Category Archives: beach reads

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

I liked Girl On A Train. This new novel from Paula Hawkins is in the same style, writing from multiple points of view, but in my opinion she took it too far this time. There are way too many characters and plot lines. Also the book jumps between centuries, and sometimes it doesn’t seem to start and stop in the same place. The book is OK. I would recommend it, but be prepared to pay very close attention.

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: Published in 2017

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go

This is the story of how love can become twisted and obsessive. I could hardly put it down. The first part of the book goes back from present day to previous day in the life of Lindsay, who escapes an abusive relationship, only to have her ex-husband find her. At the same time, suspicious things start happening that make her suspect her ex, Andrew is stalking her. The plot twists kept me guessing until the end. The story was well told and you also had the viewpoint of her daughter Sophie and her perspective. Really good read.

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Review Submitted by: Lynette Starke
Rating: Highly Recommended

Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart

Death at the Door

 

I’ve missed several in the Death on Demand Bookstore Mystery series, but luckily the main characters are steadfast and reliable. Max and Annie Darling set out to solve one murder after another in their island community, without the help of the usually dependable chief of police. One suspect after another falls by the wayside and the ending caught me pleasantly flat-footed.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Must Read

Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry

Murder on the Serpentine

A new (2017) book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, this book finds our main characters on the cusp of many changes–worldwide and domestically. Written with the reliably steady hand of Anne Perry, the book captures and keeps your attention as the Pitts try to solve murder and mayhem at the Queen’s behest. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Must Read
Challenge: A book published in 2017

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You
This book made me so happy to have Lisa Gardner bring back Quincy and Rainie! Even though the main characters is their foster daughter Sharlah, it still made me choose this book. It’s a fun read, and is the story of 13-year-old Sharlah and her brother, both in foster homes. Several years ago, her brother, Telly murdered their parents while protecting Sharlah from their drunken father, who had a knife. The story narration at times goes from Telly, to Sharlah’s point of view. It was a good read, but I started to see the plot about mid-way through. Make sure you read the Acknowledgements and learn about people who donated to be a character in the book, it’s always interesting.

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Review Submitted by: Lynette Starke
Rating: Recommended

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan packs a lot of adventure and shrewd humor into this compelling sequel to The Lightning Thief. The sass and charisma with which the demigod protagonists confront time sensitive challenges and battle among themselves make the storyline very engaging. A lot of the identity issues facing Percy Jackson will resonate with teens and young adults alike as they too struggle to find their place and purpose in society. The fast-moving plot has many twists and turns which made it hard to put the book down (which may explain why I read both this book and its equally exhilarating prequel in less than four days). The thrills I got from following Percy’s heroic adventures will keep me in a sunny mood all summer, and so I highly recommend this series to you.

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Review Submitted by: Xuejie Kimball
Rating: Highly Recommended

 

Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Murder Games

This isn’t your typical James Patterson or so I felt. Each chapter reveals a little bit more about the main character, Dr. Dylan Reinhart. The plot twists and turns keep you so engrossed you can’t put it down. The book has everything you need, a politician pushing for re-election, a murder who keeps changing his method, an Ivy league professor and more. And at some point or another I was sure I knew who the killer was. Dylan Reinhart is right up there with Alex Cross and I hope to see more of him!

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Reviewed by: Lynette Starke
Rating:  Highly Recommended