Archive for September, 2017

She’s Not There by Joy Fielding. Published by Zaffre

Carole and her husband Hunter are enjoying a romantic getaway in Mexico when he convinces her to leave their two young children alone in their hotel room while the couple has dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. When they return , their two-year old daughter, Samantha is gone. Crucified by the press and convicted in the court of public opinion, Carole never gives up on finding her daughter. Now, 15 years later, Carole gets a call from a young woman claiming to be Samantha. Carole is torn between wanting it to be true and fearing it’s all a scam. Fielding makes a parent’s worst nightmare come to life in a story that mimics a real life missing persons case

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Altered to Death by Christina Freeburn. Published by Henery

Faith Hunter may be planning her own wedding, but that doesn’t stop her from getting involved in a 100-year-old mystery involving her town’s founding fathers. Human remains are found on the family’s long abandoned property, Faith’s ex claims to have a vested interest in the old family’s estate and Faith is trying to track down w friend’s missing father and determine what his connection is to the murder. Scrapbooking fans will love this cozy mystery that provides tips, hints and a not too scary murder

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Tomorrow by Damian Dibben. Published by Harlequin

One look at the cover of this book and I knew I had to read it. A dog’s love is perhaps the most pure and faithful love on earth. In this book a dog over 200 years old searches for his lost owner, through kingdoms far and wide, kingdoms that rise and fall, and through it all his goal is simple, to find his person. Along his journey he meets and befriends other people and animals, learns to love music and despair at the terrible waste of war. This book made me cry, laugh and revel in the beauty of that most faithful of all beings, a dog

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Ours is the Winter by Laurie Ellingham. Published by HQ Digital

Three people, the frozen, unforgiving Arctic and the secrets that could destroy them all. Molly, Erica and Noah are trekking across the Arctic with a team of huskies and the raw power of their surroundings threatens to endanger their trip. One appears to be the perfect mother, but she’s not; one is so angry about the loss of her dreams of stardom, she’s willing to risk her team’s safety rather than ask them for help, and the other has a deeply scarred psyche that he has a hard time controlling at the best of times. What will happen when civilization and all its trappings are far behind. I loved the setting of this book, the stark cold and remote world made me almost claustrophobic and heightened the tension

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The Storm King by Brendan Duffy. Published by Ballantine

After a terrible car crash leaves his family dead, and Nate McHale miraculously unharmed. he’s filled with anger over the injustice of it. He spends his remaining time in high school meting out justice to those he feels are in need of it. he and his best friends use the cover of storms to wreak havoc. Now, years later, Nate is a doctor, husband and father, and living far away from the lake that took his family from him. But he is summoned back to his hometown when the body of his long missing high school girlfriend is found. Things are not any easier at the Lake, and a new group of teens has stepped forward to take over Nate’s role as Storm King, with disastrous results. My favorite parts of this book centered around Nate’s younger days – this is a coming of age story right out of hell

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. Published by Tor

This horror novella packs a big punch. Molly bleeds and another Molly is born, over and over again. Molly has been taught for her to survive, her other selves have to die, until she decides to stop the cycle for good. Strange and gruesome 

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Blackberry Burial by Sharon Farrow. Published by KensingtonĀ 

Marlee Jacobs, owner of the Berry Basket wants to give back to the community that’s given so much to her, so she agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the 100th anniversary of the local art school. Marlee hopes to use a local farm as the staging area for the race, but when human remains are found on the property, all bets are off. While many speculate who the bones belong to, Marlee’s baker is sure they belong to a student who disappeared twenty years ago. Marlee will put on her detective’s hat and try to find out who the body is and how it got buried in blackberry brambles for twenty years 

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