They Won’t Be Hurt – Kevin O’Brien

They Won’t Be Hurt – Kevin O’Brien

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Scott Singleton, a former football player turned evangelist, is found dead in his home, along with his entire family, the apparent victims of a homicidal rage. The prime suspect, Joe Mulroney, the property caretaker, reportedly found the carnage, after having slept in his apartment all night, not hearing a thing. Held in protective custody by the police as they seek to find evidence to charge him, but he escapes their surveillance with the help of his friend, Vic. Now presumed guilty, there is a massive manhunt ongoing for the two men.

Laura Getchell is a retired teacher, and she and her husband Sean now own and operate a winery in Leavenworth, WA. Sean has just left for a business trip out of the country, and Laura and three children remain home. As she watches the television of the Singleton murder, she can’t help but cringe. Shortly thereafter, she hears someone at the front door, twisting and turning the knob, then eyes peering at her through the mail slot – eyes she recognizes from the television coverage an hour ago. Then she hears glass breaking…

As Laura’s children are held hostage, Laura finds herself forced to leave them behind as she takes a trip to seek out proof of Joe Mulroney’s innocence. As she looks for the person Joe sends her to find, it soon becomes apparent that the Singleton murder was anything but random – and that someone will do whatever it takes to keep their secrets safe…

I enjoyed this novel, as I do all of Kevin O’Briens work! The story was a bit slow in places but picks up speed rapidly once it becomes apparent that this is more than just a random home invasion. As I followed Laura’s odyssey, and the good versus evil intent that seems to dominate the relationship of the home invaders, I found myself anxious to flip the pages – in hopes that Laura and her family are reunited, safe and sound. Great story, and a good ending!!

Expose – Danielle Girard

Expose – Danielle Girard

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman is back again, as she teams up with Detective Hal Harris to help solve the murder of a young woman found naked at a local park. As they arrive to survey the scene, Anna realizes that she saw this woman in passing the night before while retrieving the victim of an accident. Haunted by the chance encounter and worrying about the child that the woman had in the car with her last night, Anna & Hal pour themselves into this case – where the discover ties to a vicious assault 14 years ago.

Meanwhile, Anna’s abusive ex-husband is out of jail and Anna fears that it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Her apprehension is only appeased by the daily text messages she receives from a private investigator who keeps tabs on Spencer’s whereabouts. So far, he has remained far away, but Anna fears the worst.

As the investigation continues, more deaths occur, all seemingly related to a young Muslim woman, and her former roommate at Berkeley University. As Anna & Hal attempt to solve the puzzle, they find themselves increasingly attracted to one another, and have a chance to explore that attraction during the holidays.

Finally, a simple signet ring helps put the pieces together, but danger is even more close to home than ever before…this book will leave you breathless with a desire to climb into the pages and warn the characters of danger, and leaves you on tenterhooks with a stunning cliff-hanger ending… Now I must wait, very impatiently, for the next book in the series!! Fabulous read!! Love these characters!!

Caged – Ellison Cooper

Caged – Ellison Cooper

I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

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Oh my goodness, this book is phenomenal!!

On a warm spring night, two patrol officers are sent to an empty home to investigate a bad smell. What they find is a young girl, deceased, imprisoned in a cage with a puppy, but not before a rigged shotgun, set as a booby trap, seriously injures them both.

FBI Special Agent Sayre Altair is a neuroscientist. She is presently conducting research on convicted serial killers. Her goal is to find whether or not serial killers have differences in brain structure from those of ‘normal’ people, via MRI scanning. She is tapped to be the lead investigator on the ‘cage’ case, and is joined by the pompous, but highly regarded profiler, Andy Wagner.

All too soon, it becomes apparent that there is another victim somewhere, caged, that needs to be found. But nothing is as it seems, and promising leads turn out to be red herrings. As Sayre and her crew race against time to solve the case, they match wits with an incredibly cunning killer, who will stop at nothing to deceive investigators and achieve a goal. And then a third girl goes missing…

Absolutely freakin’ fantastic!! A definite MUST read!! Best book I have read this year!!

Double Blind – Iris & Roy Johansen

Double Blind – Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Kendra Michaels is a music therapist with a special gift for sensing things that others cannot. Born blind, she honed her other senses as a child, before a miraculous stem cell treatment restored her sight. As a result, her special abilities are frequently called upon by the FBI.

Adam Lynch is a former FBI operative, who now freelances wherever needed. He and Kendra have a mutual respect – and something more – that Kendra declines to examine too closely. Kendra calls upon him frequently to hone her self defense skills. They are working on such, as the novel opens.

Meanwhile, a young woman with a gunshot wound is fleeing her killer, desperate to get an envelope to Kendra. She bursts out of an alley, and into a city street where she is struck by a vehicle and killed. The police find the envelope addressed to Kendra, but Kendra is mystified. She did not know the woman, and the enclosed flash drive holds only the video of a wedding reception, for a couple that Kendra has never met. Intrigued by the situation, both Kendra and Adam begin to investigate.

Then the bride of the video is seemingly kidnapped from her home, and a quest for answers leads to a near death experience for both Kendra and Adam. As they race to find answers, they find themselves pitted against a powerful
organization that seemingly will stop at nothing to keep some secrets buried…

This book takes off like a runaway train and doesn’t stop until you turn the last page! Strong heroic characters, relentless action, and enough sexual tension to keep you coming back for more! I can’t wait for the next installment of the Kendra Michaels’ series!! A great read!!

Good Little Girls – Rita Herron

Good Little Girls – Rita Herron

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

The second installment of “The Keepers” series will have you thirsting for even more!!

Tinsley Jensen lives alone in a small cottage by the sea – too afraid to go out, she watches families stroll the beach, longing for freedom from her nightmares, and a family of her own. But Tinsley is the survivor of kidnapping and repeated rape – held for months before she was rescued by FBI agent Wyatt Camden – and her captor, known only as “The Skull”, escaped and is still free.

Wyatt, who was almost killed during Tinsley’s rescue, is determined to find her captor and bring him to justice. When strange things start happening at Tinsley’s home, she contacts him, believing that her captor is again close. Wyatt comes to her side and pours his heart and soul into the investigation. Drugged tea, skulls left on her porch, sightings on the beach and a looming anniversary have agents struggling to find her captor and to keep Tinsley safe.

Meanwhile, The Keepers, a secret vigilante group of women, are out for justice as well. A well-known rapist, who escaped jail on a technicality and family money, is out on the prowl again. But this time he attacks the wrong person.
Both cases collide unexpectedly, as Wyatt attempts to bring a killer to justice!

I LOVE this series!! Action, suspense and just enough romance to keep me coming back again and again for more!!

Paradox – Catherine Coulter

Paradox – Catherine Coulter

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Savich and Sherlock are back again, as they investigate the murder of one of their own.

In the wee hours of the morning, Sherlock awakens, feeling that something is not right. As she checks on her young son Sean, she finds someone standing over his bed with a knife.  Gun in hand, she protects her son, but the would-be kidnapper dives out the window and escapes.

Meanwhile in Maryland, a police chief is sipping her morning coffee, and witnesses a murder out on the lake in front of her. She hollers, but by the time she is able to summon help, there is no trace of the killer. The body is retrieved and identified as a criminal defense lawyer who was well known to FBI team members – but other skeletal remains are also found on the lake bottom.

Savich and Sherlock are summoned to assist with the investigation, and in a timely fashion, their suspect is identified – a young man whom the murder victim had defended, who has recently escaped from prison. As Savich and Sherlock attempt to protect their son and to catch a killer, other small mysteries are revealed. Who killed Mr. Henry years ago, and what was the significance of his belt buckle? Who would want to hurt Gunny, and what could she possibly know?

This book races to a stunning conclusion as all these questions and more are answered with twists and turns you may not see coming! A must read for Coulter fans, and a great book overall!!

Her Mother’s Grave – Lisa Regan

Her Mother’s Grave – Lisa Regan

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Josie Quinn is the acting chief for the small police department of Denton, PA. Having recently arrested and jailed a drug dealer, once thought to be a pillar of the community, she has had her hands full with petty nuisances and bogus ‘Craigs List’ ads, presumed to be a result of the high profile arrest. While dealing with one such problem, she receives a call of human remains found in the rear of a local trailer park, which catapults her headfirst back into a life she thought she’d left behind.

As a kid, Josie had grown up in the trailer park, the only child of a cruel and sadistic mother. When the unearthed body is identified as a teenaged Belinda Rose, Josie realizes that the death has even greater implications than first thought – as Belinda Rose was also her mother’s name. So why did the real Belinda Rose die, and who was Josie’s mother before she assumed that identity?

As the investigation mounts, Josie is forced to revisit her childhood and painful experiences that she would rather leave buried. Told in snippets of Josie’s past and present, we learn that nothing is as it seems and, as sometimes the past returns with a vengeance – and nothing will ever be the same…

This was my first exposure to the works of Lisa Regan and it absolutely will not be my last. Full of twists and turns, along with complex relationships, this is everything you could want in a police procedural. I love Josie Quinn and cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the series!! Great read!!