Author of Sweet Hope and Happy Endings

Category: Mystery/Suspense/Intrigue/Thriller (Page 1 of 9)

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: HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES

Book By: PEPPER BASHAM

A beautiful narrative of how stories can help mend the broken parts of our past and provide a foundation for our future.

Contemporary heroine Clara Blackwell inherits the one hundred year old family Bookshop in Asheville, NC. There’s a question of ownership that sends Clara, her mother and cousin Robbie on a search for a missing deed, before her smarmy Uncle’s client can file a lawsuit against her.

Historical heroine Sadie Blackwell is the resident librarian for the Vanderbilt’s estate. She has a gift for bringing books alive and for choosing the exact one that a patron of the estate’s personal collection requires. A whirlwind romance, an adventure across the ocean and a tragedy from WW1 creates a trail of letters, hidden missives in books and locked away documents that will either prove or disprove the true identity of Blackwell’s Book Shop one hundred years later.

There are interesting characters and sweet romances that play through both the contemporary and historical time lines. Readers will cheer Clara on as she digs through the dusty boxes left untouched for decades. Readers will boo the villains of Clara’s and Sadie’s stories. Readers will admire characters who rise above the adversity, and the ways in which they do it.

Though the ending is somewhat predictable, the slow romance in the contemporary line and the thrill of discovery is a delight. And our hero from Sadie’s story, is the kind of hero readers will swoon over.

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 Vanishing at Loxby Manor

Book By: Abigail Wilson

A secret society outlawed decades ago. A woman gone missing. A family who isn’t all they appear to be. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is a chilling read – make sure your lights are on for this one.

Charity Halliwell has returned to England after being whisked away by her parents five years prior. Instead of heading to America with her family to visit her older brother, Charity begs to return to the home she left. Her wish is granted. If only she’d gone with her family…

I won’t spoil the story and give more detail than that.

The easy narrative pulls the reader in to a time and place where legends were created and brought to life. Loxby Manor and the people who reside in it are hiding secrets. Is no one to be trusted? Charity is pulled into intrigue and has a personal stake with the woman who disappears the very night Charity arrives. The novel is spent searching for the woman, questioning those who last saw her and chasing leads that brings her nowhere.

There are twists and turns that the reader may not easily predict, which makes this a delightful experience. There are enough clues sprinkled throughout the pages to help readers draw their own conclusions and then quickly squashed as Charity uncovers the truth.

If you enjoy regency romance with a whole lot of intrigue (and don’t mind murder), you’ll enjoy this read.

I received an ecopy 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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