Jill

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Tear It Down (A Peter Ash Novel #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399575662
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 15th, 2019

Peter Ash is back in one of Saturn's best-selling series. This time our drifter is sent by June to Memphis to help her friend Wanda, a war photographer who seems to be targeted herself now that she's home.

 Ever restless, Peter leaps at the chance to be helpful by possibly putting himself In harms way. But he gets more than he bargained for when he arrives to find a dump truck driven right into Wanda's house, gets carjacked, and runs afoul of Memphis’  reigning drug lord - all on his very first day. Mayhem ensues.

We all love Nick Petrie. Get in here and grab Tear it Down!


Looker: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501199110
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

This diminutive novel is a slow slide into insanity with the reader as the witness.

She can't have kids. Nathan has left her. She's obsessed with the actress who lives down the street. She has an encounter with one of her students. She cracks.

Author Laura Sims has captured a women's unraveling through the (almost) sane and convincing voice of the woman herself.

Chilling.


The Rain Watcher: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250200013
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 30th, 2018

Paris is besieged - the rains have been relentless, and the river is rising and threatening to flood the City of Lights in a nearly unprecedented way.

Amid the storm, the Malegarde Family convene in a Paris hotel to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary.

Like all DeRosnay novels, The Rain Watcher is a deep dive into family secrets and relationships, uncovering the cracks that show when generations of a family gather from different countries and continents. Set against a backdrop of natural disaster, the man-made disasters seem especially poignant.  But while nature is a force that can’t be controlled, relationships can be.

 This is a story of love and understanding and forgiveness, and it feels uniquely like the work of Tatiana DeRosnay.


We're All in This Together Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780771050657
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - January 15th, 2019

Canadian author Amy Jones has given us a family saga by turns hilarious, poignant, and cringeworthy.

Meet the Parkers of Thunder Bay, Ontario:

Finn has escaped to Toronto.

Her twin Nicki got pregnant and is married to a bootlegger, now has four kids and lives with their parents.

Shawn showed up one day and was taken in, he’s the son their parents never had.

Walter is the father and grandfather who understands a lot more about Lake Superior than his own family.

Kate, the matriarch, has just become an internet sensation by riding a barrel over a waterfall.

A meltdown is coming…

The characters in this book are so recognizable- if not for their deeds, then for their all too human reactions to them.  We’re All In This Together will keep you laughing, crying, and cringing to the very end.


A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984823014
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Published: Hogarth - November 13th, 2018

John Boyne is such a versatile author! His last book, The Hearts Invisible Furies was a tour-de-force, and A Ladder to the Sky is even more remarkable.

Maurice Swift is an aspiring author with so many gifts. He’s smart, handsome, and savvy.  But Maurice doesn’t quite have the gift he covets the most- the unbridled talent of a writing genius.  So, Maurice uses the gifts he does possess to get what he wants. He befriends, manipulates, and uses the people he’s decided can get him where he wants to be.

As the book progresses, the reader begins to dread just where this total lack of conscience might be leading, and they just might be right.

Subtly, John Boyne takes his readers down a rabbit hole- baby step by baby step until putting the book down for a reality check becomes inevitable.

 On the ARC I read, Boyne’s name was crossed out and replaced by his character Maurice Swift’s. I’m still mulling that over…


Red War (A Mitch Rapp Novel #15) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501190599
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - September 25th, 2018

Kyle Mills took over writing Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp thrillers when Flynn died, and is doing an admirable job.

In Red War, Russian President Maxim Krupin discovers he has terminal brain cancer and knows that his many enemies will rush to overthrow him unless he creates a diversion so huge that all of Russia is swept up in patriotic nationalism – and so he does.

Of course that leaves Irene Kennedy and Mitch Rapp at the CIA to figure out out and thwart the plan before Russia starts a conflict that could escalate into WWIII.

Red War is classic Mitch Rapp, classic Vince Flynn and now, classic Kyle Mills. Fans shot this one straight up the bestseller charts upon release in September.


Dead Man Running (An Alex McKnight Thriller #11) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399574443
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 21st, 2018

Our man Steve Hamilton is back with another mystery featuring his beloved Alex McKnight character. But while Alex begins and ends this book hanging out at the Glasgow Inn in Paradise, that’s where much of the similarity of Hamilton’s previous U.P. thrillers ends.

A vicious serial killer allows himself to be captured out in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He even agrees to lead the authorities to the site where he claims to be holding his latest victim. He has one caveat: former Detroit cop Alex McKnight goes along.

Summoned by the FBI, Alex has no idea who this killer is or why he seems to know so much about Alex’s personal life.  It’s not long before Alex vows to pursue the deranged killer across the country and back to Michigan at any cost. It’s clear that Hamilton’s writing experience with his second series, featuring ex-con Nick Mason, has influenced his style and the pacing of action with this Alex McKnight thriller, but it’s all good.

If you’ve never read Steve Hamilton before, you could start with Dead Man Running and be just fine.

But beware; as with all Steve Hamilton books, read this one and you’ll be hooked.


Not That I Could Tell: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250107893
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 8th, 2019

Not exactly a mystery, Not That I Could Tell mixes an element of the unknown in this smart novel peopled with realistic characters that could be any one of us.

One night the neighborhood women are gathered to christen Clara's new back patio, and the next morning one of them, Kristin, and her young twins are missing.

In their small Ohio town, everybody seems to know each other, but no one, including the police, seems to have really knows Kristin and so feelings are mixed as to whether she ran away or met with foul play.

From behind their closed doors, watching the media circus unfold, they all wonder how well anyone knows anyone else.


The Last Mile (Memory Man series #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455586462
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 13th, 2016

This is Baldacci's second book with Amos Decker, the sacked NFL player who recovered to find himself a synesthete - he sees colors that help him decipher situations. This has been so helpful that Amos is hired onto an FBI task force.

Decker convinces his team to investigate the case of Melvin Mars, who was unexpectedly reprieved from execution for murdering his parents 20 years earlier - But just who wants Mars out of prison, and why?

I'm of two minds on this. I like the characters and the storyline here, but I have real trouble suspending disbelief when Amos repeatedly decides that a clue "must" mean this or that crazy plot twist. The plot twists are interesting, but the getting from A to B and pronouncing that this or that is the only plausible explanation given what Baldacci has revealed is kind of a joke. I found myself smirking and talking back to this one.

If you are a Lee Child or Vince Flynn fan, you'll no doubt like the heroes of this thriller, and mostly I think you'll read right past the crazy leaps of logic. All in all The Last Mile is an enjoyable read, with a few reservations.


A Guide for Murdered Children: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399574528
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 20th, 2018

This is an astonishing book. The author (Sarah Sparrow is a pseudonym for an award-winning writer) has been compared to the likes of Stephen King and Shirley Jackson for this paranormal story.

To call A Guide for Murdered Children a paranormal novel is to discount the cross-genre flair with which it is written. The premise is that those who have met violent ends return to inhabit the bodies of just-deceased adults. And that there is an entire program with protocols and a guidebook and porters who run AA-like meetings to orient the new 'tenants and landlords' to their new situation.

Through this story runs the story of a washed-up cold-cases cop returning home to Michigan to start a cold-case unit for his old police partner. Willow Wylde has been through the ringer and this offer of a last chance is also an offer for personal redemption - in his own life and with his ex-wife and daughter. 

Of course Willow has no way to know that the two young deputies who had been assigned to him were actually landlords- with an imperative to solve a very specific cold case - their child-tenants' murderers.

I guess the only way to explain how much I liked this book is to say that I fell right into the story - easily suspending disbelief while I buzzed through the pages.

If you are a paranormal or horror fan, A Guide for Murdered Children should definitely be on your list. But also if you just enjoy a good story well-told. I think this book will find a wide readership in the way that the best stories always do.