The Hive by Gil Hornby. Published by Little, Brown

A new school year. A new chance for school moms to rip into each other and everybody else. These groups always have a ringleader and this one has Beatrice, she who is to be obeyed, champion fund raiser and queen of all she surveys. Heather just wants to be accepted, Georgie plays along and Rachel watches all with a cynical eye.

Yes, these moms or moms just like them DO exist and they are at a school near you. At times bitter and sad, at others hilariously funny, The Hive is always thought provoking. It’s like being in high school all over again, but with a better car.

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In the Shadow of Revenge by Patricia Hale. Published by Carina

Cecily is a very successful assistant D.A. She could have gone anywhere with her career, but she’s stayed close to home for two reasons. Loyalty and the desire for revenge. When she was still a young girl, Cecily and Amelia were forced to watch as their friend Hillary was assaulted. Now Cecily awaits justice. It seems as if the women may be able to get some satisfaction when Amelia sees a man with a tattoo that she remembers from that terrible night. But when police refuse to get involved, the women give up on the idea of justice and decide it’s time for a little revenge.

I only wish this were a little longer. Great characters and a stand out story line had me swallow this in one sitting.

Sinister Weddings by Dorothy Eden. Published by Open Road

The inimitable Dorothy Eden’s work is showcased in these three novels. Bride by Candlelight, Cat’s Pray and Bridge of Fear take place in Australia and New Zealand, and all feature women whose husbands have become something other than what they were on their wedding day. While some parts of the story lines are dated, they only add to the charm and enjoyment of reading these stories that feel like old friends. For old fans and new followers alike.

Good as Gone by Douglas Corelone. Published by St. Martins

Simon Fisk, former U.S. Marshall now makes his living tracking down children kidnapped by their non-custodial parents. Because of the unsolved kidnapping of his own daughter, Fisk will not take any stranger abduction cases. All that changes when 6-year-old Lindsay disappears out of a Paris hotel room; Fisk is forcefully persuaded to take the case. As he races across Paris and against the clock, Fisk is taken back to the very darkest days of his life and begins to fear for his own safety and sanity.

WOW! I defy anyone to put this book down once they start reading. It is a heart pounding adrenaline rush.