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Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall

Skies of AshThis is the second book with Homicide detective Lou Norton and her partner Colin.

When Norton and Colin are called out to a fire, which has killed a mother and her two children, they must determine if it’s a murder suicide or did someone else cause this deadly fire?

Their investigation takes them all over the place with many potential suspects, including the husband and the couples’ best friends.

At the same time, Lou is dealing with the hurt of a cheating husband and her marriage is on the rocks. Can Lou keep it together long enough to close this case? Will they ever figure out the truth of what happened that night?

This book had just enough twists and turns to keep me guessing all the way to the end. I look forward to more books by this author.

– Tina

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You Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie

You Can Trust MeLivy Jackson is a stay at home mom with a hormonal tween and a doting son.

She and the kids head out to her best friend Julia’s house for lunch and are devastated to discover that Julia is dead, an apparent suicide. Livy refuses to believe that her best friend would ever kill herself, but her attempts to convince anyone else of that are fruitless.

Soon after, Livy meets Julia’s secret boyfriend, who also refuses to believe that she killed herself. Together they start to investigate Julia’s last days. Julia’s diary leads them on a chase looking for a killer who is so much closer than they realize. Too late, they discover how much danger they are in and that they may be the next victims.

This was a twisted suspenseful thriller and I really enjoyed it.

– Tina

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Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

Someone is WatchingBailey Carpenter is a private investigator who is very good at her job. But late one night, while watching a house, she is brutally beaten and raped. Devastated, and with her whole life turned upside down, Bailey refuses to leave her apartment and is suffering from PTSD and panic attacks. When her estranged half-sister, Claire, and her daughter start coming around to help take care of her, Bailey begins to get her strength back and decides to start investigating the attack herself.

After several false alarms thinking she’s seen her rapist the cops are not taking her seriously anymore. When Bailey begins spying on her male neighbor and sees alarming things happening, she reports them to the police who are threatening to arrest her for harassment and stalking. Is Bailey losing her mind or is someone close to her messing with her head? Her attacker may be closer than she thinks.

I really enjoyed this suspense thriller by Fielding. It moved along at a fast pace and keeps you guessing right to the very last page.

– Tina

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Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Lacy EyeHanna and Joe are an average married couple with two daughters. They’ve always known that their youngest daughter, Dawn, was different, but were never overly concerned about her other than by the bullying she received from her peers due to a lazy eye and seeming to be mentally “off”.

When Dawn brings home her new boyfriend, Rud, both Hanna and Joe can’t help but wonder about his intentions with their daughter.  When they are burglarized, while Dawn’s boyfriend is the only one home, Joe accuses Rud of stealing from them and Dawn and Rud take off.

Later that night, Joe and Hanna are brutally attacked and Joe is killed while Hanna is left for dead. Miraculously, Hanna survives, but she doesn’t remember anything that happened that night. Rud is convicted of the attack and sent to prison while Dawn is never charged with any crime and has an alibi for the night of the attack.

Three years later, Dawn lives across the country and only speaks to her mother by phone. Rud wins an appeal to have a new trial without some of the damaging testimony that helped put him away. When Hanna hears the news, she is determined to try anything to bring back her memory from that night so she can testify against him.

When Dawn suddenly decides she needs to come home to be with her mom Hanna is thrilled and hopes to rebuild their relationship. Things don’t go the way that Hanna imagined and she may have to face some very hard truths about her family.

This book did not end as I expected, but it was very well written and fast paced and I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be watching for more novels by this author.

– Tina

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Fractured by Kate Watterson

FracturedHomicide detective Ellie MacIntosh and her partner Jason Santiago are investigating a couple of very gruesome homicides.  They aren’t having much luck finding any leads. When the murderer strikes again they start to feel the pressure to find a possible serial killer.

Ellie and Jason are both seeing the same court appointed therapist, Georgia, who also happens to be treating a disturbed young woman who is having issues with her roommate. When this young woman starts insinuating that there may be connections between the murders and her roommate, Georgia must make a choice between informing Ellie and Jason or keeping patient/client confidentiality.

This is the 3rd installment in this series with Ellie as the main character. Jason was introduced in the 2nd book. This was the first book I’ve read by this author and it flowed fairly well, although I was very disappointed by the ending. It seems to just stop abruptly and I felt like there were chunks of the story missing. All in all, this was a good thriller with a good story line.

– Tina

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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

Crazy Love YouIan and Priss have been friends since they were children growing up in The Hollows in upstate New York. Priss was Ian’s best friend when he really needed one. Now, Ian is an adult and has moved to New York City and has become a successful graphic novelist. Due to a traumatic childhood, he is also dealing with some addiction and anger issues.

Priss still comes around but usually when she does she brings trouble. Ian is growing tired of partying all the time with Priss and wants to get his life together. When Ian meets Megan, he falls for her instantly. He convinces her to start dating him and before long they are planning their wedding. Things begin going quickly downhill for Ian after he meets Megan.

Priss doesn’t like change and is worried that she’ll lose Ian.  Fearful of losing Megan, Ian tries to cut Priss out of his life. This leads to many terrible things happening in Ian’s life. Ian is at the point where he thinks he may be losing his mind. Is Priss responsible for all the bad things or is it all in Ian’s head?

I devoured this psychological thriller just as fast as Unger’s last one, In the Blood. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

– Tina

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The First Wife by Erica Spindler

The First WifeBailey Browne has just lost her mother to cancer and has gone on vacation in the Grand Cayman’s.

While there, she meets Logan Abbott and they begin a whirlwind romance.  They end up married within weeks. When Logan takes her to his home, she meets his friends and family who are cynical of their quick marriage.

As Bailey learns more and more about her husband, she finds out that the local sheriff suspects him of murdering multiple women including his first wife who disappeared years ago. When more women go missing the heat is on the police to arrest a suspect. Is Bailey’s new husband a serial killer? Or are there others around her keeping shocking secrets that could clear his name?

I enjoy all of Spindler’s books and this one did not disappoint. This was definitely a suspense thriller that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out who did it right to the very end.

– Tina

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The Missing One by Lucy Atkins

The Missing OneKal McKenzie’s life is falling apart. Her mother has just died of breast cancer and she finds suspicious text messages on her husband’s phone. Kal is devastated and takes her young son, Finn, with her to her mother’s funeral.

While going through some of her mother’s things, she finds some postcards from a woman she has never heard of. This woman has sent a postcard to her mother on the same day for years and the cards all say the same thing.

In a state of crisis, Kal sets out to meet this mysterious woman. She travels from England to Canada with her son. Her husband and her sister think she has lost her mind, but Kal is determined to discover the mystery behind her mother’s past.

When she gets to Canada and meets the gallery owner, Susannah, Kal starts to doubt her own sanity. Susannah is not what she expected and does not seem happy to meet her although she invites Kal and Finn into her home and gives them a place to stay.

As the days pass, Kal begins to wonder if something is wrong with Susannah. She sometimes seems to mistake Kal for her mother and she reacts very strangely to Finn. As Kal starts to discover the secrets from her mother’s past she realizes how much danger she has put Finn in and she may be too late to save him.

This book really held my attention from the first page. It was very suspenseful and it was a race to the end to discover what the tragedy from her mother’s past was all about. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

– Tina

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Eyes Only by Fern Michaels

Eyes OnlyThe Sisterhood series is back to take on another adventure that continues to show the power of friendship.

Gretchen Spyder is the daughter of the namesake of the exclusive Spyder Island, the land of billionaires. Four years ago, Gretchen gave her twin babies up for adoption. But now, after being in a horrific car accident that has left her paralyzed, Gretchen and her parents want the babies back from their legally adopted parents. Will the Sisterhood be able to stop them from using their money and power to take these children away from their legal parents? Or, is there more to this entire case than meets the eye? The Sisterhood’s ties will be tested as they never have been before.

If you enjoy the Sisterhood series, you won’t want to miss this one.

– Tina

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Descent by Tim Johnston

DescentWhen eighteen year old Caitlin Courtland goes for a morning run in The Rocky Mountains, only younger brother Sean makes it back.  Sean has been hit by a truck and while going off with the driver to get help, his sister has disappeared.  For years the family continues to search for their daughter, never giving up hope that she is still out there somewhere.  With their lives spiraling out of control and tormented by thoughts of what may be happening to Caitlin if she is still alive, her father stays in the area and continues harassing the police to keep searching.

How long do you keep going until you give up? How long until the madness of not knowing eats you alive?

A suspense thriller with complex characters, you will be hooked and unable to put this one down. The ending was a big shocker!

– Tina

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