***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Paranormal and Horror Lovers Goodreads group***
I loved this short story. It hardly had***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Paranormal and Horror Lovers Goodreads group***
I loved this short story. It hardly had any dialogue but it was imagery heavy in the details. It helped to visually see everything as a reader. The story was in Martin's first person point-of-view. He was on his way to Barter Lake, traveling in bad weather. He swerved his car to avoid Katrina walking in the middle of the road. I wasn't scared at any point during the book, but it was fun trying to figure out the mystery of who the lady was.
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I loved this suspense book. "Is there a killer lurking inside everyone? The answer could***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***
I loved this suspense book. "Is there a killer lurking inside everyone? The answer could prove more frightening than the crimes..." This phrase stayed in my mind throughout the book. It switched between Kendall (freelance writer), Lance (detective), and the mastermind's point-of-view.
There were four mass murders. The first chapter was pretty intense. My heart broke when Kate went ballastic at the kid's birthday party. Pay attention to the words: "Straight and true."
I loved Kendall and Lance's back and forth. I could see why she was attracted to him. The fact that he never acted on his attraction to her but got annoyed by his detective partner's crush on Kendall made the story feel very realistic. Overall, the plot had good pacing between the crimes and the investigation. The only thing--the ending seemed to drag. I understand why it did--for the suspense, but as a reader, I assumed there'd be a happy ending, so I wasn't worried. Was I wrong? You'll have to read the story to find out.
My favorite lines: 1) "The world had moved on. They had not." 2) "Weird? Weird comes with the job. What makes this standout weird?" 3) "Please won't help him."
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I loved this Cordell Logan mystery. From the previous book in the series, I felt bad for***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***
I loved this Cordell Logan mystery. From the previous book in the series, I felt bad for Logan since he lost the love of his life. As a reader, I was happy to get a glimpse of his life after Savannah, how he grieved, how he kept people at a distance, how he remained a smart ass, simply put how he stayed the Logan I respected.
My favorite lines: 1) "The fact was, though, I was busy that night--only not in a way I could've ever anticipated." 2) "And I'm taking this assignment why?" 3) "Spoken like the true fake psychologist you are." 4) "An enemy pilot who's now working for us, and I'm supposed to trust him with my life?"
The author did an amazing job with dialogue. I loved all the one-liners. Sarcasm is my favorite type of humor. David Freed was able to capture all the mistrust between the characters, the urgency of the mission, and the dangerous path Logan was on by the intense conversations and the tense body language. I was afraid for all parties involved. The author was also great with character's voice. Logan sounded like an older man at his wit's edge trying to solve who killed Mr. Wonderful while holding on to his sanity in a foreign country with technology and coworkers he didn't understand. Logan reminded me of Gibbs from NCIS.
The dictators and corrupt cops were truly terrifying. I thought they were going to keep the upper hand, forcing Logan to return to the US much sooner than expected or wind up dead. The twist at the end was awesome. I wish the story would've shown him mourning more for Savannah, but I understand why it wasn't done. Logan doesn't strike me as a man who expresses much emotion, so the author stayed true to the character.
I'm a sucker for happy endings. You'll have to read in order to find out if Logan gets a happy ending, bittersweet ending, or a depressing ending. Either way, I wanted to give him and those American prisoners a hug.
I loved this terrifying book with a non-linear plot. Carly had a split personality--Kaitlyn. Possibly Ari Hait was her other personality as well. KaitI loved this terrifying book with a non-linear plot. Carly had a split personality--Kaitlyn. Possibly Ari Hait was her other personality as well. Kaitlyn was the prime suspect of arson at the school that killed three people.
The novel reminded me of the movie Insidious. It was written entirely as a diary and footage of the police investigation, the therapist's sessions with Carly, and newspaper clippings. The eerie photos accompanied by Carly's friend's video camcorder gave me chills down my spine. The story was full of twists after twists.
I enjoyed this suspenseful book full of obsession and betrayal. The book was a very fast read. I loved the foreshadowing of something terrible happeniI enjoyed this suspenseful book full of obsession and betrayal. The book was a very fast read. I loved the foreshadowing of something terrible happening. Plus, it was a cool perspective, or point of view, of the crazy Ivy analyzing her actions and the consequences, especially the ending!
My favorite lines: 1) When he lifts the cloth there is blood, my blood… 2) I let it go. I had to…for my sake. 3) I close my eyes tight trying to force a memory, and all I can remember is Thomas. 4) The last few months of my life rush to mind bringing with it a bottomless pit of regret.
Did I already mention that Ivy was crazy? Because she was. Crazy and violent. There’s a mystery regarding Charlie, her first office romance with a married man. This backstory was so intriguing that I wish the story would have started there.
I feared for Thomas and his wife. Literally any small contact she had with Thomas led to Ivy believing they were soulmates. Her actions reminded me of a Lifetime Movie. When he sent her flowers and kissed her on the cheek, I stopped feeling sorry for him. My favorite scenes in the book were the office environment, so I wished there could have been more of that instead of her interactions with her grandma. It proved that her grandma was suspicious of Ivy, but I got that after their first encounter.
The author did an awesome job on setting and images/metaphors. For instance, “my saliva thickens like a bloody paste.” She described everything in the scene so that, as a reader, I could feel, see, and hear everything going on. Some scenes made me jump out of my seat from fright! Ivy was the master of torture and mind games.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
***I received a free copy from the Paranormal and Horror Lovers Goodreads group in exchange for an honest review***
This inspirational tribute brought me to tears, especially the section talking about mothers mourning their passed away sons, burying them instead ofThis inspirational tribute brought me to tears, especially the section talking about mothers mourning their passed away sons, burying them instead of seeing them graduate.
It really hit home. I have a younger brother and I've witnessed him being discriminated against. All males need to read this and know they aren't alone. People do care....more
I loved this contemporary drama covering Brooke’s childhood to becoming a woman and Molly’s journey from teen to woman. The story kept switching betweI loved this contemporary drama covering Brooke’s childhood to becoming a woman and Molly’s journey from teen to woman. The story kept switching between Brooke and Molly’s point of view. Right away I figured out who Molly was, but that didn’t ruin the story for me. In fact, the author did such a wonderful job with characterization that I really cared for everyone in the story. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I shed tears.
I loved this book because it was full of drama–Brooke’s family dynamic was downright depressing. With a family like hers, who needs enemies. Good thing she had her neighbor and best friend, Gabe. Molly was a poor, naive teen who turned to stripping and prostitution in order to survive. Some of her roommates (coworkers) were decent. Both ladies needed self-reflection and I prayed that they could find themselves. It’s never too late.
My favorite lines: 1) He looked like the brother she remembered, not the strange person he’d turned into. 2) Riv. Her protector. Her hero…until he wasn’t. 3) Are cliches okay if they’re real? 4) The older Brooke got, the easier the lies came.
The author was brilliant with dialogue and creating tension. All the scenes were full of emotion. I definitely thought of this story as an indie movie, a tear jerker. It seemed like every time Molly tried to get ahead, bad luck would find her. She wanted to get her GED, but her past haunted her. She had a supportive boyfriend until he became an insensitive jerk. She faced inner-conflict every day–strip vs. real world.
I loved the twist at the end. I hadn’t seen that as the cause for Brooke’s mom, dad, and brother’s unhappiness. The entire situation broke my heart. If only…
My favorite scenes involved Grams telling Brooke about her parent’s tragic past, Brooke meeting her niece for the first time, and Brooke and Gabe getting closure. I can’t lie. This book made me cry. I loved how journal entries became a part of the narration. These characters were beyond broken, and the author didn’t shy away from that. It made for a very emotional, inspirational journey.
I’m definitely a fan of the author’s writing style. Usually I get bored with long books, but I didn’t want Molly or Brooke’s story to end. I rooted for them to become strong women. Did they get happy endings? You’ll have to read to find out.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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