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Book Review: “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart

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Title:  We Were Liars

Author:  E. Lockhart

Pages:  225

Synopsis (from bn.com): 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

My thoughts:

What can I say about this book but . . . WOW!

I was enjoying the suspense, mystery, and thrill of the book . . . and then BAM I was hit with the ending.  It smacks you across the face and as the reader you mouth drops open and you find yourself saying “what did I just read?”  Loved it!

Before the ending – which of course I will not say one thing about – the book was solid in plot and characters.  I enjoyed the pace of the book and found the plot just the right amount of twisty, suspense, mystery, and drama.

This book really addresses the themes of lifelong friendships, change, family conflict, secrets, and ultimately the price of those conflicts and secrets.

I am not a huge fan of books to movie adaptations at all as of course usually as a reader the book is almost always much better – but in the right hands, this book could make a very, very interesting movie!

Overall a book I really, really enjoyed!  Fast read, solid plot, strong characters, and of course an ending that at least blew me away!  Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Silent Creed” by Alex Kava (Ryder Creed

silentcreedTitle:  Silent Creed

Author:  Alex Kava

Series:  Ryder Creed series #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell in their riskiest case yet.

When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge—secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what’s left of it.

Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide—killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O’Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings. As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth—but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time.

 

My thoughts:  For a series that I was quite leery about given the overall dog trainer theme, I am loving this series.   This second book in the series allows the reader a deeper dive into the life of somewhat mysterious dog trainer, Ryder Creed, and his background.

I am also enjoying getting to know the characters a bit better and seeing the relationship between Ryder and my old favorite character from Alex Kava’s first series, Maggie O’Dell, continue to develop.

I liked the overall storyline and plot of this story, but I wish the author would have spent a bit more time discussing and delving into the story of the lab/the experiments and the secrets behind that.  It was a good part of the story and felt a bit rushed for me.  A better balance between the story of the actual dog searches and this would have added some intrigue and excitement to the read.

Overall, another great series from a favorite author.  I will no doubt be getting book #3 in this series as soon as I get my lazy butt to the library.

And remember,

Books are life

Heather

 

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Book Review: “White Plague” by James Abel (Joe Rush #1)

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Title:  White Plague

Author:  James Abel

Series:  Joe Rush #1

Synopsis (from bn.com):

In the remote waters of the Arctic Ocean, the technologically advanced submarine USS Montana is adrift and in flames. The mission that falls to Marine doctor and bioterror expert Joe Rush and his team: Rescue the crew of the Montana and keep the vessel out of enemy hands.

But the surviving crew are not alone on the submarine. A deadly plague from the past is trapped with them. And the crew of the Montana has unknowingly set it free.

 

My thoughts:  I enjoyed this novel but not as fully as I expected to (if that makes any sense)!  In general, it is a fast-paced, thriller set in the waters of the Antarctic.  Overall, the plot and the characters are strong, but there were some abrupt plot line changes and pauses that just didn’t make sense to me.

I must say that I enjoyed the parts of the book that portrayed the location of the Antarctic and the landscape, more than I ended up liking the plot!

I did like the main character, Joe Rush, enough to be excited to see that there is a second novel featuring him entitled “Protocol Zero”, also set in the Antarctic (yes I already have it  . . . ahhhhh I have no control, stay tuned for a review)!!!

Overall, if you are a lover of thrillers set in exotic locations – I think you should give this a go!

And remember,

Books are life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “The Memory Box” by Eva Lesko Natiello

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Title:  The Memory Box

Author:  Eva Lesko Natiello

Synopsis (from bn.com):  What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?

In this gripping domestic thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name-which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia-upending her blissful family life-desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions:

Be careful what you search for.

 

My thoughts:  In short . . . I absolutely LOVED this book!  I know out there in the reading world, I have heard either that people loved or hated this book.  I thought it was great.

Imagine a dark, psychological thriller that plays with your mind from the very first page to the last, to the point where you say to yourself “are you kidding me, did that just happen, wow, are you serious?”

Suburban housewife, Caroline, decides to simply Goggle her name to see what she finds . . . and the rest is a non-stop story of deceit, mind games, twists, turns,  secrets, . . .

You don’t want to miss this one . . . a fast, psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Vile” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil #8)

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Title:  Vile

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil series #8

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):  Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows her time is running out. Somehow she must protect the people she loves and any more innocent victims from the serial killer obsessed with her.

Is sacrificing herself the only way to stop this evil?

Don’t miss the latest installment of this thrilling series!

 

My thoughts:  Anyone who has even glanced briefly at my blog recently knows that I am working my way through this great series . . . and am seriously hooked!

Again, book #8, Vile, picks up the storyline right where we left off.  Jess is back solving another case and continues to be stalked by The Player!

This series is a great psychological thriller with the serial killer aspect.  I like that as each book goes by we find out more and more . . . and more bits and pieces about other characters in the story, very interesting.

Now all that being said, as much as I love the series, I am getting to the point where I feel the underlying storyline of Jess being pursued by the serial killer is being played a little too long.  This series is really different than other serial books in that it is really one story carried out over the course of 10 books (or more?) rather than simply the same characters moving forward with other cases, etc.   I have to say it is time to move on from The Player story.  Jess, Dan, and the other characters in these novels are great . . . it is just time they get something else to be concerned about.

On to book #9 . . . come on, just because I feel it should move on, doesn’t mean I don’t want to see how it plays out 🙂

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

 

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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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