Mystery

B
Anything for You

Anything for You is book three of the Valerie Hart detective series. I had not read the preceding two novels, but the author does such a nice job of weaving character history and backstory into the text that I didn’t in any way feel like I was missing out on necessary information. The narrative ...

B+
The Shape of Night

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen takes a break from her popular Rizzoli and Isles mystery series with The Shape of Night, a standalone thriller about a girl, a house and a very alluring ghost. Nearly incapacitated by guilt, stagnated cookbook author Ava Collette takes a summer rental in a remote ...

C
The Last Widow

Karin Slaughter has been an auto-buy author for me since 2010, so this review has been a hard one for me to write. The Last Widow is the ninth installment in her Will Trent series, and I was initially drawn to its undercover plot. Unfortunately, the part of the book that dealt with Will going underc ...

B
The Stillwater Girls

Nineteen-year-old Wren has been raised in a hunting cabin in the deep woods of upstate New York alongside her sisters, nine-year-old Evie and seventeen-year-old Sage.  Taught that the outside world is dangerous by her mother, Wren is shocked when a sick Evie is scooped up by Mama and carried off to ...

B-
The Third Mrs. Durst

Some books need more suspension of disbelief than others and The Third Mrs. Durst is definitely one of those novels. The tale of a ‘hillbilly’ getting her revenge against a rich, powerful man, it bends reality pretty close to the breaking point - but it has fun getting there. Marlena Altizer ...

A-
The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key is the fifth novel by the incomparable Ruth Ware, and it tells the story of a young woman who answers a notice for employment and finds herself travelling down a dark and progressively disturbing path. The advertisement seems too good to be true. The au pair position pays extreme ...

B+
Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us is author Cristina Alger's second novel, but it's my first experience with her writing. She puts a fresh spin on the well-known serial killer trope, making this novel a pleasure to read instead of the slog it otherwise might have been. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good thriller center ...

B
Lock Every Door

Riley Sager is known for writing thrillers with hints of horror thrown in for good measure. Horror isn't at all my thing, but I decided to pick up a copy of Lock Every Door, Mr. Sager's latest novel, just to see what all the fuss was about - and now, I know. The novel is a quick read, one I'm glad I ...

A-
Ever Faithful

Ever Faithful is a terribly cute retro-romance that proves ‘traditional’ doesn’t have to equal ‘boring’; in fact its slow-burning romances and sweet courtships provide beautiful entertainment for the reader. It’s 1933 and Elsie Brookes is working as a maid at the Mammoth Hot Springs L ...

B+
The Scholar

If you love novels by authors such as Tana French and Jane Harper, Dervla McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series is a definite must-read. The Scholar is the second installment in the series, and does not stand well on its own, so do yourself a favor and read The Ruin before diving in. The Scholar picks ...