Snake Skin (Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller, #1)
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Snake Skin (Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,459 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual...more
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 392 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Legacy Books (first published 2008)
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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
4 stars. Dark subject matter, though it's handled well. Strong likable characters. Likable as characters I mean, not all of of them were "likable." A quick paced story that includes the best parts of suspense, thrillers and action crime novels.

Lucy is wonderful. A strong female character who, for a wonderful change, is not looking for love, battling divorce, though she has the normal frustration and fears as anyone about their relationships when things get tough, and, a mother. She comes across...more
Apr 29, 2013 Anthony rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Wills, Herman Groman
A Review of C J Lyons Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers, Book #1
by Anthony T. Riggio

I just finished reading this book and let me begin with an uncharacteristic expression in my reviews of books I have read recently, to wit, “Wow”! This book was so fast paced and the story line wrapped me up into a tight package. My wife asked me what can keep you so occupied that everything I was supposed to do was left neglected and undone. I told her I discovered an author as capable as James Patterso...more
This was an okay crime drama novel...nothing fantastic though. I enjoyed the beginning, but as it progressed I really just found myself wishing it would hurry and end. I liked the first half of the book better; interesting, well-written, suspenseful...but the second half just seemed soap-opera-ish, overdramatic, and unrealistic. :/ ...I mean really, a horde of snakes twice in one day? And a narcissist psychopath who is willing to bomb the hospital?...which doesn't even make sense, because narcis...more
Debra Webb
Very edgy read! I love everything CJ Lyons does! The kindle version is free this weekend! A good time to check out CJ if you haven't read her before!
When I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I didn't feel that immediate connection with the characters that tells me I'm going to like a book.

But the more I read, the more the main character, Lucy Guardino, and story grew on me until I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what happens next. That’s the sign of a good story.

Lyons did a very good job of balancing Lucy’s home life with her responsibilities as an FBI agent, and the tug Lucy felt when both demanded...more
Review originally posted at Tea, Toast & Books.

In Brief: Ashley is a disturbed teenager, trying to escape her current life — but she ends up being abducted. Can Lucy Guardino, FBI agent and loving wife and mother, solve the crime in time to save Ashley?

I thought: Within the first 20 pages, I found this book a bit disturbing. (NB: I don’t usually read thriller-type mysteries.) It’s violent, and features kidnapping, vulnerable and abused children, corrupt cops, sexual objectification, and plen...more
Wow. That one word pretty much says it all. With the opening page, C.J. grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. Snake Skin is definitely one of the best suspense novels I’ve read.

Lucy Guardino is a typical soccer mom, except that, as an F.B.I. agent, she carries a gun and hunts down vicious perverts who go after children. In this book, she’s up against one of the worst she’s ever faced. Faced with the threat to her own daughter, Lucy does what is necessary, even if it mea...more
Adrienne Campbell
I just finished the first book in the Lucy Guardino/FBI Thriller Series by C.J.Lyons. Breathless! It was amazing read and a huge improvement over some of the not so great books I've been reading lately.

Lucy Guardino is a wife, mother, and FBI agent who just happens to have broken the glass ceiling without giving up her morals to do it. I love her character. She struggles with all of the same worries and concerns most working mothers deal with. Her job just happens to involve carrying a gun and...more
J.F. Penn
Full video review here

CJ Lyons writes “thrillers with heart” and loves to involve the reader in the life of the protagonist, how the job affects them and how their family life is affected. In Snakeskin, we see Lucy Guardino who is a FBI agent working against child crime and child abuse.
I spoke to CJ Lyons and she did spend time with the FBI for her research. This is a very hard area to work in. CJ also works in pediatrics so the topic is close to her hea...more
Daleen Berry
Jan 13, 2013 Daleen Berry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any readers like me, who love a good, fast-paced story filled with suspense.
I was on the last leg of a 600-mile car trip (with a lot of books on my iPad) when I began reading Snakeskin in early November. Initially, I wasn't sure I would like it and to be perfectly candid, I wouldn't have purchased it based on the title alone—because Snakeskin didn't tell me anything about the book. Plus, I don't read thrillers, because they normally contain too much blood and gore, profanity and/or sex for me. All of the above, though, say more about me than they do about the book itsel...more
Kristina Smith
I am always a fan of strong female characters - in books, in movies, in life. Lucy Guardino does not disappoint. Like most career women, she struggles to balance family (her psychologist husband and teenage daughter) with the stresses of being the new woman in charge of a new FBI unit. Juggling the political nuances of the "good ole boy" club of alphabet agencies with the drama at home when her daughter takes ill with a mysterious illness, you root for and cheer her along every step of the journ...more
I only found this one because it was suggested as a buddy read with my friend Betsy and I think it was kindle freebie. New author, new series.

Lots going on here and lots of snakes -eewwww. Let's see there is needy and incredibly stupid teenagers, parents that are a piece of work, a couple of psyches, a reporter that I wanted to choke and oh yes the MC, who is an FBI special agent trying to take down the killer and kidnapper of young women. Meanwhile her own daughter is sick and in the hospital...more
This book grabbed me from the very beginning! Although I had read all of the Angels of Mercy series by the author, this was the first one of the Lucy Guardino books. Now I cannot wait to read more. Lucy and her family are very likable characters.

Snake Skin was filled with suspense and I found it to be a fast paced thriller that was hard to put down! C.J. Lyons has managed to get me hooked on another of her series!
Very tight awesome read. If you are looking for a strong female lead then Lucy is your woman. She can bake a cake and have no trouble shooting the bad guy between the eye.
Jan Mcclung-short
Excellent book! I have never read any of Ms Lyon's work before. She has a vivid imiagination. The characters are well developed and have a depth to them: almost a soul. The plot isn't a see through smoke screen, but realistic and believable. Lucy Guardino is realky just a big chicken that needs her family to make her whole. Sure, by day light until after dark she's an FBI Agent. She does the usual FBI things like breaking up sexual pervs wanting children as sexual partners. She developed a team...more
Sherry Gorman
Absolutely awesome.
Mar 05, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Thrillers!
In CJ Lyons’ Snake Skin, we meet Supervisory Special Agent Lucia Guardino who is part of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Enforcement squad that handles crimes against children. Lucy has just transferred to Pittsburg, Pa. - with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Megan – to assume the lead of her new unit. Lucy is an amazingly strong woman. In addition to balancing relationships with her husband and her daughter, she’s leading her squad in the apprehension of child predators. They’ve just wrapped up a cas...more
Samantha Janning
Even though I love chick lit and all things girly, I am also a fan of mysteries and thrillers. When I reviewed my first book from CJ Lyons, Blind Faith, I was blown away by the creative story lines, the intense drama, and breathtaking speed at which I flew the story. When CJ approached me and offered to send me a copy of Snake Skin, of course I said yes!

Snake Skin follows Lucy Guardino, or Supervisory Special Agent Guardino when she is on the job. Lucy is an average mom, in love with her husban...more
Christine Blachford
I approached this crime thriller with an awful lot of trepidation, only because of the title and the concept of snakes being involved in the plot. I picked it up in amongst a Story Bundle, so I didn't know what to expect as I ploughed on through.

In all respects, it's a very serviceable thriller - good pacing, a bit of a twist, and plenty of red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing. I felt it went a bit over the top at the end, but sometimes the best action has to do that!

My only re...more
An FBI book with a strong female character (who is also a mother) in charge of the unit? So long as you're not reading it with a nitpicker's mentality (which I didn't) what's not to love? The action in this book was as non-stop as you would expect in any crime story, either in print or on screen. The worst thing that can happen when reading a crime novel is working out the ending too early and not being interested in what happens to get there. You won't find that in this book. I have a very hard...more
Grey Liliy
Probably a 3.5 would be better, but I enjoyed it well enough to round up.

Snake Skin has a little bit of everything. It's got some humor, some touching scenes, fast paced action, and of course a few more disturbing moments. Though, content wise I don't think anything all that horrible happens; most of it is implied off screen, save for maybe one or two detailed mutilated corpses.

It's strong points are probably the character interactions; everyone from Lucy to her daughter is full of life and char...more

Author: C.J. Lyons
Published by: Ledacy Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Snake Skin" by C. J. Lyons was some thriller with mystery, suspense and a lots of action. Now let it be said early this is for the Adult reader and if you love snakes you are right where you need to be. In this novel we find Supervisory Special Agent Lucia Guardino who is part of the FBI's Sexual Assault Enforcement squad that handle crimes against children now...trying...more
SNAKE SKIN by C.J.Lyons is a heart thumping thriller set in present day Pittsburgh.It is written with depth,details,twists and turns.It has snakes,child predators,FBI agents,crimes against children,sacrifices,adventure to save the children,suspense,and a heart pumping action.It is action packed and fast paced from the first page to the last.Special Agent Guardino,is an FBI sexual assault felony enforcement squad agent,a wife,a soccer Mom,juggles family and work,she is a friend and loathes child...more
Lynnette Phillips
Author CJ Lyons shows her command of the craft in Snake Skin, the story of Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI Lucy Guardino heads the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad/Crimes Against Children (SAFES/CAC) detail in Pittsburgh. Published by Create Space and released January 19, 2011, Snake Skin shows an artist at her best. The characters are detailed and rooted in reality, the plot tense, gripping and rapidly paced.

Lucia Theresa Guardino was recently promoted and moved her family from Vir...more
Theweed74955 Wild
I like this kind of story, but with a plausible story line and characters. The action was plentiful, although a bit overdone, and the characters were on target, except for the superhero traits that seemed to plague the book. I have difficulty believing an FBI agent who is obsessed with her job can have such an easy-going husband whose worst show of emotion is to frown at here when she abandons her own daughter's life and problems thinking another girl's life (not her own daughter's) is more impo...more
Daniel K Munroe
I chose SNAKE SKIN because I wanted to read a book written by a woman, and with a strong but believable female protangonist. I'm always learning, and as part of that I enjoy trying new authors. And wow, I got what I was looking for with CJ Lyons!

I found the central character, Lucy, and many of the other characters to be nicely three dimensional, with lives that felt real, and yet CJ Lyons has somehow included all that detail without slowing the breakneck pace of the story. Brilliantly crafted, o...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was surprised by the action in this book, I did not expect so much. I really connected with the character, Lucy. I could feel her mixed feelings when it came to dividing her time between work and family. I cheered that Nick was a very understanding husband. I enjoyed the chemistry between Lucy and Nick. I was cheering when Ashley got the help she needed. I enjoy this author's writing style. I want to read the rest of the stories about Lucy.
Paullei Mumme
Overall it was a good book, not quite a REALLY good book but better than average. The plot was decent but the villain wasn't really believable either because we were not given enough back story early on of the characters or the foundation wasn't laid out by interweaving the dots to connect later in the book. There were a few times when I jumped in and said "oh, it's this character" and I was right, but hoped that I wasn't because it was too obvious but still far fetched.

The "snake" connection w...more
This was not a book that I couldn’t put down. However, it was definitely a book that I wanted to finish and really enjoyed reading. I can’t tell you the last time I read a really well written female lead in a main stream novel. Lucy Guardino is a captivating character who is strong, determined and yet humanly flawed without falling into the stereotypical “alcoholic” police lead. I liked that. I liked her interaction with both her husband and her daughter. I also liked that she’s respected within...more
I won't spoil the story line here, but I will tell you that this book kept me up all night. The main character, Lucy Guardino, is torn between her work ethic and quest to save the life of a missing (troubled) teen, and her commitment to her own teenage daughter who feels neglected by mom, and her loving husband.

The authour exhibits a sensitivity for the work of the investigators, a compassion for family and an understanding of how children experience neglect and fears of abandonment. CJ Lyons k...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (P...more
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