Suspense

B-
The Survivors Club

Lisa Gardner has become one of my favorite suspense writers. I thought The Third Victim was fantastic psychological suspense, and while The Last Accident wasn't quite as good, my faith is restored with The Survivors Club. It kept me absorbed and drew me into the story while I was trying to figure ou ...

C
Body of Lies

Ms. Johansen's latest has got it all...and then some. And that's still not saying much. Murder and mayhem in the bayous of Louisiana, explosions, poisoning, car chases - all the thriller elements are here, and yet this latest Eve Duncan opus falls remarkably flat. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan first ...

C-
Grace Notes

Grace Notes starts out at a very leisurely pace and never quite gets beyond that. As I read I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. It was a book-long wait. Grace Loring is a successful writer with domestic abuse in her past. That abuse prompted her to write her own story in ord ...

B+
Hush

I don't read a lot of suspense novels. I like books that are driven by characters, while most suspense is driven by plot. Hush by Anne Frasier is not a romance; it's straight suspense. Still, it features characters who are more interesting and compelling than those in many of the romances I've rea ...

D
Every Move You Make

It's hard for a reader to get involved with a work of fiction when she doesn't care about the characters. Fictional characters needn't be nice, but there has to be something about them to draw the reader's interest. Unfortunately, I was never drawn to the characters in Jill Jones' Every Move You Mak ...

C+
The Devil's Code

A couple of things occurred to me as I sat down to write this review. First of all, (and this is something you'll notice very quickly) the review is going to be primarily about plot. There isn't much I can do about that because the book is all about plot, which kind of goes with the techno-thriller ...

C-
Deadly Grace

I'm starting to think they'll let just about anyone publish a suspense novel these days. Apparently some readers must be gobbling them up like candy. I thought I'd read this one because it sounded exciting. World War II! British Intelligence and American OSS! Pilfered Nazi Gold! Unfortunately, this ...

C+
Since You've Been Gone

The spine of Since You've Been Gone reads "fiction" and it is clearly billed as a work of suspense, rather than the hybrid called "romantic suspense." While it does contain a romance, the story's focus is not on the love story but on the main character's efforts to save a kidnapped child. ...

C
The Next Accident

I gave this book a C. For page-turning suspense and police procedure accuracy, the book certainly deserves an A. For the problems I encountered in not having read its prequel, the issues I had with the female protagonist, as well as its over-the-top heartbreak, this book deserves an F. So, C is the ...

C
Split Second

A common complaint about much of the suspense being written today is that it's too gory. Serial killers abound and each crime is described in excruciating detail. Nothing is too gross or detailed. Enter Alex Kava. She has written a serial killer novel that has relatively few scenes of gore and ma ...