The Therapist – B.A Paris

Alice and her long-distance boyfriend Leo decide to take the plunge and move in together, and Leo has found the perfect house. A townhouse nestled in a small, gated community, close to all the London goings-on, and at a great price too! Alice will even be able to keep her country cottage that she’s so fond of.  As the duo settle into their new home, Alice impulsively decides to invite her neighbors over for drinks via the local networking site, WhatsApp. While most are friendly and welcoming, she senses that one of the women is very reserved and doesn’t understand why. 

Strange things then begin happening. Leo is awakened from sleep one night, convinced that someone was standing by the bed, looking at him. They search the home, but there’s no sign of an intruder. Alice learns accidently that one of the visitors to her home was not the neighbor he claimed to be. She is further astounded when he returns to the neighborhood days later and tells her who he is and why the interest – and what it was that happened in that very house a couple of years ago.

Horrified that Leo has kept information from her, she distances herself from the relationship, all the while becoming obsessed with the woman who lived in the house before them – a woman who happens to share her sister’s name. Who was she?  What happened to her? And what aren’t her new neighbors telling her? As Alice attempts to delve into the past, her neighbors seem very uneasy and want her to leave the past where it belongs – which makes Alice even more determined to set things right. 

But nothing is at is seems, and in trying to put the past to rest, Alice may just have re-awakened a monster…

All I can say is, wow!! I was caught right up in this novel from the first few pages, and I was just as captivated – and taken in – by the characters as Alice was. I was completely stunned by the end, and am still sitting here, saying, “Wait…what?”. I actually had to go back and read a few sections to see what I might have missed – or how I could re-interpret some passages.  An enthralling read!! My first read from B.A. Paris, but most definitely not my last! 

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from #Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an objective review.  Do you love to read?? Visit Netgalley.com and start reviewing books today!!

Nowhere To Hide – TJ Brearton

FBI Agent Shannon Ames is heading home to upstate NY from NYC to see her family, when she’s forced to make an unscheduled stop due to a raging winter storm. Finding a car on the side of the road, she finds a dead body beside it, with a bullet hole readily visible. Heading further into town hoping to call for help she stops at a gas/convenience store only to find another body and a frightened clerk, Nick, huddled in the back room of the store. 

Chloe Bixby, Nick’s girlfriend, is babysitting for a neighbors three young children when a strange vehicle drives into the yard. Unsure of who it might be, she opens the door, only for a man to force his way inside. Trying her best to protect the three children in her charge, she attempts to placate the man, who seems to be waiting…for what? 

As Shannon attempts to call in local and state police for assistance, she learns that all roads leading into and out of Long Lake are blocked, due to inclement weather and accidents, and that she’s on her own. A quick look at the video tapes in the store let Shannon know she’s looking for two men – but why did they shoot the lone shopper in the store? And where are they now? 

As Shannon works to put the pieces together, a killer is working on staying one step ahead…but she’s right on his heels and there’s nowhere to go…

This was another new discovery for me thanks to Netgalley and I was hooked from the very first page, reading it in it’s entirely today. Shannon Ames is an intelligent, likeable, no-nonsense law enforcement officer, who finds herself mired deep in secrets of a small town, but who also gives you glimpses into who she is as well. While this was my first introduction to this series, it will not be my last – I can’t wait to read more of this new (for me) series! 

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from #Netgalley & Inkubator Books in exchange for an objective review. 

The Bone Code – Kathy Reichs

Temperance “Tempe’ Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who splits her time between North Carolina & Montreal, is finishing up a review of a wrongful death case in Charlotte, and an elderly woman is patiently sitting in the waiting room at the coroner’s office, hoping Tempe can help her solve an old mystery. Meanwhile a hurricane is bearing down on the Carolina’s as Tempe rushes to get home to secure her residence and soothe Birdie, her cat.  

While conducting hurricane clean up, then heading to the coast to assist her friend Anne with the same, Tempe receives a call from the Charleston, SC County coroner, asking for her assistance.  Apparently during the storm, a plastic container washed ashore and was found to contain two bodies, wrapped in plastic and bound with electrical wire – the tableau eerily similar to a case of Tempe’s from Montreal several years ago.  Joining the investigative team for the autopsy the next morning, Tempe also gets a look at an unusual illness that seems to be spreading in Charleston, seemingly passed to humans from their pets. As they begin work on the bodies from the container, Tempe again feels déjà vu due to the similarity in these cases. 

As Tempe vows to identify these current victims, she forms an unlikely alliance with the investigating detective from Charleston, and her lover Andrew Ryan is able to find and send her the files on the Montreal deaths. More certain than ever that the cases are somehow related, Tempe returns to Montreal with a plan to exhume to bodies – in hopes that advances in DNA and consumer use of ancestry sites will allow them to finally identify the past victims. Within a few days, Tempe gets a call telling her that that the one of the bodies from Charleston is related to one from Montreal. 

As both investigations ramp up into high gear, connections are made to a Canadian Vaccine Manufacturer and a DNA Service. As Tempe keeps digging, slowly putting pieces together, she soon finds her own life in peril, as someone will stop at nothing to keep her from the truth…

This has probably been my most favorite Brennan novel yet! My interest was captured immediately, and I found the story to be fast-paced, suspenseful and difficult to put down, Filled, as always, with intrigue from the scientific world, along with the amazing advances in DNA technology, I found it very relevant and educational with regard to challenges facing the world today. While filled with scientific information, the author does a great job in explaining it in terms a layperson can understand, surrounded by a fascinating story. Well worth the read!! 

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