#cjsreads2017: Seed (Ania Ahlborn) @aniaahlborn

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In honour of Ania Ahlborn’s newest release, The Devil Crept In (you can check out my review for that one HERE), #cjsreads decided to read her first novel, Seed.  SO. CREEPY.

Keep reading below for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts.

 

 

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Book Review: Right Behind You (Lisa Gardner) @LisaGardnerBks @DuttonBooks

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 10.21.11 PM.pngSharlah’s older brother beat their drunken father to death in order to save their lives; eight years later, she has finally moved on and is settling into her new life about to adopted by retired FBI profiler parents, Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner.   Her life is thrown upside down when a double murder at a gas station calls Quincy and Rainie back to action and the perpetrator seems to be Sharlah’s brother.   Struggling with this meaning and whether she is in danger, Sharlah struggles as old demons resurface. Sometimes the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you

Right Behind You is the newest thriller by Lisa Gardner. The seventh novel in the Quincy & Rainie series, this novel surrounds FBI profiling couple Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner. Although the seventh in the series, I found that this one was incredibly easy to read as a standalone. This one is the perfect combination of a fast-paced thriller and an intricately woven police procedural.

The novel opens with a murder; dead bodies at a gas station lead police to a foster home where the body count grows. The main suspect is Telly Nash, a seventeen-year-old foster child with a sordid past. From the first pages, I was hooked. It is not a classic “whodunit” but more of a “whydidhedoit”.   As the plot develops and thickens, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how everything was going to piece together. Gardner provides a plethora of red herrings that had me constantly guessing.   By the end of the novel, I was pleasantly surprised to find her twists completely unexpected; they were not jaw dropping or shock inducing but were clever and masterful. Garder is certainly a seasoned writer and this is very obvious as the plot unravels.

Once of my favourite parts of this novel was the unique narration. Each character, even minor characters, got a narrative perspective.   This worked so well for character development; no detail is spared. This narration made the novel a fascinating reading experience. Obviously, the main characters have a strong narrative voice, but I was also able to hear perspectives from the past from Telly Nash to following tracker, Cal, as he helps the police investigate. I loved getting to know Quincey and Rainie and will be picking up more of this series; they were incredibly likable characters.

If you are a fan of a police procedural, but long for something faster paced, this would be a perfect novel for you! Mark your calendars, this one hits shelves on January 31st.

 Thanks to Dutton Publicity and Lisa Gardner for the copy of this novel; it was a pleasure to provide an honest review.

Book Review: The Dry (Jane Harper)

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The small town of Kiewarra is rocked when Luke Hadler and his family (a wife and child) are found dead; an apparent murder-suicide. Federal Police investigator, Aaron Falk, returns home for the funeral; a childhood friend of Luke, Falk returns home and soon is wrapped up in the investigation, doubting the claims against his friend. As he delves deeper into the inquiry, wounds of his past begin to haunt him. Luke and Aaron had a secret. A secret that was supposed to be buried. A secret that Luke’s death is sending to the surface.
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Book Review: Stalked (Elizabeth Heiter)

screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-7-53-40-amWhen a seventeen-year-old girl, Haley, goes missing, police are puzzled to what could have happened to this all-American girl. Enter FBI profiler, Evelyn Baine. On the surface, this popular teenager seemed to have no enemies but as Evelyn digs deeper, building her profile, she discovers that maybe people around Haley have more to hide and maybe Hailey had some secrets. And one of those secrets could have gotten Haley killed. As Evelyn races to uncover what could have happened to Haley she realizes that maybe the girl isn’t the only in danger…. perhaps Evelyn is too.

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Book Review: Manipulated Lives (H.A Leuschel)

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Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel is a collection of five short novellas that follow different people caught or damaged by their relationship with a manipulative individual. Each section tells a different story and reads like a cautionary tale.

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Book Review: Marked for Life (Emilie Schepp)

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Jana Berzelius is a young and brilliant prosecutor; she may aloof and emotionally cold, to some, but she is good at her job…until everything changes. A high-ranking member of the migration board is found murdered and now to protect her own past, a past she struggles to remember, she must find the murderer before the police. In this game of cat and mouse, nothing is as it seems. 

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