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Book Review: AFTERMATH

BOOK BY: Terri Blackstock

A page-turning, nail-biting, who done it new release from Terri Blackstock will have readers hooked until the final page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I can’t believe this is the first suspense I’ve read by this author!

Terri Blackstock is a talented writer who keeps readers guessing until the very end.

A victim of a stadium bombing copes with the trauma of leaving her friends behind to rescue herself. An innocent veteran is accused of the attack. A criminal defence lawyer who knows the accused. A best friend and wife’s last hope is an experimental treatment. All of these characters have something to prove and their paths will twist, turn and cross in so many different ways it may leave your brain spinning.

Descriptions of the bombing, post-traumatic stress, and the struggle with cancer and experimental treatments are detailed and create empathy toward the victims and their families. There’s a beautiful faith thread that ties two of the characters together, bringing about forgiveness and restoration into each of their lives.

An excellent read that I didn’t want to put down.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS

BOOK BY: Sarah Sundin

It’s hard to believe, the huge historical fiction fan that I am, that this is the first book I’ve read of Sarah Sundin. The author’s name keeps popping up in various reading groups as an author to read.

When Twilight Breaks is part of a series, I’m not sure where it falls – perhaps book two. There are quite a few references to the previous novel, but a reader can still enjoy this novel without having read the other one. At any rate, the heroine from this novel apparently had quite the adventure in Paris before she arrives in Germany.

Our story takes place pre-WW2 in a changing Germany. The focus is on Americans visiting Munich and Berlin right before Kristaalnacht – when Jewish businesses were looted and owners taken from the premesis. Evelyn, an American Correspondent witnesses the utter horror of the event and finds herself being pursued by the Gestapo. Peter, an American PHD student studying linguistics at the University finds himself entangled in espionage. Evelyn and Peter work together to reveal the truth and to escape Germany before it’s too late to get out.

It took me a long while to get into the story. I’m not quite sure why, but I suspect it might have to do with reader fatigue. I’ve read several books in the last month that have focused on WW2 events. However, by mid-way through (during the events of Kristaalnacht) I wanted to keep reading to find out how Peter and Evelyn would escape a seemingly impossible situation.

There was plenty of action and a smooth narrative that pulls readers into Peter and Evelyn’s world.

It was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: Network of Deceit

BOOK BY: Tom Threadgill

The follow up book to Tom Threadgill’s hit of 2020 is an intense reader experience, and just as good as the first.

Readers are re-introduced to characters from book one. Amara Alvarez is now working in her dream job in the Homicide division while trying to figure out what her relationship is with Starsky. Their struggles are true to life, and Threadgill provides the couple (and readers) with humor as they try to figure things out.

What appears to be a routine investigation takes a drastic turn for the rookie homicide detective when she follows an unlikely hunch. Cybercrime hits a little too close to home for our heroine and with very few leads to follow, Amara has to be creative in tactics used to get the clues she needs.

There are quite a few surprises that will make readers think twice before going back online.

This novel is another one I’ll keep on my bookshelf to read again and again.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: THE CURATOR’S DAUGHTER

Book By: Melanie Dobson

A captivating, thought-provoking read by Melanie Dobson – her best novel yet.

Be prepared to experience the heartbreak of the stories of the Jewish people during WW2 and the people who tried to help them. And don’t be surprised at how much our world hasn’t changed since then.

A young, ambitious archaeologist working for the Third Reich is eager to make a name for herself in a world where women are expected to abide by the 3Ks – kunchen, kirche and kinder (kitchen, church and children). When she’s pulled from the field and reassigned to curate treasures others have found, it’s only the beginning of a series of twists and unexpected turns neither Hanna, nor the reader anticipates.

A young, teenaged girl is caught in a modern cult, fighting for the same purity of the Aryan race. She will spend the rest of her life fighting the hate that dictated her early teens and left her with a trauma that haunts her dreams.

Both these women are intricately linked – but the connection is not easily seen by the reader. And once all is revealed, hang on to your page! It will leave your head spinning.

There are so many great things about this novel. I think what struck me the most about it, is that it’s a novel relevant to our time. Like, this month. With all the rioting and messages of hate that have been regularly reported on, The Curator’s Daughter is releasing at the right moment in our history. There was evil in the world back then, there is evil now.

A beautiful thread of hope, forgiveness, and second chances is sewn together through the end. It’s a story about discovering your roots, preserving the stories of those who have gone before us and overcoming the past.

Go buy the book! You won’t be sorry you did.

I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: OBSESSION (NATCHEZ TRACE RANGERS #2)

BOOK BY: Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley does it again – she creates an exciting read full of suspense, action and a bit of romance. This book requires lots of time to read in one sitting because once you start – you won’t want to put it down.

Honestly, this book is full of unique connections and twists and turns that it left my head spinning. Who wants Emma dead? Or is it Sam who is the intended target? Is this character or that one behind the shootings and digging historical sites? No – it’s got to be this other guy, because he’s just not likeable. Is Emma’s brother really alive or is he dead? Who really killed that girl ten years ago? Add in an unsolved murder and a missing brother, this novel has all the makings for an exciting action movie.

Obsession is a fast-paced read dealing with Erotomania (believing that there is that one special person who is deeply in love with them). The connection male characters have with the heroine leaves each one highly suspect as the real culprit behind the attacks that occur throughout the book. And each one is intimately connected with the ten year old disappearance of Emma’s twin brother – including the man she trusts with her protection.

If you’re going to read a CF suspense novel, you won’t be disappointed with Obsession, book two in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series by Patricia Bradley.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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