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. 

Behind Closed Doors

by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

 

First Thoughts:

My first initial thoughts were this is really good I’m going to like this psychological thriller. Than I got further into the book and decided Yikes, this book is disturbing on so many levels. What is even more disturbing is that there are people this twisted and sick out there.

Characters:

Jack and Grace are the envy couple of their friends. Jack is a high-powered attorney working to save women from their abusive husbands and boyfriends. Grace is the timid wife that is the perfect hostess and very loving sister. Millie is Grace’s sister who is sweet and very intuitive to what people are really like.  Esther is the meddling new friend that Grace really needs since she also things something is not right. There are more characters but these are the ones that really stuck out for me.

Plot and Writing:

The plot to Behind Closed Doors was good don’t get me wrong it was just so dark and twisted that it really got to me through out reading this. I had to read 2 books at the same time. Since at times I really just wanted to read something happy-go-lucky. B.A. Paris is a good writer and definitely writes one dark twisted thriller. I will read another book by B.A. Paris.  Her next one The Breakdown comes out June 20, 2017. While I can say Behind Closed Doors might not be a favorite since it made me uncomfortable reading it. I did  finish it and she does such big plot twist and reveals. It was great to read how the story unfolds and I loved seeing everything from Grace’s eyes.

Final Thoughts:

My final thoughts on Behind Closed Doors is that it’s not for every reader. It will crawl under your skin and get to you at times. It is crazy to think there are people out there this mean, crazy, and twisted but there are. I can say while at times Grace really made me mad for staying I still liked her, Millie and Esther the best. If you read this you might want to have a happy book to grab at times. Overall I could see this being made into a movie.

thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge, B.A. Paris and St Martins Press for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

 

Private Paris

by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

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I’ve been a James Patterson fan since 1995, when I read Kiss The Girl. I stayed up all night reading it. Seriously, I did. I drank lots of Irish Breakfast Tea and refused to go to sleep till I knew how it ended. I finished it by morning handed to my mom and she did the same that day. Now she is a big James Patterson fan also. I haven’t read all his books, he has A LOT, but I’ve read most. I really like the Private series and so I was excited to read Private Paris.

Private Paris was a really good very fast paced book that I couldn’t put down. I like that while Private is a series you can pick up any book and start reading and not be lost. The characters are well developed and I think the writing team of James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is a good one and I hope they continue writing more books in the series. I can honestly say I don’t think there is a book I haven’t liked that had James Patterson on the cover. Private Paris has many topics and world events that are sadly happening right now. They handle these sensitive issues well and Jack Morgan the main character is a good guy that gets the job done. Over all I think Private Paris was a great book to read and loved sneaking moments of reading time. Overall I give Private Paris 4 stars. 🙂

 

summary: Paris is burning–and only Private’s Jack Morgan can put out the fire.

When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead–murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read and review Private Paris. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Daughter of Deep Silence

by Carrie Ryan

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First off I have to say look at this pretty book cover! Don’t you just love it, and it doesn’t give away anything but definitely draws you to pick up the book.  Daughter of Deep Silence is quite the mystery and thriller. Not in the way you might be thinking, it is a edge of your seat thriller that slowly unravels and has you going oh my stars. Frances is out for revenge and she will not rest till someone pays for killing everyone she has loved. I can’t even imagine witnessing what she saw and being 14. Carrie Ryan did an excellent job at character development and having the reader really fall into the world she created for Daughter of Deep Silence. I loved how each character  had their own back story not just Frances/Libby. You really got to know the main characters and she even developed great little back stories for the minor characters. My favorite besides Frances/Libby was Shepherd. I really like him! The ending is not what I expected and I loved it. This book is absolutely perfect for summer reading. However don’t plan on doing much else than just reading this book. Trust me I speak from experience, I love books that grab you and don’t want to let go of the book till you finish it. This book would be perfect for a movie (hint, hint) it kinda reminds me of Revenge for YA readers. It is really pretty clean minus a few kisses and talking about wanting to kiss someone, no bad language or adult situations. 

summary: At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

Don’t Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel

by R.L. Stine

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My kids have always been big R.L. Stine fans. I think we have owned every Goosebumps and watched every episode and movie over the years. My oldest still enjoys a good scary book and so I knew I had to grab her a copy. Little did I know we would all read it and love it. It was like our own little book club and it was fun! R.L. Stine has a great series for kids who are out of elementary school and into the bigger books and bigger scares. Fear Street is for middle and high school readers. I love a good scary books as much as my girls and R.L. Stine is a master storyteller right up there with Stephen King in my book. Now we just wish the Fear Street Relaunch would launch into a series like his fabulous book series Goosebumps! 🙂 Wishful thinking we know but hey maybe one day…

Don’t Stay Up Late had me grabbing minutes here and there so I could finish it. I had to know if I was right about what was going on. Don’t Stay Up Late will keep you staying up late just to finish it. R.L. Stine is the master at writing creepy scary books that are real page turners but not so scary they cause nightmares! Grab a copy and block out a chunk of time because you will not want to put this down! Now we are off to read The Lost Girl, and Can You Keep A Secret before My Dead Boyfriend comes out September 27.

summary: Ever since a car accident killed her father and gave her a severe concussion, high school junior Lisa’s been plagued by nightmares and hallucinations, and when she accepts a babysitting job in hopes it will banish the disturbing images, she faces new terror as she begins to question exactly who–or what–she’s babysitting.

Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch

This book has it all sci – fi elements – spooky could this really happen – and page turning twist and turns.

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I’ll start off by saying I learned who Blake Crouch was by watching the first season of Wayward Pines. After the show ended, I grabbed the books and found a great sci – fi author. Blake Crouch writing style is great and his characters are always very well developed. Jason’s life is turned upside down and inside out. The grass definitely wasn’t greener in this parallel universe and he wants his old life – real life back. This book keeps you guessing to the very end. I don’t know how many times I was thinking “oh OK I know whats happening” only to turn the page and BAM new curveball and plot twist. If you’re not a fan of sci-fi or really never read any grab Dark Matter. This is in the sci-fi genre with a bit of creepy horror tossed in. By creepy horror I don’t mean gore and gross I mean get under your skin and just make you glance over your shoulder spooky. For me  Dark Matter is right up there with some of my all time favorite spooky reads.  I really think it is better than Wayward Pines series and will be recommending this to anyone who ask me for a good book to read. This book is so tricky and keeps you guessing and thinking long after I have finished! Hope this gets turned into a movie or show. After reading this book I will always read a book written by Blake Crouch!

summary: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

thank you so much Blogging for Books, Crown Publishing and Blake Crouch for allowing me to read and review Dark Matter. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.