Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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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 ...

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Stolen Things

Author Rachel Herron is best known for writing women's fiction, but with Stolen Things, she’s switched gears and written a thriller under the name R.H. Herron. It's a story about a mother and her teenage daughter who must learn to trust one another in a new way if they hope to uncover some truly d ...

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Lady Alexandra Lane is a woman of secrets. Not only did she survive a horrific rape when she was a teenager, but she's now being blackmailed by a mysterious stranger who claims to know about the assault. Obviously, Alexandra doesn't want society as a whole to know what happened, so she has been payi ...

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Never Look Back

Fans of complex thrillers with a unique and sensational hook won't want to miss Never Look Back, the latest standalone novel from author Alison Gaylin. It enters around a true crime-related podcast and one case with personal ties to the show's producer. Robin Diamond is a successful magazine colu ...

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Never Have I Ever

There are certain authors whose work I embrace without even reading the synopsis, and Joshilyn Jackson falls into that category for me. Her deeply moving, lyrical stories set in the American south are among my favorite books of all time, and so, when I learned she had written her very first psycholo ...

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Lady in the Lake

In Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman sweeps readers back in time to 1960s Baltimore, where the body of a young, African-American woman is found floating in a lake. No one seems to know who she is, nor do they seem all that interested in finding out, so housewife-turned-reporter Maddie Schwartz decides ...

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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 ...

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Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer is Kalisha Buckhanon's second novel. Set in present-day Harlem, it's the story of one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister. It's been months since Autumn Spencer last laid eyes on her twin sister Summer. It's believed that Summer leapt to her death from the roof ...

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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 ...

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The Reckless Oath We Made

Fans of deeply moving, intense stories of love and redemption won't want to miss The Reckless Oath We Made, the latest novel by author Bryn Greenwood. It's a dark and gritty love story centred around the unlikeliest of couples, and it packs an emotional punch that will linger with you long after you ...