You know how you always have those books or authors you say you're going to read 'someday'?
Well, Andrew Grant was one of those authors for me, so I finally read Run.
Marc Bowman is a very successful tech consultant who finds himself in a very nasty situation - he's taken some data from his last job to use to develop his next big project. But it turns out there was more than innocent data on those memory sticks, and some very bad dudes want to get their hands on them.
This is a book of corporate espionage and desperate acts, with a fun twist at the very end.
Fun facts: Andrew Grant is Lee Child's brother, and he is married to Tasha Alexander.
This story is an every-mother's-worst-nightmare scenario.
Audra is fleeing from her abusive husband with her two young children when, in a desolate corner of Arizona, she's pulled over. Things go awry quickly and a second patrol car is called to collect her kids while Audra is taken into custody.
When, in her cell, Audra repeatedly asks where they've taken her children, the Sheriff asks "What children?", and then the real nightmare begins.
This novel is unsettling and definitely brings out the fierce mother bear instinct in the reader. I wanted the bad guys - and there are many of them here - to pay, and to pay in horrible, painful ways.
And when a book can bring out powerful, visceral emotions in the reader, you know the author has done their job well.
Hayden Beck is a pseudonym for acclaimed crime writer Stuart Neville. Kudos to you, Haylen, aka Stuart. Here and Gone is a powerful story well-told!
Cass and Emma disappeared three years ago without a trace. A massive manhunt failed to find any trace of the sisters except Emma's car by the beach and a shoe.
Now Cass has come home - without her sister. She has a tale of kidnapping and life on an isolated coastal island and escape - and she’s desperate to get the search going for Emma.
Dr. Abby Winter, an FBI psychologist, sees lots of holes in Cass's story and lots of red flags in the family she's returned to.
This is an unreliable narrator tale from the skillful pen of Wendy Walker - who gave us another big thriller in All is Not Forgotten.
Gabriel Allon is now the Chief of Israel's “office” - the spies of Mossad. But unlike previous chiefs, he can’t help but be hands-on.
Saladin, the new mastermind of ISIS terror, has orchestrated a series of attacks on the West, and Gabriel’s team joins forces with the British, French and American clandestine services to eliminate him once and for all.
All of Silva’s beloved characters are back, and House of Spies, like all of Silva’s books, feels uncomfortably realistic and prescient.
Jack Reacher is back and heading toward not-Seattle, because Seattle is where Michelle Chang went after leaving him in Milwaukee.
And on a bus pitstop in Rapid City, Reacher spies a small, common filigreed West Point ring in a pawn shop. Knowing no soldier would easily relinquish such a hard earned token, he sets about finding the woman whose initials are S.R.S. and, in classic Reacher style, he finds much more than he bargained for.
The Midnight Line is classic Lee Child and his legions of fans will love it.
Kyle Mills had chosen to take over the Mitch Rapp thrillers when Vince Flynn passed away in 2013, and this is his third. At first I was skeptical, but midway into The Survivor, I was as hooked as I'd ever been.
In this new adventure, President Alexander asks Mitch to undertake a mission so black that he and everyone else in the American government would have to deny all knowledge and let Mitch swing in the wind if everything went wrong.
So, of course, it all goes spectacularly wrong. Mitch has to call upon an entirely new team to pull off the assassination of a Saudi Prince-ling who is funneling money to ISIS, and when things go sideways, the world is looking for a Mitch Rapp gone rogue.
Fast, furious and trademark Vince Flynn, or, I guess I should say, Kyle Mills.
This is a gruesome psychological thriller about a duo of serial killers and the police who are after them.
Beautiful Katherine Glass has been in prison for six years for her cruel, calculating part in the torture and murder of several women. Her partner, a man who was always masked, has never been found.
But now it appears he is back and has more mayhem planned unless Katherine is released.
Valerie Hart is the detective who finally captured Katherine. So when the threats begin, she is sucked right back in to a war of wits and will with the devil she knows, and the devil she doesn't.
Fans of Chelsea Cain will eat this up. But beware: Lovemurder is not for the faint of heart.
The premise of this novel is a week spent cooped up with family and all of the dynamics that can go awry.
Olivia has just returned from Liberia, where she was treating victims of a deadly outbreak. Now, upon her return to England, she must undergo a seven day quarantine. So she, her parents, and her spoiled grown sister are locked in their fusty old country mansion for a week over the Christmas holiday.
Olivia has come home with a secret - she's been having a relationship with another aid worker, strictly against the rules, and he's also quarantined upon arrival.
Olivia's dad, Andrew, has a secret. He's just discovered that he fathered a son before he and his wife, Emma, married.
That son, Jessie, is on his way to Britain to meet his long-lost father.
Emma, Olivia's mother, has a big secret she'd like to keep under wraps until after the holidays.
Phoebe, Olivia's sister, is flitting around making wedding plans when her fiance, George, blithely turns up and is forced into quarantine with them all - and he's in for a very unhappy surprise when Jessie turns up and is forced to spend the week, as well.
This all sounds like a very British situational comedy, but there is some real substance, too.
Family - for good, for bad, for one loooong week.
This is the most clever book for kids I've read all year.
Morrigan Crow is doomed - born at an ill-fated time, every death or catastrophe in her town is blamed on her - including her own upcoming demise.
So when, on bid day, Morrigan is given not one, but an unheard of 4 bids by patrons, she is as mystified as everyone else.
She's been selected as a candidate for entry into the Wundrous Society, and is whisked off to another realm to face 4 trials.
This story is not a Harry Potter wannabe - it has clever plotlines, interesting characters and a satisfying ending that will leave you wanting more.
Two thumbs up for this middle-grade novel.
I listened to Watch Me Disappear via Saturn's libro.fm digital audio downloads. It made for a good listen.
How well do we know our families - the people to whom we are closest? It's been a year since Billie Flanagan, beautiful, involved wife and mother, went missing on a hike in Desolation Wilderness. Her body was never recovered - just a hiking boot and her cell phone.
So closure has been hard for grief-stricken Jonathan, who is writing a loving memoir of his marriage, and teenaged Olive, who is growing remote from her father and friends at school.
But then Olive begins having strange visions of her mother, and becomes convinced that Billie is still alive. To appease her, Jonathan embarks on a quest for the truth - and they both discover more than they bargained for.
This psychological thriller by the author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything just sneaks up on you and leaves you questioning what anyone can ever know about someone else's heart.