She’s Not There

by Joy Fielding

You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old at the time. I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.

She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues.  I give this one a A  and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence – just a good old suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.

summary:  “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”
Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.
What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.
Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.

Two Days Gone

by Randall Silvis

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Two Days Gone was a very good suspenseful book. Yes I figured out a big chunk of the plot before it was revealed but that happens a lot when you’ve read as many mysteries as I have. This didn’t ruin the plot line for me I still enjoyed reading and watching it unfold. The characters were very well developed, this is a part of a series: Ryan DeMarco Mystery but I believe this might be book 1 of the series.  The writing style was easy to read and follow and while it did have some bad language it wasn’t enough or so vulgar I couldn’t read it. I mean I’ve heard worse, who hasn’t now in days. Overall I think the story was great and a real page turner. I will be looking for more Ryan DeMarco books and hope he publishes the next one soon. I really liked the main character and can’t wait to read more of his life and police work in solving cases. I love a good crime drama whether it is a police procedure or legal procedure. The crime and solving the case unravels slowly but not so slow you lose interest. There is a lot going on within the 392 pages so be patient your going to love this one so much. I already have family and friends who want to read Two Days Gone. The book comes out January 10th so it would make a great winter read or holiday gift, even though it would arrive at a later date. I think I’ll be gifting this one to a few mystery readers I know, and hope they like it as much as I did.

summary: The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows―or thinks he knows―that Huston couldn’t have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family’s killer?

Thank you so much Sourcebooks Landmark for sending me Two Days Gone, I’m so happy to have discovered a new author and series to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

15th Affair

Women’s Murder Club #15

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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Detective Lindsay Boxer chases an elusive suspect … her husband.As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay’s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. Filled with pulse-pounding international intrigue, 15th Affair proves that all is fair in love, war, and espionage.

 

I really like James Patterson books, they are fast paced, non stop action and real page turners. Somehow or another I’ve never read a Women’s Murder Club book until now. Not sure how, I thought for sure I had ready at least one before but nope. So my first book in this series was 15th Affair. I like that while I didn’t know the relationship and connections of some of the key characters, I wasn’t really that lost. I liked the main character Lindsey and thought she handled her self well and well I would have totally broke down and curled into a ball but that is why I’m not a fictional character that is a kick butt girl cop. It only took a few days to read this since I didn’t like having to put it down. I liked the story and will start the series from the beginning next time a grab a Women’s Murder Club.

Thank you Little Brown and Company for allowing me to read James Patterson 15th Affair. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Don’t You Cry

by Mary Kubica

Wow this was one twisted thriller roller coaster ride of a book and I loved every single minute of it. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded within 2 main voices of Alex and Quinn. Esther the main character for which the story is about has a very interesting back story that you don’t get until the very last few pages. I kinda felt sorry for Alex he was a good kid that got dealt a bad hand for his home life. He just wanted a good friend and thought he had one in Pearl. Maybe it was really just wishful thinking on his part? Either way he is a great character that I enjoyed reading about and hearing his part in the book. Quinn was the number 1 character in my book and she is a great mystery solver and if it wasn’t for her friendship with Esther than this book might have had a whole other turn out. However she knows that her roommate and friend was a good person and something seriously wrong must have happened and she will stop at nothing to find out what. Mary Kubica is an amazing story teller and you are sure to loose a lot of sleep while reading one of her books. Grab a copy of Don’t You Cry for some fast paced, action packed summer reading. I would give this book a solid 5 stars and really if I could give it more I would. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and I’m sad the book has ended. One thing I can say is that I usually guess the endings of mysteries but not this one I didn’t guess it and found out as I read the words on the page. I will be reading the rest of her book and she is now my number 1 go to author!

summary: In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is the only clue, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn to wonder, who is Esther really? And where did she go? Meanwhile, in a small lake town an hour outside of the city, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dish washer. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something deeper and darker. As Quinn searches for answers about Esther and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up.

thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge 2016, Mary Kubica and Mira books for allowing me to read Don’t You Cry. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.