Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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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 ...

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Wait for Dark

In the early 2000s, I discovered the work of author Kay Hooper. I was especially drawn to her books featuring Special Agent Noah Bishop and his team of FBI agents with psychic abilities. Over the course of a few years, I read six or seven of those books and loved them all. Then, as so often happens, ...

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One Blood Ruby

One Blood Ruby is the follow-up to Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds, published in early 2016. This second installment picks up shortly after book one ended, and I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series in order to have a full understanding of the characters, the world they i ...

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The Orphan's Tale

World War II is a period in history that fascinates me. Every time I read a book set during this bleak period, I learn something new. In The Orphan's Tale, author Pam Jenoff explores the role German circuses played in hiding Jewish people and smuggling them out of Germany. Since I absolutely love ci ...

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The Nearness of You

I've read and enjoyed Amanda Eyre Ward's books in the past, and so was very excited to see The Nearness of You up for review. The synopsis intrigued me, and I settled in for what I was sure would be a captivating read. Unfortunately, not all my expectations were met. Suzette and Hyland Kendall ha ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...