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Action, mystery, and romance

 

Tosca Lee is a New York Times Bestselling author, and here are two excellent reasons for that!   She has written a story of mystery and intrigue…a story that keeps you reading and keeps you guessing.

Emily Porter finds herself in a small-town in Maine in a tiny house with a woman who is her caretaker…she awakes to realize she has no memory of her past….she knows nothing.  All she knows about her life is what her caretaker shares and from a short letter she had written to herself before her memory was taken.   As Emily tries to find her way in this small New England town, she “meets” Luka who works at the local grocer and quickly she discovers the two of them are linked in her past.   She also discovers that her real name is not Emily…it is Audra and she is descended from one of the most famous serial killers of all times — Elizabeth Bathory.  Once Audra begins to undercover the true, she realizes that she and others that she cares for are in danger.   She is in a race to not only save lives and discovers who she can trust, but also piece together the clues and letters that were left behind by her mother.

The books are quick reads, and all full of action and riddles and mysteries with some romance tossed in.  I would recommend this for adult and young adult readers.  These books would make a great kick-off for summer reading!!

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Twisted

Karin Slaughter has a way to show us the lives of dark and twisted people in such a shocking story.   This time she does it in the book The Kept Woman.

Characters: good cops, bad cops, pimps, sports agents, medical doctors, untouchable basketball players, jealous wives….and more.

The cast of characters is huge! They all seem to have tragic pasts full of mistakes….some continue to make these mistakes while others are trying to put the pieces of their shattered lives back together.

Plot: Dead ex-cop is found is an abandoned construction site.  Clues at the scene reveal there is something deeper here beyond simple murder and that there may have been multiple fatalities at the site….but where are the other bodies.? And who exactly would want an ex-cop dead?  This is just the beginning of an intricate story that weaves itself through many different  various walks of life…. GBI investigator Will Trent and his partner Faith work to put the pieces of this troubling crime in place.

 

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Terrifying and complex

 

This book is a bit disturbing…a bit creepy….and it was a little addicting.  I had to find out what happened and was hoping for a happy ending in this story full of deception and unthinkable crimes.

The main characters are two new mothers who both are experiencing Postpartum Depression:  Daphne and Laurel.   They meet in a support group for mothers who are also diagnosed with depression.  They seem like unlikely friends at first.  Daphne is quite insecure and worried about being a good mother while Laurel has distanced herself from motherhood and is self-absorbed.   Both of their daughters are named Chloe (this is a bit confusing, but I think that was the author’s point because the story gets more complex as one reads on).  Daphne is diagnosed with Postpartum Mood Disorder and attached herself to Laurel….quite unhealthily.  She dresses like her, gets her hair done the same, and joins the same gym.

Things quickly spiral out-of-control….enter a mental institute, a recluse author, a creepy tower, a dead body, and mysteries from years ago….all this adds up to an intricate mystery that you have to read to discover just how dark the human mind can get.

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7th in the Frieda Klein Mystery series, and this is the only one I have read

 

So here I go again, once again this is a mystery SERIES and I started with number seven!  Each book has a day of the week in its title, and it started with Blue Monday and here I am with Sunday Silence.  Well, I will do my best.   I want to say something about the author….it is a husband-wife team from England.   Their names are Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.  Sometimes, when two authors write together, their styles get mixed-up and there is not a true voice that comes through.  I don’t know if that is the case here, or if I am just way behind on the storylines and characters., but something felt off with the story.

The story centers around psychologist Frieda Klein, who has helped out on many police cases.   She is level-headed, quite clever, and a no-nonsense character…she does not seem to enjoy fun.  She does have a group of friends and family who seem to be a band of misfits that Frieda takes care of….anyway….let me get to the story.

The story starts with Frieda finding a body under the floorboards that has been dead for several months (I think I am supposed to know who this body is….I really don’t understand who he is).  She suspects that the murderer is this man who died years ago, but Frieda knows he is alive (again..I think I should know this guy).  Frieda starts to investigate along with the police and this is when her friends and family are targeted by a copycat who wants to revenge on Frieda (I think). People are murdered and kidnapped and hurt….Fieida is on to the true murderer the whole time, and then it ends.  I need to reread the ending.  I am not sure really what happened.

To be fair, I did go to goodreads and amazon, and I discovered that there are big fans of this mystery series.  They said to start from the beginning to truly understand the characters and the development of the stories.  So there you have it….if you are in the market for a new mystery series…start with Nicci French’s Blue Monday.

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1920’s in NYC

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I have a love affair with historical fiction, and I am always changing my favorite time period….I am fickle that way.  Currently, I am in love with the 1920’s.  I love Libba Bray’s series The Diviners which mixes historical fiction with mystery and fantasy.   Very cool.   And now I am devouring Beatriz Williams books.  This one is called The Wicked City.    It centers around an apartment in Greenwich Village that links two wonderfully tragic yet flawed women.

In the 1920s, it is Geneva Kelly who has run away from a horrible home life and has worked to reinvent herself.  She is a snarky flapper who loves to enjoy all life is offering her in NYC….until she is forced to go back home to see her dying mother and confront her toxic stepfather….Duke Kelly.   She gets herself wrapped up with Prohibition agents, bootleggers, sexy college boys, and murder.  Who can she trust?  Why can’t she shake her past and start over?

In 1998, Ella Glbert has discovered that her husband of four years….has been cheating on her.   She caught him with the other woman in a compromised position….she leaves immediately and rents the same apartment that Ginger AKA Geneva lived in decades before.   The other tenants in the building are friendly and welcoming.   In fact, there is one in particular that Ella is drawn to….Hector.  Ella starts to notice strange things about the building….a woman’s voice screaming in the night behind a brick wall….jazz music playing in the basement….she begins to discover what happened there years ago…..

Such a good read!  I could not put it down and was sad when it was over.   But wait…there is good news!   This is the first in a trilogy!!!   Can’t wait!!

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A complex and dark cold case….

This is a cold case that takes place in a small town in England called Lilling.   In 1976, a 16 year-old girl went missing  and her body was found later in a shallow grave.   The girl’s name was Annalise Wood and she become an obsession for more than one person in this small town.  She was a beautiful and popular girl who seemed to have no enemies.  The murder and motive have never been discovered.

Fast forward a few decades, and with new DNA evidence…the pieces of the unsolved murder begin to fall in place, or so the police believe.  The cast of characters in this small town has changed… Annalise’s parents are both dead, but there does remain a few high school friends who know more than they first divulged in 1976. There are new faces that seem to know more about the murder as well.   Enter a troubled 24-year-old girl who is also called Annalise who starts to talk to Dr. Laurie Ambrose, psychiatrist.  Dr. Ambrose starts to suspect that something is not quite right.  She tries to piece together clues and recordings on her own when another patient starts discussing the case as well.

Cold case investigator Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann hope to take this new evidence and solve this case, but the new DNA only disturbs the community instead of healing it.  Another body is found…another possible murder?  Can the two be connected? And will there ever discover what happened to Annalise Wood back in 1976?

A good read for murder-mystery fans.

 

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Truly a page turner

I started this book on the car ride to Lake Lure, NC for a family trip to the mountains….one of my favorite places to be.  This book is 600 pages long….and I had it done on the second day of the trip.  What this means is that I used every free second between trail running and hiking and shopping and eating and card playing with my family….to read this book.   I stayed up very late at night reading while everyone else was snoozing away.

The book takes place in NYC and involves the disappearance of Amy.  Amy is about to graduate from college and seems like the a happy-go-lucky gal.  Yet the story does not center on her…it centers on her roommate Lily.  Lily is not about to graduate college despite being enrolled for 6 years and she seems to be stalled in her life at the age of 24.  She takes off to Maui to visit her sick mom when she is called back to help determine what happened to Amy.

The story takes twists and turns and encompasses so many tragic story lines….alcoholism, cancer, Nazi concentration camps, marital affairs, cults, murder, suicide, drugs, etc.  I sympathized with Lily and was rooting for her the whole story, but each time I would turn the page it would only get drearier.  I kept reading and hoping for Spencer and her to help each other in a world where they were drowning.   I am not going to tell you if I was rewarded at the end….that would be wrong.

The characters make this story…there were many that I hated (ahem…Anne), and those that I grew to understand even if I never found any love for them (ahem…Allison).  I kept reading for Lily and Spencer.  And I suggest you do the same.

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