Suspense

B+
Still Missing

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Whenever Annie Sullivan sees a poster of herself she can not help thinking that the "Missing" caption is absolutely accurate. Even though she has physically returned from a year of horrific captivity, the woman who left is indeed still missing. In fact, Annie knows she always will be. ...

B
Fragile

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It's hard to pick up a contemporary book these days and not run smack into small town living. Most books capture the small towns we want to live in, a sort of Cheers with homes and streets, where everybody knows your name and is interested in your life. Few capture the insulated, isolated world t ...

B
Presumed Dead

A noble hero, near-perfect in looks and conduct, is easy to admire. However, I have to admit that well-drawn characters who are rougher around the edges draw my attention just as easily. After losing his job as a police officer, Dylan Scott's marriage imploded and his wife has ki ...

A-
Live to Tell

Are our childhood memories ever as accurate as we think they are? Do our minds sometimes force us to forget the unthinkable, shielding us from things that might make it hard for us to heal? Live to Tell is all about memories that destroy, but more, it is about the dangerous place that the human min ...

B+
Ice Cold

I'm not a big fan of ice cold wilderness survival stories, probably because I live in the North and am very aware of just how deadly a pristine winter wonderland can be. But used right, this setting can really add an eerie element of suspense to a novel as the surroundings suddenly become not just ...

B
Pray for Silence

When a police officer stops for a leak and a cigarette on a quiet back road the last thing he expects is to hear horrifying screams. But what he finds when he responds to those screams makes him want to do a little terrified screeching of his own. That he found it on a peaceful Amish farm makes the ...

B
Live to Tell

I love books based upon what I call Ordinary Evil that begins with an event that can happen to anyone. A car accident. An unwanted pregnancy. A child picking up something they shouldn't. It is what happens after that takes these ordinary instances - accidents typically, mild carelessness at wor ...

C-
Without Mercy

Julia Delaney’s younger sister is being sent off to a camp for wayward teens. It’s either that or juvenile hall, but Shaylee is used to getting her own way and in this instance, Jules agrees that neither seems like the best option. The Blue Rock Academy has recently made the news for a missing s ...

C-
The Skull Ring

Do you remember the Satanist scare of the 1980s? I was just a little kid then, but I remember the vague rumors of eeeeeevil doings in remote fields. By the time these tales filtered down to elementary school playgrounds, they had grown into frightening gory epics indeed. When I saw that The Skull ...

C+
Undone

I have read all three books in the Will Trent series this year and enjoyed them in differing amounts, but having finished Undone, I think I’m ready for a little break from the bleak and violent world Slaughter has created. The book opens with retired couple Henry and Judith Col ...