Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B+
The Mother's Promise

Last year, I discovered the writing of Sally Hepworth. I adored her novel The Things We Keep, so I was over the moon to learn she had a new book coming out. I was sure I was in for a very intense read, full of emotional depth and characters I could totally relate to, and that's exactly what she has ...

B
A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World tells the story of Christina Olson, a physically disabled woman who spends her entire life in a small, coastal town in Maine. No one expects much of her, but for twenty years, she serves as muse to artist Andrew Wyeth, and is immortalized in his painting Christina's World. We ...

A-
The Shimmering Road

The Shimmering Road is Hester Young's second novel featuring Charlotte (Charlie) Cates, a journalist who sees dark visions of the future. While this book could technically be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading The Gates of Evangeline first in order to put The Shimmering Road into conte ...

A-
Every Dark Corner

I've been reading Karen Rose's romantic suspense novels for the past ten years or so, and never have I been disappointed. Every Dark Corner, book three in Ms. Rose's Cincinnati series proved no exception. It's important to note that this novel wouldn't be a good place to jump into the series, for no ...

D
This Is Not Over

I'm not sure what it says about me, but I've always loved books centered around revenge. For this reason, Holly Brown's latest novel This Is Not Over seemed like something that would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, it left me feeling completely flat. Dawn and her husband enjoy weekend getawa ...

B-
The Sleepwalker

I've been a fan of Chris Bohjalian's novels ever since I read Transistor Radio. He has chosen to tackle some very difficult real-life issues in his various works, and I'm usually pleased with his approach. So, when I saw The Sleepwalker up for review, I was eager to dive in. Annalee Ahlberg is th ...

A-
Her Every Fear

When I first read the synopsis of Her Every Fear, the latest thriller by Peter Swanson, I was a little concerned by the complexity of the synopsis. I love a good, twisty read, but such reads have to make sense, and, given the vague information provided, I wasn't sure I'd be able to fully lose myself ...

B
The Chemist

Stephanie Meyer is one of those authors who arouses mixed feelings on my part. I absolutely despised Twilight - although to be fair, I only read the first seven chapters before deciding there were too many great books to read without wasting my time on teenaged girls helplessly mooning after sparkly ...

C
The Bird and the Sword

I discovered Amy Harmon's writing in the spring of 2014. In fact, A Different Blue was my very first review for AAR. Since then, I've read almost her entire backlist, and have eagerly awaited new releases. I was pleased to see The Bird and the Sword was available in audio format, as Ms. Harmon's ...

A-
The Operator

In the fall of 2015, I fell in love with the world Kim Harrison created in The Drafter. In fact, I ended up counting that book as one of my top reads of the year, so you can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on The Operator, book two in the Peri Reed Chronicles. It's important to note tha ...