November 24, 2014

Review: The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich


Product Description:
In this fast-paced and thought-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic "Adam" and "Eve" whose descendants will go on to populate the world. 

When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a mysteriously deserted village with a prowling sentry that looks like a gargoyle, and narrow escape with the help of fellow teen Eleanor Brynner. 

The two are hurtled into a grim series of challenges by an alien race called the Xu, which are considering a Reset of human history because of our poor planetary stewardship. If Adam and Eve are murdered, will another couple, or another species, do better? Nick and Ellie are ruthlessly deposited onto the African savanna of fifty thousand years ago, and the hunt is on. 

The Murder of Adam and Eve is a coming of age story, a love story, a war story, and an environmental fable with a deliberately provocative ending, inspired by such books as "Walkabout," "Ishmael," "Lord of the Flies," and the author's own "Getting Back." If you could change history...would you?

My Thoughts:
Admittedly I only read the first paragraph of the product description when I selected The Murder of Adam and Eve to review. If I would have read the entire description I might have passed on this one because of the alien aspect and the book being a coming of age story. I was hoping for a unique time travel mystery and what I actually got was a weird story that eventually came together in the end. 

The beginning of the book that tells the story of Nick's journey was very choppy and odd but once he meets Ellie and they travel back in time the writing gets smoother and the story line gets intriguing. I liked their time alone in Africa and the interaction with the ancient clan, especially their guide, Boy. Overall I thought the book was okay but was hoping for so much more. 

My Recommendation: 
I feel that this one would be a great read for the teen audience it was intended for.

November 10, 2014

Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg



Product Description:
The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire.  The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

My Thoughts:

I started this series with the second book, The Chase which I enjoyed. I put book one in the series on my TBR list and forgot about the series until I was offered The Job to review. Now after reading and loving this third installment I went ahead and read the short prequel, Pros and Cons and am currently reading book one, The Heist. 

This book is 100% fluff. It's a light and quick read with absurd circumstances and characters but it's a whole lot of fun. If you accept that it's fluff then you can set everything aside and love the book will the crazy goings on. 


My only gripe with the book is the relationship, or should I say lack of a relationship, between Kate and Nick. Kate obviously has feelings for Nick but does nothing about it. Being that this is the third book in the series I have a feeling that a relationship will never develop and it's already frustrating to me two books in. Just sleep together and move on already. 


My Recommendation: 

Just like the second book I recommend this for all Evanovich fans and anyone who wants a fast, easy read.

October 20, 2014

Review: The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman


Product Description:
Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father. 

My Thoughts:
A couple of months ago I listened to the first Jaime Quinn mystery, Death by Didgeridoo, and liked it but had a hard time with the narration. For that reason I chose to read this second book instead of listening to it and thoroughly enjoyed this quick book. 

Jaime is a fun character and I love her adventures. The Case of the Killer Divorce has three main plot lines but they don't distract from each other and they wrap up nicely with one possibly segueing into the next book in the series. 

If there was one downside to these Jamie Quinn mysteries I would have to say that they're too short. I would love more mystery and investigating but I do love them as quick and short reads.

My Recommendation:
I recommend this book and the series for anyone who loves cozy mysteries.  


September 6, 2014

Review: After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman


Product Description:
When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative—if not all legal—businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are eventually found.
Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.
Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.

My Thoughts:
After I'm Gone is one of those books that grabs you from the first chapter and doesn't let go. It is very reminiscent of What the Dead Know also by Lippman. The story flips between several different times in the past and the book's present. During the entire book I'm wondering if they're ever going to reveal what really happened to Felix and I had to live in suspense the whole time. I zoomed through reading this one and had to shake myself awake just so I can keep reading because I had to know what happens next and couldn't afford to sleep. 

The ending wasn't at all what I expected but it was very satisfying and now I can safely say I'm a Lippman fan. After reading What the Dead Know I was super excited to read Life Sentences but that one really fell flat for me. Now I'm safely back to being a Lippman fan and will definitely be reading more of her works. 

My Recommendation:
I absolutely loved this book and am sharing it with all my friends. This is a must read for suspense lovers. 



August 24, 2014

Review: How to Fall by Jane Casey


Product Description: 
Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.

Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.


My Thoughts:
How to Fall was easily one of the best YA novels I've read in a while. It had all the elements of a good mystery and what I always feel is lacking in other books, a believable plot line. That's not to say I didn't cringe at Jess' antics half the time because she was the typical teen making bad choices. It was because everything that Jess did was logical for an inquisitive teen dead set on investigating her cousin's death. 

The characters that shared the story with Jess were so well done that I felt like I knew each and everyone of them when I was in high school. I'm definitely putting book two in the series, Bet Your Life, on my to be read list.

My Recommendation:
I recommend this one for anyone who loves YA and mysteries. 




August 23, 2014

Review: Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman


Product Description:
Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit. 

My Thoughts: 

I thought that Death by Didgeridoo was a cute and quick read. The mystery was simple and easy to figure out. Jamie has a wonderful sense of humor and there were several lines in the book that made me laugh out loud. She was fun and I really wished that she would have had an opportunity to get to know the prosecuting attorney, Nick, a little better. Hopefully there will be a little more romance in book two of the Jaime Quinn series, The Case of the Killer Divorce.

My review is based on the audio book read by Carrie Lee Martz. Carrie's reading style was a too monotone for me and her portrayal of the PI Duke's southern accent drove me absolutely insane. Each and every word was slow and drawn out in an overly exaggerated manner. I feel that had I read the book, I would have given Death by Didgeridoo a full five star rating.


My Recommendation: 

I recommend this one for anyone who loves cozy mysteries. 


July 20, 2014

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell



Product Description:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything. 

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . .Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Thoughts:
Who wouldn't love to have a way to connect with a loved one in the past? This book got me thinking about who I would call and what I would say to them. It gave my reading experience an added bit of whimsey and fun. 

The characters were so well done that I could totally picture them as part of my family. They were quirky and had real life drama that worked well with the contrast of the fantasy aspects in the book. 

The only thing that irked me a little was Georgie's relationship with her friend Seth. It was too predictable and didn't tie together with the ending. I wish the twist with Seth that Rowell put in at the end was completely left out but overall it didn't take away from me loving this book.

My Recommendation:
I recommend this one to anyone who loves contemporary fiction with a little bit of fantasy thrown in.


July 13, 2014

Review: A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert


Product Description:
Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream. Her world is filled with designer clothes, luxury cars, and stunning homes. But her Neiman-Marcus lifestyle comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly, she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must start over against incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.

Poignant and emotionally gripping, A Woman of Fortune reveals the many ways we deceive ourselves and how resilience of the heart is essential to authentic living. Drawing on her experiences as a legal investigator, author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters. Readers will love Claire's unbending determination as she strives to keep her family from falling apart and learns to embrace the kind of fortune that lasts.


My Thoughts:
This one really sucked me in at the beginning. The prologue was so powerful that I just kept reading and reading until I got a little more than halfway. At that point I could clearly see what was coming and I lost a little interest. The characters were too shallow and their actions just seemed a little too overdone and I wasn't rooting for anyone anymore. The rest of the story from then on was just blah with an awkward ending. 

Overall I would still say that I did like it just not as much as the beginning made me thought I was going to love it. Being Christian fiction it was really light and a little change of pace for me but wasn't over the top religious. 

Recommendation: 
I recommend this for anyone who loves Christian romance. 

July 8, 2014

Giveaway: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep


In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction). Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s BiteWeb of LiesVenomTangled ThreadsSpider’s RevengeBy a ThreadWidow’s WebDeadly StingHeart of VenomThe Spider, and Poison Promise, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. 

The Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series are her other works. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

Giveaway over. 

July 7, 2014

Review: Witch Ball by Adele Elliott


Product Description:
Truly Moore loves to spend time with her Great Aunt Fleur, a larger than life, quirky old lady who makes a living selling magic charms. The townspeople know Fleur is “different”, a sin in this “Buckle of the Bible Belt”, and many suspect that Aunt Fleur is a witch. The serenity of the town is shattered by the murder of a respected high school track coach, and as the murder becomes more and more difficult to solve, a witch hunt begins. But not all demons have pointy horns and tails, and not all angels have wings. 

Witch Ball asks us to be careful who we deify, and who we vilify.


My Thoughts:
The main reason I didn't like Witch Ball was because I felt the story was a too choppy. There were major reveals that were just passed over like if nothing extraordinary just happened. When one plot point reveals a major family secret, Truly thinks to herself, "Mom must have thought I already knew this. I didn't." then the story rolls on like nothing shocking was just shared. 

In another chapter Truly learns the real story behind her parents marriage and instead of wanting to talk about it, after her mom finishes her story and says, "Let's go to bed. It's Sunday morning." the chapter ends. What?!? You can be darn sure that if that were my family I would be all over that story with questions. Maybe I'm just too curious?

There were a few more of these instances throughout the book that just had me shaking my head. 

My Recommendation:
I understand that this is a YA book but there is plenty of YA out there that is very enjoyable for adults and this isn't one of them. I do honestly feel that a teen would be able to overlook what I couldn't and they would possibly enjoy it more.

July 5, 2014

Review: Inkslingers Ball by Sheila Lowe



Product Description:
A teenage girl, brutally murdered and left in a trash dumpster; a young man, killed in a firebombing attack; a soccer mom, shot in the living room of her home; vicious thugs whose job is to protect a suspected criminal. Just another week on rotation for LAPD detective Joel Jovanic...until he uncovers a connection between the disturbing series of vicious crimes and Annabelle Giordano, who is in the temporary custody of his soulmate, Claudia Rose. 

Annabelle is a troubled and traumatized teen who suffered the tragic loss of her mother and later witnessed the brutal murder of a beloved mentor. Neglected by a father who scarcely acknowledges her existence, it’s little wonder the girl makes some disastrous life choices. 

But she has one staunch ally in Claudia, a highly regarded forensic graphologist who digs into the darkest of human secrets through the study of handwriting. When Annabelle involves herself with a questionable tattoo artist she re-opens a door to the grim side of life and goes down a path that could get her killed. A distraught Claudia will do anything to save her, even if it means jeopardizing her relationship with Jovanic. 

My Thoughts:

After reading and loving the first three books in the series, I somehow missed the next two books but happily it didn't matter. Inkslingers Ball had the same familiar characters and even though aspects of the stories from the books I missed were referenced, I don't feel that I lost anything by not reading them. Now don't get me wrong, I'm still going to go back and greedily read every last word because I love a fresh, well planned mystery. 

What I also love about the book is that the characters have progressed. There's nothing more frustrating in a series than the characters doing the same things over again. I'm talking to you Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum)!  There's been growth for Annabelle and movement in the relationship between Claudia and Joel. It's perfect. 


My Recommendation:

I highly recommend series or even just this book for anyone who loves mysteries that are a step above cozies.  

June 22, 2014

Review: The Wizard of Oz FAQ


Product Description:
The Wizard of Oz FAQ is a fact-filled celebration of the beloved 1939 fantasy masterpiece starring Judy Garland. Its all here from L. Frank Baum and his Oz novels to the complete background story of the movies conception, development, and shoot, with special attention given to the little-known parade of uncredited directors, casting difficulties, and on-set accidents and gaffes, as well as more than 75 sidebars devoted to key cast members, directors, and other behind-the-scenes personnel. You'll find a wealth of fun facts: How MGM overworked Judy Garland before, during, and after Oz; why director Victor Fleming had his hands full with the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy's other friends; what it was about Toto that really bothered Judy; the physical horrors of filming in Technicolor; the racial Oz gag that was scripted but never shot; when the Wicked Witch was going to be beautiful; why The Wizard of Oz owes a lot to silent-screen star Mary Pickford; the story of deleted scenes, and a full two weeks of shooting that had to be scrapped; why MGM star Mickey Rooney was part of the movies traveling publicity blitz; how the Wicked Witch was literally blown off her broomstick one day; the place where lions, tigers, and bears really do live together; singers you hear but never see; the day MGM fired Judy Garland; and much more. Just follow the yellow brick road!

My Thoughts: 

Thanks to my aunt Nora, my family has always been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz so I was pretty excited to read this book and it didn't disappoint. The book included lots of well known facts like Margaret Hamilton getting burned and the tin man's makeup being toxic for Buddy Ebsen but I also learned lots of interesting tidbits like the fact that Toto was paid more than the munchkins, Jello was used to color the horses in the Emerald City, Shirley Temple was considered for Dorothy and that there were several different directors for the movie before Victor Fleming finished it. 

Some of the book tended to drag on in parts going on and on about other movies released by MGM around the same time and just an over load of names but overall I enjoyed reading these FAQ and look forward to watching the movie again with this extra knowledge. 


My Recommendation: 
I recommend this book to anyone who loves our cherished American classic, The Wizard of Oz.

May 22, 2014

Review: Beauty by Frederick Dillen



Product Description:
As a corporate “undertaker” for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it.

On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That’s when she learns that she’s about to be fired.


To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she’s under orders to shut down. With the help of the townspeople and a roughly charming local fisherman, and by the force of her own resolve, Carol throws herself into transforming the company—but is soon faced with increasingly difficult decisions. Must she choose between the job she has always wanted and everything else?


Beauty explores the ways in which one woman will risk everything—her savings, her reputation, and even a chance at love—in pursuit of her dream.


My Thoughts:


I really wanted to love Beauty. The premise that Carol goes from firing people and shutting down factories to pulling a small town together to run her own sounds like it would be an inspiring story but unfortunately Beauty was too confusing and unbelievable. 


While the writing was very descriptive sometimes it just became too much. It was almost as if Dillen was trying too hard and sentences made no sense until I read them several times. The storytelling also got very choppy at times. There were jumps from one scene to another that just didn't flow well and it confused me for a few lines. 


Then you have the story itself. It's way too over the top. (MINOR SPOILERS IN WHITE FONT - HIGHLIGHT TEXT TO READ) Within days Carol scrapes together hundreds of thousands of dollars from this small fishing community, that seems like they're barely scraping by themselves. Then she makes an obscene amount of money selling illegal fish, has an unlikely love story and the book finishes with an the over-the-top, too convenient ending. It was all too much for me and I finished the book unsatisfied.


My Recommendation: 

I personally wouldn't recommend this unless you're already a Dillen fan.


May 17, 2014

Review: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg


Product Description:
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad. 

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

My Thoughts:
When I selected this book to review I had no idea that it was the second book in the Fox and O'Hare series. That being said the book was great as a stand alone but I would definitely love to go back and read book one, The Heist. 

I'm a huge fan of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books but never cared for any of her romance books so I was excited that she ventured into the mystery/suspense genre with a little romantic tension thrown in. Kate is the bad ass that I always hoped Stephanie would progress into but never did. 

The Chase was a quick and entertaining read. The characters were lovable and fun especially Kate's dad and his cronies. It isn't a serious mystery or true suspense but it's a lighter version that works well.

My Recommendation:
I recommend this for all Evanovich fans and anyone who wants a fast, fluffy, easy read.

April 27, 2014

Review: The Wife of John the Baptist by K. Ford K.



Product Description:
History and fiction merge beautifully in K. Ford K.’s vibrant, breathtaking novel about the man who became John the Baptist and the woman who loved him, his wife. K. Ford K. transports readers to a richly imagined landscape where Hessa, the daughter of a Greek trader, is being prepared for her marriage to a wealthy man. But when Hessa meets a charismatic, young man named John, who is rumored to be a prophet, she falls in love and runs away to marry him. Told in Hessa’s voice, this novel reveals the mystery of a man who was greatly admired in his time and who changed our way of thinking forever. Rich storytelling combined with epic history give us an unforgettable story, as only the wife of John the Baptist could tell it.

My Thoughts: 
I didn't become a fan of historical fiction until just recently. Reading a book a great as this one makes me sad that I didn't take up reading them earlier. 

I wasn't very familiar with the bible version of John the Baptist so I didn't have any idea how the story would play out. I also went into the book knowing that it was 100% fiction so I didn't have any objections as to how the story was told. 

What I really enjoyed the most about The Wife of John the Baptist is that John's wife, Hessa, has the ability to "read" the feelings of anyone she touches and the history of any item she touches. It really gives insight into Hessa's motivation throughout the book. 

Reading this book encouraged me to read more about John the Baptist and even after learning a little more about his life, I still loved that I had a chance to read this one.

My Recommendation:
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction and romance.

April 1, 2014

Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Product Description:
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

My Thoughts:
OH EM GEE!! I could not get enough of Dark Places. I've read plenty of books that have made me want to skip to the end just because I was dying to find out how it all turned out but this one tops them all. I just couldn't figure out what was going on and as I read each chapter I kept flip flopping on whether or not Ben was innocent. This was the same way I felt when I read Flynn's other bestseller, Gone Girl.

When I did finally get to the end I just couldn't believe this was how it all ended. It was kind of like I loved it and hated it all at the same time. Dark Places is definitely one of those books that you'll be thinking about long after you turn the last page. 

My Recommendation:
I recommend this one to anyone who loves an edge of your seat suspense thriller.

March 30, 2014

Review: Far Gone by Laura Griffin



Product Description: 
To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the bestselling Tracers series.

Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.


FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.


Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.


My Thoughts:
From the very first Laura Griffin book I read she quickly became one of my favorite authors. She always weaves a believable suspense story with just the right amount of romance and Far Gone is no exception. 

What's awesome about this book is that it's a different kind of mystery. This time we know up front who the bad guys is and we get to follow along with Andrea and Joe as they unravel the trouble that Andrea's brother is in and connect all the dots in the bigger picture. 

Another fun part of reading Far Gone is that characters from the Tracers series make cameos in the book just as characters from Laura's other books make cameos in the Tracers books. It's such a treat when I recognize someone from another book that I loved. 

My Recommendation: 
I recommend Far Gone for anyone who loves suspense thrillers with a hint of romance.