Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

B+
The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker is book two in Mary Burton's Forgotten Files series, and even though I have not read the previous book (The Shark), I had no problem following the story as this one works perfectly well as a standalone. Dr. Tessa McGowan has just started a new job as a medical examiner when the body ...

C
The Long Hot Summer

The Long Hot Summer is the second novel by Kathleen MacMahon, a television journalist from Ireland. It's a beautifully written story, which proves to be both a blessing and a curse. Her prose is incredibly lush, and her powers of description are unlike anything I've encountered in quite some time. U ...

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Dark Horse

Narrated by Christina Delaine  Quite a few of my fellow reviewers have raved about Michelle Diener's Class 5 series. So, when the audio version of Dark Horse, the first book in the series, became available for review, I was eager to give it a listen. I'm pleased to report the story was everythi ...

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The Kept Woman

Fans of Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series will absolutely not want to miss the latest instalment, The Kept Woman. It has everything I've come to love about Ms. Slaughter's writing. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, and it was wonderful to catch up with characters I've read about and loved ...