Running In The Dark – Sam Reaves

Running In The Dark – Sam Reaves

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Leaving the crowds of Manhattan after a relationship goes sour and tragic events unfold, Abigail finds herself in the middle of small town Indiana, prepared to begin a collegiate teaching career in mathematics. She settles in to an apartment rented to her by the enigmatic Ned, and begins calculus instruction at the nearby university. While going out for a run one night, she witnesses a murder disguised as a car accident – and she notices a man in the woods watching, who smiles at her before he turns to walk deeper into the woods, unnerving her. Additionally, a student begins to make unwanted advances on Abby, leaving her very unsettled. As tensions mount, Abby attempts to assist the police in identifying the man she saw, additional deaths occur, Abby feels as if someone is watching, and she finds herself in the crosshairs of an unknown adversary…

I enjoyed this book, although it did seem to move a bit slow for me at times. The characters were engaging, the story was realistic and the ultimate perpetrator was a surprise to me, although in hindsight, I should have guessed who it would be. A good book for anyone looking for a mellow mystery/adventure read. I will be reading more from Sam Reaves in the future!

Missing Molly – a good read!

Missing Molly – Natalie Barelli

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Rachel Holloway is living an idyllic life in England – she has a beautiful daughter, Grace, and a sweet man by her side that she hopes to one day marry. She is employed as a book keeper for a small newspaper and seems very content with her life.

But, Rachel has a secret. She once was known as Molly Forester, before a monster came and killed her entire family, with her barely escaping the killer’s clutches. Alone, and afraid for her safety, she took to the streets and learned the tricks of survival. And she learned how to gain a new identity.

Now, the newspaper is in dire straits financially, and the small group of employees seek to find a way to regain notoriety, and to save their fledgling newspaper. To Rachel’s horror, her colleagues decide to create a podcast based on Molly Forrester and the fact that she remains missing after the slaughter of her family. Rachel attempts to dissuade her colleagues, but to no avail. As the podcast progresses, Rachel/Molly once again finds her life in upheaval as old wounds are re-opened and new details emerge. Her old nemesis returns, she suffers a breakdown. and once again finds herself in the fight for her life…and the life of her daughter.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and found it hard to put down. As the story progresses, you catch glimpses into the past and learn what really happened to Molly and her family all those years ago. I would highly recommend for those looking for a cozy afternoon read, and I will definitely seek out other novels by this author!

Some ramblings, another ARC book, another review…

A huge thank you to those bloggers out there who so kindly posted hints for obtaining ARC (advance reader copies )books. One site has been particularly generous about releasing books to me, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to provide feedback for those who may (someday, perhaps) find my blog.

As far as blogging goes, I still have much to learn. I’m a fairly introverted person, so it’s hard for me to put myself out there, so to speak. I don’t want to even post this for friends to read. I’d prefer that people just don’t know who I am in ‘real life’. How absurd is that?? My real life is (thankfully) pretty boring, my posts are relatively boring (although I’m hoping as I write more, my creativity will flow a bit more), I don’t plan to write anything to ever deliberately anger people, although I’m sure at some point in my life I will…it’s just not me to put myself out there like that. Maybe I fear that my writing isn’t good enough – maybe I fear that topics I choose may become too inflammatory for some – I really don’t know… Or maybe I’m just weird…yeah, that MUST be it!! Haha!

Yes, I’ve posted quite a bit these last few days. Honestly, it’s only because I’ve had a few days off from work. I had planned to travel out of state to visit my parents and a close friend, but the weather all up and down the Eastern Seaboard precluded that! So, after today, these crazy posts and book reviews will subside for a bit.

There’s so much I need to be doing, but I’m having a hard time getting motivated in this New Year of ours. I suffered the loss of a very cherished dog recently (45 days today, but really, who’s counting…) and I think that has caused the little spiral down and struggle that I’m having getting back out of a hole, so to speak. I did go and adopt a new dog from the local animal shelter very quickly thereafter, not out of disrespect for my Sophie, but just because I couldn’t stand the quiet. You know, the collar jangling when she walked around the house or ate her meals, the head always bumping my arms or hands, wanting to be loved. She’s a sweet little girl who was terrified of everything (which was why I chose her) and she’s really coming out of her shell, but Soph’s loss has just been so damn hard for me. I have a collage of pictures of her just above the desk I sit at to type…and my vision is blurred at the moment. We had such great times, my Sophie and I… But SOMETHING compelled me to visit the shelter that day – I’d like to think Sophie was guiding me to a pup in desperate need of rescuing. ♥

Anyway, enough of that maudlin stuff. I really need to get motivated and get some stuff done – like grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, you know… So off I go to try and get all of that accomplished. Perhaps I’ll be back to ramble later…never know!!

Anyway, because reading is my escape from reality, I’ve done a ton of that these past few days, so here’s yet another review for you…

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The Last Thing She Ever Did – Gregg Olsen

What would you do?

That was the thought that was running through my head for virtually the entirety of this novel. Liz and Owen live an idyllic life in Bend, OR with close neighbors David & Carole. Owens business is thriving, Liz is on the verge of recognizing her dream of becoming an attorney, and they are on the cusp of having everything their hearts desire when, in an instant, an unforeseeable event occurs, which will alter their lives forever.

As Liz – running late in a panic to re-take her law boards – climbs into her vehicle, she begins to back out of her garage, and encounters a nightmare she never could have conceived. Fueled by desperation, she makes a decision in a split second that will alter all their lives forever. As tensions mount, and questions are asked, lie upon lie is told to protect decisions made, and we are helpless to watch (read) as two families disintegrate under the pressure of the event, giving us a glimpse into the hidden depths of each individual and their defects, all while time passes, questions remain, new questions arise, and the story rushes to a conclusion you may (or may not!) have predicted…

As psychological thrillers go, this one is another masterpiece by author Gregg Olsen, and is well worth the read!

Brian Freeman

This was my first ARC book ever – and I loved it!! Yes, it’s another book review. Apparently I’ve had too much time off from work…

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The Voice Inside – Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman’s newest novel was un-put-downable for me! After making his debut appearance in The Night Bird, Frost Easton is back in The Voice Within, now as a homicide inspector for the San Francisco PD, a position he took years ago after the death of his sister – a seemingly anomalous killing – in a string of serial murders in The Golden Gate City. The killer was caught and imprisoned, but many questions remain for Frost, but most puzzling, how did Katie, his sister, become a victim of the killer?
As the story begins, Frost is sound asleep on his couch when he is awakened by a strange thump one night and awakens to investigate only to find multiple audible alarms going off in his home, all set to 3:42AM, and an address on a card pinned to his door via a butcher knife. So begins the next installment of the Frost Easton series as he follows a twisted path left for him, and learns that a trusted partner had planted evidence in the prior investigation, and that a serial killer will now go free. A killer who wants revenge against those who wrongly imprisoned him, and an incomplete agenda he feels compelled to finish. As Frost and the SFPD search for their newly-freed killer, they always seem to be one step behind… Will they re-capture him before it’s too late??
Freeman offers page-turning action, plenty of twists and turns and, as always, an ending you might not quite anticipate…I was hooked from page one and could NOT put this book down!! If you love Sandford, Slaughter, Kava & Stelljes, you’ll LOVE Brian Freeman!!

Not much else to do in this crazy cold weather than to read…

Yep – it’s Florida, and it’s cold!! So, not much else to do in chilly gray day weather than to curl up with a good book! So, for all you mystery/suspense readers out there, here’s another one for you!!

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Pretty Girls Dancing – Kylie Brant
Kylie Brant’s newest thriller takes place in small town Ohio, where a young teenage girl has just been kidnapped. The story is told from a multitude of points of view – You are with Whitney as she sneaks out of her home late at night to meet the teen that she’s become close to via social media, and then experience her kidnapping and subsequent treatment through her eyes. You meet the parents and sister of Kelsey, who vanished under similar circumstances many years before, and you meet the law enforcement team that’s called into investigate Whitney’s disappearance. Each chapter focuses on a different character, and the secrets each persona holds as investigators race to rescue Whitney before it’s too late.
I have to admit, while I was initially put off by the way the story was told from the purview of each character, as the story progresses and events are revealed, it all comes together quite nicely. And while some readers always claim to be able to see the protagonist well before he/she is revealed, this book had me guessing until the end – and I was still wrong. If you like a great mystery/police procedural, then this novel is for you!! Looking forward to more from Kylie Brant!

And here’s another…

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I found this author pair quite by accident using one of the discount book sites, most like Bookbub or Bookperks. I’ll always try out a new mystery book/author, especially when it’s discounted. I honestly have gained some really good reads that I might have never known about if not for these sites. Check out Bookbub – just add your reading preferences,and they’ll send you a list of discounted books every day. Some are fledgling authors looking for readers, some are NYT Bestsellers just being discounted for the day…never know what you’ll find!!

Killing Season – Vargas & McBain

There’s nothing I like better than a good mystery/police procedural and these two deliver in spades. I discovered these writers accidently on one of the discounted e-books websites, and I can say that I am now a big fan and will continue to follow this series as the stories are published. The main character in these books is Violet Darger, fledgling profiler for the FBI. In this book, Violet is called to consult on two separate shooting sprees that have left multiple victims dead, a city on the verge of panic, and no way of guessing what the shooters next target will be. Violets job is to profile the perpetrator, and get into his head to find a way to stop him. But how do you stop a killer you can’t see, and who leaves no evidence? The twists and turns, and gritty reality throughout this book had me turning pages through the night. Un-put-downable! I cannot wait for this series to grow!

Dead End Girl – Vargas & McBain

There’s nothing I like better than a good mystery/police procedural and these two deliver in spades. I discovered these writers accidently on one of the discounted e-books websites, and I can say that I am now a huge fan and will continue to follow this series as the stories are published. Violet Darger is a newly minted FBI profiler who has just been assigned to her first case; to assist a senior profiler (Loshak) on a serial murder case in small town Ohio. The story is a page turner from the start, the character development is superb – you really get to know Violet as a person as well as an FBI profiler – and the blood, gore and richly graphic details are there for those who enjoy the nitty-gritty murder mysteries (as I do!). Mystery/police procedural fiction at it’s best! If you love Sandford, Slaughter, Kava, Stelljes and Deaver, you’ll LOVE Vargas & McBain!!

Yes, I utilized the same verbiage in parts of these reviews, but they were posted separately elsewhere – they’re only together here on my blog. Still learning!! 🙂

My first review attempt in a long while…

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The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

Like many of the books that series writers branch out with, I initially passed this one up as it didn’t have my familiar, favorite characters in it. I should know better. I finally picked it up and of course, could not put it down. While the story was a bit different from what I’ve come to expect from Karin Slaughter, the storytelling was vintage Karin, and I found myself enthralled in Sam & Charlie’s story from start to finish.
Sam and Charlie are two young girls when tragedy strikes them unexpectedly one night in the form of the Culpepper brothers, coming to seek vengeance, presumably against their attorney father’s unpaid fees. The family is forever altered, leaving the sisters more strangers than anything, each dealing with their demons from that violent night in their own way. Many years later, another inexplicable tragedy occurs, with Charlie unexpectedly a witness, bringing the sisters back together to save their father, right a wrong, and to finally put their own demons to rest. It’s hard to say more than that without providing spoilers to the events of the book, but it’s vintage Slaughter, at her best, as always!!