Second Chances – Rachel Cullen

Second Chances – Rachel Cullen

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

Set in Manhattan and suburbs, this is the story of four different women who are trying to make their way in a crazy world. We first meet Michelle, who in a moment of anger/despair, walks out on her husband and children, for reasons not yet known to us, and isolates herself in a small apartment. We then meet Danielle, a newly divorced and now single Mom to a newborn, who’s father wants nothing to do with her. She’s all alone and frantically trying to manage a screaming baby. We meet Sabrina, Danielle’s friend, who works in a sales venue, which has her traveling frequently, having one-night stands with men, who seems to shy away from any commitment, but suddenly finds herself in a compromising situation that threatens everything. Then we meet Megan, daughter of Danielle’s ex-husband; she’s 15 years old, and struggling with the autocratic ways of her father.

As the novel progresses, these women’s lives all merge – each chapter detailing a different character and her story, as each individual struggles with betrayal, hope, self-confidence, and self-worth, as they make the most of their situations and attempt to find their happy-ever-after’s.

I truly enjoyed this book! It is a sweet story, one suitable for the beach or rainy day, with thoroughly engrossing characters, scenarios and situations that we can all likely relate to! A wonderful read!! Thank you Ms. Cullen! I loved Second Chances!!

One Last Breath – Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush

One Last Breath – Jackson & Bush

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

I LOVE when sisters Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush team up to write a book!
Aurora ‘Rory’ Abernathy & Liam Bastian seemed to be star crossed lovers. Married quietly after a mere month together, Liam’s mother, initially outraged at her son’s choice, now insists on a ‘real’ wedding, fitting of the family’s stature as a premier Portland, Oregon family. As Rory anxiously awaits her step-brother for her walk down the aisle, she’s accosted by a stranger who threatens her and her unborn baby – a baby she’s not yet told anyone about. After getting the upper hand on her would-be murderer, she flees the wedding venue in a panic. Shortly thereafter, gunshots ring out, with multiple people from the wedding injured, including the groom.

Five years later, Rory, living under an assumed name, has raised her child alone, and provides for her best as she can, working as a barista in a coffeehouse. But, lately, she’s had the strange sensation that she’s being followed. Then, while manning the drive-thru, she hears Liam’s voice through the speaker, and sees his image in the camera – and flees for safety with her daughter.

But Liam is not to be denied, and eventually he finds Rory. But as the past comes alive to haunt them as strange things start to happen – vandalism to Bastian construction projects, murder of a former suspect and the murder of a woman who looks suspiciously like Rory…

I enjoy anything these two create, and this latest novel is no exception! Full of twists and turns, and loaded with action, all hurtling to a climax you won’t see coming!! Fabulous read!!

Jack Frost – Christopher Greyson

Jack Frost – Christopher Greyson

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

Jack Stratton is a former police officer, turned private investigator, who takes a case for an insurance agency after an untimely death on the set of a reality survivor show. While the death was termed accidental, the crew of the show have been receiving death threats, and Jack is to go in undercover to evaluate the situation.

The television show is presently filming atop a snow-capped mountain, with a gondola as the only transportation to the top. Alice, Jack’s fiancée and investigative partner, will stay behind, albeit unwillingly, and research records, crew background checks and raw footage from the shows filming.

As Jack transports to the mountain top, he sees a sign – the Iroquois’ sign for death, carved into the mountainside. One atop, he becomes the crews newest ‘gofer’, as his undercover role. As he begins to meet and assess the crew and contestants, malicious things begin to happen. A contestant is disqualified, and after a show of temper, goes missing.

Numerous incidents begin to occur, hampering and narrowly missing injuring cast and crew. As tension mounts, Jack desperately searches for a killer, Alice makes her own discoveries to identify a killer, and a monstrous snowstorm changes course and heads in their direction…

I’ve been an avid reader for years and I cannot believe that I’ve never discovered Christopher Greyson and his Jack Stratton series! I read this all in one sitting and stayed up late into the night to finish it! Non-stop action, adventure, intrigue and of course mystery! This book has it all! Fabulous read!!

My next goal now is to read the rest of the Jack Stratton series! Mr. Greyson, you have a new fan!!

Somebody’s Daughter – Rochelle B. Weinstein

Somebody’s Daughter – Rochelle B. Weinstein

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

I don’t know where to start – this book was wonderful!!

Bobby & Emma Ross are the parents of two teenaged twin daughters, Lily & Zoe. Living in a luxury hotel that they own, they are considered one of Miami’s premier families. A deep and abiding love for one another, a secure business, a hotel staff that adores them, a magazine article and cover photos in the works, and a big birthday party planned for the twins 15h birthday – life has never been better.

Then, as a bunch of teens gather for an overnight stay to celebrate the twins 15th birthday, Emma overhears a gasp of horror, and teens murmuring as they glance at a cell phone. She hears the words, “That’s not Lily, it’s Zoe”.

Thus begins a nightmare for the Ross family, as they learn of, and begin to deal with the aftermath of a bad decision and a video gone viral. As Emma struggles to understand and support her daughter, she is haunted by memories of her own youth, and a decision she made that continues to impact her world today.

This is a novel about family, love, shame, revenge, humility acceptance, and forgiveness. It was an amazing read and I could not put it down! It will resonate with you long after the final page is turned! My next to-do is to read the rest of Rochelle B. Weinstein’s work! Fabulous!!

The Sixth Day – Coulter & Ellison

The Sixth Day – Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison

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

If you like mystery, intrigue, snappy dialogue and great characters, then this series is for you!!

Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela ‘Mike’ Caine are back again in the newest installment of ‘a Brit in the FBI’ series.

A clandestine meeting, and the seemingly unrelated deaths of various powerful politicians are at the heart of the next adventure of the Covert Eyes team. Then, another death occurs and a passer-by spots a drone on the scene of the incident, which raises suspicions of the police. At the same time, a powerful virus is found to have infected the computers of intelligence agencies everywhere, making secure communications difficulty.

Meanwhile, Dr. Isabella Marin is busily working on revealing the secrets of an old manuscript – one that no cipher has ever been able to interpret – and is believed to be written via cryptophasia – the secret language between twins. But Dr. Marin has a few secrets of her own.

As the investigation into the mysterious deaths deepens, drones are suspected to be carrying the answers – but who is unleashing them? And why?

This novel carries on at a breakneck pace, as answers lead to more questions, and storylines merge, secrets are revealed, and a man seeks revenge, leading to a breathtaking climax! I could not put this book down! As always, I love the cameo appearances of Savich & Sherlock too!! Fantastic read!! Can’t wait for more from both these authors!!

Low Lake – Gretta Mulrooney

Low Lake – Gretta Mulrooney

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Set in Great Britain, this novel stars former detective turned P.I. Tyrone Swift, who is asked by a friend to investigate the death of Kim Woodville, a young woman who reportedly drowned in a lake on her family’s property. The police had ruled it accidental, as the victim had a history of epilepsy, and it was presumed a seizure had caused her to drown. However, Kim was deathly afraid of water. As a child, her mother had tried to drown her, and she’d had a great fear of water since then. Intrigued, Tyrone accepts the case.

As he delves into the case and begins to explore Kim’s history, he realizes that there she was a complex individual. Raised in a less than loving environment after her mother was imprisoned, Kim was reportedly revered by some, hated by others, and Tyrone gets conflicting views on the type of person she really was. Even her own mother appears disinterested and only wants to gain from providing information.

We also learn some of Ty’s back story as well, and meet his disabled daughter, with whom has seems to have a wonderful relationship!

As the case continues, there is another death and more twists and suspenseful events that I did not see coming, and kept me guessing right up till the end! I’d like to say more, but even eluding to things would be a giveaway and take away from the novel.

I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the earlier Tyrone Swift novels and will be waiting anxiously for more!!.

The Thin Blue Line – Brian Cook

The Thin Blue Line – Brian Cook

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My initial thought when beginning to read this is that it read more like an anthology or collection of short stories. Because it flowed differently than the traditional novel, I struggled a bit to identify key characters in various parts of the stories or chapters, but I eventually found my stride. Still not my preferred style though, but that’s me, and has nothing to do with the context of he book.

Definitely real life, right down to the verbiage, perceptions of female officers and the ‘inside’ politics of law enforcement. This authors storytelling is very colorful, and I’d love to see a suspense novel from him at some point. .

Recommend for law enforcement and those wishing to join law enforcement!