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Review: The Counsel of the Cunning

The Counsel of the Cunning by Steven C. Harms November 8 - December 3, 2021 Virtual Book Tour Synopsis: Roger Viceroy faces a return to the FBI and a life he vacated long ago, until a knock on his front door announces the presence of billionaire and former U.S. Senator, J├╝rgen Sandt. The past has come back to rear its ugly head. Sandt stands on his threshold for a reason: a decade prior the senator’s only son disappeared into the jungles of Guatemala, and Sandt has come to convince Viceroy that further investigation is now necessary. A package left mysteriously outside the family estate, opens the door to the possibility that his son is still very much alive. Viceroy and his team agree to take on the hunt. Their search steers them from the back streets of Milwaukee to the stealthy corridors of Washington, D.C.—an eerie trek that will ultimately lead to an ancient site that supposedly doesn’t exist. As Viceroy closes in on the truth, a parallel plot emerges. Not onl
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Review: Right Behind You

Right Behind You by N.L. Hinkens My rating: 4 of 5 stars NL Hinkens has been one of my favorite domestic suspense authors since I discovered her last year. She has such a way of hooking you in and not letting you go until the very end. This book was no different. I admittedly fell for a lot of her red herrings, which is a credit to her impeccable writing. I couldn't put it down and wanted to see what would happen next. As usual, it was a fast-paced read that blends action, dialogue, and thrills. My only slight criticism was the "culprit." I felt like it came too much out of left field and wasn't set up as well as some of her other endings. However, it wasn't enough for me to dislike the book and I would still recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers. Needless to say, I'll be back for more. Until then, I'll be right behind you. ARC given to me by author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review: Mercy Creek

Mercy Creek by M.E. Browning October 11 - November 5, 2021 Tour Synopsis: In an idyllic Colorado town, a young girl goes missing—and the trail leads into the heart and mind of a remorseless killer. The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle. Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent—right until the moment she vanished. Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn’t run away and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture. As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo

Review: Beneath the Marigolds

Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C. Whitson October 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour Synopsis: Playing on our universal fascination with reality TV, Emily C. Whitson’s Beneath the Marigolds is The Bachelor(ette) gone terribly wrong. When her best friend, Reese Marigold, goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles' retreat on a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, no-nonsense lawyer Ann Stone infiltrates the retreat. Ann quickly realizes there's more to Last Chance than meets the eye. The extravagant clothes, never-ending interviews, and bizarre dates hint that the retreat is a front for a reality dating show. Could Reese be safe, keeping a low profile until the premier, or did something sinister occur after all? Torn between the need to uncover the truth and her desperate desire to get off the island, Ann partakes in the unusual routines of the "journey to true love" and investigates the other attendees who all have something to hi

Review: Mastermind

Mastermind by Andrew Mayne My rating: 3 of 5 stars I'm in a rut of mediocre books apparently. I didn't love this book nor did I hate it. There were a lot of words but nothing seemed to happen. Blackwood and Theo would suddenly make epiphanies out of nowhere but wouldn't explain it until much later. Also, talk about a super abrupt ending. Apparently this is also a team up from two different characters from two separate series. I had no idea of that until they kept referencing past events and decided to check. That probably detracted from my like of this book. You shouldn't watch the Avengers without seeing Iron Man first. I think I'll check out the first books of the series to see if I like it before the sequel comes out. Not going to chuck this into the void quite yet. View all my reviews

Review: The Other Emily

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book started strong and then got really out there towards the last quarter of the book. Would have preferred for it to stay as a mystery or quasi supernatural thriller than the hard right into ridiculous sci-fi territory. The serial killer house subplot also was given a ton of focus without really paying off. It should have been eliminated or built to something more important. As I wrote this review, I decided to knock off a star. Just skip it. Koontz has other good works to check out. View all my reviews

Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides My rating: 3 of 5 stars An enjoyable thriller that has many twists and turns. Gets somewhat predictable towards the end. Without delving into spoiler territory, this book suffers from what I call "Why is the bad guy pretending they didn't do the thing that they did when they are alone" syndrome. Drives me crazy, as it's a way to force a twist. View all my reviews