Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Furies

I love books about secret societies, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy of Katie Lowe's début novel The Furies. It takes place at an elite New England boarding school, and chronicles one girl's quest to be accepted by the other students. Unfortunately, the execution of the story did ...

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A Girl Named Anna

Lizzy Barber's A Girl Named Anna is a slow-building powerhouse of a story about two families who are linked by the disappearance of a little girl fifteen years before the book opens. Parts of the plot are a bit on the predictable side, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. ...

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The Stranger Inside

I haven't loved everything Lisa Unger has written. Some of her plots have felt a little too contrived for my liking, but her latest novel, The Stranger Inside, was a true joy to read. The plot is compelling, the characters feel completely authentic, and the story is just twisty enough to have kept m ...

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The Arrangement

The Arrangement is Robyn Harding's third standalone novel of psychological suspense, and in this reviewer's humble opinion, it's her best work. Her previous books were enjoyable, but this one really stands out as a story that captivated me from start to finish. Natalie moved to New York City with ...

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The Giver of Stars

In 1936, Alice Van Cleve, newly married to the son of one of Kentucky's wealthiest and most influential coal miners, finds herself at loose ends. Life as Bennett Van Cleve's wife is not the fairytale she was led to believe it would be, and she is in desperate need of a cause to lose herself in. So, ...

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Life and Other Inconveniences

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of ...

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Temper

Layne Fargo’s Temper is billed as being perfect for fans of psychological thrillers where the stakes are high and the characters will stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. Since books like that are some of my favorite things to read right now, I was eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, an ant ...

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Where She Went

Where She Went is the sixth novel by Kelly Simmons. The story of a missing co-ed and a desperate mother’s search for answers, it’s a chilling reminder of just how dangerous the world can be for the young and naive. When her only daughter Emma moved across town to go to college, Maggie O'Farre ...

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The Harp of Kings

With The Harp of Kings, the first book in an all-new series, Juliet Marillier returns to the world she first introduced in Dreamer's Pool. The book tells the story of three young people who must band together in order to locate a magical artifact with untold strength and power. Eighteen-year-old ...

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Discretion

Dark romance isn't a sub-genre I'm normally drawn to, but there's something so compelling about the stories Karina Halle creates that draws me in every time, and Discretion, the first installment in her new Dumonts series, turned out to be no exception. Its lush setting and complex characters drew m ...