Suspense

B+
Girl, Forgotten

The first book I read by Karin Slaughter was Pieces of Her. Like our reviewer, I couldn't put it down and, upon finishing it, I read EVERY SINGLE NOVEL she's written. That said, Pieces of Her is bonkers and I wasn't crazy about Andy, the young woman whose mother's past is told in the book. Thus, whe ...

B
Overkill

Sandra Brown gently tackles the delicate topic of end-of-life rights in her latest thriller Overkill, a tale of sex, murder, and justice. When an attractive woman shows up on his doorstep with a sheath of papers and stilettos that sink into the North Carolina mud, disgraced quarterback Zach Bridg ...

B+
The Family Remains

Early one morning on the shore of the Thames, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery. When Owusu sends the evidence for examination, he learns the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago. Ra ...

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Gone Girl

Ten years ago, on June 5th, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl arrived. It wasn’t Flynn’s first book or even her second—she’d published two unsettling works both of which had sold reasonably well. But Gone Girl rocketed to the top of the best-seller list in the summer of 2012—it spent eight weeks ...

B+
The Book of Cold Cases

I’ve read all of Simone St. James’ books and have either really liked or loved all of them. Her latest offering, The Book of Cold Cases, falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. Shea Collins’ recent divorce has left her both at loose ends and strangely unchanged. At loose ends becaus ...

B
The Missing Hours

Claudia Castro is rich, young and famous – but her life is a mess made worse by the evils of another person. Her parents are divorcing, her appearance on the reality show Rich Kids of the Hamptons has proven to be an ugly and humiliating mistake, and people tend to think of her in negative terms b ...

B-
Hostage

Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go is one of the books I recommended most frequently.  Clever, surprising, and moving, it satisfies on so many levels.  Unfortunately, it set the standard for every Mackintosh novel I’ve read since, and the author has never achieved the same magical alchemy of susp ...

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Hostage

Last fall, trapped at home and dreaming of flying far away—anywhere!—I picked up Hostage. I thoroughly enjoyed Mackintosh’s previous books, especially her first two, and was hopeful this too would be diverting. Two days later, having alienated everyone I encountered—I did not want to be d ...

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The Night Swim

The Night Swim is a story about rape - the violence of the event, the trauma of the aftermath, the horror of the trial and the gauntlet women are forced to go through to achieve justice. While the details are not graphic, the brutality of what happens within the story is distressing enough that tho ...

B+
The Half Sister

Suspension of disbelief can be a tricky thing. Most of the time when I find a book that has unbelievable factors, I don’t enjoy it. Every once in a while though, the outstanding pacing, riveting plot and intriguing characters capture my interest enough that I can ignore a few foibles. Such is the ...