Category Archives: thriller

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

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

Golden Prey by John Sandford

Golden Prey

If you are a fan of John Sanford’s first couple of Prey books, you will love Golden Prey. Lucas Davenport is back, now a US Marshall and on the hunt to find some men who robbed a drug cartel lord killing several people, including a 6-year-old girl. The cartel boss has sent hired assassins to find the killers and they will stop at nothing to find them. As the assassins torture and kill their way thru Florida and Texas, Lucas is hot on the trail. Throw in the element of modern technology and you have a classic Prey novel. It’s the best Sanford I’ve read in a while. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Reviewed by: Lynette Starke
Rating: Highly Recommend
Challenge: Book with a color in the title

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

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews

Whitefern

It’s been decades since I’ve read anything by V.C. Andrews, but this book was a good read with plenty of twists and hidden agendas. It is a sequel to My Sweet Audrina and I certainly was catching up on how our main characters came to be in Whitefern’s situations. That did not, however, keep me from following the story. I’m not sure if having the featured character be clueless/obtuse is a required characteristic, but she certainly was in this book. Anyhow, it was worth a bit of eye strain to read it.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a color in the title

Ominous by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan

Ominous

The book opens with a scene from 15 years ago, with three friends sneaking out to go skinny dipping at a lake. Shiloh, Ruth and Kat have their life forever altered by the events of that night and they go their separate ways, never speaking of it again. Fast forward to today, when circumstances bring them and their secrets together. They team up to solve find a killer before he strikes again. The authors will have you suspecting every man in town of committing the crimes but as the evidence is revealed so are the characters flaws and life lessons. A good read with a decent plot.

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Reviewed by: Lynette Starke
Rating: Recommend
Challenge: A book with a one word title