I have a weakness for a good old-fashioned ghost story and I was happy to discover Swann’s Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge story. Stevie...moreI have a weakness for a good old-fashioned ghost story and I was happy to discover Swann’s Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge story. Stevie-girl and her best friend, Jase, are phantom magnets. This story takes place on a summer camping trip to New Mexico during the 1960s. Almost immediately, the two friends visit the legendary Crybaby Bridge and quickly the mystery begins.
This books has charm, entertainment, heightened mystery, and of course a good ghost story. I really loved this book. It was reminiscent of some of my favorite Nancy Drew books growing up and I immediately loaded my Kindle with all of the books in the Phantom Series. The plot was well developed and it moved at a fast pace only giving the reader a moment or two to catch your breath. The storyline made you involved in the character’s life whether it was their previous experiences or what they had to face in the moment. Swann’s writing style is smooth and effortless, it makes a perfect read for teens as well as adults. I highly recommend for an afternoon or weekend ghost story read. (less)
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? I jumped at the chance to read this book. Ghosts of Mayflower takes us into the firsthand experiences of the auth...moreWho doesn’t love a good ghost story? I jumped at the chance to read this book. Ghosts of Mayflower takes us into the firsthand experiences of the author’s time as an Halloween attraction orderly for the Mayflower Building at Pennhurst Asylum, located in Spring City, Pennsylvania. This is the same haunted location that The Ghosthunters filmed their 2011 Halloween special. For good reason, the paranormal experiences are frequent and quite impressive.
I enjoyed the way the author presented this book over a couple of months and documented the shift days, personal experiences, candid conversations, people who work at the now Pennhurst Halloween attraction, tons of guests, and of course ghostly apparitions along with a some things that go bump in the night. I won’t give away any spoilers because it’s such a fun ghost story read. If I had any complaints, it would be that I wanted to learn more about the history of the location, but that in no way takes away from the book.
This is a great, short read. You could read a chapter or two at a time, or devour the entire book on a stormy Saturday afternoon like I did. Highly recommend. (less)
Short stories are either a hit or miss for me, and Carolyn Arnold hit this short story right out of the park. I held my breath wondering how it would...moreShort stories are either a hit or miss for me, and Carolyn Arnold hit this short story right out of the park. I held my breath wondering how it would end and what would be the justice for Christina with her cheating husband. Pearls of Deception evokes the entire thriller senses for a great short read. It's well written with crisp, believable dialogue and a wonderful twist ending. I'm off to read another one of Arnold's thrillers. (less)
The plot moves at a superb and consistent pace. The storyline ignites with action and it is what makes a thriller enjoyable. As the next chapters slow...moreThe plot moves at a superb and consistent pace. The storyline ignites with action and it is what makes a thriller enjoyable. As the next chapters slowly layer the plot strategically, it builds in intrigue and anticipation. Bidinotto has honed his craft as a crime writer, but clearly can incorporate everything that a good novel needs and what readers hunger for in a satisfying read. Hunter is categorized as a “thriller”, but undoubtedly has a suspense, romance, drama, spy thriller, and a police procedural feel to it.
There are many characters in the book and each has helped to add even more depth to the story. It ratchets up the suspense and propels the reader into caring about certain characters and even wishing the bad ones to get what they deserve. The ease of Bidinotto’s writing style makes it a delight to read – smooth descriptions and concise dialogue.
The only aspect that stopped me a couple of times to retrace my reading was that the chapters literally throw you into the next scene with little or no setup. It’s a personal preference to me, but it didn’t slow the pacing or enjoyment of the narrative in the least.
This book is ultimately an all around thriller with some rough language, violence and adult themes. Hunter is perfect for mystery, suspense, and thriller readers. I highly recommend this novel and hope there will be more books from this author. (less)
There are three things that rank high on my list when I read a new book – well-written, interesting characters, suspense to keep you on your toes, and...moreThere are three things that rank high on my list when I read a new book – well-written, interesting characters, suspense to keep you on your toes, and some fun thrown in for good measure. This book had it all. So what do you get when you mix an Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden who has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life with Max Vinyl's entrepreneurial and somewhat sketchy computer recycling racket? You get one heck of a story that’s for sure!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The storyline was original and plotted well to keep the suspense building to the final scene. I loved all of the diverse characters; some were so inventive and quirky that I laughed quite a few times during the story. I enjoyed the interesting premise about computer recycling and learned some things I did not know. I love that aspect! Brook’s writing style is smooth and easy to read, which makes it irresistible to read the entire book in a couple of sittings. I highly recommend and I look forward to more books from this author. (less)
This book has been a big project for me. It was originally a screenplay that I adapted into to a novel. I know it's usually the other way around, but...moreThis book has been a big project for me. It was originally a screenplay that I adapted into to a novel. I know it's usually the other way around, but I loved this story. I spent quite a bit of time researching the area of police K9, along with psychopaths. I hope you enjoy! (less)
This was an inspiring book from a man who had every obstacle against him growing in Harlem and the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. His family had moved from...moreThis was an inspiring book from a man who had every obstacle against him growing in Harlem and the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. His family had moved from Puerto Rico when he was a year old searching for a better life. He battled gangs, drugs, corruption, racism, and his own demons. It's a raw, powerful story written in his own voice. His faith and determination shines through as he poured out his heart and soul on paper. His hope is to help others with his own story. If you know someone dealing with problems and there seems to be no way out, this book is proof that dreams, can and will, come true. (less)
This is the first book in the "witness series". It's truly an engaging book with characters you care about and some you want to hate. Rebecca Forster...moreThis is the first book in the "witness series". It's truly an engaging book with characters you care about and some you want to hate. Rebecca Forster has created a wonderful, suspenseful, legal thriller that intrigues you to keep reading until the last page. In my case, well past the time I should have been sleeping. The main character Josie Baylor-Bates, a criminal defense attorney, is a complicated and strong character that struggles with the California Supreme Court and her newest case. The Southern California setting is a perfect background for this courtroom drama. The dialogue and courtroom scenes are believable and entertaining. It's obvious that Forster knows her stuff about the legal system and her strong writing has the burden of proof. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue reading the witness series. I highly recommend. (less)
Gods of the Machines is an engaging, particularly intriguing mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, both human and android. It has everythi...moreGods of the Machines is an engaging, particularly intriguing mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, both human and android. It has everything that an exciting thriller should with a relentless and sometimes misunderstood detective, unsolved murders, killers on the loose, and a dogged CSI team putting all the clues together. The extra-added bonus is that all of this takes place on Ceres, a newly inhabited planet in the Earth’s solar system.
Detective Sam Benson’s newest assignment as lead detective on Earth’s first colonized planet starts out as a routine position until a several murders happen. It doesn’t look like they are going to stop anytime soon. He’s thrown into the middle of politics, greed, conspiracy, and an android that appears to be the primary murder suspect. Many more suspects soon emerge in the investigation. It’s a grueling game of cat and mouse, along with just the right amount of CSI.
Gods of Machines offers readers something from almost every popular genre. Characters that you love, hate, or really make you think. Sexual tension, romance, heroics, adventure, creatures, and science keep you turning the pages. The descriptive prose Starta pens is entertaining and wonderfully imaginative. If you’re looking for the next great sci-fi thriller to grab your attention, I highly recommend Gods of the Machines. (less)
I generally don’t find myself attracted to collections of short stories. I’m not sure why. But I absolutely loved these short stores! It’s a great way...moreI generally don’t find myself attracted to collections of short stories. I’m not sure why. But I absolutely loved these short stores! It’s a great way to take a few minutes of a break during a busy day to read one story or several. It would make a perfect gift for someone or a wonderful treat for yourself.
Stranded by Kimberly Raiser is a true gem of a read. It features 21 short stores ranging from a page to about twenty pages. There’s literally a story for everyone. Some are funny, frightening, out of this world, and even thought provoking. Raiser has a wonderful imagination and she creatively mixes horror and paranormal storylines that give way to a Twilight Zone or X-Files experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to science fiction and horror enthusiasts. (less)
A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE IN TODAY’S EVER CHANGING WORLD
“IT’S ALL PART OF THE DANCE” focuses on changing our individual perspective of all that surroun...moreA MUST READ FOR EVERYONE IN TODAY’S EVER CHANGING WORLD
“IT’S ALL PART OF THE DANCE” focuses on changing our individual perspective of all that surrounds us in our personal world and how we respond to it in order to become happier in life. The book first asks, “How happy are you?” Many times we find ourselves focused on what is wrong with the world and what we don’t have rather than what’s important.
Dr. Gettis guides readers through a wonderful journey of self-discovery by using personal stories, humor, quotes, and powerful insights in this well written book. It’s impossible to come away from this book without changing at least one negative perspective in your life. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to enjoy life more and to be happier through all the ups and downs of everyday life. (less)
Many novels these days are tagged as a “Thriller”. Sometimes I’m a little disappointed because they don’t always seem to fit that genre. I was pleasan...moreMany novels these days are tagged as a “Thriller”. Sometimes I’m a little disappointed because they don’t always seem to fit that genre. I was pleasantly surprised that “A Touch of Deceit” checked every box for me that a thriller should be – and more. I was immediately engrossed in Gary Ponzo’s debut, award winning thriller from the first page.
The hero, Nick Bracco works as an anti-terrorism FBI agent. The reader is instantly thrown into the high-stakes life of this true-life action hero. The clock is ticking down as Bracco tries to stop a Kurdish terrorist from blowing up random homes across America. Everyone’s nightmare has been realized. Bracco is forced to recruit his close cousin Tommy, a member of the Italian Mafia, to help track down this assassin before more lives are lost.
“A Touch of Deceit” is a cleverly written thriller with plenty of twists and turns, action, and strong dialogue to keep you turning the pages well into the night. The characters show strength and depth. The plot moves quickly, leaving the reader to want more. The dialogue is direct and well written. Gary Ponzo is an author that everyone should add to their reading list. I highly recommend for thriller, suspense, and mystery fans. (less)
Plain Jane drew me into the story from page one. I would have read the entire book in one day if my schedule permitted. The reader is taken into the d...morePlain Jane drew me into the story from page one. I would have read the entire book in one day if my schedule permitted. The reader is taken into the dark, disturbing world from a serial killer’s point of view. It grabs hold of you and won’t let go. Not for the squeamish, but you dare not blink if you want to know what happens next.
Kent Harbinger is the department’s profiler and he’s on the trail of the Plain Jane killer. He has a knack for getting into a serial killer’s head, living and breathing what the killer does. He’s a character that you want to cheer for, hate, yell at, walk away from, and most of all you want to know what he’ll do next. West has crafted extremely well developed characters and a thrilling story that will keep you turning the pages. There’s plenty of fast paced dialogue and sexual tension with two detectives, Nicole and Ruben, staying one step behind the profiler, and two steps behind the killer.
Plain Jane is a fresh new perspective at the serial killer genre. If you love cat and mouse, police procedurals, and serial killers, you’ll enjoy this book. I can’t help but wonder if West will continue with these characters in her next book. (less)