#cjsreads2017: Distress Signals (Catherine Ryan Howard) @cathryanhoward

 

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As mentioned previously (check out my original post here), I am partaking in monthly buddy reads with two of my favourite Bookstagrammers- Chandra and Jessica.  For our first read of February, we read Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard and we LOVED it!

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The Mine (Antti Tuomainen) @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen

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Investigative journalist, Janne Vuori, has always been a dedicated reporter. When he is approached to cover a story involving a mining company, whose illegal actions have caused an environmental crisis in a small town in Northern Finland, he is shocked to find out what this case could cost him. His job, his family and his life.

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Book Review: Kill the Father (Sandrone Dazieri) @sandronedazieri @ScribnerBooks

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Kill the Father, the new release by Sandrone Dazieri, is a complex and thrilling murder mystery that will take you on quite the ride.   Fast paced plot, dynamic characters, and intelligent writing had me reading late into the night. I couldn’t put this one down.

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#cjsreads2017: Sleight (Sloane Kady)

As mentioned previously (check out my original post here), I am partaking in monthly buddy reads with two of my favourite Bookstagrammers- Chandra and Jessica.  For our fourth read, we chose a previously published novel called Sleight by Sloane Kady.

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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.

#cjsreads2017-The Girl Before (JP Delaney)

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As mentioned previously (check out my original post here), I am partaking in monthly buddy reads with two of my favourite Bookstagrammers- Chandra and Jessica.  For our third read, we chose a highly anticipated January release, The Girl Before by JP Delaney and it’s out TODAY.

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#cjsreads2017- Little Girl Lost (@carolewyer @bookouture)

 

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-5-35-04-pmAs mentioned previously (check out my original post here), I am partaking in monthly buddy reads with two of my favourite Bookstagrammers- Chandra and Jessica.  For our second read, we chose a serial killer thriller that is guaranteed to have you hooked, Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer.   We all LOVED the book and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a thriller with completely unexpected twists and turns.

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Book Review: Killing Kate (Alex Lake)(@alexlakeauthor @harper360)

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Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her closest friends as news of a serial killer, dubbed the Stockton Heath Strangler, hits in her hometown; all the victims look like Kate. Reeling from his breakup with Kate, Phil is drinking more and blacking out and once he is questioned in the connection to the murders, Kate wonders if the man she had spent ten years of her life with could be a killer.

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Book Review: Never Out of Sight (Louise Stone @writercharlie @HQDigitalUK)

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Freya has not been the perfect mother; distracted by her own extra-marital affair, she feels she has not been checking in with her teenage daughter, Zoe, as much as she should. One day, when Zoe goes missing, Freya panics. The only way to bring her daughter back is by telling the truth, but when your whole is built on secrets and lies, telling the truth could destroy everything….

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