Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Night Market

Jonathan Moore's The Night Market is the third novel in the author's loosely connected trilogy that takes place in the San Francisco of the near future. The author's website indicates that the novels can be read as standalones, and I took him at his word, diving into The Night Market without even gl ...

C
Two Girls Down

Sometimes, a book blurb grabs my attention and won't let go until I give in and read the book. This is exactly what happened with Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down, although unfortunately, the story itself wasn't able to live up to its synopsis, and I came away feeling rather let down. Single mother J ...

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If You Knew Her

What if you were trapped inside your body, fully able to take in the world around you, but unable to communicate with anyone? What if you had knowledge of a serious crime, but no way to make anyone aware of what you knew? If these are questions you've ever found yourself pondering, Emily Elgar's If ...

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The Girls in the Picture

I'm a big fan of books set in the early days of Hollywood, so Melanie Benjamin's The Girls In the Picture seemed like the perfect book for me to review. It's the story of the friendship between two of Hollywood's first leading ladies, and I enjoyed it immensely. Frances Marion isn't interested in ...

B+
I Know My Name

Anyone who knows me knows the psychological thriller is one of my very favorite genres to read, and C.J. Cooke's I Know My Name is one of the better ones I've read lately. I'm not normally a big fan of plots involving amnesia, but something about the synopsis caught my attention and I decided to giv ...

A
The Wife Between Us

When you read as many psychological thrillers as I do, it takes something truly special to take you by surprise. Sometimes, it seems as though there are hundreds of authors out there, all telling different versions of the same story, and honestly, it can get old. But, every once in a while, an extra ...

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Dangerous Crossing

If you're a fan of classic mysteries with exotic settings, Rachel Rhys' Dangerous Crossing is the perfect book for you. It's set aboard a fancy ocean liner making its way from England to Australia on the eve of the Second World War, and it's filled with all the drama, romance, and suspense you could ...

B
The Woman in the Window

A. J. Finn's The Woman in the Window is being touted as THE psychological thriller of 2018. It's gotten a ton of rave reviews, and there's even a film in the works. So when I was offered a review copy, I jumped at the chance to see what all the hype was about. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the stor ...

B+
If Ever I Should Love You

If you're like me, you turn to historical romances when you're looking for a bit of light-hearted fun, and that's exactly what I was seeking when I started If Ever I Should Love You, the first book in Cathy Maxwell's Spinster Heiresses series. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that Ms. ...

B
The Vanishing Season

When it comes to mysteries, I'll be the first to admit I've grown a little jaded. I read a lot of them, so it takes something pretty great to really wow me, and while Joanna Schaffhausen’s début, The Vanishing Season, isn't the most original mystery I've ever read, the author's ability to craft a ...