Suspense

B-
Before I Wake

Serial killers and memory loss are two of the most overused devices in suspense fiction, but Anne Frasier offers a somewhat different spin on these familiar themes in her latest thriller, Before I Wake. It has a few initial weaknesses, but once the story picks up steam, it develops into a gripping r ...

B
Wildcard

I have been a fan of Rachel Lee ever since I discovered her Conard County series back in college. Since I'd never read any of her single title releases, I jumped at the chance to review Wildcard, the first in a new series. While this novel is loosely connected to others Lee has written, it is ...

B
Play Dead

Anne Frasier first captured my attention with Cool Shade, a book written under the name Theresa Weir. Her edgy characters, dark stories and good use of settings make her books page turners for me and, even though Play Dead has a few rough spots, it is still well worth reading. S ...

D
Liar's Market

There's an interesting story lurking somewhere in Taylor Smith's Liar's Market, but the way it's told seriously undermines the book's effectiveness. Carrie MacNeil is the young wife of CIA official Drummond MacNeil. One day her husband disappears, leaving behind suspicions that he was involved ...

C
The Trade

In her suspense novels Shirley Palmer (who also writes as Nell Brien) often takes on real and disturbing issues and portrays settings that seem true to life. Her latest novel, The Trade, takes readers to Malibu, California in the wake of a wildfire. As the novel opens, Matt Lowell is racing hom ...

C+
Out Of Reach

Out of Reach immediately hooked me with a gripping prologue. Lewin's latest offers quick reading, but not enough in terms of characterization, and many of the book's twists turn out to be less than surprising. Still she hooks the reader right away away by somewhat devious means: she uses children in ...

B-
Grave Concerns

Gwen Hunter's Rhea Lynch series has given me much enjoyment in the past. The first book in the series, Delayed Diagnosis, is a great, suspenseful read and the two books following it (Prescribed Danger and Deadly Remedy) are also quite good. Because the author has worked in the medical field, her use ...

D-
Hello, Darkness

It's a shame Unspeakable has already been used for the title of a book by Sandra Brown. It would perfectly fit Hello, Darkness in several ways. The book is unspeakably boring, the characters are unspeakably irritating, and the suspense plot is unspeakably obvious. Charging people $26 for this? That' ...

C-
Blind Run

I know it does not bode well for a book when I'd rather scrub my kitchen than read it. Sadly, that's what I was doing last night instead of reading Blind Run. There's lots of potential here, and I could appreciate the book, but I could not connect with the characters or story enough to want to read ...

C
Sheet Music

An author takes a risk when they write in first-person. In order to make it work for me, the person telling the story simply has to be incredibly compelling, either in a good or a bad way. A great example is the narrator from duMaurier's Rebecca - her perspective of the events and characters around ...