". Well, there was some, but not a lot. I do remember one time when my eyes were crossing but that feeling did not last long. There was a lot of "freak speak" which I was used to in the author's other book.

This suspenseful, action packed thriller had me mesmerized. I stayed up way too late to finish it. I kept putting it down to sleep. Then, I would pull it back out and read some more. I could not leave it even though my body was telling me "it will be there in the morning".

A great read which I truly enjoyed!

Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Fifth of July: A Novel - Kelly Simmons

This book was not as lighthearted as I thought it would be. I guess when I see Nantucket, I'm thinking fun in the sun, a vacation with no worries. This book was nothing like that. This family was so dysfunctional in every way. They all walked around each other like they had corn cobs up the arse. The tension was bleeding through the pages as I swept through this story. I don't know who I felt sorry for the most.

A thoroughly broken family saga that, believe it or not, was a great escape.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.