Snake Skin (Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #1)
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
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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
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
C.J. Lyons is such a wonderful story teller and creates characters that are compelling! The story was fast paced dealing with subject matter that is so intense but again C.J. handles it so well! Each character fleshed out to feel so real with both good an bad qualities, strengths and weaknesses, characteristics that make them so human!
In this first book we meet Lucy, mother, wife and FBI Special Supervisory ...more
Ashley is a teen, unloved daughter of divorced parents, smart, makes a friend on-line named Bobby. They agree to meet and run away together. Only it isn't Bobby that meets her, drugs her, ties her up in a dark, smelly barn, where he can watch her from the safety of cyber space as he works at breaking her.
Lucy works for the FBI and is offered a job advancement requiring her family to move. Her husband Nic ...more
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
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
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
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!
It is an intense, suspense-filled thriller that kept me turning pages.
Ashley describes her reasons for cutting & her trophies, won with success. "She carefully rolled her sleeve back, exposing the other trophies her control had won. Each scar a triumph. Each scar a time she hadn't run screaming out int ...more
It is an intense, suspense-filled thriller that kept me turning pages.
Ashley describes her reasons for cutting & her trophies, won with success. "She carefully rolled her sleeve back, exposing the other trophies her control had won. Each scar a triumph. Each scar a time she hadn't run screaming out into the night or throw her ...more
5.0 out of 5 stars Great FBI Story: "Very well researched with most details spot on. It is a compelling story. The characters were real, to the point of reminding me of an agent, who, was every bit as dedicated, smart, and fearless as Lucy Guardino. I highly recommend it." Mark B. Lewis, Former FBI Special Agent 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, L...more
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
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
A couple of different cases take place all while the main case takes shape. Special Supervisory FBI Agent, Lucy Guardino, is a no nonsense agent with a big heart and very likeable. The title is aptly named - lots of encounters with snakes in this book!
I really enjoyed this book and hig ...more
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
Guardino is a supervisory special agent but also a wife and mother. And she wants it all ways. But when push comes to shove, she focuses on saving the kidnapped child, rather than being with her hospital-bound child. Saving the victims will save her own family, so goes her magical thinking.
The book is a pretty g ...more
I originally acquired this book for my wife ( who is currently reading the second book in the Lucy Guardino series), and then I actually read it before she could get to it. I had to lie, and tell her there weren't very many snakes in it, but she and I both really enjoyed meeting and following Lucy. We have all but one of the Lucy Guardino series in our reading queues. I'm looking forward to reading more as soon as my wife finishes #2.
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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