For years Dennis Shore has thrilled readers with his spooky bestselling novels. Now a widower, Dennis is finally alone in his house, his daughter attending college out of state. When he's stricken by a paralyzing case of writer's block and a looming deadline, Dennis becomes desperate. Against better judgment, he claims someone else's writing as his own, accepting undeserved accolades for the stolen work. He thinks he's gotten away with it . . . until he's greeted by a young man named Cillian Reed--the true author of the stolen manuscript. What begins as a minor case of harassment quickly spirals out of control. As Cillian's threats escalate, Dennis finds himself on the brink of losing his career, his sanity, and even his life. The horror he's spent years writing about has arrived on his doorstep, and Dennis has nowhere to run.
Okay I admitted yesterday that I am addicted to Travis Thrasher's books and this one is great. I received this as an ARC from Faithwords (and thank you so much) and it is an amazing book.
Suspenseful, Creepy and even heartfelt, this book has it. Dennis Shore obviously is a flawed character, but you learn why and you learn all about the harassement of Cillian. The story's pacing is perfect, it keeps you turning the pages and wondering what the heck will happen next. Everytime I though I had this book figured out, it took a new turn and by the last 100 pages I did not want to put it down for one second.
So if you like your suspense mixed with a little horror and supernatural with a small dose of Christianity (and no it does not show any character as perfect in this book - the characters all have their flaws) then this is the book for you. If you haven't read Travis Thrasher before I recommend this one - it's a wild creepy suspenseful ride that I am actually eager to take again.
Oh and I also like his references to music. I follow him on Twitter and he is often talking about music. I always seem to have a soundtrack in my head so I like that his books have somewhat of a soundtrack to them. It really helps you get the feel of the book and what is going on at the moment. (less)
The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality show sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director thirsting for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders-and the ultimate test of survival begins.
For this is not a lost world frozen in tmie, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad: this is Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years. Here scientists will stumble on something more shocking than anything humanity has ever encountered: because among the terrors of Henters Island, one life form defies any scientific theory-and must be saved at any cost.
What if an ecosystem was found that was so different from our current one and what would happen if that ecosystem escapes it's current small island in the middle of the Pacific? That is the question Mr. Fahy's debut novel tackles.
A frightening question and a frightening book to go with it. This book hooked me from the first page and held onto me until the last. Not only is there non-stop action and suspense in this novel, but the characterization is interesting too. From the scientists and the crew on the Trident, to several world-renowned scientists who are brought to the island to help make decisions, you learn about each of them (at least the cast of main characters). I like how Mr. Fahy doesn't just throw the renowned scientists in, but gives you some backstory on them and you start to like (or dislike depending on the character) them and get to know them.
On the back of the book it calls this science-based suspense and that is exactly what it is. I haven't read a novel like this since reading some of Michael Crichton's novels. Science is interspersed throughout and though I work in Marine Science and have some background, most of it was still very new to me, but didn't feel over my head. You don't get lost in the scientific details or feel like skimming over them, they are part of the story and fascinating.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a different, thrilling, amazing ride and a great way to spend several hours. I could see this as a movie in my head and it would make a great movie.
Thanks to Bantam Dell for sending me this book for review. I will be checking out this author in the future and hope this is a first book that leads to many.
David and Abby Treasure seem to have everything together: a perfect marriage, a perfect son, and a perfect life. But one simple phone call turns their world upside down. Years ago, David had an affair outside of his marriage, and though he never knew it, the affair produced a daughter. Now his former lover calls with heartbreaking news: his daughter is dying of leukemia. Her only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant-from David or his son. Can David and Abby set aside their betrayal and anger to save a little girl's life? If they can make it through, they may find that their love for one another and their faith in God can be redeemed . . . and grow stronger than ever before.
I received this book from Faithwords via Twitter. It is a reprint of an earlier Deborah Bedford book so this isn't new. But let me tell you - it is a wonderful book.
This book is a look into what everyone believes is the perfect marriage and family even those participating, even David whose indiscretion in the first year of marriage is known to him but not to Abby. Then his life is shattered when he learns of his daughter. A daughter he never knew and the fact that she is sick and needs the bone marrow transplant.
Reading this book you get all sides. You see it from David's side and you see it from Abby's side. You get glimpses from Braden (their son), from Susan (the long-ago lover) and also from Sam (the daughter). All of them are human and their mistakes, pride and love show through. They all go through changes and I loved reading about how the changes came about.
This book is very moving. The characters very real, but it gives you hope. It gives you hope that even when trust is destroyed that it can be rebuilt especially when you have God in your life to help you with it.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's real, it's timely in this age of infidelity and divorce and it's compelling. I picked this up and did not stop reading it until I reached the end. It drew me into their lives and kept me there wanting to know more. (less)
I started reading this before my surgery and finished it up in the week after it. What's funny is even when I couldn't read in the hospital this book...moreI started reading this before my surgery and finished it up in the week after it. What's funny is even when I couldn't read in the hospital this book stayed on my mind. I don't read much historical fiction, but what little I have read I have enjoyed and it has made me want to delve into this genre even more.
As far as history is concerned I know very little except the highlights after 1900 - I blame this on my schooling and also on my lack of interest. Now I enjoy reading about historical time frames even in fiction because there is some hint of fact in the story and I learn something.
Gifts of War taught me a lot - it only goes into the battlefields of WWI in small doses, but it introduced me to the social impacts of WWI especially in London. As I followed Hal, Sam and Sam's son, I learned about the people during the war and how everyday life was affected. I learned about the spy-type efforts that went on and the anti-German sentiment that was rampant. It taught me that there is so much more to war than what I thought.
I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship building between Hal and Sam even though there is a secret between them. Watching these complex characters interact during the war was very interesting. It was hard to get away from the book for any period of time and it never seemed to drag. I enjoyed the aspects of Hal's job and the intrigue there, the people he met and Sam's family. It was all very interesting to watch play out in front of me.
I honestly cannot say enough about this book. It's rich in descriptions, characterization and plot that keeps it moving. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last and the twists and turns along the way.
If you enjoy good historical fiction - pick this one up. If this is a new genre to you - pick this one up - you won't regret it.(less)
First let me admit that I am not a literary fiction/book club fiction type reader. But this book may have changed my mind about that. I w...moreRating: 4.5/5
First let me admit that I am not a literary fiction/book club fiction type reader. But this book may have changed my mind about that. I was so completely absorbed in this book that I lost track of time while laying out and baked a little too long on my stomach that day. That is how completely I got into the story.
Centered around pregnant Lily, and her last days of her pregnancy spent in bed due to a fall with all of her family and close friends around her. Each of them entertains her with a story, mostly stories of their past that she has never heard. She hears from both her mom and dad how they met and other things from her husband, her nanny that helped raise her and still works in her house, her nanny's daughter who is like a cousin to her, her midwife and mother's good friend, and a few others. The suspense builds through the book because the main question is what happened to Irene Dos Santos, Lily's good friend from childhood. The book as a whole flows very well and when you are left questioning at one moment, the questions are eventually answered.
This story was different to me because it is told by different people and you learn things about the past and the present when they are telling their story. When I read this book I was there with whoever was telling the story at the minute. I enjoyed learning about each character and how their lives intertwined with the other characters. It's amazing to get to the end of this book and think back and realize how all the characters though very different at times were interconnected. This is one of those books you finish and say "Wow" and then you want to read it again so you can put more together. It's kind of like seeing the Bruce Willis movie The Sixth Sense for the first time and then you want to go back and watch it again to see if you pick up on all the clues (no it's not told from dead people's perspective, it's just the only way I can describe it). You can take it all in on the first reading, but it's so enjoyable and intricate, that you want to read it again to get the full effect.
An amazing book. It took me to a different culture (it takes place in Venezuela) and through a wonderful cast of characters that will stick with me. I finished this one on Saturday and I am still thinking about this story and the characters and I think I will for a long time to come. Very touching and different. This is one book you don't want to miss.(less)
I was very excited about this book, I read Deborah Bedford a few months back and enjoyed the real feeling and characterization she puts into her ficti...moreI was very excited about this book, I read Deborah Bedford a few months back and enjoyed the real feeling and characterization she puts into her fiction. I have also heard wonderful things about Joyce Meyer but have never read her.
I was not let down at all. This book takes a real look at a woman who wants it all, perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house and perfect job. But as most of us women know it's very hard to have it all. To Sarah, work is what is most important at the moment. They need the money she makes to live the lifestyle they have created and to give Mitchell and baby Kate all they need. Joe has recently followed his dream of owning his own business and doesn't make the money he used to so it all falls on Sarah's shoulders (or so she thinks).
This book seems so real - if you work outside the home and even if you don't you can see a little or a lot of yourself in Sarah. So when she has her lifechanging moment, you really start to think about your own life.
Though the novel is real - it is not depressing so don't worry about that. It just gives you a lot to think about and a lot to be thankful for. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more books like this.(less)
I loved the first Daniel X book and I was eagerly awaiting the newest one. So I was thrilled to receive this as a review copy from Miriam Parker at Ha...moreI loved the first Daniel X book and I was eagerly awaiting the newest one. So I was thrilled to receive this as a review copy from Miriam Parker at Hachette books.
The second installment doesn't disappoint, it has Daniel back facing 2 new nemesis aliens from The List. I love his secondary characters who are from his imagination. His interaction with them is fascinating. This book also brings in interaction with a new real character and possible love interest. This added a new dimension to the book.
The background happenings and the reason Daniel is after 2 aliens on the list makes and interesting story line and it catches your attention and you don't want to put the book down.
It's a quick, fun read and I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment. These books are rocket science, they really don't require much thought, just time to read for genuine enjoyment.(less)
Okay - I obviously gave this book a 5.0/5.0 rating so you know I love it. I just really enjoyed every moment of this book.
First it applies to the time...moreOkay - I obviously gave this book a 5.0/5.0 rating so you know I love it. I just really enjoyed every moment of this book.
First it applies to the time of life I am at - Tiana is 38, I am 35. Now, that doesn't mean younger or older women shouldn't read this book, because I personally feel that even in it's fictional writing, there is something for every woman to take away from this book.
Tiana is a TV personality, America's Sweetheart, but she's starting to age and the ratings are starting to fall for the TV show she hosts. Plastic surgery is mentioned, but Tiana balks at that. As things progress and a co-host is possibly brought into the picture, Tiana starts to take stock of her life. She finds new challenges and finds herself in the process. Add in a sexy and annoying hunk and the sparks fly in the romance department too, but not immediately.
This book was hard to put down. I loved Tiana, she had insecurities, but she was strong. She didn't know where she was going but she found her way. Add in some twists and turns and this is a book you won't likely forget anytime soon.(less)
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was my first book by Zoey Dean and I will look to her backlist to read some more. She really seems to have her...moreI really enjoyed reading this book. It was my first book by Zoey Dean and I will look to her backlist to read some more. She really seems to have her pulse on the younger female trying to make her way in the world (and this is not truly exclusive to the 20-something female - it's true for all females).
From the beginning I liked Taylor - I could identify with her. Wanting to succeed at what she was doing, yet she's not truly a backstabber or an extreme go-getter. However in Hollywood, she has to reinvent herself to get ahead unlike how she was in high school. Enter her boss' daughter who gives her lessons on how to get ahead. Also her co-worker becomes her nemesis and she tries to do all she can to sabotage her, even accidentally falling for her boyfriend.
Even though Taylor begins to change, her true self still shines through. It's a novel about growth and learning to be yourself and still get ahead. There are twists and turns, some laughs and some times I needed a tissue. It's a real story, yet it lets you getaway for awhile. You can be Taylor and feel all her emotions, and that is something that shows a great story.
Finally - a true to life book about groups of friends. I don't know about you, but I have never been in a group of friends where some back-stabbing an...moreFinally - a true to life book about groups of friends. I don't know about you, but I have never been in a group of friends where some back-stabbing and jealousy went on. Women are just this way. I'm So Happy For You explores that fact and Ms. Rosenfeld does a wonderful job with it.
Both Wendy and Daphne are likeable characters. I see some of myself in both of them. I couldn't completely hate either one at anytime no matter what was going on. Disagreements and jealousy are a fact of life.
Despite all of this, this is not a depressing novel, in fact it's just the opposite - it's fascinating, a true study in human behavior, with laugh out loud moments and very cringe-worthy moments.
It's a great look into how a group of friends truly acts and it makes you think about how you act too. I loved the look into Wendy's mind and her thought process, the paranoia from time-to-time (who hasn't had that) and the self-realization that she finally comes to. There are some surprises along the way and the book was very difficult for me to put down.
The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the back of the arc:
This is what happened...
It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding f...moreThe Neighbor by Lisa Gardner rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the back of the arc:
This is what happened...
It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy--a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect.
In the last six hours...
But from the moment Dectective Sergeant D.D. Warren arrives at the Joneses' snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the wholesome illusion the couple worked so hard to create.
Of the world as I knew it...
With the clock ticking on the life of a missing woman and the media firestorm building, Jason Jones seems more intent on destroying evidence and isolating his daughter than searching for his "beloved" wife. Is the perfect husband trying to hide his guilt--or just trying to hide? And will the only witness to the crime be the killer's next victim?
Wow! That is the main word that comes to mind at the end of this book. I have read several of Lisa Gardner's books before and they were good, but this one really kept me hanging on, wondering what would happen next and exactly what the heck was going on.
The book starts with the normal night for Sandy Jones, but then something happens. Throughout the book you are given her perspective and memories, but you never quite figure out what is going on. You learn about her marriage, is Jason the one who has abducted her? There are definitely secrets. Is it the sex offender down the street? Is it someone else? It seems like there are several likely suspects as Sandy's "normal" looking life unfolds before your eyes.
It's quite a thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. As it jumps from person-to-person I enjoyed getting the different perspectives. We get the perspective of Sandy and Aidan Brewster, but then it's third person for the others. An interesting combination in this book. And we can't forget Detective D.D. Warren who is the featured police detective in this book. She's trying to stay one step ahead of this case and she's mired down in all the possibilities. But this book is truly less about the police investigation and more about the people involved. There are lots of secrets that are revealed slowly that make this book hard to put down. I didn't see the middle or the ending coming and that makes it a great book to me. And the best thing was it all seemed plausible - no crazy out of left field conclusion for this book - no it makes perfect sense.
If you pick this book up plan on several hours of uninterrupted reading because you will get sucked in to this book. (less)
I really enjoyed this look into teenage life that reminds me of the old Choose Your Own Adventures books I use to read. Except these help tweens and t...moreI really enjoyed this look into teenage life that reminds me of the old Choose Your Own Adventures books I use to read. Except these help tweens and teens see the consequences of choosing one of two scenarios. One is obviously the morally correct choice and the other is the often popular/go-along with the crowd choice.
In this look at twins Drew and Dani as they start high school, I felt the story played out very realistically. Dani is the serious twin and she's just trying to find her way in a new situation and keep her morals about her. Drew is wanting to change and change as much as possible. She's ready to break out of her shell and make whatever decisions she needs to in order to become more popular.
I enjoyed watching both Drew and Dani and the situations that they came across. I read both endings and feel they were both well done and very representative of the choices and consequences that are out there, without being too preachy or anything that will turn a teen/tween off at this point in her life.
If I had girls I would definitely have these on hand for them to read and would encourage parents to read them also as a guide to what is out there and good ways for parents to handle these challenging years also. I know I took away things that I hope will help me in the years to come as my boys approach their teen years.
But apart from the moral and teaching value - these books have a great entertainment factor. They move quick and the characters are fun. It reads like teenagers act and creates a great storyline. I enjoyed every minute of reading the book and look forward to going back and reading Truth or Dare and for the next two in the series that will release in April 2010.(less)
With the push of Borders and others reading this, The Weight of Silence is currently 5th on the NY Times Bestseller list - how awesome is that for a d...moreWith the push of Borders and others reading this, The Weight of Silence is currently 5th on the NY Times Bestseller list - how awesome is that for a debut author.
I can completely see why. I started this book, not quite knowing what to expect except that it sounded like a great story. I was correct there, but it is so much more. Told from various perspectives of those affected on the day of the girls' disappearance I slowly learned what happened, but also got a deeper look into each of the characters. I was kept in suspense the entire time, never quite figuring out who did it. While suspense is usually what entices me the most, the storytelling from all the points of view really sells the book. Getting into the characters heads and seeing all the different characters from other points of view made this book fascinating. Add in the excellent suspense and this book is a complete winner in my book.
So give this first time author a chance, you won't regret it. The Weight of Silence will suck you in from the first page and as the lives of the main characters unravel in front of your eyes you won't want to put this one donw.(less)
This is a very interesting book - it starts out like a horror book, but really it is a coming of age tale, with some serious suspense and horror to go...moreThis is a very interesting book - it starts out like a horror book, but really it is a coming of age tale, with some serious suspense and horror to go along with it. This is my first coming-of-age story of a boy that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Boys and girls are very different and this really gave me some insight for the future with my boys.
A very enjoyable novel - it feels real from the perspective of Samuel who is dealing with the loss of his mother while finishing up high school and just trying to be as normal as possible. His friends are introduced throughout and all of them seem like pretty normal teenagers too. The characterization in this novel is wonderful - I really felt like I got to know Samuel. And the plot is amazing - paced just right to hold my attention throughout and make it hard to put down.
I highly recommend this book to everyone - I think it has something for every reader, not just young adults to take away from it and it's a good story too.(less)
Wow what a wonderful thrill ride. It doesn't start slow at all and the speed to picks up along the way just about leaves you breathless. The suspense...moreWow what a wonderful thrill ride. It doesn't start slow at all and the speed to picks up along the way just about leaves you breathless. The suspense is great, the killer evil, the heroine tough yet in need of saving and the hero, very hot, capable and has a few demons of his own. All of this adds up to another great romantic suspense by Karen Rose.
I loved the characterization, the use of the online world the suspense and of course the cops of the Hat Squad - I can't wait to read more about them. Eve's character debuts in Don't Tell which I have not read, but I don't feel that I missed anything. I will make a point to go back and read that now, but I don't think you have to to read this first installment in Karen Rose's Hat Squad series.(less)