Category Archives: thriller

Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

VictimsThe Alex Delaware series is always a good read, but readers must have the stomach for a deeply dark psychological thriller. With more gratuitous savagery than strictly necessary, Victims is still a page-turner. Refreshingly devoid of in-depth character development and drama with the main characters (as is more often the case), Victims is strictly a murder mystery with a twisted psychological edge behind it all. Nice for a summer read.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Recommended
Challenge: Book with a one-word title.

The Capitalist By Peter Steiner

The Capitalist

The Capitalist was a good book with a lot of twists and turns, but not that suspenseful. The characters were well developed, but that is not surprising since this is not the first book in the series. It is the first book that I have read and I was able to catch up quickly. The ending did leave too many unanswered questions, maybe to be continued in another book.

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Recommended

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Don't You Cry

This novel is a mild psychological thriller written in two voices. Kubica does a great job of leading the reader down a path that twists and turns in unexpected ways. This is a story of a roommate who goes missing and a parallel story of a young man in a nearby town coming to terms with the abandonment by his mother and the needs that it has created inside of him for comfort, companionship and friendship. I didn’t see the ending coming until near the very last pages. Kubica doesn’t read quite as well or as quickly as Gillian Flynn but the book is well done.

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Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein
Rating: Recommended

Split Second by Alex Kava

Split SecondI am so glad to be a mild-mannered nutrition educator and not driven by ambition like this book’s FBI Special Agent, who must prove so much to so many as she tracks a serial killer. Though fraught with violence and over-the-top criminal machinations, the book wasn’t quite as unpalatable as it could have been. Still, it’s not a pleasant read and not even a page-turner (well, except to get done with it) as time ticks and the criminal in question gets away with more or more…

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:   Recommended with reservations

The Girl in the Red Coat By Kate Hamer

The Girl in the Red Coat

I was pleasantly surprised by Kate Hamer’s debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat. I picked up the novel because I was looking for a beach read – and it certainly delivered.

The book’s premise is not new. During a fair near their home in England, a dreamy young girl named Carmel wanders away from her mother and is kidnapped by a deranged religious zealot. Told in alternating chapters, Carmel and her mother Beth describe the trials that they face in the years following the kidnapping. Beth questions her parenting, tries to reconcile with her ex-husband, and interrogates her belief from Carmel’s birth that they were destined to lose each other. Meanwhile, Carmel wanders rural America with “Grandad,” who works as an itinerant preacher. He tells Carmel that her mother is dead and that she is a divine creature who can heal the afflicted.

Although the story itself is not spectacular, the voices of both Carmel and Beth shine. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast-paced summer read.

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Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
Rating:  Recommended
Challenge: Book published in 2016

Fatal Secrets by Allison Brennan

Fatal Secrets

 

Violent, vile, and vulgar. This is an author I will not read again; she seems to think her readers get titillated by the very depravity that she is featuring as the crimes in her books. Hard-bitten characters from the FBI and ICE are not likable enough to overcome the ridiculous viciousness and sickness described on every other page. Run far away from this series!

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Not Recommended

Extreme Prey by John Sanford

Extreme Prey

I haven’t read a John Sanford book in a while, I know that I have missed a few in the Prey series. This book reminded me why I like the Lucas Davenport series. I will have to go back and catch up. John Sanford’s books always have plenty of mystery and excitement. His Virgil Flowers series is also great.

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Highly Recommended