Glass Ferry, Kentucky is home to twins Flannery and Patsy and their family’s whiskey business. Because Patsy is older (only by seconds) she gets the best of everything, including the heirloom family pearls, setting up a fierce jealousy between the girls. When the night of the prom arrives, Patsy goes with her date, the son of the local sheriff, while Flannery takes over Patty’s job for the evening. But then Patsy and her beau never come home. Their disappearance is a mystery, rumors and speculation run rife. Every year the girls’ mother bakes a special cake for Patsy on her birthday, praying that her beloved child comes safely home. What really happened that night and what part did a bitter sibling rivalry play in the disappearance of two young people. This is a starkly beautiful story of prejudice, secrets, and lies. I want to read more from Richardson
If I see John Hart’s name on the cover of a book, I know I’m in for a complex, multilayered mystery. This is the follow-up the The Last Child and takes place years after that story. Johnny Merrimon is now a grown man and lives off the grid in a wooded swamp called the Hush. He stays away from people and that’s just the way folks like it, Johnny has been under a cloud of suspicion since his sister disappeared all those years ago. It’s only when his right to the land he lives on is called into question that he leaves his solitary existence to seek out his childhood friend, Jack, now an attorney, to get help hanging on the land that’s been in his family for generations. What follows is a story of family secrets, long-held prejudices and a hint of the supernatural. I loved this book and welcomed the addition of a supernatural element. Hart is an amazing, gifted writer
As one of the three members of the Special Tracking Unit of the FBI, Magnus Craig (Steps) has an uncanny ability to track offenders. The secret to his ability is his synesthesia. which allows him to see whatever the subject has touched in a unique color, or as Steps calls it, a shine. The units latest case revolves around a pair of severed feet found inside the home of a federal judge. The identity of the victim and the reason the feet were left in the judge’s home is unclear. The Unit soon uncovers a link between this recent crime and another, where just the feet were left behind in an icebox, giving the press to christen the killer the Icebox Killer. Steps and his team are up against a cunning and ruthless killer who’s only just begun. I love this series (this is the second book), Kope blends technical police work with an unusual neurological condition and creates the perfect thriller
Moyes continues with the saga of Louisa Clark, the heroine of her wildly popular, Me, Before You and After You. In this installment, Lou is starting over in New York where she rubs elbows with the elite and exclusive members of New York’s über rich, all the while trying to keep her long distance courtship with Ambulance Sam alive. It’s not until she meets Joshua Ryan that she realizes she still needs to confront and deal with her past. Trying to keep her past and present separate will only cause more grief and pain. This isn’t may favorite entry in the series, that honor goes to the first book, but it’s much better than the second. It finally feels as if Lou is dealing with her loss in this story and fans of that first bittersweet novel will find themselves in tears as she moves on. Moyes is a master at tugging at her readers heartstrings and this novel is pure proof of that
Kellen Adams works at a resort in the rugged Pacific Northwest, and while she’s resilient and tough, finding a woman murdered and mutilated, threatens to destroy the careful facade she’s built. Because Kellen is on the run from a past she can barely remember, from a husband who may or may not be dead. A husband who, she believes will finish the job that he started, the one that left the gunshot scar on her forehead. While Kellen tries to keep her past a secret, she begins to suspect everyone around her might have something to do with the murder. Would she even recognize the killer, or her own attacker if they confronted her? Dodd’s story is complex and tightly woven, readers will feel Kellen’s confusion and terror as well as her determination to protect herself and the people she has grown to love
Lucy may have given up on her own love life, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to act as matchmaker for the residents of her new home, the village of Tiley Moreton, where she is the librarian. When she’s not matchmaking, Lucy loves to read and dream of the book she hopes to write herself one day. The problem is, her book doesn’t ever get beyond the thinking stage and her matches are failing, sometimes spectacularly. Still, Lucy persists, Callum is her biggest challenge, the man is longing to have a family all his own. Soon she begins to wonder is perhaps the best match for Callum is Lucy herself. I can’t resist a novel with a librarian as the heroine and Lucy was bright, funny and relatable.
Two people, a man and a woman, engaged to be married. Or are they? She’s shocked when he suddenly appears in her home claiming to be her fiance. He appears confused and hurt by her lack of recognition. She believes he’s about to hurt her and everything in her screams that she needs to take him down before he can rape or kill her. He wants to protect her, but she won’t let him near her. Who’s telling the truth? Or are they both lying? It’s hard to say more without giving away to much of the plot, all I can say is, hang on tight and be prepared to a string of shocks to go off like firecrackers. This is a wild ride