Suspense

B-
Play Dirty

Play Dirty isn’t really a romance novel - I’d call it a suspense novel with romantic elements. The suspense plot is very exciting and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the book progressed. However, the romantic element of the story definitely takes second place and at the end ...

B
Garden of Darkness

In recent years innovative romance author Theresa Weir has turned to writing straight suspense under the name Anne Frasier. As in her romances, her suspense plots mix familiar murder mystery elements with dark and unique touches. In Garden of Darkness, Frasier returns to the haunted town of Tuonel ...

C+
The Missing

The Missing is a creepy horror story that deftly depicts many different characters and their internal monsters. With lyrical and at times poetic writing, it features haunting portrayals of an ancient predator that arises and devours a small town. If you like horror, Langan might be a new author to ...

B
Sleeping with Fear

I had not read a Kay Hooper novel in many years. I was not familiar with her Bishop/Special Crime Unit series. The suspense in Sleeping with Fear was written strongly and effectively, but the story wasn't otherwise as well-rounded as I would have liked. The novel opens with a bang: Riley Crane ...

B-
Exit Strategy

Get ready to have your conscience pricked. A hot, new hitwoman recently entered the business and she could become a legend if she so chooses. So what would hold her back? She was once a cop. Nadia Stafford was born into a law enforcement family and joined the ranks after graduating high schoo ...

B-
Gone

Gone is a solid and engrossing mystery with a fairly suspenseful plot. However, readers should not expect a romance, because this isn't one, although it does examine the relationship between a husband and wife. Rainie Connor Quincy, a capable former cop turned child advocate, h ...

C-
The Mephisto Club

Tess Gerritsen has undoubtedly come up with an intriguing premise in The Mephisto Club. Unfortunately, due to what would definitely be termed TSTL behavior on the part of her tag team of recurring characters and my perennially wrinkled forehead regarding character details that the author never both ...

B-
The Rome Affair

Sometimes the slide into darkness is so gradual that we do not realize what we have gotten into until we are in too deep to extricate ourselves. That is what happens in Laura Caldwell's latest book in which she explores various tests to the bonds of marriage and friendship. What seems like a damaged ...

B
Silent Waters

Jan Coffey is a pseudonym for a writing couple who’ve both had experience building submarines (their romance aka is May McGoldrick). That experience is apparent in every page of their latest suspense novel. Recreating the highly technical and claustrophobic world of a modern submarine isn’t so ...

B
Dirty Little Secrets

When Dirty Little Secrets first appeared on the list of books available for review, I passed it over for another of Downtown Press's Bad Girls books, Awaken Me Darkly, a paranormal that sounded right up my alley. That turned out to be a mistake, because the book wasn't very good. Luckily, I got a se ...