Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Witness on the Run

I'm fascinated by books set in the harsh wilderness of Alaska, so Susan Cliff's Witness on the Run seemed like the perfect book for me. It features a slow-burn romance between interesting leads and a healthy dose of suspense. It's not a perfect book, but I enjoyed it just the same. Tala Walker ha ...

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Fire & Heist

Is there anything better than curling up on a chilly fall evening with a light-hearted novel featuring dragons? If there is, I have no earthly idea what it might be. Dragons have always fascinated me, and so, when I learned that author Sarah Beth Durst had written Fire and Heist, a standalone novel ...

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Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers is the fast-paced story of one woman's attempt to uncover the truth about a long-buried family secret and the deep, abiding love she reclaims along the way. When Sloane McBride was just five years old, her mother disappeared without a trace. Her father, a powerful man wit ...

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City of Secrets

I don't usually gravitate toward historical mysteries, not because that I dislike them exactly, but the few I’ve read have left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied. Still, when I first heard about Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series with its con artist heroine, I decided to give it a try. Fortu ...

C
The Girl They Left Behind

In this story based on the real-life experiences of Roxanne Veletzo’s grandmother, a young girl is left by her Jewish mother on the stoop of a house in Bucharest, believing that this will be the only way to save the child  from the Nazi invasion.  She’s taken in by a kindly concierge, who brin ...

B
Family Trust

In Family Trust, Kathy Wang introduces readers to the Huangs, a Chinese family living in Silicon Valley and struggling to achieve the ever-elusive American dream. It's a novel that deals with cultural identity as well as the complicated bonds between family members, and I'm very glad I read it. F ...

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Shadow and Ice

I absolutely adored Gena Showalter's Everlife series. It's a young adult fantasy trilogy that takes a unique look at the possibility of the afterlife, and it's a story I won't soon forget. So, when I learned that Ms. Showalter was starting a new urban fantasy series (Gods of War) for adults, I was e ...

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Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty's work first came to my attention back in 2015 when I picked up a copy of her novel Big Little Lies. I was sucked into the story right away, and ended up reading everything she had written within the space of about a week. Since then, I've been on the lookout for new books by this inc ...

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Virtual Sabotage

Virtual Sabotage is a standalone blend of mystery and science fiction, set in a world not all that different from the one you and I currently inhabit. I was fascinated by its premise, since virtual reality has been an interest of mine for the past few years, but the story itself failed to meet my ex ...

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Give Me Your Hand

If you, like me, enjoy novels that center around the extremely complex nature of female friendship, you won't want to miss Give Me Your Hand, the latest standalone thriller by author Megan Abbott. It's an engrossing mix of spine-tingling suspense and the kind of relationship drama so many of us have ...