Archive for the 'Suspense' Category

Mary Burton’s New Series Book 1 – THE SHARK

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

the shark

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.

Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.

As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?

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Mary Burton’s Vulnerable

Friday, March 25th, 2016


The Smallest Mistake

Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.

Will Put You

What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.

At A Killer’s Mercy

Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…

My Comments: This book kept me totally engaged, and I read it in it’s entirety in one day. The characters were interesting and I remember them from previous books by Mary Burton which made it even more interesting. There were several twists and turns in the plot. It was a combination of a cold case and a current ongoing case(s). A little romance is thrown in (although too much graphic sex for me – the story would have been great without it). I speed read through those parts. Violence was also part of this book, although again I speed read through those parts. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy mystery and police-stories.

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Thursday, March 10th, 2016


About the book:
Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.
Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.
On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?
Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

My Comments: I read this book after quite a dry spell with reading and I found it very engaging. The book was somewhat predictable, but not completely, and the not completely part made it quite a page turner. Erica lives the American dream. She is successful, beautiful, curious and just plain smart. Her quest for success brings her into contact with some people who are not all that ethical. Those unethical people (quite rightly so) cause her to question the others around her. She also, however, tends to find people who can help her in her search for truth.

Erica has a drive to find truth. This is what makes her such a great reporter. However, it also causes her and her close friends and family problems. Too many “events” just seem to happen when Erica is around. I wondered why and had my suspicions throughout the book.

If you enjoy clean, suspense novels, you will love this book. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. This is a four star book!

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


If I Run


Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Comments: This was a great, very engaging read! Ms. Blackstock does an excellent job of adding suspense and mystery without any language or violence. I couldn’t figure anything out for a while, although the guilt or innocence of Casey, the main character was pretty evident. The book goes back and forth between Casey and Dylan. Dylan is the PI engaged to find Casey, and Casey is the one suspected of murder. I like the way we get into both of their heads without giving away too much until the end. The Christian message is hinted at, not didactically given – maybe just enough to whet a person’s appetite. Thank you Terri Blackstock for writing such engaging, clean mysteries with suspense added! I highly recommend this and any of her books! This book will be out on February 16 to purchase.  I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

Paralyzed by Alana Terry (Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel #2)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016


Kennedy Stern has returned to campus after surviving an abduction, but old scars cut deep. Vivid flashbacks and terrifying dreams paralyze her, threatening to ruin her academic career and any chance she has at peace or happiness. This mental anguish, however, constitutes only a small fraction of her post-traumatic nightmare.

A partner in Kennedy’s kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help.

Kennedy must engage in a deadly battle of the mind as she struggles to stay alive. While fighting on two fronts — one psychological and one physical — the question isn’t whether she’ll come out of the war stronger in the end.

The question is whether she’ll come out of it at all.

My Comments: This book is the second installment in the Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel series, and I couldn’t really enjoy it until I read Volume 1 – “Unplanned.” Having said that, this is a great read — the whole series is. It seems since the main character is a Harvard student that it is mainly geared towards Young Adults, but as an emerging senior citizen, I enjoyed it as well. The story heavily deals with PTSD. I think because the main character is an MK (missionary kid), young adults with issues as preacher’s kids, missionary’s kids, or anyone with parents in ministry will benefit from reading about Kennedy and the struggles she deals with. I also feel that any young Christian who has dealt with severe trauma would benefit as well. The writing is good, fast, engaging, and entertaining. I loved it because I love procedurals as mysteries. I also like the Christian aspects throughout the book. I recommend it!

I received a free e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

A House Divided

Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees.

Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for “mountain water” has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem.

Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them.

Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it.

My Comments: These books always grab my attention – a Christian based novel with mystery and suspense. I also love law and lawyer-type books. This story is straight out of today. Christian families dealing with alcoholism, illness, and issues of forgiveness. Interesting characters, riveting story lines, and family dynamics, justice seeking – this book has it all. I have read Whitlow’s books in the past and highly recommend them and this book. I can’t wait for the next one!

This is my honest review. I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but would have purchased it!

The Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Friday, July 31st, 2015

the bradstreet gate

About the book: Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.

My comments: This book was just so-so to me. The story was engaging enough, the characters complex and interesting, and the writing was decent. Having said that — I didn’t care for the language and casual sexual scenes. This isn’t the kind of stuff I want to put into my brain. However, I was kept in suspense and I kept turning the pages. The four main characters were not like anybody I really know, but as I said they were very interesting and multi-layered. The mystery was well-developed. Not my most favorite, however.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.


Dee Henderson’s TAKEN

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand,
and his new client, missing far too long…

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

My Comments: I couldn’t finish this book. It is too involved and slow moving for me. I was getting bogged down. I read about half of it, then decided to move on. I normally love Dee Henderson’s book, and maybe in a different mood I could have finished this one–but for my mood – too many details and the story just wasn’t moving fast enough. Maybe this summer I’ll try again.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy. This is my current opinion.


Mary Burton’s – BE AFRAID

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

be afraid


The Fear Is Terrifying – When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days, they tell her she’s a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it’s true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth – On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories–and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.

Is Even Worse – Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. . .

My Comments: Mary Burton’s books keep me going back for more. Even though this book is out of the norm for me (not super clean – some language and semi-graphic sex scenes), I enjoyed it. The mystery and suspense kept me reading. The characters were interesting and real. Several twists and turns kept me guessing until the end when all was revealed. I felt sad during much of this tragic story. Jenna needed answers, at least she could make good come from her tragedy by becoming a police officer and a forensic artist – interesting life – very different from anyone I know. This is a great next story to Burton’s previous book, Cover Your Eyes. Many of the characters reappear and we get insight into how they are doing. The setting is in Nashville and we are surrounded by law enforcers. This is a great book for people who enjoy mysteries and suspense. This book will be available on April 28, 2015. I look forward to reading the next book, I’ll Never Let You Go, which will be published in November 2015.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.



River’s Edge by Terri Blackstock (Cape Refuge Series)

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

River's Edge

Was Lisa Jackson’s disappearance related to politics, her husband’s affair, or her long-term infertility?

Ben Jackson is going head to head with Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge’s mayoral race—and he’s even expected to win—when his wife Lisa turns up missing the day before the major debate. Suddenly the town is in turmoil as proof of an alleged affair surfaces, indicating that Ben Jackson might have had motive to kill his wife.

Meanwhile, newspaper owner Blair Owens has other suspicions—and so does Police Chief Cade. Together they dig deeply into the mysterious disappearance that soon spirals into a web of confusion, dark secrets, and unsettling fraud.

Then the town’s psychic reveals the location of Lisa’s body—at the bottom of the river. Even though Blair doesn’t believe his paranormal gift is real, she can’t imagine how he knew where the body was.

The small-town scandal quickly turns into a national media event. Is the murderer one of the obvious suspects . . . or someone they have no reason to doubt?

My Thoughts:  This book was first published back in 2004. I read it then and loved reading it again. I think I’ll go and read the whole series again. Terri Blackstock is a great writer. She pours over her story until she gets it just the way she wants it. You can definitely tell this when reading. I was surprised at the ending – was not expecting it. This story has romance, suspense, mystery, politics, and Christianity woven throughout. The characters are sharp and likable. There are twists and turns – a couple which were surprising. I know there were probably more, but I enjoyed the two main female characters – neither were perfect, each had their flaws making them easier to relate to than most characters. The same with the two male characters. If you like clean, but suspenseful novels – this may be one you want to put on the top of your TBR pile.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.