Book Review: “Vicious” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil series #7)

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Title:  Vicious

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil #7

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):  Serial killer Eric Spears is far from done. He has chosen his next victim and Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows it’s only a matter of time until he comes for her.

The murders are vicious, the killer relentless. Has Birmingham’s major crimes team run into its most baffling and deadly case yet?

Don’t miss the next thrilling installment of the Faces of Evil!

 

My thoughts:  Another great, fabulous, wonderful addition to the Faces of Evil series.  I don’t know, but I think this series just keeps getting better and better.  I am realizing at this point however that this is really more of one continuous story split up into 10 books that it is a series.  One book literally leads right into the next one . . . which of course make the plot twists and turns even better.

The author definitely has a feel for cliffhangers, suspense, and compelling characters.

I have embarked on book 8, Vile, and book 9 came in the mail last week.  I have my fingers crossed that one of the previous storylines surrounding Jess’s family gets addressed and doesn’t get dropped . . . noooooooooooo.

This series is definitely worth the read.  Fast-paced, exciting  . . . and what mystery lover doesn’t just love a serial killer plot!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Ruthless” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil #6)

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Title:  Ruthless

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Three photos of three unknown women. Sent to Deputy Chief Jess Harris by the Player, one of the world’s most sadistic killers. The Player is taunting her, and Jess is more than ready to take on his challenge. Only one thing could distract her from the Player’s deadly game: the appearance of a clue to long-unsolved cases. For years Birmingham’s children were vanishing-one per year, always on a full moon-until the disappearances stopped and the Man in the Moon case went cold. No leads on the children were ever found-until now.

Jess has no choice but to pursue the case. Someone is reaching out to her, sending her mementos of the missing children, and the citizens of Birmingham deserve justice. But after years of silence, has the Man in the Moon really resurfaced? Or is he just another pawn in the Player’s game?

 

My thoughts:  Anyone who has read my blog knows I absolutely love this series.  Ruthless, gives us another great thriller in the Faces of Evil series.  Jess Harris and Dan are back in action, and better than ever.

After I finished book #5, it left me with my mouth agape and I literally went online and ordered what was available for the rest of the series.  Phew, it is good.

This author most definitely is the queen of “leave you hanging” endings, which make the next book even better.  I love cliffhangers.

I hate reading spoilers however, so I won’t ruin it for anyone, but let me just say that in Ruthless Jess discovers something less than expected about herself and her family of origin!!!!!!!

This is a wonderful series for those who love great police thrillers with a serial killer twist.

I must go and continue on with book #7, Vicious.  #10 should be arriving at my door any day . . .yes of course I pre-ordered it :)

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “The Three” by Sarah Lotz

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Title:  The Three

Author:  Sarah Lotz

Synopsis (from bn.com): Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists “The Three” are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?

The world is stunned when four planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters, a single child is the sole survivor. Dubbed “the three” by the press, these “miracle children” achieve international celebrity. Things take a dark turn when a fanatical preacher starts insisting that the young survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse.

As the children’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, even their loved ones start to suspect there could be some truth behind the conspiracy theory. And when a survivor from the fourth accident is found, deadly alliances are formed and it becomes ever more difficult- and dangerous -to decipher the truth.

Combining the complexity of Lost and the thrills of Stephen King, THE THREE is an enormously ambitious thriller from a blazingly talented storyteller.

 

My thoughts:  Well, I literally just finished this book and had to sit right down to somehow sort out my thoughts about this particular read.  My friend from book club emailed me a couple of weeks ago with the synopsis of this book and it looked like a fantastic read that was just my thing – 4 plane crashes that occur at the same time, 3 survivors all children, conspiracy theories, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, creepy and exciting, so I excitedly ran to the library to put it on hold.

Now as I sit reflecting on what I just read, this is a first for me, but I literally don’t know how I feel about this book.  I am not sure if it was so bad that it held my attention enough to read it and be good or if was so good that it held my attention and was bad.  I am so, so confused.

Here are some of my immediate thoughts:

1.  Perhaps I should have done my research a bit more first, but I thought this book was simply a mystery/thriller.  In fact, it was more of a weird horror/sci fi/sort of dystopian vibe going on.  Not really my style!

2.  The book itself is written as a book within a book.  It took me a while, but here is what I mean.  The book is written from the perspective of a non-fiction book chronicling the events of that day, Black Thursday, and is written as a series of texts, letters, and interviews from multiple people involved that day.  Although an interesting concept, this format certainly didn’t add to this book in any way.  In fact, it got a bit confusing and we were introduced to many, many random characters that truly didn’t play any major role in the plot.

3.  Clearly, one of the major premises of this book is that some conspiracy theorists and right-wing, Christian groups decide that the three surviving children of the plane crashes are actually the Four Horse Men of the Apocalyse and hence the plot moves quickly into End Times/Rapture.  The author clearly isn’t a fan of Christianity or right-wing thought, so if you are a Christian that is easily offended by this type of thought, I highly suggest you stay away from this book.

4.  And last but certainly not least – THE ENDING!  Or should I say, what ending?  I am not a fan of ambiguity in my endings and most certainly not a fan of books that just end and leave me with the feeling I had with this book, namely “Is that it?  So what happened?   Where did the ending go?  WHAT?”  Pardon the whole plane crash analogy here, but this ending just crashed and burned, what little there was of it.  It is as if the author just completely lost where the story was going or had no idea where it was going to go, so just ended it.    Ugh, so frustrating for me!

All in all, I would have to give this book that looked oh so promising a huge thumbs down.  It moved along fast enough, but ultimately just lost its steam and left this reader extremely unfulfilled.  I must say, I kind of wish I had the hours I spent reading it back and I still need some closure!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Picture of the Day!!!!

readingpicOh this is the question I ask . . . every single day!!!

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Books Are Life,
Heather

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Book Review: “Political Suicide” by Michael Palmer (Dr. Lou Welcome #2)

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Title:  Political Suicide

Author:  Michael Palmer

Series:  Dr. Lou Welcome #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):

A physician accused of murder. A massive cover-up. An entire nation at risk…In Political Suicide, New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer once again delivers a stunning page-turner set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic. A patient of his, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Elias Colston, has been found shot to death in his home—soon after McHugh paid him a visit.

“OUTSTANDING”—Suspense Magazine

Did McHugh kill Colston? He has no recollection of committing a crime because, later that same night, McHugh wrecked his car in an alcoholic stupor. As more facts come to light, Lou has serious doubts about his friend’s innocence. But something about McHugh’s story still doesn’t add up…and soon a shocking truth is revealed.

“Plenty of chills and spills.”—Kirkus Reviews

With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for mistrusting doctors, Lou enters a dangerous game of cat and mouse and finds himself at the dead center of a conspiracy—one that extends to the highest levels of government, and could destroy the very fabric of national security.

 

My thoughts:  Another great book in the Dr. Lou Welcome series.  I must say that I enjoyed this book even more than Oath of Office.  Truly a great ride of suspense, medical drama, political intrigue.

A fast-paced thriller with some great plot twists.  And again, Michael Palmer has given us a story that makes you say “Could this really happen?  Is this already happening?”

I strongly recommend this book and this series if you enjoy mysteries with suspense, excitement, and great characters.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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New Reading Challenge Time!!! COYER Summer Vacation Challenge! YESSSSS!

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As I was updating my blog tonight with some recent reviews . . . I noticed that I was getting a bit bored with the 2014 reading challenges that I am participating in.  It is summer and I need something new, when lo and behold one Pinterest search and I find the COYER Summer Vacation Challenge!

This is my sign up post!  Let’s get some great summer reading done!  I’m glad they bent the rules a bit for this summer challenge as I have a load of TBR paperbacks I need to get through . . .YESSSSSS!  Let’s do this.

Here are the rules if you are interested in joining . . .

Summer’s around the corner and you know what that means? SUMMER VACATION! It’s time to take a break from the work and rules and just let loose! And COYER’s going on Summer Vacation too! What does that mean exactly? That we’re throwing away all most of the rules! You ready?!

COYER Summer Vacation COYER Summer Vacation will start on the first day of summer and end the weekend after labor day. So that’s June 21st – September 5th! On September 6th we will announce the winners of TWO $10 Giftcards for Amazon or Barnes & Noble. There will be several opportunities for other prizes throughout the event.

The Rules

1. You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and August 15th -on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc. Yes, that means you can sign up until August 15th! But don’t wait, you’ll miss most of the fun!

2. You must link the sign-up post below (don’t link to your blog, link to the sign-up post).

3. You must post your review books somewhere & link the reviews to the review linky to be eligible for one of the grand prize giveaways.

4. Have Fun!

More information at http://www.becausereading.com/coyers-summer-vacation-sign

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Oath of Office” by Michael Palmer (Dr. Lou Welcome #1)

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Title:  Oath of Office

Author:  Michael Palmer

Series:  Dr. Lou Welcome #1

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath.  Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome.  Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John’s medical license had been revoked for drug addiction.  Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored.  After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he’s incredulous.  And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.

 

My thoughts:  If I thought his latest book, Resistant, was good . . . this one was even better!  Wow!  What a ride!

I truly enjoyed this book.  There were points where I couldn’t put it down, you know readers those, “oh I know I have to go to bed, but I can’t put it down, just one more chapter . . . I have to see what happens, ok one more chapter” type of books.  I literally wanted to find ways to read this one while stopped at stop lights . . . ok, ok I didn’t.

Another great book by Michael Palmer, the first in his Dr. Lou Welcome series.  A brilliant mix of medical drama, political cover-up, intrigue, fast-paced drama, conspiracy, scientific intrigue . . . what is not to love!

I will have to say that Michael Palmer is the king of what I have coined the “visceral reaction” in his books.  Both in this book and in Resistant that I literally felt myself getting a bit nauseous and light-headed by his vivid description of the event.  Don’t let this at all discourage you from reading his great novels, it certainly wasn’t always gruesome, blood and guts type of descriptions, he just does a wonderful job of offering a description that makes you feel like you are there.  Phew!  Deep breaths were necessary as I was reading and my eyes kept getting bigger and bigger while thinking to myself, “She’s doing what . . . WHAT!!!!!”

A great, fast-paced read!  Pick it up and see if you can put it down . . . I dare you ;)

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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