Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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Fast Girls: a Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team

Fans of sports-centered books won't want to miss the latest offering from author Elise Hooper. Fast Girls: a Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team is a fictionalized account of three American women and their journey to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. As one might imagine, these early Olympians di ...

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The Lost Girls of Devon

From the time I was an infant, I've loved my maternal grandmother better than pretty much anyone else I can think of, so I knew I absolutely had to read the latest novel by Barbara O'Neal. The Lost Girls of Devon is about a woman who returns home to find her missing best friend, but even more import ...

B
Outsider

In Outsider, the twelfth installment in the Kate Burkholder mystery series, author Linda Castillo gives readers a few more glimpses into the past of our series heroine. Previous books have given us quite a bit of background information on Kate's early life, but here, the focus shifts to her first fe ...

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The Last Wife

I wasn't crazy about Karen Hamilton's début novel, The Perfect Girlfriend. The main character was repugnant, and the plot twists felt overly dramatic, but there was something oddly compelling about Hamilton's writing, something that made me decide to give her second book a try. This turned out to b ...

B+
Her Last Flight

In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s f ...

B+
The Swap

Robyn Harding's fourth novel, The Swap, is a thoroughly delightful if slightly disturbing combination of some of my very favorite thriller tropes. It's a revenge story centered around a toxic female friendship, and in her usual style, Harding has managed to create a book I hated to look away from fo ...

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The Last Train to Key West

I became a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton's writing in late 2018 when I picked up a copy of Next Year in Havana. Ever since then, I've kept an eye out for her new releases and even purchased a few of her backlist titles. Her writing is deep and affecting, never shying away from tough topics but also man ...

B
Last One to Lie

I've been wanting to read Last One to Lie, the second novel by author J.M. Winchester, since I first read the blurb at the end of 2019. It looked like an intriguing story, but I was especially interested because Ms. Winchester also writes romance novels under the name Jennifer Snow. Since romance an ...

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Always the Last to Know

Kristan Higgins' most recent offering, Always the Last to Know, is a pitch-perfect picture of a family in crisis. That might sound a bit depressing, but Higgins is able to infuse the story with exactly the right amount of humor which, while not necessarily going to cause you to laugh out loud, will ...

B+
Dragon Unleashed

Shannon: Phoenix Unbound, the prequel to Dragon Unleashed was my first experience with Grace Draven’s writing, and I was beyond impressed by the novel. This, the second book in the series, is set in the same world, but has little noticeable carry-over from the first book. I think readers could ea ...