Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Not a Sound

I'm always on the lookout for books featuring competent, true-to-life characters with disabilities. Unfortunately, these aren't as easy to find as one might think. So, when I heard about Not A Sound, the latest novel from author Heather Gudenkauf, I was eager to get my hands on it. Ms. Gudenkauf cra ...

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Etched in Bone

In 2013, author Anne Bishop took the world by storm with Written in Red, the first book in what has fast become one of the most popular and unique urban fantasy series of recent years. I read and fell in love with each book as soon as it was released, so learning that Etched In Bone, the fifth book ...

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The Woman in the Castle

I've been on a bit of a World War II kick lately, so Jessica Shattuck's latest novel, The Women in the Castle, seemed like something that would be right up my alley. I relished the idea of seeing how a group of women and children rebuilt their lives and created a cohesive family unit after the strug ...

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Mr. Rochester

I first read Jane Eyre over twenty years ago, right before I entered high school. I was captivated from the very beginning of Jane's story, and have revisited Charlotte Brontë's classic novel five or six times since then. It's the kind of story I can never imagine growing tired of. So, it should co ...

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence is the story of Simonetta Cattaneo, a young woman who moves to Florence in order to marry the rich and potentially powerful Marco Vespucci, but ends up finding love in the arms of another man. It's a richly drawn historical novel, filled with art, intrigue, love, ...

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One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie is the latest standalone thriller from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. I've enjoyed many of her legal thrillers in the past, especially those in her Rosotto and Associates series, but have had a bit less luck with her standalones. Unfortunately, I have to add this one to the colu ...

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Wanted and Wired

Sci-fi romances are kind of hit or miss for me. Still, the synopsis of Wanted and Wired, the first book in Vivien Jackson's Tether series, really grabbed my attention. Who doesn't love action-packed, futuristic romances featuring competent leads falling in love while on the run? I know I certainly d ...

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Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You is Jessica Strawser's début novel, and it's one I'm finding it difficult to describe. Some reviewers say it's best to go into this novel knowing as little about the plot as possible, but personally, I’m not one to pick up a book I know nothing of, so I'll do my best to summarize ...

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It Happens All the Time

In It Happens All the Time, author Amy Hatvany takes a closer look at a story we've all heard time and time again. Date/acquaintance rape is an issue that receives relatively little attention in fiction, and Ms. Hatvany has done a stellar job of drawing our attention to this very serious problem. ...

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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, ...