Mystery

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Emma in the Night

There are plenty of books out there that will tell you a predictable story in a predictable way, but Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is something altogether different. It's the kind of book you'll want to devour in one sitting, so compelling is the story, and it's one you'll be thinking about long ...

B+
Give Me the Child

If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, you're living in the perfect era. It seems like a new thriller with a shocking twist comes out every few weeks, and I'll be the first to admit I couldn't be happier about it. From the moment I read the blurb for Mel McGrath’s Give Me the Child, I knew it ...

B
Not a Sound

I'm always on the lookout for books featuring competent, true-to-life characters with disabilities. Unfortunately, these aren't as easy to find as one might think. So, when I heard about Not A Sound, the latest novel from author Heather Gudenkauf, I was eager to get my hands on it. Ms. Gudenkauf cra ...

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Red Leaves

Paulina Simons’ psychological mystery, Red Leaves is a tragedy with no happily ever after.  A fatalistic, chilling portrayal of four supposed friends who look the other way when one of their number is found dead, the story depicts the worst of human nature and will haunt readers even after the bo ...

B+
The Lost Order

The Lost Order is an engrossing, gripping contemporary mystery about the confederate Knights of the Golden Cross from the time of the U.S. Civil War and about the vast horde of gold and silver they amassed and hid. It is also about the intriguing past and devious machinations of the Smithsonian Ins ...

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One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie is the latest standalone thriller from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. I've enjoyed many of her legal thrillers in the past, especially those in her Rosotto and Associates series, but have had a bit less luck with her standalones. Unfortunately, I have to add this one to the colu ...

D+
Find Me

J.S. Monroe's latest suspense novel, Find Me, is a messy and incredibly grim story that takes us through one man's harrowing journey to find the girlfriend who had long ago been presumed dead.  While the suspense nearly manages to carry the tale through, thin characterization and over the top scene ...

B
The Perfect Stranger

Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger is billed as being a sequel to her highly successful All The Missing Girls – although as far as I can tell, there are no common characters or plot threads, unless one counts the fact that one of the characters in The Perfect Stranger is a “missing girl”! ...

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Mississippi Blood

Mississippi Blood is Greg Iles' sixth book featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, but because it’s also the conclusion to the story begun in Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, readers will not want to pick it up without suitable knowledge of prior events. I recommend starting with Natchez Burning, ...

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Never Let You Go

I can always count on Chevy Stevens to deliver a taut, gripping psychological thriller. Her books delight and terrify me in equal measure, so I was keen to read her latest, Never Let You Go. Eleven years ago, single mother Lindsay Nash took her young daughter and fled her abusive husband, who end ...