Suspense

B+
And She Was

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I love the Talking Heads song And She Was, though it's a tad bit on the macabre side. But before seeing this novel in stores I had never realized just how perfect a title it would be for a thriller about missing people. The last two lines of the song are "Joining the world of missing persons and she ...

B
Catch Me

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Do you remember the first eight years of your life? Probably not well. What you do recall are probably bits and pieces, images more than a complete history of an event. Like most kids your memories are probably augmented by anecdotes from the mouths of your parents. My sons will have it from videos ...

B+
Down the Darkest Road

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Most of the authors I follow in suspense got their start in romance. Ms. Hoag is one of those ladies, and I think her past experience affects how she writes her mysteries. They almost always have the focus on the female protagonist. They almost always have romance, even if it is not the focus of th ...

B-
Hell to Pay

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Ever feel like you were born under a dark star and just can't catch any luck? I doubt your woes would hold a candle to those of the people in this book. The Cavalon and Walsh families had the extreme misfortune to have a run in with the Quinn family two books ago (Live to Tell ). The fallout from th ...

A-
Lethal

Wow! It's been awhile since I said that about a Sandra Brown suspense novel. She is always a good read for me - just about a guaranteed B or B+, but this one was awesome from page one. I was riveted. Couldn't figure out what would happen next - and couldn't wait to turn the page to find out. I just ...

B
Breaking Silence

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Silence can be golden. It can also be deadly. In Linda Castillo's Kate Burholder series, silence refers to the Amish desire to be apart - which sometimes manifests as not helping the police by giving testimony. But when you are a police chief investigating a horrific crime, you need someone willing ...

B
These Things Hidden

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Some books have the ability to haunt us; to linger in our minds long after we close the cover, to make us think and question in ways we have never done before. They pull us in and don't let us out for a long, long time. They keep us up at night, turning pages in anxiety rather than bliss. This was s ...

C
Scared to Death

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In Wendy Corsi Staub’s latest thriller Scared to Death, a book with nary a spec of romance in it, a knife-happy serial killer is plotting to harm not one but three children. I found the angst-filled plot hard to follow and even harder to enjoy. For starters, Scared to Death is a s ...

B
Secrets to the Grave

What if your whole life was a secret? A lie meant to protect another lie? And what if those closest to you had lies of their own? Little secrets that they would kill to keep? What tales would you tell to set yourself free? And what secrets would you carry to the grave? Marissa Fordham was somebod ...

B+
Scent of Rain and Lightning

A man cannot free himself from the past any more easily than he can from his own body. Andre Maurois. One of the things that fascinates me about parenthood is that we do not just give our children DNA. Along with all our little genetic quirks, we also pass on those quirks - emotional, habitual - we ...